UC Farm Advisor Julie Newman
Retires after 28 years
Pamela Kan-Rice, UC ANR
She helped growers and nurseries in Ventura and Santa
Barbara counties solve pest and water problems
Julie Newman's first exposure to Cooperative Extension
occurred while pursuing her undergraduate degree in Seattle and working for
Vista. "My position as community garden project coordinator for Vista's
University Year for Action Program gave me the opportunity to work with
Cooperative Extension during the establishment of our nation's first Master
Gardener program," Newman explained. "The work was exciting and it
inspired me to pursue an extension career."
|UC Farm Advisor Julie Newman Retires|
Newman, University of California Cooperative Extension
advisor in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, retired in July after 28 years
of providing research and educational programs in environmental horticulture.
Newman completed her B.S. in botany at the University
of Washington and then earned her M.S. in horticulture from Washington State
University. After graduation, she taught ornamental horticulture classes at
California State University, Chico and volunteered on UC Cooperative Extension
projects in Glenn, Alameda and San Mateo counties. In 1985, Newman began her
career as a UCCE advisor.
Early on, a focus of Newman's research and extension
program focused on integrated pest management, or IPM, for ornamental crops.
She collaborated with other UC researchers to evaluate sampling strategies,
monitoring methods, biological control and reduced-risk pesticides.
"We developed IPM demonstration sites in
commercial nurseries and bilingual scouting training programs throughout the
state," Newman said. "We documented reductions in pesticide use in
nurseries where IPM programs were implemented." Scouting and the use of
nonchemical approaches are now standard practices in the industry.
Later, Newman turned her attention to water quality
issues and brought in over $4 million in grant funding. She worked with other
UC Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists to develop water quality
projects that assisted more than 200 growers, representing more than 21,000
farm acres draining into Ventura County watersheds. These research and
extension activities resulted in substantial improvements in water use,
irrigation efficiency, infiltration rates and reduced runoff from nurseries,
farms and orchards.
"Water is a major issue for California
growers," said Fred Van Wingerden, president and CEO of Pyramid Flowers in
Oxnard and advisory board member of the UC Hansen Agricultural Research and
Extension Center. "Julie helped nursery growers in Ventura and Los Angeles
counties to be proactive by establishing a cost-share program for improvements
and providing on-farm assistance in implementing BMPs."
One nursery that participated in Julie's cost-share
program was Plants Plus Growers Nursery in Somis. "Julie helped me
update the irrigation system and showed me how to do it right," said José
Acevo, owner and president of the nursery. The grant funding enabled
Acevo to install a system for capturing and recycling irrigation water.
Plants Plus states on its website that it now operates with zero runoff
from irrigation and catches 100 percent of storm runoff for reuse.
Newman expanded her understanding of water quality
issues through a sabbatical study in Australia and New Zealand, which led her
to work with researchers in other states on national water quality programs.
She was the technical editor and an author of UC ANR's "Greenhouse and
Nursery Management Practices to Protect Water Quality," which has been
consulted by growers and researchers all over the world.
Newman was a leader in efforts to establish the UC
Nursery and Floriculture Alliance (UCNFA). This program, associated with the UC
ANR Floriculture and Nursery Workgroup, delivers workshops, hands-on
demonstrations, field days and tours that benefit flower and nursery growers statewide.
Many of the programs are presented in both English and Spanish. Newman has
served as chair of the educational committee and co-editor of the newsletter.
"Julie's coordinated efforts with UCNFA and our
nursery association have been extremely valuable in providing programs and
expert speakers that address key issues facing our industry," said June
Van Wingerden, president of the Santa Barbara County Flower and Nursery Growers
Association and vice chair of the California Cut Flower Commission.
Over her career, Newman won numerous accolades. This
included the Western Extension Directors' Award of Excellence for team farm
water quality project in 2008, California Association of Farm Advisors and
Specialists Distinguished Service Award in 1994, Outstanding and Creative
Academic Teamwork Award from ANR four times, and the prestigious Alex Laurie
Award in 2007 for most outstanding team floriculture research paper. She also
received two awards from the interior landscape industry for her pioneering
work in the development of statewide educational programs for interior
landscapers and for establishing the California Interior Plantscape Association
(now known as the Plantscape Industry Alliance). Most recently, she received
the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers 2013 Research Award
for her work benefitting the nursery industry. The award was presented at the
California Nursery Conference in Etiwanda on Oct. 9.
"One of the most rewarding aspects of my career
has been the opportunity to work as a team with other UC CE advisors and campus
researchers to solve real industry problems and develop cutting-edge
technologies," Newman stated.
Barbara Allen-Diaz, UC vice president for Agriculture and Natural
Resources, has granted Newman emeritus status. "I hope to continue to have
positive impacts through my work as a Cooperative Extension advisor
emeritus," Newman said. She is currently working on the "Container
Nursery Production and Business Management" manual as technical editor and
an author. UC ANR plans to publish the manual next spring.
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