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Welcome Phoebe Gordon the new Madera/Merced Orchard Crops Advisor!

I'm happy to join the University of California Cooperative Extension as an orchard systems advisor in Madera County, where I will be covering all tree crops, along with covering stone fruit and figs in Merced.  I earned my undergraduate degree in plant biology from University of California, Davis and my doctorate in horticulture and crop science from Ohio State University.  I researched ornamental shade tree production and 

transplanting to a highway right-of-way for my graduate research, evaluating products of use to the local nursery industry in order to help them stay competitive with the Pacific Northwest.

After I graduated, I worked as the agronomist at the Modesto office of A&L Western Agricultural Laboratories, shifting my focus from plant production to soils and plant nutrition.  While there, I had the chance to interact and work with growers and consultants throughout the state of California.

As a native Californian, I'm excited to be able to share my knowledge with growers to improve orchard production and sustainability in the San Joaquin Valley and beyond.  My extension and research efforts may include water quality, soil salinity, plant nutrition, and pests and diseases.

Please feel free to contact me to introduce yourself and let me know if there are any issues that you believe need to be addressed by my research and extension program. (559) 675-7879, ext. 7209.



The UC Cooperative Extension Office Hours are 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday.  Closed 1:00-2:00pm for lunch.  Occasionally, there will be brief office closures for off-site meetings and events.  Please leave a brief reason for visiting on the sign-in sheet at the window during those visits.

Shannon Mueller, Ph.D., County Director Agronomic Crops Farm Advisor  (559) 675-7879 Ext. 7211 or (559) 241-7515

Lindsay Jordan, Viticulture Farm Advisor (559) 675-7879  Ext. 7205

Janet Cangemi, Master Gardener Coordinator (559) 675-7879, Ext. 7212

Russell Hill, 4-H Advisor (559) 675-7204

Laurie Fringer, 4-H Program Representative (559) 675-7879, Ext. 7202

Scott Stoddard, Vegetable Crops & Limited Resource Farms Advisor (209) 385-7403

Rebecca Ozeran, Livestock & Natural Resources Farm Advisor (209) 675-7879, Ext. 7211

Phoebe Gordon, Orchard Systems Advisor (559)675-7879 Ext. 7209


We apologize for any inconveniences that may arise.

Madera County Programs

4-H Youth Development

Organizes, administers, directs and coordinates youth programs in cooperation with Madera County 4-H adult volunteer leaders. Programs are designed to meet the needs and interest of youth 9 to 19 years of age. Focus is on responsibility and leadership development.

Agronomic Crops

Provides extension education and research programs in alfalfa, cereal grains and corn. Provides weed identification and programs for efficient weed control.

Dairy  Currently searching to fill this position

Dairy productivity and product quality, as well as complex issues of animal health and welfare, waste management, and water quality.

Livestock and Natural Resources

Providing professional research and advice to support range livestock producers and rangeland managers.

Master Gardeners

Their mission is to extend research based knowledge and information on home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape to the residents of Madera County. 


Practical advice and problem solving for fruit and nut producers.

Vegetable Crops

Provides educational information to vegetable crop producers in Madera County. Conducts research programs in tomatoes, melons, garlic and other vegetables. Serves Madera and Merced Counties.


Disseminates research based information from University, industry and private research to growers, processors and packers of grapes and grape products. Provides diagnosis of permanent crop plant diseases.


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UC Davis Small Grains and Alfalfa Field Day
Posted 4/25/2017 - The annual UC Davis Small Grains and Alfalfa Field Day will take place on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Agronomy Field Headquarters (2400 Hutchison Drive, Davis, CA 95616). Registration opens at...

Extension entomologist Larry Godfrey presenting a talk at the 2016 California Rice Field Day in Biggs. He spoke at the annual field day for 25 years. (Photo by Evett Kilmartin, UC ANR) Larry Godfrey: 1956-2017, Friend of Alfalfa, Rice and Other Crops
Posted 4/21/2017 - UC Cooperative Extension entomologist Larry Godfrey, a 26-year member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology faculty and widely known for his research on applied insect ecology and...

ladybug Key Alfalfa Insecticide Retained: Chlorpyrifos Ban Averted at Last Minute
Posted 4/1/2017 - It's not clear that alfalfa growers fully knew that one of the most widely-used insecticides in their crop was about to be completely eliminated from use nationwide. But it was - nearly.  NOT...

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