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Cooperative Extension was established in Placer and Nevada Counties in 1917. Our mission is to help all segments of the community benefit from the scientific advances in our nation's land grant universities, particularly in the areas of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and youth development. Use the links above to learn more about the programs available through UCCE Placer Nevada.  

The New Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor

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Dan Macon is the new UCCE Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor for Placer, Nevada, Yuba, and Sutter Counties as of July 1, 2017. He recently received his Master’s Degree in Integrated Resource Management from Colorado State University. Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Managerial Economics from UC Davis. He currently works as an Assistant Specialist in Rangeland Science and Management in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences. Dan Macon has lived in Placer County for over 20 years. He has a diverse background of experience. These include: Assistant Vice-President of the California Cattlemen’s Association, Executive Director of the California Rangeland Trust, Executive Director of the Nevada County Land Trust, and Herdsman for the Sierra Research and Extension Center. Dan is currently the Vice-President of the California Woolgrower’s Association and serves on the Placer County Agricultural Commission. He has previously worked as a Community Education Specialist with UCCE Placer/Nevada Counties on a Specialty Crops and Risk Management Grant. He developed the UCCE Shepherding Series for beginning and experienced sheep farmers in 2012 that is still in existence today. He has assisted and taught at both the California Grazing and Multi-species Academy. Dan has had a commercial sheep operation since 2005. He is very familiar with issues faced by farmers and ranchers in the foothills.  He will maintain the services provided by UCCE including: hands-on workshops, newsletter, and applied research. 

Roger Ingram has Retired!

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After 31 years with UCCE Placer Nevada, Roger Ingram, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor and County Director retired on June 29th, 2017. While serving his community he has received the 2013 Pedro Ilic Award for Outstanding Educator and the California Wool Growers Association 2015 Golden Fleece Award.  

Cindy Fake, Horticulture and Small Farms Advisor will step into the County Director position on July 1st. Dan Macon will be the new Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor. 

Roger's announcement in the Foothill Rancher Newsletter:
"This is the last Foothill Rancher that I will write. My official retirement date is June 29th, 2017. I have worked over 31 years with UC Cooperative Extension in Placer and Nevada Counties starting in March 1986. I also worked as a Texas Cooperative Extension County Agent for almost 3 years prior to coming to California. I had never worked at a job longer than 3 years when I started in Nevada County (My initial assignment was 4-H/Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor in Nevada County). I transitioned to full time, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor for Placer and Nevada Counties in 1993.
When I became a County Agent in Texas in 1981, I was unsure of what I wanted to pursue as a career. I found that the Cooperative Extension fit well with what I wanted to do as I was serving people, and there was flexibility in a transitioning programming to meet community needs. Those years in Texas increased my competence and self-confidence.
I have done a variety of things in my career. The main programmatic areas I have focused on includes: grazing management with cattle and small ruminants, range ecology, soil health, low-stress livestock handling, direct marketing of agricultural crops and products, niche meat marketing, USDA inspected processing, poultry processing, beginning farming, and farm business planning. My program focus changed as new local priorities emerged.
I can truthfully say that I still look forward to coming to work even after 31 years. For the last 10 years I have served in a dual role as County Director and Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor. During this time, I have been blessed to work with a team of dedicated advisors and staff. I could not have dealt with the extra administrative duties without their support.
I want to thank each of you, who I have tried to the best of my ability to assist and help. It has been an honor to serve you. There is still much to learn, even after 34 years of total Cooperative Extension experience. I will still be around and you may see me occasionally helping a bit with some trainings. I feel confident in Dan Macon’s abilities to continue serving you as Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor. I also want to thank Horticulture and Small Farms Advisor Cindy Fake for agreeing to take over the County Director role.
I will continue to raise sheep and try to figure out how to be a better dog handler for my border collies. I also plan to do some traveling and hiking. One of my big bucket list items is to either walk the entire (or part) of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I will do this in 2018 or 2019. There will be a retirement party for me on July 9th from 4-8 PM at the Regional Park located west of the intersection of Dry Creek Rd and Hwy 49 in Auburn. (click here for more information and to register)
I know the future will hold many challenges for agriculture. I want to encourage you to look beyond those challenges to see the opportunities that will be there as well.
Good luck to each of you."

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