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Farm Advisor

The Farm Advisor serves the people of Inyo and Mono counties in matters related to agricultural production by providing research-based production advisement.

Our Farm Advisor, Dustin Blakey, has a background in Horticulture. His emphasis is on improving the productivity and sustainability of local food producers growing in the challenging Eastern Sierra climate. The office conducts research and offers advisement in the following areas:

  • Season extension
  • Appropriate varieties
  • Planning and budgeting
  • Pest control
  • Best management practices for small-scale horticultural crops

Our goal is to help producers of all sizes fill in the gaps in knowledge that may hinder the viability of their enterprise. We can do this by cooperating on research projects, providing unbiased advice, and connecting you with other resources.  We're your connection to the University of California's division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

In addition to advising food production, we can provide advisement in Environmental Horticulture issues. Nurseries, arborists, landscapers and agencies should contact the Farm Advisor for more information.

Home gardeners who require assistance should contact our Master Gardener volunteers for answers to their gardening questions. Their help line number is (760) 872-2098. You can email your question to them at immg@ucanr.edu.

If you are a producer of livestock, alfalfa, forages, or another crop and you need assistance, please contact us, as we can provide assistance though our statewide connections.