My name is Ryan Hill, and I am the new UC Cooperative Extension Weed Science and Agronomy Advisor in Tehama County, also serving Shasta and Glenn counties. I received a B.S. in Biology from George Fox University in 2014 and an M.S. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University in 2020. From 2020 to 2023 I was a Faculty Research Assistant in Dr. Marcelo Moretti's perennial weed science lab at OSU. In this role I conducted weed research in horticultural crops including several projects on herbicide-induced crop injury. Additional projects included electrical weed control of Italian ryegrass, sucker control in hops and hazelnuts, pollinator habitat establishment with pre-emergent herbicides, and many others.
As a UCCE advisor I intend to pursue projects related to weed control in rangeland, irrigated pasture, orchards, small grains, and forage crops. I will also be providing broad support to agronomic crop production in the counties I serve. My current priority is to identify research and extension targets by meeting with growers, PCAs, UC researchers, and industry representatives. I am looking forward to working with the community to promote agricultural productivity and sustainability over the years to come.