Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center
University of California
Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center

UC Thelma Hansen Fund

To support and maintain University research and extension activities for the sustainability and benefit of agriculture and natural resources in Ventura County.

Vision

A Ventura County with an economically healthy and environmentally sustainable agricultural industry that is well understood and actively supported by the local community. Goals:

  1. Assure the economic viability of agriculture to sustain agriculture's contribution to a healthy Ventura County
  2. Increase the public understanding and support of agriculture, including the relationship of agriculture to the economy and the natural resource base
  3. Study, discuss, and debate agricultural/urban issues for better policy decisions and achieving balance among competing interests

2015-2016 Board Members

UC Representatives

Lisa Fischer

Jose DeSoto

Agricultural Representatives

John Krist

Bill Reiman

William Terry

Fred Van Wingerden, Board Chair

Community Representatives

Alise Echele

Greg Gillespie

Michael Hause

Martin Hernandez

Chris Stephens

Thelma Hansen's bequest called for an Advisory Board with representatives from Ventura County Cooperative Extension, Ventura County Farm Bureau, local commercial farming industry, community, and the University. The Advisory Board provides the University with county-based advice and expertise regarding the needs of Ventura County agriculture and helps carry out the objectives of the endowment. The Advisory Board provides the Hansen Director with consultation and recommendations on the use of annual funds.

Regular members are appointed by the Vice President of ANR for a term of four years and can be reappointed for an additional four-year term. All appointments begin July 1 and end June 30. In the event of a member resignation, a new appointment will be made to complete the term.

Associate Board members will serve a one-year term, with the possibility of reappointment for one additional year.

Thelma Hansen

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