• 2015 Latino Farmer Conference Planning Staff: Rex Dufour NCAT/ATTRA, Christine Chavez USDA/NRCS, Thea Rittenhouse NCAT/ATTRA, Victor Hernandez USDA/ NRCS

  • CA organic farmer Chris Hay discusses a hedgerow planting that NCAT-CA and NRCS staff helped to plant. This tour was a part of the 2016 California Small Farm Conference.

  • California specialists Ann Baier and Pamela Wolfe provide technical assistance and resources for farmers at the 2015 Latino Farmer Conference in Fresno, Ca

  • Rex and Clover (Say Hay farm dog) inspecting leafy veggies for thrips, aphids, loopers and bagrada bug

  • NCAT California Staff: Ann Baier, Pamela Wolfe, Thea Rittenhouse, and Rex Dufour

  • Flowers blooming in early April in a Conservation Cover Crop with 18 species of native flowers at Say Hay Farm in Esparto, California

  • NCAT specialist Rex Dufour leads a workshop about conservation best practices for Sacramento County

NCAT Western Regional Office


Contact NCAT’s California Office

36355 Russell Blvd.
PO Box 2218
Davis, CA 95617
800-411-3222 (Spanish Toll Free Hotline)


NCAT’s California office is located at the historic Glide Ranch in Davis, with the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. The California office helps NCAT to meet the needs of a large and diverse agricultural community. It serves as a hub for NCAT’s work with immigrant and Spanish-speaking farmers.

NCAT collaborates with many government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the region, offering training on transitioning to organic agriculture, direct marketing, and other sustainable agriculture topics.

The NCAT/ATTRA California office has three staff members, all with different areas of expertise to assist farmers and ranchers throughout California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Arizona. The office is located in Davis, California, near the state capital of Sacramento. The specialists focus on training, technical assistance, and support related to sustainable agriculture production. They provide individual assistance to farmers and ranchers on a variety of topics. Whether you are a farmer wanting to transition to organic farming, develop a marketing plan for your new farm business, integrate livestock or poultry into your farm business, need someone to decipher your soil test, find out about USDA cost share programs, need assistance with implementing CAP 138 plans, or someone to give advice on your cover crop rotation… we are here to help! Call our office at 530-792-7338 or email us at the contacts listed below.


Current Grant Projects

CA Farm Link – Risk Management Agency

UCD Pastured Poultry Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Project

First Generation Farmers (FGF) Teaching/Curriculum Development

Specialty Crop Block Grant

Environmental Defense Fund – Monarch/Pollinator Habitat Project

Specialty Crop Block Grant Collaboration with Center for Land-based Learning

Environmental Defense Fund – Monarch Habitat in Pecans



Rex Dufour:

Western Regional Director
Rex Dufour has been with NCAT since 1994, and opened the California office for NCAT in 2001. The focus of his work is training agriculture professionals on organic practices and certification, ecological pest management, ecological soil management, and on-farm beneficial habitat. He has been trained by the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA)as an organic crop inspector, and is registered with Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) as a Technical Service Provider (TSP) in California and Nevada. Rex can speak Lao and Thai.

Jamie Fanous:

Jamie is a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with NCAT. Jamie’s work focuses on project development, farmer outreach and education, and on-farm conservation planning with specific emphasis on improving soil health. She holds a MS in agriculture, food, and environment, and an MA in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University. Jamie has experience in food system modeling, agriculture policy, soil health, water systems, and climate change mitigation.

Omar Rodriguez:

After receiving his degree in International Agriculture Development from UC Davis, Omar journeyed to South America where he worked with small farmers to encourage diversification, business development, alternative technologies and reforestation. In the two years since, he’s been managing several farmers’ workers in the Bay Area and working on an 80 acre permaculture farm in Montana. Omar will use his skills and knowledge to reach farmers within the Latino community. Omar is fluent in Spanish.



Martin Guerena:

Martin most recently served as the Integrated Pest Management Specialist with the city of Davis, California. He is also a licensed Pest Control Advisor and has experience as a teacher, farm manager and extension agent with the University of Arizona. Martin adds his technical writing and outreach experience to the NCAT team.



Avocados: Fruit Set Challenges and Propagation

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The Plight of the Monarch

  Many of the insect species we depend on for pollination, pest control, and recycling activities are also casualties (although unintended) of the systems we have put in place to provide food for our growing population. The monarch butterfly is emblematic of the broader challenges we face as land stewards and protectors of the environment.… Continue Reading

The Latino Farmer Conference is Coming!

It’s just over two months until the 5th annual Latino Farmer Conference, set for Tuesday, November 19, in Tulare, California. This year’s conference will be held at the Tulare International Agri-Center. The goal of the conference is to share information about sustainable agriculture production to fill knowledge gaps that are impacting Latino farmers. In order… Continue Reading

Planting a Hedgerow with Sequoia Farms

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A look back at the California Armed to Farm 2018

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Cover Crop for Nematode Management

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