California Cling Peach Board Call for Research Proposals

Dec 21, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

The California Cling Peach Board (CCPB) is soliciting research proposals for consideration of funding through the FY 2021-2022 research budget.

The CCPB Research Committee (RC) – a committee of the Board that is operated by industry leaders and purposed with orchestrating research program activities – willreview proposals and award funds on a competitive basis.

CCPB RC members have identified the following orchard management-related research priorities or industry challenges that may be addressed through research:

  • Harvest, thinning, and other production-related efficiencies – due to labor shortages and the resulting increased costs associated available labor, RC members are interested in funding research purposed with improving harvest and thinning efficiencies, as well as investigating the viability of pedestrian orchards for cling peach production.
  • Other orchard management-related research priorities identified by CCPB RC members include: pre- and post-harvest pest and disease management; cling peach cultivar development and regional testing (breeding program). Note: this is not a comprehensive list of research priorities.

A CCPB RC meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. During the RC meeting, investigative teams are expected to provide a brief presentation on as well as answer any questions related to their proposed project.  In addition, investigative teams funded through the FY 2020-21 research budget are expected to provide a presentation on their annual research findings.

For questions about this opportunity, please contact Rick Zolezzi, Chair of the Cling Peach Board Research Committee at 209-931-0291 and, or Janine Hasey, U.C. Liaison Officer, Cling Peach Board Research Advisory Committee at 530-822-7515 and

To apply, please submit a completed Proposal Form to Tyler Rood ( by no later than Friday, January 22, 2021. The investigative team(s) should obtain approval from their Department Chair and/or the Extension Director prior to the submission of any proposal.

Thank you.

Kathleen Nolan, Director, ANR Office of Contracts & Grants (OCG)