University of California Cooperative Extension, Napa County
In April 2009, Monica Cooper joined UC Cooperative Extension in Napa County as Viticulture Farm Advisor. Educated as a “Plant Doctor” at the University of Florida, she has multidisciplinary training in plant pathology, entomology, soils, and plant science that she draws on to help growers diagnose vineyard problems. Her applied research and outreach programs provide data-driven technical information to the vineyard industry. Her research interests include disease epidemiology, pest management, rootstock evaluation, labor issues affecting farmworkers, and the role of social networks in extension delivery. She directs the Napa Valley Vineyard Technical Group, a local forum for technical information and collaborative learning. Fluent in Spanish, she also offers educational programming to farmworkers.