IMPERIAL COUNTY — Imperial County recently hired Dr. Oli G. Bachie as Imperial County Director for the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) office at Meloland. Imperial County CEO, Ralph Cordova Jr., formally introduced Bachie during the board meeting, November 22.
“I am very happy and ready to work very closely with the Board of Supervisors as a county director and the rest of the departments, wherever collaboration is needed,” said Bachie.
Born in Ethiopia, Bachie served as an agronomy advisor for Imperial, San Diego and Riverside Counties and has extensive background in alfalfa, wheat, sudan grass, Bermuda grass, Klein grass, cotton, sugar beets, and bioenergy crops.
Bachie began his career in the UCCE-Imperial office in December 2012 and was named Interim Director earlier this year.
Bachie earned his Ph.D. in Plant Biology at University of California Riverside and has worked as an Assistant Research Specialist at the UCR Department of Nematology before coming to the UCCE Imperial office. His dissertation research explored Interdisciplinary pest management (insects, nematodes and weeds) potentials of cover cropping systems. He has also earned a Master’s degree in Forestry (MScF) from the University of Toronto, a Master’s degree in Agronomy (MSc) from the University of the Philippines and a Bachelor degree in Plant Sciences (BSc) from Haromaya University (Ethiopia).
Bachie has worked as an adjunct professor of network administration and Computer Architecture at National University and American University in San Diego, as research specialist at the San Diego State Universities and as an adjunct professor of Biology at the Victor Valley College (VVC) for over six years. He currently teaches agricultural courses part time at the Imperial Valley College. He is the current chairperson for the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) for the Desert Research and Extension Center.
Prior to moving to North America, Bachie worked at the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia as an expert in crop protection, crop production and weed management.
Bachie provides research-based technical and educational assistance in agronomy and sustainable agriculture to agricultural producers, growers, farm operators, pest control advisors (PCAs) and other agricultural clientele in Imperial Valley, San Diego and Riverside counties. He developed and encouraged adoption of research based cropping systems to improve crop productivity and yield with due consideration for environmental and ecological compatibility.
Bachie is a good standing member of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), the Desert Workgroup, University of California (co-chair), the Alfalfa and Forage workgroup and the Western Society of Weed Sciences (WSWS). .
Bachie replaces Khaled Bali who after 24 years of employment with the County moved to the San Joaquin Valley to become a UC Cooperative Extension Irrigation Water Management Specialist.