Welcome to my webpage. My name is Jim Rumsey and I’m an Adjunct Agriculture Instructor here at Woodland Community College. I’m an Agricultural Engineer by education. I received my degrees at UC Davis (B.S. – 1965) and at the University of Arizona (M.S. – 1967).
I was born and raised here in Woodland where my family has been farming or been directly involved in California agriculture for over 150 years. My careers after college including serving 4 years in the Air Force as a Civil Engineer; providing technical services to a large cannery for 4 years and running my own agricultural consulting business for 7 years. I then joined the faculty at UC Davis for 24 years where I taught nine different hands-on ag courses including welding, farm machinery operation and equipment and technology for small farms.
After retiring from UC Davis in 2005, I continued farming walnuts on my family farm until 2012. For several years I taught welding classes and an establishing your small farm course at WCC along with doing some custom farming of walnuts for another grower here in Yolo County. I recently returned to WCC to develop and teach an online course on California Water.
I have been actively involved in local FFA coaching and judging for many years. I believe that the FFA model of education should be embraced at all levels of our educational systems.
I live in Woodland with my wife Lori of 38 years and our dog Sansa. We have three adult children. Our daughter works with special needs children, our oldest son is a local Pest Control Advisor and Certified Crop Consultant, and our youngest son is finishing his AA degree at Woodland Community College in Accounting.