Secretary Vilsack convened a discussion yesterday with leading Land-Grant University representatives to discuss the critical need to rebuild the agricultural infrastructure in Afghanistan and Iraq. He indicated that USDA is seeking accomplished research and extension professionals willing to participate in an integrated team to assist in this important effort. I am passing along the information below to you so that you can access the information directly if you are interested.
Senior Vice President
To the leaders of our U.S. Land-Grant Institutions:
Once again, thank-you to those who joined Secretary Vilsack today to discuss how we can work together to contribute to the U.S. Government's mission in Afghanistan and Iraq.
To apply for jobs in Afghanistan or Iraq, please direct employees to visit www.usajobs.com and search under the keywords of "USDA Iraq" or "USDA Afghanistan."
Your employees may also learn more about the work in each country by visiting www.usda.gov/afghanistan or www.fas.usda.gov/country/Iraq/development/iraq.asp or by contacting Bobby Richey of USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service.
Contact: Bobby Richey
Assistant Deputy Administrator
Office of Foreign Service Operations
Foreign Agricultural Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
As the Secretary highlighted during the call, agricultural experts are doing great things in Afghanistan and Iraq. If your staff is willing to serve abroad in these harsh environments for at least one year, we know that they will undergo a positive, life-changing experience. Therefore, we encourage each of you to reach out to your respective communities – academic, research, extension, alumni and retirees – and encourage all experienced and eligible individuals to apply.
Specializations such as natural resource management and conservation, crop production and post-harvest management, animal husbandry and extension are vital to mentoring and building the capacity of Afghans and Iraqis in their respective agricultural institutions. At the same time, agricultural experts often find themselves in fluid situations requiring flexibility and a willingness to tackle issues that may fall outside their sphere of expertise. Therefore, the most important traits are a positive outlook, maturity and people skills.
We appreciate the support that many of you have demonstrated in the past, and we ask for your support once again in helping to revitalize these significant agricultural economies.
On behalf of
Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services
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A draft of the Sustainable Natural Ecosystems plan, which will guide efforts in this area for the next five years, is available at http://ucanr.org/sites/NRCC_2010/Sustainable_Natural_Ecosystems_Draft_Plan/
Do you know what the ANR Human Resources Philosophy is? If not, it is posted along with our 8 core values on the Staff Personnel website.
ANR employees completing performance evaluation forms may want to review the ANR Human Resources Philosophy before answering Question No. 5 on the Summary of Accomplishments form:
5. Support of ANR HR Human Resources Philosophy, affirmative action performance and job-related commitment to good interpersonal relations.
The ANR Human Resources Philosophy and core values can be found at http://ucanr.org/sites/anrstaff/Administration/Business_Operations/Staff_Personnel. It is the first item listed under the heading “Performance Management.”
We're grateful that the latest budget proposal offered by the Democratic leadership of the Assembly and Senate keeps funding of higher education exactly the same as what Gov. Schwarzenegger is proposing. While we recognize that balancing the state budget is extremely challenging, it's heartening that funding of higher education continues to be a high priority for legislators as well as the governor. We strongly support efforts to increase federal funds coming to California, and stand ready to assist state policymakers in any way we can.
This budget proposal demonstrates the Legislature's continuing commitment to invest in higher education that is critical to the long-term economic recovery of California and future fiscal stability of the state. The proposed budget recommendations support the restoration of $305 million for core academic instruction and $51.3 million to support access for more than 5,000 students. The funding proposed in this plan would protect more than 4,000 faculty and staff jobs, reduce the potential for significant additional increases in student fees and protect UC's ability to enroll first-time freshmen and serve more community college students. In addition, the budget recommendations would include $355 million for capital construction projects that will create more than 3,300 jobs, consistent with the governor's and legislature's intent of supporting a 2010 state budget that helps drive job creation and stimulate the economy.
It's vitally important to the economic health of the state that, even in a tough fiscal environment, Democratic and Republican legislators do all they can to maintain the quality and accessibility of all three segments of higher education. The long-term future of California depends on a robust public higher education system that creates jobs, educational opportunity and innovation. For the short term, we very much desire expedited resolution of the budget, especially with the 2010-11 academic year beginning in two weeks at our UC Berkeley and UC Merced campuses and next month at our other eight campuses.
Kearney Research and Extension Center is soliciting proposals for new research and demonstration projects for the period Nov. 1, 2010, through Oct. 31, 2011.
Located near Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley, Kearney has 330 acres suitable for many types of tree, vine, and row crops.
Kearney also has some of the most extensive specialized research facilities of any off-campus location within UC. These are suitable for greenhouse, postharvest, sample handling (including cold storage and drying), sensory evaluation, and assorted laboratory research activities.
Proposal forms can be obtained at http://groups.ucanr.org/krec/Research/Research_forms.htm and are due by Oct. 8. Submit all forms electronically to Janie Duran at email@example.com.
If you have questions about field research management, contact Chuck Boldwyn at (559) 646-6020 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the facilities, contact Laura Van der Staay at (559) 646-6030 or email@example.com. Other questions can be directed to Acting Center Director Bob Hutmacher at (559) 646-6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Kearney Research and Extension Center, visit http://groups.ucanr.org/krec/.