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2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

092 Livestock and Rangeland Economist Specialist

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

California - statewide


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The Department of Animal Science emphatically supports the Livestock and Rangeland Economist Specialist position. Too often consideration of economic viability is left out of the public perception of agricultural sustainability yet it is key to a competitive and sustainable food system. Any effort to provide on-farm decision-making under conditions of uncertainty so as to reduce risk and enhance the sustainability of animal agriculture production is welcome. We see a natural collaborative link to ongoing research and extension efforts within our department that will strengthen the overall utility of this position's efforts. Together with the existing members of the ANR continuum both on and off campuses, this position will complete a team essential for true sustainability of the food system.
Posted May 9, 2014 12:00 PM by Anita Oberbauer
I fully support this position. Livestock/range producers,consumers,educators,agencies et al need to better understand/appreciate the economics of California's livestock/range production in a global competitive business.
No one can make good long term decisions without understanding the driving economic forces.
Posted Jun 9, 2014 1:56 PM by Darrel Sweet
June 25, 2014

Dr. Michael Dale Larimore, DVM
Dean, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
112 Surge IV
Davis, CA 95616

RE: Livestock & Rangeland Economist

Dear Dean Larimore,

The California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to support the University of California’s call to hire a livestock and rangeland economist. University of California extension advisors play a critical role in assisting ranchers and beef producers in the improvement of management practices and operational efficiencies.

While California is home to hundreds of specialty crops, beef cattle production remains one of California’s top five agricultural commodities. The beef cattle industry serves as the economic backbone for many rural communities in California and is an important part of ensuring our nation’s food security. In total, the beef cattle industry provides nearly $3.3 billion in cash receipts for California annually and thousands of direct and indirect jobs throughout the state.

In order to maintain a viable beef cattle industry in California, it is absolutely essential to provide the necessary academic, educational and research tools to advance the beef cattle industry in the 21st century. Ranchers are currently facing significant economic challenges that will ultimately impact the long-term economic viability of commercially raising beef cattle in California.

While these challenges vary, California ranchers compete directly with beef producers in other states and countries. This position will provide further information on how ranchers can better compete in the global marketplace by improving marketing practices, adapting to California’s changing regulatory regime and maximizing the current resources used to produce beef cattle.

As such, CCA respectfully urges you to fill this position as soon as possible.


Justin Oldfield
Vice President, Government Relations
Posted Jun 25, 2014 11:49 AM by Justin Oldfield, California Cattlemen's Association
The California Rangeland Conservation Coalition (Rangeland Coalition) would like to express support for the Livestock and Rangeland Economist position.

The Rangeland Coalition is an unprecedented group of ranchers, environmental organizations, scientists and government agencies who are major California rangeland stakeholders. Together, signatories strive to enhance and preserve working landscapes. Rangelands in California provide multiple ecosystem services including food, fiber,fuel, wildlife habitat, water, open space and climate change mitigation and adaptation among others. Rangelands in California are being converted to other uses at an alarming rate. Growing recognition of the important ecological and socio-economic role that California rangelands play has created a strong demand for information on the economic value of the ecosystem services provided by rangelands as well as a need to develop incentives for rangeland owners that would increase the viability of the ranching industry while maintaining and enhancing the provision of ecosystem services that benefit society.

Coalition signatories are confident that this position would provide the leadership and expertise required to understand and raise awareness of the value of rangelands, provide outreach and education and translate research into management and policy recommendations to protect and enhance rangelands in California.


Pelayo Alvarez
Conservation Program Director
Posted Jul 18, 2014 3:40 PM by Pelayo Alvarez
Economics of the livestock industry is complicated as it is. Adding the economics of rangelands in the face of our ever changing environment is even more challenging for most people. This position is crucial to help advisors provide information to ranchers, land trusts, and other rangeland users understand the economics affecting ranchers.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 2:06 PM by Theresa Becchetti

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