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2016 Call for Positions

On December 14, 2016 UC ANR Vice President Humiston announced the the release of 26 CE positions from the 2016 call for a new round of hiring over the next two years. This new release continues the commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving the goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, UC ANR will consider additional positions.

2016 approved CE positions

January 12, 2016 solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions in the ANR Update. The call identified positions for strengthening and expanding the UC ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Below this public webpage displays all 138 new CE position proposals (there is a search tool to assist in finding proposals).

The online submittal process was open from January 12 – May 5 (5:00 PM) to allow as much time as possible for internal consultation and external input from UC ANR stakeholders in all program areas. Submissions were accepted from the following official submitter groups:

The Review Phase was completed May 5 – August 1. All proposals were reviewed. The program area and unit reviews were conducted by the Program Teams; geographic groups of County/Multicounty Partnership and Research and Extension Center Directors, and the UC ANR affiliated colleges and school. These groups prioritized and provided rationale for the position proposals under their purview. This input was used to inform UC ANR Program Council’s recommendations and ultimately the UC ANR Vice President’s decisions. More information about the review process is available in the review orientation.

The public comment period was open Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. Comments can be viewed by clicking the position links below. Comments were reviewed by the review groups, Program Council and the Vice President.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or katherine.webb-martinez@ucop.edu.

 

2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

109 IPM Field Row & Vegetable Crops Specialist

Safe, nutritious food and a healthy environment are cornerstones of our way of life in California. Although perennial crops (vine, fruit, and nut crops) have increased significantly in importance in California’s Central Valley, field, row, and vegetable crops have maintained a high level of production and importance.  This is shown by data such as nine of the top 20 valued crops in CA are field, row, and vegetable crops and within the SJV in 2014, the value and production of these crops was $4.9 billion and 4.8 million acres, respectively.  Arthropod pests, both endemic species and more recently invasive species, substantially hinder production and economic viability of these crops. The quality standards, especially for export, dictate vigilant management of pests. Cumulatively, these crops were treated with over 35 million lbs. of pesticides applied statewide in 2013.  Pest management needs for these crops vary temporally and spatially as they are primarily annual crops with short production cycles and lack “stability”.  Environmental factors, crop landscapes, production season, marketing priorities, etc. all influence management scenarios.  An Area Cooperative Extension Advisor, IPM (UC IPM Program) with a focus on development and delivery of IPM knowledge, practice and implementation for invertebrate pests in field, row and vegetable crops in the Southern San Joaquin Valley (Kings/Tulare location) is also being submitted with the goal of both positions complementing and fulfilling the research-extension and campus-county continuums.  

Proposed Location/Housing

Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center affiliated with the Dept. of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide with emphasis in the central San Joaquin Valley

Contacts

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Comments

4 Comments

1
Nine of the top 20 valued crops in the State of California remain field row and vegetable crops. These crops are grown on approximately 5 million acres and are important as part of a rotation farming system that helps to control weeds and insects. Arthropod pests, both endemic species and more recently invasive species, substantially hinder production and economic viability of these crops. The quality standards, especially for export, dictate vigilant management of pests. Cumulatively, these crops were treated with over 35 million lbs. of pesticides applied statewide in 2013. Reduced applications of pesticides by more timely applications and the use of newer, less risk pesticides are needed to maintain the viability of these crops in the future. Pest management needs for these crops vary temporally and spatially as they are primarily annual crops with short production cycle. Environmental factors, crop landscapes, production season, marketing priorities, etc. all influence management scenarios.  This position would focus on development and delivery of IPM knowledge, practice and implementation for invertebrate pests in field, row and vegetable crops. KARE is centrally located to the major regions where these crops are planted and would benefit from the experience of the entomology and pathology groups already established on the Center. This program would also benefit by working with the IR-4 program here on the Center to identify new pesticides that could be used for reducing risk to applicators and the environment.
Posted Jun 7, 2016 10:49 AM by Jeff Dahlberg, Director
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The California Specialty Crops Council (CSCC), a 501(c) 5 non-profit organization, is a trusted source of field based information spanning horticultural crop production, pest management, food safety and stewardship activities in fruit, root, vegetable, vine and berry crops (fresh, dried, and processed). Our diverse partnership of ag organizations also includes beekeepers. Combined, CSCC growers generate $4.1 billion annually on approximately 522,000 acres of California farmland. Our membership strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position. Many of the problems and challenges facing growers, such as with pest, water, air, labor, marketing, crop care materials, etc., are beyond their control, but through research solutions can and will be found that will have a positive impact on the CA vegetable industry. In particular, IPM solutions can have a tremendous impact on specialty crops producers, who are constantly concerned with crop material resistance and about MRL impacts on their crops that have been shipped to market.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 10:17 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
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Cooperative Extension plays an extremely valuable role in production agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley. Our organization has worked closely with Cooperative Extension to help growers on issues regarding pest management, irrigation, and general agronomic practices. With growing environmental pressures on air quality and water quality, it has never more important to have Cooperative Extension support and assistance, especially for crops such as cotton. Our organization fully supports this effort.
Posted Jun 22, 2016 8:34 AM by Roger Isom,President/CEO - California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association
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The Western Region IR-4 Program funded by USDA NIFA and based at UCD facilitates the registration of sustainable pest management technology for specialty crops and minor uses. We rely heavily on a collaborative effort among UC ANR CE Advisors and Specialists to help identify and prioritize needs and projects for growers in order to enhance their pest management capabilities. Enhanced expertise in arthropod pests of vegetable crops would support growers by providing input and guidance to the IR-4 program in the identification of appropriate registration projects for these and other specialty crops of this area of the state.
Posted Jun 24, 2016 4:06 PM by Rebecca Sisco

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