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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


2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

134 Vegetable Production Systems Specialist

California produces approximately 50% of all vegetables in the U.S., including more than 50 different crops with an aggregate farm gate value of over $5 billion, with an impact to the California economy of several times that figure. The CA vegetable industry faces many serious challenges (water availability, labor issues, government regulations, soil health, ecosystem services, organic and non-organic cost efficient practices). The focus of this position will be on improving the efficiency of vegetable production systems. Major responsibilities will be statewide leadership of UC AES and CE research and extension efforts in vegetable production, in close coordination with California vegetable producers, allied industries and UCCE Farm Advisors. The specialist will work at the state and county level to solve production issues in vegetable crops such as carrots, onions, lettuce and tomato as well as other crops. The vegetable industry includes groups with unique needs and challenges, such as organic growers, growers utilizing greenhouse and protected culture, seed producers, pest control and crop production advisors, and vegetable processors and fresh packers.


Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



The CA Fresh Carrot Research Advisory Board focuses a majority of its efforts on research to benefit the California carrot industry. Funding anywhere between five to nine projects each year, there is a limit to what the Board can do which makes positions in vegetable production systems valuable to the industry. It is the recommendation of the CA Fresh Carrot Advisory Board that a CE position in Vegetable Production Systems be filled.
Posted Jun 1, 2016 10:22 AM by Nathan Sano
The CA Potato Research Board focuses a majority of its efforts on research to benefit the California potato industry. Funding anywhere between five to nine projects each year, there is a limit to what the Board can do which makes positions in vegetable production systems valuable to the industry. It is the recommendation of the CA Potato Research Board that a CE position in Vegetable Production Systems be filled.
Posted Jun 1, 2016 10:23 AM by Nathan Sano
It's been a long while since the vegetable industry in California has had an extension specialist dedicated to addressing the needs of this diverse sector, which leads the nation in many crop categories. As the position description states, there are all kinds of challenges facing California growers. The acute labor shortage points to the need for new approaches and technologies to help with finding more production efficiencies. Water quality and water availability are impacting farm management; more assistance in maintaining yields while learning to use fewer inputs will be needed. Demand for organic products continues to increase. As a result, conventional and organic production is now interwoven into most ag landscapes in California. That has created what seem to be almost intractable issues with disease and pest management for some vegetable crops, including leafy greens.
The leafy greens industry has supported practical, solution-based projects with Extension Specialists for many years. There have been fewer and fewer specialists available to do this type of work and it would be our recommendation that UCANR fund this position.
Posted Jun 1, 2016 2:57 PM by Mary Zischke
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 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.
Posted Jun 3, 2016 4:55 PM by Gary W. Van Sickle
On behalf of the California Garlic and Onion Research Advisory Board, a research marketing order operating under the California Department of Food and Agriculture, we support filling the position of Specialist in Vegetable Production Systems. This position has been open since Ron Voss retired several years ago. We need coordination at the campus level working with our county farm advisors to solve the many problems we are facing with lack of both quantity and quality of irrigation water, nitrogen balance, labor and the need for mechanization. Organic production has become more important and tools for nutrient management and pest control are greatly needed. We are a state research marketing order for processed onions and all garlic with 170 growers, 2 processors and 5 handler members represented by our California Research Advisory Board. California produces 90% of the commercial garlic in the U.S., with adjoining states Nevada and Oregon the major seed garlic producing states. Our total acreage for processed and fresh garlic is annually ~18,000 acres of garlic with acreage for processed onions at ~23,000 Although garlic and processed onions are a truly specialty crop they each contribute $150 million farm gate value annually.
Posted Jun 10, 2016 3:19 PM by Robert Ehn

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