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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

133 Vegetable Crop Nutrient Management Specialist

Nutrient management has become a paramount concern for the vegetable industry. As vegetable production systems intensify and yield expectations rise, soil fertility management practices must be continually updated to maintain peak production. Advancements in fertilizer technology, and in soil and plant nutrient monitoring, need to be evaluated and integrated into existing production systems, both conventional and organic. Sustainability issues regarding mineral fertilizer use (i.e. resource depletion, soil health maintenance) are also significant concerns. Most importantly, increasing regulation of nutrient management both for environmental water quality protection and greenhouse gas reduction presents a formidable challenge to the vegetable industry. This CE Specialist position will provide statewide research and extension leadership in the development and adoption of improved nutrient management practices for enhanced crop production efficiency and environmental protection. Although the emphasis will be on vegetable crop production, extension of the management principles developed by this Specialist to other crops will be encouraged through collaborative work with other scientists.

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



The CA Fresh Carrot Research Advisory Board regards nutrient management a priority to the carrot industry and has listed it on the Board’s annual priority list. Every year producers are faced with multiple decisions on what they should plant and having an educated understanding of nutrient management assists them with those decisions. Furthermore, with the ever changing agricultural practices, producers are being forced to keep up with regulations and without the qualified Cooperative Extension Specialists there to assist in the research and education of advanced fertilization technology the producer could fall behind in their nutrient management practices. It is the recommendation of the CA Fresh Carrot Advisory Board that the CE position of Vegetable Crop Nutrient Management be filled.
Posted Jun 1, 2016 10:24 AM by Nathan Sano
The CA Potato Research Board recognizes the importance of nutrient management and has expressed interest in funding soil management type research projects over the last several years. Positions such as the CE Vegetable Crop Nutrient Management Specialist would provide the CA potato industry an additional source to assist in potato production. It is the recommendation of the CA Potato Research Board that the CE position of Vegetable Crop Nutrient Management be filled.
Posted Jun 1, 2016 10:24 AM by Nathan Sano
Nutrient management has become a critically important issue for farmers in California. Both the regional and State Water Boards are imposing more and more regulation on inputs. This has created a need for assistance in the forrm of UC specialists and farm advisors to help growers to adapt to new nutrient management requirements while also needing to maintain yield and quality. This issue touches all growers, small and large, organic and conventional, etc. The need is especially acute for vegetable production where growing costs are very high and crops mature very rapidly. Shortfalls in nutrient availability can be extremely costly.

The leafy greens industry has a long track record of supporting CE specialists. With nutrient management being such a timely issue, we would welcome further assistance and collaboration with the new specialist.
Posted Jun 1, 2016 2:19 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. Nutrient management will be very important for addressing research solutions that can and will be found which will have a positive impact on the CA vegetable industry.
Posted Jun 3, 2016 5:03 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 Crop Nutrition Management. Water quality has become a serious problem for our West Side growers with concentrations of mineral salts causing potential phytotoxicity issues resulting in yield decline. We are also faced with nitrogren management concerns and how to balance the nutritional needs of shallow rooted crops such as onions and garlic with guidelines now being imposed on nitrogen fertilizer use. As our organic production of garlic increases, we also have need for programs to provide strategies for nutrient balance and maximum production. 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 3:32 PM by Robert Ehn
California’s vegetable industry is a complex mix of commodities grown for processing and the fresh market. Significant changes have occurred in the industry over the past decades. These changes include newer and more diverse cultivars, increased planting intensity and density, shifts in weather patterns, water availability, and surface and ground water quality requirements leading to modified demands on fertilization practices. Therefore, continued research conducted by UC Extension Specialists and farm advisors in collaboration with California’s vegetable growers on efficient nutrient management is critically important to optimize crop growth, yield and quality and ensure competiveness and to address current and future challenges facing this industry. UC Extension Specialists are also critical for the dissimilation of knowledge, training and education of vegetable industry professionals.
Therefore, it is my recommendation to fill the position of the CE position of Vegetable Crop Nutrient Management Specialist.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 9:04 AM by Susanne Klose

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