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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

065 Vegetable Crops Advisor

The focus of this position is vegetable crop production in Kern County with an emphasis on control of plant diseases.

It is important to have a local advisor to conduct research and education that addresses the issues of the local growers in Kern County. The value of vegetable production in Kern County exceeds $650 million. Eight-five percent of the nation's carrots are grown in California and most carrots are processed, packed and shipped from Kern County. Kern County is the main potato production area of California, and is a significant production area for processing tomatoes, onions, garlic and cucurbits. Over 80 other vegetable crops are grown in Kern County and is a leading area of organic production of vegetable crops with one of the nation’s largest organic vegetable farms located here.

Proposed Location/Housing

Kern County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Kern County


Associated Documents



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 Vegetable Farm Advisor in Kern County. This position has been filled by Joe Nunez who has done an excellent job working with our onion and garlic growers. We need 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. With lack of water on the West Side of Fresno County, we have moved a share of our planted acres to Kern County. Losing a vegetable farm advisor in Kern County would mean only one vegetable farm advisor from Madera to Kern County in southern San Joaquin Valley. 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 3:55 PM by Robert Ehn
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 pests, 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 13, 2016 9:45 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
Kern County is the primary growing region in California for fresh carrots which makes a new Vegetable Crops Advisor at the Cooperative Extension in Kern County a valuable addition to the fresh carrot industry. The CA Fresh Carrot Advisory Board has partnered with the UCCE Kern County for several years to provide useful information to the fresh carrot industry. The hiring of a new Vegetable Crops Advisor is important to the carrot industry as this position would be relied upon by carrot growers and processors to continue working on the research priorities of the Fresh Carrot Board. The Vegetable Crops Advisor proposed responsibilities encompass several areas of concern for carrot growers and would be an asset to the industry when these concerns require attention. The current Farm Advisor at UCCE Kern County is heavily relied upon by the carrot industry as they would rely just as much on a new Vegetable Crops Advisor.
Posted Jun 23, 2016 2:10 PM by Nathan Sano
The proposed Vegetable Crops Advisor for the Kern County UC Cooperative Extension office would prove to be a great asset to the potato growers and industry. Kern County is one of the primary potato growing regions in California and would benefit from a qualified Vegetable Crops Advisor with the qualifications that are proposed in the position details. The California Potato Research Board has partnered with the UCCE Kern County for several years on a variety of projects that have provided useful information to the industry. A new Vegetable Crops Advisor would be able to continue this partnership to which the potato growers in Kern County and CA Potato Board have come to rely on.
Posted Jun 23, 2016 2:10 PM by Nathan Sano
A vegetable crops advisor is critical to supporting the large and diverse vegetables industries in Kern County, which include but are not limited to carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and onions and garlic. In addition to the agronomic and labor concerns raised by Mr. Ehn above, these crops are facing threats from intractable soilborne diseases such as Southern blight, which affects many of these vegetable crops.

This position would form a critical link between growers in Kern County and both my program at UC Riverside and the upcoming CE Specialist in Plant Pathology program at UC Davis. A Vegetable Crops Advisor in Kern County is very important for the development of both of these campus CE Specialist programs and will likely multiply their effectiveness and success. In turn, the support of the two pathology CE Specialists and other CE Specialists working in vegetables would greatly contribute to the success of the proposed Advisor. From the perspective of my program individually, this position is tied for first with the proposed “Area Plant Pathology Advisor - Imperial” position among all proposed positions.

Alex Putman
Asst CE Specialist, Vegetables and Strawberry
Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology
University of California, Riverside
Posted Jun 24, 2016 9:35 AM by Alex Putman
As a third generation Kern County vegetable farmer, not only will I miss Joe Nunez as a friend, but as a very progressive, very helpful farm advisor who helped me and our organization, along with many others, our PCAs, and all involved in the vegetable industry.
We need this position in Kern County as a contact point in helping to determine what the problems are while finding progressive solutions, many through local research and development in cooperation with growers. I know we have personally worked with our farm advisor over the years in isolating a particular problem, from disease to fertility, soil to irrigation, and then working to find a workable solution, often in test plot work that we cooperated in. We worked on garlic, onion, potato, tomato, corn and other crops in conjunction with our farm advisor, and have found many practical solutions to problems that troubled us for years. Without this help we could have had devastating results in problematic diseases, and are convinced,as are many growers, that without our local vegetable crop farm advisor, we will be unable to find the answers and help for our local problems and differences that we now have, and have had for decades, in our farm advisor.
Kern County provides one of the largest diversity in and total volume of vegetable crops in California. It is a big deal here, as economically it is a large part of our local economy , and provides a large percentage of agricultural jobs. We need a strong, experienced candidate that can step into a thriving industry and continue the help we have had and continue to need. Thanks for your consideration
Posted Jun 27, 2016 4:06 PM by Edwin Camp
Kern County generates over $686M in revenue from vegetable crop production, which includes over 60 different vegetable crops. With such a wide variety of vegetable crops being cultivated, and with the local advisor position being the only available source of in-person information for most growers in the region, it seems necessary to maintain the position to support the diversity and productivity within the region.
Posted Jun 29, 2016 10:39 AM by Tom Penning
Developing and advancing new and safer products to market is our main priority as an Ag chemical company. This position in Kern County as a contact point in helping to determine what the problems are while finding sustainable solutions, many through local research and development in cooperation with growers.
The Vegetable Crops Advisory for the Kern County UC Cooperative Extension office is been collaborating with us for the last 4 years in conducting field trials at growers field to determine product efficacy and placement for a better, safer, and sustainable solution for growers in Kern county.
Kern County provides one of the largest diversity in and total volume of vegetable crops in California. It is a big deal here, as economically it is a large part of our local economy. We need a strong, experienced candidate that can step into a thriving industry and continue the help we have had and continue to need. Thanks for your consideration.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:58 PM by Issa Qandah

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