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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

015 Area Diversified, Tree Crops and Organic Farming Systems Advisor

A Diversified, Tree Crops and Organic Farming Systems Advisor will perform a robust and innovative research and extension program to support and build the capacity of the area’s farms. The program would address current and emerging issues that are critical to the sustainability and profitability of both diversified and organic farms, along with attention given to the area's thriving tree crop production. 

Proposed Location/Housing

Santa Cruz County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties


Associated Documents



I am writing in support of the Area Diversified, Tree Crops and Organic Farming Systems Advisor for Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties. As a diversified organic grower I will directly benefit from having a professional, highly trained crop advisor to work with. Much of what we do is different than how many growers operate when focusing on a single crop in monoculture and needs different solutions to the challenges faced on the farm. I believe that the viability and success of many commodity specific growers has been a direct result of crop specific cooperative extension advisor support. I am hopeful that you will fund this critical position and provide the necessary support for farms such as ours. Please contact me if you would like to further discuss my support. Thank you
Posted May 27, 2016 4:30 PM by Brendan Miele
We are a small/ medium organic farm that grows cane-berries, 40 different types of apple trees and row crops. Being so diversified it is essential in our production to have a qualified advisor. The UC Cooperative Extension office is our only support that is qualified in providing this support. Mark Bolda has provided our farm with the help that we have needed in order to stay in business with the cane berries. The extension office has provided the only training in the LBAM (Light Brown Apple Moth) and other pests that would have decimated our season. The nutrient training for caneberries is essential for production and Mark Bolda and his team have done a excellent job in relaying this. You are able to call Mark Bolda and either have a phone discussion of a problem, or he will come to your farm and advise what the problem is and he has the knowledge on how to correct it. We need someone that can help us with Fruit trees and being diversified in other crops. Especially Fruit Trees, it is not the speciality of our local Farm Advisors. We would be willing to answer any questions or comments feel free to contact me at any time. 8317249282 Thank you for your support
Posted May 29, 2016 6:52 PM by Sam Lathrop & Geri Prevedelli Lathrop
This is a high priority position for the Central Coast counties. It would serve the tree fruit and organic industries. This is a gap in the areas covered by the existing UCCE team in this area. The tree fruit industry in this area is small by comparison to other areas, but it is vital and diversified. Growers produce commodities traditional to this area such as apples and apricots. Given economic realities, these industries have had to diversify their marketing and production systems to stay competitive and remain in business. This has opened up needs for these growers that are unique and compelling. The focus on organic for this position is right on target and will provide an opportunity for the person that serves in this position to succeed and make significant impacts that will be of great service to both the local region and beyond.
Posted Jun 9, 2016 7:55 AM by Richard Smith
This position would fill a problematic gap in service for area tree fruit growers at the very least, not to mention those of us attempting organic production.
Posted Jun 16, 2016 10:49 AM by Paul Robins
Small farms and tree crops are a significant activity in these three counties and there is a need to support them in the changing food safety, economic and marketing environment.
Posted Jun 21, 2016 1:05 PM by Ben Faber
As an Organic farmer in Monterey county
With the diversity of vegetables, fruits and
Flowers that I grow. I constantly have the need of having
Some one to advise me and help finding
solutions to my farming issues.
It would be great if the UC extension would offer that to me.
Thank you!
Posted Jun 25, 2016 5:03 AM by Javier Zamora (JSM Organics)
The gap left by not replacing Bill Coates when he retired as tree fruit advisor for the three County area has been huge. A major advantage California farmers have is our excellent system of information dissemination through the U. C. Cooperative Extension. Having dealt with Mexican farmers, who do not have easy access to such information, I've come to appreciate it. In the absence of a local tree fruit advisor, I've been forced to utilize Cooperative Extension in other counties. While very helpful, they are not familiar with our local conditions and specific problems. Hiring for this position will solve this problem.
Posted Jun 26, 2016 10:43 AM by Terence Welch
We strongly support the Area Diversified Tree Crops and Organic Farming Systems Advisor position in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties. There is a growing demand on the central coast for practical technical and research oriented assistance to fruit and vegetable farmers that are currently organic and transitioning to organic systems. Since federal farm bill programs now provide incentives for beginning, socially disadvantaged and limited resource farmers, we regularly refer these farmers to local Farm Advisors so that they can obtain the skills and knowledge needed to become economically sustainable. The majority of these farmers are small scale and ethnically diverse. The Santa Cruz Farm Advisor’s officer recently assisted several organic strawberry growers who had pest issues obtain the support needed to apply for federal crop loss support. With this new position, we will be able to meet the growing demand and continue to refer new farmers, and those who are seeking more sustainable operations, to the UCCE Farm Advisor for help.

Respectfully submitted by the Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Mateo County Farm Service Agency Committee (a farmer elected committee). Members: Nita Gizdich, Janet Louie, Betty Barrington, Bill Roth, Tony Serrano.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 10:05 AM by Vivian Soffa, for the Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Mateo County Farm Service Agency Committee
The need for a tree crop specialist in the 3 county area is extremely urgent. As a walnut grower in San Benito County, the extension service provides a path from researchers at Cal and Davis on insect management, orchard management, and tree varieties to the grower. The Central Coast is not the same as the Central Valley. Just look at the temperature differences in this late June time frame. We are separate area with unique issues.

To provide a specific example on the benefit of a Central Coast Farm Advisor--Bruce Lampinen has done significant research on pruning walnuts in the Central Valley. However, when using his guidelines in the Central Coast, our results are significantly different. With sizeable new plantings of walnuts in the Central Coast, this disparity can have a major affect on tree growth and vigor which will affect the economic viability of the orchards.

The Central Coast has sizeable acreage of tree fruits and walnuts that will greatly benefit from a locally domiciled farm advisor.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 12:26 PM by Gregory Swett
I am from Seven Bridges Cooperative, certified organic by CCOF, and I highly support the Area Diversified, Tree Crops and Organic Farming Systems Advisor Position. This area of California produces a huge amount of the states produce and we are so lucky to have fertile lands and people willing to take on the organic certification process. In these times of drought, pollinator shortages and seawater intrusion we need now more than ever extra support for all organic farms, especially for tree crops.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 1:35 PM by Tallula Preston
California agriculture has problems with pests such as Phytophthora rot in berries, Light brown Apple Moth, Mediterranean Fruit fly, citrus greening disease, and apple codling moth. These are serious pests that have been extremely problematic for growers and policy makers when it comes to control and pesticide use. In addition, California tree crops are reliant on pollinators which may be adversely affected by widespread pesticide use.
A Diversified, Tree Crops and Organic Farming Systems Advisor would be a community resource to help growers with integrated pest management tooled to fit the growers needs in the central California climate with the extremes of low to moderate water availability, variable temperatures, and fog.
When Santa Cruz County was hit with the LBAM infestation it was a very polarizing issue between urban residents and growers over proposed pest controls. Widespread adaptation of IPM may reduce future use of pesticides.
Agricultural water use is lower in orchard trees over row crops and strawberries. The advisor could help growers with best agricultural practices to improve tree crop yields to make them more attractive than converting orchards to berries.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 1:54 PM by Mary Margaret Perez
S. Martinelli and company strongly supports this new farm adviser position in our tri-county area. Continuing overdraft of our aquifer by water intensive cane berry crops is beginning to create the necessity and opportunity for a return to a more balanced, diversified and sustainable crop portfolio, including water sipping apple orchards, which will help balance the groundwater basin.

We have created a new farming company and have begun to plant new conventional and organic apple orchards, and one of our greatest challenges will be managing soil disease and pest control, particularly in our new organically farmed parcels. We are currently sponsoring test plots in existing mature apple orchards, that have dead zones caused by oak root fungus, in the hopes of controlling the adverse effects of this devastating soil disease with microbes and new root stocks. Additionally, high land and labor costs in our area create the need to develop the most efficient and productive farming systems and practices possible, and we simply cannot do this without help from the UC Extension services.

I strongly believe now is THE time to chart the course for the next few decades. Joint ventures between our public and private enterprises has the most potential to bring the best minds and resources together to create a viable and sustainable long-term farming industry in our bucolic central coastal area for the next generation of graduates from California Colleges and Universities seeking careers in agriculture.

Thank you for your support.

S. John Martinelli
Posted Jun 30, 2016 10:29 AM by S. John Martinelli
ALBA supports the Area Diversified, Tree Crops and Organic Farming Systems Advisor position. For the past 15 years ALBA has helped farm workers achieve their dream of launching their own organic farm businesses, While we have greatly benefited from the support of UCCE Farm Advisors through workshops, partnerships on grant projects, and on the ground advice, having a Farm Advisor dedicated to small-scale diverse organic production would be a major advancement. There are many production and marketing issues specific to small-scale organic agriculture, such as irrigation and nutrient management for inter-cropped fields, direct marketing, etc. The time is right for a specialist to serve our participants and those like them.
Posted Jul 1, 2016 9:22 AM by Nathan Harkleroad
Pure Pacific Organic supports the placement of an Organic Farming Systems Advisor for the central coastal region of California. This area has always been on the cutting edge in terms of our agricultural systems, but likewise we have unique issues and need the support of UCCE Farm Advisors with specific expertise in organics. We urge UC to fill this position in the central Coastal area of California.
Posted Jul 1, 2016 9:55 AM by Sharan Lanini
The Organic Farming Research Foundation strongly supports the Area Diversified, Tree Crops and Organic Farming Systems Advisor position. For the past 20 years the Organic Farming Research Foundation has worked to support organic farming through research, education, and policy. OFRF periodically surveys organic farmers about their research needs. In the 2015 survey, organic farmers in California communicated their need for skilled organic agriculture advisors to help them find solutions to challenges unique to organic practices. This addition of this new advisor will help provide farmers with the much needed support to farm in ways that are environmentally and economically sustainable.
Posted Jul 1, 2016 5:12 PM by Joanna Ory
Fogline Farm supports the position of Area Diversified, Tree Crops and Organic Farming Systems Advisor. Any and all resources to help small or medium sized organic growers with resources and system advising is a plus. We have so much to keep track of and understand to be successful that an advisor checking in on us and offering tips is greatly welcomed.
Posted Jul 4, 2016 6:21 PM by Caleb Barron, owner of Fogline Farm
As owner/operators of a diversified small organic farm specializing in fruit, flowers and herbs, we have felt the impact of having little expertise available in the local area to consult with on specialty crops and their pests and diseases. Most of the support provided by UCCE has been oriented to the monoculture commodity farming prevalent in Pajaro and Salinas valleys, and advice has been hard to track down. We've found ourselves having to reach out to advisors in other regions with little understanding of the local climatic and biotic factors here. The continuing growth of specialty crops and growers in the Tri-County area proposed to be served deserves the expertise of a specialized advisor. We appreciate the consideration of such a proposal.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 2:13 PM by Curt Abramson, Rooster Ridge Farm, Aptos

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