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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

034 Area Orchard Systems Farm Advisor Position

This position is a critical component of a three adviser team engaging issues related to sustainable orchard Crop production in Tehama,Glenn and Butte counties. The area covers 235,500 acres of walnut,almond,prune and olive farming with a value at $1,278,795,728  dollars. Project areas include:

1) Safe and effective use of pesticides

2) Food safety

3) Water quality and availability

4) Nutrient management and nitrate leaching

Internal and external networking with ANR,Research and outreach are described in the proposal. 

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE Tehama County Red Bluff ,California 96080

Proposed Area of Coverage

Tehama, Glenn and butte Counties


Associated Documents



As Vice-Chairman of the Glenn County Board of Supervisors it is critical that the area orchard farm advisor position be funded and a qualified candidate hired. The walnut, almond, prune and olive industries alone in Tehama, Glenn & Butte Counties are commodities that have a value of over 1 billion dollars. This tri-county staff position is critical to help our growers in the effective use of pesticides; assist our growers’ knowledge of food safety and water sustainability. Please fund and hire a qualified candidate to enable our growers to have continued support and success.
Posted May 24, 2016 11:24 AM by Keith Corum, Glenn County Supervisor
As a farmer of Almonds and Prunes I have on many occasions have used the invaluable services of UC Farm Advisor to understand and try to solve problems. With the continued growth of the orchards in the tri-county area it is imperative to have a UC farm advisor located in the area to be able to help growers with issues that are unique and distinct to the area. I firmly believe that their services are valuable and thus on many occasions have cooperated with them in their research .
Posted Jun 8, 2016 7:12 PM by Mike Vereschagin
The area orchard farm advisor position is critical to keeping California's prune industry competitive in an increasingly complex global marketplace. The superior quality of our prunes is the cornerstone of our market advantage. Breeding programs, best practices, orchard protection and diligent observation and adaptation to environmental and economic challenges are dependent on the partnership between the grower and the farm advisor. Without the directed research that comes from collaboration with the UC and the advisor the prune industry is at a distinct disadvantage in maintaining its edge over the competition. The California Dried Plum Board is highly supportive of the position and encourages the UC to fund and hire a highly qualified candidate. Donn Zea, Executive Director, California Dried Plum Board
Posted Jun 12, 2016 10:40 AM by Donn Zea
The area orchard farm advisor position will be very important to keep California's prune industry competitive with other commodities in California as well as in world markets. The superior quality of our prunes is the cornerstone of our market advantage. Breeding programs, best management practices, Integrated Pest Management and diligent observation and adaptation to environmental and economic challenges are dependent on the partnership between the grower and the farm advisor. Research that comes from collaboration with the UC and the advisor for the prune industry is essential in maintaining its edge over the competition. The California Dried Plum Board is highly supportive of the position and encourages the UC to fund and hire a highly qualified candidate.
Posted Jun 12, 2016 3:49 PM by Gary Obenauf
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 specialty crop industry.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 9:32 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
As chairman of the Calif Dried Plum Board and its Production Research sub committee, I worked closely with Rick Buchner over the years. His knowledge will be hard to replace but is absolutely required in order to maintain a knowledge base within UCCE and participate in much needed new research. The prune industry is grappling with water quality issues and needs strategies to optimize nitrogen management, while limiting groundwater contamination. As well, we're just beginning to evaluate tree life cycle assessments and find ways to reduce our carbon footprint and other topics related to sustainability.
Posted Jun 22, 2016 2:08 PM by Joe Turkovich
The California Prune industry currently includes close to 50,000 acres statewide. About 20% of the acreage is South of Sacramento primarily in the Tulare County area and the remaining 80% is North of Sacramento in the Upper Sacramento Valley. Orchard systems advisor Elizabeth Fitchner covers orchard crops with a prune component in the Tulare County area. Orchard Systems advisor Franz Niederholzer primarily covers almonds in Sutter/Yuba and Colusa area and has a prune component as well. Orchard Systems advisor Richard Buchner primarily covers walnut , almond and prune in Tehama ,Glenn and Butte counties. The current UCCE advisor time allocation to the California prune industry is at or below 1.0 FTE. The California Prune industry is vibrant and benefits from very good support from the California Dried Plum Board (CDPB), Cooperatives and independent packers. With walnut and almond prices declining and prune prices good to very good. California orchard farmers will favor new prune plantings increasing California's position in domestic and import markets. Safe Pesticide use, food safety, water quality and quantity and nutrient management to name a few are huge issues for the industry evidenced by CDPB funding to support these researchable issues and more. The UCCE prune Work group and prune research conference suggest a high priority ranking for this position proposal.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 2:33 PM by Richard Buchner
Tehama County has an emerging, sizeable walnut presence in California supporting over 20,000 acres of walnuts that produce nearly 7% of the statewide supply. With a mixture of small acreage, part-time growers, to large, vertically integrated operations, the Tehama Area Advisor (AA) fills a critical role in reaching these constituents, ranging from basic information to the latest cutting edge techniques. As today’s growers face increased regulatory and environmental requirements, the AA is uniquely positioned to be a vital conduit of unbiased, practical information. As growers apply this information, benefits compound at every level keeping agricultural businesses leaders in the global marketplace.
As VP of Grower Services at Diamond Foods (large walnut processor), I have directly experienced the benefits provided by an AA. They are an important component in a total crop system because they are “in tune” with the local growing area and understand the specific challenges and unique advantages. The AA is the pathway to relevant, regional research in: pest & disease management, improved rootstocks & varieties, irrigation & nutrient optimization, and general orchard management- interconnected areas resulting in high quality walnuts.
The AA is accessible which is tremendously valuable to Diamond and our walnut growers as it develops strong community ties relevant to the area’s production. Diamond continuously reaches out for their expertise, advice, and content for correspondence. As the California Walnut Industry continues to flourish, new cultural issues emerge. The AA is often the first line of assistance growers turn to obtain meaningful solutions. These are a few of the many reasons why Diamond has a long history of support and cooperation with AA’s. The truth remains that retaining this position is crucial for the industry’s overall outlook.
Thank you for your consideration.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 9:41 AM by Eric Heidman
The County of Tehama relies on our partnership with the U.C. Cooperative Extension program to improve productivity and sustainability of our agricultural industry. Recognizing the value of agriculture, and orchard production in particular, to our local economy the County remains committed to providing support staff and resources needed for this program even during times of tight local budgets. The continuation of the Area Orchard Systems Farm Advisor Position is critical to the ongoing research that has resulted in greater water conservation and reduction in the reliance on pesticides, making our orchards more sustainable.
Ongoing research utilizing innovative tree health monitoring techniques insures that orchards are maintained at an optimal level. This research has not only resulted in improvements to local production, but it provides vital information used in orchards throughout the world. Richard Buchner is known for his creativity and insight, working closely with agriculturalists and the County Ag Commissioner to implement these new technologies and practices. It is vital that his position continues within Tehama County.
Bill Goodwin, Chief Administrator,County of Tehama
Posted Jul 8, 2016 2:01 PM by Bill Goodwin
Our family farming operation grows primarily walnuts, along with olives for olive oil, and almonds. We also process, package, and globally market walnuts not only from our own orchards but also from about 60 other farm families in the area.

This Area Orchard Systems advisor will play a critical role in helping us continue to produce a safe, responsibly grown, and highly affordable food supply.

The horticultural challenges we face today are numerous and ever changing. Challenges such as walnut blight, botryosphaeria, limited availability of irrigation water, lack of effective soil fumigants, crown gall, phytophthora crown rot, codling moth, husk fly (on the increase!), and how to intelligently reduce labor inputs (due to the lack of ag workers) without compromising production or quality, represent important opportunities for local research and extension.

I have consulted with the current Farm Advisor, Rick Buchner a lot over the years. He has been outstanding. As our industry progresses, it is very likely that growers will rely even more on the outstanding person that will fill this slot. Please do fill this position.

Thank you.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 10:48 AM by Brent Barton
This is a critical position for an important set of crops in a farming region that is located in northern end of the Central Valley and dominated by family farms. These growers need ANR support to stay viable.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 11:39 AM by Ted DeJong
This is a critical position for an important set of crops in a farming region that is located in northern end of the Central Valley and dominated by family farms. These growers need ANR support to stay viable.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 11:39 AM by Ted DeJong
As a unique piece of California's Great Central Valley, Tehema County grows many tree crops vital to California's agricultural and overall economy. But because of it's unique position in the north state, many of the issues growers face in Tehema County are specific to the region. It is important that the mission of serving local growers by ANR and UCCE is maintained with this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:40 PM by Cliff Beumel, Vice President of Sierra Gold Nurseries
The California Walnut Board represented by more than the 4000 growers and 365,000 acres strongly supports this position. In 2015, the three northern counties (Butte, Glenn, and Tehama) accounted for 30% of the California walnut crop which totaled 603,000 tons with a total value of over $1.8 billion. The California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group representing the almond, pistachio, and walnut industries strongly support this position and regard it a high priority. The filling of the position would complete the planned development of a staffing plan consisting of a team of advisors working with the walnut, almond, pistachio, prune, and olive industries with responsibilities covering Tehama, Glenn, and Butte Counties. With the recent filling of the position in Glenn County and the scheduled recruitment for a similar position in Butte County, this position in Tehama County is the final piece. The three advisors would then be expected to develop cross-county assignments as members of a tri-county team, each expected to take leadership for specific commodities in the three counties areas.
Posted Jul 15, 2016 1:15 PM by Joseph Grant

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