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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

101 Grazing Ruminant Nutrition Specialist



The Grazing Ruminant Nutrition Specialist will work with livestock, range and crop advisors, livestock producers and land managers to articulate the nutritional needs of grazing livestock and devise research that yields creative and sustainable strategies to produce both agricultural and environmental benefits. Such an approach is instrumental in providing practical nutritional strategies that support natural resource goals by enabling production and profitability for the livestock producer. With more than 40 million acres of rangeland in CA serving as the forage base for the livestock industry which generates upward of $4 Billion in cash income per year, there is a significant need for knowledge related to the nutrient demands for grazing beef, sheep, and goats. This position enhances competitive food systems by developing tools to sustainably intensifying the yield of meat, wool, and fiber per acre of land. The nutritive value and plant composition on animal intake and performance are critical to maintain profitability, hence sustainability, for livestock producers and key to the ANR strategic vision of developing healthy food systems and environments with resilient, biologically diverse ecosystems.



Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Animal Science, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide with emphasis on rangeland


Associated Documents



This is a terrific position! With the ongoing drought and beef prices returning to marginal levels, we in the cattle business need help with the science of nutrition in order to sustain our herds and produce more marketable animals.
Posted May 15, 2016 7:06 PM by Steve Sinton
As a public land grazing manager and private rangeland consultant, I work on grazed rangelands across the entire state. An area that has been lacking in terms of professional guidance in an advisory and research role is nutrient requirements and intake livestock, particularly grazing livestock on rangelands. This position would be of the utmost value to ranchers, public land managers, consultants, and advisors. I highly recommend the addition of this position.
Posted May 16, 2016 9:29 AM by Clayton Koopmann
As a Cow -Calf producer and Beef Veterinarian I find this to be a uniquely important position to add to the CE spectrum. Most of our basic and advanced nutritional information comes from either dairy or Mid-Western research. California has varied areas that especially require detailed knowledge of supplemental requirements. This could be the first time California specific information is generated and shared.
Posted May 16, 2016 12:12 PM by A.E." Bud" Sloan, DVM
I'm very happy to see this position being considered. I recently retired as the USDA/NRCS State Rangeland Management Specialist and covered all of California. I saw first hand the need for additional technical assistance from a specialist in ruminant nutrition for grazing lands, especially rangelands. California is wrought with drought, invasive weedy species and regulations that affect forage quality and availability. These factors affect how a ranch is managed and therefore can have a profound effect of the operators ability to match forage quality with the reproductive phase of the animal. In order to continue to operate economically in California we need to have specialized technical skills to help landowners develop new ways to graze our rangelands to meet the nutritional requirements of the animals in an ever changing climate. This position is greatly needed and I support it wholeheartedly.
Posted May 16, 2016 5:25 PM by Ceci Dale-Cesmat
As a small beef herd owner I am delighted this position is being proposed. I need help with managing invasive species, dealing with government regulations, improving my knowledge of nutrition. Please go for it!
Posted May 17, 2016 6:39 AM by Eileen O'Farrell
Yes, the industry needs more help as the regulations pile up, the livestock industry needs research to validate our best management practices. Please fill this position with someone dynamic and energetic!
Posted May 17, 2016 7:23 AM by Molly Watkins
As a cow calf producer who grazes range land this position would be very helpful. Having technical assistance with the numerous questions from monitoring to weed control would be most benefitual
Posted May 17, 2016 7:44 AM by Cheryl Foster
As a small cow/calf and farm flock sheep producer I feel that this position would be greatly helpful to many producers. Pasture management, ruminant nutrition, and governmental regulations are high priorities from livestock producers and this position provides a link to much needed resources.
Posted May 17, 2016 8:34 AM by Cheryl Lauritsen
I find this proposed position to be excellent and needed. Since properly managed livestock grazing is the most benign economic use of California rangelands, and this position will assist livestock grazers to be more efficient and thus more profitable, it will have a positive effect on the conservation of California rangelands. It will also, as noted above, make livestock producers more "sustainable"-an increasingly important issue in food production around the world.
Posted May 17, 2016 11:23 AM by Jack Hanson
This position is very necessary for rangeland grazing in California. With on going drought conditions and water challenges this position would greatly assist the land managers to put in place the best techniques for the overall health of the land and water qualities. This would continue though out all conditions on grazing lands to insure viability.
Posted May 18, 2016 9:10 AM by Diane Bohna
As a livestock Extension agent in Hawaii, I place a high value on this position proposal as I would hope to collaborate with this specialist where appropriate. Ruminant nutrition is markedly specialized and requires considerable expertise within the nutrition field. In particular, our forage-finished sector is expanding rapidly and the need is great for better information on the highly variable plant-ruminant interactions. Our Livestock Extension Group recently drafted a similar proposal seeking a ruminant nutritionist with research and extension responsibility. This proposal was gutted by upper administration and was returned to us with research and instruction duties, no extension, and no emphasis on ruminants. The person hired is very capable and collaborates with us when possible, though his background is in monogastrics and spends most of his time on fish, chicken, and pig feed development. While these endeavors are important, Hawaii's beef cattle, goat, and sheep industries account for more than all other livestock commodities in the state combined in terms of value, acreage used, and inventory. We need this position as much as California does. Please fill it.
Posted May 18, 2016 1:44 PM by Matthew Stevenson
We are scaling up our grazing operation, focusing on multi species planned rotational systems that will at times include super high density mob grazing. We are focused on developing the productivity of our rangeland and vineyard pastures and need the specific technical assistance that this position would provide. We are a relatively small farm with an eye towards building a long term sustainable and profitable business and maximizing the nutritive potential of our forage is central to this plan. The assistance, advice, education, and mentorship that we have received through the CE programs over the past few years has been indispensable and probably one of the most important factors leading us to our current and future plans. The proposed position will add another immensely valuable voice of guidance for us and we very much look forward to working with and learning from them.
Posted May 18, 2016 6:49 PM by James Conrads
Yes, please! I would be very happy to see a grazing ruminant nutrition specialist. I raise a flock of 100 dairy ewes on pasture and they require a very high level of nutrition. I would be glad to make use of a nutritionists services.
Posted May 20, 2016 10:32 AM by Rebecca King
San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen's Association Board of Directors voted unamiously to support the new position of a Grazing Ruminat Nutrition Specialist. With the continued changing in the rain pattern throughout the state it is our belief that creating and filling this position would be of upmost value to stock growers throughout California. With the changing of vegation ie: weeds it is important to be able to contact a specialist to see what if any type of nutrition these ruminat animals are getting and not getting. Thank you in advance for favorable consideration of this position.. .
Posted May 20, 2016 12:43 PM by San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen's Association
I strongly support the addition of this important position to our resource base. I am a seedstock producer and as such, the expression of genetic potential in my herd coupled with the constantly changing challenges of the environment, make having a Grazing Nutrition Specialist a must. Our rangeland forbs and grasses may vary from year to year depending on rainfall. In a drought, we rely on the expertise of specialists to be sure that we optimize nutrition, both natural and supplemental, for our seedstock as well as work with our customers for the best results. Judicious rangeland management using cattle requires dedicated knowledge and experience. Having a Grazing Ruminant Specialist would be a godsend.
Posted May 20, 2016 2:55 PM by Pamela Doiron
I am a cow/calf and sheep producer with an emphasis on grass fed genetics and feed efficiency. This position sounds like a much needed resource for me.
Posted May 20, 2016 8:53 PM by Mary Burger
Hope we get this position filled there is definitely need for more extension agents. And this would be an important area
Posted May 24, 2016 5:53 AM by Natasha hunt
California Wool Growers Association (CWGA) strongly supports the proposed position for a Grazing Ruminant Nutrition Specialist. Sheep grazing offers several benefits in managing vegetation and is increasingly becoming a popular tool for such throughout California. Sheep grazing is an important component for fire suppression, managing invasive plant species, and weed/pest management programs for many crop, vineyard, and orchard based operations. In today’s environment of drought and increasing regulations that impact the accessibility of rangelands, forage and crop residues now comprise a critical portion of the annual forage budget for many sheep producers. Unfortunately nutritional based information and research related to grazing sheep on these many diverse and changing environments in California is nonexistent. This position will provide sheep producers with the tools and resources needed to help improve the efficiency and profitability of their grazing based operations. CWGA is one of many stakeholders that will benefit from having a Grazing Ruminant Nutrition Specialist in California.
Posted May 25, 2016 9:00 AM by California Wool Growers Association
On behalf of more-than-1,700 cattle ranching members throughout the state of California, the California Cattlemen’s Association strongly supports the establishment of a Grazing Ruminant Nutrition Specialist position within the UC Cooperative Extension system. One of the most significant threats facing California’s ranchers in recent years has been the devastating long-term drought. By identifying methods for adapting grazing strategies to changing climactic conditions, a Grazing Ruminant Nutrition Specialist would assist California’s ranchers in sustaining their operations throughout the current drought and in alleviating threats posed by future droughts. By “designing forage-based systems that provide ecosystem services for society,” the Specialist would provide an invaluable service to ranchers (who pride themselves upon good stewardship of California’s rangelands) and regulators alike. Finally, by focusing on sustainability and increased meat yields, the position will help to ensure the economic viability of ranches increasingly under a wide range of economic pressures. CCA strongly supports the establishment of the Grazing Ruminant Nutrition Specialist position, and we look forward to working with the Specialist in the future for the benefit of California’s ranchers and rangelands.
Posted Jun 7, 2016 11:33 AM by California Cattlemen's Association
As a range/pasture based sheep producer, I think this position would have tremendous benefit. A specialist in grazing ruminant nutrition would compliment other campus and field-based specialists and county advisors who work with ranchers. With growing focus on targeted grazing in the sheep and goat industries, we need help with a variety of nutritional issues, including secondary compounds, toxicity issues, and nutritionally-related reproductive issues. Because this position would be based on the Davis campus, this specialist would be able to provide valuable interface between range management, animal science and vet med.
Posted Jun 8, 2016 9:09 AM by Dan Macon
As an Assistant Professor in Animal Science at one of the five agricultural colleges in California, I believe this position is needed and will have tremendous benefit. This area has been needed for a long time and is more important than ever as CA is continuing to deal with the ramifications of its historic drought. This position will be a wonderful liasion between producers and the universities. I look forward to working with whomever fills this position to strengthen the research, outreach, and teaching relationships between the UC, Cooperative Extension and CSU systems.
Posted Jun 8, 2016 10:38 AM by Kasey DeAtley
As a young land steward and contract grazing specialist working with sheep and goats for fire hazard abatement and vegetation management projects around Northern California, I feel that this position would lend way to providing the resources and support that so many producers I encounter would benefit from. From both the animal and the land management side, this position would be impactful.
Posted Jun 8, 2016 2:08 PM by Brittany Cole Bush
As a cattle rancher in Mono County I have few in state resources regarding pasture and rangeland grazing in this mix of Great Basin and Sierra Nevada environments. I support the establishment of the position of an expert in grazing ruminant nutrition. Mono County ranchers encounter a broad variety of plants in irrigated pasture land as well as range land environments at elevations from 5,000 to 10,000 feet. Having a grazing ruminant nutrition specialist within the UC Cooperative Extension would be extremely beneficial to all ranchers in the Eastern Sierra as well as the entire state of California.
Posted Jun 10, 2016 6:43 PM by Blair Hunewill
As a chairman for the Stanislaus National Forest Grazing Permittee's Association, I too well understand the need for a person to fill this position. Always under scrutinity from environmental organizations, always concerned with cattle health and nutrition, this position could do a great deal to increase the understanding of our beneficial impact on the environment.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 6:36 AM by Dick Gaiser
Grazing is increasingly being used as a tool for invasive plants and fuels management. This position is critical to draw together these management objectives with producer and animal health objectives. The ruminant nutrition specialist will be able to evaluate the effects on animal health and productivity.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 7:22 PM by Susan Edinger Marshall, Humboldt State University
As a cattle rancher in California I believe the position would be invaluable. As the population grows we are required to produce more food with fewer resources. Political, environmental, and economic challenges require ranchers to be more efficient. A Grazing Ruminant Nutrition Specialist would be a great asset in assisting myself and other ranchers in our operations.
Posted Jun 15, 2016 6:35 PM by MIKE WILLIAMS
The cattle industry is a key economic driver in Plumas and Sierra counties and livestock producers continually need to be updated and informed on local, state, and national issues. The majority of ranchers in our area raise beef and it is grazing (both on public and private lands) that sustains our operations. A healthy ecosystem begins with healthy soil and plants and as a cattle rancher, I believe this new position is needed and would greatly enhance the work already be done.
Posted Jun 16, 2016 12:44 PM by Rick Roberti
Now, more than ever, we need to support the 'Importance of the Grazing Ruminant in California' to maintain open space for:

a) healthy water catchments for working environments,
b) continued viewscapes of the natural environments,
c) limit or prevent urban encroachment,
d) continuing carbon sequestration using herbivores,
e) removing unwanted biomass for wildfire protection,
f) control or limiting invasive weeds,
g) providing for a high quality animal protein for healthy human diets,
h) collecting energy that converts sun energy into a high quality product that meets human demand.
Posted Jun 23, 2016 10:42 AM by Bill Burrows, President BRI (Burrows Ranch, Inc.)
As commercial and registered cattle producers, since the Gold Rush days our family feels strongly we need to encourage the proper use of our finite feed and grazing resources. We feel a CE Specialist in Grazing Ruminant Nutrition would be beneficial so that our herds could be better managed.
Posted Jun 23, 2016 10:45 AM by Fritz & Phyllis Grupe
According to the most recent figures from CDFA, cattle and calf sales in California totaled $3.72 billion with sheep and goats adding approximately $500 million in additional sales. Grazed livestock are significant contributors to California’s agricultural economy. It makes sense to have scientific expertise in grazing ruminant nutrition to provide assistance to California’s livestock producers as they work to improve the management of their herds and flocks. The California Farm Bureau Federation appreciates UCCE’s consideration of a CE Specialist in Grazing Ruminant Nutrition and respectfully requests that this position be created and filled. This position will be valuable in helping our livestock producing members meet the challenges of managing livestock through drought conditions and the values that livestock grazing can provide to ecosystems through managed grazing.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 3:45 PM by California Farm Bureau Federation
The topic of grazing ruminant nutrition is increasingly important in light of climate mitigation and adaptation concerns, as well as ongoing drought, invasive species, ecosystem services provision, and land use change pressures. At the USDA Climate Hub for California, we would certainly be interested in working with this specialist.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 12:23 PM by Amber Kerr
We have commercial range sheep that move to many different locations throughout California. We often have nutrition, mineral, and pasture/feed questions without a reliable resource to turn to for answers. We highly support the need for this specialist. Good nutrition is essential for good health, performance and reproduction. And with recent severe drought and water limitations, pasture and pasture quality has been affected. Many California producers move their livestock to different feed sources throughout the year which also adds to a list of questions regarding pasture management, nutrition and supplementation especially since many producers may find themselves with new or different feed sources. These new and different feed sources may be adequate for some classes of livestock: i.e. maintenance, pregnant, lactating, weaned, etc., but not others. We need someone who understands the grazing needs of ruminants in the many diverse areas of California. Our state also has areas of mineral deficiencies while having adequate mineral levels in other parts of the state due to soil and vegetation differences. Copper and selenium are two important minerals which, if deficient, can produce many health problems: poor growth; poor immunity, reduced conception rates; poor wool or hair coat; white muscle disease, infertility, retained placenta and stillbirths. A Grazing Ruminant Nutrition Specialist can help producers with nutritional needs for health and production and can be our “bridge” for bringing much needed knowledge from the universities and research community to California producers. An extension specialist can help us improve our production and bring support to all producers- especially the new and young producers of tomorrow.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 11:54 PM by Peter and Beth Swanson
This position would be crucial for contributing a critical, and presently missing, element to a variety of research and extension efforts. Among them, helping develop and evaluate grazing practices for fuels and brush control around the state, improving grazing use of the more distinct grassland ecological sites around the state, improving use of grasslands being invaded by new species of noxious weeds, developing improved forage management and supplementation strategies for ranches impacted by climate change-induced shifts in dominant vegetation, and evaluating more locally produced agricultural byproducts for use as low-cost livestock supplements. The list goes on. The UC has a relative abundance of plant ecologists, but presently is lacking any real capacity for dealing with the nutritional management of ruminants, especially on uncultivated rangeland ecosystems. This an important component which would markedly strengthen the recent critical investments that DANR has made in the rangeland/livestock program for the state. This position would finally begin to substantively recover UCCE's support to its livestock producer clientele.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 3:20 PM by Marc Horney
The Range Management Advisory Committee ( supports the creation of the Grazing Ruminant Nutrition Specialist position at UCCE to provide support to livestock producers in California. RMAC believes this position will provide critical information to producers and effectively liaison between scientists, producers, and land managers to improve California's landscape and livestock industry.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:01 AM by Range Management Advisory Committee

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