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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

095 Feedlot Management Specialist

The Feedlot Management Specialist will bring statewide leadership and coordination of existing expertise to address challenges and opportunities that exist within the feedlot industry. The California feedlot industry is substantial and the need to address intensive livestock management typical of feedlots is acute in the state and nationwide. Tremendous pressures exist for intensive livestock systems encompassing dust, manure management, and water quality and usage. Systematic approaches to animal welfare and audits have been in the slaughter sector for years and now a growing pressure for a nationwide program for feedlots. Research that directly applies to the stakeholder challenges will support the industry by promoting sound choices both at the producer and policy levels. Improved animal welfare, reduced environmental impact with economical sustainability ultimately impacts community living quality and access to a safe food supply, goals that align with the UC ANR Strategic Vision 2025.

Proposed Location/Housing

Desert Research and Extension Center (El Centro, CA) affiliated with the Department of Animal Science, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage



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The feedlot industry is facing increased pressures and policies that will only increase the need for a extension specialist that can help producers navigate these new market dynamics. Nationwide meat packers and processors are calling for industrywide audits and assessments that will impact the feedlot sector on a multitude of fronts, including: animal welfare, environmental management, animal health, and biosecurity.

Additionally, employee training by outside entities, such as extension, is becoming an expectation in the beef industry. A well qualified individual, that is knowledgeable and sensitive to industry issues and challenges will be able to help feedlot cattle producers immensely. By filling this role, California will be able to step out of the shadows and help lead the nation in the feedlot and beef industries. Instead of having industry standards set for California, the state will have a seat at the table when such standards are being developed. This will allow the feedlot industry in California to have their production practices and innovation shared across state borders.

California's agricultural, and especially livestock, producers have long been known for their innovation and independence but with a dedicated feedlot extension specialist that spirit will be able to flourish for an already successful industry.

As someone who works at the national level with a diverse set of stakeholders, I would be excited to include a feedlot extension specialist from California in our industrywide working groups and boards. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Chase DeCoite
Director, Beef Quality Assurance
National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Posted Jun 23, 2016 6:58 AM by Chase DeCoite
This position would provide much needed support to lamb feeders throughout California. With the only major lamb processor west of the Rockies located in the Sacramento Valley, lamb feeding is a significant component of California's sheep industry (ranked #2 nationally). This position will help lamb feeders address a variety of management and environmental factors that are critical to the industry's future viability.
Posted Jun 24, 2016 11:39 AM by Dan Macon
It is extremely important that the state add the position of Feedlot Extension Specialist. I envision this person continuing to assist feeders in becoming more efficient on the production side, but also working with feeders on managing the challenges created by regulatory issues. The individual filling this position would also assist us in Beef Quality Assurance training for our employees and could possibly conduct audits of these programs at the feedlot level. If you have any other questions, please contact me. Thank you.
Posted Jun 29, 2016 10:28 AM by Paul Cameron
The Feedlot Extension Specialist position is highly important for producers in the State of California. The sustainability of beef production depends on the ability of producers to adapt and innovate to improve the efficient use of resources available. Extension Specialists play a critical role helping producers in this process. They are responsible for bringing scientific knowledge and discovery to practical solutions at the producer level. Additionally they participate in the process of generating new scientific knowledge to answer new or unresolved questions producers may have.
Posted Jun 29, 2016 12:03 PM by Milton Gorocica
Having a grazing ruminant nutrition specialist would be extremely beneficial. This position is very necessary for rangeland grazing in the state of California. Environmental and economic challenges need producers to be more efficient. The ruminant nutrition specialist will be able to evaluate the effects on environmental, animal health and productivity.
Posted Jul 1, 2016 9:47 AM by Martin Montaño
California Wool Growers Association (CWGA) strongly supports the proposed position for a Feedlot Management Specialist. California is the second largest sheep state in the total number of sheep and lambs in the U.S and home to the largest U.S. lamb processor. To ensure American lamb is available year-round, the feeding sector is a significant aspect of California’s sheep production system. This position will support research and education efforts to address California lamb feeder concerns regarding a multitude of environmental, management, quality assurance, and other related issues. This position will provide sheep producers with the tools and resources needed to help improve the sustainability of California’s lamb feeding sector. CWGA is one of many stakeholders that will benefit from having a Feedlot Management Specialist in California.
Posted Jul 3, 2016 8:07 AM by California Wool Growers Association
The Imperial Valley cattle feeding industry has a need for a livestock specialist to be located here since cattle feeding is a huge part of the county's agriculture. The UC feedlot facility here has done great research over the 40 plus years I have fed cattle here. When Richard Zinn retires we will need someone to fill the void and a livestock specialist could serve in that role. As Chairman of the California Cattlemen's Association Feeder Council I can speak for feeders in the state in support of this new position in the Imperial Valley. While the beef plant in Brawley closed two years ago and numbers have dropped, there will continue to be substantial numbers on feed here and in the state of California. There is always a need for further research at the feedlot level and since our desert feeding area is so different in the way we feed due to our weather and the fact that we feed light calves instead of yearlings. I would encourage the new specialist to survey feeders here on current needs and where feeders feel we need improvement.
Hopefully a new specialist can be of assistance with many of the air and water quality compliance issues and also in the area of animal welfare. These regulatory and public relation areas have become a huge part of daily life in managing a feedlot. The Central Valley feeders will be well served also if we have a full time feedlot specialist also since they have many of the same issues. With the current political environment in California we cannot expect regulatory compliance to get better anytime in the near future.
The cattle feeders in California can be well served by the placement of a feedlot specialist in the Imperial Valley. I strongly support this proposal.

Bill Brandenberg,
Chairman, CCA Feeder Council
Posted Jul 8, 2016 5:19 PM by Bill Brandenberg
Greenhouse gases, water quality, nutrient capture and recycling, animal welfare; all are critical feedlot issues that demand the attention of a highly trained UCCE specialist and support from the UC system. This is a critically important position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:37 AM by Jeff Creque

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