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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

008 Area CE Agronomy and Weed Management Advisor

Develop an extension, education, and research program that addresses grower and industry needs, including variety evaluation, soil and fertilizer management, irrigation, and integrated weed management programs to optimize agronomic cropping systems in Merced and Madera Counties.  Primary crops include irrigated forage crops, cotton, small grains, dry beans, corn, and alfalfa.  The general focus of the agronomic work will be on soil salinity, soil fertility and plant nutrition, irrigation management, improved varieties, pest management (weeds, insects, and disease) and economics.  The focus on weed science will address emerging issues with herbicide evaluation, general weed management, and herbicide resistant crops and weeds both within crop seasons and as part of a multi-year rotation of various crops.  Key clientele includes growers, farm managers, PCAs, allied industry, and UC farm advisors and Specialists. 


Education and professional requirements:  MSc or PhD degree in disciplines such as plant science, agronomy, pest management, and crop production with specific emphasis on weed science.  Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills are required, and a demonstrated ability in applied agriculture research and extension preferred.


The CE advisor is administratively responsible to the UCCE Merced County Director with input from the County Director of the Fresno-Madera MCA.  This advisor will address core concerns of the Sustainable Food Systems and Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases ANR strategic initiatives. 

Proposed Location/Housing


Proposed Area of Coverage

Merced and Madera Counties


Associated Documents



This position would be very helpful as a researcher and farmer. The current group of weed researchers are great but it would always help to have more as we face tough weed challenges such as resistance and crop safety.
Posted Jun 8, 2016 1:42 PM by Garrett Gilcrease
This position would greatly enhance the UCCE program in Merced County and the central San Joaquin Valley at a time where more specialties in crop nutrition and irrigation are greatly needed. The Regional Water Board is closely watching how growers apply nitrogen fertilizer and expect them to prove they are doing all they can to minimize nitrate leaching to local groundwater basins. The agronomic components that contribute to good management need to be better understood in our region to meet this increasing scrutiny.This added extension person will build on a strong perennial crop program managed by Scott Stoddard.
I give this proposal a high ranking.
Parry Klassen
Executive Director
East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition
Posted Jun 13, 2016 2:15 PM by Parry Klassen, East San Joaquin Water Quality Coaltion
As the nation’s fifth most productive county, Merced County would highly benefit in the addition of an Area CE Agronomy & Weed Management Advisor to our Cooperative Extension office. Within the majority of crops grown in Merced County, alfalfa, cotton and corn still rank as high priority commodities and the lack of an advisor for weed management and cultural practices can be corrected by hiring an advisor. As regulations and legislation continue to mount, without an end in sight, growers need assistance to continue their ability to adapt to ensure the family farm remains a productive endeavor.

Breanne Ramos
Executive Director
Merced County Farm Bureau
Posted Jun 24, 2016 7:29 AM by Breanne Ramos
The Merced County Board of Supervisors would like to express its support for the inclusion of an Agronomy and Weed Management Advisor position for the Merced County Cooperative Extension.

Merced County has been without an Agronomy and Weed Management Advisor since 2002. If this position were reinstituted, it would provide a significant asset to those who grow some of our main crops in the County – cotton, corn, alfalfa and wheat. This has been identified as an area of critical importance for our region as it would also provide valuable research and education into agricultural needs in the Central Valley.

Again, the inclusion of this advisor would be of substantial benefit to Merced County and the surrounding region. The Merced County Board of Supervisors respectfully requests the approval of this position.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 10:20 AM by Hubert "Hub" Walsh, Jr. -- Chairman, Merced County Board of Supervisors
I am the 6th generation of my family to farm here in Merced County. This position is very important for farmers in our area. We have been without an Agronomy and Weed Management Advisor since 2002. Many farms (large and small) would benefit from the filing of this position. Our farm grows alfalfa, cotton, corn and other annual crops and we could benefit from having this additional resource available to us.

I hope you will strongly consider approving this position as it will benefit our area in many ways. Thank you.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 9:11 PM by Cannon Michael
A survey was created in collaborative tools and emailed to members of the Dairy Production and Food Safety Program Team in June encouraging members to review positions and provide input. Based on responses to that survey and input provided during the program team meeting in March the following comments are provided:
Although more individuals ranked this position medium than high, it is a critical position for the region.
Managing organic nitrogen in cropping systems while minimizing deep percolation of nitrate to groundwater continues to be a challenge. ANR is uniquely positioned to conduct research to better understand nitrogen use options in our various soil types and irrigation methods including variety evaluation, soil and fertilizer management, irrigation, and integrated weed management programs to optimize agronomic cropping systems in Merced and Madera Counties. This individual would likely collaborate with Nutrient Management, Irrigation Management and Dairy Advisors, Specialists in Plant and Environmental Sciences and Land, Air, and Water Resources (Davis), as well as Researchers and Specialists at Kearney REC and West Side. Our Program Team sees value in a team approach involving ANR agronomy, dairy, nutrient and water management Advisors and Specialists working in the general geographic area.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 12:37 PM by Deanne Meyer
The California Alfalfa & Forage Association represents hundreds of alfalfa and forage growers in the state. The Northern San Joaquin Valley has very little help in the area of agronomic crops including alfalfa. This position includes crop management and weed expertise, including variety evaluation, soil and fertilizer management, irrigation and integrated weed management programs to optimize cropping systems in Merced and Madera Counties. The alfalfa industry would greatly benefit from a person in this position, as this is a major alfalfa growing area.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:48 PM by Jane Townsend/California Alfalfa & Forage Association
In its use of fertilizers herbicides and pesiticides the ag industry is being hammered with greater scrunity and accountability. As a grower I am concered we will loose many of the these tools long before research & development comes up with something new to combat the weeds and pests that confront each season. There is a tremendous need for expertise in weed and soil management in our industry. This position needs to be filled.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:43 PM by Bob Ferguson, delta grower

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