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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 katherine.webb-martinez@ucop.edu.

 

2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

096 Food Crop Safety Specialist

This position will lead an integrated, statewide Extension and Research program that improves the safety of plant-based food production in California and contributes to the knowledge on food safety and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Food safety may be addressed from the perspective of contamination by microorganisms and/or microbial-produced toxins, and may span the production chain from pre-harvest (growing and harvesting conditions) to post-harvest (handling in packing houses, transit, and marketing displays). Research and extension activities will focus on issues in food safety, including identifying contaminants or sources of food spoilage in the food chain, tracing sources of contamination, and reducing contamination. This will include, for example, the implementation of good agricultural practices, along with food safety programs in a diverse range of production systems.

Proposed Location/Housing

Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, and affiliated with the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, UC Riverside

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide

Contacts

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Comments

4 Comments

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Food safety and the need for farm to table tracking of agricultural products has made for complicated rules and regulations that farmers are having to deal with. This position will lead an integrated, statewide Extension and Research program that improves the safety of plant-based food production in California and contributes to the knowledge on food safety and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This position will be of great benefit to the many varied agricultural producers in the Valley and their need stay compliant with the rules and regulations surrounding food safety. Research and extension activities will focus on issues in food safety, including identifying contaminants or sources of food spoilage in the food chain, tracing sources of contamination, and reducing contamination. This position will benefit from the core base of pathologist, entomologist and fruit and nut crop specialists that currently exist at KARE. Given the high profiles of past food contamination issues, this is both a timely and needed position.
Posted Jun 7, 2016 10:34 AM by Jeff Dahlberg, Director
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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, food safety, 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 crops industry. In particular, food safety issues have the potential to cost growers hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is an area that needs immediate attention.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 9:56 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
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On behalf of the 3,500 California citrus growers represented by the California Citrus Research Board, we would like to express support for the proposed Food Crop Safety Extension Specialist position to be based at Kearney. This statewide position is needed to address upcoming changes following Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) updates. The California citrus industry is worth almost $2 billion dollars with 80% of the fruit produced going to fresh markets. In order for the California citrus industry to maintain and grow both domestic and international markets, growers, cooperatives, packinghouses and shippers need assistance to maintain a safe and secure food supply as FSMA updates are implemented.
The Citrus Research Program is the grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 that enables the state’s citrus producers to sponsor and support needed research. Over $7 million is provided annually to fund needed research for the California citrus industry. Just last year we spent over $500,000 to study postharvest and export issues. Our research efforts would be complemented by the additional research and extension support provided by a Food Crop Safety Extension Specialist at Kearney, and could help citrus cooperatives, packing houses and shippers meet the new requirements of food safety audits. Kearney has a strong history of supporting postharvest research and is located in the Central Valley near over 180,000 acres of citrus.
The hiring of a Food Crop Safety Extension Specialist could address both the basic biology of food safety and provide practical extension efforts to the benefit of agricultural production in California. Reducing waste in the food production chain and ensuring produce is safe from food borne pathogens and toxins are important goals. The California Citrus Research Board strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:26 AM by Gary Schulz
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The California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group representing the almond, pistachio, and walnut industries support this position. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has dramatically changed the approach to growing safe food and most commodities and growers are lagging at understanding the rules and the conditions for future operations. We envision this position also contributing to the research knowledge base in food safety, ensuring that regulations of the future will be science-based, practical, implementable, and effective at reasonable cost. There are two specialists who work with commodities on food safety and they were already at their limits without FSMA. They will be unable to meet the needs of the commodities they currently work with if they try to address all the needs of other commodities. The largest commodity growers may be able to find consultants to develop their own programs but small specialty and ethnic growers will be underserved.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 1:19 PM by Bob Klein, California Pistachio Research Board

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