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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

104 Information Systems & Data Analytics for Agricultural & Food Production Specialist

As sensor technology becomes ubiquitous along the supply chain in monitoring crop and product status, disease and pest conditions, yield, quality and other attributes critical to ensuring safety, value, producer and consumer confidence, and overall sustainability, there is an urgent need for specialists who can advise and support in the area of big data, data processing, sensor application, and the use of derived information for real-time and longer range decision making and system evaluation. This position will serve growers, the food supply chain industry and the agricultural and information technology industries in California with applied research and extension in the improved utilization of sensed data for information synthesis and decision support throughout the agricultural and food sectors. This extension program will provide impartial, trusted support in the use of advanced decision making tools and facilitate strategies to optimize agricultural production in an era of climate change, increased environmental variability and expanded regulation, limited water, energy, and other resources, and ever-increasing consumer demand for high quality, safe, and affordable food.

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage



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Information systems and data analytics is a critical infrastructure of any agency or industry in today's data age. The pace of technology development needs to be matched by an equally modern data infrastructure used to collect and analyze data gathered by new technologies. Many companies are falling behind because they've implemented tremendous new technologies but lack the data information systems and analytics to crunch and make sense of the data. This specialist position is a key position in ensuring the technology advancements are matched with the data analytics that validate the value of these new technologies.
Posted Jun 22, 2016 5:43 PM by Mike Chan
As a CE Specialist I support this position for several reasons:

1. The opportunities for big data to provide efficiency gains in a wide range of areas, including crop production, extension, and research are massive and wide-ranging. This position would serve to realize some of these gains and accelerate the advancement of California agriculture.

2. Most clientele, ranging from ranch managers to Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists, lack the understanding or skills to effectively employ big data and related technologies, presenting a significant barrier to their adoption. This position would be critical to providing training and tools in this area.

3. In addition to technical aspects of data collection and handling, privacy and security of data are important issues that most clientele likely do not have experience or knowledge with. This position would be helpful in developing protocols and/or tools that would properly secure data to the satisfaction of the data’s owners, thus improving data availability for extension and research.

Within UC ANR, aside from the potential to collaborate with just about anyone, I see this position as complementary to the proposed “CE Specialist in Economics of Sustainable Agriculture Management” position.

Alex Putman
Asst CE Specialist, Vegetables and Strawberry
Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology
University of California, Riverside
Posted Jun 24, 2016 9:09 AM by Alex Putman
Opportunities for Big Data in Agriculture and Natural Resources are endless! Let's get on the forefront!
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:47 PM by Carolyn Jones
The California Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group, representing the almond, pistachio and walnut industries (combined 2015 acreage exceeding 1.7 million acres) strongly supports this position and regards it a high priority.

In this day and age there is a flood of advanced technologies (e.g., sensors and networks, data processing and integration) being developed for production ag and food processing. However, currently the UC has no CE Specialists or Farm Advisors with research and extension expertise to address this flood of new technology. No doubt our growers and others in the food and ag industries will benefit greatly from a program and expertise that further adapts advanced technologies for practical use. Two key aspects of the position as written are: 1) The specialist will act as a liaison between those creating new technologies and the users; and 2) The specialist will provide impartial, trusted support to help identify the strengths, weaknesses and appropriate application of advanced technology tools.

A highly visible current example of where our industries could greatly benefit from expertise of a specialist is in irrigation management. There is an onslaught of companies and technologies to consider, evaluate, adapt, and apply into cohesive information systems readily understood and implemented by folks in the field. In essence, there is a critical need for a specialist to help develop and adapt the appropriate technologies; to act as a liaison between the developing companies and end users; and to provide impartial trusted support.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:08 PM by Bob Curtis, Almond Board of California and the CA Tree Nut Research & Extension Plannning Group

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