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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

085 Dairy Management Specialist

The Dairy Management Specialist position will improve on-farm decision-making through use of existing farm specific data collected and underutilized to reduce risk and enhance the sustainability of dairy production. California’s dairy industry is a national leader in the efficient production of dairy products (dairy farm gate milk receipts of $9.4 billion, 2014) but the economic sustainability of dairy production in California is threatened by a host of challenges, reducing profitability of milk production.  There is an urgent need for management expertise to address the concerns of California dairy producers who face a range of challenges unique to California. The size and scale of dairy operations result in accumulation of farm specific data that should be used to enhance production capabilities and maintain profitability. The Dairy Production and Food Safety Program Team, as well as industry stakeholders, have identified the need to provide benchmarks across management areas to distill farm data into actionable information. Specifically, there is a pressing need to create and provide dairy herd management information and decision support software that will enhance economic sustainability. The Dairy Management CE Specialist position aligns completely with the concerns of the 2007 McKinsey Report on challenges to future profitable growth and the consequent recommendations of the CA&ES response, “Keeping California’s Dairy Industry Globally Competitive.”

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Animal Science, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide

Contacts

Associated Documents

Comments

3 Comments

1
I fully support this proposed position and I think it would be a great addition to the UC Extension providing a much needed service to the California dairy industry. This year has brought challenging times for dairymen with low milk prices, low beef prices, drought and increase management costs. California is still the best state to own and operate a dairy because of our great weather, open spaces and access to local markets. It is very challenge to be a dairyman in California, ultimately they are running a business and need to turn a profit in order to keep milking their cows.
This proposed position through UC Davis Extension would be a great addition and provide an unbiased service and opinion to our hard working dairy men and women.
Thank you,
Elizabeth Cox, MS DVM
Posted Jun 29, 2016 12:09 PM by Elizabeth Cox, MS DVM
2
Sustainable Conservation supports the creation of a proposed dairy management specialist position and believe that this is a critical need. We believe that the role of evaluating the wealth of dairy farm data; especially data generated from emerging on-farm technologies; will play a significant role in helping provide decision support tools to help dairy producers attain both economic and environmental sustainability. Providing the dairy industry with tools to enhance herd, and forge production and utilization efficiencies, will be key to maintaining the long term financial viability of the dairy operation. While private industry participants can sometimes provide products and services to help fulfill the above needs, the dairy management specialist role will also provide a more systematic and long term perspective to analysis of data and implementation of practical solutions.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 11:23 AM by Ladi Asgill
3
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:
Dairy production fits two of our initiatives within ANR: healthy families and communities, sustainable food systems. The Program Team identifies this as a high priority position. Advances in technology have resulted in copious quantities of data generated. Average milk production per cow near 21,000 pounds of milk annually has been achieved through improved feed management and genetics. Future improvements will be incremental and require honing management skills. Access to data is not in short supply on most commercial farms. However, available time to manage and analyze data is in short supply and given the type and quantity of data in existence, not likely to be accomplished without significant analytical capabilities. The individual in this position would conduct research to provide “benchmarks across management areas to distill farm data into actionable information. “Specifically, there is a pressing need to create and provide dairy herd management information and decision support software that will enhance economic sustainability. The Dairy Management CE Specialist position aligns completely with the concerns of the 2007 McKinsey Report on challenges to future profitable growth and the consequent recommendations of the CA&ES response, “Keeping California’s Dairy Industry Globally Competitive.” The individual in this position would logically collaborate with Dairy, Agronomy, and Irrigation Advisors as well as Specialists, Clinicians and Researchers in Vet Med, and Researchers and Specialists in CAES (Plant and Environmental Sciences, LAWR, Animal Science, etc.).
Posted Jul 11, 2016 12:11 PM by Deanne Meyer

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