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.
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:
- Strategic Initiative Leaders
- Program Team Leaders
- County and Multicounty Partnership Directors List
- Executive Associate Deans
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.
- 2016 Position Proposal Review Template (for use by approved review groups only; others use the public comments feature)
- 2016 CE Position Proposal Criteria
- 2014-2015 CE Advisor and Specialist Hires and 2016 Recruitments
- For CE programmatic footprint information refer to the Taxonomy and Personnel System
- 2016 CE positions flowchart(complete process and timeline)
If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or email@example.com.
2016 URS Call for Positions
124 Small Farm Economics Specialist
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis
Proposed Area of Coverage
- Specialist in Small Farm Economics (doc), uploaded 05/05/2016 by Mary Delany
The Ecology Center would like to work with this Specialist to analyze the impact of new farmers markets on the sales of existing ones, in order to develop some economic guidelines for the opening of markets to preserve income for farmers at existing markets.
We are particularly interested in working with this Specialist to determine how and what structures can be developed to expand smaller producers access to regional grocers and foodservice chains. Our smaller-scale farmers need additional market outlets within our region.
Our organization would like to work with this Specialist to determine if beginning, immigrant and other historically disadvantaged farmer populations are aware of the requirements to participate in farmers' markets.
Our organization has worked closely with the UC Small Farm Program in the past and strongly support their efforts.
CCOF is the largest organic certifier in the United States. Founded in 1973, our mission is to advance organic agriculture for a healthy world through organic certification, education, advocacy, and promotion. CCOF is based in Santa Cruz, California, and represents more than 3,000 organic producers in 42 states and three countries. The vast majority of these operations are small farms in California.
Small organic farms in California face unique economic challenges and opportunities. In addition to facing the challenges that face all farmers – high land costs, water and labor shortages, extreme weather events, and pest prevention, among others – organic producers are challenged to identify or transition affordable organic land, are limited in the tools available to them to manage pests, and ironically, struggle to meet strong consumer demand for organic products.
California’s agricultural economy and small organic farmers in particular will be well served by a UC Small Farm Economics Extension Specialist.
CCOF welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the UC Small Farm Economics Extension Specialist to support small farmers and to help scale up organic production in the state to meet consumer demand.
We sincerely hope that the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources will identify funding for this position so as to help meet the potential of this important sector of the agricultural economy.
I am writing is support of the proposed position for a University of California Small Farm extension specialist focused on Small Farm Economics and the outreach and research programs that are needed by the small farm sector of California’s agriculture sector. As a Mid sized Organic Farmer here at Full Belly Farm in Yolo County- who started as a small farmer, I see a compelling need to support the many beginning farmers that are re-populating and stimulating the economies of rural California. These farmers are beginning the uphill climb to establish enterprises and require focused research on the tools and strategies to help them succeed. Their presence in the farming sector is positive and welcomed addition to an aging, concentrating farmer population.
It is clear that the mission of the UC ANR should be aimed at supporting all farmers—and like specialized sectors of the industry, research is often focused on solving the problems – whether it is oranges or almonds, weeds or fertility, research is often directed to areas that help a sector prosper- with direct benefits to the non farm public. Small farms have different sets of marketing needs, technological needs, aggregation needs, cultural needs for growing at a smaller scale, mixed crop marketing and production help, and strategies for market access that aren’t the same as the needs of well established growers.
While technologies and techniques are often adaptable at different scales, much of the local food movement that small farmers support has arisen without a great deal of investment on the part of UC. The momentum for this new awareness has been the work of many small and organic farmers who market locally and have become the face of agriculture. There is no doubt that this segment would have grown even more quickly had it been wholeheartedly supported and promoted by the UC system.
There are many challenges with regulations, scaling up, food safety, employment filings and compliance, and certification that can simply overwhelm these small-scale and beginning enterprises before they get started…. They need help to find efficient ways to meet these regulations and survive in an increasingly inaccessible marketplace. They need help.
We hope that UC ASNR fully funds this position and gives it the support it needs to succeed. With UC Davis having a world class Food and Wine presence, it is
an oversight to not support all scales of farm enterprises- and create a economic models for all scales of agriculture to succeed internationally.
Our Farmers Market Association would like to work with this Specialist to analyze the impact of new food retail sites - both farmers markets and traditional brick-and-mortar retailers - on the sales at existing farmers' markets. Over time, we would like to work with this Specialist to develop some economic guidelines for the opening of markets and to asseess the viability of existing markets.
We recognize that farmers' markets are not the only outlet for small farms and we want to help our state's small scale farmers to be successful overall, not just when they are selling in a farmers' market. This position can help small farmers to identify ways to sell their product to regional grocers and foodservice chains or to pool their resources with other small farmers to increase their ability to serve larger institutional clients.
While PCFMA does not rely upon significant grant funding for its operations, we have competed successfully for federal and state grants that have increased our ability to serve the farmers who sell in our markets. We are interested in including this Specialist in some of our grant proposals to provide an independent economic analysis of our project impacts on our farmers and to help us make the case for the positive impact additional training and outreach projects can have upon our state's small farm sector.
We hope that UC ASNR fully funds this position and gives it the support it needs to succeed.
Thank you for your consideration.
Allen J. Moy
Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association
Small farms are the majority in California, yet few resources specifically for small farms exist. Many rely on non-profit community based organizations for assistance, and while we can offer a lot of support and resources, an economist specializing in the small farms with the resources of the UC ASNR would be critically valuable. Our smal farmers and ranchers would see significant and measurable economic benefit from the creation of this position, and our organization would gladly work in collaboration with the specialist to help connect that person to our farmers.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this important position.
I agree with many in that It is clear that the mission of the UC ANR should be aimed at supporting all farmers. Small farms have different sets of marketing needs, technological needs, aggregation needs, cultural needs for growing at a smaller scale, mixed crop marketing and production help, and strategies for market access that aren’t the same as the needs of well established growers. I have served on the UC small farm advisory committee strongly support this position.
Our organization has worked closely with the UC Small Farm Program to strengthen our members’ agritourism activities to diversify their market outlets, as well as to educate the urban population about agriculture. In the face of considerable regulatory challenges related to permitting, zoning, and food safety, we would appreciate the opportunity to work with this Specialist to measure the costs for our members to comply with such regulations.
We are particularly interested in working with this Specialist to determine how and what structures can be developed to expand smaller producer access to additional market outlets within our region.
We need more information and metrics regarding the impact of small-scale farms on the local economy. They are an integral part of our food system and need more support in order to thrive so we may keep diversified agriculture in Sonoma County in perpetuity.
ED, Sonoma County Farm Trails