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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

055 Area Viticulture and Fruit Advisor - Capitol Corridor MCP

The advisor will develop and conduct a research and extension program focused on viticulture, olive and pear production in Sacramento, Yolo and Solano counties with an emphasis on soils, water and pest management.

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE Capitol Corridor, Sacramento County office in Sacramento

Proposed Area of Coverage

Sacramento, Yolo and Solano Counties


Associated Documents



As President of Suisun Valley Vintners and Growers Assn I would like to be kept abreast of this position (specific to vit) as it evolves. There is potential for site access to vineyards here in Suisun Valley.

Would also welcome a presentation on efforts to our BOD some time on the research and related work.
Posted Jun 8, 2016 3:49 PM by Roiger King
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, 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.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 9:43 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
The Solano County Farm Bureau supports this position. Viticulture, olive production have been increasing commodities in Solano County. The position would assist in the success in crop production and value, which is very important to Solano County as a whole.
Posted Jun 23, 2016 1:39 PM by Solano County Farm Bureau
The Clarksburg Appalachian is building a great reputation within the wine grape industry for quality and sustainability and production acreage has increased dramatically over the past two decades. The U.C. Extension has always been the "go to" source for questions and research covering soil, water, pests, and diseases. With the world getting smaller, there are always new challenges to monitor, mitigate and solve in all of these important operational areas. Research is a key factor in being proactive in prevention of and decreasing the negative effects of uninformed operational decisions. We trail Europe badly in spending for research in viticulture in spite of the huge economic driver this crop has become. As a labor intensive crop we are also a large participant in the agricultural jobs market and as such, factors which effect our vines and production have impact well beyond the farm. We strongly support the addition of this position within the U. C. Extension System.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 7:22 AM by Stephen F. Heringer, Heringer Estates Vineyards & Winery
The wine grape industry is still growing rapidly in the Clarksburg Appellation. We need UC extension advisory help more than ever. It's my expectation that almost all the main highways in the Clarksburg area will have nothing but vineyards in the next 10-15 years. Now Constellation has planted Pinot noir heavily for their Mark West label in Clarksburg. We have the water here too as well as the quality so I'm sure that demand for grapes will continue.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 5:51 PM by Ken Wilson
Eight Years ago my wife, Jeannie McCormack, and I established a fifty acre vineyard several miles south of Rio Vista on the Sacramento River in Solano County. Other vineyards have been established in this new emerging wine growing region. There are now more than two-hundred-and-fifty acres of wine grape vineyards within a few miles of us and more are planned.

We have had great success in the quality of our gewurtztraminer and particularly of our pinot noir.

There is great potential for growth of premium wine production in this new region for wine grapes. We have suitable land, water, and especially climate. Over the past few years we and our neighbors have definitely felt the need of an expert UCCE viticulturist to do the research and provide the support for wine production under our local conditions. We provide the strongest support possible to the establishment and filling of a UCCE viticulturist for our region.

If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:54 AM by Albert G. Medvitz

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