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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

014 Area Dairy Advisor- Humboldt and Del Norte

The Dairy Advisor will serve Humboldt and Del Norte Counties by developing an applied research and extension program focusing on resource management, heard health, environmental quality, and dairy foods production working toward sustained dairy farming enterprises and support the North Coast agricultural industry. The advisor will work with dairy farmers, cheese makers, cooperatives, and agency representatives to increase farm viability that balances approaches for organic and conventional production. Collaborative opportunities exist with local staff on interdisciplinary projects, as well dairy advisors throughout the state and particularly with our sister region in Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino Counties. 

Proposed Location/Housing

Eureka, CA

Proposed Area of Coverage

Humboldt and Del Norte


Associated Documents



The Del Norte Farm Bureau supports a permanent Del Norte/Humboldt Advisor. There is a HUGE need for Dairy resources for addressing manure management, water quality and CARB regulations.
We need a local position that understands our unique climate, size and industries to address today's challenging regulations. We need technical and hands on support!
This is a high priority!.

Rob Miller, President
Posted Jun 20, 2016 10:04 AM by Del Norte Farm Bureau
The Humboldt County Resource Conservation District strongly supports creation of a UCCE Dairy Advisor position for Humboldt and Del Norte counties. The local dairy industry has unique challenges and opportunities due in part to geographic and climatic characteristics of the area. The majority of dairies are pasture-based organic operations with relatively smaller herd sizes compared to other regions of the State. The North Coast’s mild climate provides ideal conditions for pasture and livestock production, but there is a lack of locally relevant research related to pasture-based dairy operations. Many scientific tools and resources available were developed in other areas, and are not specific to the North Coast region. Placement of a UC Dairy Advisor in the region will provide essential dairy animal science and pasture research expertise needed to assist producers with organic production issues. A local Dairy Advisor would also be instrumental in providing assistance to dairy producers with regulatory issues related to agricultural operations and natural resources protection and management. The local dairy industry contributes significantly to the economic stability of the region. Having a UC Dairy Advisor for the region is a local priority and is essential in providing support for the sustainability of the local dairy industry.

Posted Jun 27, 2016 5:03 PM by Frances Tjarnstrom, Humboldt County Resource Conservation District
The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board supports the position of Dairy Advisor for Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. Since our board adopted water quality regulation of North Coast dairies in 2012, we have worked hard to meet with dairy operators and stakeholders to educate the community on the new permit requirements. A Dairy Advisor is a crucial addition to our stakeholder group as there has been a gap in the area of local representation from the University of California.

We have completed about 50 dairy inspections in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties in the past three years. It is obvious that there is a very slim operating budget on many of these dairies. Since 2012, three dairies have gone out of business at least partially due to the lack of support. Many others area struggling, especially due to the price of milk and the high cost of importing feed and supplies. Many expensive infrastructure improvements are needed to protect water quality. Many dairy operators have difficulty asking for help above the squeaky wheels that seem to get most of the attention and take up all of the time of the existing agency personnel. Clearly, the area would benefit from a local Dairy Advisor to help the community strive to meet water quality regulations and compete in the changing market and climate. Sound advice is essential to the dairy community in order to keep operations protective of surface water and groundwater quality.

Much funding has gone to helping dairies in the Central Valley of California. It is now essential that these unique North Coast dairies obtain a representative that can facilitate solutions to meeting new regulations while helping the dairy run more efficiently while protecting waters of the State. Please consider our support for the Dairy Advisor position for these Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
Thank you. Sincerely, Cherie Blatt, NCRWQCB
Posted Jul 5, 2016 10:51 AM by Cherie Blatt, Dairy Regulation Program Manager, North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
The North Coast is home to the largest population of organic diary producers in California. I have many dairies located within my district that contribute enormously to the local economy with many value-added dairy products. With the expansion of Humboldt Creamery and the addition of new dairies, the need for this Dairy Advisory position is even more important. These organic dairies require support for unique, natural, pasture-based and organic animal husbandry issues. Further, the local 4-H animal science projects located in my district and throughout Humboldt County are of extreme importance as well. A Dairy Advisory position will serve Humboldt/Del Norte County by developing an applied research and extension program focusing on nutrition, heard health, water quality, food safety and dairy food production to sustain dairy farming enterprises and help support the North Coast agricultural industry. We need a Dairy Advisory and local industry specialist on the North Coast.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 1:34 PM by Rex Bohn, 1st District Supervisor, County of Humboldt
The Humboldt and Del Norte County's dairy industry has been without a dairy advisor for many years. The lack of a dedicated advisor and the assistance they provide to the dairy industry has made responding to current challenges such as water quality, groundwater management, food safety, and nitrogen management more difficult. Historically Humboldt and Del Norte Counties have been served by a Dairy Advisor and the scale and importance of the industry continue to support and warrant the replacement of a Dairy Advisor position to serve the two Counties.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 3:19 PM by Jeff M. Dolf, Humboldt/Del Norte Agricultural Commissioner
I strongly support a dairy advisor in the Humboldt region. We may not be familiar to those reviewing this request but the Humboldt-Del Norte region is composed of nearly 100% organic dairymen. In the entire country we maybe the most pristine area for production of organic forage and dairy operations. We do not have an adjacent university to lend us support or research trials and need to rely on the U.C. Extension service. It should go without saying and certainly be recognized that this region is unique in geography, production, opportunity and now market access in the organic world. The position of a dairy advisor could be and should be a world class opportunity for the University and the country to establish best practices and techniques that have been developed in academia and in field trials for industry application. These can't be accomplished with out professional expertise in the field. I am a dairyman of 40 years, in organic production for 10 years and an active community member and again recommend this position highly. Please contact me with any detailed questions you may have that could further support this request. Respectfully Dennis Leonardi
Posted Jul 10, 2016 9:05 PM by Dennis Leonardi
In 1913 Humboldt county was the first county to have a farm advisor. It was also the number one dairy county in the state.
Today Humboldt county is one of the states number one organic dairy producing areas.
Through the extension service, education was supposed to be provided to AG producers. In Humboldt county, it has been almost 30 years since we as dairy producers have had a dairy advisor.
Things have really changed!!!
1. Water quality and manure management.
2. Dairy animal science when it comes to organic production.
3. Organic pasture management.
4. Keeping abreast of the NOP rules and regulations.
5. Water/irrigation management.

Please consider bringing a dairy advisor to Humboldt and Del Norte counties!

Posted Jul 10, 2016 9:38 PM by John Vevoda
Humboldt County Farm Bureau supports the position of a Dairy Advisor for Humboldt – Del Norte Counties. Humboldt County is very unique in that we are mainly pasture-based, unlike most dairy operations throughout the rest of the State. Over 90% of these dairies are also either currently organic or in the process of transitioning to organic – also unlike most other dairies through the State. Considering that the dairy industry is one of the leading viable industries in our County and certainly the highest percentage of Organic Dairies in the State, this puts us into uncharted territories regarding dairy husbandry and resource management. While organic dairies have been around for some time, the size and scale that we are experiencing right now is brand new. Market demand for organic dairy products has been on the increase and is expected to remain stable. Our local dairymen and dairywomen are struggling to keep up with new regulations, transitional programs, and constantly trying to find approved treatment programs and preventative measures to insure the health of their animals.
While it certainly a challenge to keep up a reputable organic dairy business, with our lush pastures and mild climate, Humboldt County had proven that is the perfect area to fill the market niche of organic milk and dairy products. Having a Dairy Advisor to assist our local dairies with programs touching both the conventional side of the industry and organic operations would be of great value in this fast-evolving industry.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:09 AM by Mary Ann Renner
Alexandre EcoDairy Farms is writing to strongly support the funding for the critically important position of Dairy Advisor in Del Norte and Humboldt Counties. As was made clear to UC Officials during their tour of Humboldt and Del Norte this year, our two communities are unique among the State Agricultural Counties and deserve special focus for many reason, as we build for a long awaited economic niche for our communities that provides jobs and long term sustained growth in agriculture, by preserving the few Dairy’s we have left in the region.
The Alexandre Family is fifth generation to operate on these lands with organic principals supported by pasture management and high quality forage, producing what is likely the highest quality milk in the State. A UC Advisor to Dairy would allow for the continued focus on niche production in our region and in particular science to support the uniqueness of our Dairy products.
As California continues to regulate air, water and soils, the challenges our industry faces without UC support will likely not be overcome. Third party common sense and scientific approaches to engage in productive and meaningful conversation with regulators is what is needed and on a full time basis.
Alexandre Dairy also needs helps and support with the hundreds of young children participating in our bucket calf programs. This year, we have over 150 children from ages 6 and up learning about agriculture through our community outreach programs. We can serve many more with the right support through a UC Advisor and grow these children in 4H programs where they can develop a love for animal science.
Our region is ready for a specialist. Please help us to make this happen for the long term economic success of our Dairy families!
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:21 AM by Stephanie and Blake Alexandre
Del Norte County is in strong support for UC funding the critical position of Dairy Advisor in Del Norte and Humboldt Counties. In these challenging times with limited resources in our northern communities, our Dairy industries often lack the critical capacity necessary to respond to regulatory challenges or take advantage of economic opportunities. A Dairy position with the UC Cooperative extension can make these challenges manageable, by truly serving as a third party, neutral scientific voice.
In visiting with UC Officials during their tour of Humboldt and Del Norte’s, we expressed the importance of our unique area and need for science to help expand the importance of our agricultural niche in the nation. Our communities deserve special recognition for many reasons, most importantly due to the recession of our agricultural families, particularly our dairy farmers. A Dairy Advisory with the support of the UC Cooperative Extension can stabilize and help to sustain our dairy families and fill the unmet capacity needs many families struggle with when facing increasing regulatory challenges.
Our Dairy producers in the region produce arguably the highest quality milk in the State and most likely the US. This is a bold statement, but one based in the fact that know where else in the US can you graze pasture based Dairy cows organically all year around. Our unique climate and weather that allows for the greenest of pastures and the healthiest of soils adds value to a science based approach for US to help identify this region as the best in the world for high quality milk production.
I have visited Alexandre Dairy in my District for many years and watched hundreds of children learn and become exposed to the agricultural way of life and love for farming. These are the children that need support through of UC Extension 4H programs. It is my understanding over 150 children from ages 6 and up learning about agriculture through the Alexandre Dairy bucket calf program this year. A 4H advisor is critical to this mission.
Our region needs the support of UC now and into the future. We look forward to your continued support for our region and helping to develop our capacity issues in dealing with the challenges that face all in our community. Please help make the Dairy Advisor position happen for the long term economic sustainability of our region and all our Dairy families!
Posted Jul 11, 2016 9:47 AM by Chris Howard, District 3 Supervisor, Del Norte County
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:
The North Coast of the state is home to an important facet of this industry, but is currently overlooked by UC ANR. The dairy industry has expressed significant support for the Humboldt/Del Norte Dairy Advisor position and the Dairy Production Program Team identified this as the highest priority position ranked. The remote geographic location and unique needs of these pasture based systems require additional programming and research needs compared to the Central Valley. This segment of the milk production faces unique challenges due to isolation and a large organic contingent. This position would bolster the effectiveness of the Sonoma/Marin Dairy position (to be released fall 2016) and also interact with Livestock/Natural Resource Advisor in Humboldt County. The type of research to be conducted is unlimited and ranges from weed control in pasture systems, to improved milk harvest per acre, or evaluation of health options in organic based systems. We strongly urge ANR to fund an Advisor position in Humboldt/Del Norte that would truly be unique it its responsibilities in the US.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:41 AM by Deanne Meyer
Following the Central Valley and Southern California, the North Coast is the next largest dairy shed in the state but unfortunately not currently not supported by an ANR advisor. The region has unique challenges and needs. In particular the remote geographic location, the unique environmental regulatory obligations and a high concentration of pasture-based and organic producers combine to result in the single most underserved cohort of producers in the state. Organic production is the fastest growing segment in the dairy industry and sustainability of dairy production (both organic or conventional) remains at the forefront of consumer and regulatory attention. It should come as no surprise then that (as Dr. Meyer points out above) that our Dairy Production Program Team identified this as the highest priority position ranked. Besides recognition of the critical need for this position by our academic/extension community, elsewhere you will find support from individual producers, a county supervisor and Agricultural Commissioner and two county Farm Bureaus. Even the local Resource Conservation District and Regional Water board have weighed in leading to perhaps the most diverse support a position that I can remember. In addition to the already mentioned leveraging that can occur with the Sonoma/Marin Dairy position and also Humboldt Livestock/Natural Resource Advisor, the UC’s cooperative California Dairy Quality Assurance Program is prepared to support and collaborate with any person filling the position. I urge UC ANR to support an Advisor position in Humboldt/Del Norte.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 12:41 PM by Michael Payne
I strongly support UC funding for a Dairy Advisor position for Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. As a lender in this region, I know how critical it is for dairymen to have the support of the Ag Extension Service and an individual who specializes in Dairy operations. With the majority of the dairymen now operating organic dairies, an advisor who could help with alternative methods of treating sick animals, organic pasture and crop management, and nutritional and feed advise would be of great support to the dairy community. Dairymen are also struggling to keep up with the multitude of regulations required to run a dairy operation and support in this area is also crucial to their success. Organic dairy farms have evolved to become a very viable and important contributor to the agricultural and general economy of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties and provide countless "trickle-down" jobs and are an important source of tax revenue. I strongly recommend funding for a Dairy Advisor position for Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 12:49 PM by Julie Houtby, Vice President - American AgCredit
Western United Dairymen, the largest dairy trade association in California, eagerly supports the addition of a Dairy Advisor position to serve the producers of Humboldt & Del Norte Counties.
The North Coast is home to the largest population of organic dairies, and the only geographic region of California that allows for year-round pasturing of cattle. Dairymen in these north coast counties face a variety of unique circumstances that make the creation of this position a welcome prospect for the local industry.

The 2012 adoption and the impending 2017 revision of new water quality standards for Region 1 dairies has augmented the demand for the research, implementation and evaluation of conservation practices, as well as the need for producer outreach and education. In addition to the ever-increasing regulatory burden, producers would benefit from sound advice pertaining to the development of alternative feed sources, (specifically in the realm of pasture management), increasing profitability, and sustainably passing operations to future generations.

The development of this position, in one of the most geographically remote regions of the state, will help to ensure the continued generational success of family farming operations that, due to the decade-long lack of a local Dairy Advisor, currently have limited access to the full array of resources provided by the University of California. Again, we encourage the creation of this position to serve the 73 producers of Humboldt and Del Norte counties and look forward to working together with the University in continued support of these dairies.

Thank you for your consideration,
Melissa Lema
Field Representative
Districts 1 & 3
Western United Dairymen
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:30 PM by Melissa Lema
The Community Food Council for Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands (DNATL) supports the creation of a Dairy Advisor for Del Norte and Humboldt Counties. Agriculture development is one of the main industries for potential economic growth in our impoverished region. Alexandre Dairy is testament to this potential. Yet, our population lacks access to dairy training and management assistance.

Having a permanent Dairy Advisor position that serves Del Norte and Humboldt county would help DNATL to take advantage of the bountiful agriculture land in our region. In turn, this would reduce poverty and increase access to healthy, local foods. The Community Food Council for DNATL strongly encourages you to support this program.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:32 PM by Brittany Rymer, DNATL Community Food Council
I support the position of a Humboldt and Del Norte county advisor for the dairy production industry of these communities. Key research is needed in the area of the past year raise their animals. Pasture based husbandry research is much different than the large confinement operations to the south of us, as we produce different challenges to the environment that need to be differentiated. This education and information is key in the area of 4-H youth development of animal projects that have a unique biodynamic to this region of California and the United States. This Dairy Advisor position can provide a deeper connection to University of California within the Northern California dairy cattle industry.
Posted Jul 12, 2016 8:32 AM by Thomas Stratton

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