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
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 Area of Coverage
Humboldt and Del Norte
- Yana Valachovic - Main Contact
- Dairy Advisor- Humboldt and Del Norte (docx), uploaded 05/05/2016 by Yana Valachovic
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
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
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!
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.
HUMBOLDT COUNTY FARM BUREAU 07/10/2016
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!
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!
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.
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,
Districts 1 & 3
Western United Dairymen
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.