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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

045 Area Specialty Crop Farm Advisor - Contra Costa and Alameda Counties

This is a broadly focused, plant science position that will conduct an extension and problem-solving applied research and educational program for small, medium, and large scale farmers in the east bay counties of Contra Costa and Alameda.

These two counties' agricultural crops represent a combined gross value of $98.4 Million, with over 1,000 farmers growing on 43,000 acres. This Area Specialty Crop Farm Advisor will have a significant role in supporting the health of the East Bay's agricultural sector moving forward.

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE Contra Costa County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Contra Costa and Alameda Counties

Contacts

Associated Documents

Comments

20 Comments

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UCCE is hosted by Alameda County Agriculture Department they play a vital role in maintaining agriculture in the county and helping growers adjust to new challenges. It is important to our agricultural community to have a local Farm Advisor who can provide that key link to UC research that helps our growers stay viable and competitive in a ever changing world. Our Farm Advisor has played a critical role in helping local growers defeat new pests,such as GWSS, VMB, adopt safer/better practices to control existing pests, address the drought, and educate new farmers. While many counties have several Farm Advisors, this position is the only Advisor serving the farmers in the two the East Bay counties, so it is essential to have it filled if local growers are to remain competitive. Urban growers face special challenges and having an advisor who is well versed in those challenges is important to local agriculture.

Posted Jun 28, 2016 2:55 PM by Humberto Izquierdo, Alameda County Agricultural Commissioner
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Contra Costa County Farm Bureau requests the position of UCCE Farm Adviser for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties remain a viable position within your system. Our hope is the position would be created so the current farm adviser could educate the newly selected person on farming within these two counties.

The current UCCE Farm Adviser has been instrumental in helping Contra Costa and Alameda growers defeat Spotted Wind Drosophila, Cherry Buckskin, Walnut Blackline, Glassy Winded Sharpshooter, Vine Mealy Bug, and adopt an IPM. These two counties would have a tremendous crop loss if these diseases had not been rectified.

Our current UCCE Farm Adviser has worked with the farmers facing unique challenges (as well as opportunities) along the urban edge as housing takes over farmland. We need a farm adviser who can support productive urban-ag partnerships to help maintain a viable agriculture in these counties. As the housing market increases in these counties there has been immense interest from urbanites wanting to pursue farming. Since the Farm Adviser is in the field a large percentage of their time, that is the perfect person to link the urban farmer with the tools and land they may need to pursue their venture.

Please don't leave our counties without the expertise of a farm adviser (one who had the opportunity to work side by side with the current adviser to learn all the information about these two counties). Our crops need a UCCE Farm Adviser.

Thank you for this opportunity,

Betty Compilli
CCCFB Executive Director
925-672-5115
Posted Jul 6, 2016 12:19 PM by Betty Compilli, Contra Costa County Farm Bureau Executive Director
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I wish to express my support for the Area Alameda - Contra Costa Specialty Crop Farm Advisor position. Our current UCCE Farm Advisor provides vital and dedicated support to our local agricultural producers.
CCRCD works in partnership with our UCCE Farm Advisor on a myriad of issues important to our local farmers. We work closely with the UCCE Specialty Crop Farm Advisor and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service to research and develop new initiatives to improve soil health, protect water quality, and maintain economic viability of our local specialty crop growers. Likewise, we frequently work together to provide irrigation information to local growers from the CIMIS station we operate in Brentwood.
The UCCE Farm Advisor frequently participates in technical workshops organized by CCRCD, the Contra Costa Agricultural Department, San Joaquin Delta Water Quality Coalition, and other local agricultural groups, providing indispensable advice on pest management, irrigation water management, and other issues.
Moreover, the East Bay is part of the SFBA “foodshed” and provides a high percentage of the local and sustainable food that urban residents are interested in. It is important to have a knowledgeable Farm Advisor who is familiar with local agriculture and food distribution to inform the many groups and growers interested in a local food system and sustainable/organic practices.
I strongly urge you to support this position. Thank you.
Ben Wallace
Executive Director
Contra Costa Resource Conservation District
Posted Jul 8, 2016 9:15 PM by Ben Wallace
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I operate Green Skies Vertical Farm, an urban farm in Oakland. Urban farming is taking off in the bay area and there is an incredible need for expertise from the County Ag Department. I am constantly besieged by people asking me for help as are other urban farmers. I know that I also can use assistance with issues of pest management, which UCCE has been of assistance in the past. This position is of incredible value. Please make it a priority for our counties.

Sincerely,

David Ceaser
Owner- Green Skies Vertical Farm
farmer@gsvfarm.com
510-978-1347
Posted Jul 9, 2016 12:16 PM by David Ceaser
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Merritt College Horticulture Department expresses a strong recommendation for funding the position of UCCE Farm Adviser for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. As you may already know the number of small farms school gardens and community gardens in the east bay has grown at a rapid rate during the past several years. Professionals and the general public look to the Ag Department Support Staff to address and educate the public, including current best practices, problem solving support and pest control. UCCE Farm Adviser is an important resource within the system. We advocate that the position is created early enough that the current farm adviser would be available to educate a newly selected person on farming in our two counties.

We would want to work with our UCCE Farm Adviser on community gardens and small farms in our ever shrinking cultivatable land in urban centers. It is vital we support a farm adviser that supports effective urban-ag partnerships that maintain a sustainable urban agriculture in these counties. Our Farm Adviser is a point person able to work with the public on urban farm issues not well documented for urban sites. Finding effective tools and sites for urban agriculture is a critical challenge and often needs support from public agencies to advocate for affordable land for this use.

Theresa Halula, Instructor
Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department
Oakland, Alameda County

Do not leave our counties without the expertise of a farm adviser Our urban farms need a UCCE Farm Adviser.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 4:30 PM by Theresa Halula
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Contra Costa County’s Department of Agriculture is committed to the long standing support of having a local UCCE Corp Advisor for our farming community. Having a local Crop Advisor that understands the many micro climates, different soil conditions, and the diverse farming operations that exist in our county is important so that they can help farmers adopt and utilize innovative farming practices into their operations to stay viable in an ever changing business environment. Our Crop Advisor serves a critical role assisting farmers in eliminating the presents of tree borne disease in their orchards as well as helping them adopt new practices to control existing pest. Continuing to have a local Crop Advisor our farmers will maintain vital access to new research and production methods that will help keep them viable for the next generation of farmers.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 8:47 PM by Chad Godoy, Contra Costa County Agricultural Commissioner
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A UCCE Farm Advisor is a key position in helping farmers build capacity here in the East Bay. A Farm Advisor is important to agriculture in Contra Costa County, and to the local economy. This Area Specialty Crop Farm Advisor will have a significant role in supporting the health of the East Bay's agricultural economic sector moving forward. We support increasing local urban agriculture, healthy food production and agricultural education and cultural outlets.

Robert Rogers
District Coordinator
Office of County Supervisor John Gioia
Contra Costa County
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:42 AM by Robert Rogers
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I write this in support of funding the Area Specialty Crop Advisor. The East Bay is unique in its interface of both large and small family farms, both in urban and traditional agricultural settings. This Farm Advisor will be the only one serving the 43,000 acres of crop land in these two East Bay counties. The Advisor will provide a crucial link to UC research to help our producers move forward in the face of new pests, changing regulations, and urbanization.

Our UCCE Farm Advisor has played a critical role in helping local growers defeat new pests (Spotted Wing Drosophila, Cherry Buckskin, Walnut Blackline, Glassy Winded Sharpshooter, just to name a few) and adopt IPM and reduced risk practices to control existing pests. Master Gardeners have assisted the current Farm Advisor by participating in the annual Cherry Buckskin Survey.

In the East Bay, there is a swell in interest on sustainable food systems. These new farmers need access to a Farm Advisor who can spend the time to get them started out with the right crops, soil, water, markets, and food safety so they have a chance of success.

As part of the San Francico Bay Area "foodshed," the East Bay provides a high percentage of the local and sustainable food for urban residents. It is important to have a knowledgeable Farm Advisor who is familiar with local agriculture and food distribution to inform the many groups and growers interested in a local food system and sustainable/organic practices.


Dawn Kooyumjian
UCCE Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:43 AM by Dawn Kooyumjian
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As a lifelong resident of Contra Costa County, i have watched many changes occur locally. Contra Costa has a wonderful array of farms; small and large, urban and rural. The interest in local food and sustainable food production continues to rise within urbanized communities, providing great opportunities for local farmers. These farmers need access to good, practical, science-based, peer-reviewed advice and assistance, which is provided by a local farm advisor. There are many unique issues farming in high population areas, and a focused, known and accessible advisor is crucial to farming success. The issues that are addressed by our current advisor include new insect and disease pest management, marketing strategies and opportunities, assistance in creating pathways through changing regulations and guidelines, soil management and cover-cropping, as well as many that I am sure I am unaware of. I know how valued her contribution has been to local farmers.

I am currently the Horticulture Professor for the Contra College College District, and have many students interested in farming locally. We need a Farm Advisor who can assist these budding young farmers to navigate the tortuous pathway to food production. The Farm Advisor position in Contra Costa and Alameda counties is vital to young farmer success. Contra Costa and Alameda need a dedicated, local Farm Advisor who is accessible to growers and who knows this community. Farming in these counties is very different from inland counties: Soil, Climate, Pests, Distribution methods and regulations are all uniquely varied, and require a county-based Farm Advisor.




Posted Jul 11, 2016 9:51 AM by Bethallyn Black
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Please retain the Area Specialty Crop Advisor position.

The East Bay is an important region of diversified family farms large and small. The Area Specialty Crop Advisor is an important advisor serving the 43,000 acres of crop land in 2 East Bay counties. They will provide a crucial link to UC research to help our producers move forward in the face of new pests, changing regulations, and urbanization.

The UCCE Farm Advisor has played a critical role in helping local growers defeat new pests (Spotted Wing Drosophila, Cherry Buckskin, Walnut Blackline, Glassy Winded Sharpshooter, Vine Mealy bug, etc) and adopt IPM and reduced risk practices to control existing pests. The region needs continued access to that expertise in order to survive and contribute positively to the economic growth and security of the East Bay.

An Advisor knowledgable about the unique challenges and opportunities farmers along the urban edge face can help growers take advantage of the opportunities – new crops, sustainable or organic production, direct marketing, new markets, and more. A farm advisor who can support productive urban-ag partnerships to help maintain a viable agriculture in the East Bay is needed.

Cat Chang
Oakland Food Policy Council Member
Adjunct Professor
University of San Francisco
Architecture and Community Design
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:14 AM by Cat Chang
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The Office of Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley writes in support of the Area Specialty Crop Farm Advisor position for the UC Cooperative Extension, Alameda County. We work closely with the UCCE Alameda County Director and Urban Agriculture Advisor as part of the Eden Area Livability Initiative's Agriculture and Environment Working Group. The Working Group strives to promote education on agriculture to students and adults.

District 4, which Supervisor Miley represents, has a diverse population including both urban and rural land. Supervisor Miley's constituents include ranchers, urban farmers, and community gardeners. The UCCE Farm Advisor provides valuable technical expertise for local farmers and has a unique understanding of the challenges faced by farmers along the urban edge. It is important that agriculture remain a viable industry in the East Bay, in both its urban and traditional forms. On behalf of the Supervisor, I thank you for considering the retention of this important position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:34 AM by Eva Poon, Office of Supervisor Nate Miley
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As a co-founder of the Contra Costa Food System Alliance (CCFSA) and advisor to Sustainable Contra Costa's urban farming and gardening initiatives, I strongly support this proposal to fund the position of Area Specialty Crop Farm Advisor for Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Through my involvment with the CCFSA, I have gained a deep appreciation for the important role that UCCE and our local Farm Advisors play in protecting key crops and assuring their continued contribution to our county's economy. Our local Farm Advisor leverages research and resources in support of vital food production and employment in our county. This role is invaluable and irreplaceable.

As others have written, I too feel that our Extension office needs someone who can address the unique needs of both traditional farmers and the increasing number of urban farmers who are at the forefront of our county's emerging commercial urban farming movement. This position is important and necessary.

I urge you to fund this proposal. Thank you.

Mark Westwind
Contra Costa Food System Alliance
Sustainable Contra Costa
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:52 AM by Mark Westwind
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As an urban grower, having access to a UCCE Farm Advisor for the East Bay Area is of the utmost importance as a point of contact and reference for agricultural production and enterprise supporting local food security. I am a member of the Eden Area Food Alliance, the Alameda County Public Health Commission, WE Run Food (a local food recovery and gleaning project), and a regular volunteer at the Sunol Ag Park. There is a ever-growing need for urban agriculture farm advisory for specialty crops, integrated pest management, resource conservation and best practices.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:25 AM by Sandra Frost
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I am writing in support of the Area Specialty Crop Farm Advisor. As a farmer, lawyer, and citizen concerned with the trajectory our communities are taking, I believe this position and others like it supporting our local food movement are integral to our community and our communities health. I recently was teaching a class regarding the local food movement and had to spend time convincing people there were farms in the bay area that are still producing a substantial amount of food. Positions like this ensure that remains the case. I urge you to please retain this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:26 AM by James Conger
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The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) represents more than 75% of the nearly 4,000 California EPA licensed pest control advisers (PCAs) that provide pest management consultation for the production of food, fiber and ornamental industries of this state. CAPCA is dedicated to the professional development and enhancement of our member's education and stewardship, which includes legislative, regulatory, continuing education and public outreach activities.
CAPCA membership covers a broad spectrum of the industry including agricultural consulting firms, U.C. Cooperative Extension Service, city, county and state municipalities, public agencies, privately employed, forensic pest management firms, biological control suppliers, distributors, dealers of farm supplies, seed companies, laboratories, farming companies and manufacturers of pest management products. Research on new and innovative tools to address pest pressures and emerging invasive species while staying compliant with current regulations are key to the ongoing success of this industry.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:35 AM by Lien Banh, CAPCA
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The Alameda County Resource Conservation District serves a wide range of agricultural producers across the County, including numerous specialty crop producers. In this role, we routinely collaborate with the local UC Cooperative Extension crop advisor, either through direct referrals or through educational programming to better meet grower needs. Moving forward, an Area Specialty Crop Advisor will serve as one key edifice of support to ensure the continued viability of agriculture within this highly dynamic region, where land values and resource considerations already make farming a challenge. In particular, this position stands to help local farmers build on the groundswell of interest in local food systems and sustainable agriculture to ensure a permanent place for agriculture in Alameda and Contra Costa County in the decades to come.

Susan Ellsworth
Food System Specialist
Alameda County Resource Conservation District
Posted Jul 11, 2016 12:23 PM by Susa Ellsworth
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The Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust works with farmers and the community to protect Contra Costa farmland and promote the economic sustainability of local agriculture. We strongly encourage you to allocate a UCCE Farm Advisor position for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

With almost 100,000 acres of row crops, field crops, orchards and vineyards, Contra Cost and Alameda Counties produce a remarkable diversity of fruit, vegetables, nuts and value-added products. The UCCE Farm Advisor position will be the only farm advisor for both of East Bay counties, providing a critical link to the University of California research that local producers need to face the challenges of new pests, changing regulation and new urban neighbors.

Because of the diversity of high value crops, the Contra Costa and Alameda farmers regularly face new pests like Spotted Wing Drosophila, Cherry Buckskin, Walnut Blackline and the Glassy Winged Sharpshooter. The Contra Costa/Alameda UCCE Farm Advisor conducts research and develops new techniques to control new pests, including IPM methods that are particularly important on the urban-edge. Climate change is creating additional challenges for Contra Costa and Alameda specialty crop producers, and the UCCE Farm Advisor provides the emerging expertise local farmers need to survive and remain competitive.

Located on the rapidly developing urban-edge of the East Bay Area, East Contra Costa and Alameda farmers face unique challenges, including high land values, limited land availability and urban-rural conflicts. At the same time, proximity to Bay Area markets and a local food culture offers opportunities. However, urban edge farmers need access to UC research and resources to build organic production, develop direct markets and engage in agricultural tourism that takes advantage of their unique proximity to the Bay Area. Public education is also essential for urban edge farmer – both to build agricultural tourism and to address urban/rural conflicts. The UC Cooperative Farm Advisor plays a crucial role in helping local farmers build new markets and educate the public about neighboring agriculture.

Thank you for considering retaining this essential UCCE Farm Advisor position in Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Kathryn Lyddan, Executive Director
Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust


Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:35 PM by Kathryn Lyddan
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As District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Contra Costa County I work closely with agricultural producers in Contra Costa. I rely heavily on the partnership and expertise our UCCE Farm Advisor provides to this counties agricultural community. The Farm Advisor has played a critical role in helping local growers defeat new pests and adopt IPM and reduced risk practices to control existing pests. We need continued access to that expertise in order to survive and be competitive with other regions/growers.

I am optimistic this position will be regarded as necessary for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

Hilary Phillips, District Conservationist
USDA - NRCS
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:39 PM by Hilary Phillips
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For all positions identified, San Francisco is sorely in need of this type of resource for community education and outreach.

1. Specialty Crops Farm Advisor (my position) – East Bay Area – housed in Contra Costa – also serving Alameda
• Though this position doesn’t list that it will potentially serve San Francisco County, there is a huge amount of local interest in for-profit urban agricultural and in growing food to market in order to developed resources to support community educational work, especially with youth. Access to an advisor that can help these organizations and business determine the best crop mix to support development and viability of these programs is critical. Though I have personally seen more than a dozen attempts at market gardens since I began working on UA policy 8 years ago, including participating in the development of our local Commercial Urban Agriculture Policy, only one farm business has manage to open and stay in business for more than 2 years.

Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:59 PM by Mei Ling Hui
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Contra Costa County has a diverse mix of large to small farmers with a diversified cropping cycle that provides $225 million dollars to our local economy. Having a local Farm Advisor for our farming community is vital link for those operations to stay viable farming on the urban edge. A local Farm Advisor understands the challenges many of our farms are facing farming near residential communities, new regulations and staying completive in a world market place. Our Farm advisor has played a critical role in helping farmers implement reduced risk practices to control existing pest. Utilizing these practices has created an opportunity for our farmers and their non-farming neighbors to foster better relationships. Contra Costa County Farmers contribute to the bay area’s local food shed and provides locally produced food that is in high demand from the urban population. It is important to have a knowledgeable Farm Advisor who is familiar with our local agriculture to inform the many groups and growers interested in a local food system and sustainable farming practices. We need to maintain a Farm Advisor who can support urban ag-partnerships to help maintain viable farming operations in Contra Costa County.

Tomi Riley
Chief of Staff
Office of Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho
Contra Costa County, District III
Posted Jul 15, 2016 1:24 PM by Tomi Riley

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