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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 URS Call for Positions
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.
UCCE Contra Costa County
Proposed Area of Coverage
Contra Costa and Alameda Counties
- Rob Bennaton - Main Contact
- Area Specialty Crop Advisor Contra Costa-Alameda Counties 2016 FINAL PDF (pdf), uploaded 05/05/2016 by Rob Bennaton
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,
CCCFB Executive Director
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.
Contra Costa Resource Conservation District
Owner- Green Skies Vertical Farm
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.
Office of County Supervisor John Gioia
Contra Costa County
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.
UCCE Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
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.
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.
Oakland Food Policy Council Member
University of San Francisco
Architecture and Community Design
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.
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.
Contra Costa Food System Alliance
Sustainable Contra Costa
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.
Food System Specialist
Alameda County Resource Conservation District
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
I am optimistic this position will be regarded as necessary for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.
Hilary Phillips, District Conservationist
USDA - NRCS
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.
Chief of Staff
Office of Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho
Contra Costa County, District III