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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

013 Area Controlled Environment Agriculture Advisor

The Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Advisor will service the diverse and expanding production systems in “protected agriculture” and horticulture in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties (Bay Area Counties). CEA is a specialized field combining engineering, plant science, and computer managed greenhouse control technologies to optimize plant growing systems, crop quality and production efficiency. Successful application of CEA techniques demand sound knowledge of chemistry, horticulture, engineering, plant physiology, plant pathology, computers and entomology. A CEA Advisor would facilitate secure, healthy, and cost effective year-round production of premium edible, ornamental, and high value crops both in the SF Bay Area food shed and around the country. The CEA Advisor will report to the UCCE San Mateo County Director and work interactively with academics and growers in the Bay Area Counties identified above. Additionally, the CEA Advisor will work closely with UC academic and extension colleagues in the Environmental Horticulture and Small Farms Program Teams and Workgroups, and be the local expert in sophisticated CEA technologies.

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE San Mateo County at UC Elkus Ranch

Proposed Area of Coverage

San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara Counties

Contacts

Associated Documents

Comments

10 Comments

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As the strawberry and caneberry industries of the Central Coast of California move into the brave new world of non-availability of methyl bromide as a pre-plant soil fumigant, other cultural options are on the table and need to be looked in.
To whit, currently there are several tens of acres of berries being grown in protected agriculture systems in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, with eyes to experimenting on much a larger scale. While not explicitly part of the counties that this position is assigned to, having this skill set right next door is (not maybe, not might) going to be extremely advantageous for us.
Thank you Virginia for proposing this position!
Posted Jun 2, 2016 6:10 PM by Mark Bolda
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On behalf of Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) we strongly support of the proposed position of CE Advisor for Controlled Environment Agriculture in the San Francisco Bay Area. SSMC is a grassroots nonprofit organization founded in 1992 and dedicated to the long-term health of our county. Our vision, mission and values are strongly oriented towards research, fact-based objectivity, balancing the "three E's: Economy, Equity, Environment" and making long-term sustainable decisions.

Controlled environment agriculture – greenhouse production – is a critical part of local agricultural production in San Mateo County, and has been gradually expanding, even as most local agricultural producers have come under pressure from urbanization and competition from abroad. At the same time, public interest in sustainably grown locally-sourced food and plants is higher than ever, and with it the potential to address climate change and a myriad of other social, economic and environmental challenges facing our communities. Our members and local citizens we connect with at community events—particularly this year as our work is focused on Food Systems—are always asking for resources on local and sustainable products year-round.

Controlled environments are uniquely valuable in many parts of San Mateo County such as Half Moon Bay, as they are highly compatible with nearby urban or suburban land use and are accepted by residents (unlike open farming operations). Yet, despite the tradition of greenhouse production in the area, expert advice has been lacking, both in the area of regulatory compliance as well as in plant nutrition and new growing technologies. The new CE Advisor would support this unique industry by providing research-based expertise to educate stakeholders and future generations.

We look forward to working the UCCE Bay Area Controlled Environment Agriculture Advisor to enhance the viability and sustainability of this important segment of San Mateo County agriculture.
Posted Jun 23, 2016 3:41 PM by Adrienne Etherton
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On behalf of the County of San Mateo, I strongly support the proposed position of CE Advisor for Controlled Environment Agriculture in the San Francisco Bay Area. I represent the Health Department for the county and consider this position critical to the success of our mission to promote health in San Mateo County.
Controlled environment agriculture – greenhouse production – is a critical part of local agricultural production in San Mateo County, and has been gradually expanding, even as most local agricultural producers have come under pressure from urbanization and competition from abroad. At the same time, public interest in sustainably grown locally-sourced food and plants is higher than ever, and demand in the Bay Area is especially strong for local agricultural and floricultural products such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and cucumbers. In San Mateo County, these very healthy foods only grow well in greenhouses.
Controlled environments are uniquely valuable to San Mateo County, as they are highly compatible with nearby urban or suburban land use and are accepted by residents (unlike open farming operations). We are uniquely situated to make use of greenhouses. We have one of the largest areas in greenhouse production in the nation. Yet, despite the tradition of greenhouse production in this area, expert advice has been lacking, both in the area of regulatory compliance as well as in the deep science of plant nutrition and new growing technologies and we and our producers, therefore, have struggled. The new CE Advisor would support this unique industry by providing research-based expertise in the above areas.
I look forward to working the UCCE Bay Area Controlled Environment Agriculture Advisor to enhance the viability and sustainability of this important segment of the San Mateo County agriculture.

Sincerely,

Scott Morrow MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM
San Mateo County Health Department
Health Officer
225 W. 37th Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94403
Phone: (650) 573-2519
Fax: (650) 573-2116
E-mail: SMorrow@smcgov.org
Website: www.smchealth.org
Posted Jul 5, 2016 5:48 PM by Scott Morrow MD
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Indoor agriculture is a field that is taking off in many parts of the world. In Japan, there are several hundred indoor facilities that produce thousands of heads of lettuce per day. In China, there are hundreds of indoor facilities under construction. In New Jersey, the largest indoor farm in the world is under construction. There are indoor farming operations operating in Berkeley and in other cities in the Bay Area. Greenhouse agriculture is taking off again in numerous parts of the bay area. And, this doesn't even include the cannabis industry, which may become legal this fall. The county must hire a CEA advisor. It is an incredibly important position which will be even more important in the very near future.

Thank you for considering my comments.

David Ceaser
Owner- Green Skies Vertical Farm
510-978-1347
farmer@gsvfarm.com
Posted Jul 9, 2016 12:30 PM by David Ceaser
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Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:16 AM by [Deleted]
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On behalf of the San Mateo Food System Alliance we strongly support the proposed position of CE Advisor for Controlled Environment Agriculture in the San Francisco Bay Area. We represent a diversity of stakeholders across the food system in San Mateo County, and consider this position critical to the success of our industry in the San Mateo County.
Controlled environment agriculture – greenhouse production – is a critical part of local agricultural production in San Mateo County, and has been gradually expanding, even as most local agricultural producers have come under pressure from urbanization and competition from abroad. At the same time, public interest in sustainably grown locally-sourced food and plants is higher than ever, and demand in the Bay Area is especially strong for local agricultural and floricultural products. Diversification of crops is a critical component to the viability of agriculture in this unique, coastal ag region. This position will be critical to supporting the diversification of crops and the general resilience of agriculture in San Mateo County, by helping us maintain best practices with regards to the assets of greenhouses in our region.
Controlled environments are uniquely valuable in San Mateo County as they are highly compatible with nearby urban or suburban land use and are accepted by residents (unlike open farming operations). Yet, despite the tradition of greenhouse production in the area, expert advice has been lacking, both in the area of regulatory compliance as well as in plant nutrition and new growing technologies. The new CE Advisor would support this unique industry by providing research-based expertise in the above areas.
We look forward to working the UCCE Bay Area Controlled Environment Agriculture Advisor to enhance the viability and sustainability of this important segment of San Mateo County’s agriculture.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:22 AM by Genevieve Taylor
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On behalf of the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, I would like to express our support for the proposed position of CE Advisor for 4-H Youth Development and Animal Science in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As stated by the Food Systems Alliance, greenhouse production is a critical part of local agricultural production in San Mateo County, and most local agricultural producers are under pressure from urbanization and competition from abroad. Public interest in sustainably grown locally-sourced food and plants is higher than ever, and demand in the Bay Area is especially strong for local agricultural and floricultural products.

We encourage you to support this position. Thank you for considering our views.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:34 AM by Anne LeClair
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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 11:36 AM by Lien Banh, CAPCA
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Virginia Bolshakova
University of California Cooperative Extension
San Mateo County
1500 Purisima Creek Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Dr. Ms. Bolshakova:

On behalf of the San Mateo County Farm Bureau we strongly support of the proposed position of CE Advisor for Controlled Environment Agriculture in the San Francisco Bay Area. We represent farmers and ranchers in San Mateo County and consider this position critical to the success of our industry in San Mateo County.

Controlled environment agriculture – greenhouse production – is a critical part of local agricultural production in San Mateo County, and has been gradually expanding, even as most local agricultural producers have come under pressure from urbanization and competition from abroad. At the same time, public interest in sustainably grown locally-sourced food and plants is higher than ever, and demand in the Bay Area is especially strong for local agricultural and floricultural products.

Controlled environments are uniquely valuable in San Mateo County as they are highly compatible with nearby urban or suburban land use and are accepted by residents (unlike open farming operations). Yet, despite the tradition of greenhouse production in the area, expert advice has been lacking, both in the area of regulatory compliance as well as in plant nutrition and new growing technologies and we have struggled. The new CE Advisor would support this unique industry by providing research-based expertise in the above areas.

For the San Mateo County Farm Bureau, the new Advisor would be critically valuable because she/he could help us address the problem of optimizing light regimes to maintain year-round production in indoor flower production in greenhouses.

We look forward to working the UCCE Bay Area Controlled Environment Agriculture Advisor to enhance the viability and sustainability of this important segment of San Mateo County agriculture.

Sincerely,


BJ Burns,
President
Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:57 PM by San Mateo County Farm Bureau
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• In the time I have work on urban agriculture policy for San Francisco, I’ve been approached by several companies seeking to start rooftop and hydroponic greenhouse agriculture. These companies have all failed to establish themselves in San Francisco, though some of them went on to establish successful greenhouse operations in other major cities, for example Sky Vegetables. I recently visited an organization that plans to grow sprouts using aquaponics techniques, however it was apparent that this burgeoning company could benefit from unbiased supportive advice, from a source that was not regulatory. Currently, these organization have no one to request help from except the county health department, which may not have staff with expertise to help and which the company may not be inclined to identify any production problems to. As with the poultry advisors, beyond business and organizational viability and success, this position may help prevent public health issues.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:03 PM by Mei Ling Hui

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