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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

033 Area Plant Pathology Advisor - Imperial

The Plant Pathology Advisor is to address local plant disease concerns of commercial vegetable crops, field crops, and seed crops in Imperial, Riverside, and San Diego Counties. Research, education and diagnostic programs will serve PCA’s and growers, as well as provide a multi-state linkage to Arizona.

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE- Imperial County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Imperial, Riverside, and San Diego


Associated Documents



The California Specialty Crops Council (CSCC), a 501(c) 5 non-profit organization, is a trusted source of field based information spanning horticultural crop production, pest management, food safety and stewardship activities in fruit, root, vegetable, vine and berry crops (fresh, dried, and processed). Our diverse partnership of ag organizations also includes beekeepers. Combined, CSCC growers generate $4.1 billion annually on approximately 522,000 acres of California farmland. Our membership strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position. Many of the problems and challenges facing growers, such as with pests, water, air, labor, marketing, crop care materials, etc., are beyond their control, but through research solutions can and will be found that will have a positive impact on the CA specialty crops industry.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 10:48 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
The winter vegetable production region of Caifornia has been without a Plant Pathology Advisor for a number of years. The leafy greens industry continues to be negatively impacted by disease outbreaks that have made it increasingly difficult to grow in this area. Sclerotinia has plagued the industry for years. One of the public breeding programs will soon be releasing material that has held up well against Sclerotinia in the coastal valleys. A plant pathology advisor in the desert region could be instrumental in evaluating the usefulness of this material for growers. Another soilborne disease, Fusarium oxysporum, has emerged as a relatively new problem for lettuce growers in the desert. Until the plant breeders determine if they will be able to develop resistant varieties, growers need other strategies to manage this disease. Additionally, we continue to be very concerned about viruses and their vectors in desert production. Many of us remember the devastating effects of the Lettuce Infectious Yellows Virus in the 80's. We continue to need close monitoring of virus diseases in this region. It is especially important because some of our most important insecticides for control of vectors like aphids and whiteflies are subject to increasing scrutiny by regulators which may eventually lead to more restricted usage and less effective vector control.
These are just a few examples of plant pathology issues needing attention in this region. There are many more which is why it would be advisable to fund this position.
Posted Jun 22, 2016 3:19 PM by Mary Zischke
A Farm Advisor focused on plant pathology is a critical need for Southern California in general and Imperial County in particular. As Mary mentioned, the disease issues facing vegetable crops alone are significant and challenging and include soilborne pathogens such as Fusarium, Phymatotrichopsis, Phytophthora, Pythium, and Sclerotinia, insect-transmitted viruses, and downy and powdery mildews. Having a county-based extension and research plant pathology program is an important part of addressing these issues.

This position would be a valuable, mutually beneficial partner with my vegetable pathology program at UC Riverside with respect to development of improved disease management practices, detection and investigation of emerging or reemerging pathogens, providing and extending research results, and identifying extension and research priorities. This position also has the potential for mutually beneficial relationships with research and extension programs in Arizona, as well as the proposed “Entomology Advisor - Imperial County” position in the area of insect-transmitted viruses. From my perspective as a new CE Specialist developing a vegetable pathology program, this proposal is tied for first with the proposed “Vegetable Crops Advisor (Kern)” among all proposed positions.

Alex Putman
Asst CE Specialist, Vegetables and Strawberry
Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology
University of California, Riverside
Posted Jun 24, 2016 9:39 AM by Alex Putman
The Western Region IR-4 Program facilitates the registration of sustainable pest management technology for specialty crops and minor uses. We rely heavily on a collaborative effort among UC ANR CE Advisors and Specialists to help identify and prioritize needs and projects for growers in order to enhance their pest management capabilities. Enhanced expertise in plant diseases of commercial vegetable crops would support growers by providing input and guidance to the IR-4 program in the identification of appropriate registration projects for commercial vegetables and other specialty crops of this area of the state.
Posted Jun 24, 2016 3:38 PM by Rebecca Sisco

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