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
032 Area Orchard Systems Advisor for San Joaquin County
The advisor would be primarily responsible for developing a research and extension education program to address high priority production and pest management issues in walnuts and sweet cherries in San Joaquin County. San Joaquin County is the statewide leader in both cherry and walnut production and the advisor would be expected to become a regional and statewide leader within ANR.
This proposed advisor would represent one of the most diverse and important fruit and nut tree production areas in California. San Joaquin County is home to roughly 65,000 acres of walnuts (approximately 20% of annual statewide production), 21,000 acres of sweet cherries (45% of California production), and 6,500 acres of apples and oil olives. These commodities are produced on over 1,100 diversified, mostly family-owned farms.
San Joaquin County
Proposed Area of Coverage
Northern San Joaquin Valley
- Brent Holtz - Main Contact
- Area Orchard Systems Advisor for San Joaquin County (pdf), uploaded 05/05/2016 by Brent Holtz
San Joaquin County is the largest producer of apples, walnuts, and cherries in California and the second largest producer of olives for oil-- one of the most diverse and important fruit and nut production areas in California. Orchard production is vitally important to the economy of San Joaquin County. Agriculture remains the number one employer in this county. Our county has over 1,100 diversified, mostly family-owned farms. The farm advisor holds a pivotal role in sustaining the agricultural system in our county.
As farmers in California, we are continually required to produce more with fewer resources. Farm Advisors help farmers achieve this goal by assisting us with diagnosing and treating horticultural problems as they arise and provides outreach on current research and technological innovations. In addition, walnut, cherry, and olive acreage continues to expand in this county to fill the need to produce a healthier diet as consumers continue to move from an unhealthy diet of processed foods to one filled with fresh fruits, nuts, and olive oil. As a grower, I need information on current research and new technologies to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace.
The cherry, walnut, and apple industries fund substantial research projects many of which are undertaken by the San Joaquin County farm advisor. Without a farm advisor, these and future research projects will be in jeopardy.
For the reason stated above and many others, we desperately need an Area Orchard Systems Advisor for San Joaquin County.
I, along with my 2 brothers, our parents, and my nephew, represent the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations in a family farming operation here in San Joaquin (and Stanislaus) Counties. We grow primarily walnuts, along with olives for olive oil, and almonds. We also process, package, and market world-wide, walnuts not only from our own orchards but also from about 60 other farm families in the area.
The UCCE system is a key reason that California agriculture is a recognized world leader in the production and distribution of high quality food products. However, the margin of advantage that we've traditionally held over our foreign competitors is diminishing as they ramp up production volumes and also improve their quality. Due to our cost structure - largely related the extra steps we must take to ensure the highest quality and regulatory compliance on numerous fronts - maximizing production and efficiency is the only way we can compete on the global playing field. This Area Orchard Systems advisor will play a critical role in helping us do just.
The horticultural challenges we face are numerous and ever changing. Challenges such as walnut blight, botryosphaeria, limited availability of irrigation water, lack of effective soil fumigants, crown gall, phytophthora crown rot, codling moth, husk fly (on the increase!), and how to intelligently reduce labor inputs (due to the lack of ag workers) without compromising production or quality, represent important opportunities for local research and extension. Additionally, San Joaquin County - the State leader in walnut production - is one of only a handful of counties with a severe walnut blackline problem. Continued efforts on that front are needed as well.
I have used the services of our Farm Advisor an awful lot in the past. As our operation progresses, it seems like we rely on him or her more, not less. Please fill this position.
On a personal note, the rigors of pest control and fertility are sharing with, what I believe soon to be the majority of my time, time that I will spend doing reports on nitrogen management, erosion control, food safety certification, and global pest detection management. Growers and their industries face mounting pressures from increased regulatory and environmental compliance requirements and need the science-based and unbiased guidance that UC Cooperative Extension is uniquely positioned to provide. It is well understood that entry-level growers require an extensive extension effort on basic orchard culture and pest management while experienced growers need information on new technologies to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace.
I confidently look forward to working with the new Adviser and the research, mentoring and camaraderie that all of us working with California growers have enjoyed. Long Live UCCE in San Joaquin County!
I would like to start out by saying that farming has changed a lot in the past twenty years. Twenty years ago farmers could farm their crops without the pressure and scrutiny that we are receiving today. Today it is important to have an efficient way to produce a clean safe product and a high quality crop in the atmosphere of California. There are so many advanced techniques and scientific procedures that we, the farmers, need to access, to make sure that we can produce the best crop every single year. I farm across two counties and it is important to me and to California to have good information on technique and variety. Doing trials in the field from pruning, irrigation, pesticide, etc. are all important components that we need to have a successful clean, safe, efficient crop. California has some of the best agriculture and some of the highest regulations on Food and Personal safety.
Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties each have a position open in the UC system and it is imperative that both of these positions are to be filled with qualified personnel. Ag is good for the people of California and also for the entire United States. It is important to keep Agriculture a top priority and make an impact on our Nation.
The adoption of the federal Food Safety & Modernization Act, FSMA, will be a jolt to many walnut producers, processors and most likely the cherry industry. San Joaquin County can ill afford to be without the expertise critical to its farmers as they implement the new rules and regulations while attempting to be profitable enterprises. The California ongoing drought is driving change in orchard irrigation practices. Implementation of new techniques, technology and management requires out of the box thinking that Joe Grant practiced for so many years.
And continuing labor shortages with no relief in sight drive the need for research into production systems that will reduce labor needs for California's most labor sensitive specialty crops, cherries for sure.
The placement of an Area Orchard Systems Advisor is critical and supports many family farms in San Joaquin County who rely on access to the personnel and knowledge base of this position.
I can attest that we have reaped many benefits from the hard work and dedication our current retiring advisor Joe Grant has provided our operation. Research projects such as chemical thinning of apples has been key to our industry in developing the optimum protocol to achieve the best results. Our cherry and apple industries have funded several projects in the past headed by our current advisor, and in order to stay competitive domestically as well as internationally it is crucial we do not lose this very important resource. I foresee many future areas of focus this position can assist in our operation, as well as the many other crops produced in our area, such as;
-New technology’s, including Modern Orchard Systems and Mechanization to improve Labor efficiency,
-Control of Invasive Pest and Diseases as it relates to our specific area,
-Implementation of Precision Mapping Technology’s of Soils, Nutritional Applications, Irrigation, and relating it to Production and Quality,
-Improved sustainable horticultural practices.
This position provides the farmer the connection to the UC science based research that is needed to assure his or her success. Most crops grown in this area now compete in a global market place and it is crucial that we are able to compete now and in the future. Securing this position will certainly assist in achieving this goal. Our family operation urges you to fulfill this position of Area Orchard Systems Advisor for San Joaquin County.
Headquartered in San Joaquin County, Diamond Foods is one of the largest walnut processors. As VP of Grower Services, I have directly experienced the benefits provided by an AA. They are an important component in a total crop system because they are “in tune” with the local growing area and understand the specific challenges and unique advantages. The AA is the pathway to relevant, regional research in: pest & disease management, improved rootstocks & varieties, irrigation & nutrient optimization, and general orchard management- interconnected areas resulting in high quality walnuts.
The AA is accessible. This is tremendously valuable to Diamond and our walnut growers as it develops strong community ties relevant to the area’s production. Diamond continuously reaches out for their expertise, advice, and content for correspondence. As the California Walnut Industry continues to flourish, new cultural issues emerge. The AA is often the first line of assistance growers turn to obtain meaningful solutions. These are a few of the many reasons why Diamond has a long history of support and cooperation with AA’s. The truth remains that retaining this position is crucial for the industry’s overall outlook. Thank you for your consideration.
As you may know, San Joaquin County is the largest apple producing county in California. In addition, California is the sixth largest producer of apples in the U.S. and the third largest exporter of apples in the U.S. With the amount of volume of apples produced in San Joaquin County, it is important that the apple producing industry have an advisor to continue to find innovative solutions to apple issues.
The California Apple Commission strongly supports the continuation of this position. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the Commission office.
Alexander J. Ott
California Apple Commission
My support for this position to be filled is of the highest priority. Please contact me if any questions should arise.
Michael A. Devencenzi
Devencenzi Ag Pest Management & Research
400 East Kettleman Lane, St 14
Lodi, Ca. 95240
With ever growing pressures face of currently existing as well as newly introduced pests it is more urgent than ever that there be resources available to meet the needs of growers o make both economic as ell as environmentally sound decisions. I have had to depend on the UC Advisor to help make regulatory decisions that help to prevent the spread of invasive insect and diseases that have recently begun showing up in the County.
With the unique diversity in not only crops but growing Conditions in San Joaquin and southern Sacramento County it is important that we have an advisor who is in tune to the unique growing conditions of this area. There are many differences is water and soil quality from the foothills in the eastern part of the County to those in the Delta make it extremely important that an advisor be assigned to work in the very economically important area. Currently ther has been a great working relationship between UCCE and the various grower associations and the advisor has played a vital role in working with these groups to find new and innovative ways to battle the pressures on these industries.
I would also like to point out that we are seeing a new generation of producer entering the field due to the retirements of current producers. With the high costs of entering this way of life it is even more important that there be a resource to help this new generation find a way to economically compete in an ever changing regulatory world.
This leaves a large hole for the community, the state and the world that we charged to feed.
It goes without saying how important California Agriculture is to the above, regardless
of politicians concerns. If you are reading this you understand that research and development is most important and rests on your decision to full this position quickly with someone that has the necessary qualifications, enthusiasm, and practical knowledge to help us to continue the path that Joe has forged for us all.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration and selection in advance.
all the best
feed the world
Agriculture is constantly under assault from every front, new pests to deal with, water issues, and a constant flow of new regulations. The farm adviser is the growers source that continually helps connect the dots between research and function. I cannot imagine how we would have kept pace with the ever changing farming environment.
We are celebrating over 100 years growing walnuts and cherries in San Joaquin County and the farm adviser has always been a valued resource for our family and other growers in the area. As one of the major areas for tree fruits and nuts, not only in California but the world it is imperative that this position be filled by a qualified and engaged person as soon as possible.
The advisor will be on the forefront of the implementation of new methods and technologies to maximize efficiencies in irrigation and the fertilization of orchard crops. This individual will also act as a conduit between the University of California and growers--thus facilitating dialogue and the exchange of information among these groups. This valuable position is the essential link in the formation of a partnership that benefits both parties: it is the point person that establishes the mutual trust between all stakeholders (As in the previous example that Joe Grant provided over the course of his career).
Now is the time when the advisor position must be filled, as the implementation of new regulations will certainly affect the cultural practices of orchard crops... and quite significantly, might I add. In fact, there is no doubt that a need exists for science based information; such information would be used to facilitate workable changes to cultural practices brought forth by means of regulatory amendments.
Accordingly, the methods of compliance developed that are based on this newly acquired University-driven data, would be practical and sound from an economic and agricultural standpoint, since they would be spearheaded by the UCCE Advisor.
Keep in mind that this advisor, backed by the University of California Extension, is the critical link providing the assurance that both growers and regulators need in order to trust the development and application of practices that are significantly sustainable.
It is imperative that UCANR quickly fill this position with a highly competent, knowledgeable, and experienced advisor. California's place as a world leader in specialty ag crops is under significant pressure from our off-shore competitors. UCCE plays a critical in helping our farmers maintain a competitive advantage through their scientific and technological research. Our own family farming operation, now in its 104th year, has cooperated numerous times with UCCE, and the experience is invariably mutually beneficial. UCCE, through the very hard work of its advisors, is a shining example of government at its best: dedicated, cutting-edge, cooperative. It is a entity of which all Californians can be proud.
We work in an era of significant scrutiny of the products that we grow, process, and sell. And the regulatory burden on our industry shows few signs of abating. As well, growers in our area face a number of pest and disease pressures that many of our competitors do not. We need the dedicated assistance of a top tier UC advisor to keep us in our position as a world leader in the production of these healthy food products. And as we face future challenges such as water availability, air pollution regulation, and pesticide restrictions, UCCE will continue to play a critical and important role in San Joaquin County.
I urge UCANR to fill the position of Area Orchard Systems Advisor expeditiously. San Joaquin County farmers look forward to many more years of cooperative work with Brent Holtz' team, and with we hope the person replacing Joe Grant as our new Orchard Systems Advisor.
The Area Orchard System Advisor is an essential part of helping growers develop and implement those farming practices that are protective of water quality. The Coalition over the years has worked with the UCCE specialists to hold workshops, grower meetings and conduct research which would improve farming practices and improve water quality.
It is essential to have this position within San Joaquin County. The Area Orchard System Advisor’s knowledge and expertise allows the growers and the Coalition to develop comprehensive solutions to water quality and sustainable farming. Growers rely heavily on information developed by UCCE to meet the need of their farming operations. We urge you to fill this position.
My district covers over 54% of the County and in addition to three of the seven cities, I have by far the largest representation of farmers and ranchers. Consequently, I am very active with the farm community including the Farm Bureau. I attend all their Board meetings and always appreciate Brent’s reports on what is happening at UC Davis. Our partnership with the UC Extension, whereby the County provides office space in our Robert Cabral Agricultural Center in addition to clerical and vehicle support, ensures the best strategies to increase our growers’ productivity.
Mr. Holtz and Mr. Grant started developing the position titled “Area Orchard Systems Advisor for San Joaquin County.” This would make the San Joaquin County advisor a statewide leader for both cherries and walnuts as well as a key link for UC to those industries. Therefore, the research, collaboration, technical assistance and guidance on orchard management will provide higher yields through greater efficiency in the future.
Consequently, I give my total support to Mr. Holtz’s proposal and believe the new position would be a tremendous benefit to our agricultural economy.
County Supervisor 4th District
Personally being a 4th generation cherry grower and a member of the California Cherry ,Board Research Committee,I have seen how important the position of Area Orchard Advisor is for San Joaquin County. Our industry needs an expert in soil, water, nutrition, farm practices and a liaison with the research community. I strongly urge the position to be filled.
Arnold L Toso
California Cherry Growers and Industry Foundation
O-G Packing / Grower Direct Marketing (which is a family-owned company) is a leading farming operation, a packer/shipper, and exporter of fresh cherries and walnuts.
San Joaquin County is our home base of operation.
Over the last 100 years we and many of our neighbors have expanded our growing acreage and packing facilities with the help of the U.C. Davis “cherry specialist position”.
If this position was to become vacant, the question I would have is who do we turn to when questions need to be answered about science-based issues, or where do we get unbiased guidance?
Michigan State University?
Washington State University?
Or does it come from California?