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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

047 Area Sustainable Orchard Systems and Environmental Horticulture (EH) Advisor - Sutter

The advisor would be responsible for developing a problem-solving and educational program for high priority production and commodity related issues of certain horticultural crops. The focus is maximizing sustainability in the major commodities which include walnuts, cling peaches, and kiwifruit in Sutter and Yuba Counties and for walnuts in Colusa County.

Proposed Location/Housing

Sutter/Yuba UCCE Office

Proposed Area of Coverage

Sutter, Yuba, and Colusa Counties


Associated Documents



On behalf of our nearly 400 cling peach growers, we strongly urge the University to continue providing technical support to growers in Sutter and Yuba counties. Over half the State's cling peach acreage in located in the Yuba/Sutter area and we continue to face challenges in offsetting higher labor costs and reduced labor availability. Janine is well respected by growers throughout the area, we cannot afford to lose program continuity when she retires!
Posted Jul 6, 2016 2:19 PM by Rich Hudgins, President & CEO California Canning Peach Association
Sutter County has a rapidly expanding walnut base of nearly 26,000 acres that now produce nearly 9% of the statewide supply. With a mixture of small acreage, part-time growers, to large, vertically integrated operations, the Sustainable Orchard Systems and Environmental Horticulture Advisor (Advisor) for Sutter County fills a critical role in reaching these constituents, ranging from basic information to the latest cutting edge techniques. As today’s growers face increased regulatory and environmental requirements, the Advisor is uniquely positioned to be a vital conduit of unbiased, practical information. As growers apply this information, benefits compound at every level keeping agricultural businesses leaders in the global marketplace.
As VP of Grower Services at Diamond Foods (large walnut processor), I have directly experienced the benefits provided by an Advisor. 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. They are a 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 Advisor is accessible which is tremendously valuable to Diamond and our walnut growers as it develops strong community ties relevant to the area. 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 Advisor 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 Advisors. The truth remains that retaining this position is crucial for the industry’s overall outlook. Thank you for your consideration.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 9:44 AM by Eric Heidman
As a fruit and nut tree nursery owner I am able to see first hand the value that this position brings. This position puts practical, hands on science to use at the farm level. I need to know at the nursery level what is working for growers in the field. I have worked closely with people in this position to support their work and provide plants for trials. Those trials have resulted in positive changes for the industry. I am again willing to work with the person selected for this position to ensure that industry problems are addressed and solved.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 4:22 PM by Tom Burchell
I strongly urge the University to continue technical support to growers through the position now filled by Janine Hasey. As a Grower of 1,700 acres of walnuts I find the support and advice provided by this position extremely valuable. The position provides growers with a direct link to the research work the University is conducting. The growers in this area would suffer a great loss if this position were to be discontinued.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:15 AM by John J. Gilbert
As a nut and fruit tree nursery that has been in Sutter County for almost seven decades we know first hand the immense value of this position to our many local customers and to our own operation. Without the support of the UCCE advisor, many of the basic questions of the orchard growing community will go unanswered, and the negative impact for the entire nut and fruit industries, from suppliers to the growers like Sierra Gold to the processors and shippers of the orchard products will suffer. Perhaps more importantly, however, without the continuing driving force that the UCCE advisor has been in this region, I fear vital research and progress toward more efficient and more sustainable growing methods will stall. Currently one of the four rootstock trials for experimental walnut rootstocks is established in a Sierra Gold Nurseries commercial walnut orchard. Without highly technical and informed tracking by a local advisor, this young trial may fail to provide the future rootstocks that our customers, the growers of Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, and other Counties beyond, will need to face the multiple foreseen and unforeseen challenges that await them in the midst of recycling of orchard ground, climate change, and water quality challenges. And this is just a very specific example of the larger service that a locally based, deeply entrenched UCCE advisor provides--driving research that is timely and which specifically addresses the needs of a local farming industry. I can lend only my strongest voice in support of this position. It is essential.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:26 AM by Cliff Beumel, Vice President of Sierra Gold Nurseries
The California Walnut Board (CWB) strongly supports this position and considers it a high priority. It is also supported by the California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group representing the almond, pistachio, and walnut industries. The Sacramento Valley makes up 50% of California’s walnut production and the three counties (Sutter, Yuba, and Colusa) represented by the position comprise one-third of that production. In addition to being in the top tier in numbers of walnut growers and acreage, the position has the advantage of being located close to UC Davis and the Nickels Soil Laboratory field station in Colusa County, as well as several nurseries on the cutting edge of producing micro-propagated walnut clonal rootstocks. This provides opportunities for long-term research-extension collaborations involving growers, AES, and USDA-ARS researchers and CE specialists and advisors (e.g., 5-year SCRI project to develop improved walnut rootstocks) that have major impacts on the entire walnut industry consisting of more than 4000 growers and 365,000 acres throughout the state.
Posted Jul 15, 2016 1:14 PM by Joseph Grant

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