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242 Livestock, Rangeland, Ecosystem Economics Specialist


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



A Livestock, Rangeland, Ecosystem Economics Specialist would be extremely helpful for the state of California as well as the Western part of the United States. Animal agriculture will continue to impact the Western landscape both positively and negatively. It is important to include the economic impacts as well as the biological impacts. Understanding the economic impacts of alternatives is essential to the future of animal protein production. We MUST produce more with less natural resources. An economist would be a great help in reaching this goal, and balancing the need for more protein while at the same time focusing on the Western landscape to insure we enhance and protect our range land.
Posted May 1, 2012 9:39 AM by Jack Cowley
The California Cattlemen’s Association is pleased to support the creation of the Livestock, Rangeland, and Ecosystem Economics Specialist position. This position is critically important to the livestock industry in California, and we are happy to see this need being acknowledged by the UC Cooperative Extension.
Not only does livestock production contribute almost $2 billion to the economy, but cattle producers are some of the state’s best land stewards, and their economic and conservation contributions must be acknowledged and encouraged. Less than 5 % of the population manages almost half of the state’s land. The role ranchers play in maintaining and improving some of the state’s most valuable resources is crucially important, and thus, it is key that they are able to do so in a way that is financially sustainable. That this position will provide an economic component to current research and identify new arenas for exploration is an important step for those in California’s livestock industry.
On behalf of CCA’s 1200 members, we strongly support this position and hope to see it come to fruition.
Posted May 1, 2012 9:40 AM by Billy Gatlin
Jack Cowley, who posted comment #1, is the president of the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association, the educational arm of the California Cattlemen's Association.
Posted May 7, 2012 9:24 AM by Karen Klonsky
As an Extension Specialist in Animal Science, one salient part of the proposed position is the collaboration between departments, and especially in regards to beef cattle management. I have developed a decision tool called PCRanch that simulates the effects of different
management, cattle characteristics, and weather patterns. However, the
decisions generated are influenced by market prices that are not currently included in the model. Help to do so can be done by a livestock economist, and this provide important information that will make this model more useful and realistic.
Posted May 7, 2012 8:11 PM by James Oltjen
The sustainability of the range lands of California depends heavily on management by livestock producers. This position will be a key element in providing livestock producers with advice they can use to cope with market changes and opportunities, and with climate change and invasive species. We at Berkeley look forward to collaboration with a specialist in this area.
Posted May 17, 2012 5:07 PM by Brian Wright, Chair, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley
The CA Farm Bureau strongly supports a Livestock, Rangeland, and Ecosystem Economics Specialist position. With pending regulations and increased public scrutiny, the rangeland and livestock sectors have an increased need for research and outreach. Nearly half of California's land base is rangeland, so this sector has important implications for land use and planning, as well as wildlife habitat and conservation. Ecosystem economics will play a huge role in the preservation of rangelands in our growing state. Many rangelands have high land values because of their proximity to urban centers; owners of these rangelands need incentives to not sell to development or further intensify their ag production. This position is key to the future of livestock and rangeland systems in California. Please contact us with any questions. Thank you.
Posted Jun 26, 2012 12:16 PM by Elisa Noble
In addition to the comments already made by others, I would like to point out that a properly managed, profitable, livestock industry is one key component of preserving wild lands and wildlife habitat, including the connectivity so important to our larger wild animals. An economist in this position would be in a key position to coordinate and bring together groups that sometimes have opposing programs, providing a common ground for resolution of divisive issues.
Posted Aug 4, 2012 11:01 PM by E. Lee Fitzhugh

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