University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Centennial Staff Profiles

Etaferahu Takele

UCCE Riverside County
County Director/Agricultural Economist
Time with ANR
32 Years
Typical Day

As an administrator/county director, liaison between the University of California and the County of Riverside, responsible for acquisition and use of county budgets; responsible for ensuring that Cooperative Extension conform to University policy, federal, state and local laws; safety and health regulations, and affirmative action guidelines; overseeing programs and staff development. As an agricultural economist, development and dissemination of benchmark cost of production and profitability analyses for crop production in southern California, and conduct risk management education. Typical day includes lots of phones calls and e-mails received and made both administratively and programmatically. communication involves both University and county administration and business offices as well as from and with programmatic clientele.

Most Memorable Moment

I was the only female cooperative extension economist when I began work.

What I love Most About Working for ANR

Programmatically, providing clientele with decision making tools to choose profitable enterprises or to improve production practices; administratively, mentoring to enhance staff and academics carry their job efficiently and joyfully and to help them build their career and skills.

My Story

I was born and raised in a developing country; farming was in my family. I immigrated to the United States as a college student. Upon completion of my graduate work at the North Dakota State University, I was hired by UCANR as a farm management economist from a nation wide search.


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