Edition Topics

March 7, 2023

  1. Message from the Interim Director of Extension
  2. Faculty Council Notes
  3. Governor Katie Hobbs and Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls with the Yuma 4-H Ambassadors
  4. WRRC Seminar Series: Water in Cochise County: Challenges and Solutions
  5. Extension Specialist (Associate/Full) and Director of UACE SNAP-ED & EFNEP in the School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness 
  6. WRRC Call for Solutions – Deadline Extended to March 7
  7. 2023 Spring Artificial Insemination (AI) Clinic
  8. Volunteers Needed for a Research Study of Vegetables
  9. Volunteers Needed for a Research Study of Grapes
  10. New Extension Publications

Message from the Interim Director of Extension 

Last Saturday, I was honored to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame dinner. There were five inductees this year – pioneers of Arizona agriculture. I am constantly amazed at the origins of these pioneers. Some have families going back centuries; others came to Arizona much more recently. They all talked about the strength of families, their commitment to the environment, and their hard work over the years. Several spoke about 4-H experiences, and just about everyone had a connection to the University of Arizona. The positive impacts they have had on our state are numerous. It was, again, great to see so many of our state legislators in attendance to support the inductees. I sincerely congratulate all the honorees and their families. Also, congratulations to the Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame for a memorable evening.

Faculty Council Notes

The CALS/CES Faculty Council is tasked to formulate recommendations on how we can more efficiently manage and utilize resources to achieve greater effectiveness in carrying out our three-fold mission of teaching, research and extension. Minutes for all meetings can be found here and major topics discussed in the last monthly meeting include:

    •   Proposal to change CALS to College of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences
   •   Discussion of review and merit increase process for professors.
   •   Professors of Practice not allowed to serve as administrators.
   •   Police response time for incidents and plans to add locks to doors on campus.

Please contact Extension faculty representatives Debbie Curley and Traci Armstrong Florian if you have any matters that you feel should be brought to the attention of the Council.


Governor Hobbs and Yuma Mayor Nicholls with the Yuma 4-H Ambassadors

Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs has been touring the Grand Canyon State and during her inaugural visit to Yuma, the Yuma County 4-H Ambassadors were able to meet and welcome her.  Thanks to Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls for arranging the meet & greet.

WRRC Seminar Series: Water in Cochise County: Challenges and Solutions 

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023 
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Arizona Time 

Mark Apel, Environmental Projects Coordinator, Cochise County Engineering and Natural Resources
Mary Ann Capehart, UArizona Water Wise Program, Retired
Taylor Simmons, WRRC Outreach Assistant & MS EHS Student 
Water scarcity challenges in Cochise County have spurred various water management solutions and collaborative efforts over time. In 2022, the WRRC partnered with Cochise County Cooperative Extension to develop a Water Factsheet that helped to distill major challenges and solutions, as well as lay out the basics of water supplies and demands. We are excited to follow up and partner with presentations from the local experts to share the expanded stories of Cochise County water. This WRRC Seminar Series presentation will begin with a discussion about the historic election that was held on November 8, 2022, on whether to designate the Douglas Groundwater Basin as an Active Management Area (AMA), yielding the first citizen-initiated AMA designated on December 1, 2022. Digging into some of the factors that led to the new Douglas AMA, including high rates of land subsidence, there are many unknowns about the future of the AMA to be determined by ADWR with input from local stakeholders. The second story will focus on exemplary and longstanding water management efforts within the county, specifically the Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network (CCRN). This collaborative partnership was established to implement tangible water management projects that will increase water availability to meet current and future water demands in the region. Local and federal partners have joined forces to develop innovative projects for a resilient water supply for both people and nature along the San Pedro River. These projects are designed to work together to help sustain San Pedro River flows and the groundwater on which our local communities and the river depend. '

Extension Specialist (Associate/Full) and Director of UACE SNAP-ED & EFNEP in the School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness. 

The School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness and Cooperative Extension welcome applicants for a twelve-month, continuing-track Associate Specialist or Specialist position responsible for leadership, strategic planning, and program direction of statewide nutrition and physical activity programs. Minimum qualifications include: a doctorate degree in Nutritional Sciences, or a related discipline; a record of scholarly accomplishments; and a record of managing nutrition, physical activity, or related Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences programming.

Please share the following position profile link with your professional networks:  https://summitsearchsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/UArizona_CoopExt_Specialist_Profile.pdf

Interested applicants should use this online portal to apply: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=su348

WRRC Call for Solutions – Deadline Extended to March 7

Good news! Based on popular demand, the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) is extending the deadline for its Call for Solutions to Arizona's water resource challenges to March 7, 2023. The WRRC wants to ensure they incorporate a broad array of voices when developing their program, and hope you'll be able to take advantage of this extra time to propose a presentation. The WRRC 2023 Annual Conference, What Can We Do? Solutions to Arizona’s Water Challenges, will be held July 11 – 12, 2023, at the University of Arizona Student Union Grand Ballroom in Tucson, AZ. Proposals are invited for conference presentations and posters that offer solutions to the pressing water resource challenges currently facing Arizona and the region. Submissions may include 10- to 15-minute Oral Presentations, 5- to 7-minute Highlight Talks, and Posters. Prizes will be awarded for the best student posters. Learn more HERE.

2023 Spring Artificial Insemination (AI) Clinic

Artificial Insemination (AI) has been shown to improve the genetic quality of a herd, increase consistency and value to a calf crop, eliminate the need to purchase, house, and feed a full bull battery, shorten breeding and calving season, and generally improve the profitability of a livestock production operation.

If you are interested in adding an AI program into your livestock operation, please join us for our 2.5-day AI Clinic at our UA Experimental Ranch, V Bar V, near Camp Verde March 24-26th, 2023. Our experienced staff will guide you through the entire AI process and will include hands-on practice including live animals. Cost is $800, first-come basis, non-refundable, and includes a take-home AI kit ($350 value), AI Manual, flash drive with all the presentations, and lunch on Sat. and BBQ on Sunday. Registration is limited to 12 participants.

Registration will open Monday, February 27, 2023. Please contact Dominque Arias at the Yavapai County Cooperative Extension Office, (928) 445-6590. For further questions, please contact Andrew Brischke (928) 753-3788 or brischke@cals.arizona.edu 


Volunteers Needed for a Research Study of Vegetables

  Are you 18-65 years of age?
•  Are you interested in increasing your daily vegetable consumption?
•  Do you want to learn simple new recipes?

You may qualify if you meet the following criteria:
  Not on a vegan or vegetarian diet
  Willing and able to eat vegetables provided by Tucson Village Farm

  4 weeks of vegetable consumption (5 servings a day)
  Weekly culinary classes at Tucson Village Farm (2201 E. Roger Road Tucson, AZ 85719)
  Participants begin consumption on date of enrollment or 4 weeks later
  Measurements of blood pressure and blood markers of cholesterol

For more information, please call 520-621-5382 or email FBHlab@email.arizona.edu. Mention the Easy Peasy Study and leave your name and number.

Volunteers Needed for a Research Study of Grapes

For more information, please call 520-621-5382 or email fbhlab@email.arizona.edu, mention the Grape Study, and leave your name and number

New Extension Publications

This SCRUB curriculum and the corresponding SCRUB kit were developed through a collaboration between Dr. Betsy Greene, University of Arizona, and Dr. Kris Hiney, Oklahoma State University, to complement the Biosecurity Learning Modules developed by the Animal Disease Biosecurity Coordinated Agricultural Project (ADBCAP) education team. The SCRUB curriculum and the corresponding SCUB kit link hands-on activities with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, by incorporating science into fun activities to engage youth in grades 6 - 12 with an existing interest in animal science. SCRUB fills an important need to teach youth about biosecurity since their animals may be at risk every time they travel to new places and mingle with other animals during shows and exhibitions. The SCRUB curriculum has been built to provide all of the information needed for instructors (with or without biosecurity and animal knowledge) to conduct the lessons. Additionally, we included “At A Glance” sections at the beginning to show key points of the activities as well as what is needed for each lesson. There are shopping lists for each of the hands on activities, as well as information on purchasing the SCRUB Kit. The SCRUB Kit provides the majority of the items needed with a few exceptions (e.g. frozen water bottles for cooler activity), to conduct the activity with a classroom or club group of up to 25 people.

Blase  Evancho, Paco Ollerton, Trent Teegerstrom and Clark Seavert

This enterprise budget estimates the typical economic costs and returns to grow silage corn using flood irrigation in southern Arizona. It should be used as a guide to estimate actual costs and returns and is not representative of any farm. The assumptions used in constructing this budget are discussed below. Assistance provided by area producers and agribusinesses is much appreciated.

TEN Submittal Process

Please submit your news by 4:00pm Monday to TMN [tmn@cals.arizona.edu].

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