Edition Topics

November 8, 2022

  1. Message from the Interim Director of Extension
  2. Save the Date
  3. Cooperative Extension Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences Associate Director Candidate Seminar
  4. 2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey Deadline - 1 week left!
  5. Welcome Nataly Uribe
  6. Congratulations 
  7. Maricopa Agricultural Center Director Candidates
  8. Online communication: learn now, be prepared for the future 
  9. 101st Arizona Farm Bureau Annual Convention
  10. UA Cooperative Extension and AZ Society for Range Management will be hosting two workshops
  11. Inhabitants:  An Indigenous Perspective
  12. ALVSCE Town Hall
  13. YCEDA Desert Ag Research Symposium
  14. Cooperative Extension Director Candidates' Seminar
  15. Volunteers needed for a research study of grapes
  16. New Extension Publication
  17. Tip of the Week

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

It finally appears that Fall is here to stay. Although we are still seeing 80° in Phoenix, the nights are going down into the 40°/50°s, and the air conditioner can finally take a well-deserved rest. I have to carry a flashlight when I walk Otis and Garfield as the days grow shorter and the nights grow cooler. Don’t forget that this Friday is Veteran’s Day. As the son of a WWII naval veteran, I would like all of us to take some time to thank a veteran for their service and, on Friday, remember those who have served, and are serving, our country. Finally, this is the last week for our Needs Assessment Survey. The link to the survey page is https://norton.arizona.edu/uace-needs-assessment-2022.

Save the Date for the next Ed Talk

Tuesday, December 13th,  1:30pm

More info to follow

Cooperative Extension Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences Associate Director Seminar

After conducting a nationwide search for a new FCHS Associate Director in Cooperative Extension, we now have a finalist for the position: Dr. Michele Walsh.  On Thursday, November 17th, 2022, she will give her seminar at 3:30 - My Vision for the Future of Family Consumer and Health Sciences in Arizona.  Following her seminar will be time for Q & A.

Dr. Michele Walsh, November 17, 2022, 3:30PM
McClelland Park 402

Link to Zoom:

2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey - 1 week left!

We are in the final push for needs assessment survey responses! Several counties are approaching their sampling targets (240 or more for rural counties, 400 or more for urban counties), and almost all counties are above the minimum number for receiving a county-based report (>50). You can continue to follow data collection in real time using this auto-updating link: https://bit.ly/uace2022results. We have been receiving more paper surveys (both scanned to Box and by mail) and are entering those as they come. 

Please remember that the more surveys your county collects from a wide variety of residents, the more meaningful the results will be for making Extension decisions at the county- and state-levels. Focus your final efforts on communities not yet well-represented in the survey process by using your county’s progress update (SCENA-Survey-Progress-Update-COUNTY-Nov7, in your county Box folder). Across the state generally, Hispanic/Latino residents are not as widely represented (only 15% of respondents but 27% of the adult population in the state), and Black and Asian residents are also under-represented.  Remember that we have surveys and recruitment materials available in Spanish and that young people 15 years and older are encouraged to participate as well!

If you have questions about getting your surveys to CRED (or anything else),  join us on Wednesday anytime between 1-2pm for virtual office hours (https://arizona.zoom.us/j/5206218739), reach out to CRED by email (cred@arizona.edu), or see the FAQ sheet. Other links, resources, and updates may be found on the CRED Needs Assessment website: https://norton.arizona.edu/uace-needs-assessment-2022.   

Reminder:  Survey collection should be complete by next Monday, November 14th. Please upload or mail all surveys to CRED by Friday, November 18th.

Nataly Uribe is joining the Cooperative Extension team as the State 4-H Events Coordinator

Nataly is currently a Masters of Marketing candidate at Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. She also received her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in December 2021.

Contact Information:
Email: natalyuribe@arizona.edu
Office: 520.621.5316

Congratulations Traci Armstrong Florian

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) has appointed Traci Armstrong Florian, MS, RDN, Associate Agent, FCHS (Maricopa County Cooperative Extension) to the newly reorganized Membership Committee as chair-elect and then chair sitting on the SNEB Board as an ex-officio member for 2022-2023. She is charged with building a dynamic society of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers worldwide engaged in nutrition education and behavior activities while increasing the diversity of membership and member engagement.  Congratulations, Traci!

Maricopa Agricultural Center Director Candidates

Candidates for the Maricopa Agricultural Center Director position will be interviewing in person next week. We invite you to join either in person or via zoom to view their presentations to be delivered at the date and time shown below.

Maricopa Agricultural Center – Director Candidate In-Person Presentations 

Join in person at the Maricopa Agricultural Center Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
37860 W Smith-Enke Road, Maricopa, AZ 85239 or join via zoom at the links below.

Monday, November 14, 2022, 9:00AM
Dr. Tim Kock

Friday, November 18, 2022, 9:00AM
Dr. Stephanie Toston

Online communication: learn now, be prepared for the future 

Is TikTok the next big thing in rangeland Extension and outreach? How will you deliver your message to the right people? Come to the third and final online communication webinar on November 17, 2022 at 11am to learn more. It will focus on identifying the right messengers and platforms to deliver your content to the right people. We will also discuss different writing styles depending on the messenger. Registration is required.  

Looking for more information on online communication, visit the website to view the first (understanding your target audience) and second (creating relevant messages) webinar recordings and access the online communication guide for even more strategies.  

Online communication is a skill. The more you practice, the better you will get! 

101st Arizona Farm Bureau Annual Convention

Arizona Cooperative Extension staff aimed to raise awareness of our services for agriculture producers and farm families at the 101st Arizona Farm Bureau Annual Convention at El Conquistador, Tucson, AZ, November 3-5, 2022. 

Pictured Left – Right: Anthony Bertero, UACE Administrative Associate, State Office; Dr. Jeremy Elliott-Engel, State 4-H Program Leader; Deborah Lester, Director, Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation; Maritza Broce, Program Coordinator, Ag Apprenticeship Program; and, Scott Koenig, Executive Director, Project CENTRL.  Not pictured: Ashley J.S. Menges, Assistant 4-H Agent, Greenlee County; Ashlea Gideon, Assistant in Extension, 4-H Pima County; Ethan Orr, Associate Director, ANR; and Dr. Paul Brierley, Executive Director, YCEDA.  

UA Cooperative Extension and AZ Society for Range Management will be hosting two workshops

Save the Date!
UA Cooperative Extension and AZ Society for Range Management will be hosting two workshops:
Gila County Offices
December 6, 2022

Pima County
Bar V Ranch
November 30, 2022

Topics include: Identification of Toxic Plants, Supplementation, Utilization and Rangeland Health, and Beef Quality Assurance Certification

Inhabitants:  An Indigenous Perspective

Sunday, November 20th, 5:00PM
The Loft Cinema
With expert from the film, Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson, in person for Q & A

Celebrate Native American Month with Native Voices in Film on November 20th from 2pm-7pm. The Indigenous Resilience Center (IRes), University of Arizona Native American Law Students Association (NALSA), and Loft Cinema's Indigenous Film Committee are sponsoring a day of free films, vendors, and community gathering. All are welcome at this free event!

ALVSCE Town Hall

Thursday, November 10
3 - 4:30 p.m.

Join us for presentations and discussions about:

Activity Informed Budgeting
Garth Perry
Vice President/Chief Budget Officer
University of Arizona

How AIB Impacts ALVSCE Finances (and how it won't) & Financing Our Missions: A Business Update
Janis Rutherford
Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Priorities for 2022-23
Shane C. Burgess
Vice President for the Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension
ENR2, Room S107
After registration, you'll be sent a confirmation with a link for use on the day of the meeting.

YCEDA Desert Ag Research Symposium

The Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture would like to invite you to the Desert Agriculture Research Symposium on November 16, 2022, at the Pivot Point Conference Center in Yuma AZ. This symposium, funded by the NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative program, is an opportunity to learn about the research needs of the desert agriculture industry, current research, and to develop partnerships with this community. Scientists will learn how to best engage with industry from experienced researchers and have opportunities to engage with potential industry partners. Funding for travel may be available, more details to follow. Registration is now open.


Cooperative Extension Director Candidates' Seminar Recordings 

The following links are for the recorded seminars of the three candidates for the Director of Cooperative Extension.

Dr. Edward Martin

Dr. Sereana Howard Dresbach  
Recording of seminar 

Dr. Gregg Hadley

Volunteers needed for a research study of grapes

√  Are you 30-65 years of age?
√  Are you in good health?
√  Are you interested in how grapes support
    physiological function?

Interested?  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 Publication

Larry D. Howery and Kim McReynolds

According to Sheley et al. (2011), "integrated pest management (IPM) is a long-standing, science-based, decision-making process that identifies and reduces risks from pests by using pest management strategies and tactics." Practitioners have commonly used IPM in intensive agricultural settings to develop strategic and tactical management technologies designed to prevent significant pest damage, while posing minimal risk to people, property, resources, and the environment.

Tip of the Week

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