January 7, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Live Q & A - January 21, 2020
  3. Andrew Brischke - Interim County Extension Director
  4. Cooperative Extension Complimentary Registrations for the 2020 WRRC Conference
  5. New Extension Publications
  6. Call for Nominations - Extension Awards
  7. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director 

I want to wish everyone in the Cooperative Extension System (CES) the best for the New Year.

                                               Happy New Year!

Assistant / Associate in Extension UA Vitae

Many Assistants and Associates in Extension have been using UA Vitae to enter their yearly achievements in Extension.  In an effort to increase accuracy and consistency in the program data, we are asking that all Assistants and Associates in Extension use the UA Vitae online system.   Please see the memo from Dr. Silvertooth for more information. 

Save-the-Date Live Q&A Webinar

Andrew Brischke - new Interim Mohave County Director

Andrew Brischke is the new Interim County Director in Mohave County. Andrew has served as Assistant Area Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent in Mohave and Coconino Counties for the past four years. Andrew also regularly partners with Utah State and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension on the Arizona Strip and across the Colorado River from Mohave County. He will continue delivering his ANR programs while serving as Interim Mohave County Director. Congratulations Andrew!

Cooperative Extension Complimentary Registrations Available for the 2020 WRRC Conference

On March 27, 2020, the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center annual conference titled, Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years, will be held at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ.  At the conference, we will look back at the last 40 years of water management and then address questions such as how our water resources are changing, what pressures do water-use sectors face, and how we can best achieve long-term resilience.  The Keynote speakers include former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt as well as Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman.  Cooperative Extension is once again one of our generous conference sponsors allowing us to offer 25 complimentary registrations for Cooperative Extension agents, personnel, and faculty.  If you plan to attend, please contact Jessica Velarde to get your ticket.  Visit our website to learn more about the conference and to see the conference agenda.

New Publications

Arizona's Tree Nut Industry and Its Contributions to the State Economy
Dari Duval, Ashley Kerna Bickel, George Frisvold, Stephanie Perez

Arizona’s tree nut industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years. Arizona ranks among the top four states in its production of pecans and is one of only three states with commercial production of pistachios. Pecan and pistachio production in Arizona, combined, ranks within the state’s top ten agricultural commodities by cash receipts and state cash receipts for tree nuts are poised to increase in coming years. Tree nut production contributes to local communities, supporting economic activity and jobs in businesses both directly and indirectly linked to tree nut production. Meanwhile, challenges exist around sustainable withdrawal of water resources by a growing industry in groundwater-dependent areas, balancing the livelihoods of rural residents employed in agriculture and agriculture-linked industries with the availability and affordability of groundwater supplies relied upon by residents, agricultural users, and the environment. This report presents an analysis of the tree nut industry’s contribution to Arizona’s economy, including multiplier effects, as well as an overview of the industry, its trends, and water use for tree nut production in Arizona.

A Landowner’s Guide to Camelthorn
Eric Norton and Joshua Grace
Camelthorn (Alhagi pseudalhagi, synonym: A. maurorum) is a perennial desert shrub native to India, western Asia, and southeastern Russia. It is believed to have been introduced in the United States through contaminated agricultural seeds in California. Since introduction, the species has spread to many western states. Camelthorn is listed as a noxious weed in many states, including Arizona where it is labeled as a Prohibited species (see “Non-native Invasive Plants of Arizona,” The University of Arizona Extension Publication #AZ1482 and Arizona Administrative Code R3-4-245). A noxious weed is one that is non-native to the ecosystem and has invasive characteristics.

Hannah L. Farrell and Elise S. Gornish

Buffelgrass [Pennisetum ciliare (L.) Link] is a drought-tolerant invasive grass that is a threat to
native biodiversity in the drylands of the Americas and Australia. Despite efforts from land
managers to control P. ciliare, management approaches tend to have mixed success, treatment
results can be poorly communicated among entities, and there are few long-term controlled
studies. In this literature review, we synthesize data from both peer-reviewed and “gray”
literature on the efficacy of management techniques to control P. ciliare and the secondary
impacts to native plant communities. 

Call for Nominations

Each year we recognize our faculty, staff and strong contributors to Cooperative Extension with the Extension Faculty of the Year Award, the Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award, and the Extensionist of the Year Award. 

The Cooperative Extension Faculty of the Year award recipient will receive $1,000 and an award.  Click here for Extension Faculty of the Year Award criteria and nomination instructions. Submission deadline – February 4, 2020

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 4, 2020

The Extensionist of the Year award recognizes and honors a resident of the State of Arizona who has demonstrated extraordinary contributions, through UACE, to improving the lives of people in their community and state.  The award will be presented at an appropriate division-wide event.  Letters of nomination from UACE or non-UACE faculty and staff and/or peers should focus on the following criteria:  1) the nature and extent of the contribution provided by the individual (35%), 2) how this contribution has benefitted people in the community (15%) and the state (15%), 3) leadership qualities (25%), and 4) support for UACE (10%).
Submission deadline – February 4, 2020

All awards will be presented at an appropriate Extension or ALVSCE event.  Please read the criteria carefully, submitting only the materials noted.  Submit your nominations and support letters c/o Kristie Gallardo, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, PO Box 210036, Tucson, AZ, 85721 or gallardk@email.arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520.621.7145).

Educational Communication: Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel 

In the "digital age" - with the quest for information, but shorter attention spans - educational organizations are communicating more and more via social media, websites, and using digital communications, like Zoom.

Arizona Cooperative Extension is working to be at the forefront of this trend, in communicating with short, to-the-point videos.

                           Check out the Arizona Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel:

Please make sure you're helping us advance the Cooperative Extension message.  Please like, share and link through your social media channels, and help us do all we can to share with all stakeholders and communities.

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