December 11, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Save the Date
  3. Welcome Joshua Grace
  4. Extension Strategic Initiative Program - 2018
  5. South West Rodent Academy
  6. New Extension Publications
  7. Congratulations Channah Rock
  8. Extension Awards Call for Nominations
  9. Toys for Tots 
  10. Leadership Fellows Program

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

Whenever we consider the development of a program for the Cooperative Extension System (CES), we need to establish an understanding of how this will help accomplish our organizational mission.

The formal Arizona CES mission is:

To engage with people through applied research and education to improve lives, families, communities, environment, and economies in Arizona and beyond.

In very simple terms, our CES mission can be stated as: “To bring the university to the people and bring science to bear on practical problems.”

We want to support good programs that are working to accomplish this mission and are delivering effectively to the many communities we work with across the state.

Welcome Joshua Grace

The University of Arizona Apache County Cooperative Extension welcomed Joshua Grace on November 19 to his new position as area agent, range and livestock for Northeastern Arizona, Apache, Navajo and northern Greenlee Counties.

Extension Strategic Initiative Program - 2018

Up to $500K is available to fund successful projects in each of our primary program areas, consisting of: ANR, 4-H, FCHS, and American Indian Programs.

This is a one-time opportunity for funding for one year only.

The Extension Administration is requesting that all project proposals be submitted to the Extension Business Office by no later than close of business on Friday, 21 December 2018.  The proposals will be submitted via e-mail to:

Limitations:  Funding will not be provided to support internal program meetings including food and meeting facilities.

Format:  All proposals submitted shall be no more than two pages (12 pt. font, one inch margins) with the following outline and information:

    1.  Project Title
    2.  Principal Director(s) for the project
    3.  Amount Requested and budget (salary & ERE, operations, travel, equipment)
    4.  Brief description of the project and objectives
    5.  How this project will serve to address the Cooperative Extension mission

For consideration of the proposal, please follow the outline provided explicitly.

If you have questions, please contact the appropriate Associate Director for the program area in question.

First South West Rodent Academy

In collaboration with multiple pest management industry partners, the UA Arizona Pest Management Center (APMC) held the first-ever South West Rodent Academy (SWRA) at the Maricopa Agricultural Center, December 4-5, 2018.

The academy curricula are designed to help pest management professionals better understand rodent ecology and integrated pest management (IPM). Forty-eight pest management professionals graduated from this unique workshop after attending lectures by leading experts and participating in hands-on activities in staged, real-life scenarios.

The SWRA was developed by the UA Arizona Pest Management Center in partnership with the Arizona Pest Professional Organization, the University of California Cooperative Extension, Target Specialty Products and Univar. The APMC Public Health IPM Team members Drs. Dawn Gouge (Entomology professor), Paula Rivadeneira (Fresh Produce Safety Assistant Specialist), Lucy Li and Shaku Nair presented at the SWRA.

We thank our sponsors Bell Laboratories, AP&G Co., BASF, Liphatech, Neogen, Syngenta, and VM Products. 


Channah Rock was honored on December 5 by the Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association for her leadership during the spring 2018 E. coli outbreak.  Congratulations Channah.

New Extension Publications

Seed pellets encapsulate seeds in a mixture (often clay, and nutrient-rich organic matter such as compost, humus, or charcoal) that will potentially reduce predation by insects and rodents while allowing for increased water retention and seed-soil contact. Seed pellets are an ancient method of sowing seed, and are especially useful in areas with compacted or dry soils. Seed pellets are strewn in the desired location (no need for soil preparation) and remain inactive until heavy rains arrive, washing away the clay and allowing seeds to germinate. Making seed pellets by hand is extremely time consuming and labor intensive. To make large numbers of seed pellets in a reasonable amount of time, we constructed a bicycle-powered seed pelletizing machine that effectively coats seed in clay and compost materials. It is designed to be easily taken apart for storage or transport,so each component fits against the others without being screwed together. The bicycle spins a barrel containing the seeds and coating materials while the operators periodically mist the contents with water. The result is coated seed balls that can be used for restoration or home gardening. Here, we explain how to construct the seed pelletizing machine. 

Dawn H. Gouge, Paula Rivadeneira, Shujuan Li

The roof rat, also known as the black rat, ship rat, or house rat, is an Old World rodent species originating in southeast Asia. Although it is not native to North America, roof rats are established in most coastal and southern states in the continental United States (U.S.), Hawaii, and small populations exist in Alaska. Information covering the identification, ecology, and signs of roof rats are covered in a separate publication by the same authors titled "Roof Rats: Identification, Ecology, and Signs" . Roof rats pose a significant health and safety hazard as they are implicated in the transmission of a number of diseases to humans and domesticated animals. These diseases include leptospirosis, salmonellosis (food contamination), rat-bite fever, murine typhus, plague, toxoplasmosis, and trichinosis.

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 form.   – Submission deadline – February 4, 2019

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria.  – Submission deadline – February 4, 2019

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

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  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520.621.7145).

Toys for Tots - final drop off - December 13

The Cooperative Extension office, Forbes 301, is hosting a drop-off box for the Toys For Tots program.  Please drop off your new, unwrapped toys by December 13.   

Final Call for Applications for the Leadership Fellows Program for Staff and Appointed Professionals, Year 2

Deadline is Friday, December 14th

The Vice President for Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the second annual distinguished leadership development program for exceptional appointed professionals and classified staff.  Given that two-thirds of the employees in CALS are non-faculty, it is conspicuous that, until last year, there had been no formal program to support the transformational leadership and professional development of rising star APs and staff. 

This program requires a significant commitment from both the nominee and the mentor to develop future higher education leaders through stretch experiences, transformational professional development, and tailored mentoring.

Eligibility and submission packet materials can be found here.  Complete applications are due December 14, 2018.  Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.  Nominees and mentors will be notified in writing in early February 2019.

Nomination packets should be submitted electronically to this email address

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