Edition Topics

January 10, 2023

  1. Message from the Interim Director of Extension
  2. Changes and Congratulations
  3. Invitation to be on the Extension Conference Committee
  4. Apply to Become a WELD Intern
  5. 7th Annual Southern Arizona Equine Health Symposium
  6. Returning To Their Roots
  7. Save the Date - Native Women in Agriculture & Natural Resources Symposium
  8. Pinal County Cooperative Extension, Assistant Extension Agent Position, Casa Grande, AZ 
  9. Save the Date - UA Wine Strategic Planning Summit
  10. UArizona AmeriCorps Schools of National Service 2023-2024 Undergraduate Scholarship Application  
  11. Southwest Groundwater Project (USDA-NIFA) Stakeholders' Meeting
  12. Arizona section of the Society for Range Management Meeting
  13. The American Cancer Society National Roundtable on Cervical Cancer survey
  14. New Extension Publications

Message from the Interim Director of Extension 

I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday season. The new year is here, and we have some changes in our Extension Administration. As many of you know, Dr. Jeremy Elliott-Engel has accepted a new position and will be leaving the UA in March. Dr. Cathy Martinez has accepted the position of Interim 4-H Director. We will begin searching for a new 4-H Director immediately. Also, Dr. Michele Walsh has accepted the position of Associate Director, FCHS Programs. She will be starting her new position in February. Finally, we are beginning to fill positions at both the Specialist and Agent levels. I would ask that everyone assist in recruiting qualified applicants. This is an exciting time for UArizona Extension as we begin to increase our ability to meet the needs of our stakeholders across the state.

Changes and Congratulations

Dr. Cathy Martinez will be stepping down from the Interim Associate Director of FCHS and beginning the 4-H program Interim Associate Director position starting January 10th. Thank you, Cathy, for all you do!

Dr. Michele Walsh has accepted the position of Associate Director of the FCHS program. Michele will start on Feb 20.  We are excited about the new change. 

Invitation to be on the Extension Conference Committee

There is an open invitation to join the 2023 Extension Conference Planning Committee. If you have ideas or wish to help, we meet virtually monthly. If you want to join or have any questions, contact Susan Sekaquaptewa at sks2@arizona.edu or 928-225-8550.

Apply to Become a WELD Intern!

The Western Extension Leadership Development (WELD) program is designed for Cooperative Extension professionals in the Western United States and Territories.  It requires a 15-month commitment from participating interns. The WELD program consists of four dynamic learning experiences:  

1.  A personal leadership inventory and assessment;
2.  A leadership seminar covering leadership styles, defining direction, working together
     through teams, community action process, ethical decision-making, and more; 
3.  An individual innovative leadership project with support and resources, such as a case study
     documentation and mentoring relationships; and
4.  A capstone seminar during which participants share their innovative projects. 

To review past WELD Seminar 1 and 2 program agendas, visit the WELD website at https://weda.extension.org/committees/weld/

WELD XI Program Important Dates: 
  April 2023    WELD XII Seminar 1- Tucson, Arizona April 23-28     
  Aug  2023    Personal Leadership Inventory and Assessment completed by Interns 
  Sept 2024    WELD XII Seminar 2- Location and specific dates TBD 

Applications are due to Dr. Ed Martin (cc: Kristie Gallardo) by January 20, 2023  


7th Annual Southern Arizona Equine Health Symposium

7th Annual Southern Arizona Equine Health Symposium
January 21, 2023
7:30am - 4:00pm

UArizona Campus Ag Center
4101 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719

This one-day event will feature equine health lectures and demonstrations for all horse owners delivered by local veterinarians, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, and industry leaders.

Register now to receive the early-bird registration rates! Student rate available; check out our website for more details.

Click to Learn More and Register

Returning To Their Roots

Hopi FRTEP Agent Susan Sekaquaptewa was featured in the article “Returning To Their Roots” in the November 2022 issue of Arizona Highways magazine. 

Native Women in Agriculture & Natural Resources Symposium

I am pleased to announce that this Spring I will be partnering with the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society to co-host the 2023 Native Women in Agriculture & Natural Resources Symposium- March 2-4, 2023. The Agriculture & Natural Resources, as well as STEM related fields, are seeing an increase in women joining the field; that being said, we wanted to host an event that celebrates, encourages and supports Native Women. I am beyond excited to plan a program around highlighting successful Native women, providing professional development discussions, and also networking opportunities. This event is open to all Native women and will include an afternoon youth track as well.   For more information - Alexandra Carlisle 

Pinal County Cooperative Extension, Assistant Extension Agent Position, Casa Grande, A

Pinal County Cooperative Extension seeks a creative and innovative person to serve as the Assistant Extension Agent for our 4-H Youth Development program. This position is a continuing – eligible (i.e. comparable to tenure) position located in Casa Grande, AZ. The Agent in this position is 100% responsible for 4-H program management and will administer and oversee the recruitment, certification, training, and management of 4-H Volunteer Leaders.  Please check out the posting and share with those you feel meet the qualifications! If you have any questions, contact Anne Lesenne.

Save the Date

What: Arizona Viticulture Strategic Planning Summit
Where: Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ
When: March 6 – 7, 2023
Why: The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with Designing Arizona Signatures and Visit Southern Arizona, is producing a two-day summit for the Arizona statewide viticulturists and enologists to help detail and expand research and extension plans for the industry.
How: Arizona Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grant Program (SCBGP20-52)
Who: A collaborative among Designing Arizona Signatures, Visit Southern Arizona, and Cooperative Extension, Josh Sherman, Jeremy Weiss, and Matt Halldorson

Registration, lodging details, and agenda coming soon!

Event page: https://extension.arizona.edu/events/2023-03-06/arizona-viticulture-strategic-planning-summit


UArizona AmeriCorps Schools of National Service 2023-2024 Undergraduate Scholarship Application  

The University of Arizona will provide up to ten undergraduate AmeriCorps alumni, who are newly admitted to the university, with up to $1,000 in match to their Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Preference is given to those who have served with the AmeriCorps UA Wildcat Corps program. 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona will provide up to ten $1,000 undergraduate scholarships for AmeriCorps alumni who are newly admitted to CALS at the University or newly transferring to CALS. Preference will be given to those who have served with the AmeriCorps UA Wildcat Corps program. 

How to Apply To apply for either of the two 2023-2024 scholarships available go to the UA Scholarship Universe and log in with your NETID and password. Then, search for AmeriCorps in the upper right search box. You should then see these results listed: 

UArizona AmeriCorps Schools of National Service Undergraduate Scholarship – UA 

UArizona AmeriCorps Schools of National Service Undergraduate Scholarship – CALS 

Currently serving AmeriCorps members can apply.  It is not too late to become an AmeriCorps member.  2023 recruitment is open now for AmeriCorps UA Wildcat Corps Members across the state to make a community impact in focus areas that range from environmental support services to positive youth development.  Terms of service are part-time and range from a 300-hour to 450-hour commitment. Benefits are based on the slot size and include a living allowance ($5,400 to $3,600) and an educational award upon successful completion of the term ($1,718 to $1,374).  To see a list of positions in Arizona type “UACE”  in the Program Name section at  My Americorps Search Portal.

For more information about UA Wildcat Corps email clipin@arizona.edu

Southwest Groundwater Project (USDA-NIFA) Stakeholders' Meeting

The Arizona Team for the Southwest Groundwater USDA - NIFA Project cordially invites you to join us on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, for a project overview and update. The meeting will be held in the Multipurpose Room (Room 3) at the University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center (37860 W Smith Enke Rd, Maricopa, AZ 85138). This is a hybrid meeting with both in-person and virtual options; lunch will be provided.

If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP by Thursday, January 19, 2023, via email to Debankur Sanyal at dsanyal@arizona.edu and indicate if you plan to stay for lunch. 
We are excited to share our project’s progress with you! Please see the flyer for the agenda.

Arizona section of the Society for Range Management Meeting

The Arizona section of the Society for Range Management is hosting a meeting Feb 6-7 at the Maricopa Ag Center. The theme is ‘Management of rangelands and the people who rely on them: from soil to snout.’ Topics will cover management of arid rangelands from the soil level, to the plant level to the herd level. Information and registration can be found here: https://azrangelands.org/winter-meeting-2023

The American Cancer Society National Roundtable on Cervical Cancer survey

The American Cancer Society National Roundtable on Cervical Cancer (ACS NRTCC) needs your help disseminating our survey in your community to help identify the priorities of the Roundtable. From these findings, ACS NRTCC can work towards equity by systematically assessing disparities in opportunities, outcomes, and representation through targeted actions.

Below are the links for our 10-minute survey. Please share the appropriate survey link with your partners far and wide so we can get as much feedback as possible.


We hope to hear from persons with the lived experience of either never being screened for cervical cancer, having a positive cervical cancer screening that has required follow-up, or having been diagnosed with cervical cancer or cervical pre-cancer that required treatment, particularly those from historically underrepresented populations and people experiencing health disparities. We encourage you to help us reach these communities with the survey link for patients.

The ACS NRTCC survey will be live until Jan 20, 2023. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard! We appreciate any help you can provide.

New Extension Publications

Every beekeeper should make a goal to have both healthy and productive hives. The most important step to achieve this goal is lifelong learning. Research is ongoing and constantly updating the current best practices, so the successful beekeeper needs to develop connections to keep up to date with the latest and greatest discoveries, and how they affect your existing practices. Join a local beekeeping club, subscribe to a beekeeping journal, or follow your local beekeeping organization on social media.

Honeybee Series: Feeding Your Bees
Anne  Lesenne

Yes, bees have survived for thousands of years without human intervention, but for the Beekeeper who wants to be successful raising bees, sometimes your bees will need supplemental feed. Maybe you have your hives located where there aren’t enough floral resources available year-round to sustain the colony. Maybe the weather is too cold, wet or windy for a long time and colony resources are depleted. Maybe you’ve just installed a swarm into a new hive. All of these instances are good reasons to supplement the naturally available floral resources with feed. 

Inside the Colony
Anne  Lesenne

Each member of the honeybee colony has specific duties they perform in the hive. The queen is mainly to lay eggs and the drones are specifically to mate with a virgin queen of another hive. The workers do all the rest of the labor needed to keep the hive functioning. Generally, inside bees are younger and outside bees are older. They can perform any of the roles needed in an emergency, but they generally follow a progression of duties. This progression can be interrupted by the queen not laying, so nurse bees would not be necessary, or as in the case of a swarm, all bees turn to foraging or making honeycomb to build a new hive. If all the young worker bees were killed, the foragers could reactivate their food glands and wax glands. If all the foragers were killed, the young bees could learn to become foragers in a short time.

Harvesting Honey in Arizona
Anne  Lesenne

For new beekeepers starting out, the investment in an extractor can be over your budget. For this reason, it is a great idea to be a member of your local Beekeeper club where they often let members borrow the club extractor. You can also find other beekeepers that live close to you that will allow you to come borrow their extracting equipment. Good extractors can make quick work out of the harvesting task. If you are going to harvest several times a year to produce specialty monofloral honeys, you should consider purchasing your own extractor and setting up a honey

While there are 20,000 species of bees in the world, only 7 to 10 produce honey. Most of these species are solitary bees. Of those 7 to 10 that produce honey, only a few produce more honey than they need for their colony. Apis mellifera is the most common of the domesticated species which is used around the world for honey production and pollination services. Within this species there are several races. Each race has traits that make them better suited to different situations.

Once you have installed a package, nuc, or swarm into your hive box, you will need to inspect them on a regular basis. Every time you open the hive you should already have a purpose and goal in mind for that inspection. You should also make sure to have all the necessary equipment and supplies you will need to achieve your goal. That doesn’t mean that things won’t change once you start your inspection but having a clear purpose will help you keep your time in the hive to a minimum. As you start your inspection or task move slowly and carefully trying not to roll or crush bees. Only do inspections when it is warmer than 55˚F outside. In the low desert of Arizona, bees can be worked most of the year. In higher elevations you will want to stay out of the hives when temperatures drop below 55 degrees F.

If you have taken good care of your bees through the summer, and cooler Fall temperatures are now here, you have a new focus for success in the Fall. Usually, your hives are all equal strength, Varroa mite numbers are low, and the honey harvest is over so all honey supers should have been pulled off the hives as well as queen excluders. Now is the time to allow your bees to fill the two bottom brood boxes with honey and bee bread in preparation for winter survival, as well as raise fat bees that are better suited to live longer during the winter months.

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