Edition Topics

February 7, 2023

  1. Message from the Interim Director of Extension
  2. Jeremy Elliott-Engel is moving to Hawaii
  3. National Extension Technology Community (NETC) Conference
  4. Sustaining the Human Spirit in Farm Country
  5. New Practices for requests for Irrigation Water at Maricopa Ag Center
  6. Diabetes Prevention Program
  7. Supporting Women in Academia
  8. WRRC Seminar Series: A Living River – The Santa Cruz River from Mexico to Marana
  9. Call for Nominations - Shirley O’Brien Diversity and Inclusion Awards 
  10. Water Resources Research Grant Opportunities Now Available
  11. UA-CEAC Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course
  12. Get Your Branded Apparel Items - Online Store Opening 1/30 - 2/13
  13. WRRC Invites Proposals for 2023 Annual Conference
  14. Marley Surplus Extravaganza

Message from the Interim Director of Extension 

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the 4-H Achievement Night at Maricopa County Cooperative Extension (MCCE). Awards were given with proud parents and siblings in the audience. It was indeed a wonderful evening. Out of all the accolades, I remember most of the stories that our 4-H members shared. It reminded me of the importance of 4-H and this program's incredible impact on our youth members. Many thanks to the MCCE 4-H Staff, volunteers, and AmeriCorps members who helped organize the event. Also, I was thinking about how Cooperative Extension started. Did you know that the first Extension Agent was African American, Thomas Monroe Campbell? A protégé of George Washington Carver at Tuskegee Institute, he was an Ag. Agent for Macon County, AL. Like many in Cooperative Extension, he had an incredible career and positively impacted people's lives through his years of service.

Capital Photo Jeremy Elliott-Engel and Renee Carstens with the first delegates to National 4-H Conference in over a decade (2019)
Arizona 4-H Shooting Sports Championship with the leadership of the Arizona VFW (2019)

Jeremy Elliott-Engel is moving to Hawaii

Dear Arizona Cooperative Extension,

On March 1, 2023, I will start as the Associate Dean and Associate Director for Extension with the University of Hawaii-Manoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Relations (CTAHR). This position has the ostensible responsibility to serve as the Director for Hawaii Extension. I am excited for the opportunity to help Hawaii Extension bring research-based solutions to the citizens of Hawaii and ensure strategic efforts to implement the CTAHR strategic plan. This will mean addressing their grand challenges of food security and sovereignty; ensure a health in all approach in programming; ensure Extension efforts support the mandate of being an indigenous place of knowledge; and to ensure positive youth development and workforce development for all Hawaii youth.    

I have had the opportunity to, not say goodbye but rather, say see you later to many of the folks I have worked with most directly, the Arizona 4-H youth development team across the state, over the last few weeks. Our work is not siloed, and to be effective, the 4-H team is in partnership with operations, business and finance, ANR, FCHS, and Tribal extension professionals across the state.  Thank you for your investment in the next generation of Arizona’s workforce, Extension users, and for building transformative workforce development opportunities. Remember, whether it is me or the future State 4-H Program Leader remember to make sure that you continue to answer the call to help 4-H. I have appreciated your time, talent, and experience.

Arizona 4-H is in a dramatically different position because of the hard work that has taken place over my tenure. Work that has required everyone in this organization to engage, and work that has not been easy.  When I think of the work we have had to do to stabilize: youth safety policy and procedure; policy and procedure and improved reporting process of the $2 million + in 4-H club finances, and, the dramatic growth in resource development at the county and state level for 4-H that has broken the million dollar mark annually it has meant incredibly hard work from the entire Arizona Cooperative Extension team. However, this work has resulted in the growth of the Arizona 4-H club program to over 6,200 members (despite navigating the incredible global challenge of the pandemic and despite navigating social and political friction to meet our legal obligations to serve all youth). This has taught me that doing the right thing is not always easy but is rewarded in the end. I want you to know that Arizona absolutely bucked the national trend, and you are the reason, so I and the young people of Arizona thank you!  I know that you will continue to focus on creating opportunities that deliver on the promise that all Arizona youth deserve a high-quality 4-H positive youth development experience.

Aloha means both hello and goodbye, I think that is a beautiful way to describe a parting like this one. We do not know where our professional and personal paths will lead, but today, I say to you Aloha. 

With mahalo, 
Jeremy Elliott-Engel

National Extension Technology Community (NETC) Conference

Did you know Arizona Cooperative Extension is hosting this year's National Extension Technology Community (NETC) Conference!  This event is the premier Extension Technology event of the year.  Extension professionals - working in the areas of IT, Operations, Marketing, Communications, Data Analytics, and programmatic Faculty and Staff from across the country - will be in Tempe, Arizona from April 24-27 to learn all the new and innovative ways we're delivering the Land Grant Mission to our respective communities.

Learn more here!  Or contact Dominic Rodriguez for additional questions.

Sustaining the Human Spirit in Farm Country

SARE funding permitted project organizers to refine a previously developed workshop called Down on the Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times. They collaborated with AgCentric, which is part of the Minnesota State college system, to create a curriculum enabling people in and beyond Minnesota to adapt and deliver it themselves.

The refined curriculum is available for download at mnfarmstress.com at no cost, and the MDA encourages users to adapt for their own state, region and audience.

This story is part of a series highlighting SARE projects using innovative strategies to help farmers and ranchers manage stress. Visit https://www.sare.org/resources/managing-stress/ for more information.

New Practices for requests for Irrigation Water at Maricopa Ag Center

With water on the radar of most people we feel it wise to put into practice some mitigating procedures that are intended to assure availability of irrigation water in a timely manner and improve our ability to provide services to projects. The recent amount of irrigation water use at Maricopa Ag Center (MAC) for research, teaching and outreach is comfortably supported even though the allocation of irrigation water available to MAC was reduced 40% in 2021.

To assure allocation of water to projects, we will begin reviewing Service Agreements (UA Users) and Facilities Use Agreement (External Users) on 01 March and will notify applicants about our approval by 30 March each year. Service Agreements submitted later than 01 March, will be reviewed after 01 April and later as submitted. Project funding is required for final approval, but submissions without funding will be reviewed and we will do our best to assure water for when the funding arrives.

We will prioritize the service agreements with University of Arizona faculty and MAC facility operations with the highest priority. Second highest priority is the USDA Agricultural Research Service projects. Third highest priority is external users from outside the University.

This new practice will help assure users that we can support their projects, and it will assist MAC in planning and executing the provision of all the other services that are requested for projects such as tilling, planting, irrigating, fertilizing, weeding, and harvesting.

Please direct your questions to Interim MAC Director, Vince Thacker vthacker@arizona.edu

Diabetes Prevention Program

The University of Arizona Yavapai County Cooperative Extension Offers National Diabetes Prevention Program Information Session

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension invites you to participate in one of two virtual information sessions to learn about participating in the Diabetes Prevention Program. The information sessions will be held on the following days from 12:00pm – 1:00 pm:
       Wednesday, February 15, 2023
       Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Please go this the link below to register for the information sessions. After you register, a Zoom link will be sent to you to log in to the virtual session date of your choice.

Complete the enrollment form using this link: Register here.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a CDC-led initiative shown to reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. This FREE lifestyle change program can help you lose weight, become more physically active, and reduce stress. This is a proven program to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. You receive access to a trained lifestyle coach, a year-long program, support from others like you as you learn new skills, and a CDC-approved curriculum.

Supporting Women in Academia

With Raina Maier, Elise Gornish, Ashley Snider, Karletta Chief, Theresa Crimmins, & Eva
Goals of this workshop
  •  Let women who are grad students and faculty know they are not alone
  •  Share resources and experiences that support women in their degree attainment and careers
  •  Highlight ways ALVSCE can better support women grad students and faculty
  •  Address the gap between the large population of women who are undergrads and grad students
     but the much smaller population of women who are faculty
  •  What lessons can be learned from individual experiences that translate into improvements at the
     organizational level?

WRRC Seminar Series: A Living River – The Santa Cruz River from Mexico to Marana

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 Time: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Arizona Time
Speakers: Luke Cole PhD, Director, Santa Cruz River Program, Sonoran Institute Madeleine Oliver, Program Manager, Sonoran Institute Claire Zugmeyer, Ecologist, Sonoran Institute

The Santa Cruz River has long been the backbone of the region’s natural and cultural heritage. Although the river has changed since humans first arrived in the region 12,000 years ago, the river still exists and is a “living” entity that continues to support wildlife and communities along its course. Throughout Arizona, the release of effluent maintains flows of many river reaches. The Santa Cruz River is fortunate to have three stretches with effluent flows—one near Nogales in Santa Cruz County and two near Tucson in Pima County. Annual Living River reports communicate conditions in these stretches of the Santa Cruz River by presenting data on indicators of river health with easy-to-follow text and engaging graphics. This long-term monitoring program and communication tool is a key element of Sonoran Institute’s Santa Cruz River Program and makes use of diverse data sets collected by multiple agencies, serving as an important baseline of scientific information for river management decisions while also providing community members with approachable information about their local river.

Call for Nominations - Shirley O’Brien Diversity and Inclusion Awards 

The ALVSCE DEI Council is now accepting nominations for the Shirley O’Brien Diversity & Inclusion Awards. The Legacy D&I Champion award is for an individual that has demonstrated exemplary leadership for at least five years. The Emerging D&I Champion award is for an individual that has shown exemplary leadership by initiating a new program or effort in the past 4 years or less. All faculty and staff in ALVSCE are eligible for nomination.  

Nominations are due by noon on April 24th, 2023. Please click here to access the application https://uarizona.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d7mIIng0c7eNVAy  


Water Resources Research Grant Opportunities Now Available 

The University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) is now accepting proposals for two USGS-funded grant programs. As the federally authorized Water Resources Research Institute for Arizona, the WRRC administers Water Resources Research Act, Section 104 grant programs.

104(b) Small Research Grant Program
Proposals due February 22, 2023

Full 104(b) Announcement

104(g) National Competitive Grant Program
Proposals due March 1, 2023
Full 104(g) Announcement

Proposals for both the 104(b) and 104(g) grant programs must show a 1:1 non-federal match for requested federal funding. Research personnel at any of Arizona’s three state universities (UArizona, NAU, and ASU) are eligible for these opportunities.

More information on these two grant programs is available in the linked PDF announcements above and on our website.

Please help us get the word out by forwarding these announcements to those who may be interested. Please direct any questions to Michael Seronde (seronde@arizona.edu).

UA-CEAC Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course

The UArizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center is hosting a Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design Short Course March 15–17. In-person and online tickets are available. Check out the event page for more details, including the program, registration, and costs to attend.

This is a three-day online and in-person conference that will consist of lectures presented by leaders in academia and in the CEA industry. In-person tickets are limited. Registration closes March 8th for in-person and March 14th for online.

Lecture topics will include: 
   Plant nutrition
   Integrated pest management
   Greenhouse design
   Environmental monitoring
   Autonomous greenhouses
   Water quality
   Beneficial microbes
   Culinary herbs
   Hemp production

For questions, please email us at be-ceac@arizona.edu 

Get Your Branded Apparel Items - Online Store Opening 1/30 - 2/13
The CALS Online Store will be open (with new items & color choices!) from Monday, January 30 through Monday, February 13, 2023.
Check out more details about the online store, review FAQs, and place your order through our website here: https://cals.arizona.edu/content/online-store

The Cooperative Extension logo is a featured logo and is available on apparel items! 😊

If you have questions, please contact Leslie Grignon or Sandy Lopez
For more information: 

WRRC Invites Proposals for 2023 Annual Conference

The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center invites proposals for conference presentations and posters that offer solutions to the pressing water resource challenges currently facing Arizona and the region. 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: 10- to 15-minute Oral Presentations, 5- to 7-minute Highlight Talks, and Posters. Prizes will be awarded for the best student posters. Click here for more details and a proposal form with instructions. Submittal deadline is 11:59 PM, MST, February 21. Stay tuned to the WRRC Weekly Wave for more conference information including opportunities to sponsor!

Submit Proposal(s)

Marley Surplus Extravaganza

Attention Marley Building Occupants
The Surplus Extravaganza will start on the following dates:

Feb. 6 - 10:     Floors 1-4 Large items (furniture and heavy equipment)
Feb. 13 - 17:   Floors 5-8 Smaller A and N-tagged items
Feb. 20 - 24:   Floors 5-8 Large items (furniture and heavy equipment)

Drop items off in designated spaces in the Marley Building 

Please Note:
    Technology items: talk to your IT manager before surplusing.
    Chemicals and other controlled substances: talk to points of contact below.
    Items estimated over $200, N-Tag, and Asset Tag items: talk to points of contact below.
Must have Property Tag/Pick-up Label taped to the surplus item.


Christopher Portugay-Delaney (520) 603-2919/ cpp1@arizona.edu
Rachel Doty, ENTO (520) 621-1153/ racheldoty@arizona.edu
Richard de Guzman , SPLS (520) 621-9551/ deguzman@arizona.edu

TEN Submittal Process

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

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