September 18, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Q & A with Dr. Silvertooth 
  3. Congratulations Dr. John Palumbo
  4. Save the Date - AgNR In-Service
  5. Jeffrey Ratje, Five-Year Administrative Review
  6. Congratulations Dr. Karletta Chief
  7. Funding Opportunity
  8. Economics of Culling and Feeding Cattle through Drought
  9. Arizona Ag Literacy Days
  10. Upper Gila Watershed Forum
  11. New Extension Publication
  12. AZ Project WET  - AmeriCorps Positions Open
  13. WRRC Brown Bag
  14. Professional Empowerment Series
Jeff Silvertooth

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

As a follow-up to the comments I provided in the 24 July 2018 Tuesday Morning Notes and discussed at the Extension Conference in Tucson on 7 August, the Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) is now one of the three major pillars in the Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension. 

Please refer to Figure 1 (basic org chart for the Division).

In response to numerous questions that have arisen, it is important to reiterate and reinforce several points.  
Please refer to our Division Structure Resource - FAQ page.

The CES still has the same mission, purpose, and function. 

The CES is connected to CALS, but the CES is not an entity within the college.   

The CES remains invested in and integrated within CALS, particularly in the academic units.  We also have the capacity to work cooperatively with other colleges across the UA campus to form Extension positions and new program alliances, if it is appropriate to do so.

Administratively, the CES operates under the Division structure and the Director reports to the Vice President (VP) of the Division and not to the Dean of CALS per se

Similarly, Cooperative Extension personnel in county units are part of the Division but not units in CALS.  However, even though there are some changes in titles and unit designations, our relationships and capacities to work with all elements of the Division, including CALS, does not change.

Even though the CES position within the Division provides a new org chart structure; our function, purpose, and mission remain the same.

  Register  for the event by clicking: HERE

Pre-submit your questions: HERE

When in Doubt…Scout! 

Congratulations to Dr. John Palumbo! He was honored this weekend, at an event, by the Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association.
He says his job is to “support agriculture and support the agricultural community.  Their acceptance of what we do means everything.”
Check out this great video about his work in Yuma:

Save the Date - AgNR In-Service

The AgNR In-Service Training will run from 830am-330pm on October 31st at the Maricopa Agricultural Center.  The training will feature presentations by AgNR faculty that address important current issues and developing Extension programs and initiatives along with updates from Extension Administration.

For registration  and agenda information.

Jeffrey Ratje, Five-Year Adminstration Review, Survey & Open Forum

Jeffrey Ratje, Associate Dean, Finance and Administration & Treasurer, Arizona Experiment Station, is undergoing his five-year administrative review.  The review committee invites your participation and feedback.  A Qualtrics survey will be emailed to division employees on Monday, October 1, 2018.  The survey will remain open until October 15, 2018.

In addition to the survey, an open forum will be held.

Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM at the ENR2 Building, Room 215S.  (Environment & Natural Resources 2 Building)

Remote attendees can participate via a Zoom webinar. 

Register in advance for this webinar:

(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.)

Your input is valuable to the review process, and helpful for Jeffrey Ratje. 

Congratulations Dr. Karletta Chief

Dr. Karletta Chief, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist-Hydrology, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, is one of eight people named 2018 TRIO Achievers. This recognition for remarkable contributions to a chosen profession was awarded September 13, 2018. The Council for Opportunity in Education recognized the eight as 2018 National TRIO Achievers, so named for the federal TRIO college access and support programs that have been helping low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities succeed in college against all odds for more than 50 years.

Recipient awardee, Dr. Karletta Chief, is an alumna of Upward Bound at Southern Utah University. She is Diné and grew up on the Navajo reservation in Black Mesa, AZ, without electricity and running water, and speaking Diné as her first language. Although her family had little money, they gave her a strong cultural upbringing, strong family support,and encouraged her to do her best in school. 

Funding Opportunity

FCHS Extension Development funds are available for Professional Development and Programming. The objective of the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Development Fund is to provide support and enhance FCHS programs where regular annual university budget allocations are unavailable. Funds are to be utilized by or through FCHS Extension programs to enhance county or statewide Extension educational program efforts. There are two funding opportunities:
Professional Development funds: Up to $1,000 will be made available to fund professional development (eligibility: FCHS agent, FCHS specialist, full-time FCHS program staff; program staff must have their supervisor approve their application). Apply for these funds HERE
Program funds: Up to $2,000* will be made available to fund one to three projects (PI eligibility: FCHS agent, FCHS specialist, full-time FCHS program staff; program staff must have their supervisor approve their application. Co-PI eligibility: FCHS, 4-HYD, or ANR agent, specialist, or FCHS program staff). Apply for these funds HERE.

*If no Professional Development proposals are received, all $3,000 will be awarded to Programing proposals.  
The deadline for submitting proposals is October 12, 2018 at 5pm. An announcement of the winning proposals will be made after November 12 in TMN. Funds must be expended between December 1, 2018 and November 30, 2019 (details regarding access to funds will be sent to those funded). For more information please contact Kate Speirs.

Economics of Culling and Feeding Cows through Drought

Please read the Arizona Cattlelog article regarding the economics of culling and feeding cows through drought using the recent spring/summer 2018 experience and data obtained from the UA V-V ranch, by Russell Tronstad, Keith G. Cannon, Ashley Wright and Keith O. Cannon. 

AZ Agricultural Literacy Days

It’s hard to believe that fall is almost here, and that means it’s time for AZ Agricultural Literacy Days!

AZ Agricultural Literacy Days is a free program that focuses on educating Arizona students about our connection to agriculture and the commodities produced on Arizona's lands. We do this because so many of our youth don't know where our food and clothing comes from. Young children often think that it magically appears in the grocery and retail stores.

We educate youth through the support of volunteers who read a provided book on agriculture to elementary school students and then donate that book to the class library. When the program began in 2005, we envisioned farmers and other agriculturalist being the ones to help teach how we are all connected to agriculture. Over the years we discovered that people besides farmers and agriculturalist also feel passionate about our land, and wanted to share with students the story of where our food and clothing begins.

AZ Agricultural Literacy Days is scheduled every year in the fall with a special emphasis during the three days before Thanksgiving. What better time of the year to show our gratitude to Arizona farmers and agriculturalist than during the Thanksgiving season!

The 2018 AZ Agricultural Literacy Days is held October 22 - December 21.

General Steps to Participate:

1.  Let us know you're interested by clicking here.

2.  Talk with a teacher (or teachers) about reading and submit their email addresses.

3.  Receive a copy (or copies) of Arizona Agriculture: Bee's Amazing Adventure.

4.  Read to students.

5.  Complete a brief online report (time with students & people present).

Upper Gila Watershed Forum

The Gila Watershed Partnership, in coordination with Graham County Cooperative Extension and Water Resources Research Center, will host the annual Upper Gila Watershed Forum on September 28th in Thatcher, Arizona.  This daylong event will feature presentations, discussion, and activities focused on "Adapting to a Hotter and Drier Future."  Explore how increasing heat and drought are affecting agricultural, business, municipal, and conservation practices, and what communities and individuals are doing to adapt.

For more information  

To register 

New Extension Publication

Vegetation GIS Data System 4.0 Video Series
Ashley Hall, Andrew Brischke, Charles Perry
Vegetation GIS Data System (VGS) is a software application for recording and managing vegetation and other ecosystem related data. The application provides: 1) a data repository for organizing and managing data, photos, documents, positional coordinates and other information associated with an unlimited number of study sites or locations, 2) electronic tools for recording data in the field (using tablet PCs) as well as historical data in the office and 3) reports and tools for summary and presentation of results in the field and in the office. Data forms are available for a variety of vegetation sampling methods and can be designed for your specific protocols and needs. VGS is available for download at at no cost. This series of tutorial videos is for VGS version 4.0 and is divided into brief sections that cover specific help topics.
Publication Number: AZ177

AZ Project WET - AmeriCorps Positions Open: Tucson or Maricopa County

Are you a student or recent graduate interested in serving your community to promote STEM literacy and water stewardship? Apply to serve as a UA Wildcat Corps member with Arizona Project WET!   A 675-hour position is available in Tucson or serve in a 900-hour position in Maricopa County. Contact Betsy Wilkening in Tucson  or Pam Justice in Phoenix.

WRRC Brown Bag

Speaker: Susanna Eden, Assistant Director, Water Resources Research Center
September 27, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Location: WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.)

In this overview of Arizona’s irrigated agriculture and its water supply, the focus will be on what is grown, where, with what water; how the water is managed by the state and by irrigators; water efficiency strategies; and economic impacts. The presentation will touch on current irrigation water supply issues concerning growers, their communities, and other water users.
If you cannot get to the WRRC on 9/28, you can join us by following this link

Professional Empowerment Workshop Series – Seating is Limited, Reserve Your Spot(s) Today!

The Professional Empowerment Workshop Series was developed with the goal of providing targeted professional development opportunities for career track faculty, appointed professionals, and staff; with an emphasis on topics which are particularly relevant to underrepresented groups.  The 6 workshop series will run throughout the 2018-2019 academic year.  All are welcome, but seating is limited.  Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Individuals may choose to participate in only one, or up to all six workshops in the series.  The first three workshops in the series are now open for registration.  Reserve your spot(s) today!
Workshop #1: FYI ONLY – (Workshop was held 9/13/18) - Preparing Your “A” Game: Resume/CV Review and Mock Interviews. 

Workshop #2: Effective Mentoring.  Thursday, October 11th, 11:00 – 1:00 (lunch will be provided) in SUMC, Sonora Room.  To register for, or learn more about this event, please click here.

Workshop #3: Public Speaking Tips: How to Tell Your Story with Style.  Thursday, November 8th, 11:00 – 1:00 (lunch will be provided) in SUMC, Sonora Room.  To register for, or learn more about this event, please click here.

This workshop series is brought to you by the Office for Diversity & Inclusive Excellence, CALS Diversity & Inclusion Council, CALS Staff Council, CALS Appointed Professional Council, Native Faculty, and UAHS Office of Diversity & Inclusion.  

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