Edition Topics

January 18, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Welcome Dr. Debankur Sanyal
  3. New Extension Publication
  4. Yavapai County Extension Director / Assist/Assoc ANR Agent 
  5. Director, Cooperative Extension Posting
  6. Call for Nominations

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

Last week I had the opportunity to lead a Zoom workshop for the 2022 Citrus Clinic, hosted by the UArizona Maricopa County Master Gardeners. This was an evening event, and I could attend from the comforts of home. We went over soil water relationships and talked about how to best irrigate your home citrus. Over 100 attendees asked questions about fruit quality, drip irrigation systems, and how water stress affects citrus. One online question was about irrigating a tree in a pot. I really didn’t know how to answer. I have Extension papers on citrus water use, drip irrigation, determining how much water to apply, but I don’t have much experience growing a tree in a pot. Sure enough, the chat was soon filled by Master Gardeners (MG) and gardening enthusiasts with recommendations and advice. They talked about which type of pot to use, how many times a week to irrigate, and the placement of pots on the patio. Once again, I witnessed the power of our volunteers, helping increase our capacity and, in this case, coming to the rescue of an Extension Specialist. Thanks to all our volunteers for your help. There is another citrus Q&A this Saturday – I sure hope our MG citrus experts will be there to help again!

Welcome Dr. Debankur Sanyal

The Department of Environmental Science is very pleased to welcome Dr. Debankur Sanyal an Assistant Specialist and Assistant Professor in Soil Health!  Dr. Sanyal received his B.S. degree in Agriculture from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishwavidyalaya University in West Bengal, India, his M.S. degree in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry from Punjab Agricultural University in Punjab, India, and his Ph.D. in Soil Sciences from the North Dakota State University in the U.S.  He then served as a Project Coordinator and Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Agronomy at South Dakota State University prior to joining the UA Faculty based at the Maricopa Agricultural Center in January of this year.  Dr. Sanyal brings a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the health and vitality of soil systems as they relate to crop production. We look forward to working with him in his new post!

Welcome Dr. Sanyal at 

New Extension Publication

Stand Alone Photovoltaic (PV) Systems: A Description & Function of System Components
Edward A. Franklin

Solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems provide electrical energy from the sun. The simplest systems match a solar PV cell or module to a direct current (DC) load such as a water pump or a ventilation fan. These electrical loads operate when the sun is shining. To operate an electrical load such as a direct current (DC) light during evening hours requires an energy storage device such as a battery. A flashlight is an example of a direct current (DC) load (lamp) operating on batteries. The lamp will shine if the batteries produce a charge. When the batteries lose their energy, the lamp begins to fade and will eventually cease to shine. A solar cell connected to the batteries of the flashlight could re-charge the batteries during daylight, so energy is once again provided to the lamp. For the circuit to operate, the size of the cell must match the size of the battery. Larger electrical systems with voltages higher than 1.5-volt batteries require a component to regulate the flow of electric current from the PV module to the battery and monitor the state of charge (SOC) of the battery and protect the battery from being drained by the electrical load. Examples of solar PV circuits with batteries include solar-charged calculators, wrist watches, flashlights, and lanterns. Our garden pathway lights are solar-powered as well as wall-mounted outdoor spotlights. They are simpler to install because they are not wired to our house circuits and are gaining popularity with homeowners. This publication is intended to guide homeowners with an interest in stand-alone solar PV systems.

Yavapai County Extension Director / Assist/Assoc ANR Agent 

This position includes administrative responsibility as County Extension Director and will represent Arizona Cooperative Extension at county and state levels. This includes attending college and county level department head meetings, negotiating county budgets, interfacing with Extension Advisory Board and other community groups, assuming responsibilities of vacant county positions, and resolving issues of concern with volunteers and community partners.

Assistant/Associate Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources. The primary purpose of the Agriculture & Natural Resources position is to provide leadership in research-based education to increase the knowledge, skills, and effectiveness of agricultural producers, ranchers, local nursery owners, landscape professionals, and citizens interested in agriculture, natural resources, and horticulture/plant sciences to solve their own problems and improve the quality of their lives.

Director, Cooperative Extension Posting

The University of Arizona (UArizona), Arizona's flagship and land-grant university, seeks a strategic and innovative leader to be the next Director of the UArizona Cooperative Extension System (CES)

The Arizona CES Director reports directly to the Vice President of the Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) and is responsible and accountable for managing and leading the CES including: responding to federal and state legislation relating to CES and addressing federal and state compliance requirements; developing a vision and implementing a plan for the CES to contribute to every aspect of Arizona’s economy,  human wellness, and health equity that increases its economic and social impact; directly addressing Arizona’s future demographics; identifying and delivering on key metrics and benchmarks to measure progress towards CES’ strategic goals and its contribution to the goals of the division, university, and Arizona Board of Regents.

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 16, 2022

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 16, 2022

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 16, 2022

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 to gallardk@arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520-621-7145).

TEN Submittal Process

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

Manage your preferences
Got this as a forward? Sign up to receive our future emails.
Want to view this online? View online. UA Information Security & Privacy
Subscribe to our email list.