Edition Topics

December 13, 2022

  1. Message from the Interim Director of Extension
  2. CALS/CES Faculty Council
  3. AZ Viticulture Needs Assessment
  4. Ed Talk - December 13th @ 1:30
  5. UA-CEAC Hydroponic Vine Crop Intensive Workshop 
  6. Hot Yoga Study seeking volunteers
  7. WRRC 2022 Photo Contest Ends Dec 16
  8. Surplus Extravaganza
  9. Cochise County Cooperative Extension Director Position, Willcox, Arizona
  10. New Extension Publication
  11. Volunteers needed for a research study of grapes

Message from the Interim Director of Extension 

Last week, Arizona Extension hosted the Executive Council of the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) meeting in Phoenix. This group is dedicated to developing urban-centered Extension programs that address our urban stakeholders' unique issues and challenges. For those who don't know, there is a Western Regional group of NUEL open to everyone. If you are interested, you can go to https://nuel.extension.org/. I'm also starting my annual visits with Unit Heads and Specialists on campus, and we will begin scheduling for the counties and Centers soon. I am looking for input and discussions on the future investment in (and from) Arizona Extension, stakeholder issues and challenges, and how we can improve the workplace. Less than three weeks until 2023 - seems almost unreal, yet it is about time – right?

CALS/CES Faculty Council

The CALS/CES Faculty Council is tasked to formulate recommendations on how we can more efficiently manage and utilize resources to achieve greater effectiveness in carrying out our three-fold mission of teaching, research and extension. Minutes for all meetings can be found here and major topics discussed in the last monthly meeting include:
     Grad Student Acceptance Process
   •  Centralization of IT support at UITS
   •  Discussion of Adoption of DORA Principles for Research
   •  Contracting and Financial Services

Please contact Extension faculty representatives Debbie Curley and Traci Armstrong Florian if you have any matters that you feel should be brought to the attention of the Council.

AZ Viticulture Needs Assessment

Attention all growers, viticulturists, and vineyard owners! The University of Arizona Cooperative
Extension is conducting a Statewide Viticulture Needs Assessment and requires your help. Your
anonymous feedback is essential, as it will inform Cooperative Extension as to how it can best
serve the Arizona wine grape industry. Topics include production, irrigation, fertility, pest,
pathogen, and disease management, among others. To access the survey, use the link or QR code
below. If you are having trouble with the link try using a different browser, copy and pasting
link, or refreshing the page.


If you have any questions about the Needs Assessment Survey, please feel free to contact:
Matt Halldorson
The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Director-Yavapai County
Associate Agent-Agriculture and Natural Resources Area Agent-Viticulture
928-445-6590 ex 224

Ed Talk -TODAY --  December 13th @ 1:30


UA-CEAC Hydroponic Vine Crop Intensive Workshop 

The University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center is hosting a Hydroponic Vine Crop Intensive Workshop January 6–8. In-person and online tickets are available. Check out the event page for more details!
Taught by Dr. Triston Hooks, this three-day event is perfect for novice growers and will be packed with tons of critical information that UA-CEAC has assembled into their courses and programs for over 20 years. You will get access to numerous lecture materials, personal question follow-ups, a certificate of completion, and tons of knowledge! Tickets are limited, and registration closes January 2nd for in-person and January 5th for online.
Topics of discussion will include: 
    Principles of hydroponics and vining crop systems
    Propagation of seedlings
    Transplanting and spacing
    Cultivation practices
    Nutrient solutions
    Fertigation systems and management 
    Environmental conditions
    Common crop problems

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

Hot Yoga Study seeking volunteers

Are you new to yoga and interested in Hot Yoga?
Are you a healthy female between the ages of 30 and 50?
Are you interested in how a yoga practice could improve your health?

There is no cost to participate & study volunteers will receive 6 weeks of yoga classes and a Fitbit Inspire 3 to use and keep after the study.

For more information, please call 520-621-6606 or email johnmatt@arizona.edu 

WRRC 2022 Photo Contest Ends Dec 16

The deadline is quickly approaching to enter your photos in the WRRC 2022 Photo Contest. The theme this year is Water Now! Living with Less. Winners will be saluted at the February 2023 Chocolate Fest and winning photographs will be featured on the WRRC website. Photographs also will be used in WRRC publications and outreach materials.

've received a bunch of great submissions.
Keep them coming!

Surplus Extravaganza

Attention Marley Building Occupants:

The Surplus Extravaganza will start on the following dates:
   Jan. 30- Feb. 3: Floors 1-4 Smaller A and N-tagged items
   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)

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 PropertyTag/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

Cochise County Cooperative Extension Director Position, Willcox, Arizona

Cochise County Cooperative Extension is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the County Extension Director (CED), Assistant/Associate/Full Agent within the University of Arizona Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE). This will be a director position with the underlying agent responsibilities. This continuing/continuing eligible position must possess a set of key skills and abilities that ensure a high level of systemwide achievement and a demonstrated experience in leading a multidisciplinary organization. In addition to providing oversite and supervision for all Cochise County Extension programs and operations, the director will interface with stakeholders and be responsible for Cochise County Advisory Board. The job posting may be accessed at Director, Cochise County on the University of Arizona Talent page.  Please contact PCCE Director Claire Zucker at clzucker@arizona.edu or 520-869-8553 if you have any questions. 

New Extension Publication

by: Cathy Martinez
Preparing for a project meeting on any topic within our many 4-H Project Areas takes time and effort. Even if you are using a 4-H curriculum with pre-written lesson plans (and there is curriculum available for a wide range of subjects), at the very least you should read through the lesson plan (review both the leader guide and the member guide) so you can gather together the materials needed for the meeting and be familiar with the activities included.

Volunteers needed for a research study of grapes

√  Are you 30-65 years of age?
√  Are you in good health?
√  Are you interested in how grapes support
    physiological function?

Interested?  For more information, please call 520-621-5382 or email fbhlab@email.arizona.edu, mention the Grape Study, and leave your name and number

TEN Submittal Process

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

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