Edition Topics

October 4, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. The 2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey is LIVE!
  3. Welcome Dr. Diaa Eldin Elshikha
  4. Cooperative Extension Director Candidates' Seminar
  5. The PCCE Round-Up e-newsletter
  6. The Mesquite Pod: School, Family, and Community Wellness Newsletter
  7. Come to the Table! Livestock Workshop
  8. Got Ticks?  Contact BiTeRs
  9. MCCE September/October 2022 Newsletter
  10. WRRC 2022 Photo Contest
  11. Fall Artificial Insemination Clinic, November 4-6, 2022 
  12. Cochise County Water Factsheet
  13. Master of Science - Professional Agriculture Emphasis
  14. Initiation of Sabbatical Leave Application Process for Academic Year 2023-24
  15. Call for Nominations - New submission deadline
  16. Relationship Building with Native Nations
  17. Volunteers needed for a research study of grapes
  18. New Extension Publication
  19. Tip of the Week

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

First, please continue to work on getting those surveys filled out. This is essential to ensuring our needs assessment represents all of Arizona. Secondly, please be sure to participate in the interviews for Extension Director. Your input is invaluable to the search and screen committee as well as ALVSCE administration. Lastly, I’m taking a few days with my family during Fall break, and we’re having a great time. Have a great week and I’ll talk to you next week.

The 2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey is LIVE!  

By this point, we hope that everyone is active in survey dissemination (or has a plan for it!). You can now follow data collection in real time on the 2022 Cooperative Extension Statewide Needs Assessment Survey through this auto-updating link: https://bit.ly/uace2022results  (If that link doesn't work for you, a static report will be posted weekly at the CRED website, see link below).

CRED will continue to host weekly drop-in Statewide Needs Assessment “virtual office hours” every Wednesday. Join us any time between 1-2pm at:  https://arizona.zoom.us/j/5206218739 if you have questions about or challenges with the survey process.  You can also reach out to CRED (cred@arizona.edu) with questions.

For the live survey link and other resources (including a Frequently Asked Questions sheet), see the CRED website (https://norton.arizona.edu/uace-needs-assessment-2022).  Recruitment templates (emails and QR code text for fliers) are now available in Spanish, as well.

Reminder:  The survey will remain open until October 31st. 

Welcome New Hire Dr. Diaa Elshikha: Irrigation Specialist

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension hired a new Irrigation specialist, Dr. Diaa Eldin Elshikha. He started serving the state based at the Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC). 

Dr. Diaa Elshikha is an Assistant Irrigation Specialist in the Biosystems Engineering Department at the University of Arizona, since August 2022.  He is stationed at the University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center. He received a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from the University of Arizona in 2003 and has worked as a research associate at the University of Arizona and the USDA for the past ten years. 

Dr. Elshikha’s area of expertise is crop water management and irrigation scheduling. Specifically, he studies techniques to aid in water conservation efforts to address the drought we are facing. Elshikha’s future experiments will focus on lowering crop water use and improving water productivity using more efficient irrigation systems and water-saving techniques. 
Office Phone: 520-374-6239
Mobile: 520-518-0394
Email: diaaelshikha@arizona.edu 

Cooperative Extension Director Candidates' Seminar

After conducting a nationwide search for a new Director of Cooperative Extension, we now have three finalists for the position.  They will give a talk at 2:30 - My Vision and Strategy for Arizona Cooperative Extension.  Following at 3:30 will be time for a Q & A session.

Dr. Sereana Howard Dresbach  October 4 at 2:30
McClelland Park 402
Dr. Howard Dresbach Evaluation

Dr. Gregg Hadley  October 11 at 2:30
McClelland Park 402

Dr. Edward Martin  October 18 at 2:30
Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Room 129

Please rsvp if attending in person.  gallardk@arizona.edu or 520-621-7145

The PCCE Round-Up e-newsletter

The Sept-Oct, 2022 Pima County Cooperative Extension e-newsletter the Round-Up, is out! Each newsletter contains a collection of articles about our programs as well as news about our faculty, staff, and facility. This month we have articles on the continued drought and preparing for our water future, 4-H enrollment beginning this October, some exciting awards and national recognition we recently received, Tunes Under The Moon coming up in November, and more. You can sign up for the bi-monthly Round-Up or for other PCCE mailing lists Here

The Mesquite Pod: School, Family, and Community Wellness Newsletter

This monthly newsletter is brought to you by collaborative partnerships between the University of Arizona Cochise County Cooperative Extension and Cochise County Health & Social Services with the goal of limiting email over-saturation but still providing quality resources for our youth.

It is packed with information, events, websites, activities and recipes for Teachers, Parents and Children. 

Read the September issue: https://mailchi.mp/342c894cf60c/new-cochise-county-school-health-newsletter-15512044

Sign up to receive the monthly e-newsletter delivered the 1st Friday of the month:

Come to the Table! Livestock Workshop

Cattle ranchers, cowboys, agencies, extension, and industry allies all under one roof to provide education and resources to help better YOUR cattle operation!

Please join us at the Rafter S Cattle Company in Kingman, AZ on Thursday, October 20th, 2022 at 9:00 am for an opportunity to learn about:
  •  Ultrasound Pregnancy check and live demonstration
  •  Government Contracting Made Easy
  •  Forage Response After Drought and Grazing
  •  BQA Certification

Lunch is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Lori Sturgill at (928) 303-1205 or rafterscattle@hotmail.com. Please see the attached flyer for location and direction information.

Got Ticks?  Contact BiTeRs

The Border Tick and Rickettsia Surveillance (BiTeRS) program of the Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (PacVec) offers services to enhance surveillance for ticks and tick-borne pathogens of human health concern in California and Arizona. This is made possible through our project leaders at the University of California, Davis and the University of Arizona, and collaborating local and state agencies, including the California Department of Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services. 

MCCE September/October 2022 Newsletter

Pesticide Safety, SNAP-Ed, 10 ways to Volunteer with 4-H and much more at the latest Maricopa Extension Newsletter

WRRC 2022 Photo Contest

Calling All Photographers!
Enter your Arizona water photos in the WRRC 2022 Photo Contest. The theme this year is Water Now! Living with Less. Drought and shortage are on everyone’s minds, but so are monsoon rains and desert oases. Technologies—modern and ancient—will be part of our water future, along with new visions of life amid the wonders of Arizona. As in the past, photos must be taken in Arizona* and must feature water (present or absent). Categories include Water in Nature, Water in the Built Environment, and Water for Us (animals, livelihoods, and recreation) with a special category of Water in Arid/Semi-Arid Lands Beyond Arizona for photographers who travel beyond our borders. Feel free to use the contest theme, Water Now! Living with Less, to fuel your imagination. So, get your cameras and go—We look forward to seeing your amazing photos! Check out last year's winners.

  Submit Your Photo(s) 

Fall Artificial Insemination Clinic, November 4-6, 2022 (Registration Opens 10/10/22)

Artificial Insemination (AI) has been shown to improve the genetic quality of a herd, increase consistency and value to a calf crop, eliminate the need to purchase, house, and feed a full bull battery, shorten breeding and calving season, and generally improve the profitability of a livestock production operation.

If you are interested in adding an AI program into your livestock operation, please join us for our 2.5-day AI Clinic at our UA Experimental Ranch, V Bar V, near Camp Verde November 4-6, 2022. Our experienced staff will guide you through the entire AI process and will include hands-on practice including live animals. Cost is $800, first-come basis, non-refundable, and includes a take-home AI kit ($350 value), AI Manual, flash drive with all the presentations, and lunch on Sat. and Sunday. Registration is limited to 12 participants.

Registration will open Monday, October 10th, 2022. Please contact Domineque Arias at the Yavapai County Cooperative Extension Office, (928) 445-6590. For further questions, please visit our webpage at: https://extension.arizona.edu/v-bar-v-az-beef-cattle-artificial-insemination-clinics or contact Andrew Brischke at: (928) 753-3788 or brischke@cals.arizona.edu 

Cochise County Water Factsheet

The Cochise County Water Factsheet is now available! As the third installment in the WRRC’s Arizona Water Factsheet series, the factsheets offer a wide-ranging yet concise overview of county water resources information for a general audience. The Cochise County Water Factsheet covers topics such as the county’s water supply and demand, unique water management challenges and opportunities, and a look to the future of water in Cochise County. Acknowledging the distinct water resources conditions, priorities, and values of each county, the WRRC works with local experts to guide the content and access existing water-related data. For Cochise County, the Technical Advisory Committee was led by Kim McReynolds, Extension Agent, Natural Resources in Cochise County, and Extension Interim Regional Director for Cochise and Graham Counties Randy Norton. Input was also received from other local and regional stakeholders with deep knowledge of the unique local characteristics of water in Cochise County. Factsheets are available for Maricopa, Pima, and Cochise Counties. Work is well underway for Graham, Greenlee, Mohave, and Yavapai Counties! Follow the series and read about water in each county on our dedicated Arizona Water Factsheet website.

Arizona Water Factsheet Series: https://wrrc.arizona.edu/arizona-water-factsheets
Cochise County Water Factsheet: https://wrrc.arizona.edu/publications/factsheets/arizona-water-factsheet-cochise-county

Master of Science - Professional Agriculture Emphasis

The Agricultural Education, Technology & Innovation Graduate Program- Professional Agriculture Emphasis is offered at a distance through Arizona Online. The program is geared towards students who are interested in pursuing a Master's degree while working fulltime. Elective coursework is flexible to tailor to specific student interests. A Master's degree in this program prepares students to be leaders and innovators in fields that include: Agriculture Industry Management, Career and Technical Education, Community Development, Cooperative Extension, Higher Education, Program Evaluation, and more! 

For more information - contact Ethan Orr or Amber Rice

Initiation of Sabbatical Leave Application Process for Academic Year 2023-24

The 2023-2024 sabbatical process is now open!

For faculty interested in applying for sabbatical, please visit the Faculty Affairs website for:
  •  Application download (Word document)
  •  Information on the documents to include in an application
  •  Links to related HR FAQs and the UA policy
  •  Information on reporting required at the conclusion of sabbatical leave

Due date for applications: Friday, November 18, 2022
(close of business). Electronic submissions are required. All parts of an application must be submitted in a single PDF packet.

Submission directions:
  •  Complete all sections on page 1 of the Application for Sabbatical Leave
  •  Obtain the signature of the Unit Head. Requests from Cooperative Extension faculty must be
     signed by Interim Director, Dr. Ed Martin.
  •  Email one PDF of all combined documents to CALS Asst. Dean for Faculty Advancement, Jean
     McLain (mclainj@arizona.edu). We also require that you cc: your unit head on this email.
     •  Reminder: Documents that are not combined into one PDF will not be accepted.

Please contact Jean McLain with any questions.

Call for Nominations - New Deadline Date

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 $750 and an award.  Click here for Extension Faculty of the Year Award criteria and nomination instructions. Submission deadline – October 18, 2022

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $750 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – October 18, 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 – October 18, 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).  Please note the earlier submission deadline.

Relationship Building with Native Nations

Monday, November 14th | 9:30am – 11:00am | Hybrid Event 
ENR2, Room S225
What will I learn?
  •  Land grant significance for Native Nations
  •  Tribal sovereignty and governance
  •  “Do’s” and “don’ts” for positive relationship building
  •  Being an ambassador for the institution
  •  Resources for engagement and collaboration

Faculty and staff in CALS, Cooperative Extension, and the Experiment Station often work with Tribal Nations as partners in a variety of projects and activities.  This workshop is designed to bring greater awareness to institutional resources when working with Tribal partners, recognize the unique governing structures of Native American Nations, and improve collaborations with indigenous partners.  Experts from the university will lead this interactive and informative workshop and provide practical guidance.

Dr. Karen Francis-Begay
Assistant Vice Provost, Native American Initiatives

Trent Teegerstrom
Senior Associate Director FRTEP & Specialist, Agricultural-Resource Economics

Claudia Nelson
Director of Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office

Register for the event here:

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.

New Extension Publication

Dawn H. Gouge, Clifton McReynolds, and Tim W. Stock
Pigeons, more accurately named rock doves (Columbalivia), are common in cities and towns around the world. The birds thrive alongside humans as we provide them with a plentiful supply of food and nesting locations. Humans have domesticated the birds for thousands of years using them to carry messages between communities. Pigeons have been used by military forces as messenger and surveillance birds. Humans have, and still do, utilize the birds as a human food source, as racing birds, fancy birds selected for size, shape, color, and behavior, and as cherished pets. 

Tip of the Week

Have you visited or explored the Compass website?
Compass is your ALVSCE Employee website. 
Explore and connect with employee resources.

TEN Submittal Process

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

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