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October 18, 2022

  1. 2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey Updates
  2. Cooperative Extension Director Candidates' Seminar
  3. Evaluations for the Extension Director Candidates
  4. An online communication roadmap: Creating relevant content
  5. 2022 Food Safety Conference
  6. Society for Ecological Restoration Southwest
  7. Registration is Open for our Fall 2022 V-V Artificial Insemination Clinic
  8. Call for Nominations - New submission deadline
  9. WRRC Imagine a Day Without Water Special Event: Thirst for Justice Panel
  10. ALVSCE Research Workshop
  11. YCEDA Desert Ag Research Symposium
  12. Creating personal websites with Quarto 
  13. Rangeland Monitoring 101 Workshop 
  14. New Extension Publication
  15. Tip of the Week

2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey Updates

Thanks to everyone for your concerted distribution efforts- we are up to 22% of our overall statewide goal of 4,080 surveys! You can continue to follow data collection (at the state and county-levels) in real time using this auto-updating link: https://bit.ly/uace2022results

Have questions, challenges, or tips to share about the survey distribution process? Join us on Wednesdays anytime between 1-2pm for virtual office hours (https://arizona.zoom.us/j/5206218739), or reach out to CRED by email (cred@arizona.edu). Please note that we are continually updating the FAQ sheet when we receive questions/comments and will continue to drop new resources into your Box folders as they are created or shared with us. Other links, resources, and updates may be found on the CRED Needs Assessment website: https://norton.arizona.edu/uace-needs-assessment-2022.  
* Thank you to our non-county-based Extension personnel who are assisting with distributing the survey! It was brought to our attention that there was a permissions issue with the Extension affiliate’s Box folder, which has now been resolved.

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

Dr. Sereana Howard Dresbach  
Recording of seminar 

Dr. Gregg Hadley

Evaluations for the Extension Director Candidates

On behalf of the search committee, thank you for setting aside time in your busy schedule to meet, in person or through Zoom, with our candidates for the Director, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Please respond to the surveys below. The search committee values your candid and anonymous input. 

Oct 3 & 4

An online communication roadmap: Creating relevant content

Rangeland and natural resource Extension professionals are subject matter experts that are challenged to provide education to stakeholders in an increasingly technology-driven world. But very few of us have formal training in online communication or marketing strategies. Recognizing this critical need, The Rangelands Partnership teamed up with expert Kivi Leroux Miller to learn strategies to better communicate our research and outreach work online to the people that need it. On October 20 at 12pm, we will explore strategies to create relevant messaging for a particular audience and discuss the importance of a call to action. All are welcome to join and registration is required.  

This webinar is part of a professional development series. The online marketing guide and a recording of webinar 1 (understanding your target audience) are available on Rangelands Gateway. We look forward to seeing you on October 20th! 

2022 Food Safety Conference

Hosted by the UArizona Food Safety Consortium

For schedule and to register go to https://safefood.arizona.edu/conference

October 26, 2022 | 1 pm - 5 pm (MST/AZ time) - Virtual

Join us virtually for presentations and a panel session
No cost to attend, registration required

Zoom link sent after registering

October 27, 2022 | 2:30 pm - 5 pm (MST/AZ time) - In-Person

Join us in-person for networking and student/staff poster sessions
No cost to attend, registration required

Light refreshments will be served
Please register to attend by Oct 20th

DoubleTree – Reid Park
445 S. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711

Attendees may choose to attend one or both days


Society for Ecological Restoration Southwest

Please join the Society for Ecological Restoration Southwest chapter all day December 9th for a webinar focusing on fire and restoration. We have a ton of fabulous talks and are looking forward to some great discussion. The webinar is FREE for students and only $10 for everyone else. 100% of funding for the webinar will be reinvested back into the chapter through outreach grants or support for our students chapters. Please visit https://sersw2019.wixsite.com/main to see the talk line up and to register!

Registration is Open for our Fall 2022 V-V Artificial Insemination Clinic

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: (928) 753-3788 or brischke@cals.arizona.edu 

Call for Nominations - New Deadline Date - UPDATED

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 – November 4, 2022

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $750 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – November 4, 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.

WRRC Imagine a Day Without Water Special Event: Thirst for Justice Panel

Thursday, October 20, 2022 
4:00 – 5:00 PM Arizona time 
In conjunction with Imagine a Day Without Water, a national day of action to support communities lacking access to clean water, the WRRC is pleased to announce a special panel discussion of Thirst for Justice, as well as free screening of the documentary for all event registrants. The film follows residents from the Navajo Nation and Flint, MI in their efforts to ensure clean, safe drinking water for their communities, both which are continuing their daily fight for water justice. This special panel includes individuals who were featured in the documentary and can share some of their first-hand experiences. 
The film will be made available to registrants in advance of the panel so that they may watch the film on their own time prior to attending the event. Access will begin on Sunday, October 16 and will remain available through Saturday, October 22. 

The virtual panel will be held via Zoom on October 20, 2022, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Arizona Time. The discussion will feature Film Director and BBC Multimedia Investigative Journalist Leana Hosea, as well as Janene Yazzie, co-founder and CEO of Sixth World Solutions and resident of Sanders, AZ; Chris Shuey, director of the Uranium Impact Assessment Program at Southwest Research and Information Center; Nayyirah Shariff, grassroots organizer and director of Flint Rising; and Laura Sullivan, professor of mechanical engineering at Kettering University and member of the Flint Water Interagency Committee. The panel discussion will include time for Q&A.


ALVSCE Research Workshop

The ALVSCE Research Office is offering a Research Workshop to provide a comprehensive research introduction to all ALVSCE Employees (Faculty, Specialists, Agents, Administrators, Business Officers, Postdocs, Graduate Students --- all are encouraged to attend).

Please RSVP at: https://research.cals.arizona.edu/research-workshop (In person and Zoom options).

Thursday, October 20, 2022    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hybrid:  in Forbes 124 or via Zoom

The following topics will be covered: 
Research Office Overview
ALVSCE Grant Support Staff Introductions
Proposal and Budget Basics
PIVOT - Finding Funding Opportunities
Grant Writing 101
Communications & Cyber Technologies
Tech Launch Arizona
Data and Dashboards
Speaking with the Media  

General questions may be sent to Zaida Zalbidea at zaidaz@arizona.edu or 520-621-5242

I look forward to meeting you at the workshop!
Zelieann Craig, PhD
Assistant Dean for Research
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

YCEDA Desert Ag Research Symposium

The Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture would like to invite you to the Desert Agriculture Research Symposium on November 16, 2022, at the Pivot Point Conference Center in Yuma AZ. This symposium, funded by the NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative program, is an opportunity to learn about the research needs of the desert agriculture industry, current research, and to develop partnerships with this community. Scientists will learn how to best engage with industry from experienced researchers and have opportunities to engage with potential industry partners. Funding for travel may be available, more details to follow. Registration is now open.


Creating personal websites with Quarto 

Location: Zoom 

Time: Wednesday October 26, 2022, 11am - 1pm

Instructors: Jessica Guo and Heidi Steiner

Always wanted a personal website, but not sure where to start? This workshop will be a crash course in building a personal or professional website using Quarto through RStudio and publishing with GitHub. Some familiarity with the command line and git/GitHub recommended. 

Rangeland Monitoring 101 Workshop

Please save the date November 17th, 2022, for a Rangeland Monitoring 101 Workshop at Deep Well Ranch near Prescott, AZ.

This workshop will be a follow-up to our spring Monitoring 101 workshop and will provide hands-on, in-the-field practice of common AZ rangeland monitoring methods. We will have a brief summary from the May 2022 workshop and then will move to the field to conduct the following monitoring methods:     
   •  Point Ground Cover, Pace Frequency, Dry-Weight Rank (DWR)
   •  Production & Comparative Yield
   •  Utilization
   •  Interpreting Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs) & Terrestrial Ecological Surveys (TES)

The workshop is free and lunch will be provided. Public Land Management Agency Professionals and Ranchers are highly encouraged to attend. More details will be forthcoming as they get worked out. Please contact Andrew Brischke at: brischke@cals.arizona.edu for more information.

New Extension Publication

Climate change, drought, human development, overgrazing, and encroachment of invasive species all threaten grasslands in southeastern Arizona and northern Mexico. These threats are leading to loss of biodiversity and degradation of these ecosystems. Native bunch grasses are especially valued for their role in reducing erosion and providing forage for wild and domestic rangeland herbivores. Mesquite (Prosopis spp.) and Lehmann lovegrass (Eragrostis lehmanniana) compete with native grasses for space and water resources, which further expedites loss of native grasses in these historical grasslands (Gornish et al. 2021).

Tip of the Week

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