January 28, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Garden Discovery Days Video
  3. Controlled Environment Ag Center Short Course
  4. WRRC 2020 Annual Conference "Get Ready" Webinar
  5. Water Research Grant Proposals Solicited
  6. New Extension Publication
  7. Call for Nominations - Extension Awards
  8. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

I presented a budget and workforce distribution summary for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) at the 2019 Extension Conference.  Since then I have received requests for additional information pertaining to the distribution of CES staff among the basic program areas and relationships to faculty distribution.

Among all CES employees, 73% are staff and 19% are faculty, with some having an administrative appointment.  Some additional CES personnel are student and AmeriCorps positions. 

Some additional views of the CES faculty and staff personnel distributions are presented in Figures 1-4, accessible by way of this link.

We can review personnel data based on FTE, head-count, or positions.  The FTE is a common unit employed for this purpose and the information presented here is in terms of FTE units.

Figure 1 shows a faculty distribution among the primary programs areas of Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR); Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences (FCHS), and 4-H Youth Development (4-H) and also administrative appointments.  Figure 2 reveals distributions of 60, 20, and 20% of faculty working in ANR, FCHS, and 4-H, respectively, not including any administrative appointments.

Figure 3 presents Extension staff distribution among program areas, including administrative positions.

Figure 4 presents a distribution of 25, 48, and 27% of CES staff working directly in ANR, FCHS, and 4-H, not including any administrative staff.

The driving force in these differential proportions between faculty and staff numbers among the program areas are the direct needs for additional personnel, particularly staff in many cases, and the availability of external funding to support those needs.

Another important point related to this line of consideration is that ~ 70% of all CES personnel  are funded from external sources, e.g. grants and contracts.  That is due to the outstanding capacity of CES faculty and staff to secure external funding, hire the necessary personnel, which are often staff positions, and deliver on our mission.

If there are additional questions or a need for further clarification, please let me know.

Figure 1
  Extension faculty distribution among program areas, including administrative appointments.
Figure 2

  Extension faculty distribution among programs areas, not including administrative appointments.
Figure 3
 Extension staff distribution among program areas, including administrative positions.
Figure 4 Extension staff distribution among program areas, not including administrative staff.

Garden Discovery Days Video

Garden Discovery Days Video

If your new year's resolution is to garden, eat healthier, spend more time with your children - or do all three - Check out UArizona Cooperative Extension's "Garden Discovery Days".

The classes introduce children up to age 5 to science, gardening, and healthy eating.
A program under the Family Engagement Program, "Garden Discovery Days" also engages children in early literacy.

19th Annual Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course

Caring for healthy tomato crop requires plant knowledge and greenhouse experience…..
Get a lot at CEAC!

The Short Course 2020
Join us March 2 - 6 for CEAC’s Short Course! REGISTER HERE

Get your questions answered and increase your hydroponic growing know-how at the Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course!

10% savings for AZ residents. https://ceac.arizona.edu/events/cea-short-course

WRRC 2020 Annual Conference "Get Ready" Webinar Series:

Presentation: Reflecting on the Past, Looking to the Future: The Groundwater Management Act

Natalie Mast, Program Manager, Management Plans, Arizona Department of Water Resources
Carol Ward, Deputy Assistant Director, Water Planning & Permitting Division, Arizona Department of Water Resources

Tuesday, February 4, 2020,
12:00-1:30 PM.

Satellite Webinar Location: WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.)

WRFP Issued for WRRA National Competitive Grants Program 104(g)

The US Geological Survey has released the RFP for the Water Resources Research Act Program FY 2020 National Competitive Grants Program (104g). Any investigator at an institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for a grant through a Water Research Institute or Center established under the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended. The WRRC is the Water Resources Research Institute for the State of Arizona. Grants will support research on water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature. Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources. Proposals should be submitted by email to the WRRC no later than 5:00 PM MST, Thursday, February 27, 2020. Funds have not yet been appropriated for this program for FY 2020 and the Government's obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.

Contact WRRC Program Coordinator Michael Seronde by email or call 520-621-3795 with questions.   

New Extension Publication

Trichomoniasis (or Trich, as it is commonly referred to in the industry) is a reproductive disease in cattle that can seriously impact the bottom line of Arizona ranches and the cow-calf industry. This disease has been recognized in all major cattle-producing countries and is endemic in the western and southwestern United States, including Arizona. Cattle operations in this region have unique challenges to controlling Trich: cattle graze very large, open tracts of land and because of this are often less intensively managed and unintentional co-mingling is relatively commonplace. Currently, the most effective means of disease control is testing for and culling positive bulls. Most western states have enacted legislation which requires bull testing in an attempt to control the disease. These measures range from only testing bulls being sold for breeding purposes to requiring annual testing for all bulls grazing on public land. In addition to regular testing, taking proactive management steps to prevent the introduction of Trich into a herd is key to decreasing its impact both at the individual ranch and cow-calf industry level.

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 4, 2020

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 4, 2020

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 4, 2020

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 c/o Kristie Gallardo, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, PO Box 210036, Tucson, AZ, 85721 or gallardk@email.arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520.621.7145).

Educational Communication: Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel 

In the "digital age" - with the quest for information, but shorter attention spans - educational organizations are communicating more and more via social media, websites, and using digital communications, like Zoom.

Arizona Cooperative Extension is working to be at the forefront of this trend, in communicating with short, to-the-point videos.

                           Check out the Arizona Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel:

Please make sure you're helping us advance the Cooperative Extension message.  Please like, share and link through your social media channels, and help us do all we can to share with all stakeholders and communities.

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