February 11, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Master Gardener On-line Class
  3. Maricopa County Git Up Challenge
  4. Hands-On AI Clinic
  5. Methodological Best Practices for Data Management Workshop
  6. Crop Production Short Course - CEAC
  7. ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series
  8. WRRC Brown Bag Seminar
  9. Pima County Master Gardener Home Garden Tour
  10. WRRC Get Ready Seminar
  11. Promotion Workshops
  12. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 I have presented several messages recently with budget-related information regarding the University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension System (CES).  It is important now to provide an update concerning some recent developments that significantly impact our budget situation.

The CES has a fixed appropriated core budget of $16.1M that includes $1.9M from Smith-Lever funding and $14.2M from the state of Arizona.  This is sometimes referred to as the “operating base budget (OBB)”.

The CES is subject to several “taxes” from the university’s Responsibility Centered Budget Management (RCM) system.  However, we do not have access to new revenues through this RCM system.  As a result, the CES is forced to pay into the RCM system with permanent core funding at a net loss. 

In addition, the UA administration has recently communicated the fact that they are dealing with a structural budget deficit of approximately $30M. Their plans to repair this deficit will be gained through budget reductions from UA units, including the CES.

These additional costs being incurred by the UA must also be taken from the core CES budget.  This situation forces us to focus our efforts to maintain the programs and workforce that we have today.

We must always maintain our fiscal responsibility and never allow the CES to go into deficit.  It is important for all CES personnel to understand that we must be very careful with our investments in positions and programs.  Unless we can secure additional permanent funding, the CES must maintain a very strict approach to budget management.


Master Gardener On-line Class

Arizona Cooperative Extension launched its first online Master Gardener training on February 3rd. This 15-week training targets high elevation communities in four Northern Arizona counties: Apache, Coconino, Gila, and Navajo. There are 52 students in the pilot class with students from rural communities in each county. For more information, contact Gayle Gratop at: gaylejennifer2@email.arizona.edu.

Maricopa County Cooperative Extension - Git Up Challenge

Maricopa County would like to extend the "Git Up" Challenge to the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Offices in Pinal and Yavapai Counties. 

Hands-On Artificial Insemination Clinic

Artificial Insemination (AI) has been shown to improve 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 March 13-15. Our experienced staff will guide you through the entire AI process and will include hands-on practice including live animals. Cost is $750, first-come basis, non-refundable and includes an AI kit ($350 value), AI Manual, and lunch on Sat. and Sunday. Registration is limited to 12 participants.

For registration, please contact Lydia Watts at the Yavapai County Cooperative Extension Office, (928) 445-6590. For further questions, please contact Andrew Brischke (928) 753-3788 or brischke@cals.arizona.edu

Methodological Best Practices for Data Management Workshop

Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families  would like to invite you to the Methodological Best Practices for Data Management Workshop on April 6-7, 2020. In this two-day workshop, we will introduce best practices for data management from project inception and proposal development to implementation and dissemination. Day one of the workshop, we will discuss important practical considerations, decision points, and implications for replication and open science. Illustrative examples will be used throughout the workshop and hands on implementation of techniques using Excel and SPSS software. Day two will focus on more in-depth hands on practice and opportunities for consultation with Dr. Lorey Wheeler.

We’d love to have Cooperative Extension faculty and staff join us. Please use promo code CALS2020 for $50 off! 

2020 is the Year of the Plant... 

According to “Seed Your Future” https://www.seedyourfuture.org/
                  an industry organization that is on a mission
“to promote horticulture and inspire people to pursue careers working with plants

  The Arizona Greenhouse Crop Production Short Course March 2–6 will again teach year-around plant production within Controlled Environments

  Come Learn and Grow with US!  

ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

Controversial Issues in a Disabling World: Why Disability Studies Matters
Wednesday, February 19th | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | ENR2 S210

A Light Lunch is Provided- first come first serve!

Disability Studies is a relatively new academic discipline that challenges the view of disability as tragedy, deficiency, and abnormality.  However, this shift in thinking and its social ramifications continue to be new and puzzling to many, including those of us close to disability, who believe that our attitudes and interactions are progressive and enlightened.  Dreams for an accessible, integrated, and inclusive society may not be realized until we can acknowledge that what we think we know might have some cracks.  Dr. Kroeger will explore society’s dominant narrative of disability, by examining language, media, design, and service/education practices; and propose an alternate view.  This interactive presentation will generate questions and discussion and offer new ways of thinking about and responding to disability.
Speaker: Dr. Sue Kroeger is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Dept. of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies at the University of Arizona where she teaches and coordinates the undergraduate program in Rehabilitation Studies and Services.  Previously, she was the Director of Disability Resources at the University of Arizona from 1999-2017 and at the University of Minnesota from 1985-1999.  
Plan on attending virtually? Register for the Zoom Webinar for all 4 Speakers during Spring 2020.
Brought to you by: the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion Council

WRRC Brown Bag Seminar

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Speakers: Margaret Snyder, Hydrologist, Tucson Water and Libby Kahler, Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey

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

Over the past 20 years, the Tucson Active Management Area has experienced fluctuations in aquifer storage. These changes are a result of recharging imported water and changing groundwater pumping regimes. The USGS uses microgravity to directly measure storage changes in space and time, while Tucson Water measures depth to water in its measurable production wells in an annual round-up. By examining the data from both agencies, it is possible to characterize changes in the regional aquifer and monitor interesting trends in specific geographic areas.

21st Annual Pima County Master Gardener Home Garden Tour

The Pima County Master Gardener program is pleased to announce our upcoming Annual Home Garden Tour on Saturday April 04, 2020 from 9am to 3pm.  This is the 21st year that Master Gardeners have been proudly showcasing their own beautiful gardens for inspiration and education. Each of the four gardens featured is located in the gorgeous area near Saguaro National Park East. Plan to make a day of seeing these delightful spring gardens -and pay a visit to the park while you're in the area!  Discussions on a variety of gardening topics will be held at each home garden.  The Demonstration Gardens at the Cooperative Extension (4210 N. Campbell Ave) will also be open for touring as well. Tickets go on sale beginning February 21st so mark your calendar now!

WRRC Get Ready Webinar

This second
webinar in the “Get Ready” series will focus on committees under the Governor’s
Water Augmentation, Innovation, and Conservation Council. Philip Richards, Chair of the
Desalination Committee, will discuss why desalination is being used as a possible solution for
Arizona’s current water challenges and how it can help meet future water needs. In addition,
committee Chair Wade Noble and Co-Chair Timothy
Thomure will provide updates from the
Long-Term Water Augmentation and Post-2025 AMAs Committees.

Engage in this interactive
webinar as we gear up for the March 27, 2020 WRRC Conference.

Attend via the web or join us here at the
WRRC to participate from our satellite webinar
location in the Sol
Resnick Conference Room.

Register Online at: wrrc.arizona.edu/ready

Promotion Workshops

The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs initiates the mandatory promotion process by conducting the following annual workshops.

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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