Edition Topics

November 29, 2022

  1. Message from the Interim Director of Extension
  2. The PCCE Round-Up - Nov-Dec 2022
  3. Ed Talk - December 13th @ 1:30
  4. Now Live: The New Cooperative Extension’s Volunteer Site
  5. November 2022 Community IPM Newsletter - Keeping Food Safe at Home
  6. Maricopa Agricultural Center Director Candidates
  7. UA-CEAC Hydroponic Vine Crop Intensive Workshop 
  8. Cochise County Cooperative Extension Director Position, Wilcox, Arizona
  9. Workshop Wednesdays: Managing complicated research workflows in R with {targets}
  10. Volunteers needed for a research study of grapes
  11. New Extension Publication
  12. Tip of the Week

Message from the Interim Director of Extension 

I hope everyone had some quality time away from the office – albeit the alarm yesterday morning seemed to come a bit early. We are down to the final push of the year, and looking at my calendar, it appears that everyone is trying to get in as much as we can in 2022… including me! I have an Ed Talk coming up on December 13 – register here. I will update you on our Needs Assessment, New Faculty Tour, Hiring Request, Strategic Planning, and other items. Please let me know if you have an issue or topic you would like me to cover. Submit your questions here.

The PCCE Round-Up - Nov-Dec 2022

The November/December 2022 Pima County Cooperative Extension e-newsletter is out! Each newsletter contains a collection of articles about our programs as well as news about our faculty, staff, and facility. We are excited to announce the expansion of our Pima County 4-H program and the launch of the Smartscape Landscape Transformation Incentive program, which helps Homeowners Associations move toward water-wise landscaping. You can also find out about our work in Green Valley and help us welcome our many new PCCE Staff Members. Sign up for the bi-monthly Round-Up or for other PCCE mailings Here.

Ed Talk - December 13th @ 1:00


Now Live: The New Cooperative Extension’s Volunteer Site

New - the Arizona Cooperative Extension’s Volunteer Website is now live!  This site was built with the volunteer experience in mind and has information for both volunteers and personnel who manage volunteers within Extension. Within the site, you’ll find content ranging from Frequently Asked Questions, trainings requirement information, eligibility specifics, and even an incident reporting portal for concerns in the field. As we continue to develop tools and resources for you and your volunteers, please feel free to reach out to Jessica Montgomery with ideas or suggestions to improve the website.  Additionally, please feel free to share this site with your volunteer corps as you deem appropriate. 

November 2022 Community IPM Newsletter - Keeping Food Safe at Home

We answer your questions and provide tips about how to make sure the food we prepare at home during the holiday season is safe.

Maricopa Agricultural Center Director Candidates

Candidates for the Maricopa Agricultural Center Director position were interviewed in person at the
Maricopa Agricultural Center.  They also presented their seminars during this time.

If you could not attend the seminars, please find the recorded presentation links below.

Dr. Tim Kock
Recorded presentation link:
Feedback form:

Dr. Stephanie Toston
Recorded presentation link:

Feedback form:

Please respond to the survey.  The survey takes just a few minutes and is due 12/5/2022.  The search committee values your candid and anonymous input.

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 

Cochise County Cooperative Extension Director Position, Wilcox, 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. 

Workshop Wednesdays: Managing complicated research workflows in R with {targets}

December 7, 2022 11am - 1pm

As data analysis projects grow, they can get complicated to update and time consuming to re-run. Learn how to save time and reduce confusion by using the targets package to manage your analysis workflow in R.  This workshop will be especially useful to you if 1) you have or plan on writing analysis code that has many long-running (maybe independent) steps and you want to avoid re-running everything whenever you update your data or code, 2) you want your research to be reproducible, but you're struggling as your project gains more data wrangling, analysis, and reporting steps.


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

Sugarcane Aphid, Melanaphis sacchari (Zehntner), (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in Arizona Sorghum
Ayman Mostafa, Kyle Harrington and Worku Burayu

In 2016, the sugarcane aphid, Melanaphis sacchari (Zehntner) (Hemiptera: Aphididae), was first detected and confirmed as a new pest of sorghum species in Arizona. Scientists first confirmed this invasive species on sorghum in the USA in 2013 and since in nineteen states as well as in all sorghum production regions of Mexico.

Tip of the Week

Register Today!!! Learn How to Use New Features on Zoom.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 @ 2:00 PM (AZ Time) - Register

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 @ 10:00 AM (AZ Time) - Register

    •  Webinar offered on two different dates and times. Each session
       contains the same information
      If you register, you will receive the recording of that session even if 
       you do not attend. 
      Questions - email d2l@arizona.edu

TEN Submittal Process

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

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