Edition Topics

January 31, 2023

  1. Message from the Interim Director of Extension
  2. PCCE Round-UP - Jan-Feb 2023
  3. Western SARE funded series of soil health workshops
  4. Call for Nominations - Shirley O’Brien Diversity and Inclusion Awards 
  5. Water Resources Research Grant Opportunities Now Available
  6. UA-CEAC Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course
  7. Get Your Branded Apparel Items - Online Store Opening 1/30 - 2/13
  8. WRRC Invites Proposals for 2023 Annual Conference
  9. Marley Surplus Extravaganza
  10. New Extension Publication

Message from the Interim Director of Extension 

This past week I was the guest of Dr. Robert Torres at the FFA Blue and Gold Gala. Dr. Torres is the Department Head and Professor of Agricultural Education, Technology, & Innovation in CALS. The night was filled with visiting with friends, live and silent auctions, and in the end, raising over $500,000 for Arizona FFA. Thank you Bobby for the invitation. I also harvested some oranges from our dwarf citrus tree in my backyard in Phoenix. So far we’ve harvested 10 bags full and squeezed four gallons of juice, three of which are in the freezer. I have no idea what variety we have, but they taste great and make great juice. Hang on MCCE – fresh oranges will be there tomorrow. 

The PCCE Round-Up:  January- February 2023

The January/February 2023 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. Please see this issue of The Round-Up to learn about Tucson Village Farm’s unique partnership with the University of Arizona Nutritional Sciences and Wellness. Also, learn about the 4th annual Sustainable Landscapes Expo, which will be held on March 11, and will help people increase their knowledge on efficient water usage and sustainable landscaping in the Southern Arizona desert. You can also find out about our work bringing Garden Discovery Days to incarcerated populations and help us welcome two new PCCE staff members. Sign up for the bi-monthly Round-Up or other PCCE mailings Here.

Western SARE funded series of soil health workshops

Please join us at a Western SARE funded series of soil health workshops that will be deployed around the state of AZ. These one day, in-person workshops will feature a variety of speakers that will provide overviews of soil health biology, ecology and management. Workshops are $15 for coffee, lunch and surprises! 5.5 SRM CEU’s also available.

Workshop dates/locations
March 8 – Phoenix
March 9 – Flagstaff
March 10 – Tucson
March 13 – Safford
Check out the website for agendas, more detailed information and registration:


Call for Nominations - Shirley O’Brien Diversity and Inclusion Awards 

The ALVSCE DEI Council is now accepting nominations for the Shirley O’Brien Diversity & Inclusion Awards. The Legacy D&I Champion award is for an individual that has demonstrated exemplary leadership for at least five years. The Emerging D&I Champion award is for an individual that has shown exemplary leadership by initiating a new program or effort in the past 4 years or less. All faculty and staff in ALVSCE are eligible for nomination.  

Nominations are due by noon on April 24th, 2023. Please click here to access the application https://uarizona.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d7mIIng0c7eNVAy  


Water Resources Research Grant Opportunities Now Available 

The University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) is now accepting proposals for two USGS-funded grant programs. As the federally authorized Water Resources Research Institute for Arizona, the WRRC administers Water Resources Research Act, Section 104 grant programs.

104(b) Small Research Grant Program
Proposals due February 22, 2023

Through a USGS Annual Base Grant, the WRRC provides small grants for research that explores new ideas to address water problems in Arizona and expands understanding of water and related phenomena. Researchers in the physical, biological, social, and engineering sciences, including water management, water law, economics, and public health are invited to apply. Proposals that increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and address issues in historically marginalized or underserved communities, are highly encouraged. Program goals emphasize the entry of new research scientists, engineers, and technicians in the water resources field and education of students through significant involvement in water research. Proposals may request up to $10,000. The WRRC typically selects 3-4 research projects for funding each year.

Full 104(b) Announcement

104(g) National Competitive Grant Program
Proposals due March 1, 2023

The WRRC administers the submission of proposals for the nationally competitive 104(g) grant program. Grants will support research on water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature. 104(g) grant funding is allocated into two categories (104(g) General and PFAS), each with its own research priorities and RFP. The Maximum grant request is $250,000 per project for projects of 1-3 years in duration.

Full 104(g) Announcement

Proposals for both the 104(b) and 104(g) grant programs must show a 1:1 non-federal match for requested federal funding. Research personnel at any of Arizona’s three state universities (UArizona, NAU, and ASU) are eligible for these opportunities.

More information on these two grant programs is available in the linked PDF announcements above and on our website.

Please help us get the word out by forwarding these announcements to those who may be interested. Please direct any questions to Michael Seronde (seronde@arizona.edu).

UA-CEAC Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course

The UArizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center is hosting a Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design Short Course March 15–17. In-person and online tickets are available. Check out the event page for more details, including the program, registration, and costs to attend.

This is a three-day online and in-person conference that will consist of lectures presented by leaders in academia and in the CEA industry. In-person tickets are limited. Registration closes March 8th for in-person and March 14th for online.

Lecture topics will include: 
   Plant nutrition
   Integrated pest management
   Greenhouse design
   Environmental monitoring
   Autonomous greenhouses
   Water quality
   Beneficial microbes
   Culinary herbs
   Hemp production

For questions, please email us at be-ceac@arizona.edu 

Get Your Branded Apparel Items - Online Store Opening 1/30 - 2/13

Mark your calendars – the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences’ online store is opening again for another shopping window starting on January 30!

Faculty and staff in the Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) are encouraged to shop and purchase branded items that rotate seasonally. 
The CALS Online Store will be open (with new items & color choices!) from Monday, January 30 through Monday, February 13, 2023.

This offer is made possible through a collaboration between CALS Career & Academic Services (CAS) and Garment Graphics, a local, university-approved vendor. This online store will be open for two-week periods throughout the year, offering custom-made, branded, and seasonal apparel. 
Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Once the online store closes, you’ll have to wait until the next opening to get your gear (summer 2023). Items will rotate seasonally and may not appear again. Items are all delivered locally to the Forbes Building in Tucson, AZ. 
Check out more details about the online store, review FAQs, and place your order through our website here: https://cals.arizona.edu/content/online-store

The Cooperative Extension logo is a featured logo and is available on apparel items! 😊

If you have questions, please contact Leslie Grignon or Sandy Lopez
For more information: 

WRRC Invites Proposals for 2023 Annual Conference

The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center invites proposals for conference presentations and posters that offer solutions to the pressing water resource challenges currently facing Arizona and the region. The WRRC 2023 Annual Conference, What Can We Do? Solutions to Arizona’s Water Challenges, will be held July 11 – 12, 2023, at the University of Arizona Student Union Grand Ballroom in Tucson, AZ. Proposals are invited for: 10- to 15-minute Oral Presentations, 5- to 7-minute Highlight Talks, and Posters. Prizes will be awarded for the best student posters. Click here for more details and a proposal form with instructions. Submittal deadline is 11:59 PM, MST, February 21. Stay tuned to the WRRC Weekly Wave for more conference information including opportunities to sponsor!

Submit Proposal(s)

Marley Surplus Extravaganza

Attention Marley Building Occupants
The Surplus Extravaganza will start on the following dates:

Jan. 30 - Feb. 3:   Floors 1-4 Smaller A and N-tagged items
Feb. 6 - 10:     Floors 1-4 Large items (furniture and heavy equipment)
Feb. 13 - 17:   Floors 5-8 Smaller A and N-tagged items
Feb. 20 - 24:   Floors 5-8 Large items (furniture and heavy equipment)

Drop items off in designated spaces in the Marley Building 

Please Note:

    Technology items: talk to your IT manager before surplusing.
    Chemicals and other controlled substances: talk to points of contact below.
    Items estimated over $200, N-Tag, and Asset Tag items: talk to points of contact below. Must have
     Property Tag/Pick-up Label taped to the surplus item.


Christopher Portugay-Delaney (520) 603-2919/ cpp1@arizona.edu
Rachel Doty, ENTO (520) 621-1153/ racheldoty@arizona.edu
Richard de Guzman , SPLS (520) 621-9551/ deguzman@arizona.edu

New Extension Publication

Irrigated Pastures in Arizona
Michael J. Ottman and Ashley Diane Wright

A pasture is a parcel of land sown to low-growing plants suitable for grazing by animals (Fig. 1). The plants could be grasses and/or legumes. Pastures may be intended for only a single cropping season or, more typically, are more permanent in nature and based on perennial plant species although annual plant species may be over-seeded into a permanent pasture. The animals that graze pastures may include cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. Irrigated pastures are used as a convenient way to feed livestock without the labor, expense, and equipment required to harvest forage, particularly for small farms. Most pastures in Arizona are not productive without irrigation and tend to be intentionally seeded with particular plant species, which will be the focus of this publication.

Chiricahua Leopard Frog Management in Southern Arizona
Whitney Noel, Julia Sittig and Elise S. Gornish

The Chiricahua leopard frog (Lithobates chiricahuensis, hereafter referred to as “CLF”) is a native frog in southern Arizona. The CLF range spans through central Arizona and south into the Altar Valley where it extends into Sonora, Mexico and east to the southwestern portion of New Mexico (1). This federally threatened species once existed in many cienegas, pools, lakes, streams, and reservoirs across southern and central Arizona. By 2011, CLF had disappeared from more than 80% of their historical locations in the U.S. (2). Their habitat is now largely limited to stock tanks, springs, and streams that are protected by local management and landowners from water loss and non-native predators such as bullfrogs. Solutions to these threats require creating and improving ideal habitat. Management approaches can be developed by investigating the factors that contribute to suitable habitat and understanding

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