January 9, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Save the Date - 2018 Extension Conference
  3. Congratulations
  4. Seeking an Horticulture Assistant/Associate Agent
  5. George Frisvold, WRRC Brown Bag Series
  6. Maricopa County Newsletter
  7. Securing and Administering Grants Funding
  8. Externships in Sustainability
  9. Call for Nominations
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Message from the Associate Dean

In 2016 we conducted a Climate Survey across the entire Cooperative Extension System (CES) and then again this past fall of 2017.  Internal communications within the organization has been one feature of the survey results consistently concerning CES personnel.
We certainly want to respond appropriately to the feedback provided from these surveys and in the case of internal communications, we recognize the challenges with a dispersed organization like the CES with units and programs in every county of Arizona.  In response, we have implemented several new avenues of communication in the past year: Q & A webinars three to four times per year and a new Intra-Extension Advisory Council (IEAC).
Since communication is a two-way process, I encourage everyone in the CES to engage in the Q & A webinar sessions and to communicate your questions and suggestions to members of the IEAC, who in turn direct these questions to the appropriate individuals for response. Contact Faith Schwartz, IEAC Chair, before the next Q & A scheduled for February 13th.    In addition, everyone should be working to foster communications within their own home units, particularly working with their unit heads. 
Good communication within the CES is extremely important and it requires that we all work together to listen and contribute to the collective discussions in a productive manner.  

2018 Extension Conference

The 2018 Extension Conference will be August 7-8, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona. 

Mark your calendars!

Arizona Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Elects New Officers

In November, Arizona Farm Bureaus' Young Farmers and Ranches elected statewide officers. Ashley Jeffers-Sample, Pima County 4-H Assistant Agent, was elected as chair for the group. The mission of the Arizona Farm Bureaus' YF&R Program is to provide opportunities and activities to promote learning, growth, and leadership on issues that will enable 18-35 year-old agriculturalists to secure a better future in agriculture.

Horticulture Agent Opening

Pima County Cooperative Extension is seeking an assistant/associate horticulture agent. If you know of any qualified candidates, please encourage them to view the job positing at the following link: https://uacareers.com/postings/25854. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Dan McDonald, CED, or Ursula Schuch, chair of the search and screen committee.

Also be sure to check out other available positions within Cooperative Extension by visiting https://extension.arizona.edu/arizona-cooperative-extension-employment-opportunities

WRRC Brown Bag Seminar 

Agriculture in Arizona’s Economy: The Role of Modeling and Implications for Water Management
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 12:00 - 1:15pm
WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.)

George Frisvold, Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Arizona
This presentation will highlight results of an input-output (I-O) modeling exercise measuring the contribution of Arizona’s agribusiness system to the state’s economy.  The agribusiness system includes crop and livestock industries as well as industries that supply and support on-farm production, food and fiber processing industries, and companies that market and distribute agricultural products. Through a combination of direct and multiplier effects, the agribusiness system contributed $23.3 billion in sales and more than 138,000 jobs to Arizona’s economy. Other I-O model results highlight unique features of Arizona agribusiness such as processed food manufacturing, high-value specialty crop production, livestock and dairy production (and supporting forage crop production), and the marketing and distribution of agricultural imports from Mexico.  The presentation also briefly discusses the potential of I-O models to measure economic impacts of water shortages on Arizona’s agribusiness and broader economy

Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Newsletter

Happy New Year! Our January - February newsletter is here for your viewing!
Watch for our next issue in March. Enjoy!

Community & University Collaborations: Securing and Administering Grants Funding

We are writing to invite you all to participate in our upcoming grant workshop Community & University Collaborations: Securing and Administering Grants Funding with Dr. Sally Stevens on January 25, 2018 from 9am-11am, ENR2, S107. 
If you are interested in attending, please register for the workshop here
If you have any questions please contact FMI Program Coordinator, Feliz Baca, or call 520.621.8067.

Externships in Sustainability

The Due Date for Proposals has been moved to Friday, January 12, 2018.  
Dear County Extension Faculty and Staff:
It’s that time of year again! This is a request for Summer 2018 "Externships in Sustainability" Project Proposals. This past summer, the Green Fund was able to support 10 extern positions in five counties working on a variety of projects, but with a large emphasis on local foods this year. If you are interested in the types of externship projects from this past summer, check out the Extern Reports.
Once again, we’ve been funded by the UA Green Fund through August of 2018 and our budget will allow for up to 10 externs working no more than 35 hours/week for a maximum of 10 weeks (350 hours per extern). 
The overall purpose of the Externship Program is to create opportunities for University of Arizona students to bring their experience, skills and enthusiasm to their communities through innovative sustainability projects, by working directly with Extension agents throughout the state. At the same time, those students and Arizona’s communities become more aware of Cooperative Extension’s leadership role in applied research and innovation as it relates to sustainability. Student Externs are also now eligible for a non-credit Student Engagement Experience notation on their transcripts.
Project area ideas include but are not limited to: 
Rainwater Harvesting
Community/School Gardens
Farmers’ Market Start-up or Management
Small-scale renewable energy installation
Energy efficiency retrofits
This is your opportunity to submit a sustainability project idea for your county that would employ a UA student as an extern for the project. The timeframe for extern projects runs from mid-May to August 30.
If you are interested in an extern to implement a county sustainability project starting in the Summer of 2018:
Include your capacity to supervise a student as well as provide logistical support such as a desk, phone and computer
Describe your sustainability project idea.
Identify the community or facility in your area that would benefit from such a project.
Proposals should include a projected measurable impact of the extern’s activities based on project time-frame and project scope.
Proposals should be no more than 1000 words.
Interns are given a minimum wage stipend ($10/hour). A small pool of funds is available for project-related materials. Projects given preference for the 2018 cycle will be based on:
A county’s ability to recruit and support a UA student, preferably from their own community.
If applicable, past Externship performance and compliance with reporting/evaluation requests and deadlines.
A project meeting the principles of sustainability, i.e. positive impacts on environmental, social AND economic systems.  
Please submit your project/extern ideas to Mark Apel no later than Friday, January 12, 2018. 

Call for Nominations

Each year we recognize our faculty, staff and strong contributors to CALS Extension with the Extension Faculty of the Year Award, the Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award, and the Extensionist of the Year Award.  Submit your recommendations:   
  • The 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 form.   – Submission deadline – February 1
  • The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria.  – Submission deadline – February 1
  • 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 college-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 1
All awards will be presented at an appropriate Extension or CALS 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. If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520.621.7145).
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