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October 11, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. The 2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey is LIVE!
  3. Cooperative Extension Director Candidates' Seminar
  4. Evaluations for the Extension Director Candidates
  5. Pinal County Cooperative Extension Newsletter
  6. Congratulations Fall 2022 Experiment Station Award Winners
  7. The American Cockroach - Periplaneta americana
  8. Registration is Open for our Fall 2022 V-V Artificial Insemination Clinic
  9. Call for Nominations - New submission deadline
  10. The 12th Annual Central Arizona Farmer Field Day - Nov. 9th in Maricopa
  11. WRRC Imagine a Day Without Water Special Event: Thirst for Justice Panel
  12. CALS/Cooperative Extension Online Store - Now Open!
  13. Rangeland Monitoring 101 Workshop 
  14. Initiation of Sabbatical Leave Application Process for Academic Year 2023-24
  15. New Extension Publication
  16. Relationship Building with Native Nations

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

I took a little detour walking to the office yesterday to get to Forbes. With the feeling of my heart in my stomach, I passed by the Harshbarger building, where I saw the memorial for Dr. Thomas Meixner, professor and head of the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, whom we lost in a tragic shooting on campus last week. This event has affected all of us who are part of the Wildcat family. Even those of us whose offices are out in the state have felt the impact. I encourage any UA employee needing assistance to contact Employee Assistance Counseling, available 24/7 to all benefits-eligible University of Arizona employees, their dependents, and members of their households, 877-327-2362 (TTY: 800-697-0353); or Life & Work Connections, resources, tools and education for faculty and staff, lifework.arizona.edu, 520-621-2493. Our prayers and thoughts are with Dr. Meixner’s family.

The 2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey is LIVE!  

Thanks to everyone who is active in survey dissemination.  Recruitment is starting to pick up as the word gets out. We are also beginning to receive paper surveys!  With your efforts, we are about 15% of the way to our overall statewide goal of 3300 surveys.  You can continue to follow data collection in real time on the 2022 Cooperative Extension Statewide Needs Assessment Survey through this auto-updating link: https://bit.ly/uace2022results  It provides state and county-level totals and demographics.

CRED hosts weekly drop-in Statewide Needs Assessment “virtual office hours” every Wednesday. Join us any time between 1-2pm at:  https://arizona.zoom.us/j/5206218739 if you have questions about or challenges with the survey process or have tips you want to share with others to increase recruitment!   You can also reach out to CRED (cred@arizona.edu) with questions.

For the live survey link and other resources (including a Frequently Asked Questions sheet), see the CRED website (https://norton.arizona.edu/uace-needs-assessment-2022).  

Reminder:  The survey will remain open until October 31st. 

Cooperative Extension Director Candidates' Seminar

After conducting a nationwide search for a new Director of Cooperative Extension, we now have three finalists for the position.  They will give a talk at 2:30 - My Vision and Strategy for Arizona Cooperative Extension.  Following at 3:30 will be time for a Q & A session.

Dr. Gregg Hadley  October 11 at 2:30
McClelland Park 402

Dr. Edward Martin  October 18 at 2:30
Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Room 129

Dr. Sereana Howard Dresbach  
Recording of seminar 

Evaluations for the Extension Director Candidates

On behalf of the search committee, thank you for setting aside time in your busy schedule to meet, in person or through Zoom, with our candidates for the Director, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Please respond to the surveys below. The search committee values your candid and anonymous input. 

Oct 3 & 4

Pinal County Newsletter

Stay updated on the latest happenings in Pinal County from October - December 2022!

Congratulations Fall 2022 Experiment Station Award Winners

   Fall 2022 Arizona Experiment Station Outstanding Staff Award
     Craig Sampson, Maricopa Agricultural Center 

   Fall 2022 Arizona Experiment Station Outstanding Staff Award
     Brandyen “Cody” Jackson, Maricopa Agricultural Center 

  Fall 2022 Arizona Experiment Station Outstanding Staff Award
    Manuel Martinez, Yuma Agricultural Center

  Fall 2022 Arizona Experiment Station Outstanding Staff Award
    David Bogner, Communications and Cyber Technologies 

Congratulations and thank you for your dedication and excellent contribution to Extension and the Experiment Station Missions. 

The American Cockroach - Periplaneta americana

Newsletter on The American Cockroach - Periplaneta americana 2022

Authors: Shaku Nair, Dawn H. Gouge, Shujuan Li Department of Entomology, University of Arizona.

Registration is Open for our Fall 2022 V-V Artificial Insemination Clinic

Artificial Insemination (AI) has been shown to improve the 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 November 4-6, 2022. Our experienced staff will guide you through the entire AI process and will include hands-on practice including live animals. Cost is $800, first-come basis, non-refundable, and includes a take-home AI kit ($350 value), AI Manual, flash drive with all the presentations, and lunch on Sat. and Sunday. Registration is limited to 12 participants.

Registration will open Monday, October 10th, 2022. Please contact Domineque Arias at the Yavapai County Cooperative Extension Office, (928) 445-6590. For further questions, please visit our webpage at: https://extension.arizona.edu/v-bar-v-az-beef-cattle-artificial-insemination-clinics or contact Andrew Brischke: (928) 753-3788 or brischke@cals.arizona.edu 

Call for Nominations - New Deadline Date - UPDATED

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 $750 and an award.  Click here for Extension Faculty of the Year Award criteria and nomination instructions. Submission deadline – November 4, 2022

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $750 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – November 4, 2022

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 – October 18, 2022

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 to gallardk@arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520-621-7145).  Please note the earlier submission deadline.

The 12th Annual Central Arizona Farmer Field Day - Nov. 9th in Maricopa

Mark your calendar for November 9th for the 12th Annual Central Arizona Farmer Field Day. This popular in-person event allows attendees to learn about current UArizona agricultural research as they tour different research areas at the Maricopa Ag Center. Lunch will follow for all attendees.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2022
Maricopa Ag Center, 37860 W Smith Enke Rd, Maricopa, AZ 85138

  •  Who should attend: Growers, PCAs, Ag industry representatives and anyone interested in field
     crops in Arizona 

  •  Topics: Agronomic and pest management aspects of field crops. Tour of the research farm to
      show results from current research conducted by UArizona Cooperative Extension Ag team.

  •  Speakers: UArizona Cooperative Extension Ag team.

More details coming soon: The finalized agenda and number of continuing education hours available for Arizona agricultural certified applicators and Pest Control Advisors will be circulated shortly.

Please contact Dr. Ayman Mostafa by email ayman@arizona.edu for more information.

WRRC Imagine a Day Without Water Special Event: Thirst for Justice Panel

Thursday, October 20, 2022 
4:00 – 5:00 PM Arizona time 
In conjunction with Imagine a Day Without Water, a national day of action to support communities lacking access to clean water, the WRRC is pleased to announce a special panel discussion of Thirst for Justice, as well as free screening of the documentary for all event registrants. The film follows residents from the Navajo Nation and Flint, MI in their efforts to ensure clean, safe drinking water for their communities, both which are continuing their daily fight for water justice. This special panel includes individuals who were featured in the documentary and can share some of their first-hand experiences. 
The film will be made available to registrants in advance of the panel so that they may watch the film on their own time prior to attending the event. Access will begin on Sunday, October 16 and will remain available through Saturday, October 22. 

The virtual panel will be held via Zoom on October 20, 2022, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Arizona Time. The discussion will feature Film Director and BBC Multimedia Investigative Journalist Leana Hosea, as well as Janene Yazzie, co-founder and CEO of Sixth World Solutions and resident of Sanders, AZ; Chris Shuey, director of the Uranium Impact Assessment Program at Southwest Research and Information Center; Nayyirah Shariff, grassroots organizer and director of Flint Rising; and Laura Sullivan, professor of mechanical engineering at Kettering University and member of the Flint Water Interagency Committee. The panel discussion will include time for Q&A.


CALS/Cooperative Extension Online Store - Now Open!

We’re excited to announce the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences has launched an online store – a platform with exclusive clothing pieces and promotional items with our branded logos!   

For a limited time (until 10/17) faculty and staff in the Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) will have access to our newly created online store to order items like polos, sweatshirts, and hats featuring your choice of the CALS or Cooperative Extension logo.   
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 is closed, you’ll have to wait until the next opening to get your gear (early 2023). Items will rotate seasonally.   

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  

If you have questions, please contact Leslie Grignon or Sandy Lopez.  

Rangeland Monitoring 101 Workshop

Please save the date November 17th, 2022, for a Rangeland Monitoring 101 Workshop at Deep Well Ranch near Prescott, AZ.

This workshop will be a follow-up to our spring Monitoring 101 workshop and will provide hands-on, in-the-field practice of common AZ rangeland monitoring methods. We will have a brief summary from the May 2022 workshop and then will move to the field to conduct the following monitoring methods:     
   •  Point Ground Cover, Pace Frequency, Dry-Weight Rank (DWR)
   •  Production & Comparative Yield
   •  Utilization
   •  Interpreting Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs) & Terrestrial Ecological Surveys (TES)

The workshop is free and lunch will be provided. Public Land Management Agency Professionals and Ranchers are highly encouraged to attend. More details will be forthcoming as they get worked out. Please contact Andrew Brischke at: brischke@cals.arizona.edu for more information.

Initiation of Sabbatical Leave Application Process for Academic Year 2023-24

The 2023-2024 sabbatical process is now open!

For faculty interested in applying for sabbatical, please visit the Faculty Affairs website for:
  •  Application download (Word document)
  •  Information on the documents to include in an application
  •  Links to related HR FAQs and the UA policy
  •  Information on reporting required at the conclusion of sabbatical leave

Due date for applications: Friday, November 18, 2022
(close of business). Electronic submissions are required. All parts of an application must be submitted in a single PDF packet.

Submission directions:
  •  Complete all sections on page 1 of the Application for Sabbatical Leave
  •  Obtain the signature of the Unit Head. Requests from Cooperative Extension faculty must be
     signed by Interim Director, Dr. Ed Martin.
  •  Email one PDF of all combined documents to CALS Asst. Dean for Faculty Advancement, Jean
     McLain (mclainj@arizona.edu). We also require that you cc: your unit head on this email.
     •  Reminder: Documents that are not combined into one PDF will not be accepted.

Please contact Jean McLain with any questions.

New Extension Publication

The Importance of Strategic Questions and Tactical Ground Rules in Rangeland Studies for Grazing Management
Larry D. Howery, George B. Ruyle, Judith Dyess, Andrew Brischke & Ashley L. Hall

All parties participating in rangeland studies (i.e., monitoring, inventory, or assessment) should clearly understand strategic questions concerning "why?, what?, when?, where?, who? and how often?" data are being collected, as well as tactical ground rules that should be followed when conducting a particular sampling technique. This information should be clearly recorded either directly on data sheets or described in each report or cover sheet that accompanies the data. The information should also be catalogued and stored in a safe location in both hard copy and electronic formats where it is easily accessible by current and future observers. 


Relationship Building with Native Nations

Monday, November 14th | 9:30am – 11:00am | Hybrid Event 
ENR2, Room S225
What will I learn?
  •  Land grant significance for Native Nations
  •  Tribal sovereignty and governance
  •  “Do’s” and “don’ts” for positive relationship building
  •  Being an ambassador for the institution
  •  Resources for engagement and collaboration

Faculty and staff in CALS, Cooperative Extension, and the Experiment Station often work with Tribal Nations as partners in a variety of projects and activities.  This workshop is designed to bring greater awareness to institutional resources when working with Tribal partners, recognize the unique governing structures of Native American Nations, and improve collaborations with indigenous partners.  Experts from the university will lead this interactive and informative workshop and provide practical guidance.

Dr. Karen Francis-Begay
Assistant Vice Provost, Native American Initiatives

Trent Teegerstrom
Senior Associate Director FRTEP & Specialist, Agricultural-Resource Economics

Claudia Nelson
Director of Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office

Register for the event here:

TEN Submittal Process

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

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