September 7, 2021

Edition Topics

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. APGA Recognizes Paul Brown, Jim Walworth and Bill McCloskey
  3. Meet a Tucson Water Partner: Arizona Project WET
  4. Making rangeland science highly searchable
  5. Nominations are open for ALVSCE Administrator of the Year!
  6. Extension Foundation Announces University of Arizona Project as one of 2021-2022 New Technologies for Ag Extension Program Acceleration Awards
  7. Wildcat Corps Accepting AmeriCorps Applications

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

I had the opportunity last week to attend a portion of the 2021 Annual Conference of the "Arizona League of Cities and Towns.”   This is an excellent gathering of elected and appointed officials who work hard to keep our towns and cities working at peak performance.  We appreciate the invitation from our UA Government Relations unit to have the opportunity to showcase some of our statewide programs.  A big thanks to everyone who came out to staff our booth and meet with the conference participants.  I also had the chance to meet members of the UA Government Relations team and talk about how Extension can assist in helping tell the story of the impact that the University of Arizona has on cities, towns, and communities throughout Arizona.  All I can say to our Extension staff and faculty is keep up the excellent work.  You make the job of telling the Extension story so easy and so impactful.  I hope everyone had a pleasant Labor Day weekend.

APGA Recognizes Paul Brown, Jim Walworth and Bill McCloskey

Arizona Cooperative Extension is excited to announce that three of our very own Specialists were awarded exceptional recognition by the Arizona Pecan Growers Association (APGA) for their valuable service to the Arizona Pecan Industry.

Dr. Paul Brown (retired), Dr. Jim Walworth (retired), and Dr. Bill McCloskey were each honored with the awards during the 2021 APGA Conference held August 26th and 27th in Tucson, Arizona. 
"For many years, the pecan industry has been a driver of economic growth for the state of Arizona," said Dr. Edward C. Martin, interim director for Arizona Cooperative Extension.  "I'm thrilled to see our Extension agents and specialists engage in this growing industry and I'm delighted that Drs. Brown, Walworth, and McCloskey are receiving some well-deserved recognition - and from a great partner in the Arizona Pecan Grower's Association." 

The Arizona Pecan Grower's Association was established in 1990 with the goal to provide Arizona pecan growers with knowledge and resources to promote a healthy-growing pecan industry in Arizona.  Their recent conference outlined the latest pecan research, provided updates on the latest technology, and delivered ongoing educational credits for pecan farmers.

The conference also featured other University of Arizona Cooperative Extension personnel including Dari Duval, Josh Sherman, Dr. Alex Hu, and Dr. Jeremy Weiss.

Meet a Tucson Water Partner: Arizona Project WET

Since 2000, Tucson Water has partnered with Arizona Project WET (APW) to educate and engage K-12 students and educators, offering STEM-based water literacy programs inside the classroom and through tours of Sweetwater Wetlands. APW has reached more than 2,500 teachers and 100,000 students!

               ----Tucson Water - Water Matters September Newsletter

Making rangeland science highly searchable

Have you ever had a question about rangeland management and searched the internet for an answer from a land management agency document only to find that many are long and complicated, not entirely related to your question, or search results are just too time consuming to sort through? 

If so, we have a solution! RangeDocs is a new and innovative tool that allows rangeland professionals and producers to search using common rangeland terminology and pinpoint information at the paragraph level from key national and regional rangeland resources. RangeDocs also allows users to browse curated reading lists (called collections) on critical issues as well as create personalized collections. These collections can be shared with others and saved to a mobile device to take offline into the field without an internet connection. 

RangeDocs is the result of a collaborative effort between the University of Idaho, University of Arizona, and The Rangelands Partnership (RP). Review and outreach assistance has been provided by the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance (AVCA), a consortium of ranchers and land managers focused on watershed-based collaboration in Southern Arizona. Funding is being provided by an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant (NR193A750008G003).

Please join the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance at the RP Roundup to learn more about RangeDocs, the development of the application, how producer groups could benefit, and the future of this exciting, creative tool. 

Session Details:
September 23, 2021
12 - 1:30 pm MST

Zoom link: 

Cost: Free
Registration: Not required

Nominations are open for ALVSCE Administrator of the Year!

The Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) Administrator of the Year Award was created to recognize and honor outstanding achievements and contributions by an administrator in ALVSCE.  This annual award consists of a plaque for the recipient and a monetary award of $1,000 to be made to the winner’s administrative unit in honor of the recipient.

Nominations of candidates for this award may be made by faculty, staff, alumni, students or other administrators in ALVSCE. Nominations for administrators who are not selected will be retained for future consideration by the committee for a total of three years.

Deadline for nominations: October 18, 2021

For more information, including award criteria:

Extension Foundation Announces University of Arizona Project as one of 2021-2022 New Technologies for Ag Extension Program Acceleration Awards

A national project led by Vanessa da Silva (Extension Specialist, Nutritional Sciences) has been selected to participate in this year’s New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) program, supported by Extension Foundation. The project, An Extension Implementation Toolkit for the Diabetes Prevention Program, includes team members from Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington. The goal is to springboard the implementation of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) across Cooperative Extension so that Extension becomes a leader in the DPP and a key player in reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes in our communities.

Projects selected for NTAE participate in the Extension Foundation’s Program Accelerator. The Program Accelerator is a unique partnership between a project/program team and the resources of the Extension Foundation for a year of rapid growth and progress resulting in expanding the team’s local impact and national potential. 

NTAE is made possible by funding from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through a partnership with Oklahoma State University and the Extension Foundation.

Wildcat Corps Accepting AmeriCorps Applications

UA Wildcat Corps is accepting applications for service positions starting this Fall. Across the state, 29 programs are recruiting 74 AmeriCorps Members to make a community impact in focus areas that range from environmental support services to positive youth development.  

Terms of service are part-time and range from a 300-hr to 900-hr slot commitment. Benefits are based on the slot size and include a living allowance ($8,775 to $2,925) and an educational award upon successful completion of the term ($3,172 to $1,342).  To see a list of positions in Arizona type “UACE”  in the Program Name section at My AmeriCorps Search Portal.    

For more information about UA Wildcat Corps, email

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