May 18, 2021
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Program Manager - Arizona Meteorological Network
  3. The EFNEP Bite Newsletter
  4. Arizona Project WET Director
  5. PCCE Round-Up Newsletter
  6. Nutrition and Food Production: How the way we raise food affects the nutritional value of what we eat
  7. Diabetes and Heart Health: Lower Your Risk!
  8. Facing the Predictably Unpredictable
  9. Maricopa County Camp G.R.I.T.
  10. Be Ember Aware! Webinar

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

In the Cooperative Extension System (CES) it is essential that we have strong linkages and constructive communication with local stakeholder groups and target audiences throughout the state.  One very important aspect of this type of linkage is with the Extension advisory boards that are essential for each of the county Extension units and our research/extension centers.

I have had the opportunity to meet and engage with county and research/extension center advisory boards from across the state on many occasions. These experiences have reinforced my understanding of the fundamental importance of these advisory boards and the tremendous value they provide in our efforts to know the needs and priorities of the communities we work with and to provide effective programs for these communities. 

With a strong foundation and functional lines of communication at the local levels, we are better able to work with productive partnerships and build useful and functional programs.  The CES is fully committed to working with the unit leaders, faculty, staff, and stakeholder groups to strengthen our advisory boards and their capacities across the state.  We have the basic mechanisms already in place and we need to continually build upon these for the benefit of the communities we work with, by listening to what they have to say, and delivering on the CES mission. 

Program Manager – Arizona Meteorological Network

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension invites applicants for an Associate in Extension/Program Manager position to direct the Arizona Meteorological Network (AZMET). AZMET is a real-time network of meteorological stations and is the basis for numerous agricultural and biometorological information products that support agricultural, turfgrass, and general irrigation and water use planning across the region. The AZMET program manager will direct the program and help oversee the installation and maintenance of meteorological stations, data collection and stewardship, and development of information products. In addition, this position supervises program employees and is responsible for fundraising and finding support for the program.

Minimum qualifications for the position include Bachelor’s degree, preferably a Master’s degree in atmospheric or earth sciences or related scientific discipline. Additional qualifications include skills in data management and stewardship, information product development, strong communication skills, and experience with procuring program support. 

Find the posting online at

U Arizona - The EFNEP Bite

Welcome to our May 2021 EFNEP Bite newsletter. This EFNEP Bite will include some ideas for preparing for our few warmer months ahead here in Arizona. Inside you will find ideas for a Spring Salad, Spring Cleaning and burning calories. Community Nutrition classes are available virtually through zoom. Please check out our new series, Eat Well Be Well, starting the week of May 10th, 2021 and continuing for 6-weeks.

Arizona Project WET Director

The Extension Manager II position is responsible for the management of the Arizona Project WET (APW) Program within University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. In this role the incumbent leads outreach, extension, and engagement efforts with external communities to extend and apply the water education knowledge, expertise, and resource capabilities to improve local, state, and regional economic interests related to Cooperative Extension. Specifically, APW develops water stewardship and STEM literacy by providing teacher professional development that evolves instructional practice and deepens content knowledge, direct student outreach that delivers or extends classroom learning, and community engagement. The incumbent will supervise UA staff located across the state of Arizona as well as UA students and UA Wildcat Corps Americorps members. The Extension Manager will also liaise with senior level city and state leaders in water resource management to sustain and grow the program and funding. 

Minimum qualifications for the position include Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study and 5 years of related work experience, including 2 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. 

PCCE Round-Up

Check out what is new in Pima County Cooperative Extension in the May 2021 Round-Up.           

----- Tucson Village Farm summer camps, 4-H Showdown, backyard chickens, quinoa spring salad recipe and more...

Nutrition and Food Production: How the way we raise food affects the nutritional value of what we eat

This week ANR and FCS will be co-hosting a three-day in-service covering the nutrition of food, and animal and plant production. Learn about the health of organic vs non-organic and GMO and the science of diet. The seminar is on May 19, 20, and 21st from 2-4 pm.  See below to registar.

You are invited to join a webinar: Nutrition and Food Production: How the way we raise food affects the nutritional value of what we eat.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Diabetes and Heart Health: Lower Your Risk!

The Your Diabetes, Your Heart course aims to help people with diabetes stay healthier. This 1.5 hour course will be offered over Zoom (statewide) or in person (select counties).

After the lesson, you will: 
      Understand what diabetes is.
    •  Know about its link to heart disease and stroke.
    •  Understand how to take charge of your health to reduce your risk.

Statewide over Zoom.
In person: Graham, Pinal, Navajo Nation, White Mountain Apache, Yuma

Register here:

Dates: TBD – offered multiple times, May through August 2021
            Zoom: May 27th at 12pm
                       June 30th at 12pm

Contact: Vanessa da Silva or 520-621-1584

Cost: FREE

Facing the Predictably Unpredictable

iGlobes – University of Arizona and the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France are hosting a series of 3 virtual conferences combining talks and networking opportunities to explore scientific knowledge and growing innovations to prepare for better futures.

Facing the Predictably Unpredictable, May 18-20, 2021

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 8-10:30 am MST
SESSION 1: Acquiring Data: Sensors for all Environments
Opening remarks will feature Joaquin Ruiz, Professor, Director of Biosphere 2, Vice President of Global Environmental Futures, University of Arizona

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 8-10:30 am MST
SESSION 2: Modeling and Forecasting: the Challenges of Tipping Points
Keynote Speaker: David Blanchon, Associate Professor, Professor at the University Paris Nanterre, currently in "delegation CNRS" at the IRL iGLOBES, University of Arizona

Many other speakers, such as Joceline Lega, Professor of Mathematics and Public Health, and Duke Pauli, Assistant Professor, School of Plant Science, University of Arizona

Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 8-10:30 am MST
SESSION 3: From Uncertainties to Opportunities: Environmental Innovation for Better Futures
Keynote Speaker: Sharon B Megdal, Director of the Water Resources Research Center, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, University of Arizona

Many other speakers, such as Greg Barron-Gafford, Associate Professor, School of Geography, Development & Environment, University of Arizona

For more info and registration:

Maricopa County Camp G.R.I.T.

Registration: via ZingBooks, for 4-H Camp G.R.I.T. is now open!

Dates: June 21 – 25, 2021 at James 4-H Camp.

4-H Camp is a five-day, four-night residential camping experience for boys and girls 8–14-year-olds.  4-H membership is not required! Come and create lasting memories exploring the wilderness and enjoy fun activities including hiking, fishing, lake swimming, games, campfires and more.*

Cost:  BEFORE May 23 $375.00. AFTER May 23 $475.00. Family Rates are available.

Scholarships: With thanks to the AZ 4-H Foundation we are able to offer every camper a $25 discount along with the $50 scholarship available through our Tractor Supply Activity Fund bringing the total cost down to $300 before May 23 and $400 after.

Questions:  Contact Esther Geel at 602-827-8275 or

* Due to Covid restrictions families will need to arrange transportation to and from camp.

Be Ember Aware! Webinar

Event Date: May 20, 2021 11:00am to 12:00pm AZ/PDT
Featured Topic: Be Ember Aware! Protect your home from wildfire webinar

Featured Speaker: Christopher Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Gila County. Chris Jones is a Cooperative Extension Agent at the University of Arizona. He is responsible for Agriculture and Natural Resources programs in Gila County. He conducts Extension programming in forest health, watershed, and horticulture education. Chris' mission at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension is to Improve lives, families, communities, the environment and economies through applied research and education in Arizona and beyond.

Webinar Overview: During a wildfire, thousands of embers can rain down on your roof and pelt the side of your home like hail during a storm. If these embers become lodged in something easily ignited on or near your house, the home will be in jeopardy of burning. Embers coming into contact with flammable material is the major reason why homes are destroyed during wildfire. Common materials that become embers during wildfire include pine cones, branches, tree bark, and wooden shingles. Depending on fire intensity, wind speed, and the size of materials that are burning, embers can be carried more than a mile ahead of the fire. Consequently, even homes located blocks away from the actual flame front are vulnerable to ignition and complete destruction. By being ember aware and taking action ahead of time, a homeowner can substantially reduce the ember threat. Your home CAN survive when the embers arrive. Slides by and courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Ed Smith and Sonya Sistare. Here’s the list: Be Ember Aware! Checklist

Zoom Link:
Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.
Cost: Free 
Registration: Not required

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