November 5, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Congratulations Paul Brown
  3. Navajo County - Git Up Challenge
  4. Annual Arizona Agribusiness Roundtable
  5. New Extension Publications
  6. Training Repository Suggestions Box
  7. Student Research Support Opportunity
  8. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

Next week we celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, 11 November.  This is an important and interesting holiday recognizing the service of all military service veterans.  This holiday has an interesting history that is worthy of review.

Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day was fist established as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on 11 November 1918. In 1938, legislation was passed dedicating 11 November "to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" Accordingly, this became a holiday to honor World War I veterans.

Following both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress in 1954 amended the Act of 1938 by removing the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation, 11 November became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

In 1968 Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October.  There was widespread disagreement on this among many states and some of them continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date.

On 20 September 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law returning the observance of Veterans Day to the original date of 11 November, which we still observe today.

Next Monday, 11 November we will celebrate the observance of Veterans Day and a good day to honor all American service veterans, including many within the Cooperative Extension System.

Congratulations Paul Brown

Dr. Paul Brown, Assistant Dean, Associate Director for Extension Programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Extension Biometeorologist will be retiring effective 1 February 2020 after nearly 35 years of service to Arizona Cooperative Extension.  Upon retirement, Dr. Brown intends to seek emeritus status and will assist with various ongoing projects in biometeorology including the AZMET modernization project with CCIT.

Navajo County Cooperative Extension - Git Up Challenge

Navajo County would like to extend the "Git Up" Challenge to all of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension administration teams, the Arizona 4-H Youth Development administration team, all our 4-H youth and families, all the other county extension offices, and anyone else crazy enough to play along.  

5th Annual Arizona Agribusiness Roundtable

Monday, December 2, 2019

This event is an opportunity to meet as leaders and colleagues to discuss important agribusiness related issues in the state of Arizona and beyond.

Keynote Speaker:  The Honorable Sonny Perdue, United States Secretary of Agriculture

More information - see the 2019 Roundtable Flyer

New Extension Publications

Ashley Daltrey, Bethany Sullivan, Bill Brandau, George Ruyle 

This handbook is meant to guide ranchers who are navigating the appeal procedures in either the Forest Service (USFS), housed in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), or the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), housed in the Department of the Interior (DOI). It does not substitute for an attorney, but it does provide a comprehensive view of the appeals process, as well as helpful practice tips. The handbook is divided into two sections: 1) a general overview of USFS and BLM administrative appeals with practice tips, and 2) a detailed breakdown of the step-by-step procedures in reference to the applicable regulations.

This handbook is meant to be used wherever disputes arise where grazing permits are held or applied for on federal land. The processes discussed here also will apply when a federal agency takes an official action implemented through an official decision, such as a change in permitted livestock numbers.

Elise Gornish, Larry Howery, Editors

The noxious weed problem in the western United States has been described as, a biological forest fire racing beyond control because no one wants to be fire boss. Indeed, when small weed infestations are left unchecked, they can grow exponentially and spread across the land much like a slow-moving biological wildfire. However, land consumed by fire usually recovers and is often more productive than before the fire occurred. On the other hand, land consumed by noxious weeds may be irreversibly changed and never again reach its full biological potential.

Prickly Pear Cactus: Food of the Desert
Hope Wilson, Melissa Wyatt, Patricia Zilliox

The prickly pear cactus can be found in desert regions of the Americas, ranging from Canada to the Southern regions of South America. Even though it is native to the Americas, it has been known to be grown around the world. Just within the Sonoran Desert of Southwestern United States and Mexico, there are 18 species of prickly pear. Some of the commonly grown species in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts include Engelmann’s, Santa Rita, Indian Fig, and Beavertail.

Wheat and Barely Varieties for Arizona 2019
Mike Ottman
Summary of Small Grain Variety Characteristics for Arizona

Training Repository Suggestion Box

How would you like to have a one stop shop for all things training related?

        A place where you could let others know of training and professional development
              opportunities you already know about that you think are useful
        A place where you can request training that may not yet exist
        A place where you can request existing training that you are not sure where to look for it

Look no more!  The Training and Development Task Force is pleased to announce the training repository suggestion box.  Your entries will be automatically emailed to the Training and Development Employee Engagement Task Force, Pam Denney, Hanh Do, and Karen Pizzuto, as well as the leader of the employee engagement initiative, Dominic Rodriguez.


Student Research Support Opportunity - deadline Nov. 5

The University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center invites proposals for student research projects that address water-related issues of importance to Arizona and the Southwest. The WRRC expects to award two to four grants of up to $10,000. Projects requesting less than $10,000 are encouraged.

The grant program, authorized under the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b) and funded through the U.S. Geological Survey, provides small grants for research that explores new ideas to address water problems in Arizona and expands understanding of water and related phenomena. 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. To advance these goals, the WRRC is calling on students and their faculty sponsors to submit proposals that feature student work.

Student project proposals must show a faculty member at one of Arizona’s three state universities (UA, ASU, or NAU) as the Principal Investigator (PI). The student should be listed as a Co-PI. Researchers in the physical, biological, social and engineering sciences, including water management, water law, economics and public health are invited to apply.

Proposal guidelines are available here.
For questions contact Susan Eden

Educational Communication: Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel 

In the "digital age" - with the quest for information, but shorter attention spans - educational organizations are communicating more and more via social media, websites, and using digital communications, like Zoom.

Arizona Cooperative Extension is working to be at the forefront of this trend, in communicating with short, to-the-point videos.

                           Check out the Arizona Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel:

Please make sure you're helping us advance the Cooperative Extension message.  Please like, share and link through your social media channels, and help us do all we can to share with all stakeholders and communities.

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