October 5, 2021

Edition Topics

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. 2021 Cooperative Extension Virtual Conference, October 6-7, 2021
  3. Maricopa County September/October Newsletter
  4. Southwest Vegetation Management Newsletter
  5. WRRC Brown Bag Webinar: The Case for Better Planning
  6. West Nile Virus
  7. Turbeville Speaker Series with Dr. Jennifer Earl
  8. New Extension Publication
  9. Framing Indigenous Identity Inclusion in Positive Youth Development: Proclaimed Ignorance, Partial Vacuum, and the Peoplehood Model
  10. Vision Awards Ceremony
  11. UA-CEAC's Online Aquaponic Intensive Workshop

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

 One of the perks of being an Extension Director is visiting with Extension personnel throughout the state.  Last week, I was in St. Johns and met the staff from Apache and Navajo County.  It was certainly nice to put faces with some names that I have known for so many years.  I also learned about the excellent Extension work happening in those counties and had the opportunity to ask some questions and dive a little deeper into the programming that is happening there.  I also got to visit the famous Fab Lab in Pinetop.  This lab has so much more than 3-D printers, and it was a pleasure to learn about all the different tools and the curriculum they use at the lab.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at our State Conference – see you then!

2021 Virtual Extension Conference

REMINDER: Uniquely Extension! kicks off tomorrow at 9am

If you haven’t already done so, please visit the conference web site at http://extension.arizona.edu/2021conference to get the latest information on Extension’s Virtual Conference.  Breakout session links will be posted prior to their scheduled time.  All sessions will be recorded and posted on the site when they become available. 

NOTE: Although you don’t need to register for the conference, some sessions do require registration.  That information can be found on the conference web site.

Maricopa County September/October Newsletter

Catch up on what is happening in the Maricopa County Sept/Oct Newsletter 
- Urban Horticulture Program
- Ag Literacy and Stem Education
- Project CENTRL, 4-H, Turfgrass and More!

Southwest Vegetation Management Newsletter

Water Harvesting, Virtual butterfly training program, Desert rain garden care and more.

WRRC Brown Bag Webinar: The Case for Better Planning

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Time: 12 pm-1:15 pm MST
Speaker: Richard N. Morrison, Retired Attorney; Co-Founder of the Morrison Institute of Public Policy

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/morrison-planning 

Quite often events described as “Black Swans” are really not quite that. They are more like grey swans—almost black, but not quite. In other words, there are some hugely important events in life that are disproportionate in their effects but not entirely foreseeable.

There are at least three water-related examples that come to mind; events in Arizona that were almost Black Swan events, and the moral to the story in each case seems to be that we can always do a better job of planning and should try to do so.

In this presentation, Richard Morrison will discuss an example from Pinal County in some detail.

West Nile Virus

As of 10/01/2021 we have 149 confirmed and 107 probable West Nile virus cases in Arizona. We have the highest human case count of all states, and there are many more cases under investigation. Most importantly in the month of August we had a ten-fold increase in cases compared to July (8 vs 88 cases in July and August, respectively). The majority of cases have been reported in Maricopa County. The overall state numbers are well above the 5 year-to-date median Jan-September case count. This year to date we have had 14 fatalities. Please protect yourself from bites and be aware of West Nile fever symptoms.

Quick read trifold highlighting West Nile fever symptoms: https://extension.arizona.edu/sites/extension.arizona.edu/files/pubs/az1873-2021%2009-30-21%20%281%29.pdf

Español - Tríptico de lectura rápida que destaca los síntomas de la fiebre del Nilo Occidental: https://extension.arizona.edu/sites/extension.arizona.edu/files/pubs/az1873S-2021%2009-30-21.pdf

Avoiding mosquito bites: https://extension.arizona.edu/sites/extension.arizona.edu/files/pubs/az1913-2021.pdf

Turbeville Speaker Series with Dr. Jennifer Earl

Join us next Friday on October 8, 2021 from 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM as Dr. Jennifer Earl presents her research, "Young People and Social Movements: What are Scholars and Movements Missing?"

Abstract: Young people have been, and continue to be, critical to social movements in the US and around the world. However, neither scholars nor social movement organizers often behave in ways that reflect the importance of young people. In this talk, I focus on three themes related to this: (1) I will report on existing and in-progress research that demonstrates the importance of young people to protest politics historically and today; (2) I will report on research that demonstrates that social movements are not doing much to reach out to young people; and (3) I will map out a way forward for both researchers and social movements. This research shows that young people have been active in movements despite their neglect, not because of adult facilitation, and offers suggestions about how an allyship model would allow social movements to better recognize, support, and benefit from the engagement of young people. Implications also include how social movement scholars may change to accommodate insights brought by studying young people’s involvement.

To register for the event click here: https://bit.ly/3kAJ1F8

New Extension Publication

Jeremy Elliott-Engel

When a 4-H youth member joins 4-H, a common first question is “How do I do it?” or “How am I successful?” The objective of The Great Eight: Arizona 4-H Pathways of Participation for Thriving is to explain to 4-H youth members and their caring adults the 4-H goals and how to support youth to achieve those goals over time. The Arizona 4-H program has identified eight specific pathways: Agriculture, Civic Engagement, Community Service, Cultural Understanding, Healthy Living, Leadership, and STEM. A 4-H youth member can work towards thriving by focusing on one pathway, yet, the hope is a youth will have high-quality experiences in all pathways.

Rangeland Plant Life Forms
Larry D. Howery, Ashley L. Hall and Sarah Noelle

Allen et al. (2011) defined rangelands as: Arid and semi-arid land on which the indigenous vegetation is predominantly grasses, grass-like plants, forbs, or shrubs that are grazed or have the potential to be grazed, and which is used as a natural ecosystem for the production of livestock and wildlife. Rangelands may include natural grasslands, savannas, shrub lands, many deserts, steppes, tundras, alpine communities, and marshes.


Journal of Youth Development

Joshua Farella, Joshua Moore, Juan Arias, Jeremy Elliott-Engel

Indigenous youth are systemically underserved by 4-H and other positive youth development (PYD) organizations. Many underserved First Nation communities in the United States could greatly benefit from programs that foster youth thriving; however, these programs tend to be ineffective in creating culturally reflective spaces for Indigenous participants. In this article, we argue that the Peoplehood Model should serve as a unifying model for the inclusion of Indigenous identity in programming, and that cultural humility should be firmly integrated into program design and assessment. We also propose that, to support Indigenous youth thriving, PYD practitioners must intentionally create a “partial vacuum” that supports youth creating program context and thriving

Vision Awards Ceremony 

The Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families invites you to join us virtually on Friday, October 15, 2021, from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM as we recognize this year’s inspirational award winners at our annual Frances McClelland Vision Award Ceremony.

These community leaders represent the strength, dedication, perseverance, and passion of Frances McClelland. We are also excited to announce that FMI will be continuing with our new award category to honor the late Richard Elías. We will be honoring an individual who works with the Southern Arizona community to build resilience, work for justice, and honor the beauty and heritage for our community and for its members.

We also invite you to a post-award reception with this year’s award winners after the award ceremony. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be an inspiring evening.

To register for this year's event please click here

Thank you to our partners at Child & Family Resources, Inc. (https://www.childfamilyresources.org)
and Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (https://www.communityfoodbank.org)
for co-sponsoring this year’s 2021 Frances McClelland Vision Award Ceremony.

UA-CEAC's Online Aquaponic Intensive Workshop

October 19th & 20th via Zoom
If you have ever been interested in growing with aquaponics, don't miss this opportunity with the University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center for a two-day Online Aquaponics Intensive Workshop.

During this workshop, you will gain premium and essential knowledge for starting and running your own aquaponics system at its best. You will get:
   •  Access to lecture materials that have been crafted
from CEAC's research and educational 
      programs and fine-tuned over the last 10 years.
   •  Personal question follow-ups
   •  Certificate of completion
   •  Tons of knowledge!!!


Limited seats are available. For more information, please contact us at arizona.ceac@gmail.com or 520-626-9566

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