September 15, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. New Publication
  3. Program Coordinator – Arizona Meteorological Network
  4. Call for proposals: National Extension Conference on Volunteerism
  5. The 2020 WRRC Annual Photo Contest: Arizona & Arid Zones
  6. Family & Consumer Health Sciences Zoom Recording Presentations 
  7. Native Plant Materials for Restoration
  8. Nominations are open for CALS Administrator of the Year!
  9. Native Voices in STEM
  10. ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series
  11. The Garden Kitchen Online Cooking Class
  12. The New Payson Fire Adapted Community Plan Town Code Webinar

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) is conducting the 2020 Extension Conference virtually beginning Monday, 5 October and continuing through Thursday, 8 October followed by association meetings scheduled for Friday, 9 October.  The conference schedule is very close to being finalized and will be broadly communicated when it is.

The 2020 planning committee is doing an outstanding job of developing an excellent conference program.  The committee consists of:

       Don Alamban
       Jennifer Argyros
       Juan Arias
       Kelly Arizmendi
       Anthony Bertero
       Gloria Blumanhourst
       Jessica Dorsey
       Jeremy Elliott-Engel
       Eunice Gonzales
       Elise Gornish
       Betsy Greene
       Carolyne Greeno
       Ashley Hall
       Peter Hooper
       Janine Lane
       Ethan Orr
       Meghan Penrod
       Eva Romero
       Sandra Saad
       Hope Wilson
       Claire Zucker
       Dominic Rodriguez

The CES delivers programs across the entire state with faculty and staff associated with every academic unit in CALS on campus, every county Extension office, and each of our experiment station units.  Accordingly, we have a broad and diverse organization and the annual Extension conference provides to us a rare opportunity to convene as a complete organization.

We look forward to joining you for the 2020 Extension Conference.

New Publication

Publication: Proceedings of the 29th Vertebrate Pest Conference

The reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf to the southwest U.S. has been controversial because of documented wolf-livestock conflict (and fear of potential conflicts). Wolf-livestock interactions can lead to economic losses for ranchers directly from depredation and indirectly through physiological impacts on livestock such as weight loss. Ranchers report that, in addition to economic losses, they face additional management costs due to the presence of wolves. Relying on a survey of Arizona ranchers, this study explores ranchers’ attitudes toward wolf reintroduction, identifies and estimates the costs of management practices implemented by ranchers to avoid or reduce wolf-livestock conflicts, and examines how spending on preventative management practices, including the value of ranchers’ time, compares with net returns per cow under three different price scenarios: a low-price, mid-price, and high-price year. Building upon literature that finds ranchers are motivated by lifestyle and other non-monetary benefits of ranching, we posit that factors beyond profit maximization influence ranchers’ decision to implement management practices to limit wolf-livestock conflicts. We find that spending on preventive management practices can be large relative to net returns. We also find that negative attitudes toward wolves are not well correlated with experiences with or losses from wolf depredation. These results illuminate the complexity of rancher attitudes and management decisions, with implications for predator coexistence and conservation efforts.

Program Coordinator – Arizona Meteorological Network

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension invites applicants for a Program Coordinator 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 coordinator will direct the program and help oversee the installation and maintenance of meteorological stations, data collection and stewardship, and development of information products. 
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, and strong communication skills.

Find the posting online at


Call for proposals: National Extension Conference on Volunteerism 

National Extension Conference on Volunteerism will host a lite on-line conference starting April 26th, 2021.  The virtual presentations will be pre-recorded lightning sessions and posters followed by Q&A.  Proposals should be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. PST on October 31, 2020.  Instructions for submitting proposals are available at:

The 2020 WRRC Annual Photo Contest: Arizona & Arid Zones

Enter Today!

The WRRC photo contest is back, and we are excited to see what our contestants will bring to the table this year. As with the last few photo contests we’ve held, the main criteria are that the photos be taken in Arizona and feature water. This year, however, we have added a special category* for photographs of water taken in arid regions outside our state. We want to see water in cities and towns, water in nature, water and people, water and industry, water and anything that sparks your imagination. So what are you waiting for? Show us what you’ve got. We look forward to seeing your unique and amazing photos!

Family & Consumer Health Sciences Zoom Recording Presentations 

Assistant/Associate Agent, Family Consumer and Health Sciences for Santa Cruz County with a small portion (family promotion programs) covering Cochise County 

Two candidates gave their presentations on Wednesday, September 9. If you missed them, here is your opportunity to review each and provide an evaluation.

Presentation Title: Building FCHS in Santa Cruz & Cochise Counties: Identifying future programs, securing resources, and building relationships in the community

Jennifer Argyros Recording: 

Rebecca Drummond Recording:
Evaluation Form

Please return to Evelyn Whitmer  by September 23. 


Native plant materials for restoration

The Arizona CrossWatershed Network is hosting a virtual workshop on 'Native plant materials for restoration' this Friday, September 18, 2020, from noon to 1:00 pm.
Passcode: AZPLANTS

Join by phone: 408-638-0968 or 669-900-6833

The goal of the workshop is to identify native plant material resources in Arizona and connect the growers/producers to the restoration practitioners. Upon completion of the workshop, we will create a comprehensive inventory and summary of native plant materials programs and vendors for Arizona and hope to identify gaps in obtaining native plant materials and opportunities for improvement.


Nominations are open for CALS 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 15, 2020
For more information, including award criteria:

Native Voices in STEM and other opportunities

Wednesday, September 16th @ 3:00-4:00 PTD
Dr. Joseph Brewer (Cherokee/Oglala Lakota) presents on Indigenous Ecosystem Stewardship

Co-InFEWS Listening Session with Students
Monday, September 21 ~ open house from 11:00am – 1:00pm PDT

Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Contaminants: Perspectives from the U.S. Southwest and the Arctic
Tuesday, September 22 @ 12:00-1:00 PDT
Jani C. Ingram and Enooyaq Sudlovenick presenting 
Learn how Indigenous researchers have utilized Indigenous Knowledges and Western Science methods to address the concern of contaminants in traditional foods.
Register  - RSVPs are required  

Co-InFEWS Workshop: Tribal College & University Partnerships in Co-InFEWS
Friday, September 25 @ 9:00 – 12:30 PDT
Arizona Student Energy Conference (AzSEC)
October 28-30 @ 9:00-11:00 PDT daily

Please Join us for the ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

Initiating Greater Inclusion in Your Work: How IOI Can Help

Wednesday, September 16th | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | ZOOM Only
Since George Floyd was murdered and #BlackLivesMatter gained much broader support from across diverse communities, there has been an increase in interest in trainings, workshops, and practices to make units, departments, and organizations more inclusive and equitable. The space between a desire for organizational change and actually making that change a reality, however, is wide, and there are often multiple competing stakeholders in this change process, as well as foundational knowledge about power, opportunity, and equity to be acquired. IOI is here to help you through this time as a unit, or individually in your own leadership, teaching, advising, and programming. We offer a variety of free DEI related resources, support services, and trainings for faculty, staff, and students, and we are leading the institution’s response to the rise in anti-Asian harassment and hate due to COVID-19. We also house a large amount of data on BIPOC students’ experiences at the University of Arizona, and we use this in collaboration with other units and coalitions to work for change on campus. Collectively our work is focused on supporting individuals and units as they engage in focus on organizational change for greater equity and inclusion. In this presentation, I will share specifics about our resources and practices, and provide opportunities for to try out some of the activities that are part of our longer, more intensive trainings.
Speaker Bio: Jane Pizzolato received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University. Her research and related publications focus on: (a) self-authorship development processes in college students of color, (b) understanding the impact of the gap between policy and practice on TANF community college student development and success, and (c) developing culturally responsive interventions and assessments to create more inclusive models of college student development.

Register for the Zoom Webinar for all 4 Speakers during Fall 2020.


The Garden Kitchen Cooking Class

Cheese Board & Tapas
Online Hands-On Cooking Class

Date: Friday, September 25, 2020
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Register Here!
Create the perfect appetizers to pair with your favorite cheeses. Along with step by step guidance in making your tapas, we'll talk about how to pair cheeses with other ingredients!

Menu:  Strawberry ginger jam;Homemade mesquite crackers; Lemon thyme marinated mushrooms; Sweet and spicy nuts
Instructor: Jennifer Parlin

Class fee of $40.00 per household


The New Payson Fire Adapted Community Plan Town Code Webinar

September 17, 2020 11:00am to 12:00pm (AZ time/MDT)

Payson Firewise: Where we live, how we live. 

Featured Speaker: Kevin McCully is the City of Payson Fuels Manager at the Payson Fire Department. He is a retired CalFire San Diego County fire captain with over 30 years of firefighting experience. Throughout his career McCully has worked a fire inspector, deputy fire marshal, engineer, tactical medic supervisor and fire captain.

Webinar Overview: The newly adopted Firewise code addresses the vegetation on all properties within town limits, including land owned by the town. The adoption of this code shows how serious Payson takes the dangers of wildfire and how the Town Council and Mayor are committed to address this threat to the Town’s safety.

This will be relevant not only for residents of Payson, Arizona, but also rural communities interested in learning about a successful model for adopting a fire adapted town code. 

Zoom Link: Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.

Cost: Free 

Registration: Not required

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