Edition Topics

February 8, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. The Nature-Based Restorative Economy in Santa Cruz County, Arizona
  3. 2022 Range Livestock Workshop 
  4. Introduction to Home Canning
  5. Canning Interview with Hope Wilson
  6. WRRC Chocolate Fest 2022
  7. Water Wise Brown Bag Lecture Series
  8. Relying on Rural Resilience Webinar
  9. Extension Publications
  10. Call for Nominations

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

University of Arizona Extension faculty just finished their Annual Performance Report for 2021 through the UA Vitae system. For many, these annual reports can be a source of stress. However, I would encourage faculty to take a minute, now that you have completed your reports, and look at your success last year. Think about the innovation you employed last year in your programming. Look at the participant numbers despite minimal or no in-person programming. Reflect on the positive impacts you had on so many lives in Arizona. I too often lack “enthusiasm” when filling out annual reports. However, once completed, I’m usually amazed at the accomplishments my team and I had within the past year. I’m sure if you reread your report, you too will get that sense of pride for all that you accomplished in 2021.

The Nature-Based Restorative Economy in Santa Cruz County, Arizona

Dari Duval, Ashley Bickel, George Frisvold, Wenting Zheng

This study examines industries within the nature-based restorative economy (NBRE) in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. Within the context of Santa Cruz County’s economy, the NBRE consists of three general areas: nature-based tourism, nature-based industries, and conservation, restoration, and preservation. The study characterizes and quantifies the total economic contribution of the NBRE in Santa Cruz County in 2019, including economic activity supported in other industries through indirect and induced multiplier effects. In addition to quantifying the total contributions of the NBRE to the county economy, the study provides a socioeconomic and natural resource profile for Santa Cruz County and presents the results of a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis to better understand and predict the medium- and long-term outlooks for the NBRE in the region.


2022 Range Livestock Workshop 

We’re back in-person! 

This one-day workshop includes presentations by UArizona Cooperative Extension Specialists and Agents as well as the Arizona Department of Agriculture.  Presentations will be focused on Arizona livestock production including beef cattle, range management, and small ruminants.  Pick the location that works best for you. 

March 8
Willcox Livestock Auction
1020 N Haskell Ave.
Willcox, Arizona 85643 

March 9
Gila County Fairgrounds
1400 E. Ash St.
Globe, Arizona 86025 

March 10
Navajo County Fair Grounds
404 E. Hopi Drive
Holbrook, Arizona 86025 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm at each location 

$25 per person (includes lunch) 
Register by March 2 to guarantee lunch 
Visit our event page to register and view the full schedule: 

Please share with anyone that may be interested in attending.

For questions or more information contact Debbie Reed dlreed@arizona.edu or 520-626-7107.

Introduction to Home Canning

Join us for this virtual, two-part lunch and learn series reviewing canning basics and safe home-canning practices. Participants will learn about appropriate canning methods for different food items proper packing, head space, altitude adjustments, processing times and more. The presenters will also discuss how and when to use both boiling water bath and pressure canners to preserve foods at home. 

March 1, 2022 and
March 3, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom, Registration is required:  
Persons with a disability may request reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language
interpreter, by contacting Lydia Watts at 928-445-6590 x221. Requests should be made as early
as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Canning Interview

Hope Wilson, Area Associate Agent – FCHS in Yavapai County participated an interview with host Jane Clauss on Arizona Living (AZ Living EP156) Canning Q&A:  https://youtu.be/P-I3o5sx7bo   

The pandemic, empty store shelves and wanting to know where our food comes from have all led to an increase in home food canning. And did you know you can actually learn the art of canning at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. We talk to registered dietitian Hope Wilson about how to get started.

WRRC Chocolate Fest 2022

Please join us from 4:00 to 5:00 pm MST on Wednesday, February 16 for the WRRC’s Annual Chocolate Fest! This two-part virtual program of celebration will include announcement of our 2021 Annual Photo Contest winners! Following a slide show of the winning images, we will make a chocolaty toast to our Director, Sharon B. Megdal, who on Valentine’s Day (Arizona Statehood Day!) celebrates 20 years at the WRRC. Raise high a divine chocolate delectation as we acknowledge her time at the Water Center and, of course, hear a few comments on chocolate (not water!). So, bake, concoct, purchase, or brew your favorite treat and spend an hour with new and old friends at this annual WRRC event. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Register Today

Water Wise Cochise County's Brown Bag Lecture Series

Citizen Science and the Quality of Harvested Rainwater: A Talk with Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta.

February 16th, 12-1pm on Zoom. Register here: https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctcO-vqjMuE9f6yncbyIgnfvUgokexpgFt

Arizona community members have recognized the benefits of harvesting rainwater. However, there is a lack of information regarding the quality of harvested water and there are no monitoring programs.

Over the past three years, Project Harvest participants, promotoras, Dr. Ramirez-Andreotta, and the research team have co-generated a dataset of environmental samples from residential, school, and/or community gardens irrigated by harvested rainwater to monitor the quality of harvested rainwater, soil, and plants. Project Harvest participants were trained in the scientific method and learned how to measure bacteria, organic, and inorganic contaminants in samples alongside our team of environmental scientists. Together, they co-generated a dataset that will not only inform guidelines and recommendations for safe, harvested rainwater use on gardens, it will support communities to safely and sustainably produce their own foods. This talk will discuss the results and ramifications of this study.

Event Contact: Alex Kosmider

Relying on Rural Resilience Webinar

Save the Date
Building Health & Resilience by Teaching Mindful Eating/Feeding Practices to Rural Parents of Young Children
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 (1 pm MST/ 2 pm CST/ 3pm EST)
Presenters:  Dawn Contreras, Ph.D., and Holly Tiret,
Michigan State University Extension

"Rural children had higher BMIs, more emotional overeating behaviors and more time spent playing outdoors compared with urban children". This important research identifies gaps and opportunities for supporting healthy food behavior development for the youngest among us and Michigan Extension is exploring potential resources to support these children and families in rural communities. Together, participants and presenters will brainstorm strategies for supporting mindfulness in youth and those who feed them!

This quarterly webinar series, Relying on Rural Resilience, highlights findings based on 20+ years of research with low-income, rural families across the United States. These results yield powerful information about actions that family outreach professionals can take to promote rural health and resilience. Presenters share key findings from the NC1011/NC1171 HATCH projects that spark facilitated breakout discussion among Extension and other family outreach professionals regarding how the findings can impact YOUR work and families in YOUR rural community.

Participants in this webinar will:
1. Learn about research findings related to mindfulness and child feeding as well as how Michigan
    State University Extension is applying these findings in communities they serve.
2. Identify ways to apply these findings to your specific educational programming and community
3. Brainstorm strategies to develop mindfulness in rural families with other outreach professionals.


Extension Publications

Melissa A. Wyatt and Traci L. Armstrong Florian

Providing healthy family meals your toddler approves of may seem nearly impossible to do. Oftentimes, it seems like toddlers go through phases of not wanting to eat what is prepared for the family. Furthermore, it seems like healthy eating can take too much time to prepare. These challenges can make busy parents feel overwhelmed and desperate for a solution. This publication is intended to help parents find ways to include healthy, age-appropriate options that are a part of regular family meals.

Horse Disease: West Nile Virus
Elizabeth A. Greene and Anita B. Thompson

Horse Disease: Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA)
Anita B. Thompson and Elizabeth A. Greene

ALIRT: Arizona Livestock Incident Response Team

Call for Nominations

Each year we recognize our faculty, staff and strong contributors to Cooperative Extension with the Extension Faculty of the Year Award, the Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award, and the Extensionist of the Year Award. 

The Cooperative Extension Faculty of the Year award recipient will receive $1,000 and an award.  Click here for Extension Faculty of the Year Award criteria and nomination instructions. Submission deadline – February 16, 2022

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 16, 2022

The Extensionist of the Year award recognizes and honors a resident of the State of Arizona who has demonstrated extraordinary contributions, through UACE, to improving the lives of people in their community and state.  The award will be presented at an appropriate division-wide event.  Letters of nomination from UACE or non-UACE faculty and staff and/or peers should focus on the following criteria:  1) the nature and extent of the contribution provided by the individual (35%), 2) how this contribution has benefitted people in the community (15%) and the state (15%), 3) leadership qualities (25%), and 4) support for UACE (10%).
Submission deadline – February 16, 2022

All awards will be presented at an appropriate Extension or ALVSCE event.  Please read the criteria carefully, submitting only the materials noted.  Submit your nominations and support letters to gallardk@arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520-621-7145).

TEN Submittal Process

Please submit your news by 4:00pm Monday to TMN [tmn@cals.arizona.edu].

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