Edition Topics

November 15, 2022

  1. Message from the Interim Director of Extension
  2. Cooperative Extension Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences Associate Director Candidate Seminar
  3. 2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey- Survey wrap-up
  4. WRRC Special Event: Water and Agriculture: Chile-Arizona Experience 
  5. Online On-Demand Extension Courses
  6. Inhabitants:  An Indigenous Perspective
  7. YCEDA Desert Ag Research Symposium
  8. Volunteers needed for a research study of grapes
  9. Tip of the Week

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

Last Thursday, I attended a field day at the Maricopa Agricultural Center. The Field Day highlighted the research currently taking place at the Center. Congratulations to Dr. Ayman Mostafa, the organizers, and all the presenters. The trailers were filled with growers and agricultural professionals from across the state. The day ended with a lunch supported by industry, and we barely beat out the rain. This week, we have an interview for our Associate Director of Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences. Please see the details below and send your comments to the search committee. Also, please wrap up your Needs Assessment Surveys by November 21st, see the post below.   

I hope everyone enjoyed their three-day weekend. I installed a new kitchen faucet and only had two extra parts – a new personal record.

Cooperative Extension Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences Associate Director Seminar

After conducting a nationwide search for a new FCHS Associate Director in Cooperative Extension, we now have a finalist for the position: Dr. Michele Walsh.  On Thursday, November 17th, 2022, she will give her seminar at 3:30 - My Vision for the Future of Family Consumer and Health Sciences in Arizona.  Following her seminar will be time for Q & A.

Dr. Michele Walsh, November 17, 2022, 3:30PM
McClelland Park 402

Link to Zoom:

Contact Kristie Gallardo for Dr. Walsh's CV

Please respond to the survey. The search committee values your candid and anonymous input.

2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey- Survey wrap-up

Although the survey recruitment process officially ended yesterday, the Qualtrics survey will remain unofficially open until data is pulled down for analysis on Monday, November 28. Please plan to mail or scan and upload all paper surveys for CRED to enter by next Monday, November 21.

View the final survey counts here (remembering that final paper surveys may not be counted yet). Good news- all counties have surpassed the minimum number for receiving a county-based report (>50)! We also received more total responses than were collected during the 2015 needs assessment, which was open for a longer period of time (4 months).

Watch for updates in the Tuesday notes and the needs assessment website for updates on the reporting timeline.

WRRC Special Event: "Water and Agriculture: Chile-Arizona Experience"

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
11 am – 1 pm AZ time

The Agricultural Office of the Embassy of Chile in the US and the WRRC are co-hosting the webinar, “Water and Agriculture: Chile-Arizona Experience,” on November 29. Registration is now open for this webinar, which will bring together key stakeholders, decision-makers, scientists, water experts, and others to discuss the developing projects to advance sustainable water resources and agriculture management. The discussion panel will feature a distinguished group of commentators from Chile and Arizona, including the Chilean Embassy’s Agricultural Attaché in the US Andres Rodrigues and CNR – Chile Head of Water Policies Javiera Herrera, along with the Yuma County Water Users Association General Manager Tom Davis, WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal, and other knowledgeable UArizona specialists and researchers. Live translation of the webinar will be provided in both English and Spanish.

More Info

Online On-Demand Extension Courses

Yuma County Cooperative Extension is offering nine online on-demand agricultural education classes. The courses range in content from regenerative agriculture, water status of the Colorado River, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and food safety. Classes count towards satisfying continuing education unit (CEU) requirements of pest control license holders (AZDA, CA-DPR, and CCA). Most of the classes were live lectures from workshops that were recorded and converted to an accredited format requiring in-video questions, no fast-forward option, and a comprehensive quiz. 

There are two ‘educational movies’, also worth CEUs. ‘Compost Handling for Leafy Greens industry’ is a 22 min English/Spanish bilingual movie designed to train farm employees how to make good compost and handle it with food safety in mind. Another movie is called ‘A Day in the Life of a PCA’, and follows around real pest control advisors (PCAs) as they inspect fields for insects. The movie stars Extension Specialist Dr. John Palumbo, helicopter pilot Sirus Keith, and PCAs Macey Keith, Alex Paez, and Gordon Goodwin. The video features ‘choose your own adventure’ technology, where viewers are asked to make choices that result in different video responses (think Black Mirror Bandersnatch or Bear Grylls ‘You vs. Wild).

Courses are open to the public and can be found at www.YumaExtension.com        

Inhabitants:  An Indigenous Perspective

Sunday, November 20th, 5:00PM
The Loft Cinema
With expert from the film, Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson, in person for Q & A

Celebrate Native American Month with Native Voices in Film on November 20th from 2pm-7pm. The Indigenous Resilience Center (IRes), University of Arizona Native American Law Students Association (NALSA), and Loft Cinema's Indigenous Film Committee are sponsoring a day of free films, vendors, and community gathering. All are welcome at this free event!

YCEDA Desert Ag Research Symposium

The Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture would like to invite you to the Desert Agriculture Research Symposium on November 16, 2022, at the Pivot Point Conference Center in Yuma AZ. This symposium, funded by the NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative program, is an opportunity to learn about the research needs of the desert agriculture industry, current research, and to develop partnerships with this community. Scientists will learn how to best engage with industry from experienced researchers and have opportunities to engage with potential industry partners. Funding for travel may be available, more details to follow. Registration is now open.


Volunteers needed for a research study of grapes

√  Are you 30-65 years of age?
√  Are you in good health?
√  Are you interested in how grapes support
    physiological function?

Interested?  For more information, please call 520-621-5382 or email fbhlab@email.arizona.edu, mention the Grape Study, and leave your name and number

Tip of the Week

Did you know that you can watch any of the Division's "Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series" recordings at this link? Topics range from Effective Mentoring to Trauma Informed Practices—and more!

TEN Submittal Process

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

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