Edition Topics

August 16, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Heart of Extension Award Winners
  3. ABWC Annual Meeting and Conference
  4. Interested in starting a seed library?!
  5. WRRC Brown Bag Webinar
  6. Grazing Management Principles Survey - Invitation to Participate
  7. The Fresh Produce Industry in Santa Cruz County, Arizona
  8. Tip of the Week

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

 I believe our Annual Extension Conference last week was a great success. I want to thank everyone involved, the conference committee, the speakers, the Heart of Extension award committee, etc. Also, a big thanks to our state staff who came out to help with registration and logistics, Dave and Martin, who helped with the IT and video stuff, and of course, our own Sandra Saad, who worked so hard with our site host. It was great to see everyone, and I hope we can do this again next year. I am consistently impressed by the impactful programming of UArizona Cooperative Extension across the state. Seeing people in person rather than just a face on Zoom was nice. We have a lot of work to do over the next year, but I know we are up to the task, and I look forward to working with all of you. By the way, the most heard comment at the conference was, “you’re much taller than you look on Zoom.”

Heart of Extension Award Winners

During the 2022 Arizona Cooperative Extension Conference, 17 Extension employees were recognized for their outstanding work. 

Debbie Pettigrew, Assistant in Extension, 4-H, La Paz County
Connie Callahan, Business Manager, Pima County
Lori Jaramillo, 4-H Program Coordinator, Apache County
Ben Downer, Program Coordinator, Gila County
Mary Barnes, Senior Program Coordinator, Yavapai County
James "Jim" Jepsen, Senior Program Coordinator, Pinal County    
George Stefanakis, Program Coordinator, Pima County
Karen Pizzuto, Manager, Finance and Administration, Yavapai County
Hadeel Aborached, Program Assistant, Maricopa County
Lynn Frazier, Manager, Grants and Contracts, ALVSCE
Debbie Reed, Senior Program Coordinator, ACBS
Jan Groth, Assistant in Extension, Cochise County
Deb Lester, Director, Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation, Extension Administration
Liz Sparks, Associate Agent, 4-H, Pima County    
Ginamarie Nieves, Program Director, Maricopa County
Gayle Gratop, Assistant in Extension, Coconino County
Josh Farella, Assistant Agent, 4-H, Coconino County

Congratulations, and thank you for all you do!!

ABWC Annual Meeting and Conference

Friday, September 16, 2022
Located at the SRP PERA Training & Conference Center

Do you have questions about the August, Tier Water Shortage Declaration?
How will it affect water users in Arizona and the Western United States?
Who will receive the water cuts? Will there be a food shortage? Will I be able to water my lawn?
What are the consequences to wildlife and their habitats?
You don’t want to miss this important meeting addressing these critical questions.

Interested in starting a seed library?!

Join us for an online workshop that will guide you through the planning process, operations, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

Free webinar
September 9, 2022
9:00 am - 11:00 am
On Zoom:  885 2559 2725

For more information or to register: egornish@arizona.edu

WRRC Brown Bag Webinar

12:00 - 1:15 pm Arizona Time

Melissa McCann, Director, University City Exchange, Arizona State University 

R.J. Cardin, Director, Parks and Recreation, Maricopa County
Kelly Wolff, Program Manager, Habitat Evaluation and Lands, Arizona Game and Fish Department
Tice Supplee, Director, Bird Conservation, Audubon Southwest
Nichole Engelmann, Endangered Species Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Event description:
A vision for the Rio Salado restoration that started over 50 years ago has been re-catalyzed in 2017 to include 58 miles of community and river revitalization along the Salt-Gila River corridor by active and diverse governmental and community partnerships with the leadership and generous support of the Arizona Congressional delegation and Arizona State University. In 2017, the Rio Reimagined Partnership began convening to discuss the opportunities for reconnecting communities along an existing urban greenway within Metropolitan Phoenix that could embody a new era of urban resilience including environmental, social, and economic vitality. The panel will include an update on the initiative, feature coalition partners, outline active priorities and projects, and share regional challenges and opportunities from various perspectives. 

Grazing Management Principles Survey - Invitation to Participate

From Aaron Lien, SNRE
I am part of a group of range scientists from across the western US working on a project to distill adaptable and easily-assessed livestock grazing management principles for use in semi-arid and arid rangelands. This is in response to a request from JBS USA for succinct livestock grazing management principles to incorporate into their sustainable grazing management partnerships and initiatives. We also hope the process can bring together the range science community, culminating in a session at the Society for Range Management 2023 Annual Meeting.

We are conducting a survey of a broad range of practitioners, researchers, educators, and more to collectively create a dataset that can be iteratively analyzed to distill a set of principles that will then be further debated and distilled.

The survey is here. We are leaving the survey open through the end of August but you may want to have a look through it, think about it, and return, so please have a look as soon as possible. The survey works like a brainstorming session, so please don’t hesitate to share your knowledge!
This is an exciting effort and I’d really appreciate you weighing in - we need good input and knowledge!

Please let me know if you have any questions.  alien@arizona.edu
Direct link to survey: 

The Fresh Produce Industry in Santa Cruz County, Arizona

Dari Duval, Ashley Bickel, and George Frisvold
Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics 

Fresh fruit and vegetable commodities became the highest-value category of imports through the Nogales port of entry as of 2020, surpassing motor vehicles and vehicle parts as the top category. This study examines the importance of Santa Cruz County’s fresh produce industry to the county’s economy and to the Arizona state economy in 2019 and 2020. It provides an overview of the industry, estimates of its direct economic activity, and estimates of the total economic contribution, including multiplier effects. Finally, the study presents survey results regarding the operating environment in Santa Cruz County and recent produce industry investments.

Tip of the Week

I heard there were workshops on continuing appointment that I can view. Where do I find those?

Answer:  Here is the link


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