Edition Topics

March 15, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Extension Professional I Position (Willcox, AZ)
  3. Virtual information session on Diabetes Prevention Program
  4. Would you like to help plan the 2022 Annual Extension Conference? 
  5. UA Drone Day March 23, 2022
  6. Opportunity for Bilingual Promo of Cooperative Extension Programs 
  7. World Water Day Teach-In Hosted by Pima County District 5
  8. 44th Annual UT/AZ Range Livestock Workshop & Tour 
  9. Sustainable Landscapes EXPO
  10. Special Edition Arroyo
  11. New Extension Publications

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

There have been several emails floating about concerning our statewide mapping project. We haven’t released the link yet, but it is similar to a map designed for the Maricopa County Extension office. The link for that map is here. Although the statewide map is different, the concept is the same. This map is a graphical representation of all the partners and collaborators that Extension works with throughout the state. I ask everyone to complete the request sent out by Dominic by the end of this week. Working together, we can show the reach and extent of Extension’s connections in our communities throughout the state.  

Extension Professional I Position (Willcox, AZ) (Req9075)

The Extension Professional I will perform a variety of standard sampling procedures for inventory and monitoring of soils and vegetation on rangeland ecosystems. The position also organizes, evaluates, and digitizes existing data related to project goals. Efforts are conducted in cooperation with United States Forest Service (USFS) personnel and grazing permittees. The position assists The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension personnel in educational activities regarding land management, assessment, and monitoring.

See job posting for additional details

Virtual information session on Diabetes Prevention Program

The University of Arizona Yavapai County Cooperative Extension offers National Diabetes Prevention Program Information Session

Join us April 8 from 11:30 to 12:30 pm for this virtual information session. Learn more about diabetes and the program shown to lower your risk.

Zoom Registration required: 

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a CDC-led initiative shown to reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. This FREE lifestyle change program can help you lose weight, become more physically active, and reduce stress. This is a proven program to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. You receive access to a trained lifestyle coach, a year-long program, support from others like you as you learn new skills, and a CDC-approved curriculum.

Persons with a disability may request reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Lisa Gerber at 928-554-8990. Requests should be made as early  as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Would you like to help plan the 2022 Annual Extension Conference? 

The 2022 Annual Arizona Extension Conference Planning Committee is seeking a couple of additional faculty and staff to join in planning this year’s annual conference. If you would like to be a part of making the conference a success, please contact Hope Wilson hopewilson@arizona.edu by Monday, March 21st.  

UA Drone Day March 23, 2022

The Drone User Group at UA is hosting Drone Day 2022 to bring people together from across UA and local industry to discuss how they are using drones. 

The objective of Drone Day is to bring together and build a community of people at and around UA who are using or interested in using unoccupied aerial vehicles (UAVs) in research and other academic activities. This will be an opportunity to share research problems and opportunities, discuss tools and protocols, and learn about local resources. 

The first drone day will include a morning of talks, lunch, and an afternoon at Bear Down field to show equipment and fly drones. Talks will be both in person and online.

Learn more about Drone Day 2022 from the event webpage here, and you can register here.

Opportunity for Bilingual Promo of Cooperative Extension Programs 

I will be tabling for University of Arizona Cooperative Extension at the Sustainable Landscapes Expo on March 19th and I would like to make a special effort to include any Spanish-language or bilingual programming we may be trying to advertise to the Pima County public. Please contact me if you have swag, brochures, flyers, QR codes, etc. you would like me to help advertise! Mil gracias, Eva Romero (romeroe@email.arizona.edu).

World Water Day Teach-In Hosted by Pima County District 5

World Water Day Teach-In
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Arizona Time 
Location: https://bit.ly/d5waterday

Join Pima County District 5 and the WRRC virtually on Tuesday, March 22nd, at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a World Water Day Teach-In!  Supervisor Grijalva's District 5 Office will be hosting this space to encourage the community to learn more about the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project and the challenges we face as a desert community with water conservation. Thank you to the City of Tucson Interim Assistant City Manager Timothy Thomure and the Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) for presenting at this event! Bring your questions! There will be a Q&A after the presentations.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpd-2srzIrGdz5NuxHwUicvvydb2hl35GM

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope to see you there! #SomosD5 #WorldWaterDay

44th Annual UT/AZ Range Livestock Workshop & Tour

Please join us for the 44th Annual UT/AZ Range Livestock Workshop & Tour. This will be our 2nd year with the Virtual Pre-Workshop Symposium where we dive into a little more detail with an issue of interest. At this year's Pre-Workshop Symposium we will be discussing Livestock Processing Facilities. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2021, 5:30 - 8:00 pm (AZ Time)/6:30 - 9:00 pm (UT Time) -Vitual Pre-Workshop Symposium  "Perspectives on Livestock Processing Facilities"

Please register for the symposium at: https://tinyurl.com/44UTAZRLWSymposium

Tuesday, March 29, 2021, 8:00 am - 4:45 pm (UT Time), Orderville Workshop. Trade show, lunch and door prizes provided.

Wednesday, March 30, 2021, 8:00 am - 4:45 pm (UT Time), Hurricane Workshop. Trade show, lunch and door prizes provided. Livestream Registration: https://tinyurl.com/44UTAZRLW

Thursday, March 31, 2021, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (UT Time), Ranch Tour, Touring Western Legacy Farm & Ranch. Lunch and door prizes provided.

More information and updates can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/44UTAZRangeLivestock or by contacting Andrew Brischke at: brischke@cals.arizona.edu

Sustainable Landscapes EXPO

Sustainable Landscapes EXPO | Pima County Smartscape Program 
March 19, 2022
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pima County Cooperative Extension - 4210 N. Campbell
(Enter from Roger Rd., east of Campbell)

This free, family-friendly event will include over 40 exhibits to increase your knowledge on efficient water usage and sustainable landscaping in the Southern Arizona desert. Enjoy educational, hands-on, and interactive activities for adults and kids, a (free) raffle for items and services, and take home one of 100 FREE TREES from Civano Growers!

Special Edition Arroyo includes Synopsis of International Arid Lands Consortium Conference

Addressing Environmental Challenges of Arid Lands

The International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) and the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) are pleased to release this Special Edition of the WRRC’s Arroyo series. Arroyo is a recognized source of objective, accurate, and understandable information on critical water issues. It reaches a wide audience that includes policy makers and water professionals as well as the interested public. This Special Edition provides a synopsis of IALC’s virtual international conference, “Addressing Environmental Challenges of Arid Lands,” held in May 2021. We thank all those who made the conference a great success. All conference materials are posted on the IALC website. This publication represents IALC’s last official activity. As noted on the last page of the Arroyo, the IALC is ceasing operations. IALC Board Members hope that others continue IALC’s legacy by fostering collaborations that tackle the serious environmental challenges of arid lands across the globe. 

New Extension Publications

Poultry Disease: Avian Flu (Avian Influenza)
Anita B. Thompson
ALIRT - Arizona Livestock Incident Response Team

Helping 4-H Members Find STEM in Plain Sight: Intentional STEM Infusion (ISI) for 4-H Project Leaders
Jeremy  Elliott-Engel

4-H volunteers with increased awareness of their role in fostering STEM education and STEM literacy can be a valuable resource in preparing 4-H youth with STEM-ready professional skills. Keeping in mind eight questions can help 4-H project leaders center 4-H member learning and improve 4-H member STEM literacy. 4-H volunteers can add the ISI approach to the ‘Do. Reflect. Apply’ strategy to design 4-H project activities within nontraditional STEM-related 4-H projects for members to develop STEM literacy. The ISI approach puts both the 4-H volunteer and member in the role of learner. Volunteers and members can be assisting each other in building STEM skills into their current projects.

Screen Time with Young Children
Benjamin  Downer, Ashley L. Dixon, Juan Arias, Joyce Alves and Katherine E. Speirs

Screen time (using any device with a screen, such as a phone, TV, iPad or tablet, PlayStation or computer) has become part of most family's everyday lives. Below are suggestions for how to make screen time a fun learning experience for the whole family.

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