September 28, 2021

Edition Topics

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. PCCE September-October Newsletter
  3. Mohave County 4-H Agent Candidate Seminar & Town Hall, Dr. Lance Northey
  4. Agriculture Apprenticeship Program
  5. Artificial Insemination (AI) Clinic
  6. WRRC 2021 Photo Contest - Aridity, Shortage, and Resilience
  7. New Extension Publications
  8. DIAG Workshop Wednesdays - Data Management with SQL for Life Scientists 
  9. Next week is National 4-H Week!
  10. 2021 Cooperative Extension Livestock/Horse Survey
  11. Join the Arizona 4-H team 
  12. ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series
  13. WRRC Brown Bag Webinar: APS Sustainable Water Strategies and Practices
  14. Pollinator Plants to Plant Now, and the Advantages of Fall Planting Webinar
  15. ALVSCE Staff Council is looking for members
  16. Online Aquaponic Intensive Workshop
  17. Nominations are open for ALVSCE Administrator of the Year!

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

 Last week I had the opportunity to visit Greenlee County Cooperative Extension.  The visit corresponded with one of the Advisory Board meetings.  The drive over was quite the road trip down memory lane for me.  As the State Irrigation Specialist, I made several road trips to the Safford Ag. Center and passing through towns like Bylas and Thatcher sure brought back some good memories.  I also had the opportunity to meet the faculty and staff in Greenlee as well as the Advisory Board.  The Extension team in Greenlee is well supported by the county and enjoys excellent support from the community, as was expressed by the Board members.  I learned about all the Extension programming in Greenlee.  I got to visit Bill Cook's pumpkin patch and visited with one of the board members about the good old days.  Finally, these county visits continue to impress me with our Extension team's hard work and dedication.  Keep up the good work – I hope to visit Duncan soon.

PCCE September-October Newsletter

The September-October 2021 issue of our Pima County Cooperative Extension (PCCE) e-newsletter, The Round up, is up on the PCCE website. Our feature story centers on the 4-H Fab Lab, which officially opens on November 5. We also highlight the Smartscape program and our 4-H Teen Outdoor Leadership Camp that had a very successful first-year implementation. We are all aware of the importance of Cooperative Extension in helping youth and students gain job skills, and two of our stories, including a Youth Member spotlight, bring that message home. We hope you will Sign up to get The Round-Up, to learn more about our many programs and projects.

Mohave County 4-H Agent Candidate Seminar & Town Hall, Dr. Lance Northey

The Search and Screen Committee for Mohave County Assistant/Associate 4-H Youth Development Agent would like to invite you to join us for the livestream Candidate Seminar for Dr. Lance Northey on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 10:00 am. We would also ask you to join us for the livestream Candidate Town Hall on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 6 pm. All Cooperative Extension faculty and staff are invited to participate, particularly those that may collaborate with a potential new faculty member.

Evaluations will be due by COB Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

Candidate Seminar Livestream: Passcode: MCCE4H

Town Hall Livestream: Passcode: MCCE4H

For a link to the recorded Seminar or Town Hall, please contact Andrew Brischke at

Agriculture Apprenticeship Program

The Arizona Legislature provided additional funding to Cooperative Extension to create an agriculture apprenticeship program. The goal is to help prepare and train workers for the agriculture industry. We will be conducting two listening sessions to hear from you about the types of jobs, training locations and workers that we need to meet future workforce needs. The sessions will be September 30 from 3-4 pm or October 14 from 3-4pm. Please click on the link to register for either event.

Artificial Insemination (AI) Clinic 

Artificial Insemination (AI) has been shown to improve genetic quality of a herd, increase consistency and value to a calf crop, eliminate the need to purchase, house, and feed a full bull battery, shorten breeding and calving season, and generally improve the profitability of a livestock production operation.

If you are interested in adding an AI program into your livestock operation, please join us for our 2.5-day AI Clinic at our UA Experimental Ranch, V Bar V, near Camp Verde November 5-7, 2021. Our experienced staff will guide you through the entire AI process and will include hands-on practice including live animals. Cost is $750, first-come basis, non-refundable and includes an AI kit ($350 value), AI Manual, and lunch on Sat. and Sunday. Registration is limited to 12 participants and will open Monday, October 11, 2021.

For registration, please contact Lydia Watts at the Yavapai County Cooperative Extension Office, (928) 445-6590. For further questions, please contact Andrew Brischke (928) 753-3788 or 

WRRC 2021 Photo Contest - Aridity, Shortage, and Resilience

Calling All Photographers!

The WRRC photo contest is back, and we are eager to see what our contestants will submit this year. As with our last few photo contests, the main criteria are that the photos be taken in Arizona (apart from the special category Water in Arid/Semi-Arid Lands Beyond Arizona) and, of course, that they feature water. Categories include Water in Nature, Water in the Built Environment, and Water is Life (for example, people, pets, agriculture). Feel free to use the contest theme "Aridity, Shortage, and Resilience" to fuel your imagination. So get to clickin’ and send us your amazing photos. We look forward to seeing what you’ve got!

New Extension Publications

Mosquitoes and Disease Concerns
Dawn H. Gouge, Shujuan (Lucy) Li, Shaku Nair, Maureen Brophy, Kathleen Walker, Chris Sumner and Frank Ramberg

Arizona Cooperative Alfalfa Forage Yield Trials  (1993-2020)
Michael J. Ottman and Steven E. Smith

The Arizona Cooperative Alfalfa Forage Yield Trial Program, administered by the Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station and Arizona Cooperative Extension, conducted alfalfa forage yield trials at the University of Arizona's Agriculture Centers in Maricopa and Tucson. 

DIAG Workshop Wednesdays - Data Management with SQL for Life Scientists

The ALVSCE Data Science Team (DIAG) at the University of Arizona is offering monthly workshops on topics of interest that will accelerate and improve research to anyone in the ALVSCE division.

September's workshop is on databases and SQL. Databases are useful for both storing and using data effectively. Using a relational database serves several purposes:
- Fast
- Can handle much larger datasets than regular files
- Facilitates quality control
- Much more!

Databases are the standard way structured data is stored and used. Furthermore, the concepts of relational database querying are core to understanding how to do similar things using programming languages such as R or Python.

This lesson will be of interest to both data users and creators. We will teach you what relational databases are, how you can load data into them and how you can extract the information that you need.

No preparation necessary. All you need is a web browser. We will be using []( so there's nothing to set up.

This workshop will be held Wednesday, September 29, 2021 11am to 2pm AZ time (with half-hour break in middle)

Register here:

If you have questions, feel free to email me at Also reach out if there is a topic of particular interest you’d like to see taught in the near future!

Next week is National 4-H Week!

Help Arizona 4-H celebrate National 4-H Week, October 3-9. The theme for National 4-H Week is Find Your Spark, and we’re interested to hear how 4-H has helped youth and alumni turn their unique spark into mastery. Are you a 4-H alum? We want to hear from you! Contact us through Instagram or Facebook @uarizona4h or email David Shafer at to tell your story.

National 4-H Week is the perfect opportunity to remind people that Arizona 4-H is the youth development organization of the University of Arizona by way of Cooperative Extension. Join the fun on our social media pages!

2021 Cooperative Extension Livestock/Horse Survey

 - Please share with producers and horse industry members

On behalf of the University of Arizona Livestock/Horse extension:  
To better assess the changing needs of livestock and horse producers in the state of Arizona, we are requesting your participation in the 2021 Cooperative Extension Livestock/Horse Survey.

This is a five-year update to the statewide survey conducted by Livestock Agent Ashley Wright and Horse Specialist Dr. Betsy Greene. The setup is similar with a few additions (e.g. chickens). Information from previous results ( and have been used as a backbone for program planning over the last 5 years.

The survey should be completed by individuals who raise any type of classification of livestock such as beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep, goats, llamas, swine, and/or chickens. Results from the survey will help us update strategic plans for livestock related programs in the state. Whether you have one 4-H project or run a 1,000 head ranch we want to hear from you so that we can ensure our outreach efforts meet the needs and interests of all our producers!! 

The survey is voluntary and the information you provide will only be used to help develop the strategic plan, no identifying information will be collected. The survey will be available through November 21, 2021.  

Link to survey:  

If you have already completed this survey at another location or online, we thank you, and ask that you not fill it out again. Please share with other Arizona livestock producers that may not have received this information so they may submit their responses.  

If you have questions, would like more information, or need assistance in filling out the survey contact Ashley Wright, Betsy Greene, Joslyn Beard or Debbie Reed or 520-626-7107.

Join the Arizona 4-H team 

Arizona 4-H is selecting AmeriCorps members to fill two positions in the state office. AmeriCorps brings out the best in America, and 4-H makes the best better! Do you know anyone who might want to support civic engagement through the Arizona 4-H State Ambassador Program? What about someone who could help build the Arizona 4-H Shooting Sports Program? Send them our way with the application links below!

UACE State 4-H Youth Development Team Leader:
UACE State Office 4-H Youth Development Shooting Sports:

ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

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

Journey to Inclusion

Wednesday, October 27th | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | ZOOM Only

In 2018 Arizona Athletics set out to improve its culture and create an inclusive environment for all. This short presentation takes an in-depth look at the progress of this journey and offers helpful tips for organizations looking to develop and implement inclusion strategies that improve organizational culture.

Speaker Bio: Thomas Harris was promoted to Associate Athletics Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Employee Engagement in May of 2021 after three years in the Athletics Marketing department and two years as an Assistant Athletics Director. In his current role, Harris leads the development and implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies related to anti-racism, recruitment, leadership development, and employee retention. He also leads and provides strategic direction for the Arizona Athletics Inclusive Excellence Council (IEC).

Earlier this summer, Thomas was the recipient of the 2021 MOAA Charlie Whitcomb Service Award. This award recognizes and celebrates individuals that foster diversity and inclusion within the college athletics community.

Register for the Zoom Webinar for September’s speaker during Fall 2021:

Brought to you by: the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion Council

For list of current and past recordings, please go here!

WRRC Brown Bag Webinar: APS Sustainable Water Strategies and Practices

Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Time: 12 pm-1:15 pm MST
Speaker: Henry Day, Water Policy and Strategy Consultant, Arizona Public Service Company

Since its inception in 1884, originally as Phoenix Light and Fuel Company, Arizona Public Service Company, the largest electric utility in Arizona, has generated clean, reliable, and affordable energy from nine power plants, now serving 2.7 million Arizonans.  APS has long been recognized as a leader in water reuse, as demonstrated by its use of reclaimed water as cooling water for Palo Verde Generating Station, the largest producer of power in the United States for the last 25 years.  Recognizing the value of water to power generation in an increasingly water-challenged environment, APS created a Water Resource Management Department in 2009.  This department focused primarily on water acquisition, contracts, and agreements in direct support of power plant generation, but also developed water conservation practices and strategies to be employed across Arizona and New Mexico.  In 2020, APS took another step forward with creation of the Sustainability Department with a broader mission to direct the company's water planning and policy efforts and engage with other stakeholders to ensure Arizona's water supplies are preserved for future generations.

In 2020, APS committed to provide 100% clean, carbon-free electricity by 2050, with 2030 targets of 65% clean energy and 45% of generation from renewable sources.  This commitment is associated with reduced water consumption goals and strategies that will be discussed in this presentation.

Pollinator Plants to Plant Now, and the Advantages of Fall Planting Webinar

Event Date: September 30, 2021 11:00am to 12:00pm 

Featured Speaker: Jan Groth is the Master Gardener Instructor and Coordinator for Cochise County Cooperative Extension at UArizona Sierra Vista. Jan is also the curator for the Discovery Gardens at UA Sierra Vista, which is Cochise County's first educational botanical demonstration garden which opened to the public in October 2017.

Webinar Overview: Fall is the perfect time to plant a tree or shrub in Arizona: But what to plant? Jan will introduce us to several plants that are important to Arizona pollinators, and why fall planting will help your plant to live a long and successful life. This webinar is perfect for first timers, new residents and anyone who is interested in helping Arizona's pollinators to thrive. Be sure to stick around for the Q&A!

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

Cost: Free 
Registration: Not required

ALVSCE Staff Council is looking for members

The new ALVSCE Staff Council is looking for members to represent University Staff and Classified Staff, both collectively referred to as Staff. 

Members serve as part of ALVSCE Shared Governance by representing staff on pertinent issues.  They help with recognition/awards and distribute important information in partnership with others across the organization for the benefit of staff as employees.  Members also provide networking and professional development experiences, including hosting and organizing fun culture-building events for employees in the Division to connect with each other and uphold diversity and inclusion as a core value in ALVSCE.   

Nominate someone today!  Learn more and contact the Organizing Committee at the ALVSCE Staff Council landing page.  We look forward to receiving your nominations through October 4, 2021.

Online Aquaponic Intensive Workshop

Are you interested in growing crops with aquaponics? Join the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center for the Online Aquaponic Intensive Workshop - October 19th & 20th via Zoom. This two-day event, taught by Dr. Matthew Recsetar, is perfect for those using or wanting to use small to medium-scale systems. Both sessions will be packed with tons of critical information to ensure your operation will be the most effective. Sign up today to get access to numerous lecture materials, personal question follow-ups, a certificate of completion, and tons of knowledge! 

Online Aquaponic Intensive Workshop Schedule 


Limited seats are available. For more information visit or email us at

Nominations are open for ALVSCE 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 18, 2021

For more information, including award criteria:

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