October 19, 2021

Edition Topics

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Congratulations Mary Conner
  3. Agriculture Apprenticeship Program Coordinator
  4. Artificial Insemination Clinic 
  5. The EFNEP Bite
  6. We will take your ticks
  7. Growing Season in Review Workshops for Arizona Winegrape Growers
  8. Water Solutions for Our Warmer World - Episode 5 – Water and Infrastructure: Building for the Future
  9. DIAG Workshop
  10. After the Fire
  11. Imagine a Day Without Water
  12. AgTech Field Demo: Automated Weeding Technologies
  13. New Extension Publication

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

It has been almost two weeks since we held our Annual Extension Conference. Hopefully, most of you were able to attend, and everyone has filled out the conference survey. I want to thank everyone who helped put the conference together. I know events like this take an enormous amount of work and coordination. At the conference, I introduced a new structure for our Extension Administration that includes two Program Leads for the ANR, 4-H Youth Development, and FCHS programs. These positions are stipend positions, and those who serve as Program Leads will be expected to continue their current program duties. The Program Leads will ensure that the Associate Directors and I are better informed on current programming efforts and needs. We will soon be sending out the procedures to apply for these positions, and we hope to have the positions filled by the end of the calendar year. I am looking forward to these new additions in our Extension Administration as we continue to deliver programs that are Uniquely Extension.

Congratulations Mary Conner

After 30 years with Cooperative Extension in Maricopa County, Mary Conner, retired last week from her position as Program Coordinator, Sr. For the last 10 years, Mary oversaw the administrative and operational functions of our office by supporting the CED, assisting with business matters, and most importantly – making sure that all personnel were paid every 2 weeks. Mary previously accumulated vast experience as an administrative assistant and secretary in programmatic areas of 4-H and FCHS for several years after joining Cooperative Extension. Mary’s institutional knowledge will continue to be valuable in the office when she assumes a part-time position assisting with business/finance affairs.

Agriculture Apprenticeship Program Coordinator

The Arizona Legislature funded Cooperative Extension $500,000 a year for the next two years to create an Agriculture Appreciate Program.  Cooperative Extension is looking for a Program Coordinator to help implement the training program. This position will involve working with the growers, producers and community farms. The position is based in Tucson and pays $45,000-$50,000.  If you would like to apply or know of a good candidate.

Pease go to https://talent.arizona.edu/  and search for Req6960

AI Clinic Registration is Open

Artificial Insemination (AI) has been shown to improve the 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 a take-home AI kit ($350 value), AI Manual, flash drive with all the presentations, and lunch on Sat. and Sunday. Registration is limited to 12 participants.

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 brischke@cals.arizona.edu 

The EFNEP Bite

 Catch up on the October The EFNEP Bite
•  Back-to-school: Easing anxiety, snacks and
•  Antioxidants
•  Halloween Safety
•  and more...

We will take your ticks

Ever found a tick? Ever wondered what kind of tick you are looking at, or what pathogens the wee bloodsucking critter may be carrying?

Please send us your ticks. Dead or alive (as long as they are securely contained), from an animal, person, or from the environment. All ticks found in Arizona will be identified and you will be sent a short biosketch on your tick species.   

Ticks sent in from border counties including: Yuma, Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, or tribal lands in Arizona or California will then be sent to the University of California Davis for pathogen testing. Pathogen screening will include Rickettsia species (e.g., which can cause spotted fever group rickettsioses), Ehrlichia species, and Anaplasma phagocytophilum.

Please find further instructions and in-take forms at https://arizona.box.com/s/yd54i0vsdaeajpfio7b11ej3eoxkej51.


Growing Season in Review Workshops for Arizona Winegrape Growers

If the 2021 growing season is on your mind, we would like you to attend this event! There will be activities and discussions with other growers that detail growing conditions from this year, including important weather events and other issues like pests and disease, responses to such challenges, comparison to previous growing seasons, and assessment of cultivar performance.

Verde Valley edition (registration)
Date: November 9, 2021
Location: Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus
                Building M, Room M-137
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Cost: free

Southeastern Arizona edition (registration)
Date: November 16, 2021
Location: Buhl Memorial Vineyard
                 6707 S Wayward Winds Rd
                 Willcox, AZ
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: free
For more information, please contact:
Jeremy Weiss
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension

Water Solutions for Our Warmer World

Episode 5 – Water and Infrastructure: Building for the Future

Date: Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm PT

Join the Arizona Institutes for Resilience for the fifth episode of the Water Solutions for Our Warmer World series, Water and Infrastructure: Building for the Future, co-hosted by the UArizona Udall Center and WRRC!

The public webinar will address:
      how conversations about infrastructure in DC can affect social and environmental
    •  what role architects and engineers play in building resilient infrastructure
    •  how green infrastructure contributes to resilient water supply solutions 
    •  the latest innovations in community design that can be scaled up for broader 

Cathleen Kelly, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, will give the keynote address.

Panelists include:
   Dr. Bilal Ayyub, Professor and Director, Center for Technology and Systems
     Management, University of Maryland
   David Herd, Managing Partner, Buro Happold California
   Dr. Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Assistant Research Scientist, Udall Center for Studies in
     Public Policy & School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, UArizona

The event will be moderated by Courtney Crosson, Licensed Architect and Assistant Professor of Architecture, UArizona.

DIAG Workshop

DIAG Workshop Wednesdays - Publishing Reports Using R and R Markdown

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

October's workshop will be on creating reports using Rmarkdown and publishing them. Rmarkdowns are a great way to document your R code, and share both code and outputs with collaborators, PIs, and the general public.

Please bring a pre-existing R script with you that you'd like to turn into a report! The last part of the workshop will be a chance to use your new skills by turning your script into a shareable research product with our help. Let me know if you have any questions about the script or installation difficulties!

   1. R and RStudio installed
   2. Introductory knowledge of R
   3. R packages knitr and rmarkdown installed
   4. One of your R scripts to turn into a report

This workshop will be held Wednesday October 27, 2021 10am to noon AZ time.

Register here: https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqduioqD4uGdVTB1rzb7wdDkUXc10VyJF2

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

After the Fire

After the Fire Public Meeting
Online and In-Person Event (Seating Limited) 

WHEN: October 29, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
October 30, 9:00am – 1:00pm

WHERE: Online and In-Person (Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum, 150 N Plaza Circle, Miami, AZ 85539)
This year, the Telegraph and Mescal Fires impacted hundreds of lives and charred over 250,000 acres of land. Driven by persistent drought and exacerbated by extreme temperatures, the fires burned acres in Pinal and Gila Counties and San Carlos Apache Reservation, damaging dozens of structures and causing evacuations of multiple communities. Following containment, our record monsoon season triggered floods and debris flows that threatened property and lives.

Despite these hardships, natural disasters have a way of binding communities together, creating opportunities for collaboration toward recovery and resilience. On October 29 and 30, the public is invited online and in-person to Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum to hear from their natural resource managers and community leaders about potential short and long-term impacts on the landscape and watershed.

The Cobre Valley Watershed Partnership is hosting this event in collaboration with Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum, US Forest Service, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, and Cooperative Extension. 

Register to attend in-person
Register to attend virtually

Imagine a Day Without Water

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Video and Live Panel Discussion on the World’s Water Crisis – 12:00 to 1:00 pm webinar

The WRRC is celebrating “Imagine a Day Without Water” on Thursday, October 21, with a special webinar featuring a 19-minute video on global water issues followed by a panel of emerging leaders in water and environmental management and policy. As part of a Netflix educational series, the video, EXPLAINED: World’s Water Crisis, takes in the consequences of pollution, over-consumption, drought, and climate change on existing freshwater resources and some approaches to averting the coming crisis. It focuses attention on the value of water as essential and irreplaceable. The panel discussion will include reactions to the film and personal stories about living without easy access to water, as well as comments on how to create just and equitable solutions. The WRRC is fortunate this semester to be assisted by talented and committed staff and students. At the beginning of their careers, the individuals on this panel will provide fresh perspectives on water challenges, some that have been building up for generations.

     Mary-Belle Cruz Ayala, 2021 PhD, Arid Lands Resource Sciences, WRRC Postdoc, US-Mexico
      Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program

   •  Simone Williams, PhD candidate, Arid Land Resource Sciences, Diversity and Inclusion in Water
      Resources Initiative

   •  Nikki Tulley, PhD candidate, Soil, Water & Environmental Science and Indigenous Food, Energy
      & Water, Security & Sovereignty,  Indigenous Water Dialogues

   •  Taylor McHugh, former Peace Corp Volunteer and MA candidate, Landscape Architecture,
       WRRC Graduate Student Assistant, Water Information Outreach to Arizona Counties

More Info and to Register: https://wrrc.arizona.edu/events/special-event/imagine-day-without-water-emerging-leaders-panel

AgTech Field Demo: Automated Weeding Technologies
Date:  Thursday, October 21
Time:  7-11 AM
Location:  Yuma Agricultural Center


The Cooperative Extension, Yuma Agricultural Center and Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA) invite you to see the latest weeding technologies developed by FarmWise, Naio Technologies, K.U.L.T-Kress, Stout AgTech, Padma Robotics, AgTechLogic, and Vision Robotics demonstrated in the field at the Yuma Ag Center on Thursday, October 21. Contact Mark Siemens at siemens@cals.arizona.edu for more information.

New Extension Publication

Personal Repellents      Repelentesde mosquitos y garrapatas
Shaku Nair, Dawn H. Gouge, Shujuan (Lucy) Li, Kathleen Walker  and Pedro Andrade-Sanchez

Concise information about using personal repellents for protection against common biting pests and safety tips, in an easy-to-read trifold format with pictures.

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