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February 15, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Do you have Upcoming Seasonal Personnel Needs? 
  3. 2022 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Arizona FFA Career Development Events
  4. Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Internships
  5. Biochar Workshop and Kiln Demonstration
  6. New Extension Publications
  7. 2022 Range Livestock Workshop 
  8. Introduction to Home Canning
  9. WRRC Chocolate Fest 2022
  10. Call for Nominations

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

Have you ever heard of the Covey Time Management Matrix – that four squared diagram where the top left is Urgent and Important issues; Top right is Not Urgent but Important; Bottom left is Urgent but Not Important; and the bottom right is Not Urgent and Not Important. If you manage your time well, you’ll spend most of it addressing Important but Not Urgent tasks. This helps to lessen the number of tasks or issues that make it to the Urgent and Important square. Of course, sometimes things come out from left field and land right in the middle of Urgent and Important, at no fault of your own. Over the years, I’ve worked to recognize what is Urgent and what is Important. After 30 years, I’m still working on it. Working in Extension, we are often faced with several issues or tasks simultaneously. Take some time to think about what square the task belongs. It will pay off in the end with better efficiency and a much-improved life balance. It will also make those “out of left field” requests a lot easier to address.

Do you have Upcoming Seasonal Personnel Needs?  

UA Wildcat Corps has added a 12-week long AmeriCorps service term.  This may be the answer to your seasonal community programming and outreach needs.  These 12-week long terms can start as late as Mid-May. 

To learn more, or request an AmeriCorps UA Wildcat Corps Service Site application packet, contact Christina Lipin at clipin@arizona.edu.   

Do not delay.  The last date to be selected as a qualifying program site is March 4, 2022.  

2022 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Arizona FFA Career Development Events

On Friday, February 25th and Saturday, February 26th the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education will be hosting the annual AZ FFA Spring Conference on UArizona’s main campus, the Campus Agricultural Center, and the UArizona Vet School of Medicine in Oro Valley.  CALS has a long-standing tradition of hosting this event over two days, with an expected attendance of over 1,600 high school students from around Arizona will be participating.  Students will be on campus demonstrating their proficiency, knowledge, and skills in twenty-one agriculture-related career events and have spent hundreds of hours preparing for this event. To complement this event, CALS’ Career and Academic Service will host a college/career (recruitment) fair in the Forbes Courtyard on Saturday, February 26 from 12-2 pm.  

Special thanks and appreciation go to CALS faculty and associated academic units, as well as hundreds of students and alumni volunteers.

FFA has over 735,000 members across the US and AZ FFA has a membership of over 11, 000 secondary and post-secondary students from 80 chapters.  Though rooted in agriculture, FFA has evolved to be in sync with the changing bioeconomy.  FFA is a leading force in what has become known as the 4th Industrial Revolution.  FFA provides crucial employability and professional skills for our future workforce. 

CALS is extremely proud to partner with the AZ FFA Association and its opportunities which provide leadership in schools, communities, and future workplaces. Please welcome the BLUE and GOLD jackets to campus and commend them on their participation and success in the CDE events.

Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Internships

The Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center of Excellence is excited to announce two paid summer internship programs open to high school and college students. More information about the two programs is below and on our website

The SBAR Explorer Internship Program is a 2-week summer internship program at the University of Arizona for high school and college students. SBAR Explorer Interns will spend an immersive two weeks exploring the scientific method, analyzing actual SBAR data to pose questions and conduct research on issues facing the arid southwest. Students will attend seminars taught by University of Arizona faculty on topics including science education, plant genetics, hydrology, and soil science. Students will also collaborate with Extension Agents who are conducting SBAR research. Interns will produce a scientific poster, which will be presented at an SBAR Internship Symposium in Tucson in late July. Dates: June 13 - 24, 2022. Questions? Please contact David Shafer (dahveed@arizona.edu).

The SBAR Research Internship Program is an intensive, 6-week summer internship program for high school and college students to explore degrees and careers in agriculture and biotechnology. SBAR Research Interns will gain valuable field skills while working alongside geneticists, engineers, or other research scientists at the University of Arizona or with industry partners. Interns will produce a scientific poster about their research, which will be presented at an SBAR Internship Symposium in late July. Research Interns can be placed in Pima, Pinal, or Maricopa Counties working side-by-side with SBAR scientists around Arizona. Dates: June 13 - July 22. Questions? Please contact Natalie Brassill (nbrassill1@arizona.edu).

Interns need to have successfully completed either a year of high school chemistry and/or a year of Biotechnology (MCB 101) to be considered. Applications must be submitted by March 6, 2022! To learn more visit: https://sbar.arizona.edu/extension/youth-opportunities/sbar-internships

Biochar Workshop and Kiln Demonstration

March 09, 2022 1:00-4:00pm; March 10, 2022 9:00am-4:00pm, Arizona Time 

Please register: HERE

Online event link (workshop only)

An in-person and virtual Extension workshop about biochar, including two biochar kiln demonstrations.

Biochar Workshop and Kiln Demonstration
        March 9, 2022 1:00pm-4:00pm AZT: 
         Kiln Demonstration #1 @ Russell Gulch Landfill,  5891 E. Hope Lane, Globe, AZ 
         Presenter: Darren McAvoy, Extension Assistant Professor of Forestry, Utah State University

       • March 10, 2022 9:00am-12:00pm AZT: 
         Biochar Workshop @ Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum, 150 N Plaza Circle, Miami, AZ  
         Presenter: Dr Rivka Fidel, Assistant Professor of Practice, Environmental Science, UA 
         Presenter: Darren McAvoy, Extension Assistant Professor of Forestry, Utah State University
         Moderator: Chris Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension

       • March 10, 2022 1:15pm-4:00pm AZT: 
         Kiln Demonstration #2 @ Russell Gulch Landfill,  5891 E. Hope Lane, Globe, AZ 
         Presenter: Darren McAvoy, Extension Assistant Professor of Forestry, Utah State University

Raise awareness about biochar ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration; forest management and wildfire/WUI risk.

Demonstrate biochar production using a flame-cap kiln.

Collect and refine stakeholder input on barriers and opportunities to develop biochar as an economically viable product.

New Extension Publications

Knowing What is Normal for Your Horse
Elizabeth A. Greene and Sara L. Mastellar

Early recognition of an illness or problem with your horse is easier to catch if you are familiar with what is normal for your horse. If your horse is usually a voracious eater and suddenly shows less interest in their feed, this can be a first sign that something isn’t right. Many changes in health status can be identified simply by observing your horse in his or her environment. Vital signs can be evaluated to provide indications of the type of illness or health challenges your horse may be experiencing. This article presents methods to help you make observations of your horse’s behavior and determine what is normal or abnormal and how to take and evaluate vital signs.

Horse Disease: Strangles
Elizabeth A. Greene

2022 Range Livestock Workshop 

We’re back in-person! 

This one-day workshop includes presentations by UArizona Cooperative Extension Specialists and Agents as well as the Arizona Department of Agriculture.  Presentations will be focused on Arizona livestock production including beef cattle, range management, and small ruminants.  Pick the location that works best for you. 

March 8
Willcox Livestock Auction
1020 N Haskell Ave.
Willcox, Arizona 85643 

March 9
Gila County Fairgrounds
1400 E. Ash St.
Globe, Arizona 86025 

March 10
Navajo County Fair Grounds
404 E. Hopi Drive
Holbrook, Arizona 86025 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm at each location 

$25 per person (includes lunch) 
Register by March 2 to guarantee lunch 
Visit our event page to register and view the full schedule: 

Please share with anyone that may be interested in attending.

For questions or more information contact Debbie Reed dlreed@arizona.edu or 520-626-7107.

Introduction to Home Canning

Join us for this virtual, two-part lunch and learn series reviewing canning basics and safe home-canning practices. Participants will learn about appropriate canning methods for different food items proper packing, head space, altitude adjustments, processing times and more. The presenters will also discuss how and when to use both boiling water bath and pressure canners to preserve foods at home. 

March 1, 2022 and
March 3, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom, Registration is required   
Persons with a disability may request reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language
interpreter, by contacting Lydia Watts at 928-445-6590 x221. Requests should be made as early
as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

WRRC Chocolate Fest 2022

Please join us from 4:00 to 5:00 pm MST on Wednesday, February 16 for the WRRC’s Annual Chocolate Fest! This two-part virtual program of celebration will include announcement of our 2021 Annual Photo Contest winners! Following a slide show of the winning images, we will make a chocolaty toast to our Director, Sharon B. Megdal, who on Valentine’s Day (Arizona Statehood Day!) celebrates 20 years at the WRRC. Raise high a divine chocolate delectation as we acknowledge her time at the Water Center and, of course, hear a few comments on chocolate (not water!). So, bake, concoct, purchase, or brew your favorite treat and spend an hour with new and old friends at this annual WRRC event. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Register Today

Call for Nominations

Each year we recognize our faculty, staff and strong contributors to Cooperative Extension with the Extension Faculty of the Year Award, the Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award, and the Extensionist of the Year Award. 

The Cooperative Extension Faculty of the Year award recipient will receive $1,000 and an award.  Click here for Extension Faculty of the Year Award criteria and nomination instructions. Submission deadline – February 16, 2022

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 16, 2022

The Extensionist of the Year award recognizes and honors a resident of the State of Arizona who has demonstrated extraordinary contributions, through UACE, to improving the lives of people in their community and state.  The award will be presented at an appropriate division-wide event.  Letters of nomination from UACE or non-UACE faculty and staff and/or peers should focus on the following criteria:  1) the nature and extent of the contribution provided by the individual (35%), 2) how this contribution has benefitted people in the community (15%) and the state (15%), 3) leadership qualities (25%), and 4) support for UACE (10%).
Submission deadline – February 16, 2022

All awards will be presented at an appropriate Extension or ALVSCE event.  Please read the criteria carefully, submitting only the materials noted.  Submit your nominations and support letters to gallardk@arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520-621-7145).

TEN Submittal Process

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

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