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March 22, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Join the Fight Against Hunger 2022 Food Drive
  3. March-April 2022 Pima County Cooperative Extension Round-Up Newsletter
  4. Discovery Fridays
  5. DIAG Workshop Wednesdays - Publishing Research as Reports with R Markdown
  6. Virtual information session on Diabetes Prevention Program
  7. UA Drone Day March 23, 2022
  8. 44th Annual UT/AZ Range Livestock Workshop & Tour
  9. New Extension Publications

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

I had a great conversation with some colleagues at other Land Grant Universities who are grappling with changing demographics and trying to discover ways Extension can address emerging issues that don’t necessarily fall into one of the three major program areas of 4-H, ANR, or FCHS. My answer was stop trying to fit them into a category. Extension needs to address issues, not programs. We need to stop worrying about how a program will be reported and start looking at how best to address a problem. Over the years, I’ve seen some very “non-traditional” Extension professionals come together and accomplish much. I encourage everyone to take some time to know their co-workers better and learn what skills are in your office or department. In many cases, the answer you are looking for is across the hall, or maybe in the office next door, or in the next county. I’m betting you will be surprised by the expertise that surrounds you.

Join the Fight Against Hunger 2022 Food Drive

UA 4 Food is an annual drive to fight hunger and food insecurity throughout southern Arizona. There are canned food donation Boxes in Forbes on the 4th floor and 2nd floor and in Marley on the 6th floor and ground level. Canned food donations are being accepted through 4/13 when they will have a Staff the Cat Tran event outside the Main Library on the west side along Cherry. https://uacares.arizona.edu/ua4food

Pima County Cooperative Extension Round-Up Newsletter

The PCCE Round-Up e-newsletter 

The March-April 2022 Pima County Cooperative Extension e-newsletter is out! This month we have articles on our Sustainable Landscapes Expo, our upcoming Pima County Fair, National Nutrition Month, 4-H Tucson Village Farm summer camps, and the Master Gardener Spring Plant sale on Saturday, April 2nd! Stay tuned to be part of the exciting events we are pleased to present to the community. You can sign up for the bi-monthly Round-Up or for other PCCE mailing lists Here.  

Discovery Fridays

Developing Regional Partnerships: Science, Conservation and Culture
University of Arizona
Santa Rita Experimental Range 

 March 25, 2022, 10:00AM

Pima County and The Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan
The Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan has a familiar ring throughout Pima County, but what is going on with it now and what is Pima County doing to implement it?  Over the past 20 years, Pima County has acquired vast tracts of land with sensitive plant and animal species, cultural resources, and multiple uses.  Please join Pima County staff members as they present their hard work putting the biological, ranch conservation and cultural resources elements of the Plan into action on these working landscapes. Speakers will include Vanessa Prileson, Ian Murray, Courtney Rose, and Kelsey Landreville from the departments of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation and the Office of Sustainability and Conservation.

Please use the link below to register for the free webinar:
Registering once with your name and email will send the links and reminders to the four lectures.

DIAG Workshop Wednesdays - Publishing Research as Reports with 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.

March’s workshop will be on creating reports for your research code and text using R Markdown and publishing them. This is a great way to document and share both code and outputs with collaborators, PIs, and the general public.

This workshop is BYOC (Bring Your Own Code)! Please bring a pre-existing R script with you that you can 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!

- R and RStudio installed
- Introductory knowledge of R
- R package rmarkdown installed
- One of your R scripts to turn into a report

This workshop will be held Wednesday March 30, 2022 at 11am to 1pm AZ time.

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!

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.

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.

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

New Extension Publications

The concept of “Zone Management” in US agriculture emerged in the early 2000’s; it derived from the paradigm shift towards site-specific management of production inputs. The technological driver that fueled this change was the introduction of satellite-based global positioning systems (GPS) of sub-meter precision. Since then, Precision Agriculture (PA) has evolved as an academic discipline to study the relationships between digital technology, its user interface, and the characteristics of the farming system where it is intended to be implemented. Moreover, PA is an intensively practical and applied discipline, embraced by a large segment of practitioners and service providers in the US agricultural community and abroad.

Pecans Move to the West and Their Health Benefits
Ashley L. Dixon-Kleibe and Joshua Sherman

Human consumption of pecans and their nutritional components that provide physical health benefits have gained more interest and increased research in recent years. The nutritional components that lend themselves to health benefit through human consumption develop within the pecan kernel and are ultimately determined by proper management of growth, development, and cultivation of the individual pecan trees. Arizona ranks 4th in the United States in total pecan yield produced, and 2nd in total yield produced per acre. This publication is one of a multi-publication series, covering an introduction of pecans to Arizona, and an overview of the nutrition the pecan provides to the human body.

TEN Submittal Process

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

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