September 25, 2018

Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Q & A with Dr. Silvertooth 
  3. Ag/NR In-Service
  4. You Asked... We Answered
  5. 2018 Sports Nutrition Conference
  6. The Garden Kitchen 6th Annual Desert Food Festival
  7. Upper Gila Watershed Forum
  8. The Backpack Project
  9. Student Research Opportunity
  10. The Garden Kitchen - Fit First Saturday
Jeff Silvertooth

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

For a population living in the desert, understanding our water supply is important. Arizona currently has a population of ~ 7.12M with ~ 40% of the total fresh water supporting the state coming from the main stem of the Colorado River, ~ 40% from groundwater, and ~ 20% from other surface water sources.

Next Sunday, 30 September 2018 will mark 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Colorado River Basin Project Act, authorizing construction of the Central Arizona Project (CAP).  This is significant considering the critical role CAP now plays in providing  water to approximately 80% of the state’s population.

A total of 2.8M acre-feet* of water is allocated from the Colorado River to Arizona annually.   The CAP transfers Colorado River water into central and southern Arizona through an aqueduct, 336 miles in length, that begins in the Bill Williams Wildlife Refuge and the southern part of Lake Havasu near Parker.  The endpoint of the CAP is south of Tucson at an elevation 2,800 feet higher than the diversion point at Lake Havasu.

  *An acre-foot of water equals 325,851 gallons

Live Q&A Webinar

Tune into today's Live Q & A webinar!

Dr. Jeff Silvertooth addresses Extension issues & answers questions. TODAY: Tuesday, September 25, 1:30pm-2:30pm at your computer.

Register for the event by clicking: HERE
Pre-submit your questions: HERE

Register Now for Extension Ag/Nr In-Service Training

Registration is now open for the Ag/NR In-Service Training scheduled for October 31st at the Maricopa Agricultural Center.  This one-day program runs from 830am to 330pm and features updates by Ag/NR Faculty on the following subjects:

-Natural Resources Law and Policy Center

-Irrigation Management of Landscape Trees



-Extension Dairy Forage Initiative

-2018 e Coli Outbreak

-Forest Restoration and Forest Products in Northern Arizona

Included in the program will be a fall update from Extension Administration.  All Ag/NR Faculty are encouraged and expected to attend.

For registration  and agenda information.

You Asked….We Answered

Need help ordering business cards?  Need new Cooperative Extension E-letterhead?  How about a template for a flyer?

Head to the Cooperative Extension Marketing Resources page.

Have other marketing-resource needs?

Check out the link above, where you can also find social media “tips & tricks”, postcard templates, and other tips and  resources, as well.

(***Remember:  You’ll need your “net id” to “log in”.****)

2018 Sports Nutrition Conference

The University of Arizona Department of Nutritional Sciences, in partnership with Cooperative Extension, Arizona Athletics, and the Arizona Student Unions, presents the 2018 Sports Nutrition Conference: Fueling Practice & Play on Friday, October 12, 2018.

This year's conference is designed for healthcare providers - including registered dietitians and nutrition professionals, cooperative extension faculty, strength conditioning coaches, professional trainers, tactical strength and conditioning professionals, and physical activity researchers and educators - as well as club sport, high school, and collegiate coaches, athletes, and trainers with an interest in sports nutrition. The program will provide practical sports nutrition tips and easy-to-understand reviews of current evidence-based sports and fitness nutrition practices.

Conference registration is $150 for professionals and $75 for students*. Register early for your first choice of breakout sessions - they're filling up fast!

Register now
*Contact Theresa Spicer  520-621-7123 for student codes.

The Garden Kitchen 6th Annual Desert Food Festival

The Garden Kitchen will be hosting their 6th Annual Desert Foods Festival, a Free celebration of our local food system! Join us Saturday, November 3rd, from 10am to 2pm for food demonstrations and tastings that feature wild and cultivated foods native to the Southwest.   We’ll show you how to create delicious, healthy meals using ingredients such as cholla buds, tepary beans, nopales, mesquite flour, and prickly pear fruit! Community partners will feature a variety of activities and information on native foods and other great Tucson community resources. Create sugar garden skulls with the Pima Seed library, and participate in other informative and fun garden activities such as plant-a Seed with a chance to win great gardening prizes! Salsa with Ritmos Latinos dance club, dance with the AZ Swing CATs, and let the kids have some fun at our physical activity station. Stop in for a day of food, fun, and healthy activities at The Garden Kitchen.  

Upper Gila Watershed Forum

The Upper Gila Watershed Forum will be postponed until January of 2019.  More news to come soon! Questions should be addressed to Clara Gauna at the Gila Watershed Partnership -

The Backpack Project

FrancesMcClelland Institute is proud to be a donation site for the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's The Backpack Project! Between now and October 15th, drop off a gently used or brand new backpack at the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families!

What is The Backpack Project?
The Backpack Project is an art installation and a massive donation drive to raise awareness about the over 21,000 Opportunity Youth in Pima County.
What is the goal?
Our goal is to collect 21,000 backpacks that we will display in an art installation on October 31st on the UA campus. All backpacks we collect will be donated to youth in need.
Please spread the word about The Backpack Project and help us meet our goal of collecting 21,000 backpacks for Opportunity Youth in Southern Arizona! To learn more about the Backpack Project visit The Backpack Project website here  and the video call to action

Student Research Support Opportunity

The University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center invites proposals for student research projects that address water-related issues of importance to Arizona and the Southwest. The WRRC expects to award two to four grants of up to $10,000. Projects requesting less than $10,000 are encouraged.

Proposal guidelines are available on the WRRC website:

The Garden Kitchen - Fit First Saturday

Let's come together once a month as a community to support one another in living a healthy and more well-balanced lifestyle. Take advantage of our FREE monthly fitness, cooking, and gardening classes. Zumba, spookilicious recipes and edible foods of the desert.  October 6, 2018 - Fit First Saturday Class Line-up.

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