August 31, 2021

Edition Topics

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. AZ Vegetation Management Newsletter
  3. Drought & Extreme Heat: Plant responses and landscape maintenance practices webinar
  4. Introduction to Home Canning
  5. FMI Turbeville Speaker Series 9/17
  6. Wildcat Corps Accepting AmeriCorps Applications
  7. ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series
  8. New Extension Publications
  9. Cooperative Extension Marketing "Office" Hours


Message from the Interim Director of Extension

 Once in a great while, I actually get my “Message from the Interim Director” done before Tuesday noon.  This is one of those rare occasions.  Last week I had the privilege of meeting with the faculty and staff in Santa Cruz County.  I was so impressed by the dedication and caring of our colleagues in the Nogales office.  The Santa Cruz office has accomplished so much, and all of them are still looking for opportunities to expand, increase participation, increase funding, etc.  The FCHS program there is vibrant and looks for new and innovative ways to help people in the communities of Santa Cruz succeed.  Their 4-H program is growing; their FRC program is growing; their agricultural program is growing; their Extension programs are growing.  And it is all due to the people in the office, each and every one.  Their success stories with parents, youth, and clientele reminded me why we do, what we do, and how Extension is unique.  I want to thank everyone in Nogales for their kind words, warm reception, and sharing their success stories.

AZ Vegetation Management Newsletter

September Announcement
Leverage the moisture that the monsoon has provided by deploying inexpensive structures that capture nutrients and seed from moving water and protect growing seedlings from herbivores. This can involve the strategic placement of branch piles or rocks. These structures can also provide excellent habitat for wildlife!

Drought & Extreme Heat: Plant responses and landscape maintenance practices webinar

September 02, 2021 11:00am to 12:00pm

Featured Speaker: Dr. Ursula Schuch is a University of Arizona Extension Specialist and Professor with responsibility in environmental horticulture. She presents seminars for professionals in the green industry and conducts research to address relevant issues in horticulture production practices and landscape management. Her current research projects include irrigation requirements of shrubs, witches broom on blue palo verde, and pomegranate cultivars for Arizona.

Webinar Overview: Drought and heat conditions are becoming more common in the southwestern United States. Although many plants are adapted to dry conditions, prolonged drought and varying degrees of severity may cause irreversible damage or mortality to plants, including our native vegetation. This presentation covers how plants respond to heat and drought and how to irrigate trees and other large woody plants during extreme conditions to keep them healthy.

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Cost: Free 
Registration: Not required 

Introduction to Home Canning

The University of Arizona Yavapai County Cooperative Extension Offers
Introduction to Home Canning

This session will review canning basics and safe home-canning practices for fruits, vegetables, proteins, jellied products and pickles. Participants will learn about appropriate canning methods for different food items, proper packing, head space, altitude adjustments, processing times and more. This session will also cover how and when to use both water bath and pressure canners to preserve foods at home.

September 16, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Zoom, Registration is required:
Number of participants is limited to 75

FMI Turbeville Speaker Series 9/17

Join the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families on Friday, September 17, 2021, from 1:15 PM -2:30 PM as Dr. Caroline Black, Professor of Early Childhood Education at Northern Arizona University, presents her research titled, "Direct and Indirect Effects of Supportive Coparenting Relationships on Children’s Social and Behavioral Development: Does Coparenting Matter More for Children of Teenage Parents than Adult Parents?"

Abstract: Although research suggests that supportive coparenting relationships promote children’s positive development, we know very little about processes that explain these associations and for whom supportive coparenting relationships matter most. The goal of this study is to examine whether warm-stimulating parenting explains the association between supportive coparenting relationships and child social and behavioral outcomes and if these effects differ by parental age. We used maternal and paternal data from Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study (N= 3,420) and structural equation modeling to test for direct and indirect effects of supportive coparenting on children’s developmental outcomes and moderation analyses to test whether effects differ by parental age. Findings suggest that supportive coparenting relationships relate differently to children’s developmental outcomes based on maternal and paternal age. For children of adult and teenage mothers, warm-stimulating parenting fully explained the association between supportive coparenting relationships and child prosocial behaviors, while this association did not hold for adult or teenage fathers. Paternal age moderated the direct association between supportive coparenting and child prosocial behaviors, with children of teenage fathers benefiting more than children of adult fathers. Finally, warm-stimulating parenting mediated the association between supportive coparenting and child problem behaviors for adult mothers and fathers, while supportive coparenting relationships directly related to lower levels of child problem behaviors for teenage mothers and fathers. Programs supporting young mothers and fathers may benefit by targeting supportive coparenting relationships as a means to promote positive child development and responsive parenting behaviors.

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Wildcat Corps Accepting AmeriCorps Applications

UA Wildcat Corps is accepting applications for service positions starting this Fall. Across the state, 29 programs are recruiting 74 AmeriCorps Members to make a community impact in focus areas that range from environmental support services to positive youth development.  

Terms of service are part-time and range from a 300-hr to 900-hr slot commitment. Benefits are based on the slot size and include a living allowance ($8,775 to $2,925) and an educational award upon successful completion of the term ($3,172 to $1,342).  To see a list of positions in Arizona type “UACE”  in the Program Name section at My AmeriCorps Search Portal.    

For more information about UA Wildcat Corps, email

ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

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

Intersectional Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM
Thursday, Sept. 23rd | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | ZOOM Only

Intersectional perspectives and approaches are critical for understanding the way in which issues of diversity and inclusion shape diverse student experiences and outcomes in higher education.  In this presentation, I will discuss recent efforts to use an intersectional approach to understand disparities in STEM student outcomes at the University of Arizona and how our findings can be used to inform diversity and inclusion efforts.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Jill Williams is an Associate Research Professor in the Southwest Institute for Research on Women and serves as the Director of the Women in Science and Engineering Program at the University of Arizona.  She holds a doctoral degree in Human Geography from Clark University and Master’s in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Cincinnati. As a feminist social scientist and program developer, she engages in research and practice aimed at understanding inequitable social systems and working to address them.

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!


New Extension Publications

4-H Project Essentials Livestock Fact Sheets Large Stock Vol.1
Joshua Farella, Joshua Moore, Juan Arias, Renee Carstens and Ashley Jeffers-Samples

Beef, Market Goat, Horse, Market Sheep, Swine

The goal of the “Project Essentials” sheets is to provide a basic resource for new 4-H members and parents to get started in a livestock project. Livestock projects can be challenging and it is the goal of these tip sheets to provide first steps and basic knowledge on your project’s needs. The following information should be utilized by families to foster a youth’s ‘learning to learn’ skills. There are several key livestock boarding and feeding requirements discussed, in addition to cost estimates for each type of animal. You will also see an “additional resources” and “local resources” section. The additional resources are links to examples within a greater body of resource material – again this is not a complete resource, but a starting point. The local resources section is very important – getting involved in your local community will provide a 4H member with a rich body of knowledge and experience. 4-H Livestock Projects provide a great opportunity for young people to interact with peers and caring adults.
Joshua Farella, Joshua Moore and Juan Arias

This tool is designed to do three things: (1) provide an overview for youth development professionals to better understand Indigenous groups in their area, (2) provide some basic resources for program evaluation with tribal communities, and (3) provide a site/program level assessment tool to critique the cultural inclusiveness and relevance of programming initiatives. Our goal here is to highlight important themes of identity that should be incorporated to make our PYD work meaningful to all stakeholders.

Cooperative Extension Marketing "Office" Hours

Have a question about branding, marketing, social media posting? Stop by Cooperative Extension Marketing “Office” Hours with Marketing Manager, Jess Dorsey. She will hold “Office” Hours weekly Tuesdays from 11am – 12pm.

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