Edition Topics

June 21, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Pinal County's 2021 Annual Report
  3. WRRC 2021 Annual Report
  4. 28th Annual Southwestern Noxious, Invasive Plant Short Course
  5. Registration Now Open for the 2022 WRRC Annual Conference July 12-14
  6. CCT Data Science Workshop Wednesdays - Principles of Tidy Data & Data Management
  7. Tip of the Week
  8. New Extension Publications

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

Today is the official start of the summer, and sitting in my office in Tucson, I see clouds with a good chance of rain. Undoubtedly, water is a critical issue facing all of Arizona. Although these rain clouds are a welcome sight, I think we all know the summer monsoon will, in all likelihood, not be enough to get us out of our current drought. Across the state, Arizonans are dealing with the challenges of limited water availability and the impact the drought is having on our natural resources, not to mention the plants around our homes and throughout our communities. Extension is extensively involved in helping provide educational opportunities and information concerning the current drought. Websites like CLIMAS (Climate Assessment for the Southwest - https://climas.arizona.edu/sw-climate/drought/az-drought-monitoring) provide the latest information on the drought in Arizona and the region. Our county Master Gardeners can assist in identifying plants that are experiencing stress due to long-term water stress. Next month, the Water Resources Research Center is hosting its Annual Conference. This year’s theme is “Arizona’s Agricultural Outlook: Water, Climate, and Sustainability.” Registration is still available at https://wrrc.arizona.edu/conference/2022. These are just a few of our programs addressing the water shortage issue. If you are looking for information on what is locally available, contact your local County Extension office or visit https://extension.arizona.edu/

Pinal County's 2021 Annual Report

Pinal County’s 2021 Annual Report can be found here 

Contact Cathy Martinez if you have any questions.

WRRC 2021 Annual Report Released

The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center is pleased to announce the publication of its 2021 Annual Report. The report highlights how the WRRC has continued to fulfill its mission, finding opportunities for greater engagement, outreach, research, and connection. It focuses on our efforts to foster understanding of and solutions for real-world water resource issues. As Arizona and the region face unprecedented water challenges, our programs, publications, and events are a trusted source for water information. Report appendices contain details on specific activities and progress toward strategic goals. Our two-page 2021 Highlights summarizes the nature and reach of our projects and programs and includes the WRRC 2021 financial summary.

The  2021 Annual Report and 2021 Highlights are available on our website along with past reports.

28th Annual Southwestern Noxious, Invasive Plant Short Course

--- is being held face-to-face this year -- July 19, 20, and 21, 2022!!

This year (2022), we are pleased to be able to offer the course face-to-face in Farmington, NM at the San Juan College's (SJC) Henderson Fine Arts Center in Rooms 9008 and 9010. Although we do not have a crystal ball, the SJC currently has no COVID restrictions. We encourage you to consult the latest CDC guidelines. We hope to offer the short course face-to-face in its entirety, including the popular field trip from Farmington, NM to Durango, CO (see draft agenda on the registration site -- NOTE that all times are Mountain Time!!). Your $400 registration fee will cover: 1) lunches and breaks on Tuesday and Wednesday (and one break on Thursday), 2) a round-trip field trip from Farmington, NM to Durango, CO, and 3) access to Powerpoint presentations given during the 3-day event. Your instructors will include local, regional, and national experts (see draft agenda on the registration site -- NOTE that all times are Mountain Time!!).  We are in the process of requesting CEUs from the Arizona and New Mexico Departments of Agriculture.

Important notes: 
1. It is essential that you register and pay for the short course ASAP. This is because we must adhere to a registration cap of 80 participants for this face-to-face event -- once this number of participants has been achieved, all registration for the short course will be closed.   We don't want to see anyone get shut out, especially since we have not been able to do this event face-to-face for the past two years. We encourage you to register early!

2. As of 6/13/22, the SJC had no Covid restrictions, such as masking or social distancing. Again, we encourage you to consult the latest CDC guidelines. Should the SJC change its policy to increase COVID restrictions, our backup plan will be to offer the short course virtually during the same week and same general time frame (i.e., July 19-21, 2022). If this were to happen, your registration fee would only be $60, meaning you would receive a $340 credit if you previously paid to attend the face-to-face event. We hope none of this will happen but wanted you to be aware of our contingency plan.

The registration fee (until 7/11/22) for this year's event is $400 ($200 for students -- 5 student slots available). You must register and pay for the event by 7/11/22 to receive the early bird fee. The registration fee will increase to $450 after 5pm on 7/11/22.

Credit card payments are the most efficient way to register and quickly reserve your seat. If you are paying with a P.O. or a check, it must arrive in our office on or before July 15, 2022 to receive the early registration rate of $400. If paying by check or P.O., please make your check or P.O. payable to "THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA" (TIN #74‐2652689) and write in the check memo "Noxious Weed Short Course." Send check or P.O. payments to The School of Natural Resources and the Environment (Attn: Yessica), The University of Arizona, ENR2 – Room N326, 1064 E. Lowell Street, Tucson, AZ 85721. If you have questions about registering and paying for this event, please contact Yessica Garate at ygarate@arizona.edu or 520-621-4189. Your seat is not reserved until we have received your full payment; credit card preferred.

To view the DRAFT agenda and to read more about the short course, please click on this link:
  28th Annual Southwestern Noxious, Invasive Plant Short Course

Arizona’s Agricultural Outlook – Registration Open for WRRC 2022 Annual Conference

Register today for the WRRC 2022 Annual Conference, Arizona’s Agricultural Outlook: Water, Climate, and Sustainability, taking place July 12-14. Thanks to our generous sponsors, registration is only $60 ($25 for students) for July 12, the in-person day, and is FREE for both the July 12 livestream and July 13–14 interactive virtual programming. The agenda reflects the diversity of Arizona agriculture, including large-scale irrigated operations, specialty agriculture, ranching and dairy farming, Tribal farms, and traditional practices. The program will highlight innovations, sustainable practices, the impacts of drought and climate change, and the conditions that shape agricultural activities.

Register Here
Become a Conference Sponsor!

CCT Data Science Workshop Wednesdays - Principles of Tidy Data & Data Management

Hi all! 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.

If you've ever struggled with cleaning or formatting data, either your own or others, of any size and complexity, then March's workshop is for you! We'll go over some basics for how to think about how to rearrange and use your data, including creating a useful checklist for any dataset. We'll also have plenty of time for one-on-one troubleshooting of specific datasets, so bring whatever you're working on with you.

There are no prerequisites besides bringing your own data!

This workshop will be held Wednesday June 29, 2022 from 11am to 1pm AZ time.

Register here: https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkd-uoqj0oH9FPnVZws-6ziybvI9Vc_5Pr

If you have questions, feel free to email Kristina Riemer 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!

Tip of the Week

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New Extension Publications

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