Edition Topics

February 14, 2023

  1. Introducing Brad and Ben to the Extension Marketing Team
  2. Arizona Cooperative Extension Statewide Needs Assessment- Products update
  3. From the Ground Up: Technologies to Enhance Soil Health
  4. Arizona Climate: Past, Present, and Future
  5. Diabetes Prevention Program
  6. Call for Nominations - Shirley O’Brien Diversity and Inclusion Awards 
  7. New Extension Publication

Introducing Brad and Ben to the Extension Marketing Team

Hello Extension! My name is Ben Downer, and I just moved into the role of Marketing Manager for Extension. Working in Gila County has informed what I see as outreach priorities, but I really want to hear from each of you about how I can best support your work. Please reach out to me at bdowner@arizona.edu or call my cell (616-502-8662) and we can set up a time to chat. Looking forward to working with everyone and telling the story of Extension!

My name is Brad Poole. As the new content developer working with Ben Downer on the Cooperative Extension Marketing/Communications team, I’ll be traversing the state, writing and shooting photos to amplify the good work you are all doing in the field. I’ve been a journalist in Arizona for most of the past 30 years, so I know Arizona well, but I’m new to the university and Cooperative Extension. Reach out if you have potential stories, examples of ways your work builds community or helps Arizonans. My email is bradpoole@arizona.edu, cell phone (520) 245-8425.  

Arizona Cooperative Extension Statewide Needs Assessment- Products update

The CRED team have been analyzing the needs assessment survey data and creating different products to serve internal and external informational needs. Now available in the Cooperative Extension Needs Assessment Box folder (under "Products"- contact your county's Extension Director or CRED if you do not have access to this folder): 

      Statewide report, including statewide results and in-depth demographics comparing survey
       respondents with the general population of Arizona

   •  County one-pagers summarizing the number of respondents and the priority needs identified in
      each county. These are currently being translated into Spanish as well.

   •  Full county reports, including additional results for all items within each topical area and survey
      respondent demographics. These will be paired with county-based secondary data profiles with a
      comprehensive selection of indicators describing the population, economics, health, education,
      agriculture, and natural environment in each county.

Finally, over the next several months, CRED will be creating interactive dashboards that will enable users to look at the results by different filters including sociodemographics, knowledge of and experience with Extension, and how much respondents said they knew about content areas. Please get in touch with CRED@arizona.edu if you have questions about these products, and continue to check the needs assessment website for further updates!

From the Ground Up: Technologies to Enhance Soil Health

Single-day workshops date and locations
     March 8: Phoenix
     March 9: Flagstaff
March 10: Tucson
March 13: Safford

Arizona Climate: Past, Present, and Future

Despite its notoriety as a dusty and dry place, Arizona possesses an exceptional diversity in landscapes and vegetation.  Its dramatic topographic features and geographic position bring a range of temperatures and precipitation equivalent to the range experienced between Mexico and Canada.  Topographic features create steep gradients in temperature and precipitation that support ecological community types from mixed conifer at high elevations to desert scrub at lowest elevations. Two 'wet' seasons can bring precipitation in torrential downpours (summer monsoon) or light snow showers (winter storms) with major implications on how and where water important to plants is stored in the soil. Longer-term cycles in Pacific Ocean temperatures can impact storm tracks across Arizona, bringing multi-year wet periods and long-term droughts. Major changes in the global climate system have been observed in recent decades that have directly impacted Arizona’s complex climate. This presentation will explore historical patterns and mechanisms driving climate variability across Arizona and how they may be impacted in a changing climate, including a look at climate projections for the region. 

Registration Link
Wednesday, February 15 @ 6:00 PM

Diabetes Prevention Information Session

Learn more about diabetes and how to lower your risk of developing type two diabetes. Attend a 1-hour information session to learn more about the free 12-month program.

Feb 15, 2023 12:00 PM
Feb 22, 2023 12:00 PM

 Meeting Registration

Call for Nominations - Shirley O’Brien Diversity and Inclusion Awards 

The ALVSCE DEI Council is now accepting nominations for the Shirley O’Brien Diversity & Inclusion Awards. The Legacy D&I Champion award is for an individual that has demonstrated exemplary leadership for at least five years. The Emerging D&I Champion award is for an individual that has shown exemplary leadership by initiating a new program or effort in the past 4 years or less. All faculty and staff in ALVSCE are eligible for nomination.  

Nominations are due by noon on April 24th, 2023. Please click here to access the application https://uarizona.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d7mIIng0c7eNVAy  

New Extension Publication

Anita B. Thompson

Insight into the seed industry in Arizona can be confusing for new seed farmers and companies entering the business of seed production. Seeds can be grown in Arizona for fruit and vegetable production, forage for livestock, food or non-food products, and land restoration purposes. The Seed Trade Association of Arizona (STAA) stated “Arizona produces millions of dollars’ worth of seed that is distributed throughout the world.” Unfortunately, there is no readily available data as to the impact the Arizona seed industry has on state and local economies and how much seed is grown in the state specifically for consumer use.

TEN Submittal Process

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

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