April 6, 2021
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Horticulture Agent - Pinal County
  3. Mohave County 4-H Assistant/Associate Agent Candidate Seminars
  4. 4-H Associate in Extension Candidate Seminars
  5. Climate Change Education: A Cross-cutting Issue in Natural Resource Extension Programing
  6. National Service Recognition Day - April 6 
  7. Happy Arizona Gives Day from the Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation!
  8. The 7th Arizona Alfalfa and Forage Crops Workshop
  9. More on How to Water Your Garden Webinar
  10. Sustainable Southwest Beef - Precision Ranching Technologies
  11. MANRRS: Reclaiming Our Time, Territory, and Triumph 

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

During the 2020 and 2021 Arizona legislative sessions, the University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension System (CES) has had the opportunity to respond to requests from legislative elements in the development of several pieces of legislation.  This is important for several reasons, including the demonstration of understanding the value of the CES in the land-grant university mission and, very importantly, it has illustrated a trust in this organization by legislative groups.

This level of trust is a credit to the CES organization, and it is based on our relationships with people in the communities across the state where we work, including legislative members.  In the CES, we know that trust is valuable, and it is not always easily gained.  Quite often in Extension work, trust is gained in some communities after a long track record of good work and follow-through.  That same trust can be lost very quickly and very easily.

Trust can be realized as an organization, but it really comes down to individual relationships. To truly trust another person, there needs to be a two-way agreement or understanding based on a promise, which is often implicit, and based on character, capability, and follow-through.

There is no doubt about it, we must say what we mean and do what we say; there can be no daylight between the two.  This is very true in relation to program delivery in the business of Cooperative Extension.

We appreciate your continued vigilance and cooperation with the CES phase transition process.  For reference to the status of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Phased Operational Plan and brief phase management descriptions, please refer to the following link:      

Horticulture Agent - Pinal County

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension invites applicants for a Horticulture Assistant/Associate Agent position for Pinal County Cooperative Extension. The position will develop and deliver educational information, structured programs, and technical support to the consumer/commercial horticulture sectors and urban food systems in Pinal County, Arizona.
Minimum qualifications for the position include a Master’s degree in horticulture or related scientific discipline.

Find the posting online at https://talent.arizona.edu/, choose appropriate selection from dropdown menu at top right of screen then search req4703.

Mohave County 4-H Assistant/Associate Agent Candidate Seminars

The Search and Screen Committee for the Mohave County 4-H Assistant/Associate Agent position invites you to candidate seminars. The person in this position will be required to develop and implement positive youth development programming and is 100% responsible for 4-H Youth Program management. This position will provide leadership to grow a large, multi-layer, and complex volunteer organization that delivers high-quality youth development programming through a wide variety of content areas. The position will be responsible for the recruitment, certification, training, development, and discipline of 4-H Volunteer Leaders.

All Cooperative Extension faculty and staff are invited to participate, especially those who currently conduct or aspire to offer youth programming. 

Candidate Seminars are:

Doug Reed, Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:00 am (https://arizona.zoom.us/j/86146462644 Passcode: MCCE4H)

Sam Minch, Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:00 am (https://arizona.zoom.us/j/87242816225 Passcode: MCCE4H)

Evaluation forms for candidates can be found at: https://uarizona.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_08udtt6oO0T5FLU 

Evaluations will be due by COB Monday April 19, 2021.

4-H Associate in Extension Candidate Seminars

The Search and Screen committee for the new state 4-H office position Associate in Extension, 4-H Curriculum Development (https://arizona.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/4273?c=arizona) invites you to view the candidate Seminar recordings. The position is a strategically important role for the Arizona 4-H Youth Development program. This role will liaise with Cooperative Extension Specialists, and faculty across the University to ensure 4-H volunteers and youth have the curricula resources necessary to ensure 4-H youth turn sparks into thriving in all of Arizona 4-H’s great eight pathways to participation. All Cooperative Extension faculty and staff are invited to participate, especially those who currently conduct or aspire to offer youth programming. This position has been made possible by generous donors to the Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation. Candidate seminars are:

Recordings can be found:
Laura Robertson's Seminar and feedback form

Climate Change Education: A Cross-cutting Issue in Natural Resource Extension Programing

Please join us for our ninth and final RREA webinar, Climate Change Education: A Cross-cutting Issue in Natural Resource Extension Programing

April 29th at 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time.


The Renewable Resources Extension Act provides a framework and funding for Extension Programing that promotes healthy and productive forest and rangeland ecosystems.  Yet, a rapidly changing global climate has created uncertainty about the future of our natural resources and sowed disagreements over the science of climate change. While some Forest and Rangeland stakeholders may acknowledge climate change as an issue, many are skeptical of the science, and others completely deny the scientific evidence. Still, the sustainability of our forests and rangeland ecosystems depends on the ability of managers to adopt climate resilient practices. How can Extension professionals best engage stakeholder groups that hold a wide spectrum of views and successfully incorporate climate resilient practices into their programing? 

This webinar will feature:

Dr. Paul Lachapelle
is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Montana State University-Bozeman.  Dr. Lachapelle’s presentation is titled: The National Extension Climate Initiative: Providing Critical Leadership in the Anthropocene.

Susie Kocher, has been a forest advisor for the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) in the Central Sierra Nevada for 24 years, doing applied research, outreach and education on forest and fire ecology and management. Ms. Kocher’s presentation title is: Climate-related Disasters Keep Happening: Working with Clientele and Extension Colleagues to Increase our Capacity to Prevent, Respond, and Recover from Them.

Dr. Mike Crimmins
is on the faculty of the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona and is an Extension Specialist in Climate Science for Arizona Cooperative Extension. Dr. Crimmins’ presentation is titled: Rain Gauges for Range Monitoring: Co-developing tools and best practices for ranch-scale drought direction.

National Service Recognition Day

To thank those who serve as national service volunteers and recognize their impact on strengthening communities and tackling our nation's most pressing challenges, Governor Doug Ducey joins other leaders nationwide to proclaimed April 6, 2021 as National Service Recognition Day in Arizona. https://goyff.az.gov/NationalServiceRecognitionDay2021

This year 74 University of Arizona Wildcat Corps AmeriCorps Members will serve in 11 Arizona counties and 3 tribal communities in over 30 different programs to provide youth STEM opportunities, nutrition and health education, and agriculture and environmental support services. 

Their efforts  received national recognition in the publication  “Innovation State COVID-19 Response Programs” https://www.statecommissions.org/innovative-covid-response showcasing them as an outstanding example of how state-based AmeriCorps programs have been adapting and responding to community needs during COVID-19.

To see members from Wildcat Corps Members and National Service programs throughout southern Arizona in action, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oegcVPYEpWc

Happy Arizona Gives Day from the Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation!

Today is an exciting day for the Arizona 4-H program as we watch supporters join the collective appeal to sustain excellent opportunities across the state. This year we will watch the support closely as we have become even more aware of the positive impact of 4-H on youth during the challenging year we’ve had. No matter how large or small, your support today at https://www.azgives.org/az4hyouthfoundation helps 4-H youth. Below are just a few examples;          
      Helps reduce the cost of participation in state and national 4-H programs             
      Provides essential program improvement support in the form of equipment and technology
      Makes summer camp at the James 4-H Camp a possibility for underserved youth

You can learn more about how the Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation supports positive youth development in Arizona at https://extension.arizona.edu/4hfoundation/.

If you are one of the early donors who’ve help us to get the ball rolling, we thank you. If you have not yet given support, this is a great time to do so.

The 7th Arizona Alfalfa and Forage Crops Workshop

Mark your calendar for another UArizona Cooperative Extension Field Crops Event:
The 7th Arizona Alfalfa and Forage Crops Workshop

Thursday, April 8, 2021 – 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Via Zoom: CLICK HERE to Register.
Because this course will be online, you need to register. After registration, you will receive an email with a link that you will use to log in for Zoom on the day of workshop.

If you plan to earn the CEUs for this course, you need to provide your pesticide applicator’s license number(s) during registration

Topics: Agronomic, economic, weather, water and pest management-related topics for alfalfa, other forage crops, and more.  

Speakers: The event will cover timely topics and recent research results conducted by Extension Specialists from UArizona Cooperative Extension, University of California-Davis, Texas A&M University, Washington State University, and CAP.

Speakers include, Jourdan Bell, Worku Burayu, Mike Crimmins, Mohammed Mahmoud, Ayman Mostafa, Steve Norberg, Mike Ottman, Dan Putnam, and Russ Tronstad.

Who should attend: Growers, PCAs, Ag industry representatives and anyone interested in field crops in Arizona.

CLICK HERE for Agenda.
(1) CEU has been approved.

If you have questions about the April 8th workshop, please contact Dr. Ayman Mostafa
Office: 602-827-8213 | Cell: 602-290-8061

More on How to Water Your Garden Webinar

April 08, 2021 11:00am to 12:00pm 

Featured Speaker: Bill Pitterle, Payson Community Gardener: Bill has been with the garden since 2013.  Bill is team leader for automatic watering of the garden and repairs as necessary of the water system. He has successfully grown the popular pie pumpkins for our fall Pumpkin Patch for the last several years and as an added attraction he grew Indian Corn that was over 11 foot high with beautifully colored kernels.

Payson Community Garden’s Bill Pitterle explains coordinating the watering schedule and optimizing water-saving techniques essential to conserve our limited resource -- while still producing a bumper crop of vegetables, green and fruits. Over the years Payson Community Garden volunteers have become adept at maximizing their harvest, using the least amount of water possible.

Zoom Link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/86171898681 Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.
Cost: Free 
Registration: Not required 

Sustainable Southwest Beef - Precision Ranching Technologies

Sustainable Southwest Beef - Precision Ranching Technologies - April 13th, 1:00 pm MDT Register here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/144491476897)

Learn about cutting edge technologies for precision livestock ranching in extensive rangeland systems. Dr. Shelemia Nyamuryekung’e will discuss the precision ranching technologies under evaluation by the Sustainable Southwest Beef Project, including cattle movement sensors and virtual fencing. Asombro Institute for Science Education will present on related education materials suitable for classroom use and/or youth programming. Dr. Michael Crimmins, Professor & Extension Specialist in Climate Science at the University of Arizona will present on My RAINge Log (https://myraingelog.arizona.edu/), a tool specifically designed around the type of infrequent, cumulative precipitation observations often collected at remote, rangeland sites.

MANRRS: Reclaiming Our Time, Territory, and Triumph

Do you know about MANRRS? Their mission is “to promote academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences.” They will be holding a virtual Annual Career Fair and Training Conference April 6 to 10, 2021. See https://www.manrrs.org/nationalconference.

For questions, please contact Angela Kaczowka at akaczowka@arizona.edu.

Posted by Ursula Schuch, Angela Kaczowka, and Melissa Curran on behalf of the ALVSCE D&I Council.

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