June 9, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Live Q&A Webinar with Dr. Silvertooth
  3. UACE Re-Open Planning Committee
  4. Mohave County Annual Report
  5. Water in the Native World webinar and the Indigenous Co-Innovation in FEWS 
  6. Biochar Introduction and Uses Webinar
  7. Associate Director ANR Interview Zoom Presentation
  8. Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years
  9. New Extension Publication
  10. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

In the University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension System (CES), we are committed to serving all people and treating them with respect, compassion, and professionalism.  This is central to our mission and who we are as a public organization in the delivery of our mission: To engage with people through applied research and education to improve lives, families, communities, the environment, and economies in Arizona and beyond. 

People everywhere are feeling the stress and frustrations that are plaguing us as Americans today.  We can see this for ourselves, but it is important to recognize that everyone is wrestling with these issues in their own way.  Nobody gets a pass and we all must work our way through it together.

As we work to carry on with our mission under the conditions we are facing today, this translates to our four fundamental points to continue to follow:

           •  Do our job.
           •  Be a professional.
           •  Be a good teammate with our colleagues.
             Do the right thing. 
                    •  Consider the following three questions when we are facing a decision or action:
                              •  Is it legal? 
                                Is it ethical? and, 
                                Is it morally correct?

We care and we are listening to the needs and concerns of CES personnel and people in communities across the state.  We are here for all of you, everyone, without exception. 

Please take of yourselves and each other.

COVID-19: Employee Resources 
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Please enter any questions, comments, concerns, or additions you'd like to see on this space in the comments section on the FAQ page!

UACE Re-Open Planning Committee All Employee Survey 

The UACE Re-Open Planning Committee invites you to provide feedback to the committee and Extension administration your insights on comfort and concerns with, areas of health and safety as we prepare to re-enter the workplace, comfort with mitigation efforts, preparedness to implement mitigation efforts, and ability to deliver in-person programming.  The survey will take approximately 10 minutes and will be invaluable to the committees work. 

Please complete this survey by no-later than Wednesday, June 10th.   Survey

UACE Re-Open Planning Committee Solicits Best Practice Guides

The UACE Re-Open Planning Committee recognizes faculty and staff across all units are busy establishing best practice procedures for re-opening. We want to reduce duplication of effort and give credit to faculty and staff who are working on these documents by making them ‘official.’ Please share your documents with us, using this Google Form.


Mohave County Annual Report

Cooperative Extension’s 2019 programs included 4-H Youth Development, Animal Science, Agriculture, Horticulture, Natural Resources, and Family Consumer Health Sciences. These programs provided significant informal educational opportunities to Mohave County residents. In addition, 163 citizens served as Cooperative Extension volunteers. These valuable volunteers increased the capacity for program delivery and enhanced the learning experience by helping Cooperative Extension faculty, staff, and specialists deliver relevant science-based educational programs and information to the citizens and communities of Mohave County and beyond. The contribution of these trained volunteers totaled over 13,684 hours of service with an estimated value of $347,984 (25.43/hour, 2019 Independent Sector).

Water in the Native World webinar and the Indigenous Co-Innovation in FEWS

Dr. Karletta Chief and her programs are sponsoring the following:
Water in the Native World – Special Issue Webinar Series. Wednesdays @ 2:00-3:00pm, from June 10 to July 8, 2020
                  A Confluence of Anticolonial Pathways for Indigenous Sacred Site Protection
                 Danielle Perry and Rachel Ellis
                 June 10th, 2-3pm (MST)


Biochar Introduction and Uses Webinar

This is the first of a two-part series on biochar. This week is about what is biochar and its uses, and next week is about biochar kilns and WUI applications by Darren McAvoy: https://extension.arizona.edu/events/2020-06-18/biochar-kilns-webinar

Two requests: Bookmark this webpage to get upcoming and archived webinars: https://extension.arizona.edu/garden-country-extension-webinar-series; and

If you FaceBook, please consider a “Like” on these pages to help boost my webinars: https://www.facebook.com/GilaCountyMasterGardeners/

Biochar Introduction and Uses Webinar June 11, 2020 11:00am to 12:00pm

Online event link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/92158184740

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Gila County presents: Garden and Country Extension Webinar Series

A Zoom webinar (60-minutes or less) featuring a variety of horticultural and natural resource topics relevant to the environmental conditions and residential concerns of Gila County, Arizona.

Featured Topic: Biochar Introduction and Uses

Featured Speaker: Dr. Janick Artiola is an associate professor in the Soil, Water & Environmental Science Department and University of Arizona Cooperative Extension water quality specialist. He regularly presents workshops and publishes information for Arizona’s domestic well owners. His research experience includes the management saline water and soils, the land application of biosolids, and the characterization and use green waste-derived biochar materials to improve soils and remove contaminants from runoff water.

Webinar Overview: Biochar is the same as charcoal, made from the incomplete combustion of wood or other biomass products. Biochar made from green waste can be good for the climate and environment. Since burning wood does not add fossil carbon to the atmosphere, making and using biochar is considered a carbon-negative process. Adding biochar to soil can store carbon for many generations and help lower CO2 gas emissions. Biochar can initially add salts and raise pH in semi-arid soils and is not ideally suited to most Southwest soils. Nonetheless, adding biochar to semi-desert soils can make plants more drought resistant, reduce plant nutrient losses, and when mixed with compost can improve soil structure.

Webinar Facilitator: Chris Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension

Zoom Link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/92158184740   Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.

Associate Director ANR Interview Zoom Presentation

Presentation Title: How will your leadership, management, and professional skills allow you to address and meet the needs for ANR in Arizona?

“Please address what you see as two important issues ANR will face in the next five years, one involving your area of expertise in ANR and one  in an area within ANR with which you are less familiar and not directly involved.”

Thursday, June 11th                                           
9:00  to 10 AM
Dawn Gouge

Join Zoom Meeting

Monday, June 15th                                           
2:00 to 3 PM 
Russ Tronstad

Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years

The WRRC’s first-ever virtual conference, Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years, is just around the corner! With 480 people already registered, we are so excited to hear the discussions that are bound to occur. Registration ends on Monday, June 15th, and tickets are just $35 or $10 for students! Visit our website to learn more about the conference, to see the conference agenda, and to register on Eventbrite.

The exciting two half-day program across June 18th and June 19th includes more than 30 speakers and panelists, including a keynote address by former Arizona Governor and U.S. Secretary of the Bruce Babbitt. Experts will share thoughts on topics such as climate, indigenous perspectives, natural systems, and water for agriculture, water in rural communities, and more. Thank you to Cooperative Extension for once again joining us as a generous conference sponsor.


New Extension Publication

Guide for 4-H Events: COVID-19 Mitigation
Jeremy Elliott-Engel and Cathy Martinez

As a 4-H Volunteer, you are responsible for the health and wellness of the members, parents, and other volunteers who participate in your program. The COVID-19 virus pandemic requires social distancing and other mitigation efforts for youth and families. This guide introduces best practices for preventing contamination between participants.


Educational Communication: Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel 

In the "digital age" - with the quest for information, but shorter attention spans - educational organizations are communicating more and more via social media, websites, and using digital communications, like Zoom.

Arizona Cooperative Extension is working to be at the forefront of this trend, in communicating with short, to-the-point videos.

                           Check out the Arizona Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel:

Please make sure you're helping us advance the Cooperative Extension message.  Please like, share and link through your social media channels, and help us do all we can to share with all stakeholders and communities.

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