June 29, 2021
Edition Topics

  1. Message from the Interim Director of Extension
  2. Extension and Cattle Growers Partner to Help Ranchers Harmed by the Telegraph Fire
  3. Water Wise Brown Bag Webinar Series June 30
  4. Yuma Online On Demand Education
  5. Freeze-Dried Grape Powder Study
  6. DIAG Workshop Wednesdays: Using Climate and Weather Data in Research
  7. Arizona Vegetation Management News, July Edition
  8. Associate in Extension, 4-H Curriculum Development 
  9. Call for Nominations - Shirley O’Brien Diversity and Inclusion Awards
  10. Recharge the Rain Summer Externship Position
  11. Instructional Specialist Position
  12. Post Wildfire Mitigation Webinar

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

During my almost 30 years here at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best Extension professionals in the country.  As we move forward and start a new fiscal year, I will be unveiling plans to take advantage of experts and leaders within our ranks.  Throughout the system, from campus to the Experiment Stations, to the County offices, our faculty and staff have years of experience and innovative concepts that I intend to utilize to help Extension move forward.  I am constantly impressed by our dedication to the people of Arizona and our collaborations to improve the delivery and impacts of our programs.

I’m looking forward to working with all of you, and I am genuinely excited by the possibilities that lay ahead.

Extension and Cattle Growers Partner to Help Ranchers Harmed by the Telegraph Fire

The Telegraph fire destroyed communities, forests and displaced livestock. Two weeks ago, during the Agriculture and Natural resources Strategic Planning session, Ashley Hall, Gila County ANR Agent, received a call for help from cattle growers in Gila County who were impacted by the fire. The fire had destroyed all of the grazing land and they needed to feed their livestock. Fortuitously, Ashley received the phone call as State Senator David Gowan was walking in to address the ANR faculty and staff.  Sen. David Gowan called a number of state leaders including Bas Aja. Bas and David worked with Extension staff, including Ethan Orr and Trent Teegerstrom to coordinate donation and delivery of hay to feed the livestock and support the cattle growers in Gila County. Thank you to Sen. David Gowan and Bas Aja for showing true leadership.

Water Wise Brown Bag Webinar Series June 30

Recent Water Legislation in Arizona 
Rules regarding surface water, groundwater and other proposals

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Free Zoom webinar

2020 looked like a promising year for new water legislation regarding surface water (streams and rivers); proposed groundwater regulation in rural areas; and supply assurance for homeowners. Then 2021 looked promising too. Some of this legislation never was brought for discussion in front of a committee in the Arizona Legislature; some did and was passed into law and some died in committee. Tricia Gerrodette will present some of these proposals and legislation and explain the consequences they  would have for water conservation and the preservation of waterways and habitat. Her focus will be on Southeastern Arizona.

Tricia Gerrodette is a river and wildlife advocate who has followed Arizona water law and policy closely for more than several decades. She advocates for protection of the San Pedro River a critical area for migrating and resident bird populations and riparian habitat. She is on the board for Tucson Audubon, president of the now-defunct Huachuca Audubon Society, treasurer for Sky Island Unitarian Universalist Church, Water Sentinel with Sierra Club Water Sentinels, Steering Committee for Sustainable Water Network. When Tricia isn’t bird watching in the Sky Islands, she is generally to be found in a meeting tracking human efforts to protect our vital natural resources.

Please register in advance for this meeting. Click this link:


Yuma Online On Demand Education

Yuma County Extension group has created online, on demand, workshops approved by the CA-DPR, AZDA, and CCA for CEUs. This would allow the PCA or CCA license holders to earn renewal credits differently than the traditional live workshops. Students may access the previously recorded video lessons 24/7 and earn a certificate at their own pace. The current offerings are the recorded workshops from 2021 Southwest Ag Summit, which are available for 20-45 dollars a course. All proceeds from this initial offering will go towards supporting Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association, but fees for future workshops will go towards supporting a CEU Specialist position, which will organize in person workshops, create CEU video content, and attend to administrative needs of the program. As the program expands, we would like to show other extension agents how to convert their previously made ‘YouTube’ video content into the approved CEU format, and develop novel methods of sharing information with the public (gamification, interactive videos, fireside chats, and panel discussions). Please check out our offerings using the link below and send masson@arizona.edu a request for a free admission key for closer inspection.


Freeze-Dried Grape Powder Study

Healthy, non-smoking men and women are needed for a research study examining the effects of a freeze-dried grape powder on markers of metabolic and vascular health, including blood pressure and cholesterol. We are seeking participants 30 - 65 years of age with a BMI of 25-36 kg/m2.  Subjects must be healthy and not taking medications for high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, or inflammatory conditions.  Participants FBHlab@email.arizona.edu, mention the Grape Study and leave your name and a contact number. This study is being conducted by Dr. Ann Skulas-Ray, Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona and has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the University of Arizona 

DIAG Workshop Wednesdays: Using Climate and Weather Data in Research

This month’s workshop will introduce a variety of climate and weather data sets that you can use in your research. This will be followed by a hands on demonstration of how to access and analyze these data using web based interfaces and R.

We will be covering the basics of different types and formats of weather data, where to find these data, and then doing hands-on demos of several R packages for various weather datasets. The last part of the workshop will be an open Q&A, so please bring any weather data related questions you have from projects that you’re working on!

The workshop will be held June 30, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm AZ time.

Register here:

If you have questions, feel free to email Kristina at kristinariemer@arizona.edu or David at dlebauer@arizona.edu. Also reach out if there is a topic of particular interest you’d like to see taught in the near future!

DIAG, the CCT Data Science Team, offers monthly workshops on topics of interest to anyone who is in University of Arizona Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE). If there is a topic you are interested in learning more about, please send us your requests!

Arizona Vegetation Management News, July Edition

Fire season is in full swing and is expected to be as bad as last year. When choosing restoration species for fire resilience, be sure to pick plants that have traits that confer resistance to heat mortality and enhance re-establishment after burning, including: vegetative growth, persistent seed banks, serotiny, and rapid growth rate.

And read about upcoming events, field guides, citizen science and more.

Associate in Extension, 4-H Curriculum Development (3 Year Temporary)

This Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation funded position will support the strategic objective of supporting Arizona 4-H volunteers with research-based educational materials across all Great Eight Pathways to Participation. The position will work to assess, adapt, and develop educational materials. 

Watch the presentations

      Kaila Thorn  
      Kalee Hunter

And give your feedback by June 29 - midnight

Kaila Thorn  
     Kalee Hunter

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

Nominations are accepted by the ALVSCE D&I Council for the Shirley O’Brien Diversity and Inclusion Awards – The Legacy D&I Champion and the Emerging D&I Champion. All faculty and staff in ALVSCE are eligible for nomination. Find information about the awards, eligibility, selection criteria and submission instructions on the website: https://compass.arizona.edu/awards/diversity. Nominations are due September 1, 2021.

Recharge the Rain Summer Externship Position

Are you a student who loves the summer monsoon season? Applications are now open for an externship position with Pima County Cooperative Extension and AZ Project WET. University of Arizona students with at least sophomore standing can apply for the Recharge the Rain Externship in Sustainability. Externs will work with staff to evaluate Tucson K-12 school rain gardens and perform heat monitoring to understand the effectiveness of green infrastructure in mitigating heat. Qualified externs will be paid minimum wage ($12) for up to 10 weeks and 35 hours per week of work. This externship will provide a student with unique opportunities to develop and use their ‘in-demand’ knowledge and skills about local sustainability, as well as engaging with local stakeholders to meet the needs of a community.

Learn more and Apply today

Contact Betsy Wilkening ewilkening1@arizona.edu 

Instructional Specialist Position

Arizona Project WET is hiring a full time Instructional Specialist position with the Arizona Water Festival program in Phoenix. This position administers and delivers the Arizona Project WET's (APW) Arizona Water Festival (AWF)Program in communities statewide. These community events host up to 850 students in a day to learn about water resources and stewardship regionally and in their communities. The AWF Instructional Specialist will work in conjunction with the Arizona Water Festival Program Coordinator and APW Director to sustain and grow this program.

Title: Outreach Instructional Specialist II (Phoenix, AZ)
Requisition Number: req5743


Post Wildfire Mitigation Webinar

Event Date: July 01, 2021 11:00am to 12:00pm, Arizona/Pacific Time

Featured Speaker: Carl Melford, is the Gila County Emergency Manager. He serves in many roles for the Emergency Operations Centers across the state, as well as to implement Gila County's Emergency Notification Program. Carl takes pride in rising to the occasion to administer and improve the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities of Gila County.

Webinar Overview: The objective of post-fire mitigation is to minimize secondary impacts to structures and infrastructure resulting from post-fire conditions. Reduction in vegetative cover and changes to soil structure increases the risk of sediment, debris, and flooding that can further impact communities that are dealing with post-fire cleanup and response. Post-fire mitigation requires rapid response and decision making. With fire storms affecting thousands of acres and funding limitations, post-fire mitigation responses involve a daunting task of prioritizing sites that warrant protection. And with fires occurring typically immediately prior to the rainy season, making the correct decisions on where to implement mitigation practices becomes even more critical.

Extension Zoom Link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/85424948282
Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.

Cost: Free 
Registration: Not required

TMN Submittal Process

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

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