July 31, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Congratulations 
  3. Save the Date - AgNR In-Service
  4. Candidate Presentation - Pima County
  5. Candidate Presentation - Maricopa County
  6. New Extension Publications
  7. WRRC Brown Bag Fall Kick Off
  8. Save the Date
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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

The Cooperative Extension System (CES) represents one of the three basic mission areas in the Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension. The CES currently has 608 employees, representing 42% of all Division personnel.

Most of the CES faculty and staff are working off-campus with 305 based in county Extension offices and 47 have duty posts on one of our Arizona Experiment Station (AES) centers.  Through the CES, the University of Arizona (UA) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have direct connections to every sector of the state.  This is unique to any other college on campus or any other university in the state.

The distributed model of the CES is a tremendous asset to the UA and CALS but it also presents a challenge in terms of coordination and communication throughout the organization.   Next week we have an opportunity to bring CES personnel together from across the state for the Extension Conference on 7-8 August in Tucson.  This is a chance for us to take advantage of face-to-face interactions and gain a broader appreciation for the strength and value of the CES community. 

I look forward to seeing everyone in Tucson next week!


Congratulations to Tamara Floyd, Program Coordinator, Sr. in the UA Cooperative Extension Office-Maricopa County.  She was recognized recently by the City of Phoenix Human Services Department with the Heart in Hand Award for her work at the UA-Roosevelt Early Childhood Family Resource Center.

Save the Date

The AgNR In-Service Training for all AgNR faculty is scheduled for October 31, 2018 at the Maricopa Agricultural Center.  The meeting agenda and registration details to follow.

Candidate Presentation - Horticulture

Pima County Cooperative Extension Assistant/Associate Horticulture Extension Agent Candidate Seminar will be held August 2 at 10:00 AM. The topic for the seminar is: Vision for a progressive horticulture program in Pima County

Sergio Santiago: August 2, 10:00 to 11:00 am, Controlled Environmental Agriculture Center —    You can also join us through a Zoom webinar. Please click the link below to join the webinar:  https://arizona.zoom.us/j/808518928
In addition, a meeting with stakeholders will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 at the PCCE conference room. 
Please contact Dan McDonald if you would like a copy of the candidate’s CV and feedback form sent to you.

Candidate Presentation - Urban Horticulture

Please join us for a presentation by Jacob Holloway, candidate for the Assistant/Associate Agent, ANR/Urban Horticulture position in Maricopa County.  August 15, 2:00 pm.

A vision for an engaging horticulture program in Maricopa County

Join with Zoom from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://arizona.zoom.us/s/727234321

The Presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

New Extension Publications

The following guidelines are designed to help parent educators coach parents on their interaction with their children – improving communication, bonding and skill development. Parent educators play a critical role in helping parents gain perspective on the daily interaction they have with their children. Yet many parent educators lack basic language and tools to communicate specific feedback to parents. The coaching guidelines begin with various settings and strategies for communicating with parents. The chart on page two includes key parent competencies that will improve interaction. The parent competencies represent messages delivered in parent education classes that resonated with parents in the Family Resource Center Program at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Santa Cruz County. Next to the descriptions of the competencies, parent educators will find direct feedback that they can use to coach parents. Publication Number: AZ1756-2018

Production of specialty crops such as vegetables, herbs, berries, and ornamental crops can be started on a small acreage and over time expand to a commercial farm. Small acreage producers who intend to increase their production will benefit from knowing about production methods, cultural practices, and crop selection. This publication introduces the beginning farmer to a framework of what it takes to expand from small acreage production for home consumption or as a hobby to a small business selling for profit. Other aspects not covered here that are important for producers to know include how to run a small business, including marketing their products, finances, and labor management. Publication Number: AZ1774-2018

WRRC Brown Bag Series

The Santa Cruz River Heritage Projects - Reviving an Urban River

Join us on Tuesday, August 28 at noon as we kick off our Fall Brown Bag Seminar Series.  We will meeting in the Sol Resnick Conference Room at the WRRC to hear Tucson Water Director, Tim Thomure provide an update on the project, discuss the challenges that lie ahead, and advise attendees of what they can do to support the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project. 

Be sure to check the website for information on our upcoming Brown Bags too!

September 4 - Meghan Smart, Scientist, ADEQ, Citizen Science Program

September 18 - Courtney Crosson, Assistant Professor, UA CAPLA, Innovating the Urban Water System

September 26 - Susanna Eden, Assistant Director, UA WRRC, Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona

November 8 - Chase Saraiva, Head Brewer, Wilderness Brewing Co., Sustainability and Beer

Save the Date

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 -  2:00 in Marley 230

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 PM in Marley 230 for Associate Dean and Director Jeffrey Silvertooth’s 5-year administrative review open forum for all Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences and Cooperative Extension personnel. Dean Shane Burgess will open the meeting, and Jeff Silvertooth will discuss his review feedback and his plans for Extension and for Economic Development.

If you are unable to attend in person: 
Register in advance for this webinar

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