April 21, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Thank you Joyce Alves
  3. Associate Director, Ag & Natural Resources Opening
  4. New Extension Publications
  5. Arizona's Tree Nut Industry and Its Contributions to the State Economy
  6. The Economic Value of Trails in Arizona
  7. COVID-19 Horse Podcasts
  8. WRRC Brown Bag Series
  9. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

On Friday, 17 April 2020 President Robbins communicated a message to the University of Arizona (UA)  “University of Arizona Financial Mitigation” where he described his proposal to the Arizona Board of Regents of a comprehensive program utilizing an appropriate furlough (unpaid time away from work) and pay reduction program to be required in a graduated scale through FY 2020 & 2021.

There are many questions associated with this proposed furlough and pay reduction program that are yet to be answered.  We do have information from UA Human Resources that can be found at the UA employee furlough/pay reduction HR website:


The Arizona Cooperative Extension System’s (CES) core operational base budget funding is not connected to tuition revenue. This is particularly important because the primary projected drop in UA revenue is associated with a reduction of student enrollment, and therefore tuition revenue.

We are seeking clarification and better details for how this will involve CES personnel.  Our interests are to gain fair treatment for all CES personnel.  When we have additional information, we will communicate to the CES as soon as possible.

I encourage everyone to continue with your work and take care of yourselves, family, and community.  We are going to get the facts needed and we will keep the communication lines moving as we work our way through these times.


COVID-19: Employee Resources 
FAQ - Follow the questions we are getting at Knowledgebase

Where does the University of Arizona's
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Thank you Joyce Alves

After nearly 33 years of dedicated service, Joyce Alves retired April 1, 2020 following a
productive career as a Family, Consumer, and  Health Sciences Agent and  County Director in the Cooperative Extension System working in Apache County.  Joyce has been actively engaged and effective as a positive University of Arizona representative to the communities of Apache County and  the  Navajo Reservation.

Thank you Joyce for all you have given and still willing to give in your Emeritus role.

And thank you to Mike Hauser for stepping into the role of Interim CED of Apache County.

Associate Director, Ag & Natural Resources Opening

Agriculture and Natural Resources Associate Director position has been posted.  Please check and pass along to those internal candidates that might be interested.

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New Extension Publication

  •  Commonly known as cotton root rot or Texas root rot.
  •  PRR is caused by the soilborne fungus Phymatotrichopsis omnivora.
  •  PRR is geographically limited to the southwest and parts of the south central US and northern
  •  The fungus persists as sclerotia (1 to 5 mm in diameter) and mycelial strands (rhizomorph) for
     decades in the soil, in particular calcareous clay soils (pH range of 7 to 8.5).
  •  The fungus forms spore mats (white to tan in color and 2 to 16 inches in diameter) on the soil
     surface during warm, rainy weather. The spores are sterile.
  •  Spread directly to adjacent plants by fungal strands that grow through the soil. Affected areas
     often appear as circular patterns of dead trees.
  •  All pecan varieties are susceptible. PRR affects over 2,000 species of dicots (broadleaf
     plants), but does not affect monocots (grasses).

Tree Nuts Help Drive Arizona Agriculture Economy, Study Finds

Dari Duval, Ashley K. Bickel, George Frisvold

The full report is available online.

The Economic Value of Trails in Arizona

Dari Duval, George Frisvold, Ashley Bickel

Available at https://azstateparks.com/publications/

COVID-19 Horse Podcasts

Dr Greene’s work with her national Extension Horse Specialist working group has recently involved organizing two podcasts related to COVID-19 and horse owners/businesses.

Tack Box Talk: Horse Stories with a Purpose  

COVID Tales: The Story of how veterinarians are coping.
Dr. Carli Reece, a small animal practitioner in Modesto, California and Dr. Phil van Harreveld of Vermont Large Animal Clinic, join Dr. Betsy Greene to discuss how their practice has changed during the COVID crisis.  They share how they keep animals health and owners informed while maintaining biosecurity and social distancing.

COVID Tales Part 3: The Stories of How Barns Stay Safe Successfully. 
Taylor Fabus, Michigan extension educator and boarding barn owner, Kathy Dirkschneider, active Arizona 4H volunteer, and Chris Armstrong, barn owner in Vermont share how they have successfully navigated social distancing while still keeping people active and engaged. Barn owners find new creative ways to manage clientele and get the work done!

WRRC Brown Bag Series

Marie S. Pearthree, Former Deputy General Manager, Central Arizona Project

Aprill 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Webinar Only

A corrosive-water debacle in Tucson preceded the lead contamination issues in Flint, MI by over two decades. In 1992, Tucson Water began delivery of Colorado River water from the Central Arizona Project (CAP). Putting treated CAP water into the existing groundwater distribution system caused a devastating corrosion problem that resulted in broken pipes and rusty water flowing from customer taps.

This talk presents the results of an in-depth investigation into the crisis and chronicles how Tucson Water changed its management practices, restored its credibility, ended over pumping of its groundwater, and created a more sustainable water supply. The “lessons learned” from this cautionary tale are applicable to any water utility considering modifying water supplies and/or treatment processes or needing to turn around a public relations crisis. The presentation follows the recent publication of a book under the same title, co-authored by Pearthree and Mike McGuire.


Brown Bag Webinar: Developing Pathways to Solutions to Wicked Water Problems
Sharon B. Megdal, Director, University of Arizona, Water Resources Research Center

May 6, 2020  - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Webinar Only

Many regions across the globe face what are called wicked water problems, which are complex challenges that are too big for readily identifiable and/or “standard” solutions.  The reasons for this are many and can relate to underlying societal or political issues and differing viewpoints as to the causes and/or potential pathways to mitigating the challenges.  It is often stated that the obstacles to addressing wicked water problems may be related to public acceptance rather than technological or economic factors.  Identifying and implementing pathways to solving big water challenges often require interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches; the involvement of stakeholders is extremely important.  This seminar will focus on the similar but distinct wicked water issues faced in our region and the Middle East and approaches taken to solve them.

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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