May 1, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Congratulations Cristina Guterman & Mike Hauser
  3. Dan McDonald - University Distinguished Outreach Faculty Video
  4. 4-H Luminary Award
  5. National 4-H Hall of Fame
  6. Community Forum about E. coli
  7. New Publication
  8. Livestock Producer Workshop
  9. Cochise County Family Day
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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 On 2 June 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act. This legislation provided the foundation of land-grant universities (LGUs) in every state of the union with the basic purpose of developing public universities to "educate the populace in agriculture, home economics, mechanical arts, and other professions."

The foundation of the LGUs trace back to Thomas Jefferson in the early 19th century.  He presented these ideas in his writings on the "General Diffusion of Knowledge.”  Jefferson saw the need for public institutions to provide an affordable college education to the general population.  He also called for the need of these public institutions to "bring science to bear on practical problems."

The Morrill Act in 1862 has a connection to Jefferson's ideas and LGUs, such as the UA that we have today.  The further development of the land-grant model occurred with the passage of the Hatch Act in 1887 and that authorized the formation of the Agricultural Experiment Stations associated with each LGU.  The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension Service to disseminate information developed by the Agricultural Experiment Station, completing the development of the LGU we know today. 

We still need a well-educated populace and 21st century problems certainly require the application of good science and technology.  In the Arizona Cooperative Extension System, we are still working to deliver on this basic LGU mission.


At today's CALS Spring Lunch, we recognized two outstanding Extension employees.
Cristina Guterman from Maricopa County won the Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension and Mike Hauser from Apache County Cooperative Extension was awarded the Extension Faculty of the Year.  These are just two of the many excellent employees in the Cooperative Extension System.  Congratulations Mike and Cristina!!

University Distinguished Outreach Faculty -- Dan McDonald

View the video highlighting the Director of Pima County Cooperative Extension and Associate Regional Specialist Dan McDonald.  Dan was awarded the University Distinguished Outreach Faculty earlier this year.

4-H Luminary Award

The Luminary Award honors some of the most influential 4-H alumni from across the nation. Ethel Branch, an Arizona 4-H alumni, is attorney general of the Navajo Nation. Consisting of 27,000 square miles in the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, the Navajo Nation is the largest Native American reservation in the U.S.

Ethel Branch credits her experiences with the University of Arizona's Cooperative Extension 4-H program with helping prepare her for an eventual career as the Navajo Nation Attorney General.

National 4-H Hall of Fame

We just received word that Marifloyd Hamil,  Extension 4-H Agent Emerita, has been selected as a Laureate in the 2018 National 4-H Hall of Fame.  This year's ceremony will be held at the National 4-H Center on October 19, 2018.  Marifloyd was a 4-H Agent (EFNEP) in Maricopa County from 1970 until 2005.  Previous that she was a 4-H Agent and State Specialist in Tennessee.  

 Congratulations Marifloyd!

Community Forum About E. coli

Do you have questions about E. coli, and how Yuma growers are working to keep our fresh produce safe? Well, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension is here to help! On Friday, May 4, 2018, from 11:30am-1:00pm, we will host a Community Forum to provide information about E. coli and address questions from the community. Presenters include Dr. Paula Rivadeneira, Extension Specialist in Food Safety and Wildlife; Dr. Channah Rock, Extension Specialist in Water Quality; and a representative from the Yuma Safe Produce Council. The forum will take place at the Schoening Conference Center at Arizona Western College. Lunch will be provided and registration is free. Space is limited so reserve online early using this link For more information, contact Dr. Rivadeneira  or 928-919-2611.

New Publication

Escherichia coli, better known as E. coli, is a type of fecal coliform bacteria commonly found in the intestines of animals and humans. This bacterium lives and grows naturally in the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals, but if the wrong type of E. coli gets into the wrong place in the body, such as the kidneys or blood, it can lead to severe illness, with symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever – possibly leading to hospitalization (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services 2018). It is difficult to control E.coli bacteria because they are carried within all of us, and they are so small they cannot be seen by the naked eye without a microscope (Ingerson and Reid 2011). 

Livestock Producer Workshop

The University of Arizona V Bar V Ranch will be hosting a Livestock Producer Workshop on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Registration will begin at 8:45 am at the Winter Headquarters. UA's V Bar V Ranch Managers, Bopper and Keith Cannon will be doing an Ultra Sound & Palpating Demo and a Trichomoniasis Overview & Demo. Dr. Russ Tronstadt will give a presentation on the Economics of Culling Decisions. Other topics will include: Frame Size & Body Condition Scoring, Facilities Design, and Ultra Sound Equipment Options.
Registration is $20 (includes lunch). Please pre-register for this event by May 4, 2018, so we can plan food accordingly. Please see the flyer for registration information.  

Cochise County Family Day

The UA Cochise County Cooperative Extension staff in Sierra Vista held their 2nd annual Family Day at the UA on April 21st at the UA South, Sierra Vista Campus.  This event had games and educational activities by UA Cochise County Cooperative Extension youth programs (Water Wise Youth, SNAP-Ed, and First Smiles), as well as activities by UA South's student services and psych department and a book sale at the UA South Bookstore.  In addition, the Patterson Observatory, which is on campus, had an Astronomy Day Celebration with solar telescopes and a planetary exhibit, the Master Gardeners program had a Spring Plant sale, Water Wise presented a Water Awareness Month (WAM!) exhibit, there was a 4-H petting zoo, face painters, food trucks, snow cones, raffles and more!  
It was a huge success with an estimated 625 visitors!

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