August 28, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. ANR/Urban Horticulture Candidate Presentations
  3. Reminder: Dr. Silvertooth's 5-year Review Open Forum
  4. Arizona Pecan Grower's Association Conference
  5. Statistics Workshop
  6. Did you know?
  7. Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series
  8. Ag Agents Shine at National Meetings
  9. 4-H State Horse Contests a Success
  10. WRRC Brown Bag
  11. New Extension Publication
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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 On the first day of the recent conference for the Cooperative Extension System (CES) we heard Mr. Salty Thompson describe the character of a successful team as, “A common faith in a shared vision and mission.”  There are many people who consistently demonstrate the character of a successful team in doing the work necessary to deliver on the CES mission and vision.

The CES vision and mission statements are:

VISION:  To be a vital national leader in creating and applying knowledge to help people build thriving, sustainable lives, communities and economies.

MISSION:  To engage with people through applied research and education to improve lives, families, communities, the environment and economies in Arizona and beyond.

In addition, Mr. Sean Duffy, the UA rugby coach, said, “I believe the question we should be asking is: do you believe in this thing or not?”

That is a very good question; I check myself on this regularly, and it is healthy for us all to consider that in relation to the vision and mission for the CES.  It certainly works for me and I see the great work and commitment going on across the CES every day with people demonstrating their faith and belief in our common vision and mission.

Presentation: A Vision for an Engaging Horticulture Program in  Maricopa County

Join us for the next two presentations by the candidates for the Assistant/Associate Agent, ANR/Urban Horticulture position in Maricopa County. 

Michael Chamberland - September 5, 2018 - 2:00 pm  Join with Zoom

James Underwood - September 6, 2018 - 10:30 am   Join with Zoom

For more information - contact Ed Martin

Reminder - Dr. Silvertooth's 5-year Administrative Review Open Forum

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 PM in Marley 230 - 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

Arizona Pecan Grower's Association Conference

Over 200 attendees participated in the 23rd annual Arizona Pecan Grower’s Association conference on August 23rd & 24th at the Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel. The attendance was slightly up from last year indicating the demand from Arizona pecan growers to grow together by cultivating knowledge from some of our leading specialists and scientists performing work in the industry. Topics included climate warming trends, pre-germination, pre-emergence weed control, pecan rootstocks for the industry, pecan weevil and black aphid education, PO root rot biology and incidence, PO rootstock research, improving soil health, and chelate fertilizer education.
University of Arizona experts included Paul Brown, Joseph Blankinship, Bill McCloskey, Joshua Sherman, and Jim Walworth. Out of state experts included Ted Cottrell (USDA-ARS, Georgia), Carol Sutherland (NMSU), Richard Heerema (NMSU), Humberto Nunez (INIFAP, Mexico), Alexander Ott (American Pecan Council), and Mark Black (Texas A&M, Professor Emeritus). Also giving an update on protecting the Arizona pecan industry from devastating pests was Arizona Department of Agriculture, John Caravetta. 
One of the biggest announcements at the event was the introduction and release of the Arizona Pecan Grower’s Association newly developed website created by the efforts of Esteban Castillo with Fearluz Studios and Joshua Sherman. The website is an incredible achievement that will serve the Arizona pecan industry as a resource for scientific based research and knowledge. It will also serve as the host for the Arizona Pecan Grower’s quarterly newsletter.

Statistics Workshop

Frances McClelland Institute for Children,Youth & Families will be hosting 2-day statistics workshop on Sept. 24th and 25th. Dr. Bethany Bray, a quantitative psychologist and director from Penn State's Methodology Center, will be teaching on Latent Class and Latent Profile Analyses (full flyer attached).

The cost to attend the workshop is $75 for graduate students and post-docs; $150 for faculty and includes lunch (day 1) and snacks for both days. 
Mike Staten, Associate Dean of CALS Career and Academic Services, has agreed to sponsor 20 $50 discounts for CALS faculty and graduate students/post-docs. If you would like the promo code for the $50 discount, please email Feliz Baca, FMI Program Coordinator. Please keep in mind that this offer will operate on a first come, first serve basis, and that after the twenty(20) discounts have been given, CALS faculty and graduate students/post-docs will have to pay the full price to attend the workshop.

To register, please follow this link

Did you know?

With the organizational change to the Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension, there was a need to update our legal disclaimer.  Per USDA/NIFA, this wording is typically required to be included on all information which gets disseminated to the public.  
The updated wording can be found on our site at

Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series

Join us for the first of four presentations in the D&I Speaker Series on August 29, 12-1 pm, ENR2 Building Room 225. Lunch provided.
Faculty Fellows Program – Dr. Caitlin Kerrigan, Senior Vice President Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

The Faculty Fellows consists of 60 exceptional faculty members who bring the feel of a small liberal arts college to a large Research I university. In this presentation, the Coordinator of Faculty Programs will recruit faculty fellows from across campus to speak about their experiences in the program, how the Fellows program benefits both students and faculty, and next steps for the program and creating a diverse and inclusive campus community.

Mark your calendar for the other three presentations in this series: Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 14.

Brought to you by the CALS Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee and the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Ag Agents’ Work Shines at National Meetings

Arizona Cooperative Extension agents and specialists state-level work was recognized nationally for high quality, and fared well against national competition at the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in Chattanooga, TN. In the Communications Contests, Josh Sherman came away with two National winners (Published Photo and Caption and Feature Story). Betsy Greene’s Publication entry was a National Finalist, as was Andrew Brischke’s entry in Team Newsletter. AZ also had Western Regional finalists (Ashley Wright, Fact Sheet and Andrew Brischke, Personal Column).  

Arizona agents were also successful in the poster contest, with two National Finalist awards:  Applied Research Poster: “Forage Testing Provides Valuable Information to Arizona Producers with Cattle Grazing Native Rangelands” (Ashley Wright) and Extension Ed Poster: “Integrating Climate Data with Rangeland Monitoring to Improve Ranch-Scale Drought Detection” (Ashley Hall). Ashley Wright was awarded an NACAA Achievement Award, and Rick Gibson, Ed Martin and Betsy Greene served in their national committee roles. 

A top ten shot of award winners for the Senior Hippology competition with organizers Kim Horn and Betsy Greene.

4-H State Horse Contests a Success

Many thanks to Kim Horn and Coconino County for hosting a weekend full of competition, education and fun for our 4-H horse members from across the state on July 21 - 22. The four contests had both Junior and Senior divisions and included Individual Presentations, Individual and Team Demonstrations, Horse Bowl and Hippology. While Horse Bowl is a team against team test of knowledge (and quick trigger fingers to buzz in), Hippology is similar to the “decathlon” of the contests, where 4-Hers test their knowledge and skills by judging two horse classes, completing a series of Stations (identification), taking a written test, and solving team problems. The senior 4-H members were competing to qualify for the National 4-H Roundup in Colorado, while the junior division was intentionally user-friendly to help the youth learn about the contests while building interest and excitement for future competitions. Many volunteers and agents pitched in and helped with scoring, monitoring, and much more. Thanks to Dru Alberti (Maricopa), our State 4-H Horse Committee Chair (Jane Scott) and Vice Chair (Esther Sutherland), Renee Carsten, and many other volunteers who helped before and during the event. Hattie Braun and Mike Hauser even stopped in to see what the contests were all about!

WRRC Brown Bag

September 4, 2018

Speaker:  Meghan Smart, Environmental Scientist III, ADEQ/Citizen Science 
Time/Location: 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m./Sol Resnick Conference Rm., 350 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson   

WRRC offers remote access to this Brown Bag 

New Extension Publication

Rangeland Monitoring Frame and Construction Guide
Ashley Hall, Andrew Brischke, John Hall

The objective of rangeland vegetation trend monitoring is to document changes over time in vegetation or other rangeland resources. Common methods often used together throughout Arizona and the west include Point Ground Cover, Pace Frequency, Dry-Weight Rank, and Comparative Yield. Publication Number: AZ1777-2018

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