August 13, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Congratulations!
  3. 4-H Assistant in Extension Candidate Presentations
  4. Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course
  5. Active Shooter Drill - August 14

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

The Cooperative Extension System (CES) conducted the 2019 Extension Conference in Tucson on 6-7 August.  We had excellent attendance and participation, outstanding facilities and support, and a great program.  Many thanks to everyone who participated and special thanks to the planning committee and the entire Extension Administration Staff Team for developing and delivering an outstanding program.

Please respond by 23 August to the post-conference survey so that we can gain the benefit of your feedback from the experience last week.  Your constructive input is always beneficial as we work to develop next year’s conference. 

In the meantime, thanks again for attending the conference and for all the great work that you all continue to do for Arizona Cooperative Extension.

It was great to see everyone in Tucson last week!



The following Extension Employees were recognized during the Cooperative Extension Conference for their outstanding work:

Lisa Gerber, Yavapai County – Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension
Cathy Martinez, Pinal County – Extension Faculty of the Year

Heart of Extension Award recipients:
Joyce Alves, Apache County
Jon Callahan, Pima County
Brandie Gobble, Coconino County 
Delmi Ortega, Maricopa County
Kathryn “Kay” Orzech, Nutritional Sciences
Cindy Pearson, Graham County
Ursula Schuch, School of Plant Sciences
Jennifer Smith, Extension Administration and FRTEP
Lisa Elliott, Pinal County 
Dave Bogner, ALVSCE CCT

And Elaine Mattes, ALVSCE Dean's Office, won the Friend of Extension Award

Thank you for all you do for Cooperative Extension!
Heart of Extension Awards

Click here to watch a video and hear from some of our award-winners, talking about the 'Heart of Extension', and why they love what they do across the state.

4-H Youth Development Assistant in Extension Coconino

Presentations: Creating a Thriving 4-H Program in Coconino County for Youth through Volunteers: Needs, Priorities, and Vision

Join us for two presentations by the candidates for the 4-H Youth Development Assistant in Extension position in Coconino County.

Abigail Morris – August 13, 2019 at 9:00 am –

Joshua Farella - August 13, 2019 at 1:30 pm -

After the presentations, please fill out the Evaluation Form and return ASAP.

For more information - contact Hattie Braun

Produce Safety Alliance Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course 

September 5, 2019 
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM 

Yuma Agricultural Center
6425 W 8thStreet, Yuma, AZ 85364
(Check-in at the door) 

Course Registration Fee: $55.00 
Lunch Provided 

Who Should Attend:  

Produce Farms including growers, harvesters, packers, coolers, and those interested in learning about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR), Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Co-management of natural resources and Food Safety. 

Benefits of Attending: 

Individuals who participate in the course are expected to gain a basic understanding of: 

      Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm.
     How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing
       produce safety practices on the farm. 
     Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one.
     Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. 

*In order to receive full credit and certificate for the course, registrants must be present for all training modules.

University of Arizona to hold active shooter drill Wednesday, August 14

The University of Arizona Police Department and the Critical Incident Response Team will conduct an active shooter training exercise Wednesday evening to test the University’s ability and readiness to address emergency situations. 

Police officers, University employees and volunteers will act out an active shooter scenario near Old Main between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. The scenario will be performed as realistically as possible, including role players made up to look like injured victims, police officers running to the scene, and noise simulating gunfire. 
Police officers will be using “blue guns,” which are not real weapons and cannot be loaded with ammunition. Signs will be posted around the site to alert people that the activity is a drill and keep people away from the exercise. Staff will support those efforts.
The exercise will be led by UAPD Chief Brian Seastone and Vice Provost for Campus Life Kendal Washington White, co-chairs of the University’s Critical Incident Response Team. The goal of the training is to test skills and decision-making while requiring participants to react swiftly under stress. It also helps prepare incident support staff to react effectively in emergency situations. The event has been planned for more than six months and is not in response to recent tragedies.
University emergency policies and procedures are available at
and individuals can register to receive UAlerts at . The public alert system will not be used for this drill.

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