July 3, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Acronyms
  3. Transitions
  4. Extensionist of the Year
  5. Job opening in Extension Administration
  6. In Memoriam: Allison Ketterling Duarte
  7. New Extension Publications
  8. Fit First Saturday
  9. 2018 Arroyo - 2nd Edition
  10. WRRC Special Seminar
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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

Tomorrow, 4 July 2018, marks the 242nd birthday of our nation when Americans claimed independence from Britain.  In the Cooperative Extension System (CES) we are all great champions for freedom and independence.  What we enjoy in that respect in this organization is a direct product of the liberties we hold as U.S. citizens. 

Also, it is important to note that 155 years ago today, 3 July 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg ended after three days of horrific fighting between Union and Confederate forces.  The battle ended with an estimated 46-51,000 total casualties between the two armies, the costliest battle in U.S. history.  In many respects, we are still struggling with many of the same or similar issues that plagued the nation at that time.

The 4th of July is an opportunity for us all to stop and appreciate our foundations and the great diversity of our population.  In so doing, we take stock of the valuable rights and privileges we all have and to also consider our responsibility to uphold and protect them.

I hope this Independence Day offers you a chance to relax and spend some time with family and friends.  I encourage everyone in the Arizona CES to take the time and enjoy the day, and whatever you do, it is most important that you do it safely.  

Acronym List from WEDA

WEDA (Western Extension Directors Association) has compiled an acronym list that is national in scope. This list includes many of the acronyms that are utilized by Extension, Experiment Stations, and Dean colleagues across the country.

Interim Positions

As you may know Dan McDonald has recently accepted the role as the interim-Director of the Norton School until that position is filled. In his absence Evelyn Whitmer will serve as the Interim Pima County Director. Dan and Evelyn will be working together for a smooth transition. 

Thank you both for taking on these important positions.

Extensionist of the Year

Twig and Shirley Winkle were awarded Extensionist of the Year at the CALS Spring Awards Banquet.   This award recognizes and honors residents of the State of Arizona who have demonstrated extraordinary contributions, through Cooperative Extension, to improving the lives of people in their community and state. Congratulations and thank you!

Opening in the Extension Administrative Office

As you may know, Sacha Cueto started her new job as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Clinical Research and Global Health Initiatives.  This is a huge lose to Extension.  Sacha was a truly valued member in the administrative office of Cooperative Extension. 

We are new looking for a new Administrative Associate.  Please check out the posting and share with those you feel meet the qualifications.

In Memoriam: Allison Ketterling Duarte

The Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension community joins with many others across campus in mourning the passing of Allison Ketterling Duarte, who died June 8. She was 32.

Allison joined the CALS Business Services team in 2016 as a business analyst, senior, and led the MSS Solutions Work Group, a grassroots effort to identify solutions to help make HR/personnel transactions more efficient for staff working in business offices across Arizona. One of the group’s early projects was a set of resources designed to make it easier to onboard new employees.

Allison was extremely proud to be the mother of three rambunctious boys, and she and her husband, Carlos, were also foster parents. She loved spending time with her extended family. Carlos is a UA employee as well and works in Facilities Management – Operational Services.   

Allison is survived by her husband, Carlos Duarte; sons Carlos, Geovanni and Ian; her sisters, brothers, and many nieces and nephews. Services were held June 16 in Tucson. Friends who wish to make a memorial donation to help Allison's family defray out-of-pocket medical expenses and other urgent needs may do so via PayPal using this account: quailrun02@yahoo.com

New Extension Publications

Pecan bacterial leaf scorch (PBLS) is an important and chronic disease that affects pecan in Arizona, as well as other pecan production regions of the United States. Pecan bacterial leaf scorch was first detected in 2015 not only in Arizona, but also in California, New Mexico, and Texas. PBLS is a primary concern for pecan trees under stressful conditions including nutritional, physiological, and environmental stress. PBLS is a rapidly emerging disease to Arizona pecan industry and this document is designed to help pecan growers answer commonly asked questions about PBLS. Publication Number: AZ1772-2018

Phymatotrichopsis Root Rot in Pecan
Jiahuai Hu
Phymatotrichopsis root rot (PRR) is commonly referred to as Cotton root rot, Phymatotrichum root rot, Texas root rot, or Ozonium root rot. This disease is caused by a soilborne fungus Phymatotrichopsis omnivora  (PO) that attacks the roots of susceptible plants, causing sudden wilt and death. This pathogen has a wide host range and can attack more than 2,300 dicotyledonous (broadleaf) plant species including many ornamental and important agronomic crops (Lyda, 1978). It is one of the most destructive fungal pathogens of pecan, pistachio, cotton, alfalfa, grape, fruit trees, shade trees, and ornamental plants like conifers. Publication Number: AZ1771-2018

Fit First Saturday

July 7th 2018- Fit First Saturday
Class Line-up!

Join us for our FREE monthly fitness, cooking, and gardening classes at the Garden Kitchen! An opportunity to come together as a community in support of creating healthier, more well-balance lifestyles.  Hope to see you there!

2018 Arroyo – 2nd Edition

This 2nd Edition of the 2018 Arroyo, “Water and Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona,” contains some minor modifications, suggested by alert readers with relevant expertise, that improve its clarity and accuracy. At the WRRC we strive, through careful fact checking and external reviews, to avoid post-publication revisions, so they are rarely needed. In issuing a revised edition of the 2018 Arroyo, we have left its substance unchanged but altered details for the sake of precision, so that it can confidently be used as a reference. The new edition is posted on the WRRC website.

  Read the revised Arroyo

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WRRC Special Seminar: Food, Water, and Energy in the Arava Valley: Turning Disadvantage to Advantage in the Hyper-arid Climate of the Region

Date:  July 18, 2018

Time/Location: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. / WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.)  Please note special time.  

David Lehrer, Director, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies 
Dorit Davidovich Banet, CEO, Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative

Light refreshments will be served.  More information

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