June 11, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Live Q & A Webinar, Today - June 11
  3. Congratulations to the Rayner Family - Extensionists of the Year
  4. Welcome Nathan Notah
  5. Did you miss it?
  6. Youth from across Arizona come to 4-H STEM camp
  7. 2019 Women in Agriculture Conference
  8. Educate Yourself on "Controversial Issues in Higher Education"
  9. EFNEP 50th Anniversary
  10. Candidate Presentations
  11. New Extension Publications

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

Last week on 4 June 2019 in my Tuesday Morning Notes comments, I provided a summary describing the core funding distributions among the basic components in the entire Cooperative Extension System (CES).  I presented a figure to describe our CES funding splits among these entities in Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18), which is consistent with FY19 as well.

There are several key points and implications to the management of these core CES  financial resources to understand.

  1. We do not have non-committed funding sitting idle and available for investment in new positions and programs that require permanent support.
  2. We do not have direct access to new or additional revenues that can provide stable allocated  funding.  In the case of the CES, this would require an increase in the appropriated funding from either Smith-Lever funds (federal) or the direct allocation to the CES from the State of Arizona.
  3. If any new positions or programs are proposed and implemented, then that translates to a corresponding reduction in the workforce somewhere else in the organization.
  4. Any redirection of funding from how it is currently applied must be considered in terms of overall strategic priority.

These are basic facts associated with the budget realities for the CES.  There are many things that we want to be able to do and new exciting arenas to develop.  However, we need greater core funding capacity for the CES to grow into these new areas of opportunity.

Register here for the Live Q & A Webinar: 

Make sure to dial in to ask *your* question, live

Extensionists of the Year

Congratulations to Ronald, Earle, and Robert Rayner!

This award recognizes and honors a resident(s) of the State of Arizona who has demonstrated extraordinary contributions, through Cooperative Extension, to improving the lives of people in their community and state.

A Tumbling T Ranches are operated by brothers Ronald, Robert and Earle Rayner along with Earle’s son John, Robert’s son Perry and recently Ron’s son Ross. They are the fourth and fifth generations of Rayners farming in Arizona. The family grows cotton, alfalfa and grains in the Goodyear and Gila Bend areas of Arizona on approximately 6,000 acres and owns 3,800 acres of farmland in California.

The Rayners have developed and adopted a unique conservation tillage system for their entire Arizona operation. This ‘conservation agricultural system’ includes no-till cotton planting after harvesting wheat, crop rotation, border flood irrigation and a conservation tillage system.

The Rayners have been strong supporters of the Cooperative Extension Service for many years. They realize the value of applied research, one of the basic tenets of the land grant college design. They have cooperated with a variety of trials for cotton and have hosted two ‘tent talks’ each year to give extension scientists a forum to present some of their latest findings and technologies.

Thank you to the Rayner Family!

Welcome Nathan Notah

Nathan Notah began his duties as Navajo Nation Extension Agent in Window Rock, AZ on June 3, 2019. He looks forward to providing the Navajo people with trusted, practical education, research-based knowledge and programs in helping the people solve problems, develop skills and build a better future.

Born and raised on the Navajo Indian reservation in Tohatchi, New Mexico, Nathan grew up on his family’s cattle ranch. He attended secondary school in Tohatchi where he was active in 4-H and FFA and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from New Mexico State University.

Nathan began his career in 1987 with the Department of Agriculture for the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona. In 1991, Mr. Notah joined the Cooperative Extension Service with the University of California-Davis.

Most recently out of the National IAC Office in Billings, MT he was responsible for directing the day to day operations of the American Indian Foods International Export Program which is funded by USDA/Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS). 

Welcome, Nathan!

Did you miss it?

Did you miss an edition of Tuesday Morning Notes?  Did you miss one of the quarterly webinars?

Head here for archived Tuesday Morning Notes: https://extension.arizona.edu/tuesday-morning-notes

Head here for past Live Q & A Webinars: 

Youth from across Arizona come to Campus for 4-H STEM Camp

Fifty-five students from all across Arizona came to the University of Arizona campus to participate in 3 different Arizona 4-H camps learning all about STEM, this past week.

Sixth graders through 12th graders experienced working in a real-world laboratory, learned about biofuels, built robots, stayed in dorms, and got the chance to tour campus and see Arizona Stadium.

There were three separate 4-H camps “Safer Food Cats”, “Robotics Summer Camp”, and “Biofuel Summer Camp”.

Organizers say the camps expose participants to science-related activities and careers, and to the University of Arizona campus.

“We want, and we need more people in STEM careers,” said Daniela Cabrera, 4-H STEM Program Coordinator. “When the students are here, they get to actually be in a lab, do experiments, so they already start seeing themselves as scientists, and as college students.”

Head here to learn more about Arizona 4-H Camps: https://extension.arizona.edu/4h/home .

Check out the story on KOLD and KGUN:


2019 Women in Agriculture Conference

The 2019 Women in Agriculture Conference registration is open. This year’s conference is held in Tucson, July 11th and 12th at the Westward Look Resort. The featured keynote speaker is Michelle Miller, also known as “The Farm Babe”, an online social media writer and speaker about the food and farm industry. Additionally, Dr. Paul Brown will be speaking about water in the state of Arizona, and Dr. Sam Garcia from the UA’s Food Product and Safety Lab will be presenting in the Arizona Roundabout session.
Registration and hotel reservations are due by June 20th, please consider joining us!


Educate yourself on ‘Controversial Issues in Higher Education’

The Dean of Students Office invites all faculty, staff, and student to attend the Symposium ‘Controversial Issues in Higher Education - June 27, 2019’

Register before 6/20/2019 – admission is free for UA employees and students.


EFNEP 50th Anniversary

On June 4th 2019 the Honorable Sharon Bronson, District 3 and Pima County Board of Supervisors recognized EFNEP and the 50 years of dedication for community based nutrition education and building healthy and active lives in Pima County. 

The University of Arizona Pima County Extension Food Nutrition Education Program, EFNEP works to improve the health, food resource management, food safety, and food security of families with limited resources. 

For 50 years, EFNEP has been reaching some of the most vulnerable populations in Pima County and helping them to use their resources to keep healthy food in their homes and healthy meals on their tables.

Through community-based, relationship-driven, hands-on education, EFNEP has evolved and remained relevant to how people live, learn, work, shop and engage in physical activity. 

EFNEP’s unique position within the USDA, Pima County and the University of Arizona land-grant university provides a strong research-base for education and outreach.

Thank you to  EFNEP and the continuing Excellent Outreach in Pima County for 50 years of improving the health, food security, food resource management, food safety, diet quality and physical activity of limited resource families and youth.

University of Arizona State EFNEP Coordinator: Scottie Misner
University of Arizona Pima County Extension Director: Daniel McDonald
Program Coordinator, Senior: Joanie Contreras
Instructional Specialist:
Martha Escobar-Gil
Ivonne Martinez
Margarita Peralta
Michelle Rico
Kim Schmieder

Candidate Presentations

Candidate Presentations - Commercial Horticulture/Small Acreage Area Agent position in Yavapai/Coconino Counties.

“My Vision for Creating, Delivering, and Evaluating Extension Commercial Horticulture/Small Acreage Education Programs in Yavapai and Coconino Counties”
The link below will take you to both candidate presentation recordings:

Candidates and CV links

Hank Mager     https://cals.arizona.edu/yavapai/temp/MagershortCV.pdf
Isaac Mpanga  https://cals.arizona.edu/yavapai/temp/MpangashortCV.pdf
The link to the candidate evaluation form can be found here:  Agent Evaluation Form.pdf
Please send completed evaluation forms to Karen Pizzuto, pizzuto@email.arizona.edu  or mail to 840 Rodeo Drive, Bldg. C. Prescott, AZ, 86305 by June 20.

New Extension Publications

Shujuan (Lucy) Li, Dawn H. Gouge and Alfred J. Fournier

Frequently asked questions & how to reduce the number of bites.

Huanglongbing of Citrus
Jiahuai Hu and Glenn C. Wright
Huanglongbing (Chinese for yellow dragon disease or yellow shoot disease, abbreviated as HLB) also known as citrus greening, is a lethal, fast-spreading bacterial disease of citrus. HLB is the worst disease of citrus trees worldwide. HLB was first described in China in the early 1900’s. It has since been reported in the citrus-producing regions of 45 countries worldwide except in Australia and in the Mediterranean Basin (da Graça et al. 2016). Wherever HLB has occurred, citrus production has been greatly reduced with the loss of millions of trees worldwide. The consequences of HLB are reduced yields, higher tree maintenance costs and potential tree death, all of which have negative impacts on profitability. HLB was first detected in the U.S. in Florida in 2005 and has since affected all of its citrus-producing areas, leading to a 75 percent decline in Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry (Hodges and Spreen 2012). Fifteen U.S. States or territories, including Arizona are under full or partial quarantine due to the presence of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), the vector of HLB-associated bacterium (USDA-APHIS-PPQ 2018).

TMN Submittal Process

Please submit your news by 4:00pm Monday to TMN [tmn@cals.arizona.edu].

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