May 15, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Welcome Gloria Blumanhourst
  3. Next Q&A with Dr. Silvertooth
  4. Livestock Producer Workshop
  5. Diamondback's School Challenge Award
  6. 4-H Director Candidate Presentations
  7. Desert Horticulture Conference
  8. Senate Bill 1098 industrial hemp; licensing
  9. Arizona IPM Impacts
  10. Results-based Accountability Training 
  11. New Publications
  12. WRRC Special Seminar
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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

We are currently working through several important search and screen (S/S) procedures seeking to secure excellent new employees for the Cooperative Extension System (CES).  In every S/S we always want to hire people with strong technical and scientific skills appropriate for their positions and duties.  However, it is important to consider additional skills or attributes that are important for Extension professionals.

  Although difficult to measure quantitatively, we find three fundamental skills or traits are consistent with the most successful Extension professionals.  These include: 1) common sense, 2) honesty, and 3) a strong work ethic.  These skills or traits are common with successful people in any line of work.  However, in Extension when we are working with the public beyond the unique realm of academia; common sense, honesty, and hard work come through and pay off every time in a positive manner.

Welcome Gloria

We welcome Gloria Blumanhourst as the new Program Coordinator for Volunteers of the 4-H and Master Gardener programs statewide.  Her office is located in Forbes 301 in the State Extension Office.  Her email address is and her phone number is 621-4156.  Gloria comes to us with a wealth of experience and knowledge from Colorado State University.  Welcome Gloria!

Save-the-Date: Live Q & A Webinar with Dr. Jeff Silvertooth

Tune into the next Live Q & A webinar – where you can submit your questions *live* via ‘Go To Meeting’.

What: Dr. Jeff Silvertooth addresses Extension issues & answers questions

When: Tuesday, May 22nd, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Where: Your computer

Register for the event by clicking: HERE

Pre-submit your questions:

Livestock Producer Workshop

On May 8, 2018, The University of Arizona’s Experimental Ranch, V Bar V, hosted a Livestock Producer Workshop. Area Assistant Agents, Ashley Hall and Andrew Brischke, organized the program for 63 participants from eight counties across the state and New Mexico. Three groups rotated through presentations during morning and afternoon sessions. Topics included demonstrations of pregnancy checking through palpating and ultra sound, facilities design, body condition and frame scoring, trichomoniasis testing demonstration and economics of culling decisions. Evaluation results indicated 14 producers that attended the workshop had not previously participated in Extension programming.  

The workshop would not have been successful without the assistance of Lisa Gerber, Debbie and Ron Pearson, Keith and Bopper Cannon, and Jennifer Collins. 

Diamondback's School Challenge Award

Hulet Elementary School, was one of the recipients for the 2018 Arizona Diamondback’s School Challenge Award. They had 400 Holbrook HUSD staff, community members and family and friends attend the game. This $5,000 award is for the school to plan, develop, build a greenhouse, and implement a school garden at Hulet Elementary for the 2018-19 school year. Hulet Elementary School worked with The Arizona Health Zone-Cooperative Extension, Navajo County to achieve this grant.  U of A has been working with the district on gardening efforts for the last 2 ½ years.  The team approach has led to successful gardening efforts at both Park and now Hulet Elementary School.

Pictured is Shawn Tow,
Margine Bawden, and Stephanie Peters. Photo credit to Taylor Jackson of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

4-H Director Candidates

Presentation: “What is your vision for managing issues, challenges and opportunities facing Arizona 4-H through 2030?” 

May 17, 1:30 – 2:30, Forbes 124 -  David Brian Calhoun

David will be in Phoenix at the Maricopa Extension Office for a meet and greet on May 18th from 1:00-3:00pm. 

May 22, 11:00am-12:00pm, Forbes 124 -  Jeremy Elliot-Engel

Jeremy will also be in Phoenix at the Maricopa Extension Office for a meet and greet on May 23rd from 1:00-3:00pm.

If you cannot attend in person, please view the presentations using the following information:

Please register for 4H Director Candidates Presentations at:

You will then be registered for both sessions and will receive a reminder email with the connection information an hour before each presentation.

We encourage all County Agents, Specialists, County Directors, 4-H Staff to invite and bring volunteers and youth members to the meet and greet in Phoenix.  This is a great opportunity to provide input in the selection process.  

Desert Horticulture Conference

The 27th Annual Desert Horticulture Conference will be held on May 31, 2018 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson. For conference information and registration visit the website at The Desert Horticulture Conference is the premier annual conference for all members of the southwest green industry. Three concurrent tracks offer 18 topics, CEU’s available from ISA and ADA.

Senate Bill 1098 industrial hemp; licensing

From Dean Burgess 

Senate Bill 1098 industrial hemp; licensing
As you may have heard, the Governor recently signed into law Senate Bill 1098 regarding the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp. We will be providing you additional guidance regarding this new law over the next several months. IMPORTANT: THIS LAW HAS A DELAYED EFFECTIVE DATE AND WILL NOT BE IN EFFECT UNTIL FALL OF 2019. It is extremely important to remember that up until fall of 2019, ANY work with hemp remains illegal under both federal and state law. In other words, nothing has changed with regard to the illegality of hemp: hemp remains illegal under federal and state law, and the University cannot participate in activities related to hemp up until fall of 2019.

Arizona IPM Impacts

The Arizona Pest Management Center highlights major impacts of our integrated pest management (IPM) Teams, made possible, in part, by grants from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). For example, did you know?...

Research on brown stink bug control in cotton showed that not spraying for this insect pest increased economic returns for growers. After outreach from our Agronomic Crops IPM Team, growers reduced sprays by more than 90% (from 39% of acres in 2014 to 3% in 2015), saving growers over $8mil in just one year, while protecting the environment from broad-spectrum pesticide applications.

Read about more impacts of Arizona's IPM Teams: 

The piece was developed by Al Fournier, Peter Ellsworth, Dawn Gouge, John Palumbo, Marco Peña & Naomi Pier, visuals and layout by Cara Gibson.

For more information, contact: Al Fournier

Results-based Accountability Training

Results-based Accountability Training with Mark Friedman: May 29-30, 2018

     * Tuesday May 29; 8:15am - 4:00pm: 

Renown author Mark Friedman will conduct an all-day training exclusively for UA Cooperative
Extension  at the Maricopa County Extension Office in Phoenix. For more information:

     * Wednesday May 30; 8:30am - 3:30pm:

Hands-on RBA application exercise to put the training into practice. 
Please register here

ATTENDEES WILL NEED TO PAY FOR THEIR OWN LODGING AND TRAVEL EXPENSES. If you would like to attend and have limited funds for travel, please contact Chris Jones to discuss options.

Registration Fee: $30. To be paid via Transfer of Funds to cover lunch and snacks during the workshop. Please provide your business officer's name and email  for us to make the transfer.

Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe, 2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85282
May 28 and 29: $99 + 14.07% tax = $112.93 per night (includes breakfast).
Please make your individual reservation at 800-528-6481 by 05/21/2018.
The group code is:  BAT

New Publications

Journal of Extension
Q Methodology: A Method for Understanding Complex Viewpoints in Communities Served by Extension

Aaron Lein, George Ruyle and Laura Lopez-Hoffman

This article introduces Q methodology, an idea-sorting activity that can help Extension improve outreach and education on new and contentious issues. Q methodology is a helpful tool when Extension professionals are confronted with controversial or complex resource management challenges. Through the analysis of a simple card-sorting exercise, researchers can determine quantitatively and qualitatively how different issues combine to result in (a) an individual's viewpoint on an issue and (b) groupings of different viewpoints within a community. We describe the basic approach to implementing Q methodology and suggest circumstances in which it can help facilitate Extension outreach and education. 

Author(s): Andrew Brischke, Bob Clotworthy, Jeff Schalau, Hattie Braun, Mike Wierda, 
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term management of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological controls, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, use of resistant varieties, and chemical (UCIPM definition). Chemical controls are employed after other management techniques have proven ineffective and/ or significant crop damage continues to occur. Publication Number: AZ1765-2018

WRRC Special Seminar

Speaker:  Uri Shani, Former Israel Water Authority Chairman

Monday, May 21, 2018  3:30pm – 4:45pm

WRRC, Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.)

GoToWebinar is available for this seminar 

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