March 26, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth 
  2. Live Q & A Webinar Today, March 26, 1:30
  3. Viticulture Symposium
  4. Navajo Nation Integrated Pest Management Workshop
  5. Beginning Rancher Program
  6. EFNEP Celebrates 50 Years of Changing Lives
  7. Garden Kitchen Classes
  8. Agricultural STEM Presentations
  9. AZ-NV Academy of Science

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

 Credibility is absolutely essential to everything we do as educators - whether we are communicating to our peers in the research community, teaching in a classroom, or working in Extension education. 

It is often said that credibility consists of two components: 

Credibility = competency + integrity

Competency results from having expertise and the ability to apply that expertise. 

Integrity encompasses a person’s honesty, reliability, and the value of their work. 

A third critical component associated with credibility is based on relationships.  Developing and maintaining strong relationships is extremely important in establishing and maintaining credibility in Extension programs.

Strong and effective Extension programs are considered credible because they demonstrate competency, integrity, and work on a foundation of good professional relationships.  Good working relationships in the communities in which we work take time to develop, sometimes decades. 

In the university environment, degrees, titles, and unit designations are important.  However, they often have very little direct value to the people and communities we work with in Extension, where credibility is based on an established record of performance and dependability. 


University of Arizona Viticulture Symposium

April 2, 2019
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Elk’s Lodge, Willcox, AZ

Topics Include: IPM Management of Common Pests, CLIMAS Update, Calendar of Events Post Harvest, Weed Management, Root Rot and Control, Canopy Management & Planting for Vine Health

Keynote Speaker: Larry Bettiga (University of California)

Other Presenters: Bill McCloskey (UA), Jeremy Weiss (UA), Joshua Sherman (UA), Vern Johnson (AZ-PCA)

Register at:

Contact: Josh Sherman –


Navajo Nation Intergrated Pest Management Workshop

In collaboration with the Navajo Department of Health (NDOH), Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., and StopPests in Housing, the UA Arizona Pest Management Center (APMC) held the Navajo Nation Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Workshop at the Twin Arrows Casino Resort, Flagstaff, March 19-20, 2019.

About 80 participants from a variety of Navajo Nation departments/agencies attended the workshop. 
   Navajo County Board of Supervisors
   Navajo Housing Authority/FMD Pest Control Program
   Indian Health Care Center
   NDOH Public Health Nursing
   NDOH/CHR/Outreach Program 
   NDOH Health Education Program 
   NDOH Environmental Health & Protection
   Employee Housing Program
   NDOH Food Distribution Program
   Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency
   NDOH Navajo Infectious Diseases & Control Program
   and Navajo Department of Agriculture

This workshop was funded by the Extension Strategic Initiative Proposal (ESIP) to the APMC Public Health IPM Team coordinated by Dr. Shujuan (Lucy) Li. Team members Dr. Shaku Nair, Dr. Lucy Li, and Maureen Brophy (Department of Entomology) presented at the Navajo Nation IPM Workshop.

Beginning Rancher Program

On Friday and Saturday, March 22nd and 23rd, Mohave County Cooperative Extension in partnership with the Arizona Association of Conservation Districts and Arizona Cattlegrowers’ Ranchers of Tomorrow hosted another successful Beginning Farmer and Rancher’s program at the Rafter S Cattle Company in Kingman, AZ. The event had over 50 participants for the educational program, BBQ, Barn Dance, and roping event the following day. Attendees learned about obtaining loans and financing, soils, ecological sites, and state & transition models. Perhaps the most encouraging was to see the many young faces in the crowd developing the skills to become our future agricultural producers.

Future Beginning Farmer and Rancher Programs currently scheduled are:
Tuesday, April 9th:  Library and Community Center, Florence, AZ
Tuesday, April 30th: Apache Gold Casino, San Carlos, AZ
Friday, May 3rd: Stockton Pass, Fort Grant, AZ
Tuesday, May 14th:  Library and Community Center, Florence, AZ
Wednesday, May 22nd: Lower Kaibab National Forest, Northwest AZ
Friday, August 9th: Florida Canyon, Santa Rita Experimental Range, Southeast AZ
Tuesday, August 27th: Payson, AZ
Friday, September 20th: Cochise College, Douglas, AZ
Thursday, December 5th: Whiteriver, AZ

Please contact Russ Tronstad for more information about these Beginning Farmer and Rancher opportunities

EFNEP Celebrates 50 Years of Changing Lives!

EFNEP (or, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) is a  nation-wide community nutrition education program that helps limited-resource families, allowing them to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and changed behavior necessary for nutritional well-being of the whole family.

This year, the program celebrates its 50th year in Arizona. 

EFNEP arose out of societal concern for the millions of Americans facing poverty, hunger and food insecurity in the 1960s. The program is administered through USDA, and NIFA in cooperation with the State Cooperative Extensions Services via 76 land grant universities and our own University of Arizona. EFNEP uses peer educators, people from families’s own neighborhoods to provide nutrition education. 

This year Congress funded $67,945,000 for EFNEP across the nation. Arizona received $713,693 and 90% of our funding goes to personnel. 97% of Adults graduated from Arizona EFNEP’s program. Of those graduates 68% improved their diet quality, 54% improved their level of physical activity and their food security improved by 38%. Youth on the other hand improved their diet quality by 79% and their physical activity level by 42%.

Commencing its 50th celebration in 2019, EFNEP will have special events throughout the year to recognize past, present and future partners, participants, volunteers and educators in the communities it serves in Cochise, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal and Santa Cruz counties.

For more information on EFNEPs 50th Anniversary activities contact EFNEP counties: Cochise-Evelyn Whitmer, Maricopa Co-Traci Armstrong Florian, Pima-Joanie Contreras, Pinal-Cathy Martinez, and Santa Cruz- Chris Bachelier.

Check out this video, where our own Martha Escobar-Gil speaks about her role with EFNEP:

Garden Kitchen Classes

Knife Skills Hands-on Cooking Class
In this hands-on class you’ll hone basic knife skills and practice the fundamental cuts--mince, dice, brunoise, bâtonnet and julienne. We’ll practice how to cut large food items like a head of cabbage, delicate herbs, and onions, with practically no tears! We’ll also learn techniques for safety and keeping all your knives maintained and sharp. Join us to become more efficient and effective in the kitchen!

Skills taught: Safe, efficient cutting skills for a variety of different shapes and textures of foods, knife care and safe storage, and shopping tips for cost effective produce purchasing.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 and Saturday June 22, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Class fee $55.00 per participant, a light Mexican style lunch will be provided as well as ingredients to take home for dinner!

To register go to:

Five Recipes One Chicken! How to Break Down and Use a Whole Chicken, Hands–On Class
During this interactive hands on class, we will teach you how butcher a whole chicken into its component parts and use all of the parts effectively. By learning how to break down a whole chicken you will not only save money, but you will have the flexibility of using every part to create unique recipes.

Demonstration of how to break down a chicken
Break down a chicken yourself (using some parts in class, the rest to take home)
Chicken tagine with couscous
In order to use the rest of your chicken at home, we will provide the following recipes: homemade stock, chicken chasseur with mushrooms, stuffed chicken breast, and velouté sauce.

Skills taught: chicken butchery, how to make a tagine, how to make a stock and sauce

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Class fee $55.00 per participant, includes lunch of all dishes made.

To register go to:

All proceeds from these classes go towards our free programming, empowering Pima County residents to build community wellness and make healthier choices through food, fitness, and gardening education.

Agricultural STEM Candidate Presentations

Below is the link to the presentations of the two candidates for the Agricultural STEM position.

Candidates Gigette Webb and Chelsea Corkins:

Presentation Title: My vision of an Ag. STEM program integrating innovated instruction and Classroom Science Standards

For more information - contact Ed Martin

Please fill out the evaluation form and email to Ed Martin by March 26. 


AZ-NV Academy of Science

The Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science (ANAS) is hosting its annual conference on April 6, 2019 in Yuma, Arizona for the very first time because SWES's own Dr. Paula Rivadeneira will become the President of the organization at the meeting! 

This conference is one of the most student-friendly conferences in the country and promotes all aspects of science. Students can do an oral presentation or a poster presentation/lightning talk. Lightning talks are new this year - students will get 3 minutes and 3 slides to tell the audience about their internship, research, interests, and goals. It's a great way to get them to commit to an elevator speech, and industry is welcome to attend to find their next new hire superstars! We are encouraging all students, even those not presenting a poster, to do a lightning talk.

Register here and encourage ALL of your students to attend and present. Time to start working on those student resumes! If you have questions, please contact Dr. Paula or 928-919-2611.

Dr. Paula has arranged for ALL students who register for the ANAS conference to do so for FREE


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