May 7, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Zumbini Video
  3. 25th Annual Southwestern Noxious/Invasive Weed Short Course
  4. New Extension Publications
  5. 4-H Camp G.R.I.T
  6. Mastering the Art of Meringue

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

The 2019 Spring Luncheon for the Division of Agriculture, Life, and Veterinary Science & Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) was held in the University of Arizona Student Union Ballroom last Tuesday, 30 April.  Numerous faculty and staff are recognized for their outstanding work at this luncheon each and we had an outstanding representation of personnel from the Cooperative Extension System (CES).

We have an abundance of excellent people, programs, and teams in the CES and this annual luncheon presents an excellent opportunity to recognize a few of them.  The dominant showing of the CES personnel in this event demonstrates two important points: 1) The excellence we have come to know and expect from CES professionals, and 2) the fact that we cannot recognize them in this manner if they are not nominated.

Many thanks to those who took the initiative to nominate and recognize their colleagues – good job!  Accordingly, this is a good reminder for us all to nominate and support our incredible colleagues in the CES for their commitment and professionalism.

Those recognized in this spring 2019 ALVSCE luncheon include the following with CES affiliations:

2018 Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension – Rhegan Derfus, Cochise County, Program Coordinator Senior,

2018 Cooperative Extension Faculty of the Year – Channah Rock, Soil, Water & Environmental Science, Specialist,

Year-to-Year Appointed Professional Award for Excellence – Jan Groth, Cochise County, Assistant in Extension, Horticulture

Outstanding Team Award – The Garden Kitchen, Pima County Cooperative Extension
Names of the team members are as follows:
    Erika Alvarez
    Anna Cosgrove
    Sydney Devlin - Student
    Eldaa Galindo
    Glenda Garcia
    Rachael Hearne
    Jazmin Lopez
    Denisse Ortega Lorona
    Jenn Parlin
    Heather Robinson
    Bernice Scobie
    Kayla Williams -

Shirley O’Brien Diversity and Inclusion Award – Betty Thompson, Maricopa County,
Health Educator, Senior 

Administrator of the Year – Steve Husman, Director, Tucson Area Agriculture Centers (Note: Steve was an Extension Agent and he also served as the CED for Pima County Cooperative Extension)

Once again, congratulations to all!!!

Zumbini Video

UA Cooperative Extension takes the latest information about early childhood, and implements that into classes for families. "Zumbini" is a music appreciation class, taught at the Family Resource Center in Rio Rico, Santa Cruz County, Arizona.

Hear from a parent, instructor, and the Family Resource Center Site Coordinator about this great class, and why it's important:

25th Annual Southwestern Noxious/Invasive Weed Short Course

(Wow!! Our Silver Anniversary!!)
When:  July 23, 24, and 25, 2019

Where:  Henderson Fine Arts Center (Rooms 9008, 9010), San Juan College, 4601 College Blvd, Farmington, NM 87402

How:  The primary purpose of this regional 3-day Short Course is to explore the ecology and management of noxious, invasive weeds that threaten economic and ecologic interests of the southwestern U.S.   The course is broken into 2 tracks – beginning (i.e., Track 1), for those wanting to learn about the various species of interest and basic management options invasive plants, and advanced (i.e., Track 2), for those interested in going beyond plant ID and basic management principles.  Although the short course is presented in 2 tracks you will be free to tailor your attendance in a way that best fits your needs.  A half-day field trip from Farmington, NM to Durango, CO on the afternoon of July 24 will provide hands-on experiences with identifying noxious weeds and discussing various integrated weed management options with noxious weed experts from around the SW US. 

Who:  Local, regional, and national experts will share their knowledge with YOU.  Download Draft Agenda and find more information on the registration site

New Extension Publications

Arizona Kissing Bugs
Shujuan (Lucy) Li, Dawn H. Gouge, Shaku Nair, Al Fournier, W. Eugene Hall
Kissing bugs are true bugs in the insect Order Hemiptera, in the Family Reduviidae. Reduviids as a family, are sometimes called assassin bugs because most members of this family are predators of other arthropods and are in fact beneficial to humans. Kissing bugs are an exception, and are blood-feeding parasites that feed on a wide variety of domestic, wild animals, and occasionally humans. Kissing bugs are also known as conenose bugs, Triatomine bugs, Mexican bed bugs, and Wallapai tigers. Kissing bugs get their name because they often bite sleeping human victims on the face. Although kissing bugs are in the same insect order as bed bugs and both feed on blood, they have different life histories.
Minimizing Risks: Use of Surface Water in Pre-Harvest Agricultural Irrigation
Jessica L. Dery, Natalie Brassill, Channah Rock

Irrigation water can act as a vector, or carrier, that can transport or spread pathogens to crops, where they have the potential to cause illness (CDC, 2018). Decisions to treat irrigation water can be driven by buyer requirements, for product marketing or branding, or because the water quality exceeds the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations or the Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA) standards for generic Escherichia coli (E. coli). For example, the quality of surface waters may be more impaired or have higher pathogen contamination compared to groundwater (FDA, 2018). This is because they are directly exposed to external influences and therefore may require treatment. To ensure irrigation water is at a quality sufficient to meet grower needs, it is important to understand how water quality affects treatment methods and associated challenges and solutions. If the quality of the water source is unknown, there are many labs recommended by the Arizona Department of Health Services that offer U.S. EPA approved testing methods. Links to testing labs, EPA registered sanitizers, and approved testing methods are provided at the bottom of this fact sheet. This publication is a general overview of water quality and common treatment methods. It is the first of a series covering specific treatment options for pre-harvest agricultural irrigation such as chlorination, Ultra Violet (UV), and peroxyacetic acid. 

James L. Walworth, Richard Heerema

Ever since the earliest pecan orchards were commercially planted in the southeastern US in the 19th century, various abnormal growth patterns called “rosette” and “little leaf” have been observed in the trees. Affected trees exhibited shortening of the shoot internodes, which gave shoots a “rosette”-type appearance. Leaf shape, size, and color were also noticeably affected: leaflets were much narrower and smaller in surface area, had wavy edges on the leaf margins, and exhibited a pale yellowish, or chlorotic color especially between the leaf veins. In more severe cases, leaflets showed dark necrotic blotches between the veins and eventually shoot terminal dieback

What are PFAS? Perfluoralkyl and Polyflouroalkyl Substances, also known as ‘PFAS’, are a group of stable, man-made chemical compounds that have been used worldwide since the 1940s for industrial applications and consumer products. They repel water, oil, grease, and heat and are therefore commonly used to make waterproof and protective coatings, including non-stick cookware and stain resistant carpeting. The PFAS class covers a wide range of compounds, including Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonic Acid (PFOS) as well as newer GenX chemicals which are currently being used in the place of PFOS and PFOA since being phased out by U.S. manufacturing. A defining feature of PFAS is its strong chemical structure due to bonds between arbon (C) and fluorine (F) atoms (Figure 1). These bonds represent some of the strongest bonds in chemistry and therefore can remain for long periods in the environment, in wildlife, and also in people.

4-H Camp – Change Your Child’s Life This Summer!

Registration for 4-H Camp G.R.I.T. is open! This year, 4-H Camp is set for June 17 – 21, 2019 at James 4-H Camp east of Prescott Valley. 4-H Camp is a five-day, four-night residential camping experience that is sponsored by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County Office.

Sending your child to 4-H Camp can benefit them in many ways --  they will have a ton of fun, make new friends, develop new skills, be physically active, and gain an appreciation for nature.  4-H Camp is about  more than one week of fun, it’s about a lifetime of memories.  4-H Camp G.R.I.T. teaches youth to make good decisions, builds their self-confidence, helps them become more independent, and teaches them to work well with others.  

4-H Camp is open to ALL boys and girls, ages 9-14 by July 12, 2018.  4-H membership is not required; however, all participants will be expected to comply with the same high behavior standards expected of 4-H members.  

Cost is $400 now through June 7. Any payments received after June 7 will be $425.  Download a camper application and newsletter on-line at:  Thanks to Tractor Supply Company, $150 camp assistance funds are available.  Check the box on page 3 of the Camp Application Form.  Questions: call the Maricopa County Extension Office at 602-827-8275.  Sign your child up today before our camper beds are filled!

The Garden Kitchen Presents: Mastering the Art of Meringue

Chocolate Angel Food Cake
Citrus Meringue Cookies
Gluten free Dacquoise Topped with Flavor with Yogurt

Date: Thursday, May 09, 2019, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Class fee $55.00 per participant, includes lunch of all dishes made.

To Register:

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.

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