June 16, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. ANR Associate Director Candidate Presentations
  3. FCHS Program Development Mini-grant Winner
  4. Spots Available in Upcoming Diabetes Prevention Program
  5. Coconino County Annual Report
  6. New Report from UA WRRC aims to demystify water in the Pinal AMA
  7. New Publication
  8. Water in the Native World webinar and the Indigenous Co-Innovation in FEWS
  9. Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years
  10. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

With the passage of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914, the Cooperative Extension Service was officially formed in conjunction with Land-Grant Institutions in every U.S. state and territory.  In 1989, the reference to the Cooperative Extension “System” was recognized at the national level and the reference was adopted in most states.

The University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension System (CES) is indeed a system and it is multi-faceted.  The CES consists of county units, academic units, experiment station units, tribal offices, and administrative elements. 

Every part of the CES is important.  The points of program delivery, the real points of action, are directed through the academic, county, and tribal units.  Our challenge in the Extension administration is to integrate these elements in a functional and cohesive manner.

The fact the CES is a functioning system has been made very clear in the process with the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, the redirection of our programs to remote and virtual methods, and now with the process of developing reopening and transition plans.  All aspects of the CES must be considered and managed simultaneously. For example, there is still no set date of re-entry to our physical office locations as determined by the UA and it is important that we do this in a coordinated manner across the entire organization.

In the process of doing all of this, we need and appreciate the cooperation and support of all CES personnel working in every part of this organization or system.  Everyone across the CES have been contributing in many positive ways and doing a great job in the process.

As we proceed, please continue to take care of yourselves and each other.   


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ANR Associate Director Candidates

If you missed the candidate presentations, please check them out here.  If you need help viewing the presentations, contact Hattie Braun.

Please fill out the candidate evaluation and return to Trent Teegerstrom by June 23

FCHS Program Development Mini-grant Winner

FCHS Extension Development funds were made available for Professional Development. The objective of the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Development Fund is to provide support and enhance FCHS programs where regular annual university budget allocations are unavailable. Funds are to be utilized by or through FCHS Extension faculty and staff to enhance county or statewide Extension educational program efforts. One professional development proposal was selected for funding: Jenn Parlin was awarded funds to attend the NEAFCS annual session in September.  Congratulations Jenn! 

Spots Available in Upcoming Diabetes Prevention Program

Due to the high interest in a remote Diabetes Prevention Program, we are beginning a new class fully delivered over Zoom. There are still spots available! The DPP will meet on Tuesdays at noon, starting on June 16th. Make up sessions are available. The DPP is a lifestyle change program that helps reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. The main goals of the program are to help you lose weight and increase your physical activity. There are 26 classes over 12 months, at first weekly, then every other week, and then once a month. Each meeting lasts 1 hr. The Cooperative Extension Diabetes Prevention Program has obtained full recognition status from the CDC. Participation in the DPP will earn state employees at least 200 HIP points. Contact Vanessa da Silva vdasilva@arizona.edu or visit www.preventdiabetesAZ.org


Coconino County Annual Report

This past year has been a productive one for University of Arizona Coconino Cooperative Extension County (CCCE) with the addition of many new employees. We conducted educational programs and provided direct assistance to Coconino County residents in the areas of 4-H youth development, animal science, horticulture, natural resources, and family consumer and health sciences.

We have five new faculty and staff at CCCE this year: Extension Agent Christy Stuth, Assistant in Extension Joshua Farella, Instructional Specialist Gayle Gratop, Extension Agent Dr. Isaac Mpanga, and Instructional Specialist Lorie Cavalli. I would like to introduce you to our new faces in this report.  
-- Hattie Braun

New Report from UA WRRC aims to demystify water in the Pinal AMA

The WRRC is pleased to share our newly released report Getting Down to Facts: A Visual Guide to Water in the Pinal Active Management Area, a collection of information on water use and management in the Pinal Active Management Area (AMA). In partnership with the Pinal County Cooperative Extension and Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, this report was created as a reference resource for interested residents, decision makers, and other stakeholders by summarizing existing data, through graphics and concise text. This report, with its 40 customized figures and tables, uses maps and data visualizations to explain the interconnections of water demands and supplies with the hydrologic setting, jurisdictional boundaries, resource availability, institutional framework, and the roles of various governmental and non-governmental entities. 

View and download the report here: https://wrrc.arizona.edu/news/visual-guide-pinal-active-management-area

Contact: Ashley Hullinger,

New Publication

Yue M. Li and  Elise S. Gornish

The paper describes a survey of restoration stakeholders in the U.S. states of Arizona and California in order to evaluate key attributes in restoration activities including ecosystems of focus, goals, size, cost, duration, and the prevalence of recommended restoration practices. The paper also examines how some of the attributes varied with size of restoration, ecosystem type, and state identity.

Water in the Native World webinar and the Indigenous Co-Innovation in FEWS

Dr. Karletta Chief and her programs are sponsoring the following:
Water in the Native World – Special Issue Webinar Series. Wednesdays @ 2:00-3:00pm, from June 10 to July 8, 2020
Indigenous Co-Innovation in Food-Energy-Water Systems workshop. Daily sessions June 15-19, 2020.

Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years

The WRRC’s first-ever virtual conference, Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years, is just around the corner! With 480 people already registered, we are so excited to hear the discussions that are bound to occur. Registration ends on Monday, June 15th, and tickets are just $35 or $10 for students! Visit our website to learn more about the conference, to see the conference agenda, and to register on Eventbrite.

The exciting two half-day program across June 18th and June 19th includes more than 30 speakers and panelists, including a keynote address by former Arizona Governor and U.S. Secretary of the Bruce Babbitt. Experts will share thoughts on topics such as climate, indigenous perspectives, natural systems, and water for agriculture, water in rural communities, and more. Thank you to Cooperative Extension for once again joining us as a generous conference sponsor.


Educational Communication: Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel 

In the "digital age" - with the quest for information, but shorter attention spans - educational organizations are communicating more and more via social media, websites, and using digital communications, like Zoom.

Arizona Cooperative Extension is working to be at the forefront of this trend, in communicating with short, to-the-point videos.

                           Check out the Arizona Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel:

Please make sure you're helping us advance the Cooperative Extension message.  Please like, share and link through your social media channels, and help us do all we can to share with all stakeholders and communities.

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