March 17, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Vote for Navajo County 4-H
  3. Workshop Dates for Promotion Review Process
  4. Endowed Chair Will Combat Insect Threats to Arizona Fields
  5. Developing Engaging Extension Curriculum to Enhance Food Security
  6. Cancellation: Shiprock Agriculture Days 2020
  7. New Extension Publication
  8. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

As you all know by now, the University of Arizona (UA) has suspended on-campus classes and events and moving everything to remote and on-line operations. 

We are doing the same in the UA Cooperative Extension System (CES).  We all need to work remotely unless it is necessary to have someone in the office or lab.  This is to enhance social distancing.  Basically, if it is not essential, do not do it. 

For right now, we are going to err on the side of caution. The health and well-being is a top priority for everyone at the UA, in the CES, and in our communities. We need to act promptly and conservatively. We can do things differently when we know more. We are all working together to provide the best examples we can to “flatten the curve” so our healthcare system is not overwhelmed.

We are posting updates and information on our Extension webpage.  Also, keep watch at the University of Arizona COVID-19 webpage. Please stay tuned.

For everyone in Cooperative Extension, it is important that you continue to just be you. People in Cooperative Extension are amazingly big-hearted, generous, flexible, and devoted. We will be working together in some new and different ways for the near future. We will get through this, and we will be creative, and we will grow.

Please continue to be your best self and we can all help each other in these times.  For now, wash your hands and do all the good practices we know we need to do. Our nation and Cooperative Extension have seen much worse than this. We'll be fine. In fact, if we behave responsibly and professionally, we can potentially teach a lesson to the world around us.

Cooperative Extension Offices

All Cooperative Extension Offices are closed until further notice.

Vote for Navajo County 4-H    Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition

Navajo County 4-H is excited to announce that out of nearly 3,000 entries, the Blue Ridge Junior High 4-H Physics and Engineering Club has been selected as one of the top 20 National Finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition.  Our project video is published on social media for voting.  The video with the most votes wins an additional $10,000.00 in technology for the classroom.  We need your vote.  Please follow this link: to vote for Blue Ridge Junior High 4-H Physics and Engineering Club (third video on the top).  Also, please share your vote on Facebook and Twitter when prompted. We appreciate your continued support!

Vote for your favorite school once a day through March 30th.

Workshop Dates for Department Heads and Committee Members on the Promotion Review Process

Online workshops for department heads, unit directors, and separate workshops for committee members, are available for registration.  These workshops will provide an overview for the given roles in the  promotion review process for 2020-2021 and include training in Review, Promotion and Tenure system.

All workshop dates will be recorded.  Register for a workshop date appropriate to your role in the promotion review process with one of the links below.  Please save the date, time and Zoom information before submitting the RSVP.  If there are any questions, please email
Heads/Directors Workshops RSVP:

Committee Members Workshops RSVP:

Endowed Chair Will Combat Insect Threats to Arizona Fields

Through the donations of nearly two dozen Southwestern growers and industry leaders, the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has received commitments totaling more than $1 million to establish an endowed chair in integrated pest management.

A multifaceted and environmentally sensitive approach to managing everything from insects and weeds to animal and human diseases, integrated pest management strives to support growers and increase farm profitability, while reducing human health risks and protecting natural resources.

The endowed chair will honor John Palumbo, a Cooperative Extension Specialist at the Yuma Agricultural Center, and his contributions to the Yuma community.

Webinar Announcement: Developing Engaging Extension Curriculum to Enhance Food Security

March 26th at 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

This RREA-funded webinar is open to all!  Please distribute to your colleagues and other interested people.

Register at

This is the 2nd in a series of nine webinars.  It will focus on Extension programming that sustain healthy forests and rangelands, while enhancing food Security.   Healthy and productive forests and rangelands are the hallmark of the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA).  Featured speakers include three successful Extension Educators:

   Dr. John Munsell, Agroforestry and whole farm planning, Virginia Tech.
   Dr. Diomy Zamora, Agroforestry and Silvopasture Systems, University of Minnesota
   Dr. Travis Mulliniks, Nebraska Ranch Practicum, University of Nebraska

They will share their best kept secrets to engage and educate stakeholders in methods to sustain forest and rangeland productivity while addressing local, regional and national food security needs.  More information and recordings to previous webinars are available at:

Cancellation of Shiprock Agriculture Days 2020

It is will great regret and after consideration of all factors involved with the Corona "Covid19" virus we have decided to cancel the 2020 Shiprock Agriculture Days Event scheduled for March 18 -19, 2020. This is not an easy decision but with the announcement from the World Health Organization (WHO) deeming the Covid19 a pandemic and our concerns for the health and safety of all participants, including the large number of our elders who are in regular attendance of the event.

We will be working on getting a new date for the event, pending the lift of the "Declared State of Emergency" and when it is deemed safe for the event to be held. As the event has speakers, presenters and attendees that come from across the Navajo Nation and out of state, we do not want to have a large gathering that may influence further illness. Thank you for your understanding and consideration of the seriousness, as well as preventive measures being taken. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Alexendra Carlisle by phone or email at (505)-330-1443 or

New Extension Publication

The Curious Case of Arizona’s Morning Glories (Ipomoea spp.)
Andrew Brischke

Arizona is host to an extremely rich and diverse flora due to our varying climate, elevation, soils, and ecological zones amongst other factors. The state has almost 4,000 species of native plants, unmatched by most regions of the United States (ANPS, 2019). Of those nearly 4,000 native species, Arizona has 12 species of native morning glories (Ipomoea spp.) (Table 1). Morning glories, both annual and perennial, are typically herbaceous plants with many cultivated varieties being a favorite ornamental for home gardeners. Morning glories often have long stems that climb and twine, with leaves being large and heart-shaped or lobed. Flowers are funnel-shaped and vary in color from violet or blue to red, pink, and white.

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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