April 9, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth 
  2. Research Poster Forum
  3. Maricopa Extension Hosts Admitted Students
  4. Hygiene Supply Drive
  5. Diabetes Prevention Program
  6. Produce Safety Training
  7. Arizona School IPM Conference
  8. Candidate Presentations

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

The traditional core program areas of the Cooperative Extension System (CES) were agriculture, home economics, and youth development when the CES was initiated nearly 100 years ago.  The 4-H programs were officially formed and included in 1913.  These core program areas remain today as subsets of today’s more expansive programs areas:  Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR); Family, Consumer, & Health Sciences (FCHS); 4-H Youth Development and Tribal Extension.

At the University of Arizona (UA) the CES is now structured as one of four basic pillars of the Division of Agriculture, Life, & Veterinary Sciences and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) with the Arizona Experiment Station now serving as the fourth pillar.  Accordingly, the CES is no longer embedded within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) but we remain heavily invested in CALS. 

With this new division structure, the CES now has the potential of investing in other colleges and university entities to expand or strengthen our program delivery.  For example, we could enhance ANR programs with partnerships in the Colleges of Science and/or Engineering.  Programs in FCHS might benefit from strategic relationships with the Colleges of Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS).  Similarly, partnerships with Colleges of SBS or Education could prove beneficial for the 4-H programs, as well as other colleges or programs.  While funding is always a central challenge, such future partnerships could greatly enhance key program areas and strengthen our capacity to deliver on the mission.  


Research Poster Forum Brings Latest Science, Personnel Together

UA Cooperative Extension takes the science from the University - to the people of Arizona. To do that, Extension personnel are continually learning - through activities like "Poster Forums".

Put on by the Research Department of the Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences and Cooperative Extension -

Here's a 'behind-the-scenes' look at the latest "Poster Forum" - where Extension personnel, on-campus scientists, and students collaborate to share the latest science.

Maricopa Extension Hosts Admitted Student Event

On Saturday March 30th, the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension office hosted the CALS recruitment team, 21 admitted CALS students and their guests for an Admitted Student Luncheon. Students and guests were able to learn about their resources on campus, and the great work Cooperative Extension does in their communities. A special thank you to Niki Key and Director Ed Martin for their help in making the event so successful!

Hygiene Supply Drive

As a member of the Greater Tucson Leadership Class of 2019, Ashley Bickel (Agricultural & Resource Economics/Cooperative Extension) is a proud to host a hygiene supply drive to support the Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF), providing free toiletries to all Tucson Unified School District students and families.
The supply drive will be held Friday, April 12th through Friday, April 26th. Donations can be dropped off in McClelland Park (1st floor) and Forbes (1st floor). 
Hygiene supplies needed include: shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, razors, and laundry detergent (pods). 
Should anyone have questions or if you would like to arrange a pick up, please email Ashley Bickel 
For more information on the Greater Tucson Leadership Program go to:

For more information about the GTL & EEF hygiene pantry project, see this local news coverage: https://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/hygiene-pantry-to-provide-free-toiletries-to-all-tucson-unified-students-families

Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program (https://extension.arizona.edu/diabetes-prevention) was highlighted in the “Diabetes Prevention and Management” section of the NEAFCS annual impact statements.

National Diabetes Prevention Program 

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an evidence-based program for helping at-risk individuals to prevent or delay diabetes. Extension educators in several states have offered DPP. In Arizona, 89 DPP participants have lost more than 250 pounds. Many have met the 5% weight loss goal. Washington State has offered DPP to 320 participants, and 17 participated in Arkansas. Prevent T2, National Diabetes Prevention, Lifestyle Change Program was offered twice in Maryland and twice in Florida reaching 20 and 21 participants in each state, respectively. In Maryland, on average, people lost 8.1% of their body weight (goal: 5 to 7%) and maintained 180 minutes of weekly physical activity (goal: 150 minutes), exceeding program goals. Florida participants averaged more than 6.5% weight loss, which reduces the risk of developing diabetes. 

Produce Safety Alliance Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course  

April 10, 2019 From 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

The University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC)
1951 E Roger Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719

Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule

Course Registration Fee:  $40 (LUNCH PROVIDED) 

Click here to register for PSR Grower Training Courses. https://agriculture.az.gov/plantsproduce/food-safety-modernization-act

Sponsored By:   The Arizona Department of Agriculture: Citrus, Fruit and Vegetable Division & University of Arizona Cooperative Extension

Who Should Attend: 
Produce Farms, including growers, harvesters, packers, coolers, and those interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Co-management of natural resources, and food safety. Attending this Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course, is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in CFR 21.112.(C) that requires:
"At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration. This includes the Produce Safety Alliance Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course taught by Arizona Department of Agriculture and University of Arizona Cooperative Extension."

Arizona School IPM Conference

April 24, 2019

Separate tracks for indoor and outdoor environments

Earn 7 Continuing Education Units 
(AZ Dept. of Ag. Pest Management Division)

Register today for only $75! (Includes lunch) 
Registration and more information:   

The event is open to anyone associated with schools or similar environments such as childcare, elder, disabled or medical facilities:
maintenance and operations staff, administrative staff, grounds and landscape managers, teachers, nurses, food service staff, parents, and pest management professionals.
Have a question?    Call 520-374-6299 or email nairs@email.arizona.edu

Candidate Presentations

Candidates for the Extension Agent 4-H/FCHS position in Greenlee County.

Presentation: “Building and Strengthening Vibrant 4-H and Family, Consumer, & Health Sciences Programs in Greenlee County”

Join us for presentations by the candidates Friday, April 12th.

Macedonio (Joe) Garcia - 9:00AM-10:00AM, Join URL: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/789584960

Ashley Jeffers-Sample - 1:00PM-2:00PM, Join URL: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/152622835

The link to the evaluation form can be found here:

Please send evaluation forms to Kim McReynolds, kimm@cals.arizona.edu, or 1684 Fairgrounds Road, Duncan, AZ 85534 by April 19th. A link to recordings will be sent out after the interviews.

TMN Submittal Process

Please submit your news by 4:00pm Monday to TMN [tmn@cals.arizona.edu].

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