February 9, 2021
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Save the Date - Q&A with Dr. Silvertooth
  3. 2021 Small-scale Farmer’s Colloquium 
  4. 2021 Online CEAC Short Course
  5. Generational Succession Planning
  6. Engaging Youth in Natural Resources
  7. New Extension Publication
  8. The Treasure after Wine-Making
  9. The Garden Kitchen Online Cooking Class
  10. SWERI Wood Utilization Team Webinar - March 2 & 3
  11. 2020-21 Promotion Workshops
  12. Call for Nominations

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 The Smith Lever Act was passed in 1914 formally creating the Cooperative Extension Service.  In 1989, the USDA renamed the organization as the national Cooperative Extension System (CES).  Even though we do work within a system, service remains as a central element of the CES mission and ethos.

The commitment to service is consistent and evident in each of our major program areas of the UA CES and it has been demonstrated in abundance over the past year as CES personnel have worked with communities across the state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Recently, CES personnel have been providing support and assistance to county health departments in the education and delivery process associated with the vaccination efforts.

Sometimes, our efforts to assist communities with the services needed at this time can take us away from our scheduled tasks and duties.   For example, some CES personnel are volunteering to work at points of distribution (POD) for vaccine delivery.  It is not what we normally do, but it is a valuable service to our communities and consistent with our mission and ethos in Extension.  I commend our CES personnel in their efforts to work with local programs, educational needs, and vaccination operations.  These are all good things for Arizona communities.

For reference to the current status of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Phased Operational Plan:     

Q&A with Dr. Silvertooth

Save the date!
February 16 at 1:30 p.m.

2021 Small-scale Farmer’s Colloquium (SFC)

The Small-scale Farmer's Colloquium ( is a free monthly meeting for small scale farmers to discuss, connect, and learn from one another and expert faculty members who will guide with science-based information.  It's for seasoned farmers, beginner farmers, and those interested in going into small-scale commercial farming in the future.

It is brought to you by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Commercial Horticulture and Small Acreage (CHSA) program in Yavapai and Coconino Counties.

Dates: March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, and September 6.
Time:   4 5pm on each date

March 1 - Hydroponic and aquaculture production: the professional and the farmer expertise
Presented by Professor Justin Brereton (Yavapai College) and Coleman Anderson (Farmer)

2021 Online CEAC Short Course

Only a few weeks away from the 2021 Online Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design Short Course put on by the UA Controlled Environment Agriculture Center. This virtual program will be hosted through Zoom on Wednesdays- March 3rd, 10th, & 17th from 10am-3pm (MST). Come expand your knowledge, sharpen your skills, and hear innovative presentations given by industry leaders and academia experts in Controlled Environment Agriculture.  Click here to register.  Registration will close on February 26th.

For more information, visit ceac.arizona.edu/events/cea-short-course or email

Generational Succession Planning

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm Eastern

Generational Succession Planning

Register: https://arizona.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RmE4prHMQNCuICCEwrWiZg

More information: Generational Succession Planning webinar information and the Webinar Series website

Webinar Summary: 
Uncertainty about the future transfer of family forest or rangeland enterprises is becoming more commonplace. Increasingly, family natural resource enterprises are struggling with plans for succession to the next generation – whether the next generation is within the family or simply the next owner.

This webinar will highlight:
Shorna Allred, is an Associate Professor at Cornell University in the Center for Conservation Social Sciences, Dept. of Natural Resources. Her teaching focus at Cornell is on community-based research methods in natural resources, global service-learning, environmental justice, and community organizing for the public good.

Allyson Muth, began at Penn State in 2004 as a Forest Stewardship Program Associate working with the Pennsylvania Forest Stewards Volunteer Program and conducting outreach to forest landowners across the state (and beyond). She has worked in the forest industry and for private consulting firms and has a strong interest in peer learning and in creating dialogue to advance understanding of forest stewardship issues and opportunities.
Jeff Tranel
is an agricultural and business management economist with Colorado State University Extension and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He serves as co-coordinator of the award winning Agricultural and Business Management Team. Jeff's professional interests include risks faced by farm and ranch families, accounting and record keeping, income taxes, and human resource management.

For additional information please contact Barb Hutchinson.

Engaging Youth in Natural Resources
Please join us for our Eighth (in a series of nine) webinar!
March 4th at 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

This webinar is open to all! 

To maintain attraction to and retainment of new and diverse talent in applied STEM careers, youth engagement in natural resources is critical. However, due to limited funding, widespread disconnect to natural systems, and a lack of effective science communication on behalf of the STEM community, youth engagement in natural resources is dwindling. Cooperative Extension is well positioned to address this challenge.  This webinar will explore three very different ways that Extension personnel have engaged youth in natural resources and speakers will illustrate how to initiate and maintain new youth programming across states.

Join us as our three speakers share experiences in using innovative approaches to engaging youth in natural resources
Brian MacGowan
, Certified Wildlife Biologist®, Extension Wildlife Specialist, FNR Extension Coordinator, Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. macgowan@purdue.edu

Expanding Extension Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Abstract: Many university curricula focus on the teaching and research mission areas with few offering opportunities in engagement. To help meet this challenge, the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University has developed a Natural Resources Extension Internship Program and Graduate Extension Program that provide impactful opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, while increasing the capacity of our Extension program. I will highlight the structure, operation and evaluation of each program.

John Taylor,
PA 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator, Penn State Extension – Franklin County. jdt5508@psu.edu

Engaging 4-H Shooting Sports youth during a pandemic
Abstract:  Due to the COVID-19, 4-H Shooting Sports across the country had halted all face-to-face operation. County practices, state and national competitions were all been canceled. 4-H Educators, like most teachers, scrambled to find or develop virtual educational experiences for their members. 4-H shooting sports was no different. In accordance with National 4-H shooting sports best management practices, shooting sports cannot occur without the direct physical supervision of a certified instructor. Overnight, 4-H shooting sports in Pennsylvania, ceased to exist. That is until the state committee, co-chaired by Taylor, developed a virtual experience like no other. Just before archery season, the state committee developed and delivered the virtual camera hunt experience. 
Elise Gornish.
Cooperative Extension Specialist in Ecological Restoration
University of Arizona

GALS (Girls on outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science)

Abstract: GALS (Girls on outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science) is a free science program for high school girls in AZ. The goal of GALS is to enhance attraction to and retainment of historically excluded groups in the STEM pipeline by increasing participants’ science-awareness, self-awareness, teamwork, and leadership skills. Ultimately, GALS aims to enhance entry and retention of GALS participants in college and prepare them for science related careers, particularly careers in Natural Resources. GALS integrates outdoor education with place-based learning and near peer-mentorship to increase participant confidence in STEM related activities. The program involves a week long camping trip in the Chiricahua Wilderness, independent research studies, science communication activities and a year long mentorship program. The program is 100% funded by donations and grants and has been wildly successful.

You will be sent a Zoom link for the webinar after your registration has been submitted. You will also receive reminders for the webinar. All webinars are recorded and posted on our website. If you have questions about this webinar please contact: Elise Gornish (egornish@arizona.edu), Cooperative Extension Specialist in Ecological Restoration, University of Arizona,

New Extension Publication

Las pelotas de semillas (también conocidas como bolas de semillas o bombas de semillas) son estructuras típicamente hechas de arcilla, abono, agua y semillas (pero pueden incluir gran variedad de ingredientes como tierra, polvo de rocas, arena para gatos, granos de café, pimienta de cayena, arena, humus de lombriz y hongos micorrícicos). Estas estructuras pueden mitigar las condiciones que contribuyen a la mala restauración de las tierras áridas (Madsen et al. 2016), incluida la sequedad que exacerba el estrés por desecación de las semillas, y crea capas de tierra seca que limitan el crecimiento de las plántulas, así como la pérdida de semillas por depredación (típicamente por roedores y hormigas). Las pelotas de semillas también sirven para mejorar el contacto de las semillas con el suelo y reducir la redistribución de las semillas por el viento. En teoría, las semillas están protegidas por la estructura hasta que la lluvia elimina la arcilla que las envuelve y una pequeña bolsa de nutrientes con abono de la bola de semillas nutre a las plántulas a medida que emergen. Las pelotas de semillas son baratas y fáciles de hacer y pueden mejorar la germinación de las especies sembradas.

The Treasure After Wine-Making

In Arizona, wine production increased from 65,413 gallons (2007) to 297,145 gallons (2017), with an estimated 354% increase in GP production within the same period. Join me to discuss the potential regenerative use of grape pomace as a soil amendment for semi-arid calcareous soil.

March 31, 10:00 a.m.

The Garden Kitchen Online Cooking Class

Registration Deadline Tuesday!
Couples' Cooking Hands-On Online Class

11am - 1pm
Plan your Valentine's weekend! Savor time with your special someone, your best friend or a family member and join us for a live online hands-on cooking class using Zoom!

     Il Galletto al Mattone (Chicken Under a Brick)
     Fennel Orange Salad
     Butternut Squash Risotto

Class Fee: $40.00 per household. Optional $25 add-on to pick up groceries needed for recipes.  
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.

SWERI Wood Utilization Team Webinar - March 2 & 3

The Wood Utilization Team at the Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes (SWERI) are hosting a free webinar titled “Expanding the Forest Industry in the Southwest” on March 2 – 3, 2021. 

2020-21 Promotion Workshops

The annual promotion workshop schedule is complete.  Please see the Faculty Affairs webpage for the complete schedule and video links to previous workshop recordings.  All workshops will be recorded.

2020-2021 Promotion Workshop Schedule

Going Up for Full
Friday, February 12 at 1:30-2:50 pm.  Please register by February 10 at 4 pm.

This workshop will include a discussion of how to document your programs of work, administrative leadership and service initiatives to demonstrate impact.  The discussion will take note of The Modern Language Association’s Standing Still survey of the career patterns of associate professors, including female faculty. 

Preparing for Promotion on the Career Track

Monday, February 15 at 2:00-3:30 pm.  Please register by February 11 at 4 pm

The workshop will provide an overview of the review process for career-track faculty candidates only. We will review the parts of the dossier and the best practices candidates can document their innovation in the dossier. To get the most out of the workshop, participants should download and review our Guide to Career-Track Promotion and the Promotion Dossier template for Career Track.

Preparing for Promotion on the Continuing or Tenure Track

Thursday, February 25 at 10:30-12:00 pm.  Please register by February 23 at 4 pm.

This workshop will provide an overview of the review process for continuing and tenure track candidates only. We will review the parts of the dossier and the best practices candidates can document their impact in research, teaching and service in the dossier. To get the most out of the workshop, participants should review our Guide to the Promotion Process and the Promotion Dossier templates for Continuing Status or Promotion & Tenure.

Candidate Training for Dossier Submission to Review, Promotion, Tenure (RPT)

Thursday, April 22 at 10:00-11:30 am.  Please register by April 20 at 4 pm.

Candidates will learn how to submit their sections of the dossier into Review, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT) for 2021-2022. Attend this workshop to view step-by-step how to begin this new university process.

If you have questions about these workshops and presentations, please contact Asya Roberts at 626-0202 or asya@arizona.edu.

Call for Nominations

Each year we recognize our faculty, staff and strong contributors to Cooperative Extension with the Extension Faculty of the Year Award, the Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award, and the Extensionist of the Year Award. 

The Cooperative Extension Faculty of the Year award recipient will receive $1,000 and an award.  Click here for Extension Faculty of the Year Award criteria and nomination instructions. Submission deadline – February 15, 2021

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 15, 2021

The Extensionist of the Year award recognizes and honors a resident of the State of Arizona who has demonstrated extraordinary contributions, through UACE, to improving the lives of people in their community and state.  The award will be presented at an appropriate division-wide event.  Letters of nomination from UACE or non-UACE faculty and staff and/or peers should focus on the following criteria:  1) the nature and extent of the contribution provided by the individual (35%), 2) how this contribution has benefitted people in the community (15%) and the state (15%), 3) leadership qualities (25%), and 4) support for UACE (10%).
Submission deadline – February 15, 2021

All awards will be presented at an appropriate Extension or ALVSCE event.  Please read the criteria carefully, submitting only the materials noted.  Submit your nominations and support letters c/o Kristie Gallardo, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, PO Box 210036, Tucson, AZ, 85721 or gallardk@arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520-621-7145).

TMN Submittal Process

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

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