February 6, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Q&A with Dr. Silvertooth
  3. Research Concept Meeting
  4. County Agent Peer Review Q&A Session
  5. National Pesticide Safety Month
  6. WRRC Conference and Brown Bag
  7. Range Livestock Nutrition Workshops
  8. New Publication
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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

On 8 May 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Lever Act, which officially formed the Cooperative Extension Service as a part of each land-grant institution (LGI) and providing the three basic missions of resident instruction, research, Extension. 

In 1989, on the 75th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, the official title for Extension operations at the University of Arizona (UA) and the College of Agriculture became the Cooperative Extension System.  The change in title reflected the expanded mission of Extension, which along with service included research in partnership with the Experiment Station and broad-spectrum education programs.

This change in nomenclature has taken place in several other LGIs since the 75th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act.  Consistent with our case at the UA, most other Extension systems direct translational and applied research in partnership with their Experiment Stations to complement and support Extension education programs.  Service remains a core and important element of our Extension mission at the UA but the name Cooperative Extension System serves to describe our organization in a more complete manner.

Mark you calendar

It’s *YOUR* chance to ask the Director of Cooperative Extension, *YOUR* questions.

Another “Quarterly Live Q&A Webinar” is coming up.. February 13, 2018 from 1:30-2:30
Register here for the event 

Submit your question(s), here
**Putting your name in, is optional*** 

Research Concept Meeting

The TRIF Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions (WEES) Initiative is offering a unique opportunity for University of Arizona faculty to present their research concepts for feedback. We hope that this interactive meeting in a collegial setting will be helpful to researchers as they build research proposals and cultivate new partnerships at UA. This event is particularly suited to early career faculty who may be considering applying for Research Advancement Grants through the UA Research Gateway.  More details here

February 19, 2018 3:30, WRRC, 350 N Campbell

Contact Claire Zucker or 621-5725 to register and participate

County Agent Peer Review Q & A Session
On Thursday, February 15, from 2:00 to 3:00, the Extension Peer Review Guidance Committee will hold a Q & A session for county agents to clarify any ambiguities in the review criteria. This will be especially helpful for newer agents conducting peer reviews. The committee recommends that agents start their reviews and note any items that need clarification. Questions may be sent in advance to any of the committee members (please respect the confidentiality of the review process and refrain from providing identifiable information when posing questions). Committee members will provide responses during the session.


Committee members: Dan McDonald (mcdonald@email.arizona.edu), Mike Hauser (mhauser@ag.arizona.edu), Amy Parrott (aparrott@ag.arizona.edu), Ayman Mostafa (ayman@email.arizona.edu), Traci Armstrong Florian (tarmstro@email.arizona.edu)

National Pesticide Safety Education Month

February is National Pesticide Safety Education Month (NPSEM)! Preventing safety concerns during pesticide transport, storage, application, and disposal are just some of the many goals of land-grant university Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs) and other public and private sector groups that promote pesticide safety.

“PSEPs and other educators work throughout the year to teach safe handling of pesticides from purchase to disposal,” says Lee Van Wychen, Ph.D., Director of Science Policy for the Weed Science Society of America. “National Pesticide Safety Education Month is intended to highlight and enhance safe use practices by everyone.”

Pesticides are often erroneously thought to be insecticides only, but include herbicides, fungicides, disinfectants, sanitizers, and many other types. ”Thousands of pesticide products are sold in the U.S., and safe handling has a tremendous positive impact on the protection of human health and the environment,” notes Kristine Schaefer, Ph.D., Program Manager of the Pesticide Safety Education Program at Iowa State University. “For example, most pesticide accidents in the U.S. are due to improper storage, and involve someone who was not even using the pesticide.”

Visit the National Pesticide Safety Education Month webpage to learn more about this new initiative, access helpful information, do a self-assessment of your personal pesticide safety practices, and more.

Organizations interested in becoming a sponsor of National Pesticide Safety Education Month are encouraged to complete and submit the sponsor commitment form located on the webpage. 
For more info - contact Dr. Michael Wierda

WRRC Conference and Brown Bag

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 

Student Union Memorial Center (North Ballroom)

Registration is open and the Early Bird rate is available until Friday, March 2.

Interested students, researchers and practitioners are invited to submit poster abstracts on research related to the conference theme of "The Business of Water," or other research topics critical to water in Arizona. 

Students are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts.


Marty Ralph, Ph.D., Director, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes and Researcher at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography

WRRC, Sol Resnick Meeting Room, 350 N. Campbell Ave.

Range Livestock Nutrition Workshops

Registration for the 2018 Range Livestock Nutrition Workshop series is now open. This one-day workshop includes presentations focused on Arizona beef cattle production. Presentations will be included on beef cow nutrition, record management, herd health and feed management. Presenters will comprise University of Arizona Extension Specialists in beef and range, as well as industry representatives. We have three locations and will also be including a BQA certification course at each location.

March 6, 2018 in Holbrook, AZ

March 7, 2018 in Prescott, AZ

March 8, 2018 in Sierra Vista, AZ

For more information go to https://acbs.cals.arizona.edu/bqa/

Registration Fee: $25 including lunch

Registration closes February 26, 2018

New Publication

D.J. Eastburna, Leslie M. Rochea,  Morgan P. Doranb, Philip R. Blake, Chip S. Bouril, George Gamble, Elise S. Gornish
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