February 18, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. New Extension Publication
  3. WRRC Annual Conference Early Bird Registration
  4. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

In response to questions received following my comments in the 11 February 2020 edition of Tuesday Morning Notes regarding a budget update for the Cooperative Extension System (CES), I need to clarify and emphasize a few key points.

First, to summarize a few points from the 11 February message:

     •   The CES has a fixed core budget or operational base budget (OBB).
     •   Additional costs from the UA central administration are impacting our OBB, reducing our 
         capacity to invest directly in the CES workforce.
     •   We do not have access to revenues from within the UA budgeting system.

Secondly, a few points in response to some common questions:

       We do not have any plans to take or “sweep” any of the discretionary funds that exist in any of
        the county or academic units.
    •   We are vigorously encouraging county and academic units to utilize discretionary funds at the
        unit level.
    •   There are no plans to cut or eliminate existing positions or personnel.
    •   We do face the immediate prospects of not replacing some faculty positions vacated due to
        retirements or departures.
    •   We do not have the luxury of adding new programs or positions without reducing the CES
        workforce in some other area.
    •   We must consider all faculty replacement hires in a strategic manner.
    •   We continue to seek new and/or increased sources of additional funding for our OBB.

We must be extremely careful with the management of our resources and find ways to get the most impact from what we spend.

The 12th of February was Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and I offer the following quote as a good example of his wisdom:

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
Abraham Lincoln,16th President of the United States

New Extension Publication

Role modeling is a great way to help young children eat healthy foods, develop healthy eating habits, and have peaceful mealtimes. Children learn from watching the adults in their lives and copying their behavior. If they see you eating fruits and vegetables young children will want to try them too!

WRRC 2020 Annual Conference

Early Bird Registration for WRRC Annual Conference ends Wednesday, February 19!

Early bird rate - $110

Early bird registration for the 2020 WRRC Conference, Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years, will end at midnight on Wednesday, February 19! 

Register now at an early bird rate of only $110 (thereafter $130)

Join us as we look back at the last 40 years of Arizona water management and forward to the next 40 years. What tools and approaches will Arizona need as we make difficult water management choices for today and tomorrow? Agenda highlights include keynote addresses by former Governor Bruce Babbitt and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman as well as a panel featuring five past ADWR directors. Join us on Friday, March 27, 2020, at the Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N 25th Ave, Phoenix, AZ, for a day of informative presentations, thoughtful conversation, and in-depth discussions. 

Take a look at the Agenda   

Register Here

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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