September 22, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Congratulations 2020 NEAFCS Award Winners
  3. COVID-19 Symptoms
  4. Pima County 4-H and the Tucson Village Farm
  5. Live Q&A with Dr. Silvertooth
  6. New Extension Publications
  7. Program Coordinator – Arizona Meteorological Network 
  8. Opportunities and Barriers for Arizona to Supply Wood Fiber to South Korean Renewable Energy Markets Webinar
  9. Nominations are open for CALS Administrator of the Year!

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) is working to manage the transition of the organization to levels of greater group and inter-personal operations in a stepwise fashion with five phases.  As a baseline, we have been operating at Phase 0 for all Extension units across the state since March.

We are utilizing public health data for specific parameters, relying primarily on the data provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services.  The public health data provides important tools for evaluating COVID-19 cases and trends in each county and provides a basis for moving units forward in the phases of organization transition.

However, social behavior and community compliance have been repeatedly demonstrated as being critical factors in the ability to move any community forward and the capacity to sustain advanced phases of operation.

Therefore, the complete and consistent compliance of all CES personnel utilizing best public health practices of social distancing, use of face covers, and frequent hand washing is extremely important.

We are making some phase changes and evaluating conditions for every Arizona county on a weekly basis. A summary of the phases in our organization transition process and an updated status of transition phases for all county Extension units can be reviewed at the following site:

Your continued cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Congratulations - Arizona FCHS honored at the 2020 NEAFCS Virtual Annual Session 

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Family, Consumer and Health Sciences faculty and staff were honored recently at the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) 2020 Virtual Annual Session held September 14-16, 2020.

National Award Winners:
  • Distinguished Service Award: Traci Armstrong Florian 

  • Communications Award - Educational Publication:  Hope Wilson and Melissa Wyatt, Patricia Zilliox (2nd Place National Winner and 1st Place Western Region Winner)
  • Excellence in Multi State Collaboration: Vanessa da Silva and Carlin Rafie, Soghra Jarvandi, Zena Edwards, Nikki Johnson, Bridget Morrisroe-Aman, LaToya O'Neal Coleman, Alison Berg, Laura Anderson, Debie Head, Debra Jones, Heather Norman, Margaret Haggenmiller, Leslie Shallcross, Lucinda Banegas-Carreon, Janice Hermann (1st Place National Winner and Western Region Winner)
  • Florence Hall Award:  Christy Stuth and Evelyn Whitmer (1st Place National Winners 1st Place Western Region Winners)

Western Region Award Winners:
  • Family Health and Wellness Award: Traci Armstrong-Florian and Vanessa da Silva, Hope Wilson, Cathy Martinez, Melissa Wyatt, Evelyn Whitmer, Dan McDonald  (Western Region Winners - 2nd Place)

  • Human Development/Family Relationships:  Debbie Curley and Ashley Dixon, Jennifer Argyros, Kristy Beerman, Cassie Burruel, Cate Gore, Stephanie Garcia, Vanessa Hanlan, Bernadett Hernandez, Frances Holguin, Beth Hopkins, Cathy Martinez, Sybil Peters, Jessica Reeder, Christy Stuth, Esther Turner, Evelyn Whitmer, Diana Yanez, Michele Walsh, Madeleine DeBlois (Western Region Winners - 2nd Place

  • Innovation in Programming: Christy Stuth and Rhegan Derfus (Western Region Winners - 3rd Place)

  • Innovative Youth Development Programming Award: Melissa Wyatt and April Alamban, Madeleine de Blois, Michele Walsh (Western Region Winners - 3rd Place) 


Pima County 4-H and the Tucson Village Farm

Pima County 4-H and the Tucson Village Farm are happy to be able to offer several opportunities for young people in Arizona.
Pima County-Hopi Youth Wellness Council Hosting Cultivating Wellness Teen Conference
Arizona youth (ages 12-18) are invited to join the Pima County-Hopi Youth Wellness Council for the Cultivating Wellness Teen Conference, September 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This FREE virtual conference will feature engaging speakers who will educate and inspire Arizona teens to learn more about food insecurity and mental health wellness in their own communities. The keynote speaker will be Haile Thomas, a 19-year old wellness influencer, cookbook author, founder and CEO of a non-profit called HAPPY, and the youngest certified nutrition coach in the United States. Teens will walk away from this event feeling more inspired to step up and become involved in improving their own communities. This event is being offered through funding provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More Information and registration can be found at:
Join the 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador Club!
Pima County 4-H is now accepting applications for Arizona teens, ages 12-18 (by Oct 1, 2020), to join the 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador (HLA) Club for the 2020-21 school year. The virtual club experiences will be offered through Zoom to any teen who resides in Arizona and in-person experiences for teens residing in Tucson will be offered once allowed to do so. The 4-H HLA club will include a wide variety of projects focused on physical, mental, community, and environmental health topics. All participating youth will be given the opportunity to train for and hike the Grand Canyon in the spring of 2021 if allowed to do so by then. Applications are being accepted through October 4th and the first meeting is scheduled for October 6th.  More Information and the application can be found at:
4-H Healthy Habits Virtual Fieldtrip
The Tucson Village Farm is offering the 4-H Healthy Habits Virtual Field trip free of charge to any Title I school or community group within Arizona with students in grades K-12. Schools or community groups that are not designated as Title I can participate for a fee of $8 per student. The 4-H Healthy Habits Virtual Fieldtrip is designed to supplement remote learning and includes six 60-minute long, hands-on lessons offered via Zoom plus 2 additional hours of supplemental material for teachers to do with the students. Schools, community groups, or homeschool groups can sign up for a 6-week block of lessons now. More Information and registration can be found at:

Q&A with Dr.  Silvertooth

September 29, 1:30pm

New Extension Publications

Goss’s bacterial wilt and leaf blight (Goss’s wilt) was first recorded in Nebraska in the late 1960s and is now distributed widely in most states throughout the Corn Belt. The disease was first detected on field corn in southeastern Arizona in 2018. The disease affects all corn types, in particular susceptible hybrids. When cool, wet conditions favorable to infection prevail early in the season (65-85oF and free surface water), highly susceptible hybrids may be subject to significant yield loss due to this disease.

Zeolite Application in Crop Production
Isaac K. Mpanga, Hattie Braun & James L. Walworth

Importance to Soil Nutrient, Soil Water, Soil Health, and Environmental Pollution Management

Alternaria Leaf Spot of Cotton
Jiahuai Hu and E. Randall Norton

Alternaria leaf spot of cotton is also known as Alternaria leaf blight. The disease was first identified in cotton in the US in 1918 and is now distributed worldwide. Alternaria leaf spot has been considered a minor disease in the cotton growing areas of Arizona. The disease is frequently associated with senescing tissue of cotton under physiological stress (heavy boll load) or nutritional stress (potassium deficiency) late in the growing season. On rare occasion it can also affect seedlings. In recent years, several disease outbreaks that led to severe defoliation in late-season cotton were reported from Graham County. The disease can severely affect susceptible Pima cotton varieties and also attack upland cotton varieties. Susceptible varieties have had nearly 100% of leaves infected in years when weather conditions are conducive for disease infection and development. The impact on yield in Arizona was estimated to be 10% to 15% in highly susceptible cotton varieties.

Glenn C. Wright
la hoja y avanza hasta que toda la hoja se marchita. Por último, las hojas se caen. Las flores y después las frutas también se caerán. Todo el árbol se marchita si el agua no se suministra por mucho tiempo.
Es sorprendente que el cítrico florezca a menudo como al mes de estar bajo estrés por sequía, si permite que se recupere, por lo que si su árbol florece en septiembre u octubre, se puede suponer tranquilamente que el árbol ha estado bajo estrés por sequía durante los meses de verano.

Program Coordinator – Arizona Meteorological Network

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension invites applicants for a Program Coordinator position to direct the Arizona Meteorological Network (AZMET). AZMET is a real-time network of meteorological stations and is the basis for numerous agricultural and biometorological information products that support agricultural, turfgrass, and general irrigation and water use planning across the region. The AZMET program coordinator will direct the program and help oversee the installation and maintenance of meteorological stations, data collection and stewardship, and development of information products. 
Minimum qualifications for the position include Bachelor’s degree, preferably a Master’s degree in atmospheric or earth sciences or related scientific discipline. Additional qualifications include skills in data management and stewardship, information product development, and strong communication skills.

Find the posting online at


Opportunities and Barriers for Arizona to Supply Wood Fiber to South Korean Renewable Energy Markets Webinar

September 24, 2020 11:00am to 12:00pm 

Opportunities and Barriers for Arizona to Supply Wood Fiber to South Korean Renewable Energy Markets

Featured Speaker: Jim DiPasquale is a graduate student studying forestry at Northern Arizona University. After a successful career in corporate finance, working for top retailers like American Eagle Outfitters and GNC, he is now following his passion and pursuing a master’s degree in forestry, with a focus on biomass utilization. He intends to leverage his professional financial experience in the forest products industry. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and has worked for both the U.S. Forest Service and NAU’s Ecological Restoration Institute in the past year.

Webinar Overview: Restoration treatment projects in northern Arizona can reduce wildfire risk and restore forest health. But markets for biomass wood fiber from restoration activities in Arizona are highly limited, and finding utilization outlets for the by-products of forest restoration activities are increasingly important. With economically efficient transportation options and strong stable partners, Arizona could supply wood fiber to Asian markets in an economically efficient and sustainable manner. This study evaluated business potential for exporting wood fiber from Arizona to renewable energy markets in South Korea by performing a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis. The South Korean renewable energy market is immature but expanding and showing potential for future growth. The market size, government policy support and potential make shipping Arizona wood fiber to South Korea an attractive option. Per ton wood chip prices in South Korea can be double the price in the U.S. Industry analysts project consumption of six million metric tons of biomass in 2021. Our study shows that logistical hurdles exist with current business infrastructure in northern Arizona. Additionally, the instability of the market and insecurity of South Korean policy are risks that may require mitigation before significant investment in this market.

Webinar Facilitator: Chris Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension

Zoom Link: Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.

Cost: Free 
Registration: Not required 

Nominations are open for CALS Administrator of the Year!
.. The Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) Administrator of the Year Award was created to recognize and honor outstanding achievements and contributions by an administrator in ALVSCE.  This annual award consists of a plaque for the recipient and a monetary award of $1,000 to be made to the winner’s administrative unit in honor of the recipient.
.. Nominations of candidates for this award may be made by faculty, staff, alumni, students or other administrators in ALVSCE. Nominations for administrators who are not selected will be retained for future   consideration by the committee for a total of three years.

.. Deadline for nominations: October 15, 2020
For more information, including award criteria:

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