March 13, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. New CED in Navajo County
  3. 2018 On the Farm Recognition
  4. Welcome Eric Thoutt
  5. Farming Impact on the Arizona Economy
  6. Riparian Vegetation & Tamarisk Beetle Workshop
  7. Did you know?
  8. Sustainable Landscapes Expo
  9. 40th Annual AZ/UT Range and Livestock Workshop & Tour
  10. Maricopa County Extension Newsletter
  11. Network for Sustainable Living Education
  12. WRRC Brown Bag
  13. Pesticide Spray Drift Webinar
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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 At this time each year annual reviews are conducted for units and individuals, both faculty and staff.  The position description (PD) for each employee serves as the primary point of reference for individual annual reviews. 

We are all accountable for work-related responsibilities described in our PDs. The basis for the annual review process are the expectations and duties described in the individual’s PD. 

The objectives of the peer review process are straightforward: to provide a fair, objective, and reasonable review of a person’s productivity over the course of a calendar year by a group of professional peers based on the PD and evidence provided in the APR.  This internal review process is a fundamental mechanism for maintaining accountability and integrity across the organization. 

The information summarized in the APRs provides us with valuable information to demonstrate to our stakeholders how the Cooperative Extension System (CES) faculty, staff, and volunteers are improving lives, communities and the economy in Arizona.   In the CES, we are not only accountable at the individual level also at the unit and college levels as well.

The annual review is an important process and it is important that we always participate in all aspects in an objective, professional, and responsible manner.

Cooperative Extension Director, Navajo County

Steve Gouker, former Associate Agent, has been hired as the new director of the Cooperative Extension office in Navajo County.

As an Agent, Steve, passionate about students and STEM, worked to create the "4-H Fab Lab" in Navajo County, partnering with the Blue Ridge School District.  Click on this link to learn more:

Prior to working for Cooperative Extension, Steve was a high school teacher. Congratulations on your new position, Steve.

2018 On the Farm Recognition

Aimee Novak of The University of Arizona Yavapai County Cooperative Extension Announced as 2018 On the Farm STEM Participant

Aimee Novak has been selected by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture to participate in an On the Farm health educator professional development event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 16-18. The training is designed to bring science to life for participants with the help of American beef cattle ranchers, researchers, nutritionists and veterinarians.

Welcome Eric Thoutt

We are excited to welcome a new 4-H Program Coordinator, Sr. to Cochise County 4-H! Eric Thoutt joined the Willcox office on February 26, 2018 to work in partnership with Wendy West, 4-H Program Coordinator, Sr. in Sierra Vista.

My name is Eric Thoutt and I am the new Program Coordinator, Sr. for 4-H Youth Development in the Cochise County Cooperative Extension office in Willcox. I grew up in a small, rural town in Northern Colorado. I was heavily involved in 4-H at a young age, as well as FFA all four years in high school. I grew up on a hog farm and raised and showed hogs at the county fair.  After high school, I pursued a career in law enforcement and spent over 16 years as a deputy sheriff in Colorado before moving to Arizona. Here, I worked as an evidence technician for the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, a probation officer, and I spent the last 2 and a-half years as a teacher and coach at Valley Union High School. I have a degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix and I am currently studying for my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
I am looking forward to the privilege of serving as your 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator, Sr. I am confident I can help our organization grow, and together we can continue to develop the youth we serve into productive citizens and leaders of tomorrow. 

Farming Impact on the Arizona Economy

Our own Ashley Kerna Bickel talks about the dollar impact of Arizona agriculture based on research done by the Economic Impact Analysis Team on KOLD-TV.

Riparian Vegetation & Tamarisk Beetle Workshop

A Riparian Vegetation and Tamarisk Beetle Workshop is scheduled for April 9-10 at the Cochise College Benson Center.  For more details 

Did you know?

You asked….We answered….:
4-H is the youth development education program of University of Arizona Cooperative Extension..
You can’t have one without the other.
So – UA Cooperative Extension, the University of Arizona, and National 4-H Council have come together to brand our working relationship.
For the first time – we can visually represent our strong & vibrant history of partnership in youth development – via a *new* logo.
If you are a 4-H Agent or program coordinator– reach out to Malisa Grantham - – for access to the *new*  University of Arizona/4-H logo, and a guidelines to best practices for using them to market *your* county’s program.

Sustainable Landscapes Expo

The 2018 Sustainable Landscapes Expo, a free and family friendly event, will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00pm at 4210 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85719. The expo is hosted by Pima Smartscape, Tucson Water and the University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Cooperative Extension (CALS). More details here

40th Annual AZ/UT Range and Livestock Workshop & Tour

April 3 - 5, 2018. Orderville, UT (4/3), Hurricane, UT (4/4), Spendlove Ranch (4/5)

The AZ/UT Range and Livestock Workshop & Tour started in the Fall of 1977 with AZ Strip Bureau of Land Management (BLM) District Manager, Billy Templeton, UA Extension Range Specialist Dr. Dave Bryant, and Utah State University Extension Specialist, Dr. Kendall Johnson. A series of local events and national policy (particularly the NEPA Act of 1970) created an environment of mistrust and misunderstanding to the point that Public Lands Grazing was in grave peril of being lost. Templeton felt a neutral party was needed to organize and coordinate meetings to promote dialog and open the line of communication between the BLM and the Ranchers holding grazing permits on the AZ Strip. 40 years later the program is as strong as ever often having more than 300 participants over the three-day program. Highlights of this year's speakers include retired Mohave County Extension Director, Rob Grumbles, UA Climate Extension Specialist, Dr. Mike Crimmins, and Hank Willemsma from the King Ranch Institute, Texas A&M. We will tour the Spendlove Ranch and their processing facilities.
No cost. Lunch and a special 40th Anniversary hat will be included for each attendee.

Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Newsletter

Catch up on the 4-H Achievement Night, AZ SciTECH Festival, Master Gardeners Citrus Clinic, and more. The  March/April newsletter is here. 

Watch for our next issue in May. Enjoy!

Network for Sustainable Living Education (NNSLE)

If you are interested in discovering more Extension programs that focus on sustainable living, participate in the National Network for Sustainable Living Education (NNSLE)’s March webinar on Thursday March 15 at 11:30am MST. Topic: Sustainable Floridians. Sustainable Floridians is a 7-module, 6-week course that provides a forum for education and action to address Florida-specific concerns about water, energy, and food systems. 

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WRRC Brown Bag 

WATER CASA at 20: Lessons Learned, Unlearned, or Relearned
Date:                    March 19, 2018
Speaker:              Val Little, Director, Water Conservation Alliance of Southern Arizona
Location:             WRRC, Sol Resnick Meeting Room, 350 N. Campbell Ave.

Remote Attendance via GoToWebinar

Pesticide Spray Drift Webinar

Pesticide Spray Drift Webinar: On March 15, 2018, at 11:30am—1:00pm (Eastern Standard Time), EPA will offer a webinar called Strategies for Managing Pesticide Spray Drift. This webinar is tailored for growers, pesticide applicators, and other interested stakeholders who work with pesticides and pesticide application equipment.

To register for the webinar,

Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Compliance Assistance Library: The Pesticide Educational Resources Coalition (PERC) has developed a new on-line tool called the WPS Compliance Assistance Library (WPS CAL). It is a web-based guide to help people on agricultural establishments comply with the WPS.

The direct link is:

Additional WPS resources, such as training tools, central location posters, and respiratory protection information, are available on PERC’s main webpage

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