June 30, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Congratulations Dan McDonald
  3. Congratulations Paul Brown
  4. 2020 Climate and Drought Outlook for Beef Producers Webinar
  5. The Garden Kitchen Online Cooking Classes
  6. 26th Annual Southwestern Noxious, Invasive Plant Short Course
  7. FCHS Faculty and Staff NEAFCS Annual Awards
  8. Desert Southwest Soil Health Webinar
  9. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 In the past week, Arizona has gained the dubious position of leading the nation in COVID-19 cases along with Texas and Florida.  Unfortunately, this is not surprising considering the Governor’s Executive Orders expired on 15 May and Arizonans quickly went to the business of getting out and mixing with great gusto.  Now we have rapidly increasing cases across the state that threaten health care capacities in many areas.

As President Robbins clearly stated on 25 June, these increasing COVID-19 case numbers are changing and perhaps limiting the University of Arizona’s (UA) ability to reopen and bring students back to campus in August.  The Provost recently issued a mask policy that you can reference in the following link:


This mask policy certainly includes the Cooperative Extension System (CES) and accordingly, we will fully comply with this UA policy while it is in place.  Besides being a UA policy, the use of masks in a public setting to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is the correct thing to do. 

Based on all available scientific evidence, masks provide a simple method of preventing or diminishing the spread of COVID-19 and similar viruses.  Masks can be an effective tool to combat this disease and we need to use them.

I recognize the fact that Arizona has a long history of supporting independence and personal freedoms and that many people across the state are in direct opposition to the use of masks to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19.   Accordingly, I recognize the difficulties in managing the use of masks in many Arizona communities.

Also very importantly, I know that the CES has a long history of delivering on our mission of bringing the university to the people and bringing science to bear on practical problems.  That is what we continue to do and using masks under these conditions is consistent with the scientific evidence and delivering on our mission.


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Congratulations Dan McDonald

Starting July 1, Dr. Dan McDonald is taking a new position as the director of Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research, and Extension Specialist in the area of Financial Literacy in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Congratulations Paul Brown

In honor of over 35 years of exemplary service Dr. Paul Brown was granted Specialist Emeritus of Environmental Science. 
Thank you Paul for all you have given to Arizona Cooperative Extension. 

2020 Climate and Drought Outlook for Beef Producers Webinar

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
2020 Climate and Drought Outlook for Beef Producers Webinar

Mike Crimmins, University of Arizona Climate Science Extension Specialist will take a look at Arizona’s climate outlook specifically tailored for beef producers: Where we were last year, where we are now, and what the outlook is for the next few months.
    • AZ Climate/Drought Update
    • Overview of the 2020 Monsoon Season
    • Outlooks for Summer/Fall 2020
    • Overview of myRAINge Log for precipitation monitoring on the ranch

TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020 | 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Livestock Area Assistant Agent
Ph: 520-270-7075

Assistant in Extension, Livestock
Ph: 928-965-3188

Climate Science Extension Specialist
Ph: 520-626-4244

The Garden Kitchen

New Online Cooking Classes
Cook with us from your own kitchen!

Online Class – Healthy and Delicious: With a Latin Twist Hands-On Cooking Class
July 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Online Class – Bread Baking Hands-On Cooking Class
July 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Online Class – Italian Flavor Hands-On Cooking Class
July 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Online Class: Kid’s Pizza Party Hands-On Cooking Class
July 25 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

26th Annual Southwestern Noxious, Invasive Plant Short Course

You are invited to the following event: 
26th Annual Southwestern Noxious, Invasive Plant Short Course
Event to be held at the following time and date:

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 7:45 AM
- to -
Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM (MDT) 
The Arizona and New Mexico Departments of Agriculture have approved 12 CEUs for this online ZOOM event.  If you have already registered and paid, thank you, you are all set!  For those of you who have not, time is running out for you to receive the early bird fee (only $55 this year but just until 7/17/20 -- just $35 for students).

The classroom portion of the short course will be presented via zoom during 3, half-day sessions, July 21, 22, and 23, 2020 (see draft agenda on the registration site -- NOTE THAT TIMES ARE MOUNTAIN TIME!!).  Because the short course will be offered completely online, the early bird registration fee (until 7/17/20) has been reduced from $350 to $55 -- just $35 for students!  You must register and pay for the event by 7/17/20 to receive the early bird fee.

FCHS Faculty and Staff NEAFCS Annual Awards

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension will be well represented at this year’s National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) Annual Session award ceremonies.  FCHS faculty and staff received 7 Western Region Awards and 4 National Awards.  Recipients and more award information will be available following the virtual Annual Session which will be held this year September 14th-16th.

Desert Southwest Soil Health Webinar

Thu, July 23, 2020
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM MST

Three part webinar lecture series, staring speakers in industry, government, and the university system; covering the following soil health topics:

Soil Organic Matter – Interpreting Soil Test Results – Structure & Function of Plant Roots – Mycorrhizae 101 – Compost & Cover Crops – Microalgae – Biochar – FDA Soil Health Perspectives – Conservation Tillage – Organic Production – Pesticide Effects – Soil Borne Pathogens – Ag Engineering Pest Control 

PCA, CCA, and Pest Control continuing education credits requested for AZ, CA, NM, and NV. 

Nineteen speakers from industry, academia, and government offices will be speaking on July 23rd about ways to improve soil quality in the desert southwest.    RSVP today!

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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