April 28, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Yuma County Cooperative Extension Report
  3. 30 Second Vegetation Management Video Series
  4. How to Handle a Furlough: Develop a Plan
  5. Associate Director, Ag & Natural Resources Opening
  6. Cooperative Extension Helping Out
  7. Extension Employee Survey
  8. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

  We are now in our seventh week of remote operations since University of Arizona (UA) President Robbins issued a 13 March communication, followed soon with Governor Ducey’s executive orders of 30 March to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, and Stay Connected.”  Soon, there will be movements in the state, the UA, and the Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) in a transition toward a new mode of operation.

The transition steps for the CES will be dependent upon several factors, including: Governor Ducey’s actions, the UA actions and policies, medical conditions across the state, and local conditions for every county, experiment station site, and tribal nation. 

As we move through this seventh week of remote operations, and as we consider the transitions in the weeks ahead, there are several things that we have learned from this experience that we can use in a positive manner.  We have clearly demonstrated that we can do a lot of our work remotely.  The people of the CES have responded very positively and productively to remote operation demands.  These capacities are going to be extremely important for us as we do move through transition phases and we will need to continue to utilize remote operation methods in the long term. 

As we move ahead, I continue to encourage everyone to manage your life/work balance, take care of yourselves, family, and community.  You are all doing a great job!


COVID-19: Employee Resources 
FAQ - Follow the questions we are getting at Knowledgebase  
Please enter any questions, comments, concerns, or additions you'd like to see on this space in the comments section on the FAQ page!

Yuma County Cooperative Extension Report

Check out the latest Yuma County report.

30 Second Vegetation Management Video Series

Watch 30 second vegetation management tips hosted by  Elise S. Gornish, 
Cooperative Extension Specialist in Ecological Restoration.  The videos are relevant to dryland gardening and restoration.

Agaves are awesome

Pollinator habitat

How to Handle a Furlough: Develop a Plan

How to Handle a Furlough: Develop a Plan
Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, AFC®
Extension Financial Management Specialist and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

Associate Director, Ag & Natural Resources Opening

Agriculture and Natural Resources Associate Director position has been posted.  Please check and pass along to those internal candidates that might be interested.

                             Upper right corner --  I am : “a current UArizona employee”  (dropdown menu)
                             Log in
                             Go to “Career Center”
                             Search   “req851”  Associate Director, Programs ANR

Cooperative Extension Helping Out

Betsy Greene made a special delivery from Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences and Cooperative Extension to FRTEP agent Grey Farrell on April 24th to help Tuba City, AZ first responders deal with COVID 19 cases on the Navajo Nation. The donation included 50 “Informed Arizona Equestrian” thermometers and 6 boxes each of Tyvek suits and medical gloves. Social distancing guidelines were practiced.

Extension Employee Survey - How Extension in the Western Region is collaborating with Indigenous communities

My name is Katie Hartmann and I am a PhD Candidate from Colorado State University in the School of Education. As part of my dissertation research, I am investigating how Extension in the Western Region is collaborating with Indigenous communities, whether with 1994 Tribal Colleges, as part of FRTEP, or with Indigenous communities in other ways. I am investigating the nature of the collaborations, what makes these collaborations successful, what challenges make collaborations difficult, and what practical tools are missing for successful collaborations to exist. This will be done in the form of an electronic survey and/or interviews with Extension personnel at 1862 Land Grant Institutions. 

You are being contacted because you are an Extension employee that may have collaborations with Indigenous communities. Whether you DO or you DO NOT have collaborations or whether those collaborations are CURRENT or PAST, I would like to know your interest and experiences with this topic. 

There is a link to the survey below. I ask that you complete the survey within two weeks. A copy of the consent form for this study can be found here. If you submit the survey, it will be assumed that you have consented to participate. Your identity will be kept confidential, but there may be a chance for a reasonable person to identify you based on information in your responses. If at any time you would like to have your answers removed from the study, please contact me and I will remove your responses with no penalty to you.

Link to the survey:http://colostate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bCVMGOIIK0u7zh3

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly at Katherine.hartmann@colostate.edu

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.

TMN Submittal Process

Please submit your news by 4:00pm Monday to TMN [tmn@cals.arizona.edu].

Manage your preferences
Got this as a forward? Sign up to receive our future emails.
Want to view this online? View online. UA Information Security & Privacy
Subscribe to our email list.