September 8, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. New Extension Publication 
  3. Family & Consumer Health Sciences Interview Zoom Presentation
  4. UA Survey About Caregiving During the Pandemic
  5. Present a Virtual Poster at the 2020 Extension Conference
  6. Nominate someone for a Heart of Extension Award 
  7. Nominations are open for CALS Administrator of the Year!
  8. 13th Annual AZ/UT Cowman's Reproduction Virtual Workshop
  9. Small-scale farmers colloquium, 2020

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

The Extension Administration Team is working with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) unit heads, e.g. County Extension Directors (CEDs), to make assessments and decisions based on public health data and an interpretation of the local conditions on a bi-weekly basis.

In this process, we are utilizing the following criteria for phase transition evaluation:

      1.  Epi Curves from the ADHS dashboard:

      2.  Rt values using U.S. county resolution (if available):

      3.  % positive PCR values in the county in question:

      4.  Local school system status based on metrics from the ADHS dashboard:

      5.  CED assessment of social and behavioral conditions in the unit and county.

An updated status of transition phases for all county Extension units can be reviewed at the following site:

We will continue to carefully monitor changes within our communities to allow for safe and timely transitions in each county. 

Your patience, cooperation, compliance is very much appreciated.  

New Extension Publication

Ideal Produce Wash Station for Small-scale Farmers
Isaac K.  Mpanga, Hope Wilson, and Natalie A. Brassill
The Importance, Principles, Workflow Design, Water Quality, Washing, and Cooling Methods

Family & Consumer Health Sciences Interview Zoom Presentation

Assistant/Associate Agent, Family Consumer and Health Sciences for Santa Cruz County with a small portion (family promotion programs) covering Cochise County

Our two candidates will give their presentations on Wednesday, September 9. Mark your calendars!

Presentation Title: Building FCHS in Santa Cruz & Cochise Counties: Identifying future programs, securing resources, and building relationships in the community

Rebecca Drummond – September 9th
9:00 AM-10:00 AM Presentation
Join Zoom Meeting

Jennifer Argyros – September 9th
10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
Evaluation Form

Please return to Evelyn Whitmer  by September 23.

UA survey about caregiving during the pandemic

Please complete a 1-minute, voluntary survey to help a team of CALS researchers estimate the number of UArizona employees and students who are caregiving for children, elders, or others during the pandemic. All data from this survey is anonymous and will only be reported in aggregate for the purposes of research and proposing UArizona policy and practice changes. 

Access the survey here: 

If you aren’t a caregiver – we still want you to take this short survey!  It will help us get an accurate count, and it is an easy way for you to support your colleagues who are caregivers.  

This survey may have come to you through multiple listservs- please take the survey only once, as the links all go to the same survey. You must be at least 18 years old to participate. 

Please contact Madeleine deBlois ( or Kara Haberstock Tanoue ( with any questions or concerns about the study. More information about the study can be found here.
An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

Present a Virtual Poster at the 2020 Extension Conference

Poster presentations are an excellent way to share your work and to learn about innovations taking place in Extension programs across the state. This year, we are offering a virtual poster session at the October 6-8 UArizona Extension Conference and we invite you to participate! We plan to showcase posters, accompanied by a Q&A chat during the week of the conference, and to also have a live interactive poster event so that you can meet others interested in your topic. To contribute a poster, please visit our Poster Sign-up Form and register your poster by close of business Friday, September 11. Posters and a short abstract (<100 words) will be due by close of business on Monday, September 28. We are really looking forward to highlighting your work and giving you an opportunity to share ideas and success stories at the conference.

Nominate someone for a Heart of Extension Award 

Do you know someone deserving of this year’s “Heart of Extension” Award?!  Take a few minutes to nominate them here.  There are many deserving individuals from across the entire state that truly are delivering on the mission of Extension.  We want to hear about them and the great work they’re doing.  Deadline to submit is Friday, September 11th. 

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:

13th Annual AZ/UT Cowman's Reproduction Virtual Workshop

Please join us for our 13th Annual AZ/UT Cowman's Reproduction Virtual Workshop on September 8th, 2020 from 5 pm - 8 - pm (AZ Time). This year we are delivering the program via Zoom. 

Featuring former UA Gila County Extension Agent, Dr. Jim Sprinkle (now University of Idaho Beef Specialist) who will be giving a presentation about managing beef cow reproductive challenges during drought. Other presentations and speakers include:

    -  Repeat Breeding Syndrome - Nate Brawley, Assistant in Extension (UA)
    -  Foothills Abortions & Trichomoniasis - Dr. Cody Egnor, Assistant State Veterinarian (AZ)
    -  Proposed Utah Trichomoniasis Rule - Dr. Dean Taylor, State Veterinarian (UT)
    -  DNA Study of Longevity of Southern Utah Livestock - Dr. Matt Garcia (USU)

Please register at:

Small-scale farmers colloquium, 2020

This is a monthly meeting for commercial horticulture and small-scale farmers to share science-based information on diverse topics (soil, water, pests, diseases, weeds, farm management, marketing, food safety, etc.) that will help improve farm productivity, profitability, sustainability, food safety and food security.

Dates of monthly sessions: July 20th, August 17th, September 14th, October 19th, and November 16th. 

All sessions are 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

Location: Zoom
To register, email your name, gender (optional), and location (county) to

To view the agenda and list of speakers for this series, visit our website at 

Dr. Isaac Mpanga
Area Associate Extension Agent Comm. Hort. and Small Acreage


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