U of A and Arizona Farm Bureau on the Same Page March 22, 2013
By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau
In February I was on a panel with Dr. Shane Burgess, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona. Dr. Jeffrey C. Silvertooth, associate dean of Education for Economic Development and Extension in the University of Arizona’s College of Ag and Life Science, was also on the panel with us.
And, no, I was not the moderator. I was actually one of the panelists and the only one without a Ph.D. We were there for the 20th Annual High Desert Gardening & Landscaping Conference to talk about modern agriculture in the United States and Arizona. It was a tremendous honor for me since I have great respect for both Dean Burgess and Dr. Silvertooth.
I got to know Dean Burgess quite well when he first came on as the new Dean for the College of Ag and Life Sciences and I wrote an article (Q&A) about our new Dean for the land-grant university here in Arizona. And, I feel like I’ve grown up under the guidance and Ag leadership of Dr. Silvertooth. I’ve never had him as a professor (I rebelliously went to Arizona State University) but our families have known each other for years and he worked with Dad when Dad was manager of the demonstration farms at Maricopa Agricultural Center.
Dad has always talked with great respect about Dr. Silvertooth. So, though I’ve never had any of his classes, I feel as if I’ve learned from him.
Dean Burgess has an interesting background. A native of New Zealand, Burgess has worked around the world as a practicing veterinarian and scientist. He was the associate dean for strategic initiatives and economic development in MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and a professor in the department of basic sciences in the vet school. His areas of expertise include cancer biology, virology, proteomics, immunology and bioinformatics. Since 1997 he has written 110 peer-reviewed publications.
I followed up as the farmer on the ground. I shared about our own family’s farm but also Arizona’s farmers and ranchers in general and what we’re achieving on a grand scale.
We presented a united front on what research, education and extension to the field is occurring. I can’t express how honored I was to be part of the panel. This little farm girl from small town Maricopa owes lots to the agriculture leaders all around. Even more, I owe so much to my parents.
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