In recognition of Dr. Greene’s tireless commitment to Arizona Extension programs and her proven ability to lead, teach, and inspire, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented Dr. Betsy Greene with the CALS Outstanding Achiever Award.
Dr. Greene is a University of Arizona Professor and Extension Horse Specialist who received her master’s degree from the University of Arizona Animal Sciences Department and went on to complete her doctorate at Kansas State University.
Betsy’s University of Arizona Extension program emphasizes working with agricultural and 4-H agents, ranchers, tribal extension agents, and industry professionals to develop strong educational programs/resources (recognized as the “Informed Arizona Equestrian”) that address statewide industry issues. Her publications inform AZ horse owners about local health concerns (e.g. Sand Colic, Blister Beetles, etc.) and teach disease prevention to youth and adults (Science Creates Real Understanding of Biosecurity - SCRUB Curriculum).
Dr. Greene’s extensive work with Arizona’s tribal nations includes collaborating with tribal extension agents to formally develop educational programs in partnership with Navajo, San Carlos Apache, Hopi, and Hualapai Nations, and introducing Tohono O’odham Nation, the Colorado River Indian Tribe and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, to equine extension resources.
She is known for her ability to present information so that participants feel comfortable applying techniques and knowledge to care for their own animals and she is a leader in providing culturally appropriate programming. As a founding member active in the leadership of the eXtension HorseQuest Community of Practice, she has also collaborated with national colleagues to develop educational materials for equine owners and producers.