Jeffrey Silvertooth grew up in northwest Oklahoma and Wichita, Kansas. He has a B.S. in Agriculture (Agronomy) from Kansas State University, an M.S. in Agronomy (Soil Fertility) from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science (Soil Fertility) from Oklahoma State University. He has worked in a variety of roles over 30+ years to develop crop production management strategies (primarily irrigated cotton, chiles, and cantaloupes) that optimize the soil-plant system agronomically, economically, and environmentally. He has been with the University of Arizona since 1987, as an Extension Agronomist for 14 years, and Head of the Soil, Water and Environmental Science Department for over 12 years. In his current role, he provides overall program leadership and administrative and personnel management for Arizona Cooperative Extension. He is also responsible for the development of effective education programs and related translational and applied research programs dedicated to extending knowledge resources to the people of the State and region.