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Nevada Radon Education Program personnel, Susan Howe and Nadia Noel

Nevada Radon Education Program

The Nevada Radon Education Program is a partnership with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to educate Nevadans about the health risk posed by elevated levels of radon in the home. The Extension program offers literature, educational presentations and low cost radon test kits in many county Extension and partner offices.

heifers grazing in field

Herds & Harvest Program - Nevada Beginning Farmer and Rancher Project

Developing educational courses, workshops, technical assistance, business advice and mentoring support network for Nevada agricultural producers who are beginning or diversify a farm or ranch operation.

flying radio controlled drones

Churchill County 4-H Youth Development

4-H club programming in Churchill County covers several project areas that teach leadership, life skills and citizenship.

 

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Nevada 4-H partners with AmeriCorps to bring opportunities to inner-city youth

Extension aims to make post-secondary education a reality for underserved Las Vegas youth

Claudene Wharton

Extension has been awarded a $280,000 AmeriCorps Program grant to expand its Nevada 4-H Youth Development Program in Clark County to engage more youth in underserved, inner-city areas of Las Vegas in STEM, civic engagement and other activities aimed at equipping the youth to successfully attend and complete some form of post-secondary education.

The grant will fund the 4-H Grows Here Project in Clark County, using AmeriCorps members recruited from the community to engage youth, and create and sustain 4-H clubs in the inner city aimed at youth ages 5-19, with an emphasis on low-income and middle school-aged youth, and youth of color.

AmeriCorps members will serve in various capacities to support the youth development program – building community relationships, educating youth in STEM or other skills, or serving as 4-H club leaders. Together, they will be responsible for educating 3,000 youth through workshops, and then transitioning at least half of them for longer-term 4-H club programs. Once active in 4-H clubs, youth will complete 4-H curriculum related to computer science, robotics, chemistry, rocketry, drones, eco-science and other STEM subjects. Finally, the youth will select and complete a project that incorporates what they have learned to address a community need or solve a problem.

4H student holding a droneExtension’s 4-H Grows Here Project will reach inner-city youth, teaching them STEM skills, such as those youth learn by building and flying drones.

Extension Director Ivory W. Lyles said, "Expanding the reach of 4-H to inner-city youth will create more true leaders who are prepared and engaged to take on critical challenges facing families, communities and businesses today."

4H student holding a droneExtension’s 4-H Grows Here Project will reach inner-city youth, teaching them STEM skills, such as those youth learn by building and flying drones.

New agricultural research and Extension center begins operations

Eureka County ranch to expand offerings of University’s Experiment Station

Mike Wolterbeek

Our College's new Great Basin Research & Extension Center in Eureka County has begun operations in a new initiative for rural Nevada. The enterprise will address the related issues of sustainable grazing management of dryland rangelands, livestock, crop production under water-limited environments, and alternative water and irrigation strategies for crop production.

"This operation will address real world problems through research and Extension – providing useful knowledge to the ranchers and farmers of Nevada," Bill Payne, dean of the College, said. "It’s also a Nevada showcase, as much of the world looks like this, and the knowledge we generate here will be useful throughout drylands of the world."

The initiative, overseen by our College's Experiment Station, is spearheaded on a 644-acre ranch in Diamond Valley near the town of Eureka, along with several grazing permits on nearby Bureau of Land Management lands. 

Interim Center Director & Extension Educator Gary McCuin, said, "I am excited and intrigued by the potential that this Center has to help us meet the mission of this land-grant institution, and the needs of our producers."

Contributing knowledge & meeting needs

"Ranchers and farmers have unique challenges and problems that our research faculty can help them address and solve. This fits exactly into the goals of the Experiment Station – contributing knowledge and meeting stakeholders' needs." -Associate Dean for Research & Experiment Station Director Chris Pritsos

Extension-trained Las Vegas teacher honored by the Council for Professional Recognition

Cedric Bell receives special recognition as one of the top 10 men in early childhood education

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Cedric Bell is a perfect fit for the early childhood profession, though he didn't begin teaching until he was nearly 40 years old.

"In 2009, my youngest son was on the way," he said, "so I decided it was time to stay home and watch my kids grow up. I joined the PTA and volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club as a basketball coach for 3- and 4-year-olds."

Acelero Learning, a local Head Start center, was right behind the Boys and Girls Club, which led Cedric to have a life-changing encounter about two years ago.

"I happened to be coaching the son of the center's director, who saw how good I was with children. She said, 'You've been here two or three years, and you'd fit right in over at Acelero. You just have to get your Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential.' So, I signed up for the course at the at the University of Nevada and began working at Acelero as a floater. I just got done with the CDA this May, in the midst of the pandemic, and I'm now an assistant teacher."

The course and credential helped Cedric up his game.

"The CDA made me a better teacher," he said. "It helped me understand why I was doing things a certain way... I learned more about how to approach certain kids and how to bridge the language barrier with kids who don't speak English. It's made me want to go on in school and earn my [bachelor's degree] so I can be a lead teacher."

Cedric Bell near a motorcycle and sports carNominated by Extension Instructor Robin Marx-Mackerley, award-winning Cedric Bell is honored in the Council for Professional Recognition's feature newsletter edition and video on Men of Early Childhood Education, and he will receive from the Council  a book on recruiting and retaining qualified childhood teachers who are men.

Helping teachers help Nevada's children

"I love watching children progress from not being able to write their names to knowing the alphabet and counting. As you work with them throughout the year, you see that progress, and that makes me feel good." -Cedric Bell

University provides free resources for businesses

Extension providing free webinars and interactive townhalls

Mary Jane Belleza

In partnership with community organizations, Extension is providing free webinars and interactive town halls. Business owners can now learn more about organizing their financials, marketing and social media, and how to apply for grants and loans available.

"There was a lot of misinformation out there and lots of scared business owners when COVID hit," Extension Research Associate Michael Bindrup said. "Especially when businesses were deemed unnecessary and were shut down. So many businesses reached out to us in this time of uncertainty."

Growing businesses & entrepreneurs

"We want to see business owners and entrepreneurs grow, thrive and survive this pandemic because right now surviving this economic situation is a synonym for success." -Extension Business Development Instructor Juan Salas

Churchill County Related News Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

 
A Collaborative Domestic Violence Prevention Program
This factsheet contains a collection of programs to prevent domestic violence and two-day training for law enforcement to understand the many issues surrounding domestic violence.
Powell, P., Smith, M., Riley, J., Harmon, A., Ryan, C., and Butler, J. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-74
A bundle of golden Crested Wheatgrass in a dry field.
A Homeowner's Guide to Planting Crested Wheatgrass
The following description for planting crested wheatgrass applies to homeowners seeding relatively small areas (less than two acres) and who do not have access to specialized rangeland seeding equipment. For larger planting efforts, contact your local University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office for suggestions.
Smith, E., Davison, J., Carlos, B. 1999, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-99-96
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A Homeowner’s Guide to Cheatgrass
Cheatgrass, also known as downy brome and bronco grass, is an annual plant native to Europe and Asia. Cheatgrass has a serious environmental impact on Nevada. It dries out very quickly, becoming extremely flammable. This increases the occurrence and intensity of fires in sagebrush areas.
Davison, J. and Smith, E. 2006, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Alfalfa Variety Trial in Western Nevada, Initial Results
Alfalfa is the most extensive crop in Nevada. The majority of alfalfa fields in western Nevada are harvested three to four times annually. This production system is dependent on dormant alfalfa varieties that cease growth during the winter months. These types of alfalfa varieties can be classified according to fall dormancy and winter survival ratings. In western Nevada the most commonly planted alfalfa varieties have a fall dormancy rating of 4 to 5 with an occasional 6. Yet, these varieties are normally very winter hardy, with ratings of 1 to 2. The alfalfa varieties evaluated in this study included one fall dormancy rating 3, eight with a fall dormancy rating of 4, six with a fall dormancy rating of 5 and one with a fall dormancy rating of 6. All of the tested alfalfa varieties produced heavy yields in this evaluation. Producers reviewing these results should look at relative yields of each variety in combination with other factors.
Davison, J., Solomon, J. and Lawry, T. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Biomass Production of 15 Teff Varieties Grown in Churchill County, Nevada During 2009
The amount of teff produced in the United States is increasing rapidly due to the plant’s popularity as an especially nutritious grain and as high-quality horse hay. The word teff means “lost” because teff seed is the smallest grain in the world, and if you drop it on the ground it will be lost.
Davison, J. and Laca, M. 2010, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Churchill County Alfalfa Hay Establishment, Production Costs and Returns, 2004
This publication is intended to be a guid, used to make production decisions, determine potential returns, and prepare business and marketing plans. Practices described are based on the production practices considered typical for this crop and region, but may not apply to every situation.
Curtis, K., Davison, J., MacDougall, B., and Riggs, W. 2004, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Corn Variety Trial 2012, Pershing County
Alfalfa hay remains by far the most important crop, in terms of both acres harvested and value of production (Foster 2010). Small grains typically are grown for hay and are a rotational crop during the year(s) after an alfalfa field has been removed and when it is replanted.
Foster, S., and Davison, J. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Domestic Violence: An Overview
The purpose of this publication is to help readers understand the dynamics of IPV, by providing an overview of various forms of control exhibited toward victims. As Nevada nortoriously ranks high in reports of IPV, understanding how IPV impacts our communities is crucial in developing strategies to address it.
Powell, P. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-76
Domestic Violence’s Effect on Children
Children don’t have to be victims of domestic violence to suffer from it. Simply witnessing violence (seeing or hearing it) can damage a child’s ability to connect with and trust others, preventing them from building the crucial relationships they need to succeed to their fullest potential.
Baker-Tingey, J., Powell, C., and Powell, P. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet 17-06
Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Education and Implementation Results in Nevada
Traditionally, new weed invasions are not detected or addressed until they are so dense and widespread that eradication is not feasible. Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is an approach to weed control that emphasizes controlling new, invading weeds while the populations are localized and small.
Newton, J., Davison, J., Schultz, B., Blecker, L., and Creech, E. 2013, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Emergency Preparedness and The Tabletop Exercise: How Youth Can Play a Part in the Process
This fact sheet contains information on emergency preparedness and the tabletop exercise. Learn more about how youth can play key roles in disaster training the tabletop exercise.
Powell, P., Black, L., Benesh, C., and Smith, M. 2008, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-08-36
Evaluating the Potential of an Alternative Crop
This fact sheet provides guidance concerning the most critical questions that must be answered by a producer before an alternative crop is planted.
Davison, J. 2002, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Evaluation of a Domestic Violence Program for Law Enforcement
This fact sheet contains information on evaluation training methods for a domestic violence program aimed at law enforcement. This includes cadet demographics and a table that has topics used to evaluate cadet training.
Powell, P., Smith, M., Riley, J., Harmon, A., Ryan, C., and Butler, J. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-75
Evaluation of Several Tomato Varieties’ Resistance to Beet Curly Top Virus Grown Under High Tunnels and in the Field
The purpose of the project was to test two hypotheses: 1) Incidence of Beet Curly Top Virus (BCTV) is reduced in organic fresh market tomatoes grown under high tunnels, and 2) The use of locally developed BCTV-resistant plants reduces the incidence of BCTV in high-tunnel and field-grown organic fresh market tomatoes.
Davison, J., and Lattin, R. 2015, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Grain Production of 15 Teff Varieties Grown in Churchill County, Nevada During 2009
The amount of teff produced in the United States is increasing rapidly due to the plant’s popularity as an especially nutritious grain and as high-quality, horse hay. The word teff means “lost” because teff seed is the smallest grain in the world and if you drop it on the ground it will be lost.
Davison, J. and Laca, M. 2010, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Greenstrips: Another Tool to Manage Wildfire
Greenstrips can be used to reduce the opportunity for man-caused fires to start or spread. They can reduce the size of wildfires and increase the effectiveness of the fire fighting effort, which reduces the cost. Greenstrips are also used to protect high value natural resources,
Davidson, J., Smith E. 1997, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-97-36
How to help a victim of domestic violence
The purpose of this publication is to provide an overview of the difficulties victims face when leaving an abusive situation, and what we can do to help them be successful in leaving.
Powell, P. and Smith, M. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-12-08
Integrated Weed Management in and around Established Alfalfa Fields
Many weeds are less palatable or nutritious for livestock than alfalfa, or are toxic. Weeds establish in alfalfa when the alfalfa is both growing and dormant. This fact sheet is intended to facilitate management decisions that reduce economic losses in established alfalfa due to weed pests.
Blecker, L., Davison, J., Schultz, B., and Newton, J. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Integrated Weed Management in Seedling Alfalfa
Seedling alfalfa is vulnerable to weed competition because seedlings grow slowly and do not compete well with weeds. Weed competition in new alfalfa stands impedes root development and lowers forage quality and alfalfa yield. The damage caused to seedling alfalfa can last the life of the stand.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., and Davison, J. 2011, Integrated Weed Management in Seedling Alfalfa
Little Free Libraries in Nevada: What, Why and How
LFLs are small, custom-built freestanding boxes that house anywhere from 20 to 100 books. LFLs are often uniquely designed (typically very cute) and can be made of any material able to withstand the outdoor elements. Finding a suitable location for the LFL is an important decision.
Bender, P., Burge, P., Powell, P., and Rebori M. 2015, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet-15-09
Needs Assessment for Noxious Weeds in Churchill County: Part 1 of 5 - Problem Weeds, Approaches and Methods of Control
This publication discusses the results from a needs assessment conducted by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) to identify problem weeds, the approaches and methods for control.
Davison, J., Powell, P., Schultz, B., Creech, E., and Singletary, L. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-72
Needs Assessment for Noxious Weeds in Churchill County: Part 2 of 5 - Problems of and Obstacles to Weed Management
This publication discusses the results from a needs assessment conducted by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and looks at the problems and obstacles associated with weed management.
Powell, P., Davison, J., Schultz, B., Creech, E., and Singletary, L. 2011, University of Nevada Extension, FS-2011-73
Needs Assessment for Noxious Weeds in Churchill County: Part 3 of 5 - Spread, Detection and Prevention of Weeds
This publication discusses the results from a needs assessment conducted by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension to discuss the spread, detection and prevention of weeds.
Davison, J., Powell, P., Schultz, B., Creech, E., and Singletary, L. 2011, University of Nevada Extension, FS-2011-74
Needs Assessment for Noxious Weeds in Churchill County: Part 4 of 5 - Criteria for Herbicide Use and Selection
This fact sheet is the fourth in a series of five that reports the results of a needs assessment survey completed by faculty in University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE). The survey attempted to identify the major issues related to the management and control of weeds in Nevada.
Davison, J., Powell, P., Schultz, B., and Singletary, L. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Needs Assessment for Noxious Weeds in Churchill County: Part 5 of 5 - Priority Research and Outreach
This fact sheet is the fifth in a series of five that reports the results of a needs assessment survey completed by faculty in University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE). The survey attempted to identify the major issues related to the management and control of weeds in Nevada.
Davison, J., Powell, P., Schultz, B., and Singletary, L. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Nevada (USA) range management school - Adapting an American grazing management curriculum to other continents. Schultz, B., McAdoo, K., Perryman, B., Foster, S., and Davison, J. 2015, Journal for Arid Lands Studies. 25-3: 273-276.
Non-Chemical Weed Control for Small Acreage Farmers in Nevada
Many small acreage farming operations are organic-based or strongly prefer weed management recommendations that preclude the use of conventional herbicides. The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide basic information and resources on non-chemical weed control options for these small acreage farmers.
Davison, J. and Newton, J. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Northwestern Nevada Teff Production Costs and Returns, 2008
This publication is intended to be a guide used to make production decisions, determine potential returns, and prepare business and marketing plans. Practices described are based on the production practices considered typical for this crop and region, but may not apply to every situation.
Bishop, C., Curtis, K., and Davison, J. 2008, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Observations of Commercial Tef Production in Nevada During 2006
Nevada Cooperative Extension fact sheet FS-04-51 discusses tef uses, adaptations and recommended agronomic practices in detail. It also provides information on the results of the 2003 tef demonstration trial efforts.
Davison, J. 2006, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Orders of Protection: Domestic Violence
The purpose of this fact sheet is to describe what an Order of Protection is, the process followed to obtain one, and the need to report order violations.
Powell, P. and Smith, M. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-12-07
Radioactivity and groundwater in the Lahontan Valley
Small amounts of radioactive elements are found in almost all soil, rock and water. Groundwater throughout the United States contains radioactivity and radioactive elements. As such, in Nevada, communities that pump groundwater for public water supply treat to remove radioactivity and other contaminants.
Walker M. and Powell P. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-39
Report to Community on Volunteer Forum: Fallon, Nevada
The contents of this report include the information and thoughts about the community as seen from the perspective of these participants. This report is not intended to be a comprehensive picture of the entire area, but merely a snapshot as provided by those in attendance.
Powell, P., Rebori, M., and Wright, J. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Special Publication 16-08
Response of Teff Biomass Yields to Several Broadleaf Herbicides Applied at Three Different Growth Stages During 2009
Teff Eragrostis tef (Zucc.) Trotter is a selfpollinated, annual, warm season grass that is used throughout the world as grain for human consumption and as forage for livestock. The amount of teff produced in the United States is increasing rapidly due to its popularity as a nutritious grain and high quality, horse hay.
Creech, E., Davison, J., and Laca, M. 2009, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Response of Teff Grain Yields to Several Broadleaf Herbicides Applied at Three Different Growth Stages During 2009
Teff (Eragrostis tef (Zuccagni) Trotter) is a self-pollinated, annual, warm season grass that is used throughout the world as grain for human consumption and as forage for livestock. Teff is an ancient grain that was believed to have been domesticated in Ethiopia between 4000 and 1000 BC.
Creech, E., Davison, J., and Laca, M. 2010, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
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Results From a Workplace Health and Wellness Program
In March 2013, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension received a grant to develop, implement and evaluate a six month pilot Workplace Health and Wellness program for employees at a local business. The program was to be delivered between April 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013.
Powell, P. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Special Publication-16-05
Scentless Chamomile: Taxonomy, Ecology, and Control
Corn or scentless chamomile (Anthemis arvensis L.) is an annual flowering plant (forb) native to much of Europe, parts of Northern Africa, and Asia. It has become naturalized in North America, southern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
Davison, J. and Schultz, B. 2002, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Spring and Winter Canola Variety Trial Results in Nevada
Canola is an annual plant grown for its seed that originated from plants known as rapeseed. It is part of the Brassica plant family which includes mustard, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. The seed is crushed to produce oil, with the remaining meal used as livestock feed.
Davison, J. 2015, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Tef Demonstration Planting Results (2004)
Nevada Cooperative Extension fact sheet #04-51 discuses tef uses, adaptations and recommended agronomic practices in detail. It also provides information on the results of the 2003 tef demonstration trial efforts. This fact sheet describes the results of the 2004 trial.
Davison, J. 2004, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Tef Demonstration Planting Results (2005)
Nevada Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet-04-51 discuses Tef uses, adaptations and recommended agronomic practices in detail. It also provides information on the results of the 2003 Tef demonstration trial efforts. Fact Sheet-05-28 describes the results of the 2004 Tef trial.
Davison, J. 2005, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Tef Demonstration Planting Results for 2003
Information regarding Tef (Eragrostis tef) and data from a demonstration in 2003.
Davison, J. and McKnight, C. 2003, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Testing Seaberry as an Alternative Crop in Nevada
This fact sheet discusses one of several crops currently being tested in Extension’s Alternative Crop Testing program.
Davison, J. and Riggs, W. 2004, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
The Medical Cost of Domestic Violence
What is typically igonored is the financial cost domestic violence places on society, in terms of housing, child care, employment and criminal justice services
C. Powell, P. Powell, J. Baker-Tingey 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-18-02
The Potential for Soybean Production In Western Nevada
The purpose of the project was to complete a preliminary un-replicated evaluation of the survival and production potential of soybeans in western Nevada.
Davison, J. 2002, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
The Potential of Amaranth as a New Crop for Nevada
Amaranth originated in South America and has been cultivated for centuries. It is grown as a high quality, gluten-free grain, and occasionally used as a leafy vegetable as well. While the seeds are sold as a grain, it is a broad-leaved plant and not a grass as are most grains.
Davison, J. and Leger, E. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Training youth to prepare communities for disasters
This fact sheet will report on a final evaluation of a two-state educational program to train older youth to educate communities about disasters and to train fellow youth in appropriate response efforts once a disaster occurs.
Powell, P. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-12-09
What Grows Back After The Fire
In the aftermath of wildfire, many homeowners are alarmed by the sudden change in appearance of the wildland vegetation surrounding their homes. At this time, a frequently asked question is "Will it grow back?" This fact sheet describes the response of some common northern Nevada rangeland plants to wildfire.
Smith, E., Davidson, J. 1996, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. FS96-40
What is a Food Desert?
If a desert is a place where water is hard to find, a food desert is an area where healthy food is hard to come by. Having healthy foods in one’s immediate neighborhood from places such as stores, farmers markets or community gardens influences one’s food choices and what one eats.
Spears, K., Powell, P. and Kim, W. Y. 2014, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet-14-05
What is Obesogenic Environment?
The obesogenic environment comprises factors in our environment that support being obese. This fact sheet will define obesogenic environment.
Powell, P., Spears, K., and Rebori, M. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-11

County Reports

 
Churchill County Annual Report | Fiscal Year 2017 - 2018
Churchill County Annual Report | July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
Powell, P. 2017, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno

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