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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.

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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.

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Churchill County 4-H Youth Development

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

 

Excerpts for our latest newsletter

Fernley STEM Festival highlights local career opportunities

College joins representatives from other colleges, community colleges, trade schools and local businesses to show kids that STEM jobs are fun

Hiedi Andersen, Fernley Leader-Courier

girl with shocked expression holding a sublimated CO2 bubbleAllison Noury, 8, from Cottonwood Elementary, reacts to holding a sublimated CO2 bubble at Fernley High School's STEM Festival. Photo by Ed Andersen, Fernley Leader-Courier.

Hundreds of students participated in the Fernley STEM Festival at Fernley High School March 5. Started in 2013, the event highlights ways science, technology, engineering and math influence daily life. This year’s event also focused on STEM careers — particularly those in demand in northern Nevada, said event coordinator Marjorie Mauk.

“We want kids to know that jobs in STEM fields are fun,” said Mauk, a seventh-grade science teacher at Silverland Middle School. “We want (attendees) to know that STEM is not (just a) lab coat with a pocket protector. The jobs are fun; they’re really cool.”

Also on hand were representatives from the University, community colleges and trade schools.

“There are a lot of FFA students here that could consider an ag science major,” said Michaela Cano, an academic advisor for the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources. "[The College] offers majors in agriculture science, biochemistry and molecular biology, biotechnology, forest management and ecohydrology, among others. Those types of programs prepare students for jobs in demand in northern Nevada, including water management, pollution prevention and wildlife preservation," she said.

"We want (attendees) to know that STEM is not (just a) lab coat with a pocket protector."

- Marjorie Mauk, event coordinator and seventh-grade science teacher at Silverland Middle School

 

Nevada 4-H response to COVID-19

Response and resources to use at club to prevent the spread of germs

Carrie Stark

hands getting washed in a sinkHand washing with soap is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs. 

Dealing with the constant change seems to be the new normal (or at least in the past two weeks). Tough decisions are being made on an hourly basis.  For the Nevada 4-H Youth Development Program, the decision was made to suspend all 4-H activities, including all 4-H club meetings, until further notice. The Extension administrative team continues to monitor the situation and will keep everyone updated as to the status of Nevada 4-H programming.

We understand this is a major disruption to the normal way traditional 4-H programs are delivered. However, we believe 4-H can still be an excellent way for Nevada youth to grow and learn during these unique and challenging times. The way we connect with each other may change but the mission of 4-H will not. We are strong and will continue to provide high quality positive youth development opportunities for the youth of Nevada.

The 4-H Club Guidance for COVID-19 Publication was put together by University of California 4-H and adapted for Nevada 4-H. While it was designed to help clubs with social distancing within their club meetings, there are practices that should be adopted even after this pandemic is over to help stop the spread of germs.

Thank you to 4-H professionals, 4-H volunteer leaders and 4-H families for staying flexible, asking good questions, making recommendations, stating facts, being patient, and helping to keep our families and our communities safe and healthy.

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills

Members learn life skills, make new friends, enhance self-esteem, achieve personal goals, develop positive relationships with peers and volunteers, and have fun learning and sharing as a family and a club

 

The time for this water-saving grain in Nevada is now

College Professor John Cushman discusses teff

Joe Schoenmann, KNPR

TeffTeff, which uses less water than conventional grains, can be grown as hay for livestock and as a gluten-free grain.

Nevada’s agricultural producers often contend with drought, and there is an increasing demand for water for uses other than crops.
 
Researchers with the University of Nevada, Reno, have been working to evaluate and commercialize crops that use less water.
 
Professor John Cushman and his team think they’ve found an alternative. It's called teff.
 
The grain can be grown as hay for livestock and as a gluten-free grain. Cushman says Nevada's scarce water supplies mean now would be a good time for northern Nevada farmers to start using the grain for livestock and to grow sprouts for salad bars.

Drought and nonagricultural water demands leave agriculture producers in a tight spot

Teff requires less water than alfalfa and can be more profitable

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

 
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
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 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
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 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
Tef Demonstration Planting Results for 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 for 2005 Jay Davison, Area Specialist, Alternative Crops and Forage University of Nevada, Cooperative Extension
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
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 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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