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Agricultural Outlook (Nevada)

Provide agricultural stakeholders with a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential and management implications.

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Beginning Farmer and Rancher - Herds & Harvest Program

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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Cattlemen's Update

Cattlemen’s Update is Extension’s annual educational program offered for beef cattle producers to learn about issues affecting profitability and product quality in the Great Basin region.

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Coffee Shop email helps ranchers make money

Extension’s coffee shop is a national subscription email designed to provide a two-way communication network for livestock producers. The question-and-answer service provides answers to livestock production and marketing questions.

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Collaborative Resource Stewardship improves rangeland management

Extension has helped lead Collaborative Resource Stewardship efforts in northeastern Nevada over the past seven years, resulting in a model for other states and areas.

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Eagles & Agriculture

Eagles & Agriculture is a multiday celebration of agriculture to teach about agriculture and the benefits it provides to wildlife and the community. The program, a collaborative effort that began in 2003, encourages the conservation and prosperity of ranching in western Nevada, teaches participants about wildlife and the history of agriculture in Carson Valley, and creates an agritourism model that enhances the profitability of local farming and ranching businesses.

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Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program

The purpose of Nevada’s Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP) is to improve the ability of Native American farmers and ranchers to manage their agricultural enterprises effectively, efficiently and profitably.

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Risk Management Education

Extension develops and delivers a comprehensive risk management education program to livestock, forage, and food producers in Nevada.

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Sustainable Agricultural Practices Program

Extension conducts several sustainable agriculture programs including researching alternative crops, introducing sustainable biodiversity/multiple use of rangelands, and increasing the number of pest control materials labeled in and increasing the knowledge and implementation rate of Integrated Pest Management practices in Nevada.

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Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE)

SARE is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that functions through competitive grants conducted cooperatively by farmers, ranchers, researchers and ag professionals to advance farm and ranch systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities.

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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

The curriculum teaches youth to raise quality swine, beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, dairy goats, rabbits, and poultry.

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Agriculture Production & Producer Needs in Nevada, 2005
This fact sheet provides an overview of a recent study of agricultural producers in Nevada which sought to determine the types of crops and livestock currently under production, the production and marketing methods in use, and the types of educational programming Nevada's agricultural producers.
Cowee, M., Curtis, K., and Havercamp, M. 2005, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
An Assessment of the Educational Program Needs of Livestock Producers in Northeastern Nevada
Area specialists are expected to carefully analyze the information collected and define educational program priorities, separating basic needs, such as risk management or reproductive management, from current problems, such as Hoof and Mouth or Mad Cow disease.
Torell, R. 2002, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Animal Care
Animal well being, animal care, animal welfare, animal husbandry, animal rights. What's the difference.
L. Chichester & K. Dam 2022, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-18-09
Animal Care: Tips for communicating with the public
Youth livestock exhibitors should be aware that the public will develop opinions about production agriculture based on what they see, hear and perceive at livestock shows, fairs and exhibitions.
Chichester, L. & Dam, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-18-09
Animal Care: Tips for youth communicating with the public
Animal care is what it says, providing care for an animal. Responsible livestock producers provide the best care and treatment for their animals, ensure they are receiving high quality feed, fresh clean cool water and appropriate shelter, quick treatment if ill, and low-stress handling when necessary.
L. Chichester 2022, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS 17-00
Aquatic Habitat Condition Index, Stream Type, and Livestock Bank Damage in Northern Nevada
The quality of stream habitat varies for a variety of natural and anthropogenic reasons not identified by a condition index. However, many people use condition indices to indicate management needs or even direction...
Myers, T. J. and S. Swanson 1991, Water Resources Bull., 27(4):667-677
Artificial Insemination of Cattle Step by Step JM Thomas and CM Andersen 2021, University of Missouri, Extension
Best management practices for livestock and equine during wildfire smoke events
Wildfire can be an important tool in maintaining diverse and healthy ecosystems. However, wildfires can also increase greenhouse gas emissions, devastate ecosystems, and decimate animal populations and their habitats, along with homes and other structures, creating hazardous health impacts on humans and animals.
L. Chichester, M. Kay, J. Roice-Gomes, M. Allen, L. Taylor, S. Emm 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-10
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Best Management Practices for Livestock and Equine during Wildfire Smoke Events
The intent of this article is to provide recommendations for best management practices for livestock and equine owners during wildfire smoke events. Some of these recommendations may not be applicable to owners of large quantities of livestock and/or equine.
Chichester, L, Kay, M., Roice-Gomes, J., Allen, M., Taylor, L. Emm, S. 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-10
Cool Season Hay Attributes of Primary Importance to Nevada Horse Owners
The following paragraphs provide a brief definition/description of the rated attributes that made the top five for one or more of the horse owner groups. We hope that this information will help producers to ensure repeat customers or potentially increase their market share.
Cirelli, A., Cowee, M., Curtis, K., and Riggs, W. 2007, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Discarded pecan seeds as an alternative feedstuff in lamb diets: Effects on intake, growth performance, carcass weights, and meat quality Giotto, F.M., Grandis, F.A., de Mello, A.S., Ribeiro, E.L.A. 2022, Small Ruminant Research, Volume 213, August 2022,
Do Producers and Horse Owners Agree on Important Characteristics of Cool Season Hays?
Lack of appropriate production contracts and the subjectivity of current pricing controlled by buyers have created a need for expanded markets and new pricing techniques. The Nevada climate and soil conditions are conducive to the production of highquality alfalfa and specialty hays, such as cool season hays.
Cirelli, A., Cowee, M., Curtis, K., and Riggs, W. 2007, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
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