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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.

cattle feeding at UNR's Main Station Ranch

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.

Master Gardeners at tabling event

Master Gardeners of Nevada

Program trains local gardeners to provide research-based horticulture information to Nevadans


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Nevada 4-H youth and families provide over 2,000 face masks for their communities

Extension called upon by those helping to manage the COVID-19 crisis

Claudene Wharton


When the Elko County Emergency Operations Center put in a call to their local University of Nevada, Reno Extension office saying they needed face masks, Extension’s 4-H youth and their families swung into action, making masks not only for the Operations Center, but also for their local School District nutrition services workers who are helping to serve lunches to students who receive free and reduced meals. Similarly, 4-H youth and their families in White Pine County were early responders to the need for masks, and have now made hundreds of masks for the William Bee Ririe Hospital and Rural Health Clinic in Ely.

Once the word got out that 4-Hers were helping to make masks, more requests started coming in.

“I’d say that requests are coming in faster than our 4-H members can sew,” said Jill Baker-Tingey, Extension educator in Elko County.

After these early efforts in Elko and Ely, Nevada 4-H launched a statewide service project to help provide face masks for all Nevada communities. Now, more than 2,000 masks have been provided by 4-H across Nevada, spanning 10 counties, from Reno to Las Vegas, and from Carson City to Elko. The face masks have been donated to hospitals, hospices, health clinics, tribal healthcare, senior centers, emergency operations centers, school districts, state parole offices, and other collaborative mask-making projects.

In addition, over 100 other PPE-related items have been provided by the 4-H service project, including scrub hats, surgical gowns and ear bands/savers, which prevent ear strain and irritation for those wearing masks for extended periods.

Carrie Stark, Nevada 4-H program director with Extension, said, "The whole 4-H community has pitched in – our 4-H youth and their families, as well as 4-H alumni and volunteers."

Catch a falling star ... literally

How to collect micrometeorites in your own backyard in August

Don Deever

Timelapse of the Perseid Meteor Shower over the Black Rock DesertCatch a falling star this August using only a basin of water, a plastic cup, a magnet and a paper plate. Photo by Trevor Bexon.

Every year, there are nine meteor showers that are rated as "Class 1" events. These showers are the are most exciting to see and produce particles that fall from the sky that anyone can catch. The Perseid meteor shower is generally considered to be the finest meteor shower of the year. It is renowned for displaying up to 100 "shooting stars" per hour.

This year, the shower is predicted to peak Aug. 11-13, so mark your calendars now and gather a few simple supplies to prepare to "catch a falling star." It's a simple, yet exciting, science project a child of any age can enjoy. Gazing upon these extraterrestrial visitors brings lasting memories and connects Earth-bound mortals to the wonders of infinite space from our own backyards.

There’s still a whole Universe out there— reach for the stars

"I’ll be sharing this project with our 4-H youth here in Nevada, for whom Extension is continuing to provide at-home and online STEM programs, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But, it’s an interesting and uplifting activity we can all enjoy." -Assistant Professor & Extension Educator Don Deever

University offers agricultural crop research tours at Field Day in Fallon

Research being done on drought-tolerant and salt-tolerant crops

Claudene Wharton

chickpea plantChickpeas are one of the crops being researched by Extension at the Experiment Station Fallon Research Center.
Photo by Maninder K. Walia.

Agriculture producers and others are invited to get a first-hand look at crop trials and research being conducted in northern Nevada by the University's College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources. Field Day in Fallon is free and open to the public, and will take place 9:30-10:30 a.m., Aug. 12, at the College Experiment Station’s Fallon Research Center, 2053 Schurz Highway, as well as at two local farms.

"With a limited water supply, we are always looking for drought-tolerant crops for long-term sustainability," said Maninder K. Walia, assistant professor and field crop specialist with the College's Extension unit. "We are also looking at crops in high demand that our producers are interested in growing."

The Field Day will include walking tours and discussions of crops being researched at the Experiment Station and at two local farms. The crops currently being researched at the Experiment Station include chickpeas, dry beans, and ag and forage soybeans. Walia will discuss plant traits of these crops, including early maturity, forage nutrient content, biomass production and drought tolerance.

"There has been a good deal of interest in growing hemp from local producers, so we wanted to do some crop trials based on our growing conditions here in northern Nevada," she said.

This spring, Walia also began a three-year butternut squash crop trial at Rick Lattin’s Lattin Farms. There were four varieties planted in mid-May. The varieties are being evaluated in terms of quality, taste, consumer demand, ability to grow in Nevada’s climate and overall yield.

"There is a high demand from casinos in particular for butternut squash," Walia said. "They use it for soup and other recipes."

At the Field Day, Walia will also discuss opportunities to partner with the University to develop new cropping systems adapted to northern Nevada.

Fallon Field Day on, Nevada Field Day off

Due to continued uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Nevada Field Day. Held each fall in Reno, this event showcases the teaching, research and outreach of our College and its Experiment Station and Extension units. We will miss this opportunity to inform and interact with the members of our community, but feel this is the best decision to protect the health and safety of Nevadans. Please visit the coronavirus information page for ongoing updates from the University of Nevada, Reno.

If you would like to keep up to date on the happenings of our College, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Thank you for your continued interest in our College and its work, and we look forward to seeing you at Nevada Field Day in 2021.


Bill Payne,
Dean of the College

Expanding knowledge for Nevada

"Extension is working to bring University and Experiment Station research to our communities to enhance people’s lives. One portion of my job is to determine needs or issues related to crops and resource use within our state and work to address those needs. I invite your input on these needs." -Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist Maninder Walia

Assistant professor conducts research on water management for Nevada climate

Manuel Alejandro Andrade-Rodriguez joins College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

Hannah Alfaro

Manuel Alejandro Andrade RodriguezManuel Alejandro Andrade-Rodriguez is working to help farmers more efficiently irrigate crops in Nevada’s harsh climates. Photo by Robert Moore, Extension.

University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources welcomes new Assistant Professor Manuel Alejandro Andrade-Rodriguez to the Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences and the Environmental Sciences Interdisciplinary Graduate Program.

Andrade-Rodriguez is investigating how to improve irrigation management in Nevada’s arid and semi-arid climates. With the state’s harsh weather and low precipitation, conservation and proper use of water is essential for successful crops. As part of the College’s Experiment Station, he is working to develop methods to help farmers know when to water their crops and how much water they need. Andrade-Rodriguez is also focusing on using different types of sensing systems, such as weather-, soil- and plant-sensing systems, and artificial intelligence to develop technologies that will help farmers know the most efficient way to irrigate crops.

His research will save water and improve how we irrigate crops

"Working at the University so far has been great, and my colleagues have been supportive of my research. We’ve been able to collaborate on different projects, and I’m excited to get back to my office and to the field." -Assistant Professor Manuel Alejandro Andrade-Rodriguez

Douglas 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
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
Agriculture is a Good Fit in Floodplains
The floodplain plays a vital role in the safety of our community and downstream communities when large rain-on-snow floods occur, about every 15 or 20 years. Learn more about agricultural land use and communities mistakes involving floodplain in this factsheet.
Cobourn J. and Lewis S. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-69
Choosing the Right Plants for Norther Nevada's High Fire Hazard Areas
The most important person in preventing a house from being destroyed by wildfire is the homeowner. And, it is the actions that a homeowner takes before a fire occurs that are critical. One of the most important “pre-fire” activities that a homeowner can do is the creation of a defensible space.
Smith, E., Skelly, J. 2007, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, EB-07-01
Consumer Preferences for Meat Attributes
Recent food industry trends have presented consumers with the opportunity to demand more from the products they purchase. In the market for food products, this means that consumers are able to purchase products that do more than serve their basic need for nutrition.
Cowee, M., Curtis, K., Harris, T., and Lewis, S. 2008, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Don’t Put Your Home and Family at Risk from Floods!
If you own or are considering buying property near the bank of a river or stream, beware of building a home there! If the property is mapped as “Zone A” Regulatory Floodplain, that means flooding is a very real possibility — at least 1 percent chance in any year. Learn more about the risk of floods in this factsheet.
Cobourn, J., Lewis, S., and Swanson, S. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-70
Douglas County Cow-Calf Production Costs & Returns, 2006
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 a beef cattle cow-calf operation in this region, but may not apply to every operation.
Curtis, K., Lewis, S., and Ruby, K. 2006, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
An Ember House structure with ember vulnerabilities highlighted in orange. A trashcan adjacent to the Ember House.
Ember House 3.0 Building Instructions
This is information on how to build an Ember House. The Ember House serves as a youth activity to educate kids on the ember threat of wildfires on homes. There is no one “right way” to build an Ember House. There are a lot of variations out there. Reported below is simply how LWF created theirs.
Smith, E. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP-20
social media training
Facebook for Extension Professionals
Universities, colleges and Cooperative Extensions around the country use social media to reach constituents with instructional, research and outreach messages. When Extension professionals participate on social networks, members of the public have access to news and information from valued, trusted and credible sources. And, when Extension professionals engage with them, online networks provide interactive, genuine and far-reaching communities that keep Extension professionals current and connected to issues or concerns of the general public and present opportunities for collaboration and scientific inspiration. While these opportunities are found in various social networks, this publication focuses on Facebook. It includes information on platform selection and use, maintaining a professional and personal balance, social license, accessibility, responding to criticism with professionalism, and more.
Andrews, A. and Chichester, L. 2018, Extension
Financial Potential for Livestock Slaughter and Processing in Nevada
This publication presents a brief overview of the financial information generated from the study. This section of the study addresses financial analyses and recommendations for an optimal solution to slaughtering and processing animals.
Cowee, M., Curtis, K., Harris, T., and Lewis, S. 2008, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
house on fire
Fire Adapted Communities: The Next Step in Wildfire Preparedness
Do you know what it takes to survive a wildfire? A fire adapted communities is a community located in fire-prone area that requires little assistance from firefighters during a wildfire. Residents of these communities accept responsibility for living in a high fire hazard area.
Smith, E., Sistare, S., Nejedlo, G. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-11-01
The Angora Fire burns hillsides across Lake Tahoe. Smoke plumes in the air.
Fire Adapted Communities: The Next Step in Wildfire Preparedness. Lake Tahoe Basin
There are proven steps that homeowners can take to improve personal safety and home survival during wildfire. The purpose of this publication is to present these steps and encourage neighbors to work together and with their local fire firefighting agency to take action.
Smith, E., Sistare, S. 2014, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-14-05
Floodplain Protection Inventory for the Carson River
The floodplain of a river is the adjacent low-lying land that temporarily stores floodwater. This riverine floodplain is an integral part of a river. In most cases, the soil on floodplains was deposited by the river or creek over an extended period of time.
Cobourn, J. and Lewis, S. 2015, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-15-05
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
A house and car completely engulfed in flames
How can I prepare my home and neighborhood for a wildfire?
University experts caution actions taken by homeowners before a fire ever starts play a critical role.
Smith, E. and Andrews, A. 2019, Nevada Today
A wildfire burns brush near a cluster of homes with text: How to Complete a Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Nevada Communities
How to Complete a Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Nevada Communities
A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) describes the wildfire hazards and mitigation measures for a community. Completing and implementing a CWPP is an important means for residents of Nevada’s wildfire prone areas to address the wildfire threat.
Smith, E., Sistare, S. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-13-14
A cluster of homes in Washoe County adjacent to the urban interface with text: How to Complete a Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Washoe County Communities
How to Complete a Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Washoe County Communities
A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) describes the wildfire hazards and mitigation measures for a community. Completing and implementing a CWPP is an important means for residents of Washoe County’s wildfire-prone areas to address the wildfire threat.
Smith, E., Sistare, S., Nejedlo, G. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-13-06
Increasing Collaborative Success Between American Indians and Agriculture Professionals
It has been recognized that American Indian populations don’t take full advantage of federal programs aimed at enhancing agriculture and natural resource management practices. Emm and Singletary (2009) claim that some of the problem stems from these programs not being designed with the American Indian in mind.
Lewis, S. and Emm, R. 2011, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
A women rakes leaves on her front lawn. House in the background.
Ten Frequently Asked Questions About Defensible Space
As Nevada communities grow, so does the wildfire threat on homes. The term "defensible space" was coined to describe vegetation management practices aimed at reducing the wildfire threat to homes. This fact sheet addresses some of the frequently asked questions regarding defensible space.
Smith, E. 1996, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-96-39
The 4-H Advantage – How Nevada 4-H Youth Differ from Those with No 4-H Experience
This fact sheet contains a study on the 4-H experience and the advantages that come with it. This study also gives examples of 4-H youth and 4-H experience to help understand the difference between the two.
Lewis, S. 2008, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-69
The Carson River’s New Regional Floodplain Management Plan
This fact sheet contains information on ways to create a good floodplain management plant. Learn more about the benefits of good floodplain management, how one can do it, limiting river flood damage, and how floodplain management works.
Cobourn, J., Lewis, S., and Skelly, J. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-20
A pile of mulch burns in a controlled experiment
The Combustibility of Landscape Mulches
Mulch plays an important role in Western residential landscapes. Unfortunately many mulches are combustible, a major drawback when used in home landscapes located in wildfire-prone areas. Using the results from an evaluation of mulch combustibility, recommendations are offered concerning the use of mulches.
Quarles, S., Smith, E. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-11-04
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
Men shoveling pine needles into a trailer
What is defensible space and how do I create some around my home?
University experts help homeowners to make homes more fire safe
Smith, E. and Andrews, A. 2019, Nevada Today
WIldfire Evacuation Checklist Information on How to prepare yourself for a quick and safe evacuation
Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
Information on how to prepare yourself, your home, and your family for a quick and safe wildfire evacuation. Be prepared! Please evacuate immediately when asked.
Smith, Ed 2006, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-06-07
Cars driving at night while a wildfire approaches the road
Wildfire Evacuation Checklist (Spanish)
Si su propiedad está en peligro de incendio y usted debe evacuar tenga en consideración las siguientes medidas de seguridad.
Smith, E. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP-20
Women in science: a Q&A with CABNR pet food mercury researchers
Professor Gustin and fellow researchers Chichester, Dunham-Cheatam, Luippold and Vargas-Estrada talk about their work and answer related questions
Gustin, M.S., Chichester, L., Dunham-Cheatham, S., Luippold, A., and Vargas Estrada M. 2019, Nevada Today

County Reports

Carson City / Storey County County Annual Report | Fiscal Year 2017 - 2018
Carson City / Storey County County Annual Report | July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
Chichester, L. 2017, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Douglas County Annual Report | Fiscal Year 2017 - 2018
Douglas County Annual Report | July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
Chichester, L. 2017, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno

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