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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.

Hot air balloon event in Elko, Nevada

Nevada Economic Assessment Project (NEAP) - Elko County

NEAP's quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analysis for Elko County

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Grow Your Own, Nevada!

Learn the secrets of high desert gardening

 

Excerpts from 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

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

 
Great Basin College in Elko
Nevada Economic Assessment Project Socioeconomic Baseline Report Elko County, Nevada
This report will be used by local, state, and federal agencies as a tool for future planning, aiming to assist the communities of Nevada. It will help readers understand their community’s social, demographic, economic, and environmental trends.
B. Borden, J. Lednicky, M. Rebori, L. Thomas, J. Baker-Tingey 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Demographic Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada
The project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal, and environmental characteristics, trends, and impacts.
Borden, B., Thomas, L., Lednicky, J., Baker-Tingey, J. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
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Economic Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada
The project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal, and environmental characteristics, trends, and impacts.
Borden, B., Thomas, L., Lednicky, J., Baker-Tingey, J. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
elko mine
Land Use and Fiscal Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada
The project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal, and environmental characteristics, trends, and impacts.
Borden, B., Thomas, L., Lednicky, J., Baker-Tingey, J. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
railroad street elko
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Top Performers for Elko County, Nevada
The project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal, and environmental characteristics, trends, and impacts.
Borden, B., Thomas, L., Lednicky, J., Baker-Tingey, J. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
courtyard at elko high school
Social Characteristics for Elko County, Nevada
The project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal, and environmental characteristics, trends, and impacts.
Borden, B., Thomas, L., Lednicky, J., Baker-Tingey, J. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Elko County Radon Information | 2020 National Radon Action Month
Get a FREE radon test kit and attend a free radon education presentation in Elko County during National Radon Action Month.
Howe, S. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
Report to Community on Volunteer Forum: Elko, Nev.
As part of the planning process, Nevada Volunteers in partnership with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension conducted six community forums across the state in Reno, Fallon, Las Vegas, Mesquite, Elko and Tonopah in spring of 2016 as a means of outreach to both rural and urban communities. The purpose of the fo
Rebori, M., Baker-Tingey, J., and Wright, J. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Results of a Mailed Survey: Priorities for Wells, Nevada Baker-Tingey, J., Smith, M. and Singletary, L. 2014, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

County Reports

 
Elko County Annual Report | Fiscal Year 2017 - 2018
Elko County Annual Report | July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
Baker-Tingey, J. 2017, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno

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