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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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Coffee Shop email helps ranchers make money

Cooperative 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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Nevada Field Day provides hands-on activities and demonstrations

University experts showcase research, activities and programs at fall festival

By Claudene Wharton

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Nevada Field Day on Oct. 19 features education and fun for people of all ages. Photo by Robert Moore.

At Nevada Field Day on Oct. 19, visitors will be treated to a variety of free activities and giveaways, and even some tasty food samples, courtesy of the University of Nevada, Reno and its College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources.

As part of this year’s activities, acclaimed local food advocate and Chef Clint Jolly will be performing a cooking demonstration at 11 a.m. with produce from the University’s Desert Farming Initiative and meat from the University’s Wolf Pack Meats. Jolly is a former winner of Food Network’s Chopped: Impossible Restaurant Challenge, and is currently a meat and seafood specialist with Sysco Foodservice.

Nevada Field Day features hands-on activities and information focusing on the latest advancements in agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, natural resources and the environment. It will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the University’s Main Station Field Lab, 5895 Clean Water Way in Reno, near the intersection of McCarran Boulevard and Mill Street. It is a collaborative project of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources; and its research and outreach units, the Experiment Station and University of Nevada, Reno Extension.

This year’s Field Day will feature over 45 booths and activities

For over 60 years, University students and faculty have used the Main Station Field Lab to provide education and research, not only on raising and processing healthy cattle, but also on a variety of other important issues, including controlling noxious weeds, developing alternative low-water-use crops, and preserving air and water quality.


Photo Gallery | Youth compete at Nevada 4-H Expo

University of Nevada, Reno Extension brings back State Expo after hiatus

At the Nevada 4-H Expo, held Oct. 3-6 at the Winnemucca Events Complex in Winnemucca, 179 youth showed and competed in several categories, including raising and showing various animals, communications, photography, food science and nutrition, robotics, computer science, and many more categories. According to organizers, this once-annual event in Nevada has been sorely missed in its absence for several years.

To find out more about local 4-H activities and clubs, as well as National 4-H Week activities and the Nevada 4-H Expo Competition, contact your county’s Extension office.

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MattieRose J., from Humboldt County, shows her pig at the 2019 Nevada 4-H Expo in Winnemucca. Photo by Dianna Walker.

A 4-H student in a wheelchair shooting an arrow

Lindsay C., from Douglas County, competes in archery at the 2019 Nevada 4-H Expo in Winnemucca. Photo by Dianna Walker.

4-H students showing dogs

Kara H., from Carson City, shows her dog at the 2019 Nevada 4-H Expo in Winnemucca. Photo by Dianna Walker.

4-H student holding a guinea pig

Amy B., from Lander County, shows her guinea pig at the 2019 Nevada 4-H Expo in Winnemucca. Photo by Dianna Walker.

4-H student with a black rabbit

Ira D., from Humboldt County, shows his rabbit at the 2019 Nevada 4-H Expo in Winnemucca. Photo by Dianna Walker.

4-H students working with colored flash cards

Siblings Julianna and Joey S., from Humboldt County, participate in a workshop on how to engage an audience at the 2019 Nevada 4-H Expo in Winnemucca. Photo by Dianna Walker.

A quilted pillow and several sewing projects with award ribbons

4-H students competed in several craft and artisan goods competitions, including sewing, at the 2019 Nevada 4-H Expo in Winnemucca. Photo by Dianna Walker.

A girl riding a horse jumping over a hurdle

Makayla L., from Humboldt County, competes with her horse at the 2019 Nevada 4-H Expo in Winnemucca. Photo by Robert Moore.

A boy safely loading the barrel of a muzzleloader

Hudson J., from White Pine County, safely loads his muzzleloader as part of the shooting sports competition at the 2019 Nevada 4-H Expo in Winnemucca. Photo by Dianna Walker.

Five 4-H girls showing their fashions

From left to right: Justine M., Ellie S., Emily H., Grace H. and Mesa J., all from Elko County, compete in the Fashion Revue at the 2019 Nevada 4-H Expo in Winnemucca. Photo by Dianna Walker.

News Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Fact Sheets
Soil Properties, Part 1 of 3: Physical Characteristics
A brief overview of the physical, biological and chemical characteristics of soils. The information is provided for agronomic producers to help them understand soil properties and characteristics.
Foster, S., Schultz, B., McCuin, G., Neibling, H., and Shewmaker, G. 2013, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Soil Properties, Part 2 of 3: Biological Characteristics
Since the introduction of synthetic fertilizers during the industrial revolution, most of the research has been focused on maintaining the nutrient balance in the soil. However, more researchers and agricultural producers are realizing that not only are the nutrients in the soil important, but also, biological health.
Foster, S., McCuin, G., Schultz, B., Neibling, H., and Shewmaker, G. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Nevada Open Range Law
This fact sheet provides an overview of the Nevada Open Range Law and its evolution in the U.S. and Nevada. Also, this law is the subject of increasing conflict between open range public land grazers and non-agricultural residents in or adjacent to public lands.
McCuin, G. and Foster, S. 2010, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Optimizing a ranch’s feed resources often requires strategic supplementation of standing forage with a processed protein, energy or mineral product. However, protein and energy supplements do not necessarily have to come out of a sack.
Foster, S. McCuin, G., Nelson, D., Schultz, B., and Torell, R. 2009, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Plant Season Extension in the Desert
Desert regions, especially the high deserts, have wide-ranging temperatures that can greatly stress plants and reduce production. Using a combination of strategies to moderate environmental extremes and protect plants from frost can greatly improve growth and production.
Gatzke, H., McCuin, G., and Nelson, D. 2009, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Viewpoint: An alternative Management Paradigm for Plant Communities Affected by Invasive Annual Grasses in the Intermountain West.
Today’s landscapes are not those described in 1860. With over 400,000 km2 colonized by cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and other annual grasses, we believe it is time to declare: The pristine-management-paradigm has failed. Continued, wholesale application of this concept is misguided.
Perryman, B. L., Schultz, B. W., Mcadoo, J. K., Alverts, B., Cervantes, J. C., Foster, S., McCuin, G., Swanson, S. R. 2018, Rangelands, 40(3)
Special Publications
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd)
This report was designed to provide a clear overview of the complex and often confusing world of rangeland monitoring. Included are a suite of short- and long-term monitoring methods.
Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Nova-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, SP-18-03

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