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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.

Caliente Train Depot in Lincoln County

Nevada Economic Assessment Project (NEAP) - Lincoln County

NEAP aims to provide county, state and federal agencies, with quantitative and qualitative baseline data for Lincoln County

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Lincoln County 4-H Youth Development

4-H programming in Lincoln County includes programs in a variety of curriculum and content areas and delivery methods.

 

Excerpts from our latest newsletter

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.

Sincerely,

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

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

 
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Nevada Economic Assessment Project Socioeconomic Baseline Report for Lincoln 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, D. Deever, H. Gatzke 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Mt Wilson road sign
Demographic Characteristics for Lincoln 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.
B. Borden, L.Thomas, J. Lednicky, H. Gatzke 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge
Economic Characteristics for Lincoln 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.
B. Borden, L.Thomas, J. Lednicky, H. Gatzke 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Lincoln county road sign
Land Use and Fiscal Characteristics for Lincoln 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.
B. Borden, L.Thomas, J. Lednicky, H. Gatzke 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Panaca Elementary School
NAICS Top Performers for Lincoln 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.
B. Borden, L.Thomas, J. Lednicky, H. Gatzke 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Cows grazing in a field
Social Characteristics for Lincoln 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.
B. Borden, L.Thomas, J. Lednicky, H. Gatzke 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
NV State Capitol in Carson City
Nevada Economic Assessment Project - PowerPoint Presentation
Process to develop and maintain an extensive data repository and set of analytical tools that are meaningful, consistent, and verifiable. This can be used by Nevada Counties and Communities for various types of planning and policy assessments.
Borden, B., Rebori, M., Lednicky, J., Thomas, Lucas. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
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Mountain Biking and Other Outdoor Tourism Economic Assessment, Impact, and Opportunities for Caliente and Lincoln County, Nevada
BLM and Nevada State Parks approved the development of approximately 50 miles of new mountain bike trails that should significantly increase outdoor recreational visitors to Lincoln County. This report explores the impacts to Lincoln County.
B. Borden, H. Gatzke, B. Bonnenfant, T. Harris 2019, University Center for Economic Development at University of Nevada, Reno
Lincoln County Radon Information | 2020 National Radon Action Month
Get a FREE radon test kit in Lincoln County during National Radon Action Month.
Howe, S. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
Developing a Local Food Industry in Nevada
There is unfulfilled demand for local food in Nevada. This demand can be filled by addressing a series of gaps in knowledge and logistics that prevent a larger scale of production and supply of local food and by educating the market that the products they desire can be grown in the desert.
Gatzke, H. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Problemas De Palmeras Que En Realidad No Son Problemas
Problemas de palma que no son. Muchas personas no están familiarizadas con el cultivo de palmeras y hacen observaciones que piensan que son anormales en el crecimiento y la apariencia de las palmas. Esta publicación aborda estos síntomas, el problema percibido y la explicación de lo que realmente está ocurriendo en la
Robinson, M.L., O'Callaghan, A., Schaerer, M. F. 2011, Extension: University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-53
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
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The Rose in the Desert Southwest
A comprehensive guide on growing roses in the desert southwest. It covers soil preparation and planting, monthly care, pruning, and disease problems for growing roses. It also includes a easy to follow month by month care guide for roses.
Mills, L., Johnson, W. S., and O'Callaghan, A. 2003, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno FS-03-15
Cultivated Palm Seed Germination
This publication identifies ways to germinate palm seeds, for both homeowner and commercial grower. Palms come from various climates including tropical, subtropical, warm temperate and desert areas. They have different germination requirements and the rates vary. This is about best practices for seed germination.
Robinson, M.L. 2002, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Special Publication SP-02-09
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El Cuidado de las Plantas de Interior
Esta breve hoja informativa le da al lector una mejor comprensión de los requisitos básicos para el éxito en el cultivo de plantas domésticas que incluye recomendaciones para plantas de interior que funcionan bien en el desierto suroeste.
Robinson, M.L. and Roberts, A. 1999, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno FS 99-59
Siembre Plantas Anuales Para Darle Color Al Paisaje
En el sur de Nevada se pueden plantar diferentes anuales durante todo el año para agregar color y variedad al paisaje. Hay anuales de otoño, invierno y primavera que prosperan, y hay algunos anuales de verano que tratan de sobrevivir. Esta documento ofrece consejos para usar y cultivar anualmente en paisajes domésticos
Robinson, M.L. and Roberts, A. 1999, Extension: University of Nevada, Reno FS 99-62

County Reports

 
Lincoln County Annual Report | Fiscal Year 2017 - 2018
Lincoln County Annual Report | July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
Gatzke, H. 2017, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno

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