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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.

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Herds & Harvest Program - Nevada Beginning Farmer and Rancher Project

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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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.

 

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

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

 
Determining Profitability of Alternative Crops
There are many alternative crops to consider. Evaluating which alternative crop or crops will be the best fit for a producer can be a daunting task. This fact sheet breaks down the process to a step-by-step review of individual crops to gauge which crops may be the most successful for a given producer.
Bishop, C., and Emm, S. 2013, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Economic and Environmental Priorities of Walker River Basin Landowners
In west-central Nevada lies the Walker River Basin. Fed mainly by the snow melt of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains, the basin provides the vital water that sustains both human and natural livelihoods.
Curtis, K., Emm, S., and Entsminger, J. 2008, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Landowner Willingness to Adopt Alternative Cropping and Irrigation Strategies in the Walker River Basin
Water. In the arid climate of the Great Basin it is the most vital resource available. Both humans and natural ecosystems rely on this scarce resource for their livelihood and well being. Nowhere is this more apparent than the Walker River Basin in westcentral Nevada.
Curtis, K., Emm, S., and Entsminger, J. 2008, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Landowner Willingness to Sell or Lease Water Rights in the Walker River Basin
This fact sheet will provide a background on water rights in Nevada, followed by a comparison of the survey findings between 2003 and 2007. This comparison seeks to examine the changes in water rights owners’ willingness to sell or lease their holdings.
Curtis, K., Emm, S., and Entsminger, J. 2008, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Mineral County Assets and Development Needs - 2017
Mineral County communities are geographically isolated from large population centers, and are economically depressed. The countywide population has decreased over the past several years. The economic base for employment has historically been mining and the Hawthorne Army Depot.
Berginnis, C., Emm, S., and Hagen, S. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet 17-17
Mineral County Youth Issues
Mineral County communities are geographically isolated from large population centers and are economically depressed. The countywide population has decreased over the past several years. The economic base for employment has historically been mining and the Hawthorne Army Depot.
Berginnis, C., Emm, S., and Hagen, S. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet 17-18
Soil and Climate Considerations of Alternative Crops
To determine which alternative crop or crops are best suited to a particular producer, it is necessary to determine the soil and climatic conditions under which the crop will be grown. This will influence the amount of probable yield, which impacts the possible economic returns.
Bishop, C., and Emm, S. 2013, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Working Effectively with American Indian Populations: A Brief Overview of Federal Indian Policy
An understanding of current American Indian issues requires a basic familiarity with federal Indian policy. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of these policies spanning two centuries. The policies are presented as policy “eras” in chronological order.
Singletary, L. and Emm, S. 2011, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Working Effectively with American Indian Populations: Great Basin and Columbia Plateau Indian Culture
American Indians of the western range refers to American Indians who reside in a region of the western U.S. bordered on the west by the Sierra and Cascade mountains and on the east by the Rocky Mountains (Woodhead, 1995). The western range includes the Columbia Plateau and Great Basin cultural and physiographic areas.
Singletary, L. and Emm, S. 2011, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

County Reports

 
Mineral County Annual Report | Fiscal Year 2017 - 2018
Mineral County Annual Report | July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
Emm, S. 2017, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno

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