Agriculture in Nevada has been a major part of my life. I am entering a new phase in the development of the University of Nevada's Great Basin Research & Extension Center in Eureka County’s Diamond Valley. We are currently researching crop production with reduced water and improving soils utilizing the five soil health principles. We also have purchased a premier line of Merino and Merino x Rambouillet sheep to provide seed stock to producers to improve wool quality and range hardiness.
As the director of the Great Basin Research & Extension Center, I plan on also addressing issues of sustainable grazing management of rangelands, livestock, crop production under water-limited environments, alternative water and irrigation strategies for crop production, and other issues of local interest.
Coffee Shop email helps ranchers make money
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.
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.
Eureka County 4-H Youth Development
4-H programming in Eureka County includes programs in a variety of curriculum and content areas and delivery methods.
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management program is a long-term management strategy that uses a combination of tactics to reduce pests to tolerable levels with potentially lower costs for the pest manager and minimal effect on the environment.
Nevada Youth Range Camp Program
Most of Nevada’s youth live in large urban environments, with little exposure to rangelands, forests or agricultural environments, and the products and services rangelands provide. This program teaches students ages 14-18 how to read maps; identify and the importance of rangeland plants; evaluate sagebrush, woodland and stream ecosystems; wildlife habitat; and many other topics related to rangelands.
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.