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Misha Allen

Extension Educator, County Educator


I work within complex, interactive and multidisciplinary systems that impact communities and their well-being.  I am interested in shared land use strategies that creatively maximize benefit for our land and people.  Agrivoltaics is a dual land use strategy where agricultural operations occur under solar panels.  It is a strategy that can help our agricultural industry retain farmers and ranchers while also expanding land available for new farmers and ranchers to enter the industry.  There are many benefits, making this exciting and meaningful work as I investigate how utility scale solar could potentially be leveraged to benefit our communities.

At the core of my work is a passion to develop people:  children, adults, families, communities and organizations.  I have developed diverse programs across the lifespan, including mental health and crisis intervention services for children, families and schools; youth development; early childhood education; adult education (skill development, continuing education, higher education); business development (vision development, strategic planning, group facilitation); and public health.

I strive to inspire others to broaden their knowledge, skills and influence to increase their value at work, home and within the community.  Operating from the belief that synergy is at the core of all meaningful and sustainable community partnerships, I take pride in bringing diverse voices together, developing consensus and working strategically to achieve goals – and to make our little part of the world a better place.


B.A. CSUSB, Human Development, 2000; B.S. Oregon State University, Agricultural Science, 2023
M.A. Pacific Oaks College, Human Development, 2012


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Agrivoltaics is a dual or shared land use strategy that utilizes the same area of land for two purposes: solar operations and agricultural operations. Under solar panels, farming or ranching occurs.

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News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Fact Sheets
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Best Management Practices for Livestock and Equine during Wildfire Smoke Events
The intent of this article is to provide recommendations for best management practices for livestock and equine owners during wildfire smoke events. Some of these recommendations may not be applicable to owners of large quantities of livestock and/or equine.
Chichester, L, Kay, M., Roice-Gomes, J., Allen, M., Taylor, L. Emm, S. 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-10
Best management practices for livestock and equine during wildfire smoke events
Wildfire can be an important tool in maintaining diverse and healthy ecosystems. However, wildfires can also increase greenhouse gas emissions, devastate ecosystems, and decimate animal populations and their habitats, along with homes and other structures, creating hazardous health impacts on humans and animals.
L. Chichester, M. Kay, J. Roice-Gomes, M. Allen, L. Taylor, S. Emm 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-10