Staci Emm

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Staci Emm

Professor, County Educator

Summary

Extension Educators teach students about solutions to identified needs, coordinate education and outreach programs, produce scholarly materials (journal articles, fact sheets, curriculums), and manage community-based offices in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. Staci Emm has been the Extension Educator in Mineral County since 2004 and is the principal link between the University, the residents of Mineral County and Nevada tribes. She has a primary assignment that integrates teaching and administration (70%), research (25%) and service (5%) within the formal mission of Cooperative Extension. Emm’s office is located in the Mineral County Extension office.

Education

Mineral County High School, Hawthorne, Nevada, 1991
BA in Journalism (Public Relations & Business Administration), University of Nevada, Reno, 1996
Masters of Agriculture (Extension Education Specialization), Colorado State University, 2003

Programs

cattle feeding at UNR's Main Station Ranch

Agricultural Outlook (Nevada)

Provide agricultural stakeholders with a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential and management implications.

Amilton de Mello in Winnemucca

Cattlemen's Update

Cattlemen’s Update is Extension’s annual educational program offered for beef cattle producers to learn about issues affecting profitability and product quality in the Great Basin region.

heifers grazing in field

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.

man applying pesticide

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.

flying drones

Mineral County 4-H Youth Development

4-H programming in Mineral County, Nevada.

Hawthorne Army Depot, Hawthorne, NV

Nevada Economic Assessment Project (NEAP) - Mineral County

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

element radon on the periodical table

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.

produce department

Nevada Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

Improve the nutritional well-being of people who receive SNAP benefits and other Nevadans with a low income through community based education, programs and needs assessments.

risk management class

Risk Management Education

Extension develops and delivers a comprehensive risk management education program to livestock and forage producers in Nevada.

vegs

Veggies for Kids

Veggies for Kids teaches children about healthy eating habits and improves accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Courses

As an Extension Educator and Professor in Mineral County, my primary role is to identify local needs and issues that can be addressed through integrated education and research, and to develop and deliver outreach programs to meet those needs.  I utilize a variety of methods to identify educational and research needs, including electronic and postal mail surveys, focus groups, and secondary data analysis.  I have identified and developed educational programs in the following areas: agricultural sustainability and development in Nevada and on American Indian reservations in the western US; health and nutrition for youth and seniors; and youth and community development in Mineral County.

Honors and Awards

Emm, S., & Singletary, L. (2011). People of the Land: Sustaining American Indian agriculture in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Community of Scholars Honoring Excellence: NIFA National Diversity Award. Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU).

Emm, S. (2011). People of Land: Sustaining American Indian agriculture in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Congressional Recognition, APLU Diversity Award.

Emm, S. (2011). People of Land: Sustaining American Indian agriculture in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Senatorial Recognition, APLU Diversity Award.

Accomplishments

My primary assignment as an Extension Educator and Professor integrates teaching and administration (70%), scholarly effort (25%), and service (5%), within the formal mission of the University of Nevada, Reno Extension.  Teaching efforts are focused on achieving short-term knowledge gains, medium-term attitudinal and behavior changes with the long-term goal of affecting social and economic conditions.  Teaching efforts include implementing need-based programming, reporting program impacts, providing leadership in the community, administration of the Mineral County Cooperative Extension office, and offering support to other Extension and university-based faculty within my program areas. 

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

Fact Sheets
Navigating Online Program Delivery With Zoom Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
Program Delivery during Pandemic
L. Chichester, S. Emm, H. Kratsch, C. Restaino 2020, Extension Website
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.
Emm, S., and Hagen, S., Berginnis, C. 2017, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet 17-18
walker lake
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.
Emm, S., and Hagen, S., Berginnis, C., 2017, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet 17-17
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
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, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-27
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
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, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-08-20
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, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-08-19
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
walker lake
Walker Lake: A Snapshot of Water Flow and Water Quality
This factsheet contains everything you need to know about Walker River Basin river flow, water quality, water monitoring, and water rights. Use this factsheet as a tool to find additional information about Walker Lake and understand how water flows in the Walker River Basin.
Emm, S. and Zuniga, K. 2008, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-08-08
schurz sign
Walker River Indian Reservation: Community Needs and Issues
This fact sheet contains information on the needs and issues of the Walker River Paiute Indian Reservation. Learn about the survey conducted to find the community risk factors and law and order code.
Emm, S. 2006, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-06-62
schurz sign
Walker River Indian Reservation: Youth Development
This fact sheet contains information on the Walker River Paiute Indian Reservation and the possible youth risk factors. Learn about major problems that affect the youth in the reservation and the protective factors in place.
Emm, S. 2006, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-06-63
Mineral County Needs Assessment: Youth Development
This fact sheet reports on Mineral County's needs assessment for youth development by exploring youth issues, existing programs, and assessments. Learn about the percentages of households responding to serval youth issues and the average for each.
Emm, S. 2004, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-04-62
Informational Publications
Mineral County Roadside Marker
Demographic Characteristics for Mineral 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, D. Zapata, S. Emm 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Joe's Tavern in Hawthorne, Nevada
Economic Characteristics for Mineral 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, D. Zapata, S. Emm 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
El Capitan Restaurant in Hawthorne, NV
Land Use and Fiscal Characteristics for Mineral 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, D. Zapata, S. Emm 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Sportsman's Beach sign
Social Characteristics for Mineral 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, D. Zapata, S. Emm 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Hawthorne sign in Hawthorne, Nevada
Top Industry Performers for Mineral 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, D. Zapata, S. Emm 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Journals
Does Cooperative Extension Have a Role to Play in County Emergency Management and/or Disaster Preparedness?
While Extension may have the knowledge and skills to be an asset to the county or local emergency management and/or disaster preparedness teams, they may not be collaborating with the local authorities prior to a major crisis event.
Chichester, L. & Emm, S. 2019, Journal of the National Association of County Agriculture Agents, Vol12, Iss2, Dec. 2019
Special Publications
Sportsman's Beach in Mineral County, NV
Nevada Economic Assessment Project Socioeconomic Baseline Report for Mineral 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, J. Lednicky, M. Rebori, D. Zapata, S. Emm 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno

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