Hops flowersLocally grown hops research has been ongoing for the past three years at Cooperative Extension’s Research Center and Demonstration Orchard in North Las Vegas.

Large regional breweries use hops in brewing to add a bittering agent flavor that is very popular.

Hops are the flowers (also called cones or strobili) of the hop plant Humulus lupulus. They are used primarily to stabilize the beer and add either bitter, zesty or citric flavors.

The hops are grown on three bines on a rope. Volunteers manage the ropes to be sure that only three bines emerge.


4-H Camp SignCooperative Extension Southern Area’s 4-H overnight camp is being held at the Nevada State 4-H Camp at beautiful Lake Tahoe from July 23 – 28. Registration is open to campers between the ages of 9-15 until the camp is full. 4-H Membership is required. (Membership is free, please request applications by placing Club: needed on the pre-enrollment form.)

This year’s camp utilizes the 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (S.T.E.M.) program.  During the six days, campers will participate in activities centering on nature, healthy lifestyles, robotics, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), rocketry, history, dramatic arts, leadership, creative arts, and much more.

Visit the website for all of the details!

Photo of handfull of soilIf you’ve gardened in other parts of the country and then tried to garden here, you’ve noticed that the soil is different.

Our Mojave soils are infertile, salty and alkaline – fine for desert natives – but not good for much else.

If you’re curious about the soil in your yard, Angela O’Callaghan, social horticulturist, will help you analyze your soil.

For this hands-on class all participants are asked to bring a bag of soil from their yard to test.

Due to the hands-on nature of this class, class size is limited. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend.


Morgan holding her certificate.

A very happy Morgan!

Morgan was the first person in Cooperative Extension’s Infant Toddler CDA/Coaching Program to receive her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

“This program has taught me so much, not only to be a great teacher for my children but a better person. Amazing program, take advantage of this opportunity! Loved everyone I worked with in the program,” exclaimed Morgan!

Congrats to Morgan!