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Douglas County Accomplishment Report 2017


Mission

Cooperative Extension’s mission is to discover, develop, disseminate, preserve and use knowledge to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of people.

Organization Chart

  • Douglas County Electorate

    • University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

      • Extension Educator, 1.00*

        • Youth Development Coordinator, 1.00*

        • Horticulturist, 0.20*

        • Office Specialist, 0.53

        • Administrative Assistant, 1.00

      • Natural Resources Specialist, 1.00*

The Douglas County Cooperative Extension Office, in partnership with Federal, State, and local entities, is responsible for identifying, prioritizing and documenting needs, developing and conducting educational programs and measuring the impact of these projects. Educational programs have been designed to address Agriculture, Horticulture and Natural Resources; Children, Youth and Families; and Community Leadership in Douglas County.

Staffing & Budget

In addition to the County and State employees, the UNR Cooperative Extension has 45 part-time volunteer staff. There was no change in positions or FTE for FY 2017-18.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Expense Categories 2016-2017 Adopted 2017-2018 Adopted Change in Dollars Change in Percent
Salaries & Wages 71,223 75,623 4,400 6.2%
Employee Benefits 32,553 30,801 (1,752) -5.4%
Services & Supplies 147,421 160,060 12,639 8.6%
Capital Outlay/Projects 147,292 154,653 7,361 5.0%
Other Financing Uses 8,059 7,994 (65) -0.8%
Total 406,548 429,131 22,583 5.6%

Funding Source: Nevada Cooperative Extension Fund

Expense Category 2016-2017 Adopted 2017-2018 Adopted Change in Dollars Change in Percent
FTE 4.73 4.73 - 0.0%

Programs Offered

Agriculture

  • Ag Innovation Forum Series - This program provides practical information and know-how needed for agricultural producers and small acreage owners to optimize their land use potential and maintain agricultural open space in Carson Valley.
  • Beginning Farmer Rancher – A program that brings training, mentoring and business advice to a new generation of agriculture producers.
  • Eagles & Ag – A program to promote the benefits agriculture provides wildlife and the community, conservation and prosperity of ranching in western Nevada, and enhance participant knowledge in wildlife habitat and local agriculture.
  • Cattleman’s Update – Provides current research-based information about important management practices and issues that may affect the efficiency, productivity, profitability and sustainability of cattle production businesses.
  • Future of Carson Valley Agriculture – This is a study to interview and examine the attitudes and perspectives of local agricultural producers on their vision of agriculture in the Carson Valley.

Children, Youth and Families

  • 4-H – Participants are youth, ages 5 to 19, taking part in programs provided as the result of actions planned and initiated by Cooperative Extension personnel in cooperation with volunteers. 4-H is characterized as being community centered, volunteer led, extension staff supervised, research based, home and family oriented, publicly and privately funded and responsive to change. It offers youth opportunities in communications, leadership, career development, citizenship, healthy living, science, technology, engineering and math and more.

Community Development

  • Leadership Douglas County – A community leadership program designed to develop informed, involved, and knowledgeable community members for Douglas County.
  • Sustainable Living – Working with GreenACTnv, a local non-profit, to promote sustainable practices, renewable energy use, and environmental responsibilities in the way we work, live, and play.
  • Facilitation Projects – Cooperative Extension facilitates projects/programs that address community needs and improve quality of life respective to diverse aspects within Douglas County.
  • Economic Vitality – In coordination with the Douglas County program concentrating on agrihoods.

Health and Nutrition

  • Radon Education – A program to educate citizens about radon health risk which offers literature, educational programs and radon test kits.
  • GROW Healthy Kids & Community – A program to improve youth understanding and appreciation for developing life-long habits in regular exercise, active living and healthy eating

Horticulture

  • Master Gardeners – Provides consumers with up-to-date, reliable information and offers a fun and useful volunteer activity, which gives participants a sense of community spirit, accomplishment and intellectual stimulation
  • Grow Your Own – A program to help citizens who want to get on a path to more sustainable, local, healthy living by growing more of their own food.
  • Weed Warriors – An introductory-level training on the principles of integrated weed management and focuses on improving ability to identify noxious weeds of local importance.
  • Pesticide Safety Education – A program to help pesticide applicators obtain and retain their certification and teach safe pesticide use.

Natural Resources

  • Sage Grouse Conservation – Cooperative Extension works with Local Area Working Groups (LAWGs) to plan and implement conservation efforts to improve sagebrush ecosystems and ultimately increase sage grouse populations.
  • Climate Change Partnership – Cooperative Extension collaborates with the Southwest Regional Climate Hub of the USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS) and with Cooperative Extension in six western states to build a partnership to assist Extension incorporate climate science into Extension programming.
  • Flood Education and Plannin – Working with the Carson Water Sub conservancy District this educational effort helps citizens better prepare for flood hazards and understand the importance of keeping floodplain lands open and functional
  • Living With Fire - The Living With Fire program was developed to inform Nevadans about how they can live safer in high fire hazard environments.
  • Grazing Strategy Indices for Range Quality – A research project to help ranchers and agencies work in concert to achieve mutual goals for rangeland productivity, rangeland health, riparian functions, fire and fuels management, and wildlife habitat.

Major Accomplishments

  • Eagles & Ag: Approximately 400 people attended the 2018 event. Respondents gained a better understanding of Carson Valley agriculture and have greater understanding for the benefits agriculture provides our society.
  • Radon Education: 722 short-term and 19 long-term test kits were distributed. At least 57 of 196 (25%) valid short-term tests exceeded the radon action level. Approximately 24 homes were mitigated for radon during the 1 year period.
  • 4-H: Enrollment at 300 continues to positively impact youth by providing practical life skills, community service, public speaking, civic engagement and record keeping. 40 adult volunteers provide 18 Project areas: Baking, Natural Resources, Sheep, Swine, Goats, Rabbits, Cloverbuds, Horticulture, Outdoor Skills, Hunting Skills, Shooting Sports, Public Speaking, Horse, Quilting, Crochet, Knitting, and Teen Ambassadors. 4-H Camp attendees: 35 youth ages 9-12, 5 teen counselors, 4 adult counselors.
  • Leadership Douglas County: LDC enhanced sense of commitment to the community, community commitment, and sense of applying leadership to their professional and personal life.
  • Living With Fire: Taught workshop to Carson Valley Sertoma in Minden; provided educational program materials and support to Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District, Holbrook Highlands, Job’s Peak Ranch, and Skyland; provided the Ember House Youth Activity to Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District; represented Living With Fire at the NACO conference in Minden; contributed to eight interagency wildfire threat reduction meetings in Douglas County, and Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month activities were held (banners, posters, billboards, PSAs, etc).
  • Horticulture and Master Gardeners: Assisted 292 walk-in and 367 phone contacts. Master Gardeners were active at the Dangberg Ranch, Heritage Park and the Adopt-a-Pot program. Cheatgrass information was given at CERT Safety Day.

Strategic Objectives

  • Determine the social, economic and environmental needs of the community.
  • Design educational programs that address the needs of the community.
  • Evaluate the outcomes and impact of educational programs.
  • Report outcomes and impact to all entities in which we are accountable.

Annual Goals

  • Enhance the sustainability of the agricultural community and culture.
  • Heighten awareness and bolster preparedness for environmental hazards associated to wildfire and floods.
  • Develop informed, involved and knowledgeable community members.
  • Develop leadership, citizenship and life skills in youth.