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Risk Management

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) develops and delivers a comprehensive risk management education program to livestock and forage producers in Nevada.

Issue:

This program helps producers understand the risks they face in agricultural production and teaches strategies to mitigate those risks in order to increase the probability of economic survival for the farm and the personal security of the farm family.

What Has Been Done:

During 2006 and 2007, the educational programming consisted of five one- or two-day programs in financial production, price and market risk.

The program topics were based upon needs as indicated in producer program evaluations and surveys conducted in the previous academic year. Participating producers were able to more effectively manage their enterprise and have an understanding of various risk management options. Informed decisions regarding markets, pricing and production based on strong financial analysis led to sustainable agricultural practices and enhanced quality of life for farmers and their surrounding communities.

Impact:

Program impacts measured in 2006 concluded the following: Producer knowledge gain from attending the seminars ranged from 188 to 455 percent; the majority (46 to 98 percent) of program participants considered the seminar valuable to them and worth their time; between 86 and 97 percent of participants felt they could apply their new knowledge and information in their job/operation; and between 92 and 100 percent of participants would attend future risk management programming.

Program impacts measured through pre- and post-seminar testing, post-seminar evaluations and six-month seminar evaluations concluded the following in 2007: Six months after the participants attended seminars, 17 to 68 percent (depending on the program) had incorporated ideas, knowledge and information from the seminar into their job/operation; 44 to 80 percent (depending on the program) were directly applying production, legal, marketing and range management techniques learned at the seminars.

Western Alfalfa and Forage Symposium-Farm Financial Decision Making: Attendees rated the seminar as very helpful (6 out of a possible 7), and the majority said they would use the information and knowledge gained in their job/operation (5.6 out of a possible 7). All UNCE instructors and material were rated 4.5 out of a possible 5.

Cattlemen’s College at the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting: Participants said they would incorporate a large portion of the material and knowledge gained (7.1 out of a possible 10) into their job/operation. All six presentations were rated 4 or higher (out of a possible 5).

Partners:

Estate and Farm Transition Planning, Managing Human Resources, Nevada Cattlemen’s Update, Nevada Range Management School, Nevada Grown Connections Conference, Cattlemen’s College at the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting, and Western Alfalfa and Forage Symposium-Farm Financial Decision Making, Livestock Handling, Estate and Farm Transition Planning, Local Meat Processing Prospects, Agritourism Symposium and Nevada Range Management School.

Programs Program Information

Capacity Building for Healthy Communities

Capacity building strengthens an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission to have a positive impact on communities. Strategic thinking, visioning, action planning, and board development are capacity building activities.

Coffee Shop email helps ranchers make money

Nevada agriculture specialists have taken the traditional producer coffee-shop discussions into cyberspace. Cooperative 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

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) has helped lead Collaborative Resource Stewardship (CRS) efforts in northeastern Nevada over the past seven years, resulting in a model for other states and areas.

Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS)

Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS) is a compilation of evidence-based engagement and assessment tools that is used to audit and map community environmental features that support and/or hinder healthful eating and physical activity among community members. The MAPPS method integrates photography, participatory community mapping using global positioning system (GPS) technology, and residents’ voiced perceptions of their community. HEAL MAPPS engages people in community-based participatory research to document attributes of the rural community environment that are perceived by residents as obesity preventing or promoting and assess the local resources and readiness to implement community-level obesity prevention strategies to prevent unhealthy weight gain/overweight and obesity among children and their families.

Heart and Shield

Parents and children who have experienced domestic violence in the past participate in hands-on activities to foster family bonds, enhance communication and problem solving skills, and focus on healthy relationships. Parents learn about their child’s development, parenting styles, guidance, coping skills and health and wellness while children and youth build friendships, listening and other social and emotional skills. Each session of the 12-week program includes a healthy snack or meal, separate parent and child meetings, family-based activities, a health and wellness tip and a closing activity. Parent interact with one another during the parent meetings through group discussions, role play and other experiential-based activities. Children and youth learn important skills through play, group discussions, theatre arts, games and other hands on activities.

Integrated Pest Management

Nevada Department of Agriculture’s records show the use of traditional pesticides continues to increase in the state. Nevada’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program helps agricultural producers, land managers; pest control operators, homeowners and other pest managers learn about and use alternative pest management strategies in a variety of environments and settings.

Keeping Kids Safe: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding to Child Maltreatment

Preventing child abuse and neglect is a high priority in Elko County. Child caregivers, youth workers, volunteers and anyone interested in learning what they can do to prevent child abuse and neglect can attend this workshop. Participants learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect, understand their reporting requirements and their role in preventing child maltreatment.

Nevada Range Management School

This University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program integrates sound science, collaboration and common sense to put public agency land managers, livestock permittees and other land users on the same page in terms of the range resource. It includes topics such as animal nutrition as related to range management.

Noxious Weed Control and Awareness Education

Noxious and invasive weeds are widespread throughout Nevada. They threaten agricultural and rangeland productivity. Rural counties are susceptible to significant adverse economic damage. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension education programs help individuals and weed control organization reduce the abundance of noxious weeds.

Project MAGIC

Project MAGIC is an innovative, collaborative program designed to help juvenile offenders leave the criminal justice system and become productive members of society. While participating in the program, young people ages 12 to 18 learn: positive communication skills, team building, problem solving and decision making, self-responsibility, conflict resolution, aspiration building and goal setting. Youth also select and conduct a service project designed to benefit their community. Parent sessions include the same life skills.

Risk Management

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) develops and delivers a comprehensive risk management education program to livestock and forage producers in Nevada.

Sustainable Agricultural Practices

University of Nevada Cooperative 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 IPM practices in Nevada.

Statewide Programs *Statewide programs may not be available in all counties

Programs Program Information
4-H Youth Development
Beef Quality Assurance
Cattlemen’s Update
Food Safety Project
Grow Your Own, Nevada
Herds and Harvest
Invasive Species (Weeds)
Nevada Radon Education Program
Nevada State GEAR UP
Nevada Youth Range Camp
People of the Land
Pesticide Safety Education Program
Riparian and Watershed Assessment and Management
Stronger Economies Together
Unmanned Aerial Systems
Weed Prevention and Management