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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.

What Has Been Done:

Alternative crop production

This program tests and demonstrates crops that use less water and/or offer increased income potential to Nevada agricultural producers. Currently six crops are under evaluation. In 2006, producers planted and/or harvested commercial acreages of tef, wine grapes, and turf grass for the first time in Churchill County.

Cool season forage grass/IR-4/IPM program

Research in Eureka County rates agriculture as the second leading exporter of products and revenue generator. Although a smaller sector than mineral mining, agriculture has larger economic multipliers for the county. Thus, small changes in this sector can have large economic impacts on the county. Work with the Nevada Hay and Forage Growers Association has focused on evaluating Integrated Pest Management opportunities to offset the labeling loss of common pesticides. In 2003-2004 field trials were started to evaluate 12 pesticides that help ensure sustainability for this vital county industry. This trial was repeated in 2005. The trial in 2004 targeted Banks Grass Mites. This pest species was not prevalent in 2005; however, a different species, Western Brown Wheat Mite was. Thus the 12 replicated pesticide products were tested on this species.

This project has two primary purposes. The first is to increase the number of pest control materials labeled in Nevada. The second is to increase the knowledge and implementation rate of IPM practices in Nevada.

Sustainable Biodiversity/Multiple Use of Rangelands

UNCE’s sustainable biodiversity/multiple use of rangelands program emphasizes a balance between wildlife habitat/diversity and livestock forage production.

Programs Program Information

Bootstraps

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) developed Bootstraps, a high-risk youth program that helps teens return to school and/or gain meaningful work.

FIND Project

Lander County’s Future Industrial Needs Discovery (FIND) Project is a comprehensive business matching and sustainable development tool. It is a unique combination of processes that has brought together major stakeholders with community input to visualize and plan northern Lander County’s economic future.

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.

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.

Small business development in rural Nevada

While small business development courses have been offered in Nevada’s urban and metropolitan areas (Washoe and Clark counties) for some time, the need for economic development in rural counties is even more critical. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offered business planning classes to existing and potential small-scale entrepreneurs through a series of interactive video and face-to-face classes.

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