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Lincoln County Accomplishment Report 2017

man with plants in greenhouse In 2017, Lincoln County Cooperative Extension “Starting Your Food Business” workshops resulted in 31 new products which could generate an estimated $304,800 in sales within one year.

Organizational Chart

  • President of University of Nevada, Reno
    Dr. Marc Johnson

    • Dean of CABNR and Cooperative Extension
      Bill Payne, Reno

      • Director of Cooperative Extension
        Ivory Lyles, Reno

        • Area Director
          Eric Killian, Las Vegas

          • Extension Educator, Associate Professor
            Holly Gatzke

            • 4-H/Youth Coordinator
              24 hr/week
              SNAPED grant 8 hr/week
              Hayley Gloeckner

            • Office Clerk
              20 hr/week
              Keith Larson

            • Little Books & Little Cooks SNAPED grant
              19 hrs/week
              Donna Jones

            • Lincoln County Workforce grant with County
              Launa Chouquer (full time)

            • Lincoln County Workforce grant with County
              Jamie Torrealday (30 hr/week)

            • Lincoln County Workforce grant with County
              Christy Blood (full time)

Mission & History

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

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension was established in Nevada in 1914 as an educational partnership between the federal government, county governments and the land-grant university. Cooperative Extension conducts “educational, research, outreach and service programs pertaining to agriculture, community development, health and nutrition, horticulture, personal and family development and natural resources in both rural and urban communities of Nevada.”

2017 Programs

Local Food Industry

Producing Food

The Local Food Program resulted in further local sales of Lincoln County foods and statewide farm improvements from the education workshops and discussion groups on production, reduced risk, business, marketing and food processing under Lincoln County and statewide projects. “Starting your Food Business” workshops resulted in 31 new products and an estimated $304,800 in sales could result from the program within a year after completion.

Grow Local Food

Workforce Development


Our adult career project educated 31 participants to not only acquire skills to gain occupational training and employment but also increased their confidence and life skills in planning and decision making. Of the participants: 17 became employed, 7 completed occupational training and 10 were provided with on-the-job training.

Thirty seven at-risk youth were taught how to plan their career path and improved education resulting in 7 youth achieving their high school diploma or equivalent, 3 youth enrolling in occupational training, 22 youth received work experience training and 10 youth gained employment. The work experience training funds ($84,000 in 2017) supported the local economy, the local businesses and agencies who gained the work and the youth that would not have had experience to help them gain the next job in their career paths. This was the largest amount of all subcontractors with Workforce Connections in southern Nevada.

The evaluations of the workforce program are as follows (Significant increase in the “after” working with Lincoln County Workforce compared to “before” rating from survey):

Change Topic
41 percent I believe that I can find a job that I like
31 percent When I get discouraged while making an important decision, I give up trying
20 percent I don't believe I can get the education needed for good jobs
15 percent I know what types of jobs fit my interests, skills and abilities

Participants indicated "The most important thing I gained from the program..." were:

  • I actually am capable of handling and maintaining a job. Before I worried I wouldn't be able to.
  • I gained confidence. I gained new skills working with computers.

Join the Workforce

Health & Community Development

Conservation District

The health program ran the Little Books and Little Cooks SNAPED project in Alamo and Caliente. Twenty six parents learned healthy eating, positive interaction with their 23 preschool children and school readiness was gained by preschoolers in Lincoln County. Healthy Eating on a Budget SNAPED project food use and nutrition practices by the 21 participants. The pilot Community Garden and local food coupon projects provided over $6000 of local foods to residents.

Our collaboration with Lincoln County Regional Development Authority, Lincoln County Authority on Tourism (LCAT), Rural Development, SBA, International Mountain Biking Association, BLM, and Nevada State Parks builds the basis for outdoor recreation development.

Stay Healthy & Active


4-H Youth Development

4-H ran 24 clubs with 32 volunteers and 164 4-H members in clubs. The number of completed 4-H projects entered in the Lincoln County Fair were 254. The Lincoln County 4-H program worked with 27% of the total youth ages 5 to 17 in Lincoln County in 2017.

Discover 4-H

Fiscal Summary

(County budget, grants awarded in 2017, and actual state and federal 2017 expenditures through UNR)

County Expenditure Workforce grants Statewide grants State Federal Funds and Grants Total
$18,408 $362,000 $507,910 $86,020 $114,972 $1,089,310

Submitted By


Holly Gatzke, Extension Educator