Lyon County Programs
Cattlemen’s Update is University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s (UNCE) annual educational program offered for beef cattle producers to learn about issues affecting profitability and product quality in the Great Basin region.
The Cattlemen’s Update program includes current beef cattle production management issues in the Great Basin region that affect profitability and product quality. The annual subject matter is based on a needs assessment of Nevada beef cattle producers and on concerns and trends expressed by the leaders of the beef cattle industry nationwide. The mission is to continue providing new and topical information for beef cattle producers. In 2008, the program addressed the effect of Congress’ mandate for ethanol production, which calls for converting corn to bio-fuel — something that has had an enormous negative economic impact on the nation’s livestock industry.
What Has Been Done:
A series of meetings were held during a five-day span in January 2008 in six locations across Nevada, as well as interactive video connections at additional sites. UNCE faculty educated hundreds of Nevada beef producers in these sessions on the impact of ethanol, and brought to them information on how to utilize dried distillers grains in beef cattle rations. Cooperative Extension faculty and local veterinarians discussed cattle disease risk management and other issues of local concern.
Two years ago, the program topics addressed current beef cattle production management issues in the Great Basin region affecting profitability and product quality.
Many new ideas for the ranching industry have been put forth over the last few years, with new concepts and practices adopted as a result of the Cattlemen’s Update program. After its debut in 2002, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), a quality and safe food program, continues to be highlighted in Cattlemen’s Update.
Overall, Participation has grown from 150 people statewide in 1984 to 495 people in 2008. Funding has grown from no financial support in 1984 to more than $20,000 in private, UNCE and Risk Management Agency support in 2008.
A post-program survey found that 96 percent of respondents stated that the program’s value outweighed the costs of attending it; 72 percent felt that the workshop was helpful or very helpful; and 31 percent felt they would incorporate a great deal of what they learned at the workshop into their current operation or job.
Six months after the workshop, seminar participants were mailed a follow-up evaluation to determine how useful the information received at the workshop had been to them, and how much they incorporated into their operation/job. Sixty-two percent of the respondents said that they have incorporated a good deal of the information they received in the workshop in their current operation/job, with 33 percent stating that they have incorporated at least some of the information. Sixty-six percent have implemented the production techniques (low stress livestock handling techniques, corral system evaluation, technique education for ranch employees, etc.) gained from attending the Cattlemen’s Update Workshop in their operation. Overall, respondents claimed they had a better understanding of cattle management as well as animal health, with many stating that their operation was now an easier place to work due to their improved handling techniques. Also, several respondents stated that their profits had increased since the seminar, with one stating this increase was as high as 10 percent.
USDA Risk Management Agency, Pfizer Animal Health, Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, Intermountain Farmer’s Association, Walco International, Pinenut Livestock Supply, Ron’s Seed and Supply, American AgCredit, Neff Mill, Snyder Livestock, Intermountain Beef Producers, Invesco Animal Health, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Norvartis Animal Health, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Lahontan Valley Veterinary Clinic and Churchill and Humboldt County CattleWomen
Calming the Waters: Learning to Manage Western Water Conflict
Conflict has surrounded the Truckee, Carson and Walker River Basins for decades. Key issues include historical use on tribal lands, historical and current water rights, threats to water quality, and wildlife habitat protection. This program teaches youth about Nevada’s water issues and helps them develop the skills needed to address future water conflicts.
Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program
The purpose of Nevada’s Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP) is to improve the ability of Native American farmers and ranchers to manage their agricultural enterprises effectively, efficiently and profitably.
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.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and IR-4 program
This program is to test potential pesticides necessary for producing forages in Nevada and submit requests for federal testing and registration from the IR-4 program, which is a federal cooperative program established in 1963 to help the producers of minor crops obtain clearances for pest control materials on those crops. The purpose of IR-4 is to work with farmers, agriculture scientists and Cooperative Extension personnel to carry out research and petition the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to obtain tolerances for specific pesticide uses needed by minor-crop producers.
Master Gardeners in Nevada
Master Gardeners provide free, research-based horticulture information to Nevadans. They are volunteers who learn advanced plant science skills from at least 50 hours of classroom instruction by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) professionals. After training, Master Gardeners volunteer a minimum of at least 50 hours a year to pass along their newly acquired knowledge through the media, talks and workshops. They answer phone calls, send out informational materials and develop community gardens.
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 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.
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.
Tef Crop Production
The purpose of this program is to introduce Nevada farmers to and help train them in the cultivation of tef, a small-seeded grain and forage crop that requires less water than alfalfa and can be more profitable. There is a strong market for tef seed, which is made into flour to make an Ethiopian flat bread known as injera, as well as for tef hay as a high-quality horse hay.
Statewide Programs *Statewide programs may not be available in all counties
|4-H Youth Development|
|Beef Quality Assurance|
|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|