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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.


Three reservations scattered in the northern rural areas of Nevada are participating in the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) Indian Reservation Program. However, the geographic location of these tribes offers their governments limited opportunities for economic development. Excluding tribal government, agriculture is the primary income for people living within these reservations. The remaining area for economic development is to explore optimum uses of natural resources.

What Has Been Done:

The 2005 Nevada Indian Agriculture and Environmental Summit was held in Reno and provided a venue for Native American Indian agriculture producers to gather at one location for advanced learning and collaborative opportunities. The Summit was a collaborative project with UNCE, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.

How to maximize net profit while sustaining natural resources and agriculture was the theme of the 2005 summit hosted by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Speakers discussed niche and value-added marketing, range and livestock management, income tax structures on reservations, the Farm Bill and invasive plants. About 33 presentations covered 17 subjects that had been identified as relevant to Nevada’s tribes. Attending the conference were 115 people; 34 participated in a field day where producers learned how to freeze brand and pregnancy check cattle.

In 2007, a t-test was used to statistically measure knowledge gain of attendees who participated in the curriculum piloted in the FRTEP. Statistical analysis measured knowledge before the 30-minute curriculum pilot session and after the session, reflecting a significant increase in knowledge in seven of the 16 topic areas.

A paper presented at an international audience was evaluated at the 2007 International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) conference in Polson, Mont. The presentations were evaluated on usefulness, quality and knowledge gained. UNCE presented a paper on strengthening sustainable agricultural practices on Native American lands in the western United States.


The 2005 Nevada Indian Agriculture and Environmental Summit was rated a success by all attending. Knowledge gained is the primary indicator of impact on attendees. With 34 people participating in the cow pregnancy testing workshop, nine experienced an actual "in cow" pregnancy evaluation technique. Five reported this was their first attempt at pregnancy testing, and two said they planned to participate in advanced workshops in the future.

A Memorandum of Agreement with the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the satellite Cooperative Extension office at Pyramid Lake were established. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s MOA was extremely successful, as it creates a partnership of county, tribal and FRTEP funds to create a full-time position and a functional office. This template expanded as UNCE worked with Tribal governments and counties, providing additional opportunities with Nevada tribes.

In 2005, a formal MOA was signed with the Walker River Paiute Tribe. This partnership included Mineral County Cooperative Extension and the UNCE Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program. Through the collaboration, a part-time FRTEP position was created on the reservation to work in youth development and adult agriculture. The first comprehensive needs assessment for the Walker River Reservation was implemented in 2005.

Measuring knowledge before the curriculum pilot session and after the two-hour pilot session during the Intertribal Agricultural Council/Indian Nations Conservation Alliance in 2007 reflected, “Very good session with a balance of historical perspectives of Native American ongoing land tenure and changing dynamics of federal and tribal government politics.”

Further expansion of the program will create professional development training on how to work effectively with Native American Indian Tribes in Nevada, Oregon and Washington for USDA and other agriculture professionals.


Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE), CSREES

Contacts: Jerry Buk, Central/Northeast Area Director, 775-428-0206
Randy Emm, 775-945-3444
Frank Flavin, Western Area Director, 775-856-8404

Programs Program Information

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.

Community Beautification through Horticulture

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.

Herds and Harvest

Cattle grazing on a ranch

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.

Master Gardeners in Nevada

 A bumblebee pollinating a yellow flower

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.

Veggies for Kids

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s (UNCE) Veggies for Kids program takes a proactive approach toward eating and experiencing different kinds of vegetables for American Indian children at a young age.

Walker Lake: Increasing Knowledge through Education

Walker Lake, located in central Nevada, is a natural resource of interest to diverse and often competing groups. Walker Lake: Increasing Knowledge Through Education, is a community-based program to educate adults and youth about Walker Lake issues.

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

Programs Program Information
4-H Youth Development
Cattlemen’s Update
Food Safety Project
Grow Your Own, Nevada
Integrated Riparian Management/Creeks and Communities
Invasive Species (Weeds)
Nevada Radon Education Program
Nevada State GEAR UP
Nevada Youth Range Camp
People of the Land
Pesticide Safety Education Program
Stronger Economies Together
Weed Prevention and Management
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals