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Mineral County Accomplishment Report 2017


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Organizational Chart

  • Dr. Bill Payne, Dean
    University of Nevada Cooperative Extension/College of Agriculture

    • Dr. Ivory W. Lyles, Director
      University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

      • Frank Flavin/Jay Davison, Northern Area Director
        University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

        • Staci Emm, Professor and Extension Educator
          University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

          • Amber Coen, Project Coordinator (Crystal Sasser was a temporary hire in 2017 before this position)
            Conference Planning, American Indian Land/ Water Projects, Program Support for Agriculture programming, Assistant to Extension Educator- Began employment January 2018, 100% Grant/State Funded, 24-32 hours/week

          • Patricia Click, Project Admin. Assistant
            Accounts payable, accounts receivable, grant administration support - 95% Grant Funded, 10% State Funded, 15 hours/week

          • Schyler Hagen, Community-based Instructor III
            Veggies for Kids, Mineral County 4-H, Veggies for Seniors, youth prevention education, and peacemaking skills for little kids - 70% Grant, 15% County Funded, 40 hours/week.

          • Catrinna Berginnis, Community –based Instructor II
            BFR/RMA program organizer, Mineral County 4-H, grant and 4-H data management- 70% Grant and 15% County 40 hours/week)

          • Ron Oden, Illustration Media Specialist
            Illustration and design for grant projects where needed, 100% grant funded, 40 hours/week

          • Bob Conrad, Instructor
            Social media, video and marketing of programs on grant projects where needed - 100% grant funded, 23 hours/week

          • Jessica Anderson, Program Officer
            Program Organizer and teacher, program evaluation, curriculum development, BFR/RMA Instructor, Veggies for Kids/State SNAP-Ed Marketing project - 100% Grant Funded, 40 hours/week

          • Jessie Harris, Community Based Instructor III
            Veggies for Kids, SNAP-Ed Statewide Marketing, FRTEP- 100% grant funded

          • Erika Zundel, LOB Instructor
            Veggies for Kids, SNAP-Ed Statewide Marketing, FRTEP- 100% grant funded

          • Vicki Hebb, Project Organizer
            American Indian Land, Water and Ag Finance Program- 100% grant funded 24 hours a week

          • Rick Lattin & Ray Johnson, BFR Project Mentors
            100% grant funded, 10-19 hours a week, employment ended Dec. 14, 2017

          • Mineral County High School Youth
            ran through Mineral County Schools to Careers, 2 students 2017

Staff & Responsibilities

Staci Emm, Mineral County Extension Educator

Extension Educators teach students about solutions to identified needs, coordinate education and outreach programs, produce scholarly materials (journal articles, fact sheets, curriculums), and manage community-based offices in the College of Cooperative Extension. Staci Emm has been the Extension Educator in Mineral County over thirteen years and is the principal link between the University, the residents of Mineral County and members of the Walker River Paiute Tribe. She has a primary assignment that integrates teaching and administration (70%), research (25%) and service (5%) within the formal mission of Cooperative Extension. Emm’s office is located in the Mineral County Extension office.

Amber Coen, Letter of Appointment (24-32 hours/week)

Amber Coen replaced Crystal Sasser who was a temporary hire in 2017 assisting the Mineral County Extension office with various programs. The position was reorganized when Coen accepted employment and is located in the Mineral County extension office. Responsibilities for the position include all conference planning under grant projects, teaching under the American Indian land, water and financial management program, a program organizer for agricultural grant funded projects, and assists the Extension Educator with other related projects. In March 2018, this position also took over daily supervision of high school students providing daily structure to teach them how to work.

Patricia Click, Letter of Appointment (15-hours/week)

Patricia Click, Project Administrative Assistant, is located in the Mineral County extension office, and has work for Extension since 2010. This is a UNR temporary administrative faculty position at 15 hours a week. Click handles the coordination of all county and grant account payable and account receivable items for the Mineral County Cooperative extension office. In addition, Click coordinates the reporting requirements for the Nevada Risk Management grant program, assists with the Veggies for Seniors program, and coordinates online reporting of the Nevada Beginning Farmer and Rancher program.

Schyler Hagen, Community-based Instructor III (40 hours/week)

Schyler Hagen was hired and began employment in December 2015. This is a UNR state classified grant/county-funded position located in the Mineral County extension office. This position is 15% county funded for Mineral County 4-H activities. The other 85% of the position is funded by grant programs. This position is responsible for the Veggies for Kids program in Hawthorne, drug prevention/healthy living programming with intermediate school students at Hawthorne Junior High, Peacemaking Skills for Little Kids at Hawthorne and Schurz Elementary Schools, and managing 4-H Clubs. This position also provides support for two different community events including Harvest Festival and Earth Day.

Catrinna Berginnis, Community-based Instructor II (40 hours/week)

Catrinna Berginnis, Community-based Instructor II, is located in the Mineral County Extension office, and has worked for Extension since 2015. This is a UNR state classified grant/county-funded position. She handles all data management (evaluation data, email list serves, mailing lists, 4-H reporting, 4H financial reporting) for all Extension programs including research projects and grant funded projects. In 2017, there was 15% of this position put toward creating new 4-H Clubs.

Bob Conrad, Letter of Appointment (23 hours/week)

Bob Conrad, Instructor, was hired in 2017 to work on the SNAP-Ed statewide marketing project. He is an instructor for web site development for Herds & Harvest, makes recommendations on social media marketing to staff of advertising programs, develops program videos, and provides success stories on grant funded programs. This is a new position under grant programs at 23 hours a week and is 100% grant funded.

Jessica Anderson, Program Officer I (24-40 hours/week)

Jessica Anderson, Program Officer, works out of her home in Lyon County. This is a UNR state classified grant-funded position. This position provides teaching and organizing statewide agricultural programs (specifically to high school students statewide) funded by USDA, Risk Management Agency. In addition, this position assists with SNAP-Ed funded programs Veggies for Kids and the Statewide Networking project for program design and curriculum development. This position moved from 24 to 40 hours a week due to project workload in 2017.

Jessie Harris, Community-based Instructor II (40 hours/week)

Jessie Harris was hired as a UNR student in 2015 and was hired into the state classified system in 2017. She is located on the UNR campus and is working toward a Masters in Public Health. Harris teaches the Veggies for Kids program at Natchez Elementary School and is working under the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) to offer senior nutrition programming on the Pyramid Lake Reservation. She is also working under the SNAP-Ed statewide marketing project and has assisted in organizing workshops under the Herds & Harvest program. In 2018, she will be working under the FRTEP program to provide programming on the Walker River Reservation as well as the Pyramid Lake reservation.

Erika Zundel, Temporary Hire (24 hours a week – January – June, 2017/18)

Erika Zundel, temporary hire, teaches Veggies for Kids at Owyhee Elementary School on the Duck Valley Reservation. Zundel also organizes a Veggies for Kids summer institute in June with the tribal park and recreation department. This position worked at the elementary school implementing the program from January – June, 2017. Zundel has worked for Extension since 2016 under the Veggies for Kids program.

Vicki Hebb, Administrative Faculty (24 hours/week)

Vicki Hebb is located on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in South Dakota on a ranch where her family raises bucking horses, cattle, and hay. She is the conference and event organizer under the American Indian Outreach Project and the American Indian Climate Resiliency program. She is responsible for organizing grant funded conferences and other event programs throughout Indian country in the West. Programming includes business management, financial management, and outreach programs involving Indian land and water. This is a UNR administrative faculty grant funded position at 24hours a week.

Rick Lattin and Ray Johnson

Rick Lattin, located on Lattin Farms in Fallon, and Ray Johnson, located at Custom Gardens in Silver Springs, are hired as mentors under the beginning farmer and rancher project also known as Herds & Harvest. They have been a part of this educational project since 2013. They assist beginning farmers and ranchers by request with specialty crop questions, issues or problems. These were UNR temporary academic faculty grant funded position at 10-15 hours a week and they worked out of their farms. This employment ended December 14, 2017 when the Herds & Harvest funding cycle ended. The application for another funding cycle was submitted in February of 2018.

Mineral County High School Students

The Mineral County Cooperative Extension office participates in Mineral County School to Careers programs and tries to hire a couple of students each year. In 2017, Alfonso Castillo-Trujillo and Chantel Gorman were the high school students chosen for employment. The student work is on various grant funded projects part-time during the school year and full time in the summer.

Current Mineral County Programs

The following programs are Mineral County based programs and involve Mineral County residents only.

Mineral County 4-H

The Mineral County 4-H program continued to reorganize again in 2017. Focus was placed on creating more clubs, getting more youth involved in 4-H Camp at Lake Tahoe, offering specific 4-H programs for youth, and building 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities. The Mineral County 4-H program took over the youth basketball league in 2017. There are 115 unduplicated youth registered in Mineral County 4-H clubs. The Clubs and leaders are below for 2017/2018:

  • Ski Club, Ann Kee
  • Lego Club, Looking for a leader
  • Quilting/Sewing Club, Jeri Lynn Landi
  • Clover Bud Craft Club, Brooke Sasser and Kiley Berginnis
  • Walker Lake Crusaders Community Club, Toby Montoya
  • Mineral County 4-H Youth Basketball, 17 leaders, 14 clubs

The Mineral County 4-H Leadership Council was established in the fall of 2013. This council oversees the Mineral County 4-H program, the 4-H program checking account at Financial Horizons Credit Union, and advises the 4-H program Community-based Instructors about all 4-H activities. The Council was comprised of the following volunteers in 2017:

  • Jeri Lynne Landi
  • Linda Dow
  • Kerry Laramendy
  • Rob Mathias
  • Tyler Viani
  • 2 open seats

A letter was sent out to see if members wanted to continue to participate and Rob Mathias and Tyler Vianni did not respond. The leadership council will be searching for four new members in 2018 and would like to diversity membership per the Extension civil rights audit that occurred in 2017.

Mineral County Health and Nutrition Programs

There are three main programs that are specifically implemented for Mineral County residents. Veggies for Kids and Veggies for Seniors work with youth and senior citizens on increasing fruit and vegetable intake, limit sugar and increase physical activity. The Mineral County youth prevention program focuses on healthy living, which includes alcohol and drug prevention. The Peacemaking Skills for Mineral County Little Kids is targeted toward pre-school and kindergarten students teaching students to understand what is an is not appropriate behavior.

Veggies for Kids/Veggies for Seniors

The Veggies for Kids program, funded by the State of Nevada SNAP-Ed program, provides 10 weeks of in-school lessons, a summer institute, and teaches youth how to grow vegetables in a garden project. I oversee school sites at Hawthorne Elementary, Schurz Elementary, Natchez elementary on the Pyramid Lake Reservation, and Owyhee elementary on the Duck Valley Reservation. The program also serves sites in Lyon County and Washoe County, which are overseen by other faculty. Instructors are hired at each of the school sites. The Instructors teach the in-school lessons, plan the summer institute, and manage and teach at the school demonstration gardens. Instructors are also responsible for implementing positive changes in nutrition policy, systems and environment (PSE), and track the number of parents, teachers, administrators and others they reach. All evaluation data for the below school sites and school sites in Washoe County and Lyon County are compiled in the Mineral County Extension office. Table 1 are the number of students served in the Mineral County project area in 2017.

Table 1. Number served in 2017 in direct education and Policy, Systems and Environment (PSE).
School Direct Education PSE Efforts Total
Hawthorne Elementary 68 279 347
Schurz Elementary 64 66 130
Natchez Elementary 68 400 468
Owyhee Elementary 74 189 263
Total 1,208

The Veggies for Seniors program, funded by Mineral County and Nye County Communities Coalition, provides 13 weeks of fresh fruits and vegetables to Mineral County Seniors age 65 years-old and older. It also serves individuals with disabilities. There were 102 seniors served in Hawthorne, Schurz, Walker Lake, Mina, Luning in 2017. Each senior was provided 13 weeks of vegetables, and a turkey or ham for Christmas. Home delivery is implemented through a collaboration between Extension, Mineral County Senior Center, Mt. Grant General Hospital home health program, and the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program on the Walker River reservation for Schurz residents.

The evaluation design for Veggies for Kids direct education was a pre-test/post-test method. Evaluation metrics conform to a standardized state format. The pre-testing was conducted the week prior to providing the Veggies for Kids classroom instruction at all school sites. Post-testing was conducted following completion of the 12-week lesson series. Table 2 provides the pre-test and post-test percentage based on the state performance goals, and Table 3 is performance measures for students correctly naming and their likeness for 6 different fruits and vegetables. The statewide team did not reach their target goal of students correctly naming the six different vegetables, but met targeted goals of students recognizing My Plate and correctly naming the food groups.

Table 2. Evaluation and performance measures for Veggies for Kids Statewide
Performance & Evaluation Measures
(Goals after Programming)
2013-2014 Pre-test 2013-2014 Post-test 2014-2015 Pre-test 2014-2015 Post-test 2015-2016 Pre-test 2015-2016 Post-test 2016-2017 Pre-test 2016-2017 Post-test
My Plate Picture
Goal: 75% of students will recognize
.23 .89 .89 1.0 .48 .98 .43 .90
Correctly name five food groups
Goal: 75% of students
.36 .30 .30 .85 .53 .86 .16 .81
Correctly name six different vegetables
***Goal: 75% of students
.30 .56 .56 .74 .57 .81 .48 .59
Willingness to sample selected vegetables that students do not correctly name *** .73 .17 .17 .81 .71 .74 .24 .13
Willingness to sample selected vegetables that students correctly name *** NA NA NA NA NA NA .52 .60

*2013-2014 data is for Mineral County and reservations only
**2014-2015 data is for all school sites in Lyon County, Washoe County and Elko County.
***Data is compiled based on the average of answers on all 6 fruits and vegetables. Exact percent is in Table 3.

Table 3. Evaluation measures for six different fruits and vegetables for Veggies for Kids Statewide.
Correctly name Pre-test Post-test Difference Correctly name- really likes Pre-test Post-test Difference
Strawberries .94 .96 .02 Strawberries .88 .89 .01
Asparagus .12 .26 .02 Asparagus .27 .39 .11
Blueberries .78 .88 .10 Blueberries .70 .78 .08
Squash .14 .39 .25 Squash .31 .39 .08
Lemon .78 .85 .07 Lemon .53 .56 .03
Spinach .10 .21 .11 Spinach .44 .59 .15

Upon conclusion of this nutrition education program, other performance measures compared to baseline data are the following:

  • When students were asked about what they drank the day before while at school, the most common drinks mentioned from pre-test to post-test were water (.24 to .36), milk (.35 to .37), juices (.14 to .06), and sports drinks (.05 to .02); and
  • The most commonly reported after school activities noted by students from pre-testing to post-testing ranged from Playing Outside (.24 to .35), Sports (.11 to .16), Walking (.13 to .11), Chores (.06 to .05), and Video Games (.17 to .08).

An evaluation was done with Mineral County Seniors, in 2017, for the Veggies for Seniors program. There was a 13% response rate on returned evaluations. One-hundred percent of the seniors reported that their eating habits improved when participating in the program. There were 90% that agreed that their overall diet improved, which improved their health. The program increased access of fresh fruits and vegetables to Mineral County senior citizens by 36 percent.

Michigan Model for Health

Michigan Model for Health is an evidence-based program to be specifically implemented into school systems to promote healthy lifestyles for children, adolescents, families, educators and communities. The overall goal of this program is to get young people to adopt healthy lifestyles. The three supporting objective focus on meeting national and state health education standards, increasing and maintaining positive health behaviors; and extend learning and reinforcement of health behaviors beyond the school and classroom.

This eight-week program reached 26 fifth grade students in 2017 at Mineral County Elementary School. The new grant funding, which is ran through Mineral County, changed curriculums from “Project Towards No Drugs” to “Michigan Model for Health” under the new grant cycle. The Michigan Model for Health program provides a wide variety to curriculum that includes alcohol and drug prevention, but also focuses on mental and physical health.

Mineral County Cooperative Extension maintains their certification as a drug and alcohol education provider with the State of Nevada Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency (SAPTA). This certification was renewed in 2017 and will carry over to the new grant period for a period of three years.

Peacemaking Skills for Little Kids

Peacemaking skills for Little Kids is an evidence-based curriculum for character building. This program is funded by the State of Nevada Grants Management Unit, which is funded by tobacco settlement funds. It is funded under the prevention of sexual abuse program and works directly with young youth to learn protective behaviors if they are placed in harmful situation. We have also modified this program to deal what is appropriate and not appropriate behaviors on how to treat others, based on a request from Hawthorne Elementary School. School officials were seeing a high incidents of students fighting at the kindergarten level.

This program provides opportunities for youth to discuss feelings, relationships with peers, and making positive decision in their everyday life. There are core “I Care Rules.” This peace education program is holistic, life-affirming, and builds skill sets to help children manage conflict and to discern between appropriate and inappropriate behavior of both youth and adults. There were 80 preschool and kindergarten served through this program in the fall of 2017. This program will be implemented at Schurz Elementary School in the spring of 2018. Parents were also provided information about community resources and this program has a referral component to other services offered in Mineral County.

Community Development: Community Events for Earth Day and Harvest Festivals

Mineral County Cooperative Extension hosted two different community events in 2017.

  • Earth Day Festival occurred in April 2017. This event is preceded by a Hawthorne Elementary School “Earth Day Dash” which targeted 300 students at the elementary school. There were approximately 300 people throughout the day that attended the Earth Day Festival. Food was sponsored by SOC-Hawthorne. Cooperative Extension provides overall organization, the music, and the bounce house.
  • Extension staff also assists in organizing the community clean-up and taking addresses for Mineral County Public Works and Hawthorne Utilities the week prior to the Earth Day Festival. In addition, staff takes calls from local residents needing assistance preparing for clean-up day. There were 269 Mineral County residents that called the Cooperative Extension office to have their trash picked up.
  • Harvest Festival is a Halloween event that occurred in October 2017 with 350 participants. Cooperative Extension works with local sponsors to coordinate a costume contest for 0 -13 years olds. Local organizations and student clubs create different booth activities to create a Harvest Festival fair. Cooperative Extension provides overall organization, the music, and the bounce house.

Statewide Programs available to Mineral County residents

The following programs are statewide programs that Mineral County residents and Mineral County employees participate in.

Nevada Radon Education Program – Coordinated out of UNCE, Washoe County

The Nevada Radon Education Program is a partnership with the Nevada State Health Division to educate Nevadans about the possible health risk posed by elevated levels of radon in the home. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) offers literature, educational programs and radon test kits in UNCE, Mineral County office. February is radon month and free test kits are provided to Mineral County residents. Free radon kits were given away to 35 residents in 2016, 11 residents in 2017, and 18 residents in 2018.

Grow Your Own, Nevada – Coordinated out of UNCE, Washoe County

Grow Your Own, Nevada is a statewide University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program designed to help people discover the secrets to gardening in our high-desert climate. Mineral County Cooperative Extension had classes available in the spring of 2017. Classes are held live in Reno in the spring and fall, and are provided by interactive video conference to Cooperative Extension offices across the State. There were 8 unduplicated participants attending sessions at the Hawthorne Extension office in 2017.

Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) – Coordinated out of UNCE, Washoe County

The Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) is a federally-funded Extension program that works with 3 defined American Indian Tribes in Nevada, which are the Duck Valley Shoshone Paiute, Pyramid Lake Paiute and the Walker River Paiute. This program works in youth development, nutrition and health, agriculture and natural resource program areas. There is currently UNCE staff located on all three reservations. In addition, the program works with all tribes in Nevada on different issues that impact them around the state. Mineral County Cooperative Extension works with all FRTEP programs and assists in coordination and collaboration of Extension programming for the Walker River reservation to serve Schurz residents.

Pesticide Applicator Training- Coordinated out of UNCE, Washoe County

The pesticide applicator trainings are offered through Cooperative Extension statewide. The coordinator is located in the Washoe County Extension office. The Mineral County office provides the training booklets for $15 a piece and advertises the statewide trainings. The Hawthorne Army Depot purchased booklets from the office in 2017 in preparation for trainings and certification.

Statewide Programs Coordinated out of Mineral County

The following programs are statewide programs that are coordinated by staff out of the UNCE, Mineral County office:

Herds & Harvest – Nevada Beginning Farmer and Rancher Project

Staci Emm assembled a team of faculty who applied for and received a standard Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Project grant through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in August 2011. This project, called “Herds & Harvest” was renewed in 2014. Funding on the three years ended on December 14, 2017, and an application for a three-year project renewal was submitted in February 2018.

The long-term goal of this project is to create and enhance the sustainability of Nevada’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (BFRs) through education, mentoring, and outreach to own, operate, and sustain an agricultural operation. Herds & Harvest offered 55 training programs serving 1,098 Nevada beginning farmers and ranchers over the three-year project period ending in 2017. In 2017, there were 16 in person training workshops on business strategies, meat slaughter and processing, hops, small scale poultry, viticulture, vegetable farming and social media marketing.

There were 126 program evaluations returned from 392 program participants in the sixth year of the program. The viticulture trainings were the most highly attended in 2017. There were 11% of participants that served in the US Military. There were 38% of participants that had been farming or ranching less than one year, and 18% that had been farming less than 2 years. Sixty-two percent were farming or ranching 5 acres or less. Seventy-six percent learned how to improve quality in their products, and 75% reported they learned how to add value to the products they produce. Seventy-two percent reported that they learned how to increase their income. There were 58% of participants that reported the training taught them how to increase yields, and 57% reported they learned how to increase farm and ranch income.

Mentoring activities are an integral part of the program and were designed to encourage producers to create enterprise budgets for new businesses and/or the diversification of existing ones. There also was an effort in Las Vegas with Community Roots in the third year of the project to provide expertise in vegetable production to increase yields to serve Las Vegas communities. There were 69 one-on-one sessions creating and discussing a BFR enterprise budget over the three-year project period. There were 12 new farms that participated in the mentoring program, five were researching new product development in 2017.In, 2017, there were 167 one-on-one sessions between a mentor and a producer discussing production agriculture. There were an additional 21 mentoring sessions on Nevada Indian reservations serving 315 tribal members.

The original proposal, funded in 2011, projected reaching 300 Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (BFRs), with 60 BFR’s consistently participating in the 3-year project which included 24 workshops developed, conducted and evaluated. We recruited continuously at statewide agricultural association meetings and existing Extension program events. The resulting BFR mailing list grew steadily, from a baseline of zero in 2011 to more than 3,000 producers in 2017. The project funded in 2014 continued to work with 600 BFRs but made an effort to increase BFRs in Nevada by 400. At the end of the project in December 2017, the project had a producer contact list of 3,010 producers; 2,873 mailing list and 949 producers via e-mail. Of these producers, 1,025 were self-reporting as BFRs.

Nevada Risk Management Education

Nevada Risk Management Education teaches beginning, socially disadvantaged, and transitioning farmers and ranchers in Nevada about current federal crop/livestock and revenue insurance programs. This program utilizes risk management education tools to ensure the competitiveness of Nevada agricultural operations in future markets, and educates producers about crop/livestock insurance programs to help minimize agricultural risk. This program is coordinated out of the Mineral County Extension office and collaborates with eight University of Nevada, Reno faculty in overall program implementation. This program supports fifty percent of a program organizer position, a part-time graphic design artist, a part-time evaluation assistant, and a part-time grants management and reporting assistant.

The project was completed in September 2017 and a renewal application was funded for the next federal fiscal year. Principal Investigators Staci Emm, Dr. Holly Gatzke, and Carol Bishop are located in counties in Nevada working daily on-the-ground with agriculture producers. Dr. Thomas Harris is the director of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Center for Economic Development. Frank Flavin is the director of the Nevada American Indian programs and supervises agents that live and work on the reservations. Dr. Douglas Boyle is the Nevada State Climatologist, works in the UNR Department of Geography, and is actively involved in the US Drought Monitor program.

Each workshop, depending on area and audience, combined insurance program information (including insurance scenarios) with production and marketing topics, and all business planning and marketing programs included the use of risk management insurance scenarios. Project programs included:

  • Climate: How the vegetation index (PRF) and drought monitor work
  • American Indian Crop/Livestock Insurance Program
  • Organic and Whole Farm Revenue Protection insurance products, new agricultural laws, marketing/ financial tools, and business taxes
  • Cattlemen’s Update
  • Risk Basics for High School Students
  • Nevada Cattlemen’s Association Livestock Insurance Program
  • USDA Program Update: Crop/Livestock Insurance Program
  • Agricultural Market Update
  • Estate Planning
  • Urban Roots Organic/Whole Farm Revenue Protection Insurance Outreach program
  • Mailing 2,110 producers and emailing 900 producers a postcard to link to the 2017 Crop and Livestock Insurance handbook focusing on prior knowledge of insurance program sales closing dates.
  • Nevada Agricultural Foundation: Agriculture in the Classroom

This educational project consisted of 11 different programs, including 45 total workshops across Nevada reaching 1693 producers, with 275 website visits, and 41,184 indirect contacts through the mailing of brochures, social media, and the 2018 Crops and Livestock Insurance Guide (reached 4, 166 producers). We anticipated duplications of producers within the different programs areas and topics. The evaluation design for Nevada Risk Management Education is a pre-test/post-test method. Each program evaluation is different and is based on workshop content and some collaborating workshops do not have evaluation data. This can be made available to you upon request.

American Indian Land, Water and Agricultural Program

There are three specific grant programs that are related to the American Indian land and water program that began in 2015. Native Waters on Arid Lands is working with tribes in the southwest on changing climate conditions and planning for future agricultural water use. The American Indian six-state outreach project and the three-state project (Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico) assists tribes with land, water, and sustainable agricultural production practices, including business management skills.

Native Waters on Arid Lands

Native Waters on Arid Lands seeks to build capacity among tribal communities in the Great Basin and American Southwest to enhance climate resiliency of water resources and agriculture. Staci Emm led a focus group research workshop at the Nevada Indian Summit in Reno, NV; at Dine College in Tsaile, AZ on the Navajo Nation; and at the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) in Parker, AZ to identify climate resiliency of water resources, agriculture production, and to assess the preparedness of the tribe to plan for future water use in 2017. She also organized the 3rd Annual Summit in Reno in November of 2017 with 122 attendees from Indian Tribes across the United States. Focus group research will continue into 2018.

American Indian Outreach Project

The American Indian Outreach Project works with reservations across the United States to assist with land ownership, land leasing, financial management, business planning and estate planning. Workshops were held at the Nevada Indian Summit for Nevada Tribes; a two-day workshop in Nespelum, WA on the Confederated Tribes of the Coleville Reservation; and a workshop in Mission, SD on the Rosebud reservation. Staci Emm taught business planning and marketing in Nevada and in Washington as part of the curriculum. She also is the project leader for this project that includes UNR faculty, Utah State faculty and faculty from the University of Arizona. As part of this project, she have helped UNR Center for Economic Development Faculty (Dr. Tom Harris and Buddy Borden) get IRB research protocols for Community Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) research on the Duck Water Reservation and the Yerington Reservation.

American Indian Higher Education Project

Staci Emm is working with other UNR faculty to valuate higher education opportunities available to American Indians in the State of Nevada and surrounding areas in California. A project team completed a research student in 2017 to see if there is an opportunity to create a Tribal College in Nevada.

A working committee under the direction of the College of Agricultural, Natural Resources and Biotechnology has come together to investigate and complete a feasibility study for the creation of a tribal college in Nevada. Focus groups began in 2016 and were completed in 2017 with Tribes located in western and eastern Nevada. The survey was sent to all tribal education directors in Nevada and I followed up with these departments, reservation schools and the tribe. A curriculum was the result of this research. Emm wrote two chapters of this curriculum with Dr. Brenda Freeman, Ken Coll, UNR College of Education, and Kari Emm, UNR transfer and recruitment coordinator. The curriculum went through peer review, and is under graphic design at this time. It will be released in 2018.

County Budget

The county budget for 2015-2016 was $21,447. Mineral County provides the building located at 205 South A Street, and the gas and electricity for the building.

Line items FY13 Budget FY14 Budget FY15 Budget FY16 Budget FY17 Budget
Salaries 11,560 13,571 12,603 13,148 13,226
Telephone 2,604 2,400 2,400 1,200 2,700
Travel 0 0 0 0 0
Hosting Supplies 300 300 300 300 300
Equip. Service Contracts 600 600 3,360 1,800 3,360
Capital Outlay 844 0 0
Services/Supplies 1,200 1,200 1,440 2,240 2,240
Fingerprint Expense 500 500 500 500 500
Veggies for Seniors NA NA NA 1,260 500
Total Budget Amount 16,224 18,571 21,447 20,448 22,826


Grant awards are an intricate part of all programming. All grant activities are reported below. It is important to note that Mineral County Cooperative Extension is a partner on some of the funds acquired below and does not have access to the entire award amount.

New Awards in 2017 (Ran through UNR): $799,127.88

  • Emm, S., Gatzke, H., Bishop, C., Boyle, D. Harris, T. & Davison, J. (Sept. 29, 2017- Sept. 28, 2018). Nevada Risk Management Project. USDA, Risk Management Agency, Federal, $242,999.93.
  • Emm, S. & Newton, J. (Oct. 1, 2017- Sept. 30, 2018). Veggies for Kids: Mineral County, Natchez Elementary ,Owyhee Elementary. Nevada Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed), State. $163,477.95.
  • Emm, S. & Newton, J. (Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018). Nevada SNAP-Ed Marketing and Networking Project. Nevada Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed), State. $166,991.
  • Emm, S. (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019). Peacemaking Skills for Mineral County Little Kids. State of Nevada, Dept. of Health and Human Services -Grants Management Unit, State. $66,192: $33,096 for year 1 in 2017.
  • Emm, S., Bishop, C. & Teegerstrom, T. (Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018). American Indian Farmer and Rancher Outreach Project: Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. USDA, Office of Advocacy and Outreach. $192,563.

New Awards in 2017 (Ran through Mineral County): $14,000

  • Emm, S. & Hagen, S. (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). Mineral County Youth Prevention. Healthy Communities Coalition, state, $11,000.
  • Emm, S. & Hagen, S. (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). Mineral County Veggies for Seniors. Nye County Communities Coalition, state, $3,000.

Continuing Awards in 2017 (Ran through UNR): $5,391,818

  • Emm, S., Bishop, C., Gatzke, H. Singletary, L, Cramer, G., Verburg, P. Davison, J., Harris, T., Lewis, S. & Foster, S. (December 13, 2014 – December 14, 2017). Nevada Beginning Farmer and Rancher Renewal. USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Federal, $692,433.
  • McCarthy, M., Singletary, L., Emm, S. Curtis, K., Colby, B., & Dettinger, M. (July 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2020). Enhancing climate resiliency for agricultural production on American Indian lands in the Great Basin. USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Federal. $4,500,000
  • Emm, S., Bishop, C. & Ward, R. (Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, /2017-2018: No cost extension received). American Indian Farm and Rancher Outreach Project: Six state area. USDA, Office of Advocacy and Outreach. $199,385.

Conclusion of Report

Mineral County Cooperative Extension sustained programs in 2017 and increased the number of participants in most program areas. Cooperative Extension will continue to look for grant funding and to collaborate at a local, state and federal level to build programs for Mineral County. If you have any questions, regarding this report, please contact Staci Emm at (775) 945-3444.