Pershing County Programs
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.
Due to the overall economic downturn in some of Nevada’s rural counties, coupled with the recent drought, economic profitability is especially important. 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.
What Has Been Done:
For the second year, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offered entrepreneur classes to residents of seven rural counties. Pershing and Lander County Extension Educators partnered with Nevada Microenterprise Initiative and Nevada Job Connect to offer four business planning classes to existing and potential small-scale entrepreneurs through a series of interactive video and face-to-face classes. In the classes, students learned to assess the feasibility of their business ideas and then developed a complete business plan in order to seek outside funding. Participants also received instruction concerning the components of a business plan.
Nineteen people participated in the 2005 training. In a course evaluation for the multi-county class, respondents gave the overall course a rating of 4.0 (1=poor, 5=excellent). Statistically significant improvements were shown in 1) knowledge of business plan components 2) market data collection and analysis and 3) knowledge of the financial aspects of starting a business.
As a result of the classes, several businesses opened in rural Nevada. In Hawthorne, Nevada, a floral shop opened. The new owner stated that the class "has been an eye-opening course and I am anxious to get into business."
In Battle Mountain, Nevada, a woman with 25 years of experience making handcrafted tile decorations opened her business for interior designers. She said the classes made her feel more confident that her unique business would work.
At Tonopah, one student is in the process of purchasing a car wash and another is running a clothier business on main street.
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 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.
Soybean Production 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.
Statewide Programs *Statewide programs may not be available in all counties
|4-H Youth Development|
|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|
|Weed Prevention and Management|