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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.


Alfalfa and grass hay are the dominant crops produced in Nevada, and pest control options are limited for these crops. The low economic returns from these crops also limit the chemical pest control options for producers. There is, therefore, a critical need to develop pest management information and registered pesticides that can be used in cool season grass forage integrated pest management programs.

What Has Been Done:

This multi-year program educates Nevada growers on pest control strategies and works to increase the number of products available for pest-control activities. IPM strategies to reduce the need for pesticides are also being developed in conjunction with researchers in California and Washington. Cooperative Extension is working with the EPA to have tef, an annual grass that is used for both human and animal feed in Africa and which has been tested as a low-water-use alternative to alfalfa in Nevada, added to the “small grains” crop group — a critical step in permitting herbicides that protect tef crops in Nevada.


The EPA Chemistry Advisory Council (ChemSAC) approved extrapolation of chemical residue results from wheat to tef in October 2008. Tef is slated for inclusion in the small grains crop group during the next international meeting in 2011. Production data for tef has been submitted to selected pesticide companies for consideration of adding tef to their herbicide labels in 2009.

Printable Program Impact

Programs Program Information

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

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.

Soybean Production in Nevada

Farmer standing on a tractor observes harvested soybeans being unloaded from the tractor into a large white canvas bag

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

Programs Program Information
4-H Youth Development
Cattlemen’s Update
Food Safety Project
Grow Your Own, Nevada
Herds and Harvest
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