Washoe 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
All children face risks as they grow and develop, but children who live in low-income housing or are homeless may be at higher risk for participating in risky behaviors. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) developed the 4-H After School Club (ASC) to teach children basic life skills including math, reading, science, positive communication, goal setting, self-responsibility, decision-making and good nutrition. Youth who have these life skills are less likely to participate in risky behaviors.
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.
Engaged Leadership Program
Washoe County, Nevada, needed advanced training and skill building for the county’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) members to help them to participate effectively in local government issues that impact their communities. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension developed and implemented an Engaged Leadership program to assist chairpersons and CAB members in their efforts to create and sustain effective boards.
Family Storyteller Literacy Program
National award-winning Family Storyteller is a literacy program aimed at encouraging and training parents to play a vital role in the literacy development of their children. Developed by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE), KNPB-TV, the Washoe County libraries and Washoe County School District, the statewide program creates an opportunity for parents and young children to interact around literacy and language activities. Family Storyteller is designed especially for families that may have limited language skills and few children’s books at home.
Fun To Play
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Fun To Play program targets families where, due to the young age, inexperience or limited resources of the parents, young children are placed at-risk for developmental delays and later school difficulties. Fun To Play is a series of weekly infant/child sessions aimed at improving the parenting skills of young parents by increasing the amount of learning activities and interaction they provide their children.
Green Industry Training Programs of Northern Nevada
Green Industry Training (GIT) and Green Industry Continuing Education Series (GICES) are cost- and time-efficient approaches to serving the Green Industries of northern Nevada, including nursery workers, landscapers, arborists, irrigation and lawn care professionals. The Green Industry Training program begins in late winter with eight three-hour sessions of entry-level training for new industry workers, for those desiring to work in the industry and for existing industry professionals desiring a skills "tune-up." After "basic training," industry members are invited to monthly continuing education opportunities — one hour per month over the noon hour — to hone and improve their skills.
Grow Your Own, Nevada
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. The program includes eight two-hour weekly sessions. Classes are held live in Reno in the spring, summer and fall, and are provided by video conference to Cooperative Extension offices across the state.
Grow Yourself Healthy
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.
Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages
Living With Fire
Living with Fire is a comprehensive, multi-agency program aimed at teaching homeowners how to live more safely in high wildfire-hazard environments. The program, encompassing research and education, was developed in 1997 as a result of a collaboration between University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE), Nevada’s Agricultural Experiment Station and the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators, a group of 12 Nevada and California firefighting agencies.
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.
NEMO Nevada, Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials
The NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) program was originated in Connecticut and has spread nationwide. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers the NEMO program in Washoe County. The premise is that improvements in land-use planning can result in protection of water resources, which can negate the need to fix problems after the fact by applying best management practices. The program will help land-use decision-makers understand the nature of the nonpoint source pollution problem and its impact on their lives, towns and natural resource base. This enables them to plan for growth and development while addressing water quality issues through educated land use decisions.
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.
Pick a better snack™ (formerly Chefs for Kids)
This evidence-based campaign focuses on building fruit and vegetable consumption in children through healthy snacking. Pick a better snack™ is a monthly, in-school nutrition education program for primary grade children in at-risk elementary schools in Clark and Washoe counties in Nevada. In addition to direct instruction, staff works with school wellness coordinators to build meaningful and sustainable programming to create a well environment in every school.
Small Steps 4 Big Changes
Parent involvement is recognized as a key factor in making wise food selections and shaping food and health behavior attitudes that affect the child’s habits and food preferences. Conducted in partnership with the 4-H Youth Development Program, a series of ten nutrition lessons incorporate recipe preparation, food sampling and physical activity segments, with additional nutrition education content for the parent or adult caregiver. All lesson segments are focused on thriving within a limited budget, as well as increasing fruit and vegetable intake. This program has been successfully offered to five Reno Housing Authority (RHA) and other 4-H After School Program sites since the initial launch of the pilot program. The program fosters behavior changes identified by the Centers for Disease Control as being linked to childhood obesity prevention.
Team Nutrition “Smart Choices”
This program strives to address the public health issue of childhood obesity through building basic skills related to food selection and promoting an increased variety of nutritious foods consumed especially vegetables and fruits.
Water Wise is a new, online educational program that complements University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s local watershed protection, storm water protection and land-use decision-maker education projects (NEMO-Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials).
Weed Warriors Invasive Weed Training
The Weed Warriors Invasive Weed Training Program is held several times a year, usually in late winter or spring. This eight-hour, two-day introductory-level training introduces participants to the principles of Integrated Weed Management and focuses on improving ability to identify noxious weeds of local importance. A small fee is charged for program materials, and the class can be videoconferenced to other locations upon request. Each year, several dozen people go through the training and become certified Weed Warriors. Pesticide applicators receive six Continuing Education Credits for attending this course. Each year in May during a community event in the Truckee Meadows, Weed Warrior volunteers help rid parks and riverfront areas of invasive thistles.
Statewide Programs *Statewide programs may not be available in all counties
|4-H Youth Development|
|Beef Quality Assurance|
|Food Safety Project|
|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|