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Issue: No. 1 | March 2012Make a gift to UNCE

UPDATE is published bimonthly by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the college that extends the knowledge of UNR to local communities throughout the state. UPDATE is a compilation of news, articles, events and helpful publications produced by Cooperative Extension faculty and staff, who work in UNCE's six program areas – agriculture; horticulture; natural resources; health and nutrition; community development; and children, youth and families. Cooperative Extension will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2014.

Dean's Message

Karen Hinton

Welcome to this inaugural issue of Update, our bimonthly electronic newsletter. We've launched this publication in an effort to keep you better apprised of all that's happening at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

As you know, Cooperative Extension is the outreach college that extends knowledge from the University of Nevada — and other land-grant universities — to local communities to address critical needs. We are a federal-state-county partnership with offices all around the state, and our programs work to do the following:

  • Strengthen the financial health and security of Nevadans
  • Improve the health, safety and well-being of Nevadans
  • Increase and ensure sustainability of natural resources
  • Ensure a positive future for Nevadans through education across the lifespan

We hope you enjoy this issue of Update. If there are articles you would like to see in future issues, please contact our communications specialist, Jim Sloan ( or 775-784-7072) and let him know.


Karen Hinton, Dean and Director

Program Spotlight

Stronger Economies Together Regional Team Launches

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) is teaming up with the Nevada office of U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development (USDA RD) and the Governor's Office of Economic Development on a new program to help Nevada rural counties plan their economic futures. The Stronger Economies Together (SET) program will combine the community development expertise of UNCE faculty with detailed planning data to help eight rural Nevada counties collaborate on regional economic development. The SET initiative dovetails with Gov. Brian Sandoval's economic development plan for the state. Read more »


UNCE faculty share expertise at small farms conference

Staci Emm

Several University of Nevada Cooperative Extension faculty members gave workshops and informational presentations to Nevada's small farmers at the 2012 Nevada Small Farm Conference March 8-10 at the Fallon Convention Center and Western Nevada College Fallon Campus. One of the presentations was by Mineral County Extension Educator Staci Emm, who unveiled "Herds & Harvest: Cultivating Success for Nevada's Farmers," UNCE's latest program to help Nevada agricultural producers succeed. Read more »

Extension offers plan for eating healthy on the cheap

Mary Wilson in the kitchen.

Eating healthy shouldn't mean eating your entire paycheck. If your efforts to find a balance between a healthy budget and a healthy body have been unsuccessful, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension experts offer advice on how to find the right balance. UNCE nutrition experts Mary Wilson and Kerry Seymour have boiled down healthy eating into four simple steps:

  • Ditch the Drive Thru
  • Choose Water over Sugar
  • Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables
  • Follow 'The Three Ps'

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4-H mentoring program receives funding

4-H Clover Logo

The Lyon County 4-H Program has received two $28,000 grants from the National 4-H Council for 4-H mentoring programs that work closely with youth in the Lyon County school system. The 4-H mentoring program, now in its second year, works with Lyon County youth ages 10-14, and features one-on-one mentoring; 4-H; and Family Night Out events. The program also partners with many local organizations to create social events and opportunities for participants. Read more »

Enjoy fresh produce year-round using a hoop house

Hoop house.

With this winter's mild weather in Nevada, some gardeners are wondering if they should have tried growing vegetables right through the cold season. Even with the dearth of snow and warm mid-day temperatures we've experienced, vegetable gardening in the winter is usually out of the question — unless you have a hoop house.
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Program benefits local tourism

Eagles next to cow on field.

Each year in February a large numbers of eagles flock to the Carson Valley for the calving season. An increasing number of visitors are attracted to the raptors themselves. In 2003, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension teamed up with local ranchers, businesses and nonprofit groups to capitalize on this rare gathering of majestic birds. They launched tours and related events that have added millions in tourist dollars to the local economy. Read more »

Master Gardeners celebrate milestone

2 Master Gardeners working in the garden.

In 1992, a seed was planted with the hopes of creating a community volunteer gardening program in Clark County. Twenty years later, the Southern Nevada Master Gardener program is in full bloom. The Master Gardener program trains local gardeners and works with them to disseminate safe, effective gardening information to their communities. Master Gardeners in both southern and northern Nevada help residents keep their lawns healthy, grow luscious garden vegetables and choose trees and plants that flourish in a desert climate. Master Gardeners are trained to identify everyday gardening problems and cheerfully recommend effective, safe treatments. Read more »

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