skip to main content

News & Events

UPDATE, News from Cooperative Extension Logo

Issue: No. 6 | May 2013Make 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

Jerry Buk


Please accept my sincere thanks to those that have shown support for Cooperative Extension programs, faculty and staff, especially over the last few very trying months. Many of you shared your thoughts directly with the University President and/or the Provost during their recent visits around the state. I am sure they appreciated that you expressed yourselves, and that you were willing to listen to their thoughts as well. It was a wonderful opportunity for our University leadership to hear directly from you about the work Extension is doing in your community. Thank you.

I wish I could tell you all exactly where we are or are not heading, in terms of the Provost's Proposal for a shared leadership position for Cooperative Extension; the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; and the Agricultural Experiment Station. But, I cannot. We have heard concerns and opposition from many of our County partners. I am quite certain the President and Provost will consider all they saw and heard across Nevada regarding Cooperative Extension's structure, people, programs and value to you. Ours is a very unique State with unique communities and issues. Accordingly, Cooperative Extension has developed as a uniquely effective partner helping you solve problems, find success and improve quality of life.

I have been very proud of our faculty and staff overall, who, while operating under this veil of uncertainty and bracing for the next round of budget cuts to go into effect July 1, continue to give 100 percent to their programs and communities. Their dedication to their programs and positively impacting their communities is truly inspiring to me.

Finally, I want to remind you that my door is always open. I truly value your thoughts, whatever they may be. It is an honor to have your support and a privilege to be a small part of serving the communities in our State.


Jerry Buk, Interim Dean

Program Spotlight

Chefs for Kids Dinner and Auction held April 20

More than 380 community members attended the annual Chefs for Kids Dinner and Auction at Caesars Palace on April 20. The black tie and ball gown optional event honored Dr. Brian and Kelly Iriye for their ongoing support of the program. Dr. and Mrs. Iriye have been attending the gala every year for more than 10 years. Mrs. Iriye has served on the committee for the event for many years.

The gala began at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. Dave Courvoisier, KLAS-TV anchor, was Master of Ceremonies. A gourmet dinner was served at 7 p.m. , and Christian Kolberg conducted the live auction. The evening continued with dancing to the music of Harbor Lights.

There were 15 live auction packages ranging from An Evening at Todd's Dinner for Ten to a New Orleans Jazz and Cuisine Trip. An adorable puppy from the Animal Foundation was also auctioned off. The 56 silent auction packages offered gift certificates, golf outings, stay-cations, a week in Los Cabos, a chocolate lover's basket and more. The monies generated from the live and silent auctions help to fund the instructors in 12 high-need schools in the Clark County School District.

The Chefs for Kids program is a joint venture of the American Culinary Federation Chefs of Las Vegas and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. This program works to eliminate malnutrition and hunger through education and awareness. The nutrition education program is taught to high-needs first- and second-grade students in Clark County. People often assume that children know simple facts such as that a pear grows on a tree or that a balanced diet is essential to good health throughout a lifetime. However, many children lack the essential nutrition knowledge necessary to fight personal battles against poor eating habits.

In addition to the educational program, the chefs provide monthly breakfasts and a healthy snack program to participating schools and Thanksgiving food boxes and holiday food gift cards to especially needy families in participating schools.

For more information, email Sue Lednicky or call 702-257-5548.


Cooperative Extension presents weed control workshops April 30 — May 2

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is presenting a "Weed Extravaganza" April 30 to May 2 at the California Trail Interpretive Center (Hunter Exit, 8 miles west of Elko, north of I-80). The workshop, also sponsored by Elko County Association of Conservation Districts, Humboldt Watershed Cooperative Weed Management Area and the Nevada Department of Agriculture, will discuss a wide range of topics, including weed management and herbicide equipment calibrations.

The event begins with the 11th Annual Elko County Weed Summit on April 30, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., focusing on state weed laws, weed species and weed mapping. Humboldt County Extension Educator Brad Schultz is the featured speaker for the workshop, discussing "Weed Seed Banks: Why Early Detection and Rapid Response is a Critical Component of a Weed Management Program." Extension will also host an afternoon field trip, which will focus on identification of weeds during their vulnerable growth stages.

Read more »

Impact of Future Growth in Nevada Dairies Workshops held in April

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency to offer Impact of Future Growth in Nevada Dairies Workshops in April. The program, funded by the USDA's Risk Management Agency, focuses on helping producers manage their business risks through effective, market-based risk-management solutions. Read more »

Local Leaders' Institute

On Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24, local elected and appointed officials and government executives from western Nevada met at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Washoe County office in Reno to participate in the first workshop of the UNCE Local Leaders' Institute. Twenty-five elected and appointed officials, including city councilmembers, county commissioners, county managers, department managers and other top government executives, participated in the day and a half workshop, covering topics ranging from Nevada's Open Meeting Law and administrative ethics to principles of land-use planning and the importance and design of a comprehensive debt management plan.

Related link:

4-H Capital Days

At the 2013 4-H Capital Days event held in Carson City, March 10-11, the youth had many new and exciting opportunities.

The youth began the event with many workshops related to government. The Youth Voices in Action workshop helped youth understand the importance of rights, laws and freedoms, as well as encouraged youth to be civically active in their communities. Writing Bills was another hands-on workshop that allowed youth to learn about the basic layout of bills by writing their own bills from a topic of their choice. Once the bills were created, the youth participated in mock committee meetings to help sort through all the written bills and pass on only a few that were to be viewed and discussed at the mock legislative session.

The youth continued the event with many real-life experiences. They browsed and learned many fun facts about the Legislative Building while on a tour, and took advantage of the opportunity to schedule personal appointments with their representatives to discuss issues important in their communities. They also were able to sit on the Assembly or Senate Floor while the legislative representatives held their sessions. During lunch on Monday, the youth were greeted by many Legislative and Cooperative Extension Advisory Committee Representatives, allowing the youth to discuss the importance of 4-H to them personally and to their communities. The event wrapped up with the mock legislative session, where all of the youth played a role as an assemblyperson, speaker of the assembly, clerk, sergeant of arms, bill sponsor or lobbyist, and they worked through the presented bills in the matter of one hour.

Throughout the weekend, the youth gained knowledge on many new aspects of Nevada government. On the evaluation forms, many commented about acquiring a better understanding of what the government does, how it is run, and the work their legislators do because they participated in 4-H Capital Days.

Read more »

Recent Publications

Upcoming Events

Connect with us:

For more information on the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, contact Claudene Wharton at 775-784-7070 or visit our website at

If you received this via forwarded email and wish to subscribe to UNCE Updates, please subscribe here.

Copyright © 2013. UNCE is an EEO/AA Institution.