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Issue: No. 9 | June 2014Make a gift

UPDATE is published by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the college that extends the knowledge of University of Nevada, Reno 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 six program areas – agriculture; horticulture; natural resources; health and nutrition; community development; and children, youth and families. Cooperative Extension celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2014.

Dean's Message

As we celebrate our Centennial this year, it has been a particularly busy and rewarding time. If you haven't seen it, I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch our Centennial video, which includes a special message from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. I also had the opportunity last month to visit with our partners in the counties, where many of the county commissions issued proclamations celebrating our Centennial and partnership. This was especially enjoyable and gratifying.

I am happy to report that, after conducting a full search, Jill Tingey, who has been doing an excellent job on an interim basis for us in Elko as Extension Educator, has been hired on for that position on a permanent basis. Jill receives high praise from her constituents and our friends in Elko County, and we couldn't agree more.

We held our Planning Retreat for Educators and Specialists in Tonopah early in the year, where I heard much good discussion and thoughts about the future of our programming and service to this State. I will share more with you on this in my next update, as I continue to work on our Strategic Plan over the few months.

I'm particularly happy to share with you some of the outstanding and well-deserved honors that our faculty members and programs have received this year. Can you guess which programs or who received these honors? (Answers are below in our Program Spotlight and News sections.)

  • One of our programs was one of only 20 in the country to receive the Partners in Conservation Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior for outstanding work in conservation and collaboration.
  • One of our Extension Educators received the University's Global Engagement Award for natural resources and grazing management work with ranchers in Morocco, and
  • One of our Specialists was recognized as a Nevada Woman of Achievement by the Nevada Women's Fund for her work providing women information about health and nutrition, specifically in regards to the importance of breastfeeding.

In addition, earlier this year some of our 4-H'ers placed in the top 10 in three competitions testing their knowledge of horses, in a national competition with 4-H'ers from 30 other states.

As I said, it's been quite a Centennial year, and we're not even halfway through yet. I expect the drum to keep beating steadily through the summer with county fairs, 4-H competitions and youth activities, and horticulture and agricultural activities in full swing. Please join us at these activities or stop by your local Extension office to see what's new. As always, thank you for your partnership and support,


Mark Walker, Dean and Director

Program Spotlight

Cooperative Extension program recognized for conservation and collaboration

Lander County Extension Educator Rod Davis sitting with two participants from Bootstraps

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Bootstraps Program has received the 2013 Partners in Conservation Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior, one of only 20 programs across the nation to receive this award for achievements in conservation of natural resources that include collaborative activity among a diverse range of entities.

The Bootstraps Program gives at-risk young adults, ages 18 to 25, the opportunity to be involved in natural resource project work, such as restoring sage-grouse habitat. Through the program, participants receive practical classroom instruction and field experience, as well as the skills and decision-making abilities to return to school or enter the workforce. Since 2005, the program has employed more than 100 at-risk young adults, about two-thirds of whom are Native Americans.

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University of Nevada Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years

If you've ever participated in 4-H or been given information by a Master Gardener, you're one of hundreds of thousands of Nevadans for reason to celebrate this month. The organization that conducts these educational programs, and more than 130 others in communities across Nevada, is celebrating its centennial: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

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University of Nevada, Reno launches Living With Drought website and education

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has partnered with other agencies to help Nevadans prepare for and cope with the drought. Cooperative Extension has launched its Living With Drought website, a one-stop shop where homeowners, gardeners, farmers, ranchers, natural resource managers and others can find information to help them respond to their various drought-related challenges. The website is at

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University nutritionist honored at 2014 Salute to Women of Achievement

The Nevada Women's Fund annually honors women who demonstrate significant contribution to the Nevada community and achievement in their field. This year, the Nevada Women's Fund honored Madeleine Sigman-Grant, for her work providing women information about health and nutrition specifically in regards to the importance of breastfeeding. She was honored along with other women in the state at the 2014 Salute to Women of Achievement awards luncheon Thursday, May 29.

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Cooperative Extension 4-H youth place in top 10 at national competition

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension 4-H members represented Nevada well in three competitions at the 2014 Western National Roundup in Denver, Colo., placing in the top 10 in three competitions. The group of 11 teens, split into two teams of four and one team of three, competed against teams and individuals from 30 other states and Alberta, Canada.

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Cooperative Extension offers Farm and Food Tourism workshop

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Herds and Harvest Program, with cosponsor Utah State University, offered a Farm and Food Tourism workshop June 2-3 at the Clark County Cooperative Extension office in Las Vegas.

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