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Issue: No. 12 | April 2015Make 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 celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014.

Dean's Message

Nearly the entire western half of Nevada is facing exceptional or extreme drought conditions as our snow accumulation season ends and our irrigation season begins. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has an important role in helping Nevada cope with the effects of this multi-year drought.

We are part of Governor Brian Sandoval's Nevada Drought Forum. We have had our Living With Drought website, as a single location for many types of information related to drought and drought response (including our Living With Fire program). We also have a partnership emerging with other states that are served by the Agricultural Research Service's Southwest Regional Climate Hubs in Las Cruces, New Mex., and Davis, Calif. In Northern Nevada, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority is relying on Cooperative Extension to help homeowners find efficiencies in home use. Finally, we are offering workshops and classes for farmers and ranchers in Northern Nevada, which involve presenters who know agriculture and ranching, and speakers from state and federal agencies involved in water resources and land management and regulation.

Information by itself is easy to find. As an example, try using Google to answer the question "How can I plan for drought?" This produces more than 54 million results in less than a second. You will find information from a range of Great Plains and Southern states, each of which may have something useful to offer. What sets our Cooperative Extension system apart from Google, and makes it relevant to the land-grant mission and the communities we live in and serve, is the local relevancy of our advice and assistance.

This means that we understand what our clients want and need. We use information from the land-grant system, and other resources, to provide information that will work in a local context. And, unlike Google, we try, apply, evaluate and adjust as needed to be sure that solutions work. As Nevada grows and faces familiar and new stresses, this difference will keep University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and our partners as a respected and trusted local resource.


Mark Walker, Dean and Director

Program Spotlight

Living With Fire Program receives national Wildfire Mitigation Award

Ed Smith, Sonya Sistare and Ann Grant

When those from across the country who are involved in protecting homes and land from wildfires meet in Reno, Nev., at the national Wildland Urban Interface Conference next week, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Living With Fire Program will be honored with a national Wildfire Mitigation Award for its leadership role in promoting fire adapted communities. The Living With Fire Program was nominated by the Nevada Bureau of Land Management.

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Herds & Harvest Program awarded grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Herds and Harvest Program has been awarded a $692,000 grant to use for educational programs for Nevada's beginning ranchers and farmers. The grant, made available through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program administered by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will allow the program, which began in 2011, to continue and expand.

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Cooperative Extension hosts Best Management Practices workshops

"Best Management Practices are land-management and landscaping practices that control erosion and encourage runoff from rooftops and pavement to infiltrate into the ground," John Cobourn, Cooperative Extension water resources specialist, said. "These practices are required at Lake Tahoe, because they reduce the amount of muddy runoff that flows into the lake during rainstorms."

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Cooperative Extension offers 'Gardening Smarter as We Mature'

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is offering a series of three free classes at 11 locations statewide for maturing gardeners. The "Gardening Smarter as We Mature" series teaches how to garden more easily as the body changes and ages.

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