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About Cooperative Extension

What is University of Nevada Cooperative Extension?

About Us

We're the outreach unit of the University that brings you information to solve problems and deal with critical issues. We have 18 offices to serve you, whether you live on a ranch near the remote Rubies or in an urban setting in Las Vegas.

Our more than 200 personnel - with the help of volunteers - deliver non-degree, educational programs in these areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Children, Youth and Families
  • Community Development
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Horticulture
  • Natural Resources

We couldn't do it without the help of our federal and county partners, and the other groups, agencies, businesses and individuals with whom we collaborate.

Mission Statement

To discover, develop, disseminate, preserve and use knowledge to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of people.

Our Values

  • Responsive to needs of a diverse society
  • Quality community education
  • Honest and open communication
  • Innovative thinking, flexibility, integrity and dedication
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Accountability and ethics

A Message from our Director

Ivory W. Lyles

Ivory W. Lyles
Director of Cooperative Extension and Associate Dean for Engagement

Welcome! For over 100 years, Cooperative Extension has been delivering impactful programs across the state of Nevada. The founders never dreamed we would one day be teaching people in such a variety of unique ways, thanks to technology. We reach people when they are in their homes, workplaces, schools and communities via the Internet, live interactive video, email, telephone, and in-person workshops and one-on-one assistance. We have certainly come a long way from our early days when we traveled the dirt roads in buggies.

The issues have changed over the years, but the need to provide research-based useful information in real time to the citizens of Nevada remains essential for progress and for meeting challenges faced by Nevada's communities. Today, we still help farmers and ranchers with management of water resources, control of noxious weeds and resolution of public-land disputes. However, we also assist urban and rural families with programs in nutrition and health, youth literacy and STEM learning, youth development and leadership, and community and workforce development. With local needs at the forefront and working with many partners, we identify, develop and implement programs to meet those needs.

No matter how we teach or deliver a program, our success is measured by how it impacts the needs you have identified and the changes that improve your life. We are pleased you stopped by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension website, and we invite you to contact us with any questions or concerns you have that may help us to serve you better.


Ivory W. Lyles, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Director
Associate Dean for Engagement