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09/22/2023

Looking for some alternatives to traditional lawns?

Lawn alternatives save water, are low-maintenance and can provide habitat for pollinators. Here are some lawn alternatives to try for northern Nevada:

1. Clover lawns
2. Yarrow lawns
3. Creeping thyme
4. No-mow meadows
5. Native and water-wise plants

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Did you know? Wildfire-burned areas have a higher risk of flash flooding and debris flows. Wildfires leave the ground ch...
08/22/2023

Did you know? Wildfire-burned areas have a higher risk of flash flooding and debris flows. Wildfires leave the ground charred and unable to absorb water. This causes more water to run off and increases the risk of flooding.

To learn more about flood after fire, and how to stay safe during a flood, check out our Living With Fire Program's Nevada Flood After Fire Guide. It's online at https://bit.ly/3TWA3Su.

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Want to know the first step in pest management? Identifying pests before you consider squashing them or applying a pesti...
08/18/2023

Want to know the first step in pest management? Identifying pests before you consider squashing them or applying a pesticide!

Friend or foe? How is one to know?

Many insects look alike, such as the two caterpillars below. Pictured first, the swallowtail larvae and pictured second, the to***co hornworm While both eat garden plants, the swallowtail prefers carrot tops and the hornworm devours tomato plants!

Learn more about Identifying pests and more here: https://bit.ly/3ofN8HF

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08/15/2023

Did you know that radon gas poses a big health risk around Nevada? Get your home tested for radon today!

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Having trouble keeping your lawn healthy and green in the summer heat?Check out these tips from our Pest Management Team...
08/14/2023

Having trouble keeping your lawn healthy and green in the summer heat?

Check out these tips from our Pest Management Team. https://bit.ly/3OPQcIt

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Are you looking for easier lawn care solutions?Do you want to keep your lawn but are tired of maintaining the edge? The ...
08/07/2023

Are you looking for easier lawn care solutions?

Do you want to keep your lawn but are tired of maintaining the edge? The Integrated Pest Management program has the perfect solution – buffer strips!

Buffer strips are water-wise planting areas between the lawn and the sidewalk and they make maintenance a lot easier.

Learn more here : https://bit.ly/3DAmSiH

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It has been a hot summer! With record-breaking high temperatures throughout northern Nevada, our Pest Management Team wa...
08/02/2023

It has been a hot summer! With record-breaking high temperatures throughout northern Nevada, our Pest Management Team wants to remind you that proper tree watering helps promote healthy trees that are more resistant to disease and pests!

Here are some tips:

• Trees need weekly deep watering in the summer months.
• Use inline drip tubing with pre-installed emitters wrapped around the tree’s drip line.
• Mulch around the tree with wood chips or shredded bark to keep tree roots cool and prevent water evaporation.

Learn more about how to water your landscape trees here: https://bit.ly/3DyCL9A

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Interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Today’s the last day to sign up to earn your Home Horticulture Certificate, wh...
07/28/2023

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Today’s the last day to sign up to earn your Home Horticulture Certificate, which is the first step in becoming a Master Gardener.

Learn more at unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2023/home-horticulture-certificate-program.

| University of Nevada, Reno Extension Master Gardeners

Don't miss the new Living With Fire Podcast episode 13! In this new episode, experts address the possible effects of wet...
07/25/2023

Don't miss the new Living With Fire Podcast episode 13! In this new episode, experts address the possible effects of wet winters on wildfires in the Great Basin.

Listen here: https://bit.ly/3q0kFdd

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Time for a quiz! Radon is the second leading cause of which type of cancer? (Answer is in the comments section.)A) SkinB...
07/25/2023

Time for a quiz!
Radon is the second leading cause of which type of cancer? (Answer is in the comments section.)
A) Skin
B) Lung
C) Breast
D) Bone

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Summer traveling can mean irregular schedules and meltdowns. Our Partners in Parenting can help you plan for success thi...
07/21/2023

Summer traveling can mean irregular schedules and meltdowns. Our Partners in Parenting can help you plan for success this summer!

Here are a few tips and strategies to help along the way.

- Try and keep mealtimes and bedtimes as regular as possible to keep some consistency.
- Let your child know what to expect of an upcoming trip.
- Most importantly, enjoy each other’s company and have fun!

Visit https://bit.ly/39wppPG for more parenting support and education.

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We're offering our online Home Horticulture Certificate Program, Aug. 3 to Sept. 28. The program is ideal for anyone wan...
07/20/2023

We're offering our online Home Horticulture Certificate Program, Aug. 3 to Sept. 28. The program is ideal for anyone wanting to learn more about gardening in Nevada and is also a prerequisite for those interested in becoming a certified Nevada Master Gardener.

The certificate program includes instruction on a variety of topics, such as soils, composting, native plants, small fruits and integrated pest management. Katelyn Brinkerhoff, statewide Master Gardener coordinator, said that the online program was developed to be accessible to everyone in Nevada.

“Topics address information on gardening specific to northern Nevada, southern Nevada and our rural counties,” Katelyn said. “The training is applicable to anyone wanting to start or learn more about gardening in the state.”

Learn more at unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2023/home-horticulture-certificate-program.

| University of Nevada, Reno Extension Master Gardeners

Want to become a Master Gardener? You don't have to be an expert — we’ll train you! Sign up for our Home Horticulture Ce...
07/14/2023

Want to become a Master Gardener? You don't have to be an expert — we’ll train you! Sign up for our Home Horticulture Certificate Program to get started. Registration closes July 28.

Learn more at unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2023/home-horticulture-certificate-program.

| University of Nevada, Reno Extension Master Gardeners

Need a simple and fun indoor activity for your kids? Our Partners In Parenting program have the perfect activity that in...
07/13/2023

Need a simple and fun indoor activity for your kids?

Our Partners In Parenting program have the perfect activity that involves simple engineering skills, minimal supplies and will keep your littles entertained for hours!

Watch the video demonstration here: https://bit.ly/44385sG

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Have you listened to Episode 13 of the Living With Fire Podcast yet? Be updated on the latest fire probability, natural ...
07/13/2023

Have you listened to Episode 13 of the Living With Fire Podcast yet? Be updated on the latest fire probability, natural wet and dry cycles and learn how to be proactive about creating defensible spaces around homes with the communities!

Listen to the podcast, and access more resources here: https://bit.ly/44dCBAc

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In case you missed it, University of Nevada, Reno Extension's Hope Team was proud to host the latest LIMA (Law Enforceme...
07/11/2023

In case you missed it, University of Nevada, Reno Extension's Hope Team was proud to host the latest LIMA (Law Enforcement Intervention for Mental Health and Addiction) Community Resource Sharing Meeting on June 9. LIMA is a joint effort between the 8th District Court and Las Vegas Metro Police Department, aiming to provide a recovery path for individuals struggling with substance abuse, mental health issues, and homelessness. This twice-annual meeting is open to all, providing an essential platform for community members to share resources.

Over 100 attendees gathered to connect, exchange ideas, and learn about the resources available. The Hope Team is dedicated to supporting families through education, programs, and resources. They aim to lay a foundation of trust, knowledge, reliability, and commitment for every family they serve.

Extension's Hope Team looks forward to continuing this vital work and is grateful for the community's ongoing support.

Learn more about the Hope Team here: https://bit.ly/3XH1kKN

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Let’s celebrate The Fourth of July! Did you know that fireworks date back as a tradition of Independence Day as early as...
07/04/2023

Let’s celebrate The Fourth of July! Did you know that fireworks date back as a tradition of Independence Day as early as the first anniversary in 1777?

Let’s remember to celebrate safely. Kids should never play with fireworks unsupervised. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C), hot enough to melt gold!

Visit https://bit.ly/39wppPG for more parenting education and support.

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Wildfire smoke is bad for your health. Using the right air filter in your home can help improve your indoor air quality ...
07/03/2023

Wildfire smoke is bad for your health. Using the right air filter in your home can help improve your indoor air quality during a wildfire. Our Living With Fire folks give us tips on how to protect yourself from smoke from both indoors and outdoors!

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3PdVIoS

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Living With Fire

Home gardeners can learn more about successful gardening in Nevada as part of our annual online Home Horticulture Certif...
06/29/2023

Home gardeners can learn more about successful gardening in Nevada as part of our annual online Home Horticulture Certificate Program. The program is ideal for anyone wanting to learn more about gardening in Nevada and is also a prerequisite for those interested in becoming a certified Nevada Master Gardener.

Registration is open now through July 28. The program runs Aug. 2 to Sept. 28.

The cost is $275 and includes recorded lectures, readings, homework, and online question-and-answer sessions with specialists and local gardening professionals. Sessions take place via Zoom, from noon to 1 p.m., Thursdays, and conclude with a final exam before certification.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3NkylZG

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Do you have a go-bag packed for emergencies? Our Living With Fire team teaches how a go-bag can help you quickly and saf...
06/28/2023

Do you have a go-bag packed for emergencies?

Our Living With Fire team teaches how a go-bag can help you quickly and safely evacuate during a wildfire.

Learn how to put one together here: https://bit.ly/3Nce86N

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Physical activity can help prevent heart disease, cancer and stroke! Encouraging healthy habits in your child is one of ...
06/27/2023

Physical activity can help prevent heart disease, cancer and stroke! Encouraging healthy habits in your child is one of the best things you can do to try to guarantee a healthier life for them.

Looking for fun physical activities to do together as a family this summer?!

Visit our Healthy Kids Resource Center for instructional videos and resources for activities, such as active bingo, alphabet stretch, animal moves, balloon fun, musical shapes, rainbow ribbons, treasure hunt and more!

https://bit.ly/3tEiCKO

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Meet Most Tahera Naznin, associate professor of urban indoor agriculture! In this newly created position, Most will be w...
06/26/2023

Meet Most Tahera Naznin, associate professor of urban indoor agriculture!

In this newly created position, Most will be working with both Extension and Experiment Station to provide research to help maximize year-round greenhouse, hydroponic and aquaponic crop production.

About her new role, Most said, “My goal is to provide urban outdoor and indoor producers with research-based knowledge to assist them in making sound management decisions."

Read more about Most's new position here: https://bit.ly/42OtXX3

It's amazing the impact our 4-H programs have on communities. Have you heard about Moapa Valley's 4-H Teen Leadership Co...
06/26/2023

It's amazing the impact our 4-H programs have on communities. Have you heard about Moapa Valley's 4-H Teen Leadership Corps?

They are on a mission to make a difference in their community by tackling mental health issues through their 4-H Teen Leadership Corps Club.

The club aims to raise awareness, provide educational opportunities, promote connection and identify other ways to make a positive difference in the lives of their peers and families.

Read more about the 4-H Teen Leadership Corps Club here: https://bit.ly/42NaB4K

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Teens find ways to make a difference in Moapa Valley

Our Living With Fire Program experts will be at various community events this summer and fall, providing information to ...
06/25/2023

Our Living With Fire Program experts will be at various community events this summer and fall, providing information to help you live more safely with the threat, and reality, of wildfire.

Via KTVN 2 News

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May is National Wildfire Awareness Month, and here in Nevada, we have good reason to take note – and to take action – according to local experts.

In case you missed it, we sponsored and organized both a career fair for students and a two-day medical clinic for famil...
06/24/2023

In case you missed it, we sponsored and organized both a career fair for students and a two-day medical clinic for families this spring at Tonopah High School.

These events brought the community together and provided much-needed resources for students and families in the rural community of northern Nye County!

Read more about this here: https://bit.ly/3PpgoKX

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Today is planting day for some of our 4-H Pollinator Ambassadors in honor of National Pollinator Week! They are adding p...
06/24/2023

Today is planting day for some of our 4-H Pollinator Ambassadors in honor of National Pollinator Week! They are adding plants to the community garden at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Washoe County today.

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4-H’ers are increasing biodiversity in our community through the   Program where they will learn about the importance of...
06/24/2023

4-H’ers are increasing biodiversity in our community through the Program where they will learn about the importance of pollinator habitat and will be provided with the resources to plant their own pollinator gardens!

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06/23/2023

is this a fly or a bee? How do you know? Answer is in the comments!

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Meet Md Sazan Rahman, assistant professor and urban agriculture Extension specialist! In this newly created position, Sa...
06/23/2023

Meet Md Sazan Rahman, assistant professor and urban agriculture Extension specialist!

In this newly created position, Sazan will help promote and expand renewable indoor agriculture while involving Extension and Southern Nevada communities through education courses and training.

About his new role, Sazan said, “I want to help motivate the community to make their own horticulture systems and grow their own food,” Rahman said. “We do our research for the community, so they can receive the maximum benefit of growing their own food and receiving proper nutrition.”

Read more about Sazan's new position here: https://bit.ly/42OtXX3

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Plan for success! Summer traveling can mean meltdowns. Here are a few tips and strategies from our Partners in Parenting...
06/23/2023

Plan for success! Summer traveling can mean meltdowns. Here are a few tips and strategies from our Partners in Parenting Program to help along the way.

-Keep mealtimes and bedtimes as consistent as possible.
-Let your child know what to expect of an upcoming trip.
-Most importantly, enjoy each other’s company and have fun!

For more tips from our parenting experts, visit our website.

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The first five years of life have a significant effect on children’s development and learning and parents play the most important role during this time. Partners in Parenting offers many educational programs, workshops and resources primarily for parents with young children (0-5 years of age) to s...

Can you imagine a world without chocolate cake? How awful!That’s a world we might have to imagine if there were no choco...
06/22/2023

Can you imagine a world without chocolate cake? How awful!

That’s a world we might have to imagine if there were no chocolate midges, which are the only pollinators of cacao flowers. Pollinators are essential for chocolate and about one in three bites of food we eat.

Learn more about how you can help protect and promote pollinators in your home gardens and landscapes here: https://bit.ly/3X8z1o3

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Calling all prospective Master Gardeners!Are you considering becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer or would you like to r...
06/22/2023

Calling all prospective Master Gardeners!

Are you considering becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer or would you like to receive the Home Horticulture Certificate? Come to the in-person orientation! Applications are open now.

Master Gardener Orientation and Q and A session (in-person)
When: June 28, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: 8050 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89123

Bring your questions and get a chance to meet actual Master Gardeners and learn about the program.

Sign up using the link below:
https://bit.ly/3X8Xvh7

Seating is limited so don't wait to sign up!

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Our Healthy Kids Resource Center has many activities, games, dancing exercises and healthy snack ideas for you and your ...
06/21/2023

Our Healthy Kids Resource Center has many activities, games, dancing exercises and healthy snack ideas for you and your kids to enjoy during summer break!

Exploring foods is one of these fun, easy and tasty activities. Give it a try! Visit https://bit.ly/3mRkTOX.

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Due to the flooding in Northern Nevada, there has been a spike in insect populations. We have seen all kinds of differen...
06/21/2023

Due to the flooding in Northern Nevada, there has been a spike in insect populations. We have seen all kinds of different bugs. Recently, one of the noticed these beautiful hummingbird moths on lilac bushes. These are pollinators too! We can’t wait to see other types of new bugs!

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Photo Credit: Larry Lamsa

Did you know that there are more pollinators than just bees and butterflies? There are actually many different kinds of ...
06/21/2023

Did you know that there are more pollinators than just bees and butterflies? There are actually many different kinds of pollinators. Even bats are pollinators! The next time someone says that only bees and butterflies are pollinators, tell them about bats!



Photo Credit: Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant John Hoffman.

Did you hear about the Nevada Farm Apprenticeship Program?!This program, hosted at the University's Desert Farming Initi...
06/20/2023

Did you hear about the Nevada Farm Apprenticeship Program?!

This program, hosted at the University's Desert Farming Initiative, is part of the Experiment Station's Valley Road Field Lab and is expected to be the first certified farm apprenticeship program in Nevada.

Participants will prepare to become farm owner-operators in Nevada by providing the knowledge, contacts, and experience necessary for outdoor fruit and vegetable farming at the small farm scale.

Further information about the program and application instructions will be posted here: https://bit.ly/3Ja9C7R in early July.

You can also read more about this in a recent Nevada Today article.
https://bit.ly/43G8tNA

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Have children at home this summer? We have videos designed to help kids (and adults!) have fun, avoid sedentary time, pr...
06/20/2023

Have children at home this summer? We have videos designed to help kids (and adults!) have fun, avoid sedentary time, practice dance, and be healthy and active.

You won't need a lot of space to dance along, and you don't need to be very skillful! Just press play and have fun! To get moving, visit https://bit.ly/3OmSqMG.

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It’s Pollinator Week (June 19-25)!You can help protect and promote pollinators with these three tips:1) Plant lots of fl...
06/19/2023

It’s Pollinator Week (June 19-25)!

You can help protect and promote pollinators with these three tips:

1) Plant lots of flowering plants that provide pollen and nectar.

2) Limit your use of pesticides.

3) If you do use a pesticide, follow the instructions carefully and apply it in the early morning when pollinators are less active.

To learn more visit: https://bit.ly/3X8z1o3

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Happy Pollinator week! Did you know 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat comes from a pollinator? If you're interested in h...
06/19/2023

Happy Pollinator week! Did you know 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat comes from a pollinator? If you're interested in helping out the buzzing bees in your community find native pollinator friendly plants to incorporate in your landscapes!

Photo Credit: Adonyi Gábor

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Extension Living With Fire Program Director Christina Restaino said, “We feel unstable in our relationship with our place now. That's a really unsettling thing.”

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Steve Foster, our local Extension educator, is a Certified Crop Advisor. To help area producers, Steve assesses fields in the county’s upper and lower valleys weekly.

He looks for challenges, develops recommendations for best managing them and shares this info with area producers. This helps farmers to manage crop stresses, ensuring the crop's long-term survival.

Steve said that even with careful management, production and income will be down this year. That's because of a lack of water. Farmers have had to leave some of their fields fallow and are getting fewer harvests.

Learn more about Steve and how our College is working to help producers cope with drought in this Nevada Today article: unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2021/alfalfa-drought.
Our College is looking for long-term solutions to help farmers during drought. In the mean time, our local Extension educator, Steve Foster, says alfalfa growers need to take steps now to help their plants come back next year.

Producers should refrain from harvesting their last crops of the season too late. They should also leave at least six inches of top growth. Here's why:

The plants need time and leaf area to create and store energy from photosynthesis in their roots. That energy storage will help them to survive winter and begin growing in spring. For the stand to be productive, at least five plants or 40 stems per square foot must make it through.

He said, “We need to hope that soil moisture increases by next March, so that good root growth and high yields can occur next season.”

To learn more, visit unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2021/alfalfa-drought.
Our local Extension educator, Steve Foster, has done the math on alfalfa in Nevada.

Steve found that a farmer needs to harvest over a ½ ton of alfalfa per acre per cutting to cover just the harvest expenses, and more to cover other costs, including increased costs due to the pandemic. And, he found that a farmer's profit per acre grows the more alfalfa he grows.

Because production is down this year, Steve thinks farmers' profits will be too, despite the higher prices alfalfa growers can get for their product this year.

This leaves producers with a tough decision to make when water is getting shut off before what will be the last cutting of the season. They have to try to evaluate whether it is worth the expense of harvesting the not-fully-grown crop, or not.

Learn more in this Nevada Today article unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2021/alfalfa-drought.

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Our 4-H Youth Development Program would like to thank trainer Matt Shontz, as well as the horse leaders and parents, for all their help at the May 14 4-H Horse Club meeting!

To learn more about 4-H, visit extension.unr.edu/4h.

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Attention dog lovers! Our 4-H Dog Club is meeting at La Casita in Lovelock on Sunday, May 23 at noon (without our canine friends) to learn "dog speak." Questions? Contact Colby Burke at 775-273-2923 or [email protected].

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