New Extension Educators Provide Resources and Programs to Nevada Communities

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Two new educators from the University of Nevada, Reno Extension are connecting with their communities to assess county needs and create programs in Lyon County and White Pine County.

Hiren Bhavsar

Hiren Bhavsar, Extension Educator for Lyon County, previously worked for Tennessee State University’s Cooperative Extension Program, where he specialized in working with farmers, offering workshops on budgeting and other financial tools, and providing other expertise to help them succeed in their counties. He is thrilled to be in Nevada and to have the support of the University to help provide an education in Lyon County.

“Working at UNR is a unique opportunity, where you have the support of the University while you help people in your own counties, Bhavsar said. “It’s especially important in the Lyon office, where we try to establish ourselves in the community and do good things.

Once Bhavsar completes a county needs assessment, he plans to focus on connecting community members with local resources, such as those that help with education, financial and economic counseling. and agricultural development.

Brianna Randow

Brianna Randow, extension educator for White Pine County, previously worked at a private agriculture-based company, where she provided training to makers and was able to interact with local growers in her area. She is excited to use her experience to help educate farmers and growers in White Pine County, while creating educational opportunities for others in the community as well. She, like Bhavsar, will also assess the needs in her county.

Although there is already a 4-H youth development program in White Pine County, Randow is working to expand the program by recruiting more volunteers and youth participants. She also hopes to set up new programs for farmers and ranchers, such as programs that explore alternative crops and food sources.

“My main goal is to be present in the community first, whether it’s at meetings or other events,” Randow said. “I want to make sure everyone knows Extension is here and that we have resources and services available.”

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