State Reports

State Summary 2017 — Nevada

State Contact

Ms. Amber Smyer
Nevada Department of Agriculture
405 S. 21st St.
Sparks, NV 89431
P: 775.353.3769
E: asmyer@agri.nv.gov
Website

Classroom Resources

Nevada agriculture & water video series. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGdlCTs4dQTdFThAVQn_yZYcp_8ZMbTLf

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

In 2017, Nevada AITC was proud to have partnered with a number of organizations and volunteers to deliver agriculture literacy events/activities. Highlights included presenting at 2 school garden conferences, 20 community/education events, and 7 elementary school Ag Days with 2 of the 7 elementary schools receiving a 30 minute teacher introduction to the AITC Curriculum Matrix and state specific resources. We focused on developing educational resources around Nevada agriculture and water and produced 15 video vignettes on snowpack, irrigation, and rural and urban growing methods. The videos support lesson plans developed for release in 2018.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

None reported for 2017

Biosketch

Amber grew up in southern Idaho, as the daughter of an agricultural educator and raising sugar beets and potatoes. This created a lifelong passion for agriculture and education. After obtaining a bachelor's of science degree in Agricultural Education, Amber worked for the National FFA Organization. While with FFA she obtained a Master's of Public Affairs from Indiana University at IUPUI. Amber is excited to be in Nevada and promoting agricultural literacy!