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Cooperative Extension was established in Placer and Nevada Counties in 1917. Our mission is to help all segments of the community benefit from the scientific advances in our nation's land grant universities, particularly in the areas of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and youth development. Use the links above to learn more about the programs available through UCCE Placer Nevada.  

Beef Cattle Workshop

The Tahoe Cattleman's Association and UC Cooperative Extension Placer/Nevada co-sponsored a Getting Started in Beef Cattle workshop on Saturday, September 26th. Over 60 people participated in the workshop featuring presentations by TCA Board of Directors, UCCE Farm Advisor Roger Ingram and Greg Lawley, former Chief of the CA Dept of Food and Agriculture's Bureau of Livestock Identification.

California Wool Growers Association Award

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Roger Ingram, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor and County Director for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Placer and Nevada Counties, was recently presented with the Golden Fleece Award by the California Wool Growers Association (CWGA). The Golden Fleece Award recognizes an individual who has made a lasting contribution to the California sheep industry. The award was presented during the CWGA convention in Monterey in late August.

In presenting the award, CWGA recognized Ingram’s work with small farmers and ranchers in the Sierra Foothills and throughout California. Through the California Grazing Academy, the California Multi-Species Grazing Academy, the Beginning Farming Academy, and the Shepherding School, Ingram has helped to train current and aspiring sheep producers in grazing management, animal husbandry, and business management. His dedication and commitment to small ruminant production and sound business practices has helped spark a renewed interest in sheep production in the Sierra Foothills and beyond.

The Eat Local Placer & Nevada Project

The Eat Local Placer & Nevada project, funded by a CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grant, was created to encourage local residents to eat more fruits and vegetables and to buy them from Placer and Nevada County farmers. Through social media, strategic partnerships, and engagement in farmers’ markets, the project raised awareness of local agriculture and the importance of eating fresh local fruits and vegetables. Over the past three years, the project has:

  • Participated in 157 tastings and other events, reaching 25,887 consumers directly.
  • Distributed 21,056 samples of locally grown produce.
  • Developed 35 recipes for local fruits and vegetables and distributed over 40,000 recipe cards. A set of recipes was developed specifically for food bank clientele and another set was translated into Spanish.
  • Provided tastings and local produce distributions at three area food banks.
  • Collaborated with UC nutrition programs to provide over 1,000 fresh produce samples to low income students.
  • Provided tastings and local specialty crops information at events at three area schools.

And we’ve measured some great impacts!

  • The Eat Local project increased produce sales for local farmers by $49,232 through produce purchases and farmers’ market vouchers.
  • $9,616 of local produce was distributed to more than 2,000 low-income and senior community members.
  • Consumers purchased $19,460 of produce at farmers’ markets using vouchers provided by the project.
  • Consumer surveys show that:
    • 62% purchased the fruit or vegetable they tasted
    • 61% purchased new or different fruits or vegetables
    • 36% purchased more local produce

To find out more about the project and eating local in Placer and Nevada Counties, visit:


Let's Eat Healthy!

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Students who participated in the Let’s Eat Healthy! Program received a nutrition lesson in the fall. At the end of the lesson we discussed the importance of being physically active for 60 minutes most days of the week. After that we did an activity called Invisible Jump Rope. This activity was taken from SNAP-Ed Strategies and Interventions toolkit.

We gave each student a jump rope at the end of the lesson. The purpose is to promote a SNAP-Ed key behavioral outcome – increase physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Students had fun using their jump rope at recess. Other classes took them home to play with and explain to their families why it is important to exercise 60 minutes most days of the week.

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