99th Annual Nevada Farm Bureau Meeting

99 years and going strong. We are happy to have celebrated our 99thAnnual Nevada Farm Bureau Meeting November 29ththrough December 1stat the Santa Fe Station in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Each year the annual meeting is a time for policy development, informational sessions and most importantly people from around the state coming together to strengthen the agriculture community.

Policy development is an important part of the annual meeting. The policy development process includes amending, deleting and adding new policies to not only be used in lobbying efforts in our own state, but on the national level as well.

Informational sessions included:

  • Maggie Orr spoke on the Resources Needs Assessment Project. Orr is the President of the Nevada Association of Conservation Districts and informed people on updates about the project and ways for people to get involved.
  • Suzanna Stone talked about indoor agriculture. Stone is Vice President of Horticulture at Urban Seed Incorporated where they are providing a new and initiative way to grow food from seed to table.
  • Jennifer Ott spoke on Nevada’s Industrial Hemp Production. Ott is the Nevada Department of Agriculture Plant Industry Division Administrator and provided insight on the industrial hemp protocol for the state of Nevada.
  • Therese Ure spoke on Protecting Your Water Rights and Information You Need to Know. Ure is water rights lawyer for Schroeder Law Offices. Ure provided attendees with information to protect their water rights, and information they could use in the future for protecting their water rights.
  • Randy Dwyer spoke on Farm Bureau grassroots Advocacy. Dwyer is the Director of Grassroots Program Development for the American Farm Bureau Federation. With next year a legislative year Dwyer provided information for members to become involved and have their voice heard on legislative issues.

In addition to the information conferences and policy development it is also a time for Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) and the Women’s Leadership Committee to have their annual meeting as well.

YF&R was pleased to have Russel Kohler the Chair of the American Farm Bureau YF&R committee speak on getting the younger generation involved. The annual Discussion Meet also took place, which was great to see so many people engaged in hot topics facing agriculture.  Blane Merkley the Collegiate YF&R President was the 1stplace winner of the Discussion Meet.

Women’s Leadership also held their annual Silent Auction raising a total of $846. The annual quilt raffle was also a huge success bringing in a total of $1,359.25. Moving forward this year Women’s leadership hopes to participate in schools on Ag Day and other agriculture literacy programs.

The Nevada Farm Bureau President and Vice President are annually elected positions and we are happy to announce President Bevan Lister and Vice President Darrell Pursel won reelection.

Other board positions up for reelection included Women’s Leadership Committee Chair and Vice Chair as well as District 2 Director. Cindy Hardy Women’s Leadership Committee Chair and Vice Chair Marlene Shier and District 2 Director Craig Shier all won reelection.

 We look forward to the coming year and the countdown to the 100thyear celebration has official begun.

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