Jan. 18 Weekly Newsletter

Nevada Farm Bureau Newsletter For Jan. 18, 2019


Tim Wilson Named As Acting State Engineer

With the retirement of Nevada State Engineer Jason King on January 11, 2019, Bradley Crowell, Director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources appointed Tim Wilson to serve as the Acting State Engineer and Administrator for the Nevada Division of Water Resources. Wilson most recently has been serving as the Deputy Administrator and has been with the Division of Water Resources since 1995.

King concluded his 28 year career with the State of Nevada and had been serving in the position of the Nevada State Engineer since 2010.

“I am grateful for Jason’s service to Nevada and his steadfast leadership to thoughtfully managing our precious water resources,” Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said in thanking King for his service, adding “We are in a new era of water management in Nevada, and my administration will continue to tackle our most challenging water issues head-on in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the next State Engineer.”

“I am confident Tim Wilson will continue the direction and progress established under Jason’s leadership on the many critical water issues and policies that affect all Nevadans.” Governor Sisolak said.


Nevada Farm Bureau Resolution On Wildfire Adopted By AFBF

Several resolutions from Nevada have found their way to adoption by the 2019 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) voting delegates and will be part of the organization’s new policy for the coming year. A major emphasis of the resolutions that Nevada sent forward for consideration covered using livestock as a tool for reducing fuel loads and enhancing rangelands through improved grazing practices.

Along with livestock grazing practices amendments Farm Bureau policy will also stress that every grazing and logging permit issued should include a dangerous fuel reduction plan with mandatory triggers for implementation that federal managers are not able to deviate from.

Through the new policy additions and from the basis of other on-going emphasis for greater attention, Nevada Farm Bureau is pressing to increase on-the-ground actions by federal land management agencies to improve pre-fire suppression activity. You will recall from an earlier issue of this newsletter, President Donald Trump has directed through an Executive Order attention be focused on improving federal land management activities to address the failures of current practices to properly manage fuel loads.

From an overall perspective, this this news release highlights the outline of Farm Bureau policy foundations going forward.

Another highlight from the 2019 Centennial AFBF Annual Meeting was the visit from President Trump. For those who are interested in seeing the video of his speech at the AFBF annual meeting click on this link.

Nevada Farm Bureau Earns Awards

Nevada Farm Bureau earned recognition in national Farm Bureau program areas for the work that the Silver State was able to accomplish in 2018 for Advocacy and also an award for Engagement. Being evaluated and judged by representatives of fellow Farm Bureaus for the planning and implementation of programs for these two areas is especially gratifying because of the priority that Nevada Farm Bureau has identified for the organization’s program of work…“Building a stronger and more effective advocacy program, through increased Farm Bureau member involvement, is one of our top priorities.”





Farm Bureau Meeting Identifies The Attack Of Trial Lawyers On Agriculture

One of the information conferences held at the 2019 American Farm Bureau Federation 100th Annual Convention was the emerging issue of the ways trial lawyers are carrying out an organized attack on production agriculture. The session dealt with the topics of ways that North Carolina hog producers are being hard hit and also the challenges of the $289 million verdict against the essential crop production tool of glyphosate (Roundup).

Closer to home, a Nevada dairy operation in Lyon County has been and continues to be under assault by those who are opposed to the dairy being located in their neighborhood – in spite of the area being agriculturally zoned and operating within the parameters of proper regulations and permits.



White Pine County Farm Bureau January 23 Meeting To Feature Shane Krauser

Last week’s newsletter highlighted the White Pine County Farm Bureau annual meeting in Ely, NV on Wednesday, January 23, starting at 6 p.m. We strongly encourage everyone who might be interested to make plans to attend! The meeting will feature as a special guest speaker, Shane Krauser, who is the director of the American Academy for Constitutional Education.

Krauser is also a former nationally-syndicated radio talk show host, an adjunct professor of constitutional law, an NRA firearms instructor, and an experienced trial attorney. He is an entrepreneur who is involved in a number of ventures that are designed to bring about more economic, political, and spiritual liberty. He is the author of “Your Nation to Save” and “What is Freedom? Is It For you?” and is a widely sought-after speaker throughout the United States.

The White Pine County annual meeting will be held in the Prospector Hotel, Ely and Margarita’s will be serving the meal. Guest and members are invited to bring their favorite desert to be included in the auction that will take place during the meeting activities with the proceeds from the auction going to fund portions of the White Pine County Farm Bureau scholarship program.

RSVP follow-up is encouraged with contacts welcome by emailing Gracyne Backus at gracynebackus@msn.com

Farm Bureau Early Years And Standing Up For Farmers and Ranchers

In his book, “Forward Farm Bureau” written to cover the first 90 year history of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Stewart Truelsen, noted in the chapter “Equality for Agriculture” that one of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s overriding concerns in its first three decades was finding a solution for economic inequality.

Clarifying that the Farm Bureau’s focus wasn’t on wealth redistribution, Truelsen explained, “Farm Bureau meant equality for agriculture with business, finance and labor.” Beyond the legislative battles related to the McNary-Haugen farm bill, the emphasis also included the organization’s push for better living conditions for rural America. That included the efforts the organization put forward in support for bringing electrical service to rural farm families. Truelsen highlighted that in 1925 of more than 6.3 million farms, only 204,780 were receiving central station electrical service. American Farm Bureau Federation President Edward Ashbury O’Neal (AFBF’s fourth President and a native of Alabama) is given credit as being one of the first to suggest to President F.D.R. Roosevelt that rural electrification should be part of the New Deal. The REA was created by executive order by the President in May 1935. A year later Senator George Norris of Nebraska and Congressman Sam Rayburn of Texas introduced legislation to give the REA the power and money to make loans to build transmission and generating facilities. Farm Bureau, Trueslsen writes, “urged farmers to form rural cooperatives to take advantage of the low-cost financing – and they did.”

Farm Bureau continues to work closely with rural electric cooperatives and suppliers of essential electrical service to rural users.

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