Nevada Farm Bureau Grassroots Newsletter

As we reported in the last Grassroots newsletter, heading into the Nevada Farm Bureau 99th Annual Meeting, that we were working on a conversion for the format of this email system.  That project is still a work in progress and our initial attempts in making the conversion fell short of our desired results. 

Never-the-less we felt that the content provided in this newsletter warranted us to send what we needed to get out and we'll work some more behind the curtain for the type of newsletter we want to produce for your use. 

Thanks again for your continued interest and support!


Navy Trains Site Expansion Update-- Meeting Planned For Latest Information 

The U.S. Navy has released their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the expansion of their training complex.  This 1500-plus page document can be obtained by visiting their website at  Comments can also be filed at this same location.  The deadline for public input will be January 15, 2019.

The Navy will also be hosting public meetings over the course of several days in December.  These meeting times and locations include:

Monday, December 10, 2018 -- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hawthorne Convention Center, 932 E. St., Hawthorne, NV

Monday, December 10, 2018 -- 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  
Gabbs School  Gymnasium, 511 E. Ave, Gabbs, NV

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 -- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Austin Town Hall, 135 Court St., Austin, NV

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 -- 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Eureka Opera House Grand Hall, 31 S. Main St., Eureka, NV

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 -- 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fallon Convention Center, 100 Campus Way, Fallon, NV

Thursday, December 13, 2018 -- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
C Punch Inn and Casino Kumiva Room, 1420 Cornell Ave., Lovelock, NV

Thursday, December 13, 2018 -- 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
West 2nd Events Center, 600 W 2nd St., Reno, NV

Nevada Farm Bureau 99th Annual Meeting Information Conference Highlights

When Farm Bureau members attended the 2018 Nevada Farm Bureau 99th annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV last week, they were brought up to speed with a number of informative presentations which offered details and background on a variety of topics...  We are very grateful for the presenters who provided their informative presentations -- and we also greatly appreciate the Farm Bureau members/leaders who participated in making the 2018 Nevada Farm Bureau annual meeting a success!

Maggie Orr, president of the Nevada Association of Conservation Districts provided an overview of the Resource Needs Assessment process that will be carried out by seven Conservation Districts in the state.  Through this systematic process natural resource enhancement work will be identified and prioritized for action.

Dr. Suzanne Stone is the  Vice President of  Horticulture for Urban  Seeds, a Las Vegas-based  indoor agricultural  enterprise. Dr. Stone  highlighted the research and development work she and her company are involved with, focusing on production of high-quality food products for the locally-produced/direct-to-the-Chefs market in the Las Vegas area.

Jennifer Ott, administrator for the Nevada Department of Agriculture's Plant Industry Division offered a highly interactive presentation on Nevada's current regulations and requirements for production of industrial hemp.  She also shared the expected details of what is included in the pending Farm Bill which offers provisions that will bring industrial hemp production into full-fledged commodity-oriented production.  Industrial hemp has requirements that separate it from the recreational or medical "cousins".  These requirements include lower levels of tetrahydrocannabiol (THC).

Water attorney Therese Ure of the Schroeder Law Offices offered an in-depth review of water rights and concepts oriented to protection of water rights.  Her talk covered background and provisions that need attention in dealing with Vested Water Rights, Conjunctive Management, Protecting Existing Water Rights and 3M Plans (monitoring/management/mitigation).

Randy Dwyer, Director for the American Farm Bureau Federation's Grassroots Program Development presented an overview of ways Farm Bureau members can use advocacy tools to effectively communicate with their elected representatives for the purpose of implementing Farm Bureau's member-developed policy.







Attention Necessary To Sage Grouse Matter............

The proposed Bureau Of Land Management (BLM) amendments to the 2015 Land Use Plan Amendments have reached the stage of being released in the form of the Final Environmental Impact Statement.  With it being published in the Federal Register, the 30-day protest process is now underway with the opportunity to protest the proposed plan amendments, concluding on January 8, 2019.  Nevada Farm Bureau and other interested parties will be reviewing the 600-plus page document over the coming week to determine whether to file formal protest comments.

The purpose for the rewrite of the amendments that the federal land management agency inserted across the board for BLM districts is intended to better align the resource management plans with Nevada's Sage Grouse Conservation Plan.  Farm Bureau policy supports actual use of the Nevada Sage Grouse Conservation Plan, which is likely not the outcome that is embodied in the rewrite of the federal plan.

Nevada's Sagebrush Ecosystem Council is in the process of adopting formal state regulations for mitigation of human disturbances, using the state's Conservation Credit System.  These proposed regulations will take shape through the regulation writing process that includes two scheduled workshops for public input.  The first workshop meeting is planned for Carson City on Tuesday, December 11, prior to the next meeting of the Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Council meeting.  A second workshop is scheduled for Winnemucca at the Humboldt County Courthouse (Room 201) at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 20.

Nevada Farm Bureau has concerns with some of the emerging perspectives that seem to be shaping the plans for the state mitigation regulations and we will be encouraging these concerns to be addressed as the regulation process unfolds into formal and final state regulations.

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