Jan. 4, 2019 Grassroots Newsletter

Jan. 4, 2019 Grassroots Newsletter

Farm Bureau Members Need To Be Heard In Setting Workable Definition For Federal Authority On Water

With the recent release of the newly proposed, covering the authority for what waters the federal government regulations should be applied to, Farm Bureau is seeking the help of Farm Bureau members to weigh in with comments during the public input process. Using the organization’s advocacy platform, Farm Bureau members can participate with submitting comments.Please Click on this Link and follow through with customizing your comments and then sending them forward to be included.

Many of those who would prefer to see the regulations for the land-grab of the Obama Administration, expanding the definition for what waters the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers could regulate, are going to be pouring in their comments on how the new rules don’t go far enough. Farm Bureau members need to make it clear that we support clean water and clear rules, capable of being understood and easily identified. We can’t afford to lose private property through over-reaching federal control! You need to make your voice be heard through this public input process…

If you wish to review the new proposed federal plan, please use this link to reach the website with that information.


Important Reminder - Humboldt River Basin Meetings Planned – Jan. 15 & 16

Back in 2018, we called attention to the plans for workshops that the Nevada Division of Water Resources will be holding to share the newest information gathered on the Humboldt River Basin water modeling studies. These studies are being carried out by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) to use the data to set up models for what is taking place in three reaches of the Humboldt River and are going to be used in addressing the groundwater and Humboldt River water conflicts.

We want to remind you of the workshops that are scheduled and strongly encourage you to attend/participate:

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

9:30 a.m. – Lovelock City Hall (400 14th St) Lovelock, NV

2:00 p.m. – Humboldt County Courthouse – Room 201 (500 West 5th St) Winnemucca, NV

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

9:30 a.m. – Elko County Library (720 Court St) Elko, NV


2019 Nevada Cattlemen Update Series…Jan 7 – 11


Last week we located the information necessary to share the information for the 2019 Cattlemen Update Series of meetings that will be held across the state the week of January 7 – 11. Unfortunately, the initial information that we had to go on had some missing details. Thank you to one of our loyal readers for calling to our attention the need to add the Fallon meeting information. The information was updated and is improved for use here as a reminder for those who are making their plans to attend the sessions in their local area… More specifics on the program can be obtained from this website posting



The schedule for the meetings include:

  • Monday, January 7 – Reno, NV 10 a.m. (lunch will be provided)

Washoe County Cooperative Extension Office, 4955 Energy Way

(The meeting will also be video conferenced to Caliente, Eureka, Logandale and Lovelock Cooperative Extension Offices)

  • Monday, January 7 – Sierra Valley, CA 5:30 p.m. (dinner will be provided)

Sierra Valley Grange, 92203 Highway 70

  • Tuesday, January 8 – Wellington, NV 10 a.m. (lunch will be provided)

Smith Valley Community Hall, 2783 State Rt. 208

  • Tuesday January 8 – Fallon 5:30 p.m. (dinner provided)

Fallon Convention Center, 100 Campus Way.

  • Wednesday, January 9 – Ely, NV 5:30 p.m. (dinner will be provided)

Old St. Lawrence Hall, 504 Mill St.

  • Thursday, January 10 – Elko, NV 12:30 p.m. (lunch will be provided)

Great Basin College Solarium, 1500 College Parkway

  • Friday, January 11 – Winnemucca, NV 10 a.m. (lunch will be provided)

Humboldt County Cooperative Extension Office, Fairgrounds


New Year – New Congress


The 116 U.S. Congress is getting started and with the results of the 2018 elections,   Nevada citizens will need to begin the process of developing working relationships with the new team of representatives who will be working on behalf of their constituents.

While more details needs to be discovered… Here’s what we currently know for the contact information of the Nevada Congressional delegation



U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

204 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510


U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen

(Washington DC office unknown at this writing)


District Office                                                      District Office

333 Las Vegas Blvd. # 8016 400                            400 S. Virginia St # 902

Las Vegas, NV 89101-7075                                    Reno, NV 89501-2109

702-388-5030                                                      775-686-5750

U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus – District 1

2464 Rayburn Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515


U.S. Congressman Mark Amodei – District 2

332 Cannon Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515


U.S. Congresswoman Susie Lee – District 3

413 Cannon Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515


U.S. Congressman Steve Horsford – District 4

313 Cannon Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515


Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition 14th Annual Weed Conference – Jan. 9 & 10

Last week’s newsletter highlighted the upcoming Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition (ENLC) 14th Annual Weed Conference in Ely, NV.The schedule includes a wide range of timely topics for those who are involved in responding with management/control of noxious and invasive weeds. The conference is scheduled for Jan. 9 and 10 at the Bristlecone Convention Center in Ely. Those in the area are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the meeting and for those who need credits from the Nevada Department of Agriculture for their pesticide credentials…be certain to check this out as well.

To qualify for the pre-conference rate, you need to take action before Jan. 4.

This link will take you to the pre-registration information you’ll need to get registered for the Weed Conference.

The Beginning Purposes For Farm Bureau – Our First 100 Years…

While Farm Bureau’s priorities have changed and evolved over the organization’s first 100 years, the county Farm Bureau grassroots structure has always been the foundation. It was county Farm Bureaus who were the initial beginning for Farm Bureau.

Extracting historic insights from “The Farm Bureau Through Three Decades,” authored by O.M. Kile in 1948, we’re able to trace the start to the original county Farm Bureaus. In 1914 Broome County Farm Bureau was formed for farmers to control their own affairs on local matters and were primarily focused on assisting the “county demonstrator” (the system that was to become cooperative extension agents) in bringing useful information to local farmers.

M.C. Burritt – vice-director of Extension of New York State is attributed for giving this as his definition for county Farm Bureaus in 1922…a definition that stuck and was considered the official designation in many states.

“A county farm bureau is an association of people interested in rural affairs, which has for it’s object the development in a county of the most profitable and permanent system of agriculture, the establishment of the community ideals, and the furtherance of the well-being, prosperity, and happiness of the rural people through cooperation with local, state and national agencies in the development with execution of a program of extension work in agriculture and home economics.”

We can specifically identify the original purpose of Farm Bureau in Nevada by reading the 1919 Legislative bill, AB 110 and learn the intentions of creating county farm bureaus for the purpose of local farmers directing cooperative extension “in order to aid in diffusing among the people of the State of Nevada useful and practical information on subjects relating to agriculture, home economics and rural welfare…”

The June 18th, 1920 meeting minutes of the Elko County Farm Bureau Board of Directors covered the decision for the organization to acquire silo forms to rent at the rate of $1.00 per day for the first 10 days, increasing to $2 per day each day after the first 10. Before adjourning the Board also voted to increase county agent C.A. Brennen’s annual salary to the regular rate of $2,400 per year.

Notes relating to the December 11, 1920 organizational meeting for the Humboldt County Farm Bureau highlighted the budget that was adopted of $ 5,650 and the report made by County Extension Agent Cecil Creel for the extension work to be carried out. (Thanks to J.E. White for her sharing these notes with Vickie Hellwinkel when she was conducting her research. J.E. White identified her father, Minor C. Eastman, as her father who was elected to serve as Humboldt County Farm Bureau President in 1923.)

The first state Farm Bureau was created in Missouri as a federation of county farm bureaus, March 24 and 25, 1915. Massachusetts and Vermont followed suit later that same year. Illinois came along in 1916 and New York was established in 1917. By the fall of 1918 at least nine states had formed state federations.

As we reported in last week’s article on this topic, Nevada joined the American Farm Bureau Federation in 1920 and was originally called, the “Nevada State Farm Bureau"



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