NDA monitors populations for protection of public safety and agriculture
The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is reminding northern Nevadans to report Mormon cricket infestations.
“Mormon cricket populations have been steadily increasing over the last few years, and our partnership with the USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine program allows us to monitor for infestations that pose a threat to public safety or agriculture,” Jeff Knight, state entomologist for the NDA, said.
Although they are not known to carry disease, in large numbers, Mormon crickets pose a safety threat because they can create unsafe road conditions. When populations reach outbreak levels, Mormon crickets can also devastate crops.
To report Mormon crickets anywhere in the state, please provide as much detail about the infestation as possible using the Mormon cricket and grasshopper reporting form available at agri.nv.gov/entomology, or call the NDA Entomology Laboratory at (775) 353-3767.
The laboratory will dispatch staff to evaluate the site, map the infestation and determine if the area is treatable. NDA staff can only treat infestations on public lands that are adjacent to roads, towns, cities or crops, and it is against federal law for private individuals to treat public land.
Learn more about the NDA Entomology Laboratory and its survey programs at agri.nv.gov/entomology.Read more
Group representing more than 14,000 Nevada families is latest to join the Coalition to Defeat Question 3
Today, the Nevada Farmers Bureau - representing more than 14,000 Nevada families including 1,300 farmers and ranchers across the state - announced its opposition to Question 3, a risky and costly Constitutional Amendment on this November’s statewide ballot that would dismantle and deregulate Nevada’s existing electricity system and leave consumers and small businesses with higher electric rates and a less reliable electricity system.
“Nevada farmers and ranchers depend on affordable, reliable electricity, and we are deeply concerned that Question 3 could possibly put our families, businesses and communities at risk,” stated Bevan Lister, President of the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation. “Question 3 has the potential of hurting rural electric cooperatives that many of our farmers and ranchers rely on for daily operations, whether it’s to run irrigation systems that keep crops growing or to help farmers maintain healthy livestock. Question 3 would also likely raise electricity rates on all farmers, ranchers, and families in rural Nevada, something our communities cannot afford. In order to build and preserve our local agricultural communities, we urge our fellow Nevadans to vote NO on Question 3.”
“We’re proud to have the Nevada Farm Bureau join our broad coalition of small businesses, public safety and consumer groups, and community leaders from all corners of Nevada who oppose Question 3,” said Tracy Skenandore of the Coalition to Defeat Question 3. “Question 3 would undermine the existing, reliable electricity system that our local agricultural industry and rural communities rely on while at the same time raising those Nevadans’ electricity rates. That’s why we are deeply committed to making sure all Nevadans get the facts on Question 3.”Read more
Letters were mailed to all livestock owners in June
For the second year in a row, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is only accepting online livestock assessment renewal. Going digital with programs like livestock assessments (also known as head tax) and brand inspections increases our department’s efficiency, making the process easier and quicker for you, while also keeping costs down.
Online renewal is easy
1. Open your web browser and visit https://nv.certifyag.com/headtax/.
2. Log in using your livestock assessment number (LA#) and livestock pass code to retrieve your record (provided in the renewal letter mailed to you in June).
3. Update your contact information (most fields are required, and the form will not work if required fields are left blank) and click “save and continue.”
4. Enter your number of livestock (if no animals were present in Nevada for an animal type, please enter zero in the field) and the number of months spent in Nevada.
5. Pay online with an e-check (an electronic version of a paper check, which can be used by anyone with a checking account) or credit card number.
6. Print your receipt for your records.Read more
Ag in the Classroom is an opportunity for students to interact with livestock and other agriculture aspects they might not get to experience if it wasn’t for this event. The Douglas/ Carson City Farm Bureau held two Ag in the Classroom events.
The first event took place at Scarselli Elementary School in Gardnerville on May 18th. 430 students rotated through 12 stations. Stations included: beef by-product, goats, worms, Eagles and Ag, Moolisa the Nevada Department of Agriculture dairy cow, horses, Les Schwab popcorn, NRCS and Douglas High School Ag students to name a few.
“A big shout out to the Western Nevada Cattlewomen’s for their continued support,” said Woody Worthington. “They generously continue to provide lunch for the volunteers at our Ag in the Classroom events, while also helping educate the youth on important agriculture issues.”Read more
We are holding the first annual discussion meet training and practice. This is an opportunity to learn more about the state’s discussion meet. There will be industry guest speakers and professionals. Several questions will be covered in preparation for our annual meeting.Read more
Healthcare is a critical issue for Nevada’s farmers and ranchers, as it is for all Americans. There are many good proposals for improving on the system we have today, but there is one idea we must soundly reject—single-payer healthcare.
Bubbling up on the left is the belief that Big Government can solve all our healthcare problems, if only we let them run everything. The evidence says otherwise. The government operates the Veterans Administration, and that massive healthcare bureaucracy has suffered endless scandals, while veterans wait months for appointments and even die from delayed care and dangerous facilities. Our heroes shouldn’t be treated this way, and we shouldn’t put the rest of America in line to join them.Read more
After positive response from the industry, the Nevada Department of Agriculture will host its second annual Native Seed Forum on Tuesday, May 22 with the goal of bringing producers, technical experts and land management agencies together to discuss national and statewide seed strategies.
The NDA reopened its seed lab and re-launched the native seed certification program last year to safeguard the species purity of Nevada native seeds. Native seed refers to seeds of plant species native to Nevada landscapes, cultivated in this climate. These seeds can adapt to Nevada’s unique landscapes, increasing the plants’ chances of survival.
“We were glad to have a positive response to last year’s forum, and this year we’re expanding on previous content,” Russell Wilhelm, NDA’s seed program manager, said. “This year’s forum will bring stakeholders together to address topics like entering the commercial market and overcoming economic hurdles.”Read more
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces an additional FY 2018 application sign-up period for agricultural producers to apply for Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program funding to implement conservation practices on their private land and public land allotments. The deadline to apply for funding is June 8.
AMA program funds can help producers use conservation to manage risk and address natural resources conservation, such as constructing or improving water management or irrigation structures; planting trees for windbreaks; or constructing high tunnels. AMA funding can also be used to improve water quality and mitigate risk by diversifying operations and conservation practices, including erosion control, integrated pest management or transition to organic farming.
High tunnels funded through the AMA program helped enhance Rodney Mehring’s Blue Lizard Farm in Caliente, Nev., where temperatures vary widely throughout the year, making farming challenging.Read more
These prices represent average price at point of first sale for all grades and qualities sold. Sales by farmers range from small or large bales to occasionally round bales or bulk loose hay. The average price concept is that price which would result from dividing the total dollars received by all farmers, before any marketing charges are deducted, by the total quantity sold.Read more
In their April 25 meeting, the Nevada Board of Agriculture determined that Deputy Director Jerri Conrad will take on the responsibilities of the Director of Agriculture when the current Director, Jim Barbee leaves the department in mid-May.
The board will be working through the process for selecting a new director over the coming months.
After his departure from the Department of Ag on May 18th, Barbee will serve as the County Manager for Churchill County.Read more