Assistance Available to Agricultural Producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program

Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. NRCS plans to enroll up to 10 million acres in CSP in 2018.

While applications for CSP are accepted year round, applications must be received by March 2, 2018 to be considered for this funding period.

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Getting Involved

Millennial farmers are a growing representation of the farming/ranching community. Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) is part of the Nevada Farm Bureau for young individuals who are both agriculture producers and enthusiasts between the ages of 18 and 35 years old.

One of the many focuses of YF&R is spreading agricultural literacy throughout communities by helping to educate elementary school children around Nevada. YF&R is also a big contributor to the community with projects such as Harvest for All. Harvest for All provides food for people in need throughout our community this year the Nevada state YF&R committee raised more than $3,000. Douglas/ Carson City Farm Bureau collected 340 pounds of food to donate to their local community food bank.

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American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting

The 99th Annual American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention was held January 5th through the 10th. This year’s convention was held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Annual Convention is a time for all state Farm Bureaus to come together and discuss agriculture issues throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Educational Workshops are held on variety of topics to interest all attendees from: business and rural development, consumer engagement, leadership development, membership engagement, niche agriculture and marketing opportunities and public policy and advocacy. In addition to educational workshops they also had an IDEAg Trade show, which featured the latest products from top agribusiness including: Ford, Grainger, Farm Bureau Bank, CAT, John Deere and many more.

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Nevada Hay Prices

Attached is the Nevada Hay Prices report. 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.

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EQIP Sign-up In Support of the Nevada Conservation Credit System RCPP Project Apply by February 16

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers interested in completing conservation projects that improve and protect greater sage-grouse (GRSG) habitat through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

The RCPP encourages conservation partners from across the nation to join in efforts with agricultural producers to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources through installation and maintenance of conservation activities in selected project areas.  The Greater Outcomes for Greater Sage-Grouse RCPP effort is a joint venture of Partners for Western Conservation, The Cattleman’s Association, the states of Nevada and Colorado, among others.  In Nevada, the Greater Outcomes for Greater Sage-Grouse RCPP effort focuses specifically on providing producers an opportunity to improve GRSG habitat by utilizing USDA financial assistance through EQIP.  Producers also should have an interest in enrolling their habitat acreages into the Nevada Conservation Credit System (CCS).

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Support the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation

Nevada Farm Bureau Federation

2165 Green Vista Dr., Suite 205
Sparks, Nevada 89431

Phone: 775-674-4000
Fax: 775-674-4004