Farmers are invited to submit nominations for the Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest, brought to you by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. The contest celebrates farm dogs who work alongside their people to bring nutritious food to our tables and our pets’ bowls.
The grand prize winner – Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year – will win a year’s worth of Purina dry dog food and $5,000 in prize money for the farmer and his or her spouse/family to offset travel costs to attend the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in New Orleans, Jan. 11-16, 2019. The winner will be recognized at the Farm Dog of the Year award ceremony at the convention. Up to four runners-up will win $1,000 each in prize money.
“Farm dogs play an important role on our farms and ranches, doing their part every day to help farm families,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “They can lighten the workload and enrich our lives by providing faithful and playful companionship. We’re excited for this special opportunity to honor these loyal members of our farm families.”
Desired attributes in the Farm Dog of the Year include helpfulness to the farmer and his/her family, playfulness and obedience.
Farm dog owners must be Farm Bureau members to enter their dogs in the competition. Applicants who are not Farm Bureau members can visit fb.org/join to learn about becoming a member.
Eligibility guidelines and submission requirements are available online at http://fb.org/2019farmdog. Farm Dog of the Year nominations, which include written responses to questions, still photos and a video clip, must be received by Oct. 12, 2018, for consideration.
The College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources hosted their annual Field Day at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Main Station lab. Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) participated in the event as part of the club’s mission to participate in community outreach.
“It was great to see members come out and help educate attendees on what Collegiate YF&R is trying to achieve as a new club on the UNR campus,” said Blane Merkley President of Collegiate YF&R.
Collegiate YF&R wanted a booth that grabbed people’s attention, so they hosted several watermelon eating contest throughout the day. It was a great way to get people interested and also a way for members to discuss with attendees the great work the club has done so far. In addition to the watermelon eating contest promotional flyers, Moolisa the Nevada Department of Agriculture dairy cow and raffle tickets for the saddle were sold to help promote Collegiate YF&R.
“CABNR Field day went well! Moolisa and the watermelons were a big hit,” said Melissa Jones a Collegiate YF&R member.
The kids had a great time interacting with Moolisa and it was a great educational opportunity for members to teach the children about the dairy industry.
Collegiate YF&R came together to reflect on the field day and saw it as an overall success. Eight watermelons were consumed and Moolisa went dry from milking! A huge thank you to CABNR for letting YF&R have a booth and a shout out to all the members that made this event a victory!
Ranches and farms can apply for Centennial recognition
Farms and ranches in operations for 100 years or longer can apply for the Nevada Centennial Awards. The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is accepting applications for the 2018 Nevada Centennial Ranch and Farm Awards until Oct. 5. The application is available online and can be submitted via email or by mailing to the NDA at 405 South 21st St. in Reno, Nev. 89431.
To qualify for recognition, an applicant’s ranch or farm must have belonged to his or her family for at least 100 years and must be a working ranch or farm with a minimum of 160 acres. Operations with fewer than 160 acres must have gross yearly sales of at least $1,000.
Forty-nine families have been awarded this distinction since the program began in 2004.
The NDA partners with Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, Nevada Agricultural Foundation and Nevada Farm Bureau to honor inductees. This year’s awards ceremony will be held at the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association Annual Conference in Winnemucca, Nev.
Visit agri.nv.gov/Centennial_Awards to learn more about the Nevada Centennial Awards program and past inductees.Read more
The fall semester has begun at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) has resumed meeting as well. Their first meeting was held on Wednesday, August 29thin the Fleischmann Agriculture Building Room 219 at 5:30 p.m. The club discussed the upcoming events for the semester including club fairs, field days, and a potential advocacy event on campus.
President Blane Merkley called the meeting to order and quickly began discussing recruiting new members and incoming freshman at the upcoming UNR Club Fair. The club goal was to have Moolisa the Nevada Department of Agriculture dairy cow and have a cow mascot to bring attention to the booth.
Another great event Collegiate YF&R has planned is the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR) Field Day held at the University Main Station Farm. This event will be held September 8th, from 9 am to 3 pm. This will be great event for people to stop by and learn what Collegiate YF&R is all about and all the great advocacy events we have planned for the future semester.
From the great success of “Floats and Goats” this past spring semester, the collegiate club hopes to bring “What’s Your BEEF With DAIRY?” For the next advocacy event on campus. With this event we hope to bring awareness to the differences between the beef industry and dairy industry. The setup will be two separate tables near each other with their own information pamphlets. To bring extra attention to the booth, the club anticipates bringing a beef calf and a dairy calf on campus. This project is still in the works, but the club is excited to push forward with the idea.
The collegiate club also received a very generous donation from Stanislaus Farm Supply in Yerington. A brand-new saddle was donated to the collegiate club and raffle tickets are now being sold. For one ticket the price is $10, or you can buy 6 tickets for $50. All proceeds help fund events for Collegiate YF&R if interested please contact Brieanna Valdez at (775)-934-9078, or email@example.com.
The next collegiate club meeting will be held Thursday September 13that 5:30 pm.Read more