Nevada Farm Bureau Newsletter For The Week Of December 17, 2018
Gearing Up For 2019 Nevada Legislative Session
The 80th Session of the Nevada Legislature is scheduled to begin on Monday, February 4, 2019. Nevada Farm Bureau is preparing to represent the organization’s member-developed policy on a daily basis, during the 120-day process. We look forward to keeping Farm Bureau members up-to-date with the level of information necessary for effective engagement in making timely connection with your elected representatives.
Earlier, we reported the committee chairs who have been named by Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson. Full committee membership have been identified since that earlier post and we would like to share here the membership of a couple of the more priority committees we will be working with:
Senate Natural Resources Committee: Chair, Senator Melanie Scheible of District 9 in Clark County; Vice Chair, Senator Chris Brooks of District 3 in Clark County; Senator Dallas Harris of District 11 in Clark County; Senator Pete Goicoechea of District 19, which covers most of rural Nevada; and, Senator Ira Hansen of District 14, which also covers a significant portion of rural Nevada.
Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining: Chair, Assemblywoman Heidi Swank of District 16 in Clark County; Vice Chair, Assemblywoman Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod of District 34 in Clark County; Assemblywoman Maggie Carlson of District 14 in Clark County; Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo of District 21 in Clark County; Assemblywoman Lesley Cohen of District 29 in Clark County; Assemblyman Alexandar Assefa of District 42 in Clark County; Assemblyman Howard Watts III of District 15 in Clark County; Assemblywoman Sarah Peters of District 24 in Washoe County; Assemblyman Jim Wheeler of District 39 in Douglas/Lyon/Storey Counties; Assemblywoman Robin Titus of District 38 in Churchill/Lyon Counties; Assemblyman John Ellison of District 33 in Elko/Eureka/Lincoln and White Pine Counties; and, Assemblywoman Alexis Hansen of District 32 in Esmeralda/Humboldt/Lander/Mineral/Nye/Pershing and Washoe Counties.
Water Remains As Priority Issue For Farm Bureau Attention
Water-related legislative proposals were at the top of the list for Nevada Farm Bureau in the last session and continue to hold center stage for 2019. The set of Assembly pre-filed bills for the 80th Session includes several bills dealing with water and water rights. AB 30 is another chapter in a continued effort that played out over the course of the 2017 Legislative Session, involving the concept of mitigation. While spending the entire last session attempting to find a workable approach the idea fell short of gaining passage.
AB 30 for the 2019 Nevada Legislature is being offered by the State Engineer and has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining. The Legislative Counsel’s Digest opening sentence for the bill’s explanation probably gets to the heart of the matter for the legislative proposal better than anything else we’ve seen…
“Existing law requires the State Engineer to reject an application for a permit to appropriate water to beneficial use if there is no unappropriated water at the source of supply or if the proposed use or change of use of the water conflicts with existing rights or protectable interests in existing domestic wells or threatens to prove detrimental to the public interest (NRS 533.37).”
AB 30, if passed as written, would provide the State Engineer’s office the option of ignoring the provision of law that protects existing water rights. While Farm Bureau policy provides for a workable agreement between existing water right owners and those who are seeking to secure water rights that might impact the existing water right, the provisions of “b” and “c” in the details of Section 1 of the bill provide that State Engineer may include in the options for going forward something other than the agreement of the impacted water right owner.
Subsection 1, sub “b” provides for the State Engineer to overlook the conflict and impact through the use of monitoring, management and mitigation (3M) plan. This is something that has already been attempted by the State Engineer in several contentious areas where more recent water applicants are seeking to over-run the rights of existing water right owners. The use of this self-interpreted authority by the State Engineer hasn’t gotten to the point of fully being adopted, without court intervention – but, passage of AB 30 could wire in the results to accomplish this outcome.
Subsection 1, sub “c” provides that the conflict for the loss of water that is connected to a more senior water right owner might be resolved by “Any other plan to avoid or eliminate the conflict or replenish the source of supply impacted or depleted by the conflict.”
Subsection 2 of the bill would allow for the State Engineer to approve of the conflicting application as long as the State Engineer “determines that a proposal submitted pursuant to subsection 1 will avoid or eliminate the conflict…”
This legislation will receive a great deal of attention as legislators give it their deliberation. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!
The present view, we have going into the conversation about the bill, is that working around the conflict and the prior appropriations principle should only be considered with the acceptance for an agreement by the impacted existing water right owner(s).
Farm Bureau Provides Input For Development Of Nevada Sage Grouse Habitat Mitigation Regulations
The federal agencies (Bureau of Land Management – BLM – and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) lost their ability to require compensatory mitigation this past summer, when new policy was adopted that prevented them from forcing those using BLM lands to carry out mitigation for Sage Grouse habitat as a requirement to use the land. The new policy does allow for voluntary mitigation and following a state requirement.
The Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Council is working on developing a Nevada regulation for the purpose of requiring mitigation to offset human disturbances in Sage Grouse habitat areas. Anthropogenic disturbances like power lines, roads and some elements of mining are the main targets for the regulatory control, seeking the use of the state’s Conservation Credit System as the tool for resolving these negative impacts. Those who are having the impact would be required to purchase conservation credits that are being generated by participating private landowners who have agreed to participate in the Conservation Credit System by managing their land in Sage Grouse habitat for the benefit of the bird.
Nevada Farm Bureau policy supports the implementation of the Nevada Sage Grouse Conservation Plan, developed in 2014, which also includes the requirement of Net Conservation Gain and use of the Conservation Credit System.
This support was one of the points made in the comments that Nevada Farm Bureau noted. The statement and written public input for developing the regulation also noted that the land use plans being rewritten after the 2015 version of the federal agency’s conservation plan were installed, still don’t actually use the Nevada Conservation Plan, as it was written. The rewrite amendments that are nearing their completion have made some adjustments to move closer to the state plan, but still aren’t matching up with the Nevada Plan.
One thing that will likely be embraced by the BLM, from the state plan, will be the ability to use the state regulation on mandatory mitigation.
Farm Bureau is urging the Sage Grouse Ecosystem Council to take charge of negotiating the necessary agreements with the federal agencies to use the mitigation program in order to get more of the Nevada Plan instituted and also to provide protections for private property owners who are involved in the Conservation Credit System. Provisions of the Endangered Species Act include protections of assurance, in the event that the conservation efforts being carried out on private property result in greater exposure to listed species taking advantage of the enhancement work that has been carried out.
Another regulation workshop has been scheduled for Winnemucca (Humboldt County Courthouse – Room 201) on December 20 at 11 a.m. Farm Bureau members are encouraged to participate and offer thoughts on how to best address the state’s regulation.
Prior to the final adoption of a temporary regulation, an Executive Order (#2018-32), issued by Governor Brian Sandoval on December 7, 2018 will cover the necessary requirements to use the Conservation Credit System for mitigation offsets to human disturbances that are covered in the Nevada Sage Grouse Conservation Plan.
Humboldt River Basin Meetings Planned – Jan. 15 & 16
The Nevada Division of Water Resources has provided notice that they will be holding a series of public information workshops to share the newest information gathered on the Humboldt River Basin water modeling studies, which are being carried out by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Desert Research
Institute (DRI). These studies are developing the data 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. The information presented during the workshops will be dealing with further research that has been done and the findings over the past year.
These public workshop times and locations:
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
New Farm Bill Passed
Farm Bureau’s top priority objective for this year – passage of a renewed Farm Bill – has been accomplished with the House voting to go along with the Senate in approving the conference committee report that has been a work in progress over the past couple of months. The House vote of 369 “Yeas” to 47 “Nays” passed on December 12, a day after the Senate passed the conference committee report 87 to 13 on December 11. All of Nevada’s Congressional members voted in favor of passage, sending the newly rewritten Farm Bill to the President’s desk for signature
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall gave this statement on the news of passage…
“Today’s passage of the 2018 farm bill by the House of Representatives, and the Senate’s approval yesterday, is welcome news to America’s farmers and ranchers and the consumers who depend on them for our food, fiber and energy crops.”
“Passage means we are one signature away from renewal of risk management tools, foreign market development and environmental stewardship programs that farmers and ranchers need to survive a prolonged and painful downturn in farm income and be sustainable.”
“Americans from all walks of life will benefit from this farm bill, including consumers, low-income families, seniors and military veterans.”
“We eagerly await the president’s signature on this legislation and we know that Agriculture Secretary Perdue will implement it as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
Elko County Designation For Disaster Also Reaches Out To Contiguous Counties
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue has notified Nevada’s Governor, Brian Sandoval that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Elko County as a natural disaster area due to recent drought conditions. Based on this Secretarial disaster designation, farmers and ranchers in the primary county (Elko) and contiguous counties (Nevada counties being Eureka, Humboldt, Lander and White Pine) are eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Services Agency (FSA). There are eligibility requirements to be met and those who are eligible have 8 months from the November 2018 designation to apply for emergency loans. The local FSA offices can best provide details of the programs and potential benefits which might be provided for the disaster assistance that is available
Farm Bureau Is Looking Forward To Getting The Rewrite For Wetlands Regulations Moved Forward
Against the backdrop of a couple of other notable important agriculturally-related developments that took place in Washington, D.C. this past week , all of the state Farm Bureau Presidents (including Nevada Farm Bureau President Bevan Lister) had the opportunity to participate in the roll-out of the announcement from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the draft regulations that are being proposed to replace the Obama regulations which sought major expansion for what federal agencies would regulate.
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President spoke at the unveiling of the new proposal for the regulations and hit on the message that agriculture seeks clean water and clear understanding for what is being regulated…
“Farmers and ranchers work every day to protect our nation’s waterways and drinking water. For more than five years we have advocated for a new water rule that protects clean water and provides clear rules for people and communities to follow. This new rule will empower farmers and ranchers to comply with the law, protect our water resources and productively work their land without having to hire an army of lawyers and consultants.”
“We want to protect land and water in the communities where we live and work. Clean water is our way of life. Preserving our land and protecting our water means healthy places to live, work and play. We believe this new Clean Water Rule is rooted in common-sense. It will protect our nation’s water resources and allow farmers to farm.”
“We appreciate the months of hard work that the administration, especially the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, invested in making sure the new Clean Water Rule was done right. Unlike the 2015 WOTUS rule, this new rule protects our resources, respects the law and provides greater clarity so the agencies and the public can identify regulated federal waterways. We will further analyze this new rule in the coming days and will suggest further refinements during the comment period.”Read more
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 www.FRTCModernization.com 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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Three 100-year-old farms and ranches were awarded centennial status at the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) Annual Convention Awards Banquet on Nov. 16. The Nevada Department of Agriculture, Nevada Farm Bureau, Nevada Agriculture Foundation, and NCA partnered to celebrate the families reaching this significant milestone.
The Centennial Awards began in 2004, and with the addition of the Miller, Moura and Pursel families, 52 family-run operations have been inducted.
Miller Ranch, located in Paradise Valley, was purchased by Gerhard Miller Sr. in 1914. The 450-acre ranch was inherited by Gerhard’s grandchildren, Paul and Fred. When Fred passed away, Paul and his wife purchased Fred’s half of the ranch and converted it into a farm where they grew alfalfa and grain. Today, Paul’s son, Stacy Dean Miller, owns and operates Miller Ranch where alfalfa and grain still grow.
Moura Ranch was founded in 1916 in Lovelock with the purchase of the original 80 acres of land by Manuel and Maria. Their daughter, Virginia, married Manuel Moura and they purchased additional parcels of land for the growing operation. Virginia and Manuel’s son, Thomas, and his wife, Darlene, continued expanding the farm, adding land and livestock, to what is now known as Moura Ranch. Currently, Thomas and Darlene’s eldest son, Anthony, and his wife, Lisa, handle the daily care of Moura Ranch along with their children, Daralyn and Devin, raising calves and farming alfalfa and grains.
In 1918, Henry Melvin Pursel, purchased 160 acres in Yerington. The land was covered with native grasses and brush and two cottonwood trees. Henry and his wife, Rosa, built their house next to one of the two trees and added ditches, leveled land and built what would become Pursel Farms. Three generations later, the original milking barn still stands on the property where Henry’s great-grandson, Darrell, and his wife, Suzanne, continue to farm alfalfa and raise cattle.
Visit agri.nv.gov/Centennial_Awards to learn more about the Nevada Centennial Awards program and read the history of other Centennial Ranches and Farms.Read more
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 33rd annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $48.90, or less than $5.00 per person. This is a 22-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.12.
“Since 2015, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner has declined steadily and is now at the lowest level since 2010,” said AFBF Chief Economist Dr. John Newton.
“Thanks to an ample supply, turkey remains affordable for consumers, which helps keep the overall cost of the dinner reasonably priced as well,” Newton said.
The shopping list for Farm Bureau’s informal survey includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10 with plenty for leftovers.
Foods showing the largest decreases this year in addition to turkey were a gallon of milk, $2.92; a 3-pound bag of sweet potatoes, $3.39; a 1-pound bag of green peas, $1.47; and a dozen rolls, $2.25.
Several items saw modest price increases this year including cranberries, pumpkin pie mix and stuffing. A 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries was $2.65; a 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix was $3.33; a 14-ounce package of cubed bread stuffing was $2.87; two nine-inch pie shells came in at $2.47 and a 1-pound veggie tray was $.75. A group of miscellaneous items including coffee and ingredients necessary to prepare the meal (butter, evaporated milk, onions, eggs, sugar and flour) was also up slightly, to $3.01.
There was no change in price for a half-pint of whipping cream at $2.08.
The stable average price reported this year by Farm Bureau for a classic Thanksgiving dinner tracks with the government’s Consumer Price Index for food eaten at home. But while the most recent CPI report for food at home shows a 0.1 percent increase over the past year (available online at https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm) the Farm Bureau survey shows a decline of less than 1 percent.
After adjusting for inflation, the cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is $19.37, the most affordable in more than a decade.
New this year, to capture the diversity in Thanksgiving meals across the U.S., American Farm Bureau also checked prices on a 4-pound bone-in ham, 5 pounds of Russet potatoes and 1-pound of frozen green beans.
“Adding these foods to the classic Thanksgiving menu increased the overall cost slightly, to $61.72 or about $6 per person,” said Newton.
A total of 166 volunteer shoppers checked prices at grocery stores in 37 states for this year’s survey. Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers are asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals, such as spending $50 and receiving a free turkey. Shoppers with an eye for bargains in all areas of the country should be able to purchase individual menu items at prices comparable to the Farm Bureau survey averages.
Farm Bureau also surveyed the price of a traditional Thanksgiving meal available from popular food delivery services. This revealed that the convenience of food delivery does have a larger price tag. A 16-pound turkey was nearly 50 percent more expensive at nearly $2 per pound when purchased from a food delivery service. Nearly every individual item was more expensive compared to the Farm Bureau average and the total cost of the dinner was about 60 percent higher at about $8 per person.
The AFBF Thanksgiving dinner survey was first conducted in 1986. While Farm Bureau does not make any scientific claims about the data, it is an informal gauge of price trends around the nation. Farm Bureau’s survey menu has remained unchanged since 1986 to allow for consistent price comparisons.Read more
Interested in protecting your water rights? Therese Ure President of Schroeder Law Offices will be speaking at our 99th Annual Nevada Farm Bureau meeting. Therese will focus on how you can protect your water rights and all the information you need to know about your water rights.
Therese grew up on a farm in eastern Oregon and is especially dedicated to preserving the agricultural interests of farmers and ranchers in the west. She is a third-generation lawyer and fourth-generation to a family of farmers. While enjoying public entity work, Therese’s true passion is farming and ranching. She also enjoys traveling, playing softball, and riding horses.
Therese Ure has been with Schroeder Law Offices on both a full time and part time basis since 1993. She worked as a part time bookkeeper and project assistant from 1993 through September, 1998. She then worked as a full time paralegal from September 1998 to August 2003, and then as a part time law clerk until she earned her JD degree at Valparaiso University in August, 2006. Therese Ure moved to Reno Nevada and continues to support Schroeder Law Offices as a Managing Attorney.
In 2012, Therese became a shareholder in Schroeder Law Offices, P.C. While working as a paralegal at Schroeder Law Offices, Therese Ure completed factual investigations related to civil and administrative matters; drafted and edited documents; prepared trial exhibits; prepared for and undertook client interviews; drafted state and federal agency requests; prepared for and completed witness identification and preliminary interviews; prepared discovery requests; organized production requests and responses; completed simple legal research; and assisted attorneys in all aspects of hearing and trial.
Therese grew up on a row-crop farm in Eastern Oregon learning how to irrigate by setting siphon tubes with her brother and sister. She eventually participated in every aspect of the family farm including plowing, planting, fertilizing, cultivating, and harvesting crops. While in undergrad Therese learned her way around cattle and other animals while working part-time at the local livestock auction.
Therese now focuses her practice in areas including:
* agriculture, municipal, and irrigation district water use permitting, extensions, perfection, transfers, compliance, and protection;
* vested claim and historical water use research and adjudication;
* groundwater interference and connection;
* water use in designated, critical and limited areas;
* special patron rights and responsibilities;
* public lands (easements/right-of-way, permitting uses, grazing);
* agribusiness and business incorporation and formalities;
She is a member of the Nevada State Bar, the Federal District Court of Nevada, the Oregon State Bar, the Federal District Court of Oregon, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Therese is the Co-Chairperson of the Nevada State Bar’s Environmental and Natural Resource Section, and previously held the position of Secretary/Treasurer.
If interested in hearing Therese speak at our 99th Annual Meeting Register HERE!Read more
We are happy to introduce Randy Dwyer as one of our speakers at the 99th Annual Nevada Farm Bureau meeting. Dwyer will be focusing his information conference on grassroots advocacy.
Randy Dwyer serves as Director, Grassroots Program Development for the American Farm Bureau Federation. In this capacity, Randy works with state Farm Bureaus and grassroots advocates across the country to bring their collective voice to legislators at all levels of government.
Previously, Randy served for nearly 16 years with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, where he was responsible for building their national grassroots network and political advocacy programs.
He’s also held Government Relations positions for the American College of Emergency Physicians and the National Association of Home Builders.
Randy hails from a small town in New York State, was a 4-H member and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.
We hope you join us for the 99th Annual Nevada Farm Bureau meeting.Read more
It’s that time of year again and we hope you join us for the 99thAnnual Nevada Farm Bureau Meeting. This year’s meeting will be held at the Santa Fe Station in Las Vegas, Nevada November 29ththrough December 1st.
The primary purpose for the annual meeting is working on Farm Bureau policy recommendations, deletions and or amendments.
The Nevada Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee will be sponsoring a silent auction to raise money for agriculture promotion and education. County Farm Bureaus are encouraged to donate items for the silent auction.
For more information about the silent auction, or to contribute please free to contact Brieanna Valdez at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nevada Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) committee is again offering the opportunity for young patricians to compete in the Annual Discussion Meet. It will be a great competition with a one lucky winner taking home a belt buckle, cash prize and trip to the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting to compete in the national YF&R Discussion Meet.
The conference will be jammed packed this year with great information breakout sessions you won’t want to miss.
Pre-registering is important this year! Prices will go up after November 16thso make sure to register before the deadline! Pre-registering gets you the discounted conference price and a swag bag filled with awesome gifts.
Register today at www.nvfb.org
For any of your registration questions please feel free to contact Brittney Pericoli at email@example.com call 775-674-4000.
Conservation Funding Aims to Improve Irrigation Efficiency, Protect and Enhance Sage-Grouse Habitat, Manage Livestock and Reduce Soil Loss
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering financial and technical assistance to help agricultural producers apply conservation practices on their private land as well as their public land allotments. Agricultural producers are encouraged to apply for funds available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Applications must be received before 4 p.m. on November 16, 2018 to be considered in the first application batching period.
EQIP is a voluntary, financial assistance program that provides funding for the implementation of conservation practices to protect and enhance sage-grouse habitat, manage livestock, improve irrigation efficiency and reduce soil loss.
Rick Lattin’s family has farmed in Nevada’s Lahontan Valley since 1909, and they have had an ongoing relationship with NRCS that goes back decades.
“They’ve been important to the success of our farm,” said Lattin. “Back in the 50s, they helped us put in concrete ditches—water is very important and very short here. We worked with NRCS over the years, and we now have all concrete lined ditches, and there’s no way we could’ve done that without NRCS. And they helped us put in an underground tile system that allows us to catch the excess water that goes into the ground when we irrigate.
The farm figured out how to pick that water up and re-use it to run the drip systems, which allows them to save water and use less water. NRCS has also assisted with Lattin’s high tunnels, also called hoop houses.
“We have a rotational program that includes cover cropping with rye in some of the winters and then doing double cropping when we can of early season greens and root crops. And then in the main season it’s tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and a little bit of squash and cucumbers for our roadside stand,” said Lattin. “The hoop houses have become very versatile for us with the kind of products we can grow, the number of products we can grow, and the season in which we can grow them.”
USDA Financial Assistance Programs such as EQIP give producers the opportunity to construct or improve water management or irrigation structures, plant trees for windbreaks or to improve water quality. They also can mitigate risk through production diversification, or by implementing innovative management strategies including soil erosion control, integrated pest management or transitioning to organic farming and practices that improve soil health on croplands, pastures and rangeland.
“Applications for EQIP are accepted year-round on a continuous basis for all state, local and Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) fund pools with batching periods announced so that applications can be ranked and funded. We encourage producers to utilize this early batching period to allow conservation plans to be completed in the fall for earliest obligation of the projects into contracts and implementation of the practices the following spring and summer,” said Gary Roeder, assistant state conservationist for programs.
Applicants must meet USDA program eligibility requirements for land eligibility and person eligibility. Eligibility requirements include Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limitations for individuals and entities. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria to be considered for ranking and funding decisions. Farm Bill programs have strict payment limits, and the amount of financial assistance producers may receive varies by program and will depend on future allocations received under the Farm Bill authority. Limited resource producers, beginning farmers and ranchers, or socially disadvantaged agricultural producers may be eligible for up to 15 percent higher payments, not to exceed 90 percent of the estimated cost to install the practice.