Churchill County has recently started a Young Farmer & Ranchers (YF&R) chapter that generated great buzz at the Cantaloupe Festival & County Fair in Fallon, Nevada.
“Getting people involved and interested in agriculture in a fun new way is what we are trying to achieve in hopes of expanding Churchill County YF&R,” said Casey Pomeroy a Churchill County YF&R member.
As part of the Cantaloupe Festival & County Fair the Churchill County YF&R put together a Goat Milking Contest and Baby Goat Yoga.
The Goat Milking Contest was a great success and brought people throughout the community together in a fun and interactive way. Participants included Scott Winters the Churchill County High School Principal, Carl Erquiaga County Commissioner, Ben Trotter Sheriff and Jim Barbee Churchill County Manager just to name a few.
Besides the Goat Milking Contest Churchill County YF&R also put together Baby Goat Yoga. News of Baby Goat Yoga quickly spread, and it became a main event at the Cantaloupe Festival & County Fair. All three Baby Goat Yoga sessions had a great turnout with over 70 participants coming out in total.
Churchill County YF&R thanks KAIA FIT Fallon and Cheryl Thompson From OneLove Yoga for providing yoga instruction and mats. A big thank you also goes to Fagundes Dairy for providing the baby goats.
Before the Cantaloupe Festival & County Fair officially started students were bussed in to explore the variety of animals and other educational exhibits. Both Churchill County Farm Bureau and Churchill County YF&R participated in facilitating this Ag in the Classroom event.
Students were able to get up close and personal with a variety of different horses, goats, pigs, rabbits, sheep and donkeys. Moolisa, the Nevada Department of Agriculture dairy cow was also in attendance for students to get the experience of milking a cow. Some of the other educational exhibits included: beef byproducts and Nevada Department of Agriculture showcasing insects and vegetables.
The Cantaloupe Festival & County Fair was a great way for Churchill County YF&R to become known in the community and create interest for future YF&R members.Read more
More Than 50 Producer Speakers Tapped to Present Around “Taking the Gamble Out of Grazing” Theme at Upcoming National Conference Regular registration rates end October 15
Interested in learning more about proper grazing lands management and stewardship sustainability? Then ride to Reno, Nev. this December to hear first-hand from cowboy and industry experts how to take the gamble out of grazing at the 7th National Conference on Grazing Lands, Dec. 2-5, 2018, being held at the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino.
“With more than 50 producer speakers lined up for this year’s conference in Nevada, attendees will hear from a wide variety of cutting-edge innovators and leaders on best practices for managing their grazing lands in an environmentally sustainable and economic manner,” said Chad Ellis, chair of the National Grazing Lands Coalition (NatGLC).
Fred Provenza and Jim Gerrish are just two of the renowned speakers on tap to share decades of experience. Provenza, professor emeritus at Utah State University, has more than 30 years of research and experience under his belt and is nationally recognized for his behavior-based landscape management systems. He will be speaking and leading a panel on soil health, plant health and human health on Wednesday at the conference. Gerrish, a producer and consultant, is dedicated to teaching others about managing grazing lands for environmental and economic sustainability.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Shilo Harris will round out the conference on a high note with his inspirational speech. Harris, who has an amazing and tragic story, will be speaking on overcoming adversity in life. He will also be doing a book signing immediately after his talk for his book Steel Will.
All presenter and session information is available at the agenda portion of the conference website: http://www.grazinglands.org
The conference also includes a trade show with vendors from varied segments of the agricultural industry, including booths and representatives from allied industries to government conservation agencies. The agenda allows plenty of time for visiting with friends and vendors at the tradeshow.
To register online for the conference visit http://www.grazinglands.org. Online registration is $395 until Oct. 15, 2018. After that date, registration increases to $475. Or, contact Monti Golla, executive director of NatGLC at 979-777-9779 with any questions.Read more
Each year the Nevada Farm Bureau works on policy development to address concerns facing Nevada agriculture.
In the 2017 policy development process, in light of member concerns, the following Electrical Power policy was adopted. Policy # 267 Electrical Power states:
Due to lessons learned from ENRON’s market manipulation, we understand there are significant advantages to sensible oversight and assurance for market integrity. We support a regulatory system with a focus on priority attention for reliability and service.
If the Energy Choice ballot question is passed, we oppose the spreading of costs associated with the change-over to all energy users. Consequences of started costs for generation or other areas linked to this change should be borne by shareholders and customers of the affected energy company.
We support the acceptance of the exemption of power companies that fall under “association of persons.”
For this reason, the Nevada Farm Bureau supports “No on 3” and joined the coalition working against passage. A big concern the Nevada Farm Bureau has with Question 3 is the constitutional amendment that passage would bring about.
Amending the Constitution is also a lengthy process. If for any reason Nevadans want to make changes, it will be a minimum of six years before another constitutional amendment might be possible. Going back to where we are now will not be an option if the change results in failures.
Working with the “No on 3” coalition and Farm Bureau member Jim Snyder, Farm Bureau’s concerns over the prospects of what could happen are highlighted in this TV AD
Affordable and reliable electrical energy is essential for agricultural production. Massive changes without any assurance that radical realignment will provide affordable and reliable results is something Nevada voters should reject.
Animal Disease Laboratory confirms rabid bats in Nevada
So far this year, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) Animal Disease Laboratory has confirmed six positive rabies cases (all in bats) in Clark and Washoe Counties. Rabies is common in bats throughout Nevada, and bat activity tends to increase between the months of May and October.
“Always avoid direct contact with any bat, and never touch them without gloves,” Dr. JJ Goicoechea, NDA state veterinarian, said. “Don’t allow exposure to children or domestic animals.”
Any bats, dead or alive, that may have been in contact with people or domestic animals should immediately be submitted to the Animal Disease Laboratory for testing and reported to county animal control and health authorities. Contact the lab before attempting to pick up a bat.
Even though rabies prevalence in Nevada’s bat population is estimated at only one percent, the Animal Disease Laboratory confirms between 10 and 20 cases of bat rabies per year. To date, the lab has tested 61 bats, and six were positive for rabies (three in Clark County, and three in Washoe County).
In the state of Nevada, rabies vaccination is required for dogs, cats and ferrets. Companion animal owners are urged to have pets vaccinated against rabies and maintain a regular vaccination schedule. Indoor cats should also be vaccinated, as bats can enter and exit residences unnoticed.Read more
The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, today opened online applications for its 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds.
The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations in agriculture. This is the fifth year of the Challenge, which is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs launching food and agriculture businesses.
Competitors are invited to submit for-profit business ideas related to food and agriculture online at http://fb.org/aginnovationchallenge by Sept. 24.
“Farm Bureau is proud to carry on our long tradition of strengthening the communities we live and farm in by encouraging new businesses across rural America,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Starting a business takes faith, courage and creativity, but rural entrepreneurs face added challenges including limited access to broadband, high transportation costs and a lack of access to business networks. Startup funds provided through the Challenge will help entrepreneurs working in food and agriculture take their businesses to the next level.”
Ten semifinalist teams will be announced on Nov. 9 and awarded $10,000. The final four teams (selected from the 10 semifinalist teams) will be announced on Dec. 5 and will receive an additional $5,000 and have all expenses paid to compete in a live pitch competition at AFBF’s 100th Annual Convention in New Orleans on Jan. 13. The final four teams will compete to win:
- Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year award and $15,000 (chosen by judges), for a total of $30,000
- People’s Choice award and $10,000 (chosen by public vote), for a total of $25,000
Rural entrepreneurs with businesses in the following categories are encouraged to apply:
- Ag technologies;
- CSAs, farmers’ markets, food stands and food hubs;
- Farms, ranches, greenhouses, managed forests, aquaponics, cut flowers, herbs, honey and landscape plants;
- Farm-to-table businesses;
- Support services including scouting, equipment repair and fertilizer sales;
- Value-added processing including yogurts, cheese and processed meats; and
- Wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries.
Entrepreneurs must be Farm Bureau members to compete. Applicants who are not Farm Bureau members have until Nov. 5 to join. Visit fb.org/join to learn about becoming a member. Detailed eligibility guidelines, the competition timeline and profiles of past Challenge winners are available at http://fb.org/aginnovationchallenge.