Easter Eggs for Your Basket Will be a Bit Higher This Year

Higher retail prices for several foods including eggs, orange juice, meat products, bagged salad, shredded cheddar and vegetable oil resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Spring Picnic Marketbasket Survey.

The informal survey showed the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals was $51.05, up $1.02 or 2 percent compared to a year ago. Of the 16 items surveyed, nine increased and seven decreased in average price.

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Nevada Roundtable on Rural Opioid Misuse in Las Vegas

Today the Nevada Roundtable on Rural Opioid Misuse in Las Vegas happened. Mike Wilden Governor Sandoval’s Chief of Staff, Anne Hazlitt, Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development and 14 panelists shared their insight on the scope of Nevada’s opioid issue.

Farm Bureau has a role on this issue at the national level and is the reason for Nevada Farm Bureau attending this session.

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Nevada Heritage Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship award is available to students currently enrolled in either a traditional or non-traditional post secondary program. Preference will be given to students pursuing career goals in the Agricultural or Ag-Business industry. The successful candidate must be from a Farm Bureau member family and an interview may be required of the top individuals before the recipient is selected. Two scholarships may be awarded in the amount of $2000.00 and $1000.00.

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Industrial hemp: New regulations continue to open the market in Nevada

By Russell Wilhelm, Industrial Hemp program manager

Thanks to the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill and the 2015 Nevada Senate Bill (SB) 305, industrial hemp farming is legal in the state of Nevada under the supervision of the Nevada Department of Agriculture’s (NDA) research and development program. In 2017, Nevada SB 396 was also passed, which expanded regulations to allow for handling and manufacturing of hemp products and hemp seed within the research and development program.

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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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$250,000 offered through Specialty Crop Grant

Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) officials are pleased to announce funding for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Approximately $250,000 will be offered to projects that serve to enhance the competitiveness of Nevada’s specialty crops.

Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, legumes, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”

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High Level Agricultural Visitor Stops in Las Vegas

On Monday February 12th the Nevada Farm Bureau, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) welcomed United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to Las Vegas, Nevada. This was not the first time Perdue had been to Nevada, but the first time he was able to visit agriculture operations as well as learn more about agriculture issues facing Nevada farmers and ranchers.

An agriculture tour was set up for Perdue that ended with a town hall style Q and A to end the day.

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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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NDA releases request for proposals for Virginia Range estray horses

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) released today a request for proposals (RFP) to identify a new owner of the Virginia Range estray horses. The RFP comes after a directive given by the Nevada Board of Agriculture during their Dec. 12, 2017 meeting.

“The intent, as outlined by the board during their meeting and in the RFP, is to select an owner that will work to keep the horse population on the range and facilitate adoptions of any horses that need to be removed from the range,” Director Jim Barbee said.

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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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