Nevada Department of Agriculture Leadership Change

In their April 25 meeting, the Nevada Board of Agriculture determined that Deputy Director Jerri Conrad will take on the responsibilities of the Director of Agriculture when the current Director, Jim Barbee leaves the department in mid-May.

The board will be working through the process for selecting a new director over the coming months.

After his departure from the Department of Ag on May 18th, Barbee will serve as the County Manager for Churchill County.

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Farm Bureau Bank Scholarship

Available to students currently enrolled in the University of Nevada-Reno or Truckee Meadows Community College They must be pursuing a degree in Agriculture, or Food Nutrition and also have completed at least one semester of post-secondary education by the Application Deadline – May 31, 2018.

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Mosquito season means it is time to vaccinate horses against West Nile Virus

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) urges horse owners throughout the state to vaccinate against West Nile Virus (WNV). WNV can cause severe illness in a horse’s brain, spinal cord and nervous system.

“Vaccination is the best protection horse owners have for their animals,” Dr. JJ Goicoechea, the NDA’s state veterinarian, said. “Vaccinations, in conjunction with practices that reduce exposure to mosquitos, are very effective in protecting horses from WNV.”

Every year, the NDA monitors WNV and other diseases carried by mosquitos (also known as arboviral) very closely for the protection of public health and safety and the agriculture industry.

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Newest data shows increase in Nevada food and agriculture exports

Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Division for 2017 on the total Nevada food and agriculture exports show more than $362 million in annual exports. This is an 8.5 percent year over year increase, and a 106 percent increase since 2013. Nevada food and agriculture exports have increased steadily year after year since 2013, even while other Nevada exports have decreased.

“Exports are one of the leading indicators of a successful food and agriculture industry, and we’re excited to have another year of increase in export sales,” Director Jim Barbee of the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) said. “Our team has been working hard to bring in more buyers, both nationally and internationally.”

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2018 Quilt Raffle

In 2019 the Nevada Farm Bureau will be turning 100. Each year the organizations Women’s Leadership Committee raffles off a quilt. This year they hope to have a record number of tickets sold leading into the centennial anniversary. This year’s quilt is provided by the Churchill County Farm Bureau.

Tickets can be purchased through Brieanna Wooden by emailing, Tickets are five for $20, or one for $5. Tickets will also be available at the annual meeting as well as events held throughout the summer.

The Women’s Leadership Committee plays a vital role in educating students and the general public through Ag days, classroom outreach, our food link and county fairs. The money raised through the quilt raffle funds the Women’s Leadership Committee Ag outreach programs as well as help send individuals to the Women’s Communication Bootcamp. The Women’s Communication Bootcamp provides women the training and education they need to become powerful advocates for today’s agriculture.

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Nevada Hay Prices

Nevada Hay report for the Pacific Region. 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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What’s Behind the Label on a Bag of Seed?

Pat T. Miller, Director State Affairs, American Seed Trade Association

Mike Stahr, Seed Lab Manager, Iowa State University Seed Laboratory & Vice President, Association of Official Seed Analysts

The seed label, or tag as it is often referred, is like the inside jacket of a novel. It tells you everything that’s important about your bag of seed. The United States is frequently cited as one of the most reliable producers of food in the world. One of the reasons for that is because we have some of the most stringent seed laws in the world. The seed label reflects those laws. Strong seed laws provide the means to ensure plant breeder’s rights, encourage biodiversity, and greater opportunity for financial success by the grower community. Of course, the ultimate benefit is the consumer.

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Wear Your Support!

Custom ordered hats will help show your support of the Young Farmers & Ranchers of Nevada. All proceeds raised will help fund Nevada Farm Bureau’s YF&R committee, endorse leadership activities, increase membership involvement, and promote personal growth.

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NRCS, Partners Seek to Assist Bi-State Sage-Grouse Area Ranchers With Conservation Through Partnership Project

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – Livestock in Harmony with Bi-State Sage-Grouse project. This RCPP project contains two funding streams: one from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and one from the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). The deadline for EQIP applications for the first sign-up period is April 27, 2018.  The deadline for ACEP applications for 2018 funding is also April 27, 2018.

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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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