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Davison and teff program featured in Gazette-Journal

Posted 7/28/2010

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Jay Davison was featured in an in-depth story in July 28’s Reno Gazette-Journal about his efforts to convince Nevada farmers to grow teff instead of alfalfa.

"It’s funny, farmers are in one of the riskiest businesses there is, but, when you try to talk with them about new crops, they’re risk averse," Davison, an alternative crops specialist, says in the article written by former UNCE employee Claudene Wharton.

The article goes on to describe how Davison has been able to increase the amount of teff grown from seven acres eight years ago to more than 1,200 acres today, reducing water use while increasing per-acre profits.

You can read the entire article at or by buying the July 28 print edition of the newspaper. An expanded version of the article will appear here on Aug. 4. There is also an article about teff in UNCE’s 2010 Program Highlights.

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