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Two-day field crops workshop begins March 15

Posted 3/7/2012

Beginning and experienced agricultural producers invited to first Herds & Harvest program

Jay Davison examines teff crop.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) invites Nevada farmers and ranchers to "Field Crops for Nevada: Old vs. New" on March 15 and 16 at the Pershing County Community Hall in Lovelock at 810 Sixth Street. The two-day workshop will help Nevada growers learn basic and advanced information about the production, marketing and economics of corn, seed crops, grass, hay, teff, alfalfa and biofuels.

"Field Crops for Nevada: Old and New" is part of UNCE’s Herds & Harvest program, a three-year agricultural program providing Nevada’s beginning farmers and ranchers with the tools necessary to own, operate and sustain their own agricultural operation. Lessons will include water management, sustainable agriculture and marketing strategies with networking events throughout.

"In this first workshop we’ll have information for anyone who is new to farming or for more experienced farmers who might want to try a different crop," said UNCE Area Crops Specialist Jay Davison. "There might be a producer who’s been growing alfalfa for 20 years and he might be curious about corn. This will be good for people like him to attend so he can talk to us about major considerations in profitable corn production."

Along with scheduled discussions on topics ranging from biofuel crop productions and the contrasts between Round-Up ready versus conventional alfalfa, Nevada ranchers will have the opportunity to network with fellow agricultural entrepreneurs and participate in several question-and-answer segments

"We’ll look at everything from marketing to economics, and whether you can potentially make any money off these crops," Davison said. "When people leave this event, hopefully they’ll have the information they’ll need to decide whether or not they’ll try this crop."

Individuals with no agricultural experience, those involved in agriculture for less than 10 years and those growing a new crop for the first time qualify for this and all other Herds & Harvest programming. Davison said he’s hopeful that all farming and from ranching families will benefit.

Future Herds & Harvest classes will cover the processing and selling of locally grown meat products and beginning tips for produce farmers.

Preregistration for the two-day event is $50 and includes two lunches and refreshments. Registration on the day of the event is $60. For more information on the upcoming Field Crops for Nevada class or any other Herds & Harvest programming, contact Jennifer Kintz at 775-945-3444 ex. 12 or email at

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