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Valley Road Field Day scheduled for Sept. 8

Posted 8/16/2012

Displays, tours and presentations available at UNCE, CABNR event

You’ve likely driven past Valley Road Field Laboratories hundreds of times. Yet you probably never really knew what goes on within that 123-year-old facility.

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the UNR Agriculture Experiment Station and the UNR College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR) are teaming up for a special event to give you an up-close look at what’s happening at the facility.

The annual Valley Road Field Day will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8. This free event is open to the public and aims to raise awareness about the latest research and community outreach projects taking place at Valley Road facility.

The Field Day is an opportunity to tour grounds of the UNR Greenhouse Complex, experimental wine vineyard and biofuels production facilities; listen to research presentations; and view UNCE Master Gardener demonstrations and Living with Fire exhibits. The Nevada High Desert Farming Initiative will demonstrate strategies to extend the growing season in northern Nevada.

Children will enjoy the hands-on science area, special hayrides and souvenir shingles branding. New for this year will be a solar science area, hosted by UNCE’s 4-H program, and the first-ever zucchini contest, open to all ages and hosted by UNCE Master Gardeners. Entry forms can be picked up at the main sign-in table and all entries must be submitted by 11 a.m. to be eligible for prizes.

University researchers use the 60 acres of Valley Road Field Laboratories to pioneer agricultural research in the fields of greenhouse growing, genomics and biofuels.

In 1899 — empowered by the Hatch Act of 1887, which ensured experiment stations be placed in agricultural regions of the U.S — Washoe County purchased land east of Valley Road and deeded it to UNR. Valley Road Field Labs now consist of four state-of-the-art research facilities and an 18-acre equestrian facility, both dedicated to agricultural research and education.

Lunch will be available for purchase from Wolf Pack Meats. This year’s menu includes a tri-tip plate with all the trimmings. Proceeds will support CABNR’s agriculture-related student organizations.

For more information about the event and registration, visit http://www.cabnr.unr.edu/fieldday/

For additional information, contact Kim Higgins at 775-784-1660 or khiggins@cabnr.unr.edu

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