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UNCE offers drought workshop for farmers, ranchers

Posted 9/27/2012

Sessions highlight resources, programs for those facing rising costs

By Kayla Johnson

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is holding eight public workshops throughout the month of October to help ranchers and farmers affected by drought and wildfire.

Many Nevada ranchers and farmers have had to dramatically cut back on their hay and alfalfa cultivation this summer due to dwindling irrigation supplies. Mineral County Extension Educator Staci Emm, coordinator for Cooperative Extension’s Herds & Harvest program, said producers throughout Nevada have had to deal with drought and fire, which could be devastating to agricultural operations.

Emm said the result is higher costs and reduced income for many agricultural producers.

The fires in the state have destroyed federal grazing opportunities for Nevada ranchers. This combined with limited water supplies in certain parts of the state forces producers to make difficult management decisions.

At the October workshops — scheduled for Winnemucca, Owyhee, Elko, Ely, Gardnerville, Yerington, Nixon and Fallon — representatives from state and federal agencies will present information on technical and financial assistance available to landowners and livestock operators. U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency representatives will also discuss insurance programs.

The U.S. Farm Service Agency will discuss emergency loans, water hauling and fence repair programs. The U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service will discuss programs available to help with reseedings, spring developments and fencing.

The workshops were created after several small and large ranches and farms contacted UNCE asking for help and resources. The workshops cost $10 per person and include a meal. Participants will have an opportunity to sign up for programs at each workshop. To register and for more information, contact Jennifer Kintz at 775-945-3444, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Mineral County, P.O. Box 810, Hawthorne, NV 89415.

Winnemucca, Oct. 10 3—6 p.m. UNCE, Humboldt County 1085 Fairgrounds Road Winnemucca, NV 89445

Owyhee, Oct. 11 Duck Valley Indian Reservation 9 a.m. — 12 p.m. Human Development Center (HDC) 1284 OPD Road Owyhee, NV 89832

Elko, Oct. 11 3—6 p.m. Great Basin College Health Science Building Room 108 1500 College Parkway Elko, NV 89801

Ely, Oct. 12 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. White Pine County Library 950 Campton Street Ely, NV 89301

Gardnerville, Oct. 19 9 a.m. — 12 p.m. UNCE, Douglas County 1329 Waterloo Lane Gardnerville, NV 89410

Yerington, Oct. 19 3—6 p.m. UNCE, Lyon County 504 S. Main Street Yerington, NV 89447

Nixon, Oct. 25 Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation 9 a.m. — 12 p.m. Tribal Council Chambers 208 Capitol Hill Nixon, NV 89424

Fallon, Oct. 25 3—6 p.m. UNCE, Churchill County 111 Sheckler Road Fallon, NV 89406

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