Herds & Harvest Program
Cultivating Success for Nevada Farmers and Ranchers
Find out how Cooperative Extension can assist agricultural producers with training, mentoring support and other tools to help them become more profitable. Growers and ranchers learn the latest financial management tools, develop entrepreneurial skills, receive on-the-ground training in production agriculture, and get help marketing their products. Every resident in Nevada wins when they can trace the origin of their agriculture products. Having access to Nevada products ensures that our purchasing power stays right here in Nevada.
What is a farm?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's definition of a farm is any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.
Why this program?
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has been awarded a $672,000 federal grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to launch the Herds & Harvest program in Nevada.
Mineral County Extension Educator Staci Emm and Lyon County Extension Educator Loretta Singletary head up the new statewide team, which will develop educational courses, workshops, technical assistance, business advice and mentoring support network for Nevada agricultural producers who are beginning or diversify a farm or ranch operation.
The goal is to help agricultural producers succeed. They'll learn the latest financial management tools, develop entrepreneurial skills, receive on-the-ground training and support in production agriculture, and get help marketing their products.
Why? Every resident in Nevada wins when they can trace the origin of their agricultural products. Having access to Nevada products ensures that our purchasing power stays right here in Nevada.
Cooperative Extension already has a strong record of helping farmers and ranchers diversify their crops, increase yields, control weeds, protect and conserve water resources and establish sustainable grazing practices. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that one in five farmers nationally is a beginner. They face steep start-up costs and a limited availability of land. The federal government supports beginner farmers because almost two-thirds of established farmers and ranchers are older than 55, raising concerns about the availability and abundance of food supplies as older farmers retire. Clark and Storey counties have the highest percentage of beginning farmers and ranchers in the state, with more than 40 percent having been in the business less than 10 years. Washoe and Lander counties have the next highest concentrations.