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Vegetables being sold at Farmers Market.

Crop production being sold at Farmers Market.

Current Events

Small Scale Poultry, Sept. 17 2015

Small scale backyard poultry has become quite popular in recent years in Northern Nevada. This program will help poultry owners get off on the right foot and maintain a healthy flock. Learn about getting started, facility requirements, and finding poultry to stock your coop. Get prepared to avoid poultry diseases and learn about the various legal restrictions to follow. Keep your chickens happy by understanding their feeding requirements. Discover what a small poultry operation costs and what you might expect to gain as income if that is consistent with your goals.

Poultry can be an enjoyable enterprise and enhance the rural ambiance in your backyard.

Past Events

Business strategies for agriculture producers, July 21 and 22

Field Dressing Techniques, Practices and Conservation for Nevada Hunters

The University of Nevada, Reno College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension are collaborating with the Nevada Department of Wildlife to provide education to Nevada hunters. Classes will focus on field dressing techniques, practices and conservation. The Wolf Pack Meats facility will be utilized to provide education on breaking down carcasses and the different types of cuts available from game animals. Each class is limited to 15 participants due to the size of the Wolf Pack Meats facility.

Alfalfa and Grass Hay Dealing with Drought

Topics include: Recommended Irrigation Practices for Alfalfa and Grass Hay During Drought, Alfalfa and Grass Hay Price Outlook, Overview of Risk Management Crop Insurance Programs, Water Availability and Irrigation Update.

Update on Impact of Future Growth in Nevada Dairies

With the construction and operation of the DFA dry milk powder plant, the Northern Nevada dairy industry and cluster could realize expanded opportunities in the future. Along with the dry milk powder plant, a new Farm Bill has passed which could impact this dairy cluster. This workshop will cover potential financial impacts to Northern Nevada dairies from the new dry powder milk plant and Farm Bill, past experiences in developing a dairy cluster in rural Utah, agricultural price forecasts, and current and future situation of Northern Nevada dairy industry and cluster.

Managed Intensive Grazing Systems

Managed Intensive Grazing (MIG) systems can significantly increase carrying capacity or production of livestock per acre compared to continuous or less managed systems. MIG systems utilizing livestock for grazing can be implemented to mimic hay harvest with equipment leading to timely, uniform and planned harvest of pasture plants. Successful plans will incorporate both plant and livestock concepts to achieve desired personal, economic and environmental goals. MIG systems can significantly increase carrying capacity or production of livestock per acre compared to continuous or less managed systems.

Livestock Dealing with Drought

This educational program brings agencies together to offer assistance for Nevada cattle producers impacted by the drought, and is working with private industry to give producers the opportunity to participate in a national Beef Quality Assurance Program," said Mineral County Extension Educator Staci Emm, who, with Ray Reed of Ray Reed's Insurance Services, will discuss the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency's livestock programs that offer producers options to insure vegetation on rangeland, cattle prices and their farms as a whole. The national Beef Quality Assurance Program is a voluntary certification process that producers can participate in to improve product quality, and thus increase product value. The workshop is sponsored by the Risk Management Agency and Boehringer-Ingleheim, a company specializing in pharmaceuticals and animal health. Boehringer-Ingleheim Veterinarian Joe Campbell will discuss the Beef Quality Assurance program and offer a stipend for producers attending to cover one year of Beef Quality Assurance certification. Clint Koble, state executive director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, will offer additional information on how producers can participate in drought assistance programs, including the livestock feed assistance program. Bruce Peterson, state conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Resources Conservation Service, will discuss drought assistance available through the National Resources Conservation Service.

Wolf Pack Meats Slaughter and Processing Certification Program

An Introduction to Food Safety in Horticultural Operations, Caliente, NV: March 11, 2014

Regulatory compliance, food safety, water rights, organic vs. all natural and season extension.

Cattlemen's Update January 2014

For registration and additional information, contact:

Jennifer Kintz, 775-945-3444 ext. 12

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