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Producers to gather at Small Ag Conference

Farm Bureau and Extension team up to provide latest information to producers May 5-6 in Las Vegas.

Claudene Wharton, Communications and Senior Marketing Specialist

April 18, 2023

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Those with smaller agricultural operations in the state, or considering getting into the business, can get a wealth of information on the newest techniques and resources at the Nevada Small Agriculture Conference, May 5-6, at the Santa Fe Station in Las Vegas.

The event is being coordinated by the Nevada Farm Bureau and University of Nevada, Reno Extension, a unit of the University’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources. The USDA’s Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (WSARE) is also assisting with the event.

Small-acreage producers will be able to network with one another, as well as get the latest information on research, production and resources from experts, such as those from the Farm Bureau, Extension, WSARE, Nevada Department of Agriculture, USDA Farm Service Agency, the University’s Desert Farming Initiative and more.

On May 5, there will be sessions to discuss marketing tools and an evening social and trade show, followed by dinner with a keynote speaker. Tentative breakout sessions that day may include:

  • Honey Bee Production, Poultry Production, Vegetable Production

  • Time and Stress Management

  • Enterprise Budgets, Business Planning, Taxes

  • Hydroponic Fodder for Water Conservation, Farming in the Desert and Organic Certifications

Success stories

On May 6, the lunch session will feature success stories using WSARE funds, and the day will end with a panel discussion with agriculture leaders in the state. Tentative breakout sessions that day may include:

  • Opportunities in the Farm Bureau, WSARE Grant Programs

  • Food Sovereignty and Food Security

  • USDA, Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Services Programs Available

  • Value-Added Ag Producer Programs and Requirements

Those planning to attend are encouraged to register online by April 25. For those who register online by April 25, fees are $80 (or $55 for Nevada Farm Bureau members). Late registration at the event will be limited, and prices will go up.

For more information, contact Kaley Chapin, Extension outreach specialist at 702-467-2668, or Kyle Reber, Nevada Farm Bureau Federation field representative at 775-870-0079.

Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should contact Paul Lessick, Extension civil rights and compliance coordinator, at 702-257-5577 at least five days prior to the scheduled event with their needs or for more information.

About the Author(s)

Claudene Wharton

Communications and Senior Marketing Specialist, University of Nevada, Reno

Wharton has more than 30 years of experience in collaborative leadership, community engagement, government and media relations, program development and implementation, fund development and fundraising, management and strategic communications for nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education.

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