Nevada Department of Agriculture

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A grant awarded to the Nevada Department of Agriculture will help farmers prevent produce-related disease outbreaks.

Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne has more.

The $2 million award, dispersed over the next five years, will help Nevada farmers comply with guidelines set by the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. In addition, the department will offer various workshops and training to farmers around the state.

Ashley Jeppson is a state agriculturalist. She says if food makes consumers sick in one region, there could be national repercussions.

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State officials have released a report showing West Nile Virus infections in two horses. The infections found in Churchill and Clark Counties indicate some risk for humans and other horses, but Nevada's head veterinarian says there is no cause for alarm. 

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The Nevada Department of Agriculture is offering a grant to help stimulate specialty crops in the state. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has that story.

Specialty crops are plants used for human consumption that are not animal- or grain-based: things like fruits, nuts and herbs. The Nevada Department of Agriculture is offering $250,000 to promote this industry.

Ashley Jeppson is with the department, and she says the purpose of the grant is to enhance human food production.

Nevada’s food and agricultural industries will be highlighted during a week-long trade mission to Vietnam. But some critics worry about the local impact of global trade. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray has more.

Julia Ritchey

  A new mobile app launching this spring will allow ranchers and farmers to submit data on vast tracts of Nevada rangeland that currently go unmonitored. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Since the Oregon standoff began, national attention has turned once again to the tension surrounding federal land management in the West, where a vast majority of land is owned by the government.

Nevada Organic Producers Rush To Find New Certifier

Jul 27, 2015

The Nevada Department of Agriculture recently decided to dissolve its organic certification program, which will officially end next year. Now, producers who were certified though the state will have to find another option or risk losing organic status. That’s why a group has banded together to form a new in-state organic organization. But, as Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli reports, they have their work cut out for them and it’s not clear if they’ll be ready on time.

“Sweet peppers, eggplants, Armenian cucumbers.”

Bat Carrying Rabies Found In Washoe County

Jun 11, 2015
Nevada Department of Agriculture

The first confirmed rabid bat has been identified in Washoe County and officials with the Nevada Department of Agriculture are encouraging residents to maintain pet vaccinations for this disease.

Dr. Michael Greenlee is Nevada's State Veterinarian. He says this rabies strain - that originates in bats - has been known to jump the species barrier into animals like skunks and foxes. 

"When they found it wildlife in Nevada, at least recently, it's also been that same strain. So it probably came from bats into the wildlife," Greenlee says.

State wildlife officials say they are concerned that climate change and urbanization might diminish the native bee population. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports the Nevada Department of Agriculture is putting together guidelines to protect these important pollinators of natural plants.

Jeff Knight is the state’s entomologist. His job is primarily to keep the bad bugs out and to monitor the ones that are vital to the local environment.