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Nevada Farm Network Connects State’s Specialty Crop Growers

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The Nevada Farm Network helps the Silver State’s specialty crop producers interact and share resources to improve farm efficiency. The Desert Farming Initiative, a program of the Experiment Station of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno, is coordinating the farmer-led project. The grant funding is provided by the Nevada Department of Agriculture from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service

Many farmers are so busy they do not have the time or resources to connect with each other — the Nevada Farm Network’s online hub makes that process quick and easy.

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“Ag technology is accelerating, and resources are available to help support our agriculture industry, but producers often don’t have the time to conduct research or connect with one another,” Jill Moe, director of Desert Farming Initiative, told Nevada Today. “The intent of the Nevada Farm Network is to make it easier for producers to connect and find the resources they need. We want to harness and make accessible information to bolster Nevada agriculture.” 

The network is open to all Nevada agricultural producers, as well as those supporting the growers in some way.

Online farmers can find many agricultural events they can attend across the state and a digital library with extensive information on topics from seeding to soil to

business to marketing. Much like the Desert Farming Initiative, the network hopes to also

advance climate-smart farming and food systems in the Silver State.

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The state’s agricultural industry is dominated by the potato, as well as hay, wheat, barley, and alfalfa — much of it tied to the dominant free-range livestock industry. 

However, the state has notably smaller crop producers. The Nevada Farm Network wants to bolster the production of those unique crops, such as winter squash, which had a notable year in 2023.

The site hopes to provide information to secure a long-term future for various types of agriculture in the state by building on its legacy of farmer innovation and cooperation.

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“As producers, with how large our state is and the distance between us all, we sometimes struggle to be able to just get together and share what’s working, what’s not, or new methods or technologies we’ve discovered,” Rodney Mehring of Blue Lizard Farms and a member of the Network’s Leadership Committee, said to Nevada Today. “We want to help each other – that’s what we do as producers here in Nevada. But, we need a better way of communicating to help each other out. This new online Network should really help us help each other.”

Using the Nevada Farm Network is free, but individuals must create an online account.

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