Popularity Requires Expansion to Larger Site
Nevada’s blossoming agricultural industry is growing, and so is the annual Nevada Small Conference. The conference set for Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 21-23, has moved from Fallon to a larger venue - John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks, for the many workshops and seminars being offered, along with a Friday night social mixer.
The conference will cover a variety of topics, including livestock and poultry production, hoop houses, agritourism, organic farming, local food systems, business planning and more. Preconference workshops will offer insight about the growth of Nevada agriculture, according to conference coordinator Ann Louhela of Western Nevada College. Topics will include commercial hops production, seed starting and saving, value-added production, and small farm business planning.
“Nevada has an ideal climate for hops, barley and seeds, Louhela said. “Processing raw product into value-added products offers opportunity for year-round sales. These enterprises have potential for growth and job creation. Many people don't understand that agriculture creates jobs off the farm as well as on it.”
Workshops and conference sessions will offer candid discussions about the challenges facing producers. Hot topics will likely include the lack of infrastructure, competitive pricing and Nevada’s high-desert climate.
Sponsoring organizations include Western Nevada College; University of Nevada, Reno-College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources; Whole Foods Market; U.S. Foods; Great Basin Brewing Company; Rail City Garden Center; Silverado-Stanislaus Farm Supply; Friends of Nevada Organics; NevadaGrown; Nevada Certified Farmers Market Association; Marie Gibson Management & Consulting; and Western Nevada Development District.
For conference details, registration information and fees, visit WNC’s website, www.wnc.edu/sci, or contact Louhela at 775-351-2551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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