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Nevada Farm Bureau

Volume 64, Number 4 April 2012

Agriculture & Livestock Journal

Pershing County Lions Club Holds Annual Urban/Rural Dinner Lovelock, NV -- Pershing County Lions Club recognized their local farmers and ranchers at their annual Urban/Rural Dinner on Monday March 26 at the Community Center in Lovelock. Not only did they provide an excellent steak dinner to the over sixty people, but the speakers were geared to interest their guests.

The Lions Club invited and introduced their state legislative representatives. Senator Don Gustavson and Assemblyman Ira Hansen of Reno attended. Senator Gustavson and Assemblyman Hansen gave Pershing County residents a chance to meet their new representatives, new due to redistricting. The keynote speaker was Nevada Supreme Court Justice James W. Hardesty. He gave an overview of the breadth of the cases that the Supreme Court is required to hear. It may be the appeal of a prisoner about the food served in prison, to the Churchill County President Sonya appeal of a mortgage dispute conflict, and then to what affects ag producers such Johnson. as a major water case where Nevada’s water code must be interpreted. Nevada’s justices have a case load per judge of two to three times higher than surrounding states, causing a backlog of cases and a poor use of resources. Justice Hardesty gave a very compelling case of why Nevada needs the addition of a Court of Appeals, and how by housing it with the Nevada Supreme Court, additional costs would be minimized. With the population growth plus the increase of repossessed homes, the proposed court would enable the justices to concentrate on the major cases while ensuring that the other cases are heard in a timely manner. Dick Kelsey, CEO of the Sun Science Corporation, talked about how they are utilizing plastic cells to generate electricity and heat for hoop houses, and no – they are not taking any federal funds. It looks like they have tremendous potential in the agriculture industry. The Double Tree Ranch in Pershing County is the test facility for the Sun Science project. John and Carol Shank have provided their hoop houses for this experiment. It looks like they are going to be economically feasible. Sonya Johnson, Churchill County Farm Bureau President, gave an overview of Farm Bureau as the umbrella representative of agriculture. Johnson empathized that the strength of Nevada Farm Bureau comes from policy created by farmer/rancher members. Nevada Farm Bureau policy is created through a grassroots approach; starting at the county Farm Bureau, moving to the state Farm Bureau, and then to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Both Senator Gustavson and Assemblyman Hansen mentioned working with Nevada Farm Bureau and Executive Vice President Doug Busselman, who also serves as the organization’s lobbyist. Currently, there is not an active county Farm Bureau in Pershing County. However, from the response to the Farm Bureau message at this dinner, there seems to be an interest in potentially re-establishing a county Farm Bureau. As a note: Justice Judge Hardesty recommended that we read the delegate notes for the Nevada Constitution which have been published under Constitutional Debates and Proceeding 1864. It can be purchased from the Legislative Council Bureau by calling 775-684-6835.


Heritage Foundation Nevada Ranch Family Featured During Announces Scholarships Las Vegas NASCAR Race for Ag in the Classroom During the course of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Furniture Row racing will be featuring farm and ranch families across America as part of Conference Sparks, NV - Nevada Ag in the Classroom through the Nevada Heritage Foundation have announced they are offering three $600 scholarships for Nevada teachers to attend the national Ag in the Classroom Conference, June 19-22 in Loveland, CO. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is April 6, 2012. The national Ag in the Classroom Conference is designed for: Educators of all grade levels, Administrators, Curriculum Developers, Career Guidance Counselors, Teacher Aides, Substitute Teachers, AITC Volunteers, State AITC Contacts, Agricultural Science Teachers, Extension Educators, AITC Board Members, Agricultural Industry Representatives Interested teachers can contact Dennis Hellwinkel at nvaitcdennis@wildblue. net for more information and scholarship application.

the racing team’s Farm American program. When the Kobalt Tools 400 came to Las Vegas, a Nevada family was sought after. The Perkins family from Panaca was chosen to be featured during the March race. Grant and Jamie Perkins both have agricultural backgrounds. Jamie comes from several generations of cattle and hay farming on both sides her family. Grant Perkins’ family ran a feed store in Las Vegas, along with raising horses, chickens, and buffalo. They both aspire to be able to have a full-time agricultural operation. Jamie said, “If there were a way at this time to farm full-time and provide for our family, that would be our choice.” Currently, the Perkins live on Jamie’s maternal Grandfather’s black angus and alfalfa hay ranch. The family works and helps out on the ranch as much as possible. Grant has a custom hay-loading business, and he loads for several farmers who export their hay to California dairies. Jamie is currently serving as the Young Farmer & Rancher Chair for Nevada Farm Bureau. Grant and Jaime have three boys and a girl, and another boy in the way. The children enjoy working on the ranch too, keeping busy with horses, feeding chickens, and bottle raising orphan calves. The oldest has two lambs and is preparing for his first livestock show.

(ISSN 0899-8434) (USPS 377-280) 2165 Green Vista Dr. Suite 205 Sparks, NV 89431 Phone: (775) 674-4000 Fax: (775) 674-4004 Publisher: Nevada Farm Bureau Federation Editor: Zach Allen The Nevada Farm Bureau Agriculture & Livestock Journal is published monthly by the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation. Subscriptions are available to Nevada Farm Bureau members, only, at an annual subscription price of $1, which is included in yearly dues. Periodical postage is paid at Reno, NV and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to Nevada Farm Bureau Agriculture & Livestock Journal, 2165 Green Vista Drive, Suite 205, Sparks, NV 89431.

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Rick Huskins Wins 2011 4-H Ag Volunteer of the Year Award Reno, NV — Rick Huskins, 4-H Leader of the North Las Vegas Roadrunners, was awarded the 2011 4-H Ag Volunteer of Year by the Nevada Agricultural Foundation. This is the first time Huskins has won the award and second time that a Roadrunner leader has been recognized for their achievements. Huskins has served as the North Las Vegas Roadrunners leader since 2001 and was one of the founding leaders of the club. When the club was first chartered there were four families, two 4-H members, and eight clover buds. Since then, the club has grown to nearly 60 members. The Roadrunners 4-H Club is the largest in Las Vegas.

Rick Huskins awarded 4-H Ag Volunteer of the Year Award.

Huskins received $1000 stipend from the Ag Foundation which will be used to support the club. Huskins said, “The members of the Roadrunner 4-H club earned this stipend and it will go to them. We are expanding our shooting sports program, market animal projects, small animal projects and community service programs. This $1000 will go a long way in helping the club continue the great things it does.” Sue Hoffman, Executive Director of the Nevada Agricultural Foundation said, “The Nevada Agricultural Foundation is pleased to recognize Rick Huskins as the Outstanding 4-H Volunteer for 2011-2012, as part of our Excellence in Education Program. Each year the Nevada Agricultural Foundation encourages education of Nevada’s youth as to the importance of agriculture in their lives.”

In addition to the Outstanding 4-H Volunteer, the Foundation recognizes the Outstanding Agriculture Instructor, Outstanding Ag in the Classroom Volunteer and the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association Outstanding Teacher Award. Each award is accompanied by a $1000 stipend which the recipient uses to support and supplement their agricultural education activities.

Nevada Ag Foundation Awards Outstanding Agriculture Instructor Reno, NV - During the 2012 Nevada FFA State Convention, March 20-24, the Nevada Ag Foundation awarded Mr. John Kohntopp from the Ruby Mountain FFA Chapter, Agriculture Instructor of the Year Award. Mr. Kohntopp is currently the welding and greenhouse instructor for Ruby Mountain FFA located in Elko, NV. He has been teaching at Elko High School for the past 6 1/2 years, helping in updating and continuing the excellence in the agriculture and FFA programs. Mr. Kohntopp, along with his fellow Ag teachers, create a learning environment that elevates the standard for all levels of Ag education and proficiency testing.

Mr. John Kohntopp of Ruby Mountain FFA receiving an award from Sue Hoffman, Executive Director of the Nevada Ag Foundation.

Mr. Kohntopp also received a $1000 stipend from the Ag Foundation. The $1000 can be used anyway that will benefit Mr. Kohntopp’s ag education program. Mr. Kohntopp was selected by the Nevada Association of Agricultural Educators to receive this award. April 2012 | Page 3 | www.nvfb.org


Fallon Culinary Arts Program Receives National Recognition During the Nevada Farm Bureau Board of Directors meeting on March 3rd, it was announced that the Nevada Farm Bureau Women’s committee received national recognition for a program designed by Churchill County High School teacher Susan VanPatten, and Churchill County Farm Bureau President Sonya Johnson. The program is called the “Mini Contest.”

Julienne Hale (L) receiving her award for winning the MiniContest. Jo O’Toole (R) presented her a check for $45. Photo courtesy of Alyssa O’Toole

In the fall semester, students rose to the challenge for the Mini-Contest conducted in Ms. VanPatten’s Culinary Arts classes, sponsored by Churchill County Farm Bureau as part of their regular curriculum. VanPatten assigned the students to design an attractive poster of a menu for a meal. However, it went a lot further than that. The students from the three classes prepared a nutritional analysis using the USDA’s My Plate. The poster format included a visual representation of the meal, calories, grams of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. They also recognized local, available food supplies. Students had a choice of working individually or in teams of two or three.

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Julieanne Hale prepared the first place winning poster. Her menu consisted of a Western style bone in barbecue pork chop accompanied by a tropical fruit salad and roasted carrots. Second place poster was created by the Kayla Satler, Kellie Quillen, and Emma-Leigh Blundell team. The third place poster by Teona Nevers and Alyssa Ware was outstanding too. The judges were very impressed with the creativity and amount of work these students exhibited. On awards day, Jo O’Toole, her granddaughter Alyssa O’Toole, and Sonya Johnson talked about how food safety starts on the farm and how it has changed. They spoke to three classes about food safety. Jo really opened some eyes when she told them that she shopped once a month and even went three months without shopping while living in Reese River Valley. In addition to speaking about food safety, quality, and nutrition, they served special needs cookies. The cookies, which included no wheat flour Oatie = Oatmeal cookies, low sugar and whole wheat cookies. In the three classes, they spoke in only a few students were able to identify which were which. Churchill County Farm Bureau has made arrangements with Susan VanPatten for another “Mini Contest” for the 2012 fall semester. This is to encourage and recognize the excellent Culinary Arts program and the understanding that food safety starts on the farm or ranch.

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Nevada Farm Bureau Adds Enterprise Rent-A-Car as Member Benefit Sparks, NV — Nevada Farm Bureau is excited to announce Enterprise Rent-A-Car as a Nevada Farm Bureau member benefit. Enterprise offers members a level of service not found with any other rental car service; they offer free pick-up! In addition to free-pick-up, Enterprise has award winning customer service and thousands of neighborhood locations. There are 34 Enterprise branches in Nevada and over 6,500 offices in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland and Germany. Enterprise offers car rentals in more locations than any other rental car company. With the neighborhood network, Enterprise has locations within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. Renting a car at Enterprise is easy, with two convenient options. 1. Web - Visit www.nvfb.org/enterprise. The website offers information about the program and a direct link to a custom Enterprise/Farm Bureau landing page. Using this method will automatically apply the discount, so discount codes will not need to be entered. 2. Call - The second method is to call Enterprise at 1-800-Rent-a-Car. When calling provide the Nevada Farm Bureau Account Number: L540197. Enterprise would also like to offer Nevada Farm Bureau members a free upgrade on your next rental by using the included coupon.

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GBC Aggies Club and Elko County FB Sponsor Dinner Elko, NV - Great Basin College Aggies Club and Elko County Farm

Bureau are sponsoring a dinner that will be featuring Trent Loos. Dinner will be on April 14. Dinner is $25 and $20 for 4-H and FFA youth members. For those not wanting to eat dinner, admission to hear Trent Loos speak is free.

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During dinner GBC students will highlight their research projects. To RSVP for dinner contact Tracy Shane at 775-753-2344 or buy tickets ahead of time at the Great Basin College Controller’s Office.


Range Camp Applications Now Being Accepted Caliente, NV — Applications are now being accepted from high school students to attend the 52nd Nevada Youth Range Camp to be held June 17-23 at the U.S. Forest Service’s Big Creek Campground in central Nevada. Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 30. Nevada Youth Range Camp is a teenager’s best opportunity to learn about Nevada’s desert and mountain rangelands and diverse ecosystems, while experiencing them first hand. The Society for Range Management operates the week-long camp for 14-18 year olds from Nevada and eastern California. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension conducts the program with staff from various State and Federal agencies including University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, Nevada Division of Conservation Districts, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Nevada Department of Wildlife. Financial sponsors include Nevada Wildlife Federation, Nevada Conservation Districts, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, and Nevada Society for Range Management. Campers will have the opportunity to learn from range management professionals who are knowledgeable in the ecology and management of the Great Basin’s desert and mountain rangelands. Students learn basic surveying and map reading, identification and importance of rangeland plants, evaluation of sagebrush and woodland ecosystems, wildlife surveying techniques, evaluation of stream health, and many other topics related to rangelands. While the camp is educational, it also offers an enjoyable, outdoor experience with activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, volleyball, horseshoes, campfires and photography. Interested students must submit an application and letter of recommendation from an adult other than a parent or sibling. The cost to attend Range Camp is $180, which includes meals and camp activities. Applicants can be sponsored to attend Range Camp by contacting their local conservation district or other organizations. Forms and information can be found on the Nevada Youth Range Camp Web site at http://nevada.rangelands.org/Range%20Camp.html or by contacting Kathryn Dyer (775) 885-6012 or kdyer@blm.gov. Completed applications with enclosures can be mailed to NV Youth Range Camp, c/o Bureau of Land Management, attn. Kathryn Dyer, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701; e-mailed to kdyer@blm.gov; or faxed to 775-8856147 (attn. Kathryn Dyer). If sent by e-mail, letters of recommendation must be on the adult’s official letterhead or must be a scanned copy of the adult’s letter and signature. Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 30. Approved applicants will be notified within two weeks. Camp is held every June at the US Forest Service Big Creek Campground in central Nevada’s Toiyabe Mountain Range. The Toiyabes are one of Nevada’s most impressive mountain ranges with several peaks over 10,000 feet in elevation. June is an ideal time to be in the Toiyabes when numerous wildflowers are in bloom and the vegetation is green from the recent snowmelt.

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Nevada Farm Bureau Offers Office Depot Savings for Members

Some of the benefits include free next day delivery, 11,000 plus products priced below retail, special monthly savings, and members can shop in store or online.

Sparks, NV - Nevada Farm Bureau added Office Depot to its growing list of member benefits.

To access the savings online visit www.nvfb.org/officedepot. You will be redirected to a custom Nevada Farm Bureau page. From here you can shop at Officedepot.com. The savings are built in, you do not have to enter

The Office Depot savings plan will be beneficial to all members, whether urban or rural.

any special rate codes. To shop at a store location, use the “Store Purchasing Card” in the flyer below. Cut out the card and take it to your local store. There is a coupon in the flyer to get your new card laminated for free. For questions about this benefit or other benefits visit www.nvfb.org or email us at nvfarmbureau@nvfb.org.

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Valid in store only. Must present this original coupon to cashier at time of purchase. Photocopies/reproductions no valid. Not valid for purchases made in Office Depot outlet/clearance stores. Cannot be combined with Store Purchasing or Procurement Cards. Coupon is good for one-time use only, is not transferable, is not for resale or auction and cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. While supplies last. No rain checks. No cash back. Void where prohibited. Limit 1 coupon per household/business.

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SPC Account # 80117890341 CARDHOLDER INSTRUCTIONS: Present this card to an associate at your local Office Depot Store. You must pre pay when using self service copiers. To order online, go to www.nvfb.org/officedepot and click Shop Online.

OFFICE DEPOT ASSOCIATE INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Begin sale transaction as normal. Self Service copy transactions must be paid for at the register. 2. Press, “Total” and then select, “Charge” or, “F1>SPC Account” (touch screen only). 3. Enter SPC# and wait for register to re-price. 4. Purchases made using the card do not qualify for Worklife Rewards®. Office Products = Pricing adjustments in accordance to national program’s contract terms Version 10/10 Black & White copies = 2.5¢, Color copies = 29¢, Binding, Folding, Cutting 35% off retail.

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by Bob Stallman, American Farm Bureau

We Can Protect Our Farm Kids

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s a boy growing up in southeast Texas, I not only worked on my family’s farm, I lived and breathed it. What many people outside of rural America don’t understand is that farm work for a kid is not just a chore or a job – it’s a way of life. Learning to drive a tractor comes as natural as riding a bike and there’s nothing that teaches a kid more discipline and commitment than milking a cow. It was ‘American Gothic’ painter Grant Wood who once said, “All the good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.” Farm work has always played a significant role in the lives of rural youth across the country, whether they are milking cows on their grandparents’ farm or harvesting apples as a summer job. But, because of general misunderstanding and over-zealous activists, the ability of rural kids being able to perform traditional farm chores and jobs is in serious jeopardy.

Way of Life A proposed rule released by the Department of Labor would have detrimental effects on farm families. No longer would kids be allowed to do many chores on their grandparents’ farms, nor would kids under 16 be allowed to get a typical summer job at their neighbor’s farm – even with their parent’s consent. Under the DOL rule as it was proposed in September, a child can only work on a farm that is ‘wholly owned’ by his or her parents. Farm Bureau is hopeful that the recent decision by DOL to re-propose the ‘parental exemption’ will be a positive step, but we simply don’t know. If DOL decides to, it could interpret the parental exemption in a way that would make it much more difficult – if not impossible – for nieces, nephews and grandchildren to work on the family farm. Let’s take a look at Missouri hog producer Chris Chinn, who grew up doing chores on her grandparent’s farm. As she testified before Congress earlier this month, she never would have had those life-shaping experiences if the DOL rule had been in place back then. Even more disturbing is that her two children won’t be allowed the same experiences of doing routine chores on their grandparents’ farm if DOL goes forward with its initial plan.

Hazardous Rulemaking The DOL rule would also put strict limits on what hired youth can and can’t do. In updating its ‘hazardous occupation orders,’ DOL is saying that a youth under the age of 16 would be mostly prohibited from working with livestock or operating equipment that’s not driven by hand or foot power. Read literally, the DOL proposal would mean a 15-year old could not operate a hand-held, battery-powered screwdriver to mend fences or be hired to mow lawns. Farm and ranch families are more interested than anyone else in assuring the safety of our farms. We have no desire at all to have young teenagers working in jobs that are inappropriate or entail too much risk. But, regulations need to be sensible and within reason – not prohibiting teenagers from performing simple everyday farm functions like operating a battery-powered screwdriver. Members in the House and Senate, on both sides of the aisle, have called for the rule to be withdrawn, and Farm Bureau agrees. But if DOL proceeds, as seems likely, we will be working actively to assure that any final regulation makes sense, does not infringe on the traditional rights of family farms and does not unnecessarily restrict the ability of young people to work in agriculture. In other words, we need a rule that respects the significance of youth farm work in America and the importance it plays in our system of family-based agriculture.

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2012 Nevada Agricultural Foundation Annual Meeting and Banquet! Join Us On May 11, 2012

Providing Resources for Education, Research, Leadership and Public Information in Agriculture.

Addressing and Building Nevada’s Agricultural Future

Nevada Agricultural Foundation

This year’s banquet entertainment includes information of concern to Nevada Agriculturalists, announcement of educational assistance awards and grant recipients will be recognized.

Banquet Reservations are Required! For information about joining us at the Banquet please call the Nevada Ag Foundation at: 775-673-AGNV (2468). Nevada Agriculture Foundation 2165 Green Vista Drive, Suite 204 Sparks, NV 89431 775-673-AGNV

Mail: P.O. Box 8089 Reno, NV 89507

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Existing Farm Bureau Bank equipment loans are excluded from this offer. Normal credit criteria does apply. * Rate disclosed as Annual Percentage Rate (APR) and based on exceptional credit. Some restrictions may apply based upon the make and model of equipment offered as collateral. Up to 90% financing for new and 85% for used equipment. Loans subject to credit approval. Rates are accurate as of 03/02/2012. Rates and financing are limited to farm equipment model years 2002 or newer and are subject to change without notice. A down payment may be required for new or used equipment purchases. Financial information required for loan requests over $50,000. Commercial vehicles and trailers may be subject to an additional documentation fee. Farm Bureau Bank does not provide equity or cash-out financing on commercial vehicles and equipment. Banking services provided by Farm Bureau Bank, FSB. Farm Bureau, FB, and the FB National Logo are registered service marks owned by, and used by Farm Bureau Bank FSB under license from, the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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