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March 2016 Contents

“The Agriculture & Livestock Journal” (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 | Mariesa Bergin

Agriculture Needs Your Voice 4 Beyond the Fencerows 5

The Nevada Farm Bureau Agriculture & Livestock Journal is published monthly by the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation. Subscriptions are available to Nevada Farm Bureau members 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


NVFB NEWS YF&R Conference Recap 7 andelin family farm 8 Farm Bureau in the community 14

President James “Hank” Combs, Vice President Bevan Lister, Women’s Leadership Chair Cindy Hardy, District 1 Director Jim Hardy, District 2 Director Craig Shier, District 3 Director Carla Pomeroy, Executive Vice President Dennis Hellwinkel,


Central County Joyce Hartman, Churchill County Julie Wolf, Clark County Jim Hardy, Douglas County Woody Worthington, Elko County Jonathan Dahl, Humboldt County Martin Muratore, Lander County Paul Young, Lincoln County Lee Mathews, Lyon County Darrell Pursel, Washoe County Louis Damonte Jr., White Pine Tom Baker, YF&R Chair Dann Mathews,

AFBF NEWS Peas To the Table Contest 13 Ag Safety Awareness Week 10

FB BANK UPDATE Welcoming Bee Mello 12 POLICY WATCH transportation regulations 6


Agricultural Safety Awareness Week March 6-12

National Agriculture Day March 15

Winnemucca Ranch Hand Rodeo March 26 If you would like to include a meeting or event on the calendar, please contact Mariesa at


President’s Corner IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE POLITICALLY ENGAGED, AGRICULTURE NEEDS YOUR VOICE! By James “Hank” Combs | President, Nevada Farm Bureau Federation The strides we make in our advocacy efforts cannot occur without your support. Changes that are fought for at a local level in our individual counties can be the beginnings of national movements. Our Nevada Farm Bureau members have spoken up time and again to protect agriculture in our Battle Born State. We must continue to raise up our voices so that generations to come can be prosperous in this stewardship we take on as farmers and ranchers.

In a time when political parties are becoming more and more polarized, when we are wrestling over which presidential candidate to support, when the entire world has a magnifying glass on production agriculture, it can be easy to throw our hands up in the air and walk away from politics altogether. I understand the feeling, but I want to share a few words of encouragement. As President of Nevada Farm Bureau, I have had the opportunity to see this organization stand up for agriculture in a big way. We have successfully advocated for water rights and property rights, brought balance to the endangered species act, and continuously oppose government overreach. Currently we are working with the U.S. Senate to standardize accurate food labeling requirements throughout the nation.

In the early 1900’s, at the first organizational meeting of the American Farm Bureau, AFBF President James Howard said, “What’s good for farmers is good for America.” Lately it seems there are many who disagree with that statement. Let us be reminded that agriculture and ag-related industries contribute more than $800 billion to U.S. gross domestic product according to the United States Department of Commerce. The United States is the world’s leading exporter of agricultural products as reported by the International Trade Administration. We create and support jobs in communities all over the country, and most importantly, we feed the world. So, please, don’t be afraid to stand up for your livelihood. The American economy rests on our efforts and the work that we do does matter. It matters to our families, it matters to our communities, and it matters to anyone on the planet who March 2016 | Page 4 |

wants to eat! We cannot stand on the sidelines and expect someone else to stand up for our agricultural values, if we don’t do it, nobody will. 2016 is an important political year for us. We have the opportunity to elect our next United State’s President, and candidates for congressional and senate seats in Nevada are hard at work seeking our votes. While it’s an interim year for our legislature, interim committees are meeting regularly to draft policy and debate on issues that could affect us. All of our successes in Farm Bureau advocacy have taught us that citizens in this country do have power to change things. We will be heard, if all of us can commit to speaking up. I encourage you to participate in politics this year. Research the candidates, become engaged with your party on a county level, or attend interim committee meetings to offer your testimony as a citizen in production agriculture. Above all, plan to vote when the primaries and general elections come around. It is my hope that our children will learn from us as we speak up so that generations to follow will be raised in homes where agricultural values are defended. It is never to late to step into the conversation! If you need information about becoming involved in any meetings or processes mentioned in this article, reach out to your county president, or the state office. Any one in Farm Bureau will be eager to assist in your efforts.

beyond the fencerows NEW MONTHLY COLUMN: TAKING AG’S MESSAGE BEYOND THE FENCEROWS By Zippy Duvall | President, American Farm Bureau Federation When I attended my first county Farm Bureau meeting back in 1977, I never imagined that I’d have the privilege to serve as your president one day. My Farm Bureau journey is truly a testament to how this organization invests in young people and gives farmers and ranchers the tools we need to protect our livelihood. One of the greatest joys of Farm Bureau leadership for me has been getting the chance to give back and pass on what I have learned to the next generation. It has certainly been a whirlwind since we all met in Orlando, but there’s no time to waste in keeping up the important work of our great organization. I’ve enjoyed meeting with many of you over the last few months, and look forward to getting out to visit more of our members across the country to hear directly from you about the issues you are facing on your farms and ranches. I’m eager to bring your stories to Capitol Hill and represent U.S. agriculture there, but I’m not the only one our lawmakers want to hear from. The fact is: Farmers and ranchers need to be the ones telling our story or someone else will. We each have been given a voice, but it’s our responsibility to speak up and use it. That’s what my father taught me when I was a young farmer just starting out and complaining about regulations and milk prices. “You’re not going to solve those problems inside your fencerows,” he said. “You’ve got to get outside your fencerows.” My dad encouraged me to

attend my first county Farm Bureau meeting, and with the journey that followed, I got a lot farther outside my fencerows than I ever expected. But I have learned over and over again that what my dad said was right: We can’t solve the problems facing agriculture if we’re not willing to step outside our comfort zone. I am proud of the thousands of Farm Bureau members who are investing their time in this important work. Last year alone, 2,415 Farm Bureau members from across the country took their messages straight to Capitol Hill and met with lawmakers to tackle the issues facing agriculture. Our state and national staff work tirelessly fighting for you, but representatives want and need to hear from the people in their home districts. We also need to get out there and share our stories with consumers. People don’t trust what they don’t know. And they don’t trust agriculture because they don’t understand it. Most Americans have never been to a farm and didn’t even grow up near one, but they are ready to learn more about where their food comes from. We need to open up the lines of communication. We need to connect through our shared values, explain how we take care of our land and animals, and tell people about the important steps we take to ensure our food supply is safe.

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And there’s one other thing consumers need to hear about: How unjust regulation is making our lives so difficult. We know many of our members are afraid to speak openly about their battles with the EPA, Army Corps and others. We also know the media can be our ally in these struggles – if only we speak up and let journalists tell our story in the first place. Being an advocate for agriculture is not an easy job, but thankfully farmers are used to hard work. And more than that, we’re not afraid of a challenge. Step outside your fencerows. We must be faithful with our opportunities today if we want to preserve our freedoms for tomorrow.

TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS FOR FARM VEHICLES IN NEVADA Mariesa Bergin | Director of Communications, Nevada Farm Bureau

At the request of our Nevada Farm Bureau Members, we have compiled an up-to-date resource on farm transportation regulations in the state. The legislature made some changes last session that individuals operating farm vehicles should be aware of. All applications mentioned below can be obtained by visiting your local DMV or visiting CDL REQUIREMENTS Farmers are allowed to transport non-hazardous goods and equipment without a CDL if the vehicle is not driven outside of 150 miles from the property. It must be operated by the farmer, immediate family, or an employee. REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS Implements of Husbandry do not require registration if used upon the highways of the state, however, in certain circumstances they may require a Farm License Plate. FARM LICENSE PLATE REQUIREMENTS When operating or towing an implement of husbandry designed to operate at a speed of 25/mph or greater, you must have a farm license plate IF the posted speed limit is greater than 35 mph. To obtain a farm plate, submit an application to the Motor Carrier Division. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $100. You will be required to show proof of liability insurance with a minimum of at least $300,000. If transferring ownership of the implement, the Farm License plate is not transferable and must be returned within 60 days. REFLECTIVE PLACARDS Motorized implements of husbandry designed to travel at 25 mph or less can display a reflective placard for slowmoving vehicles in lieu of a farm license plate. Placards should be positioned on the rear of the vehicle as close to the center as possible. Note that you cannot legally use the placard as a clearance marker for wide loads.

FUEL REFUND CHANGES FOR GASOLINE AND DIESEL FUEL Farmers or Ranchers applying for refunds of fuels used for agriculture may claim a refund only on the basis of 80% of his or her bulk purchases (50 gallons which are not placed directly into tanks of motor vehicles), without the necessity of maintaining records of use. To Claim a refund you must first secure a permit from the department and an account number. Applications are available at GASOLINE CLAIMS VS. DIESEL CLAIMS Gasoline claims require original invoices. Diesel claims can be submitted with original invoices OR spreadsheets containing the original informoation, receipts with vehicle logs, or copies of invoices. You must file gasoline and diesel claims separately. March 2016 | Page 6 |

Young Farmer & Rancher Update NEVADA SENDS 11 TO NATIONAL YF&R CONFERENCE IN KANSAS CITY Ashley Bunker | YF&R Committee Chair, Nevada Farm Bureau The nervousness began to kick in as I stepped foot out of the airport into the freezing cold Kansas City air. I remember looking around and feeling out of sorts as nothing there reminded me of our great state, Nevada. Zero mountains, zero sunlight, and zero people that I knew. I was anxious to meet our Nevada YF&R group because I had never met them before. All that anxiety was for nothing, because Nevada has the best YF&R members on this planet, hands down! Dann and Jessica Mathews, Kari and Jordan Brough, Brent Pursel, Mike Giorgi, Kaley Sproul, Chase Chapin, Jack Gibson and Lachlan McQeuary all represented our great state so well.

We all learned so much on this trip. We got to hear from retired NFL player, Jason Brown, and how he started his farm, First Fruits. President Duvall stressed the importance of why being a member of YF&R is so crucial for creating the leaders for Farm Bureau. We got to listen to other inspiring individuals share their tips for success as advocates for agriculture. We also got to see and support our own Kaley Sproul as she competed in the discussion meet! She did great! There were also many networking opportunities. We had casino night, where we met lots of new friends from other states. We had delicious lunches provided by Case-IH and Monsanto. We explored the streets of downtown Kansas City, went on tours with new friends, and ended the trip with a party at Union Station. It was a lot of fun! I am grateful that I had the opportunity to go on this trip and that I was able to meet so many amazing people in this organization. Everyone had a terrific time and learned how to better our various roles as Young Farmer & Rancher committee members. I came home from this trip feeling like I had more friends and family. I came home feeling confident in sharing my story with others, and I came home feeling like a part of Nevada’s YF&R.

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Andelin Family Farm

FARMERS & RANCHERS OF NEVADA By Mariesa Bergin | Director of Communications, Nevada Farm Bureau Nevada’s desolate sagebrush country has a way of looking magnificently picturesque when graced with crops, animals, and hard working stewards. Spanish Springs, Nevada has that agriculture glow to it these days with Cameron and Natalie Andelin working the land. Back in 2009, the Andelins made their home on a plot of farmland whose history reaches back to the early 1900’s. The Gasparis, a young Italian family built their livelihood on the same acreage that the Andelins sow today. When Natalie and Cameron moved their family onto the property, the land was no longer being worked. Over the course of seven years, the family slowly managed to turn the 100 acres of inactive farmland into a community destination. Andelin Family Farms has evolved into an educational field trip for students, a place of work for teenagers, a virtual farm stand for consumers, and a family night out for residents all over the valley. “It started out as a small family project, almost a hobby,” said Natalie when she described the progression of their property. “The pumpkin patch was just going to be a fun, seasonal, family side-business.” Last year, Cameron made the decision to quit his full-time job to work alongside his wife. Together they are now able


to devote all of their energy to the growing business. The once, small family project has become a community effort. The Andelins hire anywhere from 50-75 employees and volunteers each year to serve visitors who come to the farm. Residents in Spanish Springs and the surrounding area have responded with remarkable excitement to each new attraction the Andelins dream up. The largest events of the year on the farm include Baby Animal Days and the Fall Harvest Festival. The Harvest Festival includes a pumpkin patch, corn maze, train ride, and various activities for kids. Baby Animal Days occurs every April and gives locals a chance witness the nurturing of young animals on a farm. This year, the farm will again, open its doors to the public on the last two Fridays and Saturdays in April. Baby Animal Days has become a loved event in the area, one that residents look forward to every year. As the Andelins have worked to expand their offers, they’ve made it a priority to stay out of debt. They intially started small with what they knew they could handle, and they have been able to build on their original model every year to add new pieces to their business and farm.

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“You just have to start with what you can hadle,” said Cameron, “grow it every year, and see how far you are able to take it.” In building this Nevada destination, the Andelins had three areas of purpose they wanted to focus on: children, community, and the future generation. Cameron spoke about how important it was to him and his wife to raise children who understood work ethic. They are grateful to be able to provide their kids with opportunities to work and earn money right there on their own property. The goal to reach the community is evident as you walk the property and see activities waiting for the next big visitor day on the farm. The Andelins plan every feature of their farm with visitors in mind. Providing families with an opportunity to spend wholesome time together is one of Andelin Family Farm’s greatest acommplishments. They take great pride in their ability to offer a quality family experience that is both inexpensive and far more enriching than the typical movie night. The farm focuses on the future generation through summer camps, and school field trips. They have created curriculum that correlates directly with required lessons for specific age groups. This enables teachers to take their kids on a day-trip knowing that they won’t lose an entire day of valuable class time. The Andelins are impressed with the agritourism work that they see farmers and ranchers all over the state taking part in. They point out that a family-oriented night out may be a perfect agritourism activity for one area, and a terrible one in another.

“It’s really important to find your niche.” Said Natalie Andelin, “You have to market to your area and figure out what fits into your community’s setting.” The Andelin’s primary form of income comes from those who visit the farm for agritourism activities, but they have had great success with Great Basin Farm drop program and their very own virtual farm stand. Consumers subscribe to the Andelin Harvest Updates and simply email the family to schedule a pick-up when they want to purchase product. The farm, like the crops and animals around it, grows more every year. Innovation, creativity, and teamwork have made it so, and allowed this Nevada family to keep building their paradise. To check out the Harvest Update or learn more about their upcoming activities, email

Agriculture Safety Awareness Tips RETROFIT TRACTORS WITH ROLL BARS BEFORE PLANTING SEASON By Mariesa Bergin | Director of Communications, Nevada Farm Bureau Did you know that spring is the most hazardous time of year for those working in production agriculture? Overtired, overworked farmers are at an increased risk for injury when operating dangerous machinery or navigating terrain that has changed through the winter season. Nevada Farm Bureau urges farmers and ranchers to err on the side of overly cautious as you gear up your tractors and plows this season, as tractor overturn is continuously the leading cause of death on a farm. Even the most seasoned of workers can make simple mistakes that result in overturns. The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health reports that 80% of tractor-related deaths fall upon experienced farmers. Those who operate old equipment that lacks the industry’s latest safety features, are at the highest risk of experiencing a tractor-related injury. The good news is that a rollover protective structure (ROPS) is 99% effective in reducing your risk of injury or death during a rollover, if you are wearing a seatbelt.

TRACTOR SAFETY ACTION PLAN: Make a plan today to equip at least one of your tractors with a roll bar prior to planting season. If you can’t afford to add roll bars to all of your tractors at once, you can still designate one equipped tractor to use in situations where roll risk is high. Additionally, create a seat-belt reminder sign for your updated tractor and post it in a spot where the rider will easily see it. Finally, make a point of teaching all employees and children about rollover safety and seatbelt use. The age of your machinery largely does not affect your ability to install these structures. The University of Kentucky has an extensive database of tractors and compatible ROPS structures along with contact information for dealers: To research a structure compatible with your tractor’s make and model, visit:

Avoiding a Tractor Roll

Tips Provided by The Iowa Fatality Assessment Control and Evaluation (Iowa FACE) program

• Always do a general safety check before starting a tractor • Always hitch loads at the drawbar. • Use front weights to increase tractor stability. • If possible, avoid backing downhill. Drive around ditches. • Back out or be towed out of ditches or mud. • Match speed to operating conditions and loads. • Do not let the front wheels bounce. • Slow down before turning. • Use engine braking when going downhill. • Avoid crossing steep slopes. • Watch for depressions on the downhill side and bumps on the uphill side. • Turn downhill, not uphill, if stability becomes a problem. • Stay 10 feet or more away from ditches, steep slopes and riverbanks. • Keep front-end loader buckets as low as possible when moving to maintain a low center of gravity. • If the right front tire goes off the road into the ditch, turn downward or hold steady and slowly recover. Do not attempt to turn sharply back onto the roadway.








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American Farm Bureau News MISS AMERICA BETTY CANTRELL KICKS OFF FIRST PEAS TO THE TABLE CONTEST American Farm Bureau Federation Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell and Julie Tesch, executive director of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, introduced the First Peas to the Table Contest. This new national competition for schools encourages children in kindergarten through fifth grade to plant, raise and harvest peas this spring. Cantrell and Tesch announced the contest including official guidelines and rules - at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. “We know from experience that getting your hands dirty is the best way for children to learn! Through this contest, we aim to provide fun, hands-on learning opportunities for students across the country,” Tesch said. The contest highlights the Foundation’s latest Book of the Year, “First Peas to the Table,” by Susan Grigsby. The Foundation created the contest to help students understand the importance of healthy foods and agriculture in their everyday lives, and to increase their understanding of how plants grow. The student team that grows the greatest amount of peas (measured in cups) using no more than 20 pea seeds during the official contest period will be declared the winner and receive the grand prize - a visit from Cantrell. Peas may be grown in any manner including in a hot house, hoop house, indoor pot, planter or outside garden. Tesch encourages educators to invite local farmers and ranchers to speak in their classrooms about food production and the importance of agriculture.


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Farm Bureau in the Community YF&R DONATES MORE THAN 5,000 MEALS IN CASH TO FEED THE HUNGRY On behalf of the Nevada Farm Bureau YF&R Committee, Ashley Bunker donated money for 2,714 meals to Three Square Food Bank Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was made possible by the generosity of Nevada Farm Bureau members who donated to Harvest for All in 2015. Each year, our members donate to the Harvest for All campaign when they renew their Farm Bureau membership. These donations enable us to provide much needed resources to Feeding America Food Banks. Donations go to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas. YF&R Committee Member Andy Miller and Nevada Farm Bureau director of communications Mariesa Bergin, visited the Food Bank of Northern Nevada Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 to share the remainder of the 2015 Harvest For All Funds with another worthy organiation. The YF&R Committee and the food banks served extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all who donated to the program last year


The Women’s Leadership Committee donated $500 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Volunteers from Clark County also helped unload food donations and stock the pantry. Great work ladies! March 2016 | Page 14 |

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Nevada Agriculture & Livestock Journal March 2016  

Washoe County's Andelin Family Farm, Farm Vehicle Regulations, Ag Safety Week, and more!

Nevada Agriculture & Livestock Journal March 2016  

Washoe County's Andelin Family Farm, Farm Vehicle Regulations, Ag Safety Week, and more!