Volume 63, Number 11 November 2011
Agriculture & Livestock Journal
The Official Publication of the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation
Nevada Centennial Farm & Ranch Awards Program Honors Two Families...
wo families were recognized at the Nevada Centennial Farm & Ranch Awards Program in Fallon on October 15, 2011. This year the Getto families of Fallon were recognized for 100 years of farming in Churchill County. The Getto families started farming in Churchill County in 1911. It all started when John Getto (1880-1964), his brother Andrew (1884-1971), and their good friend Ed Frazzini purchased a 145 acre farm in Churchill County. In addition to the property they purchased wagons, a scraper, cultivator, and harrow, an assortment of tools, implements, harnesses, several head of horses and livestock, and about 30 tons of alfalfa hay, for $10 in gold coin.
Virgil Getto and family during the Centennial Ranch and Farm Program at the Churchill Museum in Fallon. Virgil Getto, son of Andrew Getto, pictured on right in his blue FFA jacket. His son, Mike currently farms the original land, pictured left holding the sign.
John Getto immigrated from Italy to the United States in 1904, he was 23 years old. He worked on the first reclamation project in the United States, the Newlands Reclamation Project. He worked in various Nevada mining towns including Tonopah where he met Ed Frazzini. They started a small business which included a bar, mining supplies, and clothing. Andrew Getto didnâ€™t follow his brother to the United States, he instead went to Switzerland to work in a coal mine.
Robert Getto and family during the Centennial Ranch and Farm Program. Robert Getto is pictured on the left in the chair. His son John currently farms the original land, he is pictured in the center in green shirt.
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Andrew didn’t immigrate to the United States until 1906 where he landed in Reno. He worked as a bricklayer, helping build some of the apartments on Fourth Street in Reno. A man named Galetti got Andrew interested in truck farming and tried to get him to buy some land. He didn’t buy any land, claiming the land was to rocky, he later moved to Tonopah to join his brother to work in the mines. In 1911, the Getto Brothers and Frazzini moved to Fallon. The men set up a diner at the La Industrial Hotel which Frazzini built. Later that year they purchased a ranch from Charles W. Foote. They also started a second-hand furniture store in town. Frazzini managed the store and John and Andrew assumed management of the ranch, each taking the portion on opposite sides of the north branch of the Carson River, known as Old River, that runs between the two properties.
In 1912, John Getto married Carolina Gillio (1888-1978). They had three children, Robert Sr., Elena Getto Cunningham, and Elsie. Robert Sr., is very proud to have lived the first 89 years of his life in the home where he was born. Robert’s son, John, currently farms the original land, raising alfalfa hay and teff grain. Andrew Getto married Catarina Desolina Longo (1895-1972) in 1923. Andrew, a bachelor for 41 years, was married and soon after became the proud father of Virgil and Mary. Virgil has lived on the farm his entire life. Virgil’s oldest son, Mike, currently farms the original land, raising alfalfa hay, grain, and pasture. To be inducted into the Nevada Centennial Farm and Ranch Program the farm/ranch must have been in the same family for at least 100 years, must currently be a working farm/ranch with a minimum of 160 acres, or if less
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than 160 acres must have gross yearly sales of at least $1,000. The Nevada Centennial Farm and Ranch program is sponsored by the Agricultural Council of Nevada, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nevada Farm Bureau, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Nevada Agricultural Foundation, Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, and the Nevada Heritage Foundation. “The Centennial Awards Program acknowledges the deep roots Nevada’s ranchers and farmers have with the land. It is a celebration of Nevada’s agriculture and farm families who feed the world and care for the land,” said Dennis Hellwinkel, who was the master of ceremonies for the awards program. For more information on the Centennial Ranch and Farm Program visit http://www.nv.nrcs.
Farm Bureau Perspectives By: James “Hank”Combs
ark the tractor, pack-up the truck, grab your spouse and kids, and head to Fallon for the Nevada Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.
Annual meeting time has come and you are the reason for holding the annual meeting, so don’t miss out! Fallon is the place, November 17-19 is the date to see friends, learn something new and set Nevada Farm Bureau on a course for the year to come. If you have not made plans to attend this year’s annual meeting, it’s not too late! Call now and register. You can call the Nevada Farm Bureau office, visit our website to download a registration form, or use the registration form on page 11. Nevada Farm Bureau is organized for you, to protect your way of life and business. So come and have a say as to what the most powerful organization representing Nevada farmers and ranchers can do for you. On October 25th we completed the final process of policy development; before the county delegates deliberate on our committee’s recommendation. We have a lot of changes and some new policy for your consideration; your input is critical for the development of our policy. Major issues include water policy, public lands, immigration, taxes and government regulations. The annual meeting planning committee along with Churchill County Farm Bureau has been working
hard to make this convention fun and educational. You will have the opportunity to take tours of agriculture operations in the area and attend workshops to better prepare you for the future. This year there will be three tours. We are visiting Liberty Jersey Farm, Desert Oasis Teff, and Churchill Vineyards. Major highlights in this year’s annual meeting program are the presentations by Dick Wittman of Wittman Consulting! He says the key to creating strong leadership for a farm or ranch is to clearly define goals, values, mission and vision for the operation. “Not having a plan can be one of the most devastating things for most families,” Wittman explains. “Once everyone knows the direction the farm is headed, the right people can be empowered to work together as a team to lead the operation.” Prior to the beginning of the annual meeting, on Wednesday, November 16th, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator Dennis Hellwinkel will be offering two workshops. The first workshop “Incorporating Agriculture into Nevada Classrooms” will teach you how to make presentations at various grade levels. The second workshop is teaching “Cattle Ranching in the Classroom.” I hope you can attend these great workshops. To attend you will have to pre-register, using the annual meeting registration form. I have enjoyed representing you for the past six years and look forward to serving you in the future. Have a safe trip to Fallon!
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Agriculture Literacy Internship Part IV
By: Zach Allen The Agriculture Literacy Internship is a unique program taking place in Washoe County. This is the fourth in a series of articles to provide you information about the Agriculture Literacy Internship. Fall is officially here. Pumpkins are being showcased prominently in front of supermarkets, leaves are changing colors and creating havoc for landscapers, and the temperatures are dropping. This fall other great things are happening too, the UNR Interns are entering classrooms throughout Washoe County. They are giving students a wealth of information growing and enhancing learning education. I was invited to attend a class where the interns were teaching a third grade class about pumpkins. I can’t attend every class and every lesson, but I can tell you that each class is different, the lessons vary, and the message is directed to the grade level that the interns UNR Interns Anna Lopez, left, and Chiara Velotta teaching are teaching. Katherine Dunn 3rd graders about pumpkins. I went to Katherine Dunn Elementary in Sparks and attended Kendal Wood’s third grade class. For over an hour the students learned about pumpkins, using the The Nevada Commodity map was also used in the “We’re Into Pumpkins” lesson plan. The UNR interns worksheet. Each student had to locate which counties in teaching the class were Chiara Velotta and Anna Lopez. Nevada grew pumpkins. This allowed students to learn Nevada The lesson plan allowed the students to incorporate reading, grammar and spelling, mathematics, history, and social studies. counties and how to use a map legend. According to the map Washoe, Douglas, Churchill, Lyon, and Clark Counties grow The students learned about Halloween and uses of pumpkins. pumpkins, learned the definition and spelling of a new word, This particular day was learning about pumpkins, but Gourd, completed a pumpkin worksheet, had a look inside of the other lessons include learning about soils and livestock a pumpkin with its guts and seeds, and to top the day off made grazing. pumpkin pie. Kendal Wood who teaches the third grade class said, “Ag Right off the bat students learned what a gourd is. A gourd in the Classroom opens doors to these kids, they learn from the is 1. A fleshy, typically large fruit with a hard skin, some ground up.” Regarding the interns entering her classroom she varieties of which are edible, or 2. A climbing or trailing plant said, “It’s somebody different, its a different way of teaching, that bears this. they [her students] hear me all the time, but to have someone So they learned that a pumpkin is a fruit! Many of the Kids new present something really is great for the kids.” This is the weren’t aware pumpkins were in the fruit family. Along with second time that one of her classes has been exposed to the pumpkins they were made aware of other members of the gourd family with includes watermelon, cucumber, cantaloupe, agricultural lesson plans. Wood’s class has previously toured Wolf Pack meats and zucchini, honeydew, and squash. hopes to visit the University farm this spring when they are The pumpkin worksheet had students first unscramble lambing. words relating to pumpkins. They learned the definitions and Chiara Velotta who is in the process of obtaining her spelling of harvested, warm and freezing (relating to soil Master’s degree and was one of the presenters in Wood’s class temperature), climate, and settlers. Other questions on the said, “The internship has benefitted me in more ways than worksheet taught students how many days it takes a pumpkin I could ever explain, the opportunity to work with kids and to grow to full size, converting hours into minutes, and really make a difference has had a huge impact on me; as well sketching other members of the gourd family. as broadening my education in agriculture.”
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Hot Topics for Discussion YF&R Report
By: Jamie Perkins, Chair Well, this is my last article before state meeting, my last chance to encourage any of you out that there that might be interested in the Discussion Meet to get involved!! The Discussion Meet is our biggest YF&R competition in Nevada, but at the same time it is usually pretty small in comparison to many other states.
speaking skills, their knowledge of the topic, etc. There are at least two rounds to give competitors a chance to cover more than one topic. The final round is for the four competitors who scored highest in the previous two rounds. The winner of the final round will represent Nevada in the national competition. So, spread the word, bring a friend, give it a try! The Discussion Meet helped bring me into Farm Bureau and the YF&R five years ago, and it’s been a great five years of learning and fun since!
Of course, a lot of the motivation to compete comes from the chance to win a new pick-up truck at the national competition. Of course, there are great cash prizes at the state level, along with the chance to compete nationally for the state winner, so it is definitely worth looking into!
Here are the topics, search them on the web and get ideas for what they mean to you and come prepared to discuss!!
Any Farm Bureau, or potential Farm Bureau member, between the ages of 18-35 should look into it. It is held on Friday afternoon and evening of the state meeting in Fallon.
2. How can we convince the public that the animal agriculture industry balances production efficiencies with the public’s expectations of animal care?
The Discussion Meet is set up with usually four competitors in somewhat of a mock committee meeting. A topic is drawn from five previously selected topics prepared by American Farm Bureau Federation for the year. They each have 30 seconds to give opening remarks, and then another minute at the end for closing remarks. In between they have around 20 minutes to discuss the topic, showing their ability to cooperate with other participants, demonstrate their public G46656_FB_1-2_6375x4250.ai 1 9/20/2011 10:12:02 AM
1. Are the current and proposed Renewable Energy Policies beneficial to all segments of American agriculture? Why or why not?
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Countryside Grassroots at Work Farm Bureau has an outstanding reputation as an effective grassroots organization. For the past 92 years, Farm Bureau members have played instrumental roles in legislative efforts that have helped shape U.S. agriculture. American Farm Bureau policy comes from the bottom up. Our policy positions start at the county, parish and state levels. They are proposed, debated and approved by farmers and ranchers who grow every different type of crop and livestock species possible across our great land. When you think about the level of policy unity that comes from such stark diversity, it really is astonishing. We don’t always agree on everything. That’s what makes our process credible and real. Country Roads As Farm Bureau members, it is ingrained in us to be actively involved and to fight for what we believe in and what we think will better our profession and our country. We are not ones to rest on our laurels while others do the work. We are also not the types to make a lot of noise about an issue and stop there. Farm Bureau members roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty when it comes to matters that are close to our hearts. That’s why I especially enjoy this time of year. If you’re a Farm Bureau member, you probably know exactly why. For many folks, autumn represents back-to-school, fall festivals and cooler weather. For us Farm Bureau policy nerds (speaking for myself, of course), autumn means it’s nearing time for most of our state annual meetings. I can almost hear the momentum building out in the countryside. As I travel to these annual meetings, I listen to Farm Bureau members talk a lot about agriculture issues. Most of the time what they have to say is good, some of the time it’s not. That’s the beauty of Farm Bureau, there’s always room for healthy debate. But in all of my travels, I have never met a farmer without something to say, or more importantly, not willing to roll up his or her sleeves to help further our grassroots process. Country Strong As Farm Bureau state delegates prepare for their annual meetings, they are well aware of the importance of their deliberation and votes on potential policy. Those very policy recommendations have been formed and mulled over at the county level by their farmer peers, and, if successful, will get forwarded to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting for consideration. These grassroots members are the backbone of our organization who will play a significant role at their state meetings as they consider important policy positions on environmental, trade, immigration, farm policy and other issues. They will roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty and carry on the Farm Bureau tradition of grassroots excellence. It’s this commitment of our grassroots members who play an active role in U.S. agriculture policymaking that makes Farm Bureau one of the most successful advocacy organizations in this nation. October 2011 | Page 10 | www.nvfb.org
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