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September 10, 2013
By Mike Wolterbeek
The public is invited to visit the University of Nevada, Reno's Main Station Field Lab for their annual Field Day to view alternative crop projects, learn about biofuels and livestock production, taste experimental wines, visit Wolf Pack Meats and learn about the many outreach programs such as Herds to Harvest, Master Gardener and Living with Fire.
The University of Nevada, Reno's Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will be hosting their annual Field Day Saturday, Sept. 14. The event is open to the general public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Access to the 916-acre Main Station Field Lab is at Clean Water Way and South McCarran Boulevard, near Mill Street.
In addition to guided tours, students and faculty will be presenting their research; UNCE will be presenting outreach and education programs and representatives from the High Desert Farming Initiative and Urban Roots will be discussing different techniques to extend the growing season in northern Nevada. Several local companies that collaborate with the University will be on hand, such as Drone America, a Reno-based unmanned-aircraft company, exhibiting their safe and reliable aircraft that could be used as tools for environmental science, search and rescue and natural disaster management, and Krone equipment manufacturers, which will have some of their farm equipment on display.
Children are welcome to participate in hands-on science, 4-H activities, and hay rides. This year's annual plant sale will feature desert cacti and succulents.
Lunch will be available for purchase from Wolf Pack Meats.
This is an opportunity to peek behind the scenes, talk with the experts and learn about the colleges' latest research and community outreach projects. Field Day is free and open to the public with field day registration at www.ag.unr.edu/fieldday/.