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April 12, 2013
By Claudene Wharton
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency to offer an Impact of Future Growth in Nevada Dairies Workshop. The half-day workshop will be held in Eureka on April 15 and in Lovelock on April 29, 8 a.m. to noon.
The program, funded by the USDA's Risk Management Agency, focuses on helping producers manage their business risks through effective, market-based risk-management solutions. The workshop will give attendees an overall view of what the dairy industry will look like and how it will impact the region, according to Jennifer Kintz, registration coordinator for the class with Cooperative Extension. It will also discuss dairy and alfalfa hay prices in Nevada and opportunities available for new dairy operations.
With a new dairy expected to be in operation in the area this year, the workshop will provide valuable information for agricultural producers and how the new dairy will help the agricultural area of Nevada as a whole, Kintz said.
"As of right now we ship a lot of our alfalfa to California, Kintz said. "Once the dairy goes into full operation we will not be shipping our Nevada alfalfa over to California anymore because we will need it for this dairy operation."
The growth in Nevada dairies is expected to have an effect on Nevada.
"This is going to be such a huge impact on our region, Kintz said. "Any county that is agriculturally based, especially Lyon and Pershing Counties, are going to be affected because of the amount of productivity that is going to come out of alfalfa."
The registration fee is $20 per farm, and one or two individuals from each farm may attend. To register and for more information, contact Jennifer Kintz at email@example.com. More information can also be found at http://www.unce.unr.edu/calendar/files/pdf/RMAGrowthInDairies2013.pdf.