August 5, 2022
Newsletter for August 5, 2022
This Issue:
  • Last Chance To Get On The Invite List For Policy Development Discussions On Water -- August 10th
  •  Continuing Drought Impacts Causing More Concerns
  • Farm Bureau Policy Development Fact Sheets
  • Equine Infectious Anemia Confirmed At Horse Facility In Clark County
  • Nevada Voters To Determine Ballot Question For Ranked Voting System
  • AFBF Launches Action Request For Member Contacts With EPA On Atrazine
Last Chance To Get On The Invite List For Policy Development Discussions On Water -- August 10th
We’re putting the finishing touches on the details for the virtual policy development discussion meeting to take up the subject of Nevada Farm Bureau water policy.  If you are interested, please send an email to doug@nvfb.org to have yourself put on the invite list to receive the connection for the virtual meeting. This session will be held on Wednesday, August 10, starting at 6:30 p.m.  That list will be finalized at the close of the working day on Monday, August 8th.

Based on the interests and participation, we also may work on covering additional topics or further interaction on water issues going forward.  If you have a topic that you would like to cover in future evening Zoom sessions, include those suggestions in your email message.
Continuing Drought Impacts Causing More Concerns
Growing concerns on the impacts that drought conditions are having on Nevada livestock producers prompted Nevada Farm Bureau President Bevan Lister to send Governor Steve Sisolak a letter last week seeking assistance in establishing a program to help out in reducing the cost of purchased hay.

“We are writing today to request your support and assistance in making an allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act, Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund for Nevada livestock producers who are needing assistance in acquiring affordable supplies of hay and feed for their cattle and sheep.” Lister wrote.  

“Purchasing hay, which has skyrocketed in price due to the drought and dwindling supplies, is driving cattle and livestock producers to sell off their herds.”  He continued, adding, “It is not beyond the realm of possibilities that our state’s livestock numbers could be cut in half without some form of assistance to buy down the cost of hay.”

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) economist Bernt Nelson also prepared this overview  of the issues that cattle producers throughout the drought impacted areas are experiencing.
Farm Bureau Policy Development Fact Sheets
With Congress possibly taking their August Recess (depending on when the Senate finishes up their actions on the legislative package the majority party is sell as being an inflation reduction plan) and with Farm Bureau policy development conversations taking place at the county Farm Bureau level – we thought it would be a good time to share the most recent group of American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) issue fact sheets.  There are more fact sheets than what we’re sharing connection with here and we’ll plan on putting another group of these up in future issues of this newsletter.

These are some of the key issues that Farm Bureau is working on, what the status might be as well as what present Farm Bureau policy is seeking to accomplish:
Equine Infectious Anemia Confirmed At Horse Facility In Clark County
The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) has confirmed a detection of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in a horse at a facility in Clark County during routine testing. A quarantine has been issued for the facility and all horses on the premises will undergo testing to prevent potential spread of the disease. Horses that attended an event in Washoe County within the month of June 2022 are also encouraged to test. 

“We are working closely with local veterinarians and the facility to address the situation and prevent the potential spread of disease,” said NDA State Veterinarian Dr. Amy Mitchell. 

Equine species, including horses, donkeys and mules, are required to have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and submit proof of a negative EIA test within 12 months prior to entry as part of Nevada's entry requirements. Negative EIA tests are required for movement between all states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture lists EIA requirements for importation into the U.S.

EIA is transmitted through blood contact and cannot be spread through coughs, sneezes or casual contact. This is a reportable disease, meaning when veterinarians diagnose it, they are required to notify the NDA, per NRS 571.160. A list of reportable diseases can be found at agri.nv.gov. EIA is a disease transmitted in equine species that can cause fever, weakness, swelling, irregular heartbeat and low red blood cell count. It cannot be transmitted to humans and is not a public health risk, therefore details about the facility cannot be released, per Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 571.160. 

“While there is no treatment for EIA, it can only be spread by contaminated blood of an infected horse,” said Dr. Mitchell. “Infected horses may not show symptoms but remain carriers for life, making routine testing key to prevention of spread of this disease.” 

Horse owners are urged to practice good horse health safety measures to reduce chances of an infectious disease being transferred, and get as much background information as possible before purchasing horses. Basic practices include:
  • Never share equipment between horses. Single-use medical equipment such as needles, syringes, and IV lines should never be re-used, and should never be shared between different horses. Dental tools and other instruments should be fully sterilized between horses.
  • Practice good fly control by keeping stalls dry, removing standing water, managing manure, and using fly deterrents and repellants. 
  • Horses should have a routine testing schedule for EIA and should be tested prior to attending events. 
  • Test horses at the time of purchase examination. Work with a veterinarian on a quarantine and/or retesting protocol prior to introducing a new horse to current horses. Before purchasing, get as much background information on the horse including any domestic or international travel or importation. 
  • Any horses entering the U.S. from other countries require testing and quarantine prior to entry.

Horses suspected to be ill should be reported to their veterinarian for appropriate care. Visit https://agri.nv.gov/Animals/Animal_Disease/Equine/ for more information.
Nevada Voters To Determine Ballot Question For Ranked Voting System
Another ballot question will be receiving attention by Nevada voters when they vote for the 2022 General Election.  This ballot question, if approved by voters will change the Nevada Constitution to bring about a new “primary” election process.  In addition to opening the primary election determination for general election candidates from the current political party system, anyone voting (regardless of their party affiliation – or no affiliation) will be provided with the ability to vote.  The system also creates a ranked system where the voter picks their top person, second person, third person…and so forth.
AFBF Launches Action Request For Member Contacts With EPA On Atrazine
Farm Bureau members are being encouraged to use the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Action Request platform to submit comments on the proposed changes that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to limit the use of Atrazine. This link will take you to the AFBF Action Request platform and you’ll have the chance to enter your information to send an email public comment with EPA.

Atrazine is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. It is used to control broadleaf and grassy weeds in a variety of agriculture crops, such as field corn, sweet corn, sorghum, and sugarcane.

EPA is proposing the following measures for all atrazine labels in order to decrease atrazine runoff from treated fields:

  •  Prohibit application when soils are saturated or above field capacity (i.e., the soil’s ability to retain water);
  • Prohibit application during rain or when a storm event, likely to produce runoff from the treated area, is forecasted to occur within 48 hours following application;
  •  Prohibit aerial applications of all formulations; and
  • Restrict annual application rates to 2 pounds of active ingredient or less per acre per year or less for applications to sorghum, field corn, and sweet corn.
Have a great weekend!