October 8, 2021
Newsletter for October 8, 2021
This Issue:
  • Nevada Drought Report Included In AFBF Overview
  • Nevada Department of Wildlife Shares A Little More On Sagebrush Habitat Framework
  • Next On Deck For Reversing Sound Regulations By The Last Administration
  • County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Schedule 
  • YF&R Chair Kari Brough Would Like Your Help
Nevada Drought Report Included In AFBF Overview
Over the past several months the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Market Intel platform has been offering drought updates from various Western States.  On October 1, Nevada Farm Bureau’s drought report was included in the series.

The AFBF economic team has also extended their drought survey period to October 15, giving those who haven’t taken advantage of weighing in on the impact the drought is having on their operations.
Nevada Department of Wildlife Shares A Little More On Sagebrush Habitat Framework
The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) initiative of creating a Sagebrush Habitat Conservation Framework and plan for wildlife migration corridors was one of the topics covered at the October 1st meeting of the Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Council (SEC). This presentation was also given to the Nevada Wildlife Commission at their most recent meeting.  While the Executive Order signed by Governor Sisolak and the NDOW presentation indicate that “coordination” is intended to be part of the development of the various plans that fall into the scope of the work NDOW is planning to carry forward – there isn’t any real substance (so far) in an outline of how the “coordination” will take place.

Nevada Farm Bureau has expressed concerns in a letter to Governor Sisolak but has never gotten a reply or response on details for the intended “coordination” that NDOW is planning to engage in with Nevada rural stakeholders who would be impacted by this set of agency planning initiatives.

Based on the themes of additional reports given to the SEC at their meeting, NDOW is of the mindset that the designations made for Sage Grouse Habitats don’t cover enough of Nevada’s landscapes and they need to use the authority given to them by the Executive Order to expand beyond the Sage Grouse habitat areas.
Next On Deck For Reversing Sound Regulations By The Last Administration
Along with the agenda of raising taxes and hoping to spend our country beyond bankruptcy, the Biden Administration has also been on a steady rampage to eliminate the sound regulations that were instituted by the Trump Administration.  One of the more recent examples that Farm Bureau is deeply engaged with involves the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corp of Engineers and their work to wipe out the Navigable Waters Protection Rule and get back to instituting an enhanced federal command and control regulatory fist on waters (or even landscapes without water) of the United States.

The Biden’s next assault on sound regulatory improvements that were instituted by the Trump Administration is aimed at the processes for how the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is carried out.  In an October 6th news release the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) sounded their intentions to return to the better days when NEPA actions could more easily prevent any worthwhile project from going forward and not be tied up in bureaucratic red tape of non-productive consideration and litigation.
County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Schedule 
The annual Farm Bureau policy process is one of the most important activities that we do, providing farmer/rancher members with the ability to propose solutions to the problems and issues that they encounter.  We invite you to be active in setting Nevada Farm Bureau policy by either being part of your county Farm Bureau process of surfacing issues or even by contacting us to share what your concerns are.  If you are unable to make contact with your county Farm Bureau leaders to discuss what you would like to see Farm Bureau policy address – please contact Nevada Farm Bureau by emailing doug@nvfb.org and we will pass along your ideas to your county Farm Bureau.  We also welcome phone calls or other types of contact to discuss the issues that you are interested in.

In our continuing information on updating county Farm Bureau annual meeting and policy development plans…  Here’s the latest details for what we know of the when and where meetings are planned.  

Lyon County Farm Bureau – October 13 – Policy meeting starts at 4 p.m. and followed by dinner at the Lion’s Club House in Yerington

Churchill County Farm Bureau Policy Development Meeting – October 18 – Patty Julian home, starts at 6:30 p.m.

Clark County Farm Bureau – October 19 – Ag Farm in Logandale, starts at 6 p.m.

Lincoln County Farm Bureau – November 10 – Caliente Fire Station starts at 6:30 p.m.
YF&R Chair Kari Brough Would Like Your Help
We are trying to fill 20 boxes to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. 
Please help us fill these boxes by bringing to the Annual Meeting November 17th through the 19th, or by mailing to the Nevada Farm Bureau office (2165 Green Vista Dr Suite 205 Sparks, Nv 89431). 

We are hoping to fill the boxes with some of the following items:. 
  • pony tails/ scrunchy 
  • small brush/ comb 
  • hard candy/ nuts/(something that has a long shelf life)
  • Gum
  • Puzzle book
  • pocket sized notebook
  • floss
  • washcloth/ loofah 
  • toothbrush 
  • Wet Wipes
 
travel sized:  
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant 
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Mouthwash  
 
Monetary donations will also be accepted to buy items that may be lacking after the annual meeting.
 
As someone who has been a recipient of a box like this, I cannot tell you how much we appreciate it. We were blindsided by our stay and didn't pack for a hospital stay. These boxes gave us not only the things we may not have had but the love we needed to get through a difficult time in our lives. 
Have a great weekend!