This week the Nevada Department of Agriculture has held two workshops in Winnemucca and Elko to obtain feedback on amendments of regulations covering Nevada Administrative Code (NAC)) Chapter 571. Last week, based on the request made by persons in the Fallon area for an in-person workshop, the Department announced that they would also hold a workshop at the 3C Event Complex (325 Sheckler Rd) in Fallon, November 29. This workshop is scheduled to begin a 1 p.m. The highlighted link above includes a link for those who wish to join remotely to join the meeting virtually.
Nevada Farm Bureau is pleased that the Department will be holding a workshop in Fallon and along with Farm Bureau members in the Fallon area, submitted a request for the Department to hold this workshop in Fallon. Farm Bureau’s request for the Fallon workshop also included the request for producers in the central portion of the state to also have the opportunity for in-person workshops to be available for their input. Farm Bureau believes that additional workshops need to be held in Tonopah and Ely in order for impacted cattle producers will be able to weigh in with their input from in-person workshops.
Nevada Farm Bureau’s thoughts on the proposed package of regulations, mostly focused on the proposals related to mandatory annual Trichomoniasis testing, were presented at the workshop held in Winnemucca on November 16th.
Should the Department agree to hold the additional workshops that Farm Bureau and others have requested, future steps would include consideration of public input by the Department officials and then a hearing would be scheduled to go through whatever amended language would be added to the proposed regulation. It seems likely, based on the current approach of the Department’s regulatory actions, the Director for the Department would make the agency’s final decision to move forward and send the proposal to the Nevada Legislative Commission for their consideration. There would be an opportunity for the public to have one last chance to share their perspectives during testimony before the Legislative Commission.