January 1, 2021
Newsletter for January 1, 2021
This Issue:
  • Brand Inspection Regulation Workshop Scheduled For January 14, 2021
  • More On The Department of Ag proposed Brand Regulations
  • Nevada Native Seed Forum Scheduled For March
  • Almost Time For AFBF 2021 Annual Meeting - Get Yourself Registered!
  • 2020 Update From Nevada Division Of Environmental Protection For Nevada Green House Gas Emission Estimates
  • Don't Forget Water Resources Regulation Workshop Set For January 13 - 9 am
Nevada Department of Agriculture Sets Virtual Workshop For Brand Inspection Regulation Changes - Thursday, January 14, 2021
Two sets of regulation changes will be discussed from the virtual platform used by the Nevada Department of Agriculture for regulation workshops. The agenda for the Thursday morning (9 a.m.), January 14th, 2021 session and link for connecting to the workshop can be reached by clicking here.  

Based on the information presented in the small business impact report that the agency prepared in light of 101 responses, the expectations for the collected amount from the fees, beginning in fiscal year 2023, will be $1,254,500 and increase of about $518,838 from the amount collected in fiscal year 2020. With the money that brand inspection and registration fees generate, the strategy is to hire five full-time, state employed brand inspectors and 30 seasonal part-time state employed brand inspectors.

These changes fit into the business plan that the Department of Agriculture has submitted to the Nevada Legislature’s money committees. They believe that the funding and staffing levels, as well as other technology improvements will meet the requirements of providing the necessary brand inspection services for Nevada’s livestock producers. The new system will also feature a central dispatching approach where those who are requesting brand inspection systems will contact a central location and brand inspection visits will be directed from that dispatching system.

Looking into the two portions of the proposed regulation changes, the 3-page portion of the proposed regulations covers changes in the regulation code NAC 564.010. Temporary brands would have a $35 nonrefundable application fee and a recording fee of $50 for the period that the Department designates. To record a brand or rerecord a brand the owner will also be required to pay a nonrefundable application fee of $35 and a recording fee of $120 for a period that is spelled out in state law (NRS 564.120 – subsection 1). Our review of that statute says that the period is for four years, but there may be thoughts of having the legislature amend that timeframe to something else. The four-year period that is included in the current regulations is sought to be deleted from the regulations.

Delinquent re-recorded brands that have been considered to be “abandoned” will trigger the nonrefundable $35 application fee, a late fee of $30 and a $120 registration fee.

Transfers of the ownership of a recorded brand means the payment of the nonrefundable application fee of $35 and a recording fee of $120.

Lastly, this section of the proposed fee increases covers the processing and continued administration of a security agreement or lien under NRS 564.110. Instead of the current $35 fee (from July 1 to June 30) the new level would be $100.
Additional Details On The Nevada Department Of Agriculture's
Proposes Regulations For Brand Inspections
The in-the-field increased fees for actual brand inspections is covered in the second portion of the proposed regulations to be taken up during the Thursday, January 14, 2021 workshop. This more extensive, 8-page portion of the regulations  covers NAC 565.200, NAC 565.220 and NAC 565.230. 

NAC 565.200 gets a minor adjustment in language to add the instances when a brand inspection is not required…covering animal owners who have an event permit to move animals out of the state or across the boundaries of a brand inspection district for rodeos, shows, fairs or other public exhibitions.

The fee changes for “permits” fit into NAC 565.220 and begin with increases for horse permits. The annual permit proposes an increase from $25 to $35 and a bump in the lifetime permit from the present $50 to $75. The inspection action also prompts a $35 travel fee.

Fees for the livestock movement permit will become $5 for each permit that the livestock owner wishes to receive. These permits, under the provisions of amended changes would be valid for 1 year after the date of issuance.

The earlier mentioned exemption in NAC 565.200 gets covered through the creation of a new “Event Permit” that is spelled out in NAC 565.220. Individual animals would be required to have “official identification” and be covered by a health certificate. The fees for this permit would be $35 for a travel fee and a permit fee of $50 for each permit requested by the owner.

NAC 565.230 moves into the brand inspection area and the fees connected to that set of activities. Inspections, where the cattle owner has notified the Division of Animal Industry 24 hours in advance, will prompt the $35 travel fee, but the per-head inspection fee stays at $1. Horse owners who are seeking an inspection and give the 24 hour notice to the Division pay the $35 travel fee and $5 per horse.

As is now the case, if arrangements are agreed on, the livestock owner can bring the cattle to be inspected to the inspector and pay a $1 per head inspection fee, avoiding the travel fee.

When the 24 hour notice isn’t made or the inspection is to fall on a state holiday, the new fee schedule bumps the current $16 time clock charge to $24 per hour for travel time and inspection time.  The $1 per head for cattle stays the same, but horses go up to $5 per. Mileage charges are also assessed at the state rate.

Fees for an owner who is requesting an inventory inspection are proposed to go to $1 (from the current 40-cent) per head, travel and inspection time rates of $24 per hour, plus a $35 travel fee and mileage rates that are covered by state requirements.

Fees that are covered and assessed under this section are due by check or credit card. If payment isn’t made in full at the time immediately on the completion of the inspection, the Department of Ag will bill. It might be worthy of note, in this regard, that Nevada Farm Bureau policy states that cash is (or at least should be) considered as legal tender and ought to be capable of making payments.

Remember, to participate in the 9:00 a.m. workshop on January 14th, use the link that is provided on the agenda notice.
Nevada Native Seed Forum Scheduled For March 16-17, 2021

The Nevada Native Seed Partnership (NNSP) has announced that the annual Nevada Native Seed Forum, first started in 2017, will hold their 2021 session, using a virtual format on March 16 and 17, 2021. The NNSP is a coalition of 11 government agencies and organizations who are working to increase the opportunities for Nevada native seed producers and increased availability of a Nevada-grown source of native seeds used for restoration, reclamation and rehabilitation.

To participate in this two-day virtual session you need to register by contacting Melissa Russell at the Nevada Department of Agriculture. Her email address is m.russell@agri.nv.gov
The Clock Is Ticking... Almost Time For The American Farm Bureau Federation Virtual Annual Meeting ... Make Certain You Take Advantage And Register!!!!
Over the past several weeks there has been an effort to provide the opportunity for those who are interested to register for the American Farm Bureau Federation 2021 annual meeting. This year's event will be virtual and open to all members who wish to register and connect up on the Internet. 

The AFB Virtual Convention will be held Jan. 10-13, 2021, and for the first time ever, registration fees are being waived to give all Farm Bureau members and anyone interested in agriculture the opportunity to experience one of agriculture’s premier events from the comfort and safety of home. 

“We are excited to open up the doors of this event and to bring home the high-quality content our attendees have come to expect from our events,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said. “Our featured speakers this year are no strangers to Farm Bureau. We are honored to have Mike Rowe, Rorke Denver and Beth Ford join us as we reflect on this unique year and press on, stronger together, for agriculture and our rural communities.” 

Best known for his hit TV series Dirty Jobs and most recently his show Returning the Favor featuring people making a difference in their communities, Mike Rowe will join the AFB Virtual Convention as our special guest for a fireside chat in the closing general session. As the country’s leading advocate for skilled labor and the CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, Rowe seeks to debunk myths and misperceptions about blue-collar jobs. His foundation has granted millions of dollars in scholarships to help close the skills gap. 

Land O’ Lakes President and CEO Beth Ford will join AFBF President Zippy Duvall to discuss hot topics and issues facing agriculture today. A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Ford is a passionate advocate for farmers and rural America and is committed to connecting consumers to the farmers and rural communities who grow their food. Ford was recently recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and Most Powerful Women. Under her leadership, Land O’Lakes, Inc. will soon join AFBF in the century club in 2021, when it celebrates 100 years as a farmer-owned cooperative. 

Workshop topics range from the future of the livestock industry to financial planning for disasters and from standing up for agriculture with effective advocacy to sustainability in 2021 and what it will mean for farmers and ranchers. This link offers a detailed look at the workshops to be held as well as the scheduled times.

The schedule of the events is located at this link.

Registration is required for everyone attending and members can use this link to take care of getting registered…Individuals should use the top box at the top of the registration site. It is titled: “Virtual Annual Convention Registration – For Use by Farm Bureau members and nonmembers”  

There is also new information that has been released on the American Farm Bureau Foundation and the "Ag Foundation Night In." Register to participate and enjoy the headline entertainment featuring Sara Evans and Phil Vassar.
Nevada Division Of Environmental Protection (NDEP) Makes 2020 Update Report Available
We didn’t want to somehow miss another of all the details of Nevada government’s contributions to making our history what is has become without highlighting the 2020 Supplemental Report release of the “Nevada Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Projections 1990-2040.” This report, prepared by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, using a national calculator, was once only an every four-year update, but thanks to the 2019 Nevada Legislature, who updated NRS 445B.380 it is now an annual report. It is prepared each year to help in tracking whatever the status of the state’s progress might be in projections for the eventual goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050.

The dire news of this year’s update is that “excluding any impact from the COVID-19 pandemic” (which we will explain more clearly in a moment) and based on the best available data – Nevada is anticipated to reduce Green House Gas emissions by 24 percent below 2005 levels in 2025. Unfortunately, without more being done by government requirements, this will be 4 percent of the goal of 28 percent, based on the law passed in the 2019 Nevada Legislature (SB 254). By 2030 the Green House Gas Emissions are projected to be down from the 2005 level by 27 percent, but again this is short (18 percent) from the SB 254 goals. SB 254 had determined that that the 2030 goal should be 45 percent less.

We’re likely to see Nevada government, agencies who want to regulate and a majority party in the 2021 Legislature who are eager to enhance greater requirements, to pull out even more stops in getting Nevada’s level of Green House Gas emissions back in line with the established objectives that were set in the 2019 legislation.

Now on the reason that the COVID-19 factor, and the Governor locking everyone who were deemed un-essential in their houses or locations where they were pursuing the goal (at that time) of “flattening the curve” … Green House Gas emissions did drop because of the reduced level of transportation that took place. The calculations used to feed into the national calculator come from statistics that are several years old and the numbers that could be counted into the 2020 data won’t be able to be accessed for several more years.

When Nevada Farm Bureau testified in the 2019 Nevada Session, opposing SB 254, we noted that information presented in the 2016 greenhouse gas emission report, Nevada contributes roughly 0.65 percent to the total, overall greenhouse gas emission level of the United States. When those in charge and urgently desiring Nevada to reduce our level of Green House Gas emissions to zero – the United States will have less than two-thirds of a percent less Green House Gas emissions – Thanks to the citizens of Nevada.

This link offers you a glimpse of the Executive Summary of the 77-page report, which you can study by clicking here.
Circle January 13, 2021 On Your Calendar For Nevada Water Resources Announces Regulation Workshop
We don't want you to forget that on January 13, starting at 9 a.m., a virtual workshop will be held on the proposed regulations for the extension of time. As we reported in last week's newsletter, after a rather contentious workshop that took place this past summer, covering an expansive regulation package for language changed in law (AB 62) for extension of time, there were changes made to divide the one large package into three regulations. 

At this point, the review that Farm Bureau has made for the rewrite of the regulation, there has been major improvements coming from this latest version. We welcome feedback from members who have more extensive experience on how the outline for this process fits from a practical point of view. For the remaining two proposals for regulations, one of the rewrites (covering water surveyors) has been released, but Nevada Farm Bureau has not made a point to work on that set of regulations. One other proposal is anticipated, but has not come out for review.

When we arrive closer to the scheduled workshop (ahead of January 13), Farm Bureau will provide the necessary details for providing links to join the virtual meeting.
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