March 20, 2020
Newsletter for March 20, 2020
This Issue:
  • Conditions Impacting Farmers And Ranchers
  • Nevada Farm Bureau Operations In Light Of Coronavirus 
  • Details On The Nevada Department of Agriculture Operations
  • American Farm Bureau Federation President Shares His Message
  • Postponed Elko County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting!

Conditions Impacting Farmers And Ranchers
We hope that Farm Bureau members will keep Nevada Farm Bureau posted on conditions or problems that are impacting them in dealing with the coronavirus situation in your area.  We invite emails sent to  doug@nvfb.org  or phone calls to the Nevada Farm Bureau office (1-800-992-1106) or to the cell phone 775-870-3349.  

There are on-going interactions with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and regular conversations of needs that require attention.  Based on the feedback and information that they have gained AFBF has shared these insights with the United States Department of Agriculture and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
Nevada Farm Bureau Operations In Light Of Coronavirus 
On March 17, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that he was directing all non-essential businesses in the state to close for a month.  The purpose of the Governor’s directive is aimed at keeping as many Nevadans at home as possible and not interacting with others in order to limit the risk of spreading coronavirus.

In response to the Governor’s directive, Nevada Farm Bureau has closed the Sparks office from visitors, including Farm Bureau members.  We remain available for contacts by phone or by email -- (1-800-992-1106) or to the cell phone 775-870-3349…email  doug@nvfb.org.
Details On The Nevada Department of Agriculture Operations
Prior to his announcement to the closure of non-essential businesses, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that in order to protect the health and safety of the state’s workforce and the public, he is directing executive branch agency leadership to close state offices to the public - as soon as possible.

Based on the information from Director Jennifer Ott, as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is operating at a limited capacity with essential employees only for the necessary support of agribusiness and protection of public health. Per guidance from Governor Sisolak and the federal government due to COVID-19, all NDA offices are closed until further notice. 

Some services will not be available until normal business operations resume, and response times will be slowed during this time, but please be assured that we have staff working on those essential tasks that will ensure we can still protect public health and ensure agricultural commerce can continue.

The following services are considered essential functions and will remain available in some capacity for matters that require  immediate attention

Animal Disease Lab  
Please call the  Animal Disease Lab at 775-353-3709  for any immediate animal disease concerns related to testing for:
  •  Rabies
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Cultures
  •  Parasitology
  •   T. foetus Culture or RT-PCR
  •   Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA)
  •  Brucellosis Serology
  •    Necropsy

Livestock Inspections
You can use this link to reach your nearest brand inspector in the Northern section of Nevada.  This link  to reach your nearest brand inspector in the Southern section of the state.  You can also call the Nevada  Department of Agriculture Office in Elko 775-738-8076  to schedule brand inspections or request movement permits.

Entry Permits and Pasture to Pasture Permits
Please call 775-778-0277, email  entrypermits@agri.nv.gov& nbsp; or fax 775-353-3659 for permits.

Federal School and Community Nutrition
Delivery will continue to partner and sponsor sites and we will coordinate feeding plans. If you have immediate questions or concerns about school or community nutrition interruptions, please call the  Community Nutrition group at 702-668-4582 or email  dhogan@agri.nv.gov.

Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
Certification and distribution of food will continue at all sites. We ask that recipients not exit their vehicle at drop off location, just pull your car up to the back of the truck or behind the next car in line. For more information please  contact Devin Wilcox-McCombs at 775-353-3724 or  dwilcox@agri.nv.gov.

Food Safety
Food safety testing and meat and poultry inspections will continue. To schedule inspections or for immediate concerns, please  contact Anna Vickrey at 775-353-3605 or email avickrey@agri.nv.gov.

Hemp Program
Hemp harvest inspections will continue, and the Chemistry Laboratory will be available for hemp compliance testing. For immediate concerns, please  contact Audrey Blondfield at  ablondfield@agri.nv.gov

Pesticides
Staff will be available for pesticide investigations, spill concerns and pesticide exposure testing. Please  contact Bret Allen at  bret.allen@agri.nv.gov  for concerns related to pesticides .

Crop inspections
Phytosanitary and shipping point export inspections will continue as needed.  Please contact Nick Bieser in southern Nevada at  nbieser@agri.nv.gov  and Sheryl Hunnewell in northern Nevada at  shunnewell@agri.nv.gov   to schedule an appointment.

Consumer Equitability
Please  contact 775-353-3783  for any concerns regarding accuracy of scales, gas pumps, etc. 
Price gouging should be reported to the Attorney General’s office at 702-486-3132.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Shares His Message
While it is easy to see the way things are going and get frustrated and/or upset, there are also reasons to take stock of the things that we have to count on.  AFBF President Zippy Duvall shares his weekly message with some thoughts we might want to consider.
Postponed Elko County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting!
Unfortunately the Elko County Annual Meeting will be postponed until further notice. All ticket sales will be refunded and we will let you know as soon as a new date is picked.
Have a great weekend!
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