July 16, 2021
Newsletter For July 16, 2021
This Issue:
  • Have You Provided Your Response To Ag. Regulation Changes On Pesticide Application?
  • Nevada Farm Bureau Named To Nevada Transportation Funding Study Advisory Working Group
  • Application Process For 2021 Women’s Communications Boot Camp Opens July 19
  • Thank You For Your Response To Farm Bureau Action Request On “Dear Colleague” Letter
Have You Provided Your Response To Ag. Regulation Changes On Pesticide Application?
Last week’s newsletter included another couple of Small Business Impact surveys for another couple of sections that Nevada’s Department of Agriculture is rewriting.  We noted that because of the many law changes that the Department pressed to make in the 2021 Nevada Legislative Session – an overwhelming number of regulation changes will also be following.  

Under the process of checking boxes in moving regulations through, the Department provides the opportunity for public input, starting with the completion of Small Business Impact surveys.  

While there have been times when there have been questions on whether the input to the survey’s actually register any consideration by agencies who are presenting their approach to regulations, we’ve been told by Nevada Legislators that they pay close attention to what is shared in the Small Business Impact surveys as well as how many participants contribute input. 

There is no doubt that it is challenging to review the proposed regulations and then consider the appropriate responses for the survey questions.  Yes, this is also a busy time of year.  At the same time without meaningful participation there are limited ways to get the proper shape of regulations constructed. You could easily be required to live with agency regulations that don’t fit because there wasn’t enough input to correctly get things lined up with operational realities.

What’s being proposed for changes?

The two most recent surveys from the Nevada Department of Agriculture involve Nevada Administrative Codes (NAC) chapters 555 and 586.  Both are linked to aspects of Certification of Pesticide Applicators and both have deadlines of July 20 for responses to the Small Business Impact surveys.

TheLast week’s newsletter included another couple of Small Business Impact surveys for another couple of sections that Nevada’s Department of Agriculture is rewriting.  We noted that because of the many law changes that the Department pressed to make in the 2021 Nevada Legislative Session – an overwhelming number of regulation changes will also be following.  

Under the process of checking boxes in moving regulations through, the Department provides the opportunity for public input, starting with the completion of Small Business Impact surveys.  

While there have been times when there have been questions on whether the input to the survey’s actually register any consideration by agencies who are presenting their approach to regulations, we’ve been told by Nevada Legislators that they pay close attention to what is shared in the Small Business Impact surveys as well as how many participants contribute input. 

There is no doubt that it is challenging to review the proposed regulations and then consider the appropriate responses for the survey questions.  Yes, this is also a busy time of year.  At the same time without meaningful participation there are limited ways to get the proper shape of regulations constructed. You could easily be required to live with agency regulations that don’t fit because there wasn’t enough input to correctly get things lined up with operational realities.

What’s being proposed for changes?

The two most recent surveys from the Nevada Department of Agriculture involve Nevada Administrative Codes (NAC) chapters 555 and 586.  Both are linked to aspects of Certification of Pesticide Applicators and both have deadlines of July 20 for responses to the Small Business Impact surveys.

The regulations of Chapter 555 is the more extensive of the proposed changes with deletions and rewriting major portions.  Along with different types of provisions for types of chemicals, the language also covers aerial (manned and unmanned applications) are included.  At the bottom of page 11 of the proposed regulations, Section 10 covers NAC 555.392 and the portions of how fees and charges are being proposed for increases.  The link to the Survey for NAC 555 is the highlighted wording “the Survey for NAC 555” above.

The regulations of Chapter 586 ”) are less expansive and deal with requirements for recordkeeping of sales of restricted pesticide sales. This is the link for the Survey for NAC 586.
Nevada Farm Bureau Named To Nevada Transportation Funding Study Advisory Working Group
During the 2021 Nevada Legislative Session AB 413 was passed, requiring the Nevada Department of Transportation to establish an Advisory Group to study issues related to transportation needs (for users of all transportation modes) and specifically the sustainability of the State Highway Fund.  Nevada Farm Bureau was approached with an invitation to be part of the Advisory Group and Executive Vice President Doug Busselman was appointed to serve as a voting member on the Advisory Working Group.

Over the course of the 2020-21 interim legislative period the working group will be meeting about 9 times for all day sessions.  The initial meeting was held on July 13 and launched its organizational process with the selection of a chair and vice chair to operate the meeting process.  Virginia Valentine, President of the Nevada Resort Association was selected to serve as the chair of the Advisory Working Group and Harshal Desai, a Senior Vice President with Atlas Technical Consultants was chosen as the vice chair.

Under the specific direction from the Nevada Legislature, the Working Group will be working on an analysis of at least two specific proposals for highway funding systems.  One is a concept proposed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the other item on the table at this time is the Utah Road Usage Charge Program.

With the completion of the analysis and recommendation process, the Nevada Department of Transportation is required to prepare and submit a written report to the Legislative Counsel Bureau by December 31, 2022.  

The first in-person, all-day meeting session is scheduled for August 10.
Application Process For 2021 Women’s Communications Boot Camp Opens July 19
A major program of training Farm Bureau women to serve the vitally important role of being effective spokespersons for agriculture is again shifting into gear.  The American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee will host the Women’s Communications Boot Camp in Washington, D.C., November 2-5. This is an intensive training opportunity for any female Farm Bureau member interested in building skills needed to communicate about agriculture and for Farm Bureau. Applications for this class of Boot Camp will open July 19 and must be submitted by August. 19.

Anyone interested in being part of this training process will need to complete an application and Nevada Farm Bureau will be happy to assist in getting that application to you as soon as it is available from AFBF.  Please contact Kyle Reber at Kyle@nvfb.org

Women's Boot Camp graduates use their training: 
  • by positively influencing elected legislators.
  •  by creating or acting upon local media opportunities to support Farm Bureau’s policy work.
  • by joining social media campaigns to share positive messages about agriculture.
  •  by influencing consumers when planning and implementing outreach events.
  • by speaking about agricultural innovations and enterprises with a variety of audiences, community groups, in classrooms and with neighbors.
Thank You For Your Response To Farm Bureau Action Request On “Dear Colleague” Letter
We greatly appreciate those who made the time to plug into the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Action Request which included sending emails to Nevada’s two U.S. Senators and asking them to sign on to a “Dear Colleague” letter.  This project involved a “Dear Colleague” Letter that Senators John Thune of South Dakota and Steve Daines of Montana are circulating for support for the Step up in Basis.  

Even if you didn’t participate in the email campaign for the “Dear Colleague” letter, we hope that you will still make contact with Nevada’s Senators (Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen to urge their support for protection of the Step Up In Basis protection that farmers/ranchers and other family owned businesses require.  Please use the Farm Bureau Action Request system by clicking on this link which will take you to an email portal that will be an easy to use system for sending your email messages.
Have a great weekend!