September 11, 2020
Newsletter for September 11, 2020
This Issue:
  • More Developments Taking Shape On Governor’s New Climate Initiative
  • Board of Agriculture Presentation On Plans For Changes In State Brands Program
  • Farm Bureau Policy On Brand Program Changes
  • AFBF Post Answers To Questions Posed To Two Candidates For President
  • Clark County Designated By USDA
  • Please Register To Be Part Of AFBF Women’s Leadership Advocacy Training Sessions
More Developments Taking Shape On Governor’s New Climate Initiative
Last week we shared the developments taking shape for implementing a new Climate Change Initiative, launching through what is being promoted as a series of eight-virtual listening series conducted through video sessions that begin Monday, September 14th  (1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.).  Nevada Farm Bureau is planning to engage in the video sessions and is also scheduled to visit with the agency representatives who are involved in pulling the strategy together.

Details about the strategy can be found on the website www.climateaction.nv.gov/strategy .  Along with the opportunity to participate in a survey, lower on the page are specifics for the different “Virtual Listening Sessions” and the ability to register in order to participate in the listening session(s) that you might be interested in being part of.  If you haven’t followed our encouragement for using the link to take part in completing the survey -- we hope you will.

The goals outlined in legislation, passed in the 2019 Legislature (SB 254) include targets for reductions and eventually elimination of Green House Gases (GHG)… 
  •  28 percent less GHG from 2005 levels by 2025
  • 45 percent less GHG from 2005 levels by 2030
  • Net-Zero GHG emissions by 2050
Board of Agriculture Presentation On Plans For Changes In State Brands Program
Mid-May Nevada Farm Bureau received a brief overview presentation that touched on the outline of what was being considered as a possible rework for the Nevada Livestock Brands program.  We have shared the general concepts for possible changes in brand fees and re-vamping the workforce arrangements that have been operating for the past few years.  This week, the Nevada Board of Agriculture was presented with a copy of the business plan which we learned was presented to the Nevada legislature’s financial officials as the framework for how the Nevada Brands program will be addressed.  Nevada Farm Bureau also had the opportunity, prior to the Nevada Board of Agriculture meeting to have a sit-down discussion with the Director for the Department of Agriculture and gained a better idea of what is ahead for processing the components for the overhaul that is being considered.

Proposed regulation language has been submitted to the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB) and the finished draft for consideration has been received back from LCB.  A Small Business Impact survey is anticipated to be circulated in the near future, offering the opportunity for those who receive the survey to respond with their information on how the changes that are being considered will impact them.

As the continued process unfolds, workshop(s) will be provided for discussion and feedback of the proposed regulatory changes.  We have learned that this will be carried out using virtual technology so those who will want to be part of the workshop process and offer input, will need to log into the workshops to offer their comments.

Along with the workshop(s) the final version of the regulation changes will be subject to a hearing by the Department of Agriculture and the Director will be determining whether to approve the finished regulation package after the hearing has been held.

In addition to the regulation changes for the Nevada Brands program, legislation will also be in mix for changes to the current law.  At this time the language for the bill(s) to be involved are not available for review, awaiting the Governor’s offices decision on what will go to the legislature.

Lastly, changes in the structure and operations will be incorporated into the agency’s budget proposal that will also be brought before the legislature.
Farm Bureau Policy On Brand Program Changes
As county Farm Bureaus weigh the possible policy proposals that they will submit for consideration by Nevada Farm Bureau voting delegates these basic concepts need to be evaluated and adapted into language for directing Farm Bureau policy:






  • Charges of about $35 for brand inspection visits to conduct brand inspections
  • Cattle brands would remain at $1
  • Horse brand inspections would increase to $5 per head (current $3 per head)
  • Horse brands for annual would increase to $35 (current $25)
  • Horse brands for lifetime would increase to $75 (current $50)
  • Change of the brand renewal period from every four years to every three years (amount of $120 would remain the same)
  • Anticipated staffing changes would include 30 intermittent (NAC 284.436) brand inspector I positions at grade 23
  • Anticipated staffing changes would include 4 full-time brand inspector II positions within the Agriculture & Conservation position schedule under the Livestock Inspection specifications at a grade 25
  • Anticipated staffing changes would include 1full-time brand inspector III (supervisor) position within the Agriculture & Conservation position schedule under the Livestock Inspection specifications at a grade 27

It would be very helpful for those interested in the subject and in gaining an understanding of what is being considered to read through the proposed business plan that the Department has prepared and is planning to use as their framework for the organization and system structure ahead.
AFBF Post Answers To Questions Posed To Two Candidates For President
September 9th the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) website went live with the responses from the two candidates seeking election to be President of the United States.  The priorities for rural America of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is revealed in responses to a questionnaire distributed by the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF asked the Republican and Democratic candidates to respond with their stances on several topics directly affecting America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities, including trade, labor, regulatory reform and sustainability.

This is the link to visit the AFBF website where the questions and answers are provided from the two candidates.
Clark County Designated By USDA
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue has issued a Secretarial Disaster Designation for Clark County due to drought conditions. This designation provides agriculture operations within the Nevada county of Clark with access to disaster assistance through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA). This assistance includes access to emergency FSA loans. 

For more information regarding qualifications and specifications of emergency assistance please contact the Nevada State Farm Service Agency at (775) 857-8500. 
Please Register To Be Part Of AFBF Women’s Leadership Advocacy Training Sessions
Over the past couple of weeks we shared details on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Leadership Committee and their plans to host a two-day, on-line training session for those interested and are able to tune to the feed regarding insights for conducting active engagement with elected representatives.  The participation in these sessions require persons to register. This link provides the agenda for the two-day training session.    Those who would like to register for the sessions on September 21 (which starts at 9 a.m. in our timezone and runs to 11 a.m.), click hereThose who would like to register for participating for the September 22 session (which is scheduled for 3 p.m. and runs through 6 p.m. our West-coast time) , click here.
Have a great weekend!