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.