Extension program offers course for new Nevada cattle ranchers

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Extension’s Herds & Harvest program offers a new series of courses for entry-level livestock and poultry producers that will help them achieve farm-to-fork certification.

The Herds & Harvest Program at the University of Nevada, Reno Extension is hosting a new farm-to-fork certification program, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays in March.

The courses in this program will offer beginning farmers and ranchers information on the process of livestock and poultry production, from rearing the livestock to selling the produce in the market.

Courses in the program will be delivered via Zoom and draw on the knowledge and experience of established Nevada livestock and poultry farmers and academic experts. There will also be an in-person tour of local farms and ranches. Participants who complete the course will receive their Farm to Fork Level 1 certification. Course topics include the following:
• March 2: Presentation of Farm to Fork for animal production: focus on existing jurisdictions and regulations in Nevada, animal production for local consumption, developing a business plan, grazing public lands and private and the identification of resources.
• March 9: Livestock nutrition and reproduction: focus on the basics of livestock nutrition, feed management, reproduction and meat characteristics in relation to nutritional management.
• March 16: Poultry nutrition and reproduction: focus on the basics of poultry nutrition, feed management, reproduction and meat characteristics based on nutritional management.
• March 23: Defining local growth and marketing plans: focus on developing a locally grown product, creating a marketing plan and how to sell a local product.
• March 30: Financial management of a farm in the 21st century: focus on financial construction of a farm, the development of skills and business assets, estate planning and the basics of balance and flow of funds. Treasury. University students will provide financial analysis of different agricultural enterprises.

Field trip dates announced at registration: Field trips to visit local farms and ranches. Participants can choose one of two tours they wish to take, depending on their location and interests.

The cost of the program is $60 per person and registration can be done online at https://nevada.formstack.com/forms/btr_2022.

For more information, contact Staci Emm, Extension Educator for Mineral County, at emms@unr.edu or 775-475-4227, or Kaley Chapin, Outreach Specialist, at kaleys@unr.edu or 702- 467-2668.
Individuals requiring special accommodations or assistance should call or notify Paul Lessick, Civil Rights and Compliance Coordinator, at plessick@unr.edu or 702-257-5577 at least three days prior to the scheduled event.

The Extension Herds & Harvest program combines a series of workshops on different topics and offers business management and mentorship training to support agricultural producers in Nevada. This project was supported by the Beginning Farmer and Pastoralist Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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