These and many other topics will surface when producers throughout Nevada gather at their local University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) offices for the 2012 “Great Ideas from Growers” series.
On Monday, veteran and novice commercial growers began sharing their successes and failures in the first of many town-hall style meetings. As part of the UNCE, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute for Food and Agriculture and Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program, video conferences will stream throughout 15 Nevada cities and towns every second and fourth Monday through March – connecting commercial growers throughout the state.
“The growers themselves will largely guide what will be discussed,” said UNCE’s Holly Gatzke, the extension educator for Lincoln County. “That’s why it’s called ‘Great Ideas from Growers.’ It’s the growers explaining what they’ve learned. With that, hopefully they’ll help newer growers avoid previous failures and jump on successes they’ve found.”
Nevada’s niche-crop producers are encouraged to share their knowledge at the series. Classes may extend past March, depending on the needs of the participants.
Great Ideas from Growers will be live-hosted in Caliente and available by video conference in UNCE offices in Eureka, Pahrump, Reno, Round Mountain, Fallon, Lovelock, Yerington, Hawthorne, Tonopah, Logandale, Ely, Elko, Battle Mountain and Gardnerville.
To confirm the locations, attend the workshops in person or by videoconference or for more information, call Gatzke at 962-1300 or 726-3109 ext. 106 or email her at email@example.com.