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Low-water-use agricultural workshops offered


Two free classes in Reno and Las Vegas

unr-ex-9938296-1309908University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) and the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR) will host two agricultural water-use workshops titled “Evaluating Alternative Low Water-Use Crops for the Great Basin.” The events will take place June 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UNCE Washoe County office and June 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UNCE Clark County office.

The classes are geared to agency professionals working with agricultural producers. Representatives from NRCS, FSA, BLM, RD, UNCE, conservation or water-district personnel and tribal staff are advised to attend.

Extension educators will discuss water-use issues in the Great Basin including state water laws, production and market opportunities for low-water-use crops, potentially profitable crops and implementation-assistance programs.

Students will learn the economic, political and environmental benefits of reducing water use in agriculture. They will also increase their basic understandings of agronomics and alternative crop production. Lastly, they will learn how to measure the potential costs versus benefits of producing low-water-use crops.

Workshop materials, snacks and lunch will be provided, and those with laptops are asked to bring them in for use as supplementary learning aids.

Though the workshops are free, those interested are asked to register in advance by calling Carol Bishop at 702-397-2604 or e-mailing her at [email protected].

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