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New Nevada Organization, “Basin and Range Organics,” Formed to Provide Organic Certification


A new organization was announced today to offer organic certification in Nevada.

The Nevada Board of Agriculture killed in June Nevada’s only state-run organics certification program. The move came after the Nevada Department of Agriculture suddently claimed a budget shortfall as the reason for ending the program.

“I know, having long, long experience with (the) state budgeting process…that $65,000 oversights are just not something that, in my line of work, has ever been acceptable,” said Rob Holley of Holley Family Farms at the time. “We had not been made aware that (the program was in jeopardy).”

A new not-for-profit, Basin and Range Organics (BARO) is expecting to hire staff to provide USDA-approved organic certification, training and support for the state’s organic farmers.

The group will operate under Healthy Communities Coalition, a 501(c)3 located in Dayton, headed by Christie McGill, executive director.

The group’s advisory council includes: Clint Koble, chair; Marcia Litsinger, vice chair; Steve Litsinger, treasurer, Pat Lynch, secretary; Garrett Gatewood, technical advisor; and Rob Holley, livestock advisor. Terms will last until a board of directors is established.

The board’s next meeting will be Friday, July 24, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at 1365 Corporate Blvd., Reno, NV 89502. To view via teleconference, call Clint Koble at (775) 857-8500 x 128.

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Bob Conrad
Bob Conradhttp://thisisreno.com
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. He is also a part time instructor at UNR and sits on the boards of the Nevada Press Association and Nevada Open Government Coalition.