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Indian Agriculture Summit Held Next Week

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University of Nevada Cooperative Extension presents the Nevada Indian Summit April 17-19. The purpose of the summit, offered in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to help tribal communities in Nevada with future land- and water-use planning, economic development and marketing; and making a profit.

Summit speakers will be experts from many Western entities, including University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada Division of Water Resources, Yerington Paiute Tribe, University of Arkansas, the Intertribal Agricultural Council and Utah State University.

Highlights of the summit include a presentation on April 18 by Doug Boyle, Nevada climatologist with the University of Nevada, Reno, on how the drought impacts reservations, and a series of presentations on April 19 on tribal food programs, services and the Farm Bill.

Boyle’s presentation will cover what Nevada’s climate looks like now, what the current map shows, what disaster areas have been declared, and how this information impacts the reservations.

The food presentations include:

  • Food Distribution Program ran by the Yerington Paiute Tribe, presented by Laurie Thom, chairman of the Yerington Paiute Tribe;
  • Women Infant and Children Programs offered by Intertribal Council of Nevada, presented by Brittany Tybo and Sarah Mecalf from the Intertribal Council of Nevada Women Infant and Children Program; and
  • Funding for Nutrition in New Farm Bill, presented by Janie Hipp and Kolby Duren from Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiative at the University of Arkansas.

Ivory Lyles, director of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and associate dean for engagement with the University’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, will welcome guests the morning of the April 18 sessions. Registration and pricing information are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-nevada-indian-summit-tickets-44566067307.

The conference is at The Nugget in Sparks.


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