New to farming? Want to learn how to start a farm? Extension can help and offers additional assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers. USDA considers anyone who has operated a farm or ranch for less than ten years to be a beginning farmer or rancher. Our program can help you get started or grow your operation through a variety of programs and services, from farm loans to crop insurance, and conservation programs to disaster assistance.

The overall aim of the program is to:

  • Help develop the agricultural entrepreneurship, business and financial management skills of Nevada's beginning farmers and ranchers, providing the tools necessary to own, operate and sustain an agricultural operation.
  • Improve beginning farmers' and ranchers' capacity to manage water resources effectively.
  • Help beginning farmers and ranchers implement sustainable agricultural management practices.
  • Help beginning farmers and ranchers develop a marketing strategy that ensures the competitiveness of their agricultural operation.
  • Provide a support network to help beginning farmers and ranchers achieve project objectives.

Farm to Fork Level I Certification Program

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The Nevada Herds & Harvest program combines a series of workshops on different topics, and provides educational business management and mentoring skill building to support Nevada agricultural producers. If you are interested in meeting with a mentor to build a specific enterprise budget for your agricultural operation, please contact the faculty member below to begin your mentoring experience.


Meet the Leadership Team

Staci Emm
Program Leader & Contact
Lindsay Chichester
Program Contact