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Federal Land Ownership in Nevada by County

A very useful table. From the Research Division, Legislative Counsel Bureau Policy and Program Report, April 2016

County Total Federal Acres Total Acres in County Percent Federal
Carson City 56,290 100,601 56
Churchill 2,704,193 3,216,476 84.1
Clark 4,532,961 5,178,240 87.5
Douglas 249,594 472,673 52.8
Elko 8,102,283 10,959,010 73.9
Esmeralda 2,233,727 2,294,915 97.3
Eureka 2,109,480 2,674,061 78.9
Humboldt 5,090,943 6,211,913 82
Lander 2,985,871 3,525,761 84.7
Lincoln 6,659,056 6,804,678 97.9
Lyon 935,673 1,295,358 72.2
Mineral 2,303,172 2,440,233 94.4
Nye 11,373,325 11,640,101 97.7
Pershing 2,937,154 3,880,754 75.7
Storey 15,978 168,683 9.5
Washoe 3,301,765 4,188,232 78.8
White Pine 5,438,353 5,695,863 95.5
NEVADA 61,029,817 71,082,466 85.9

Source: BLM, Nevada State Office, December 2015.


NWS Cancels Flood Warning for Dayton

The National Weather Service cancelled its flood warning for Dayton this Wednesday. Issued on Tuesday at 12:40 p.m., things looked dire for part of the small community. The southwest retention pond above east Dayton could have failed and citizens were told to be on alert.

Dayton has been described as the “Breadbasket of the Comstock” for its vital role in supplying food for miners working the historic strike. Gold was first found in Nevada on the Carson River near Dayton. The float was traced uphill to the Virginia City area in the early 1850’s and the gold and silver rush was on.


Earthen Dam Fails near Montello, Nevada

The AP and the Elko Daily Free Press report that an earthen dam near Montello in Elko County has failed. The incident occurred on February 8th.

A state of emergency was soon declared by county commissioners. Sheriff deputies were assigned to search for possible victims.

Authorities say extensive damage was caused to many ranches and farms. The town of Montello itself was flooded. 10 miles of State Route 233 were closed. The Union Pacific Railroad line was also impacted.

Nevada’s Water Resources Division engineer Jason King told the AP that the Twentyone Mile Dam passed an inspection last summer. The structure formerly held water for rural irrigation in Elko County.

Wikipedia states that Montello served as a community center for ranching operations in the 1920’s. Its population was 84 in the 2010 census.

2014 Montello photograph courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.



Refreshing NevadaAg.com

Update: 02/12/2017. Revisions completed!

This week I’ll be updating the materials here at NevadaAg.com. Expect this refresh to be completed by next Monday. That’s February, 13th.

The sample chapter posted to the home page will see the biggest changes. It focuses on Clark County. Since I wrote that .pdf, marijuana laws have changed, Gold Butte has become a National Monument, and I’ve gathered more information on the start of agriculture in the Las Vegas Valley.  All good reasons for a rewrite.

As always, feel free to contact me at any one of my e-mail addresses. thomasguyfarley@gmail.com is a good one.

Nevada To Learn Water Use Lessons From Israel

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this week is putting on what’s called a BusinessH2O Summit in Las Vegas. The RJ says the purpose is to highlight water management problems with people and groups who make water management decisions. The goal is to produce practical ways to prevent a water crisis.

The article cites Israel as a model of good water development and stewardship. Although over half desert, Israel is an exporter of water, enjoying a national surplus. Desalination experts, it has turned the Mediterranean sea into a source of drinking water. Israel also reclaims 9/10’s of its water, compared to only 1% for the United States.

Prospects seem good for new initiatives and collaboration between Israel and the United States, including Nevada. Wise water management techniques are already being shared between governments. These things can include new drip irrigation methods and ways to practice leak detection.

A Nevada supported group called Waterstart will enter into a “Cooperative agreement with the Israeli Innovation Authority to promote greater collaboration in research and development.” As the most arid state in the nation, Nevada can only benefit from the results of these cooperative efforts.




Nevada Medical and Recreational Marijuana News

marijuanaNovember 22, 2016

by Thomas Farley

Citing a press release, Ganjapreneur reports that Maple Leaf Green World, a Canadian agricultural firm, has bought a Nevada marijuana cultivation permit for $500,000. Maple Leaf purchased the permit from BioNeva Innovations of Henderson LLC.

Medical marijuana in Nevada is legal to grow, process, and distribute if the law is closely followed. There are many, many laws, rules and regulations that cover every aspect of the trade. As of now, these are the marijuana establishments possessing State required Final Certificates:

Clark County: 8 laboratories; 47 cultivation facilities; 25 production facilities; 41 dispensaries

Nye County: 4 cultivation facilities; 2 dispensaries ; 2 production facilities

Washoe County: 2 laboratories; 13 cultivation facilities; 8 production facilities; 7 dispensaries

Carson City: 2 cultivation facilities; 2 dispensaries; 1 production facility

Churchill County: 1 dispensary (final inspection pending).[i]

Recreational or adult use of marijuana was decriminalized by ballot initiative on November, 8, 2016. The law goes into effect January 1, 2017. While possessing a certain amount may be legal, it remains uncertain where a Nevadan can buy it. Rules for recreational marijuana shops are now in process throughout the state. Chief among legislator’s concerns are taxes. The Department of Taxation has until January 1, 2018 to implement licensing regulations. The law as outlined in the voter pamphlet is here.

Will farmers growing crops returning marginal income decide to raise marijuana? The future is uncertain. Besides the lengthy, expensive, and elaborate process to becoming certified, either for medical or adult sales, there are security concerns with every phase of marijuana cultivation. Does a farmer really want to risk growing it? Who protects the crop, for example, before and after harvest? As to the government, does law enforcement have enough resources to handle robberies and other crimes associated with this industry? The future is still unfolding for this crop.

Medical Use of Marijuana

  • Nev. Rev. Stat. §§ 453A.010 – 453A.240 (2008)
  • Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§435A.080(1)(a), (2); 435A.250(2) (2008)

[i] Marijuana: http://dpbh.nv.gov/Reg/MME/MME_-_Home/ Accessed 11/22/2016