Growing Nevada | Vol. 31 | College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources – Nevada Today

New agricultural research and Extension center begins operations

Eureka County ranch to expand offerings of University’s Experiment Station

Mike Wolterbeek

Bill Payne in Nevada shirt and hat at a pen of fluffy, white sheep ready for saleBill Payne, dean of the College, inspects Merino and Rambouillet/Merino crossbred sheep at the annual sheep sale, this year the first for the College as new owners of the Rafter 7 herd and ranch donated by Ruby Hills Mining Company, LLC.

Our College’s new Great Basin Research & Extension Center in Eureka County has begun operations in a new initiative for rural Nevada. The enterprise will address the related issues of sustainable grazing management of dryland rangelands, livestock, crop production under water-limited environments, and alternative water and irrigation strategies for crop production.

“This operation will address real world problems through research and Extension – providing useful knowledge to the ranchers and farmers of Nevada,” Bill Payne, dean of the College, said. “It’s also a Nevada showcase, as much of the world looks like this, and the knowledge we generate here will be useful throughout drylands of the world.”

The initiative, overseen by our College’s Experiment Station, is spearheaded on a 644-acre ranch in Diamond Valley near the town of Eureka, along with several grazing permits on nearby Bureau of Land Management lands. 

Interim Center Director & Extension Educator Gary McCuin, said, “I am excited and intrigued by the potential that this Center has to help us meet the mission of this land-grant institution, and the needs of our producers.

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