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University offers classes on ways for Nevada farmers to extend growing season

RENO - With Nevadas climate, more farmers are looking for ways to extend the growing season. The University of Nevada, Renos High Desert Farming Initiative is offering a two-day course for Nevadas agricultural producers, The Business of Season Extension Farming, to provide information on field-tested methods for extending the growing season.

Season-extension farming like using hoop houses, row covers or other methods, has gained popularity over the past few years.  It has been the ideal way for Nevada farmers to provide customers with locally grown produce earlier and later, and to help farmers increase their incomes.

This two-day class aims to give agricultural producers the information they need if they are looking to add season-extending methods to their operations, said Jennifer Ott, project manager for the Universitys High Desert Farming Initiative.

The classes will also provide information on reducing risk, low-cost marketing and financial planning. The courses will be held April 11th through 12th in Reno, April 25th through 26th in Pahrump, and May 2nd and 3rd in Elko. For more information on the Initiative or The Business of Season Extension Farming courses this spring, go to highdesertfarming.org or contact Ott at jottnv@yahoo.com or 775-784-1717.