Information About the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station
established the state Agricultural Experiment Station network through the Hatch
Act of 1887. Experiment stations were established to ensure that agricultural
research geared to specific geographic regions would be conducted throughout the
United States. Agricultural Experiment Stations are part of a total program
involving research, Cooperative Extension, and higher education at land-grant universities
in every state. The University of Nevada is the State's 1888 land-grant institution
and has been in continuous operation at the university since its establishment.
Our research programs are an integral part of NAES.
Federal funds are appropriated under the Hatch Act to promote high-quality research
activities on agriculture and natural resources issues that are important to the
state, the West and the nation. McIntire-Stennis Act allocations promote research
for the development, protection and efficient utilization of resources from the
nation's forests and rangelands. Animal health allocations are directed toward
solving and understanding the health problems of livestock.
Who benefits from NAES research? All Nevadans benefit!
Advances in agricultural production through research have contributed to an abundance
of high-quality food at a relatively low cost. Agriculture is Nevada's largest single
industry in 85% of the state, comprising a critical section of rural Nevada's economy.
Environmental and natural resource concerns and the need to support traditional
as well as emerging agricultural industries are high priorities in Nevada.
All require advances in research and technology.
Research emphasis at the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station is consistent with
the themes of the University's 21st century plan. A summary of the citizens'
needs assessment includes the following areas of emphasis:
- Improving agricultural productivity through research,
- Making Nevadans healthier,
- Developing and sustaining productive youth and families,
- Developing and sustaining productive communities,
- Improving water availability, allocation and quality,
- Resolving natural resource values.
Research is conducted in the laboratories of the Max C. Fleischmann College of Agriculture,
Biotechnology, and Natural Resources, Howard Medical Sciences and the College of
Human and Community Sciences facilities on the campus of the University of Nevada,
Reno. Eight field laboratory sites are also used for research, including:
Valley Road facility in Reno, NV
- Main Station, located on East McCarran, Reno, NV
- Newlands facility located in Fallon, NV
- Gund Ranch, located 50 miles northeast of Austin, NV
- Whittel Forest & Wildlife Research Area, Washoe Co. NV
- J. Dow Wetlands located in Herlong, CA.
What are the NAES research field laboratories? The goal of these field labs
is to conduct research and provide rapid delivery of information to clientele in
the region and State through interdisciplinary research and Extension programs.
The majority of the faculty working at the experiment station have joint responsibility
with cooperative extension or resident instruction programs in the College of Agriculture,
Biotechnology, and Natural Resources, College of Human and Community Sciences or
the School of Medicine.