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Welcome to the Ag Experiment Station


Although much has changed in Nevada over the past hundred years, agriculture in Nevada remains a viable enterprise which is an important contributor to many rural Nevada counties. Through its extension and research programs, the University of Nevada, Reno has a long history of identifying critical needs and finding solutions that can meet the ever-changing challenges faced in our rural communities. The contemporary issues faced today have called for multi-disciplinary approaches where teams of university faculty can work collaboratively with citizens of diverse background and interest in order to seek solutions applicable to Nevada.


For more than 100 years, the University of Nevada, Reno, a land-grant institution, has had a deep-rooted, symbiotic relationship with Nevada’s agriculture industry. The passing of the Hatch Act in 1887 gave rise to the University’s Agricultural Experiment Station, which originally undertook research and education in horticulture, forestry and other agriculture-related fields. The station occupied the second building on campus, followed by the Valley Road Field Laboratory, offering the first opportunities in experimentation. Today, the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station operates as part of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR).


The numerous programs and projects conducted through NAES are living testimony to the continued commitment by the University to the sustainability of Nevada’s important agriculture industry. Our efforts include basic research utilizing new genetic techniques to improve plant and animal breeding; applied research to find crops using less of Nevada’s precious water resources; programs controlling emerging diseases, disasters, invasive species and insect pests; innovative collaborations to better market and finance agricultural products; and programs and research to achieve a balance of uses and species on public lands.


Finally, we cannot overlook the University’s commitment to the education of our youth, who are the future of the agriculture industry in this century and beyond.