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NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
The State Board of Stock Commissioners, predecessor agency of the Nevada Department of Agriculture was created by the 1915 Nevada Legislature. Chapter 268 of the 1915 Nevada Statutes (later changed to NRS 561) established the State Board of Stock Commissioners, consisting of three members, all experienced stockmen, appointed by the governor. The Board had control of all matters pertaining to the cattle, horse, and hog industries. Sheep were regulated by a newly established State Board of Sheep Commissioners.
The Commissioners, in conjunction with the State Veterinary Control Service department of the University of Nevada, adopted on behalf of the state, rules and regulations of the U.S. Bureau of Animal Industry related to control and suppression of diseases in stock. They were given the power to inspect, quarantine, and condemn cattle, horses, and hogs affected by infections or contagious diseases. To carry out this work, the Commission was empowered to appoint inspectors as needed who were paid from a Livestock Inspection Fund, created by assessments from county taxes.
In addition to disease control, the Commission was authorized to offer and pay bounties for killing livestock predators – coyotes, wildcats/lynxes, and mountain lions.
The State Department of Agriculture as it exists today was created in 1961. The Board of Agricultural Commissioners consists of eleven members appointed by the governor, all from different aspects of Nevada’s agricultural industry. The duties of the board members are to:
-Report to the Governor and Legislature on all relevant matters,
The Nevada Department of Agriculture is organized into the divisions of Administration, Animal Husbandry, Livestock Identification, Measurement Standards, Plant Industry, and Resource Protection. The responsibilities of each include:
-Administration: provides oversight to the Department through the Director and also related services for budgeting, financial and internal controls, accounting, facility maintenance, personnel, purchasing, and inventory management. Some activities include the Junior Livestock Show, Nevada High School Rodeo, Medical Marijuana, and Rangeland Resources.
-Animal Husbandry: responsible for the diagnosis and eradication of quarantinable animal diseases in cooperation with federal agencies, private veterinarians, and livestock owners. It is also responsible for the diagnosis and control of animal diseases that are of economic or public health significance. Some programs include Animal Diseases, Avian Flu Reports, Food Safety Lab, and Veterinary Health.
-Livestock Identification: protects against livestock theft through recording of brands used by livestock owners in Nevada and brand inspection procedures which are required when livestock change ownership, are shipped out of state or out of a brand inspection district, or prior to slaughter.
-Measurement Standards: includes the Bureau of Weights and Measures and the Bureau of Petroleum Technology. Two programs include Anti-Freeze and the Metrology Lab.
-Plant Industry: conducts cooperative programs with many agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and state, county, and city agencies. Examples of programs include the Chemistry and Entomology Labs, Farmer’s Markets, Noxious Weeds, and Plant Nursery Programs.
-Resource Protection: formerly the Predatory Animal and Rodent Committee, Resource Protection’s mission is to protect Nevada’s agricultural, industrial, private and natural resources, and to safeguard public health and safety. This is accomplished through cooperative assistance in the control and prevention of damages and diseases caused or vectored by wildlife. This committee is responsible for resolving conflicts between wildlife and livestock and protected human health and safety. Resource Protection and the federal Wildlife Services provides direct control and technical assistance to people sustaining damage from wildlife. Examples of programs include Wildlife Services, the National Wildlife Research Center, and Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage.
Nevada Department of Agriculture Records 1888-1996 99 volumes and 4.5 cubic feet
Stock Commission Board Minutes, 1915-1963 13 vols. AGRIC-0075 – AGRIC-0087
State Agricultural Board Minutes, 1963-2001 19 vols. plus 2 cu. ft. AGRIC-0088 – AGRIC-0106; AGRIC-0107 – AGRIC-0108
State Apiary Commission Minutes, 1921-1958 4 vol. AGRIC-0072 – AGRIC-0074
State Rabies Commission Minutes, 1917-1927 1 vol. AGRIC-0071
Miscellaneous Minutes 1977-2000 .5 cu. ft. AGRIC-0109
Account Ledgers [Receivables] 1960-1980 5 vols. AGRIC-0002 – AGRIC-0006
Taxes Receivable 1975-19077 4 vols. AGRIC-0007 – AGRIC-0009
Quarterly Budgets 1950-1962 5 vols. AGRIC-0010 – AGRIC-0014
Receipts 1950-1978 35 vols. AGRIC-0017 – AGRIC-0051
Estray Record 1977 1 vol. AGRIC-0052
Vegetable Books 1954-1978 8 vols. AGRIC-0053 – AGRIC-0060
Regulation Files 1990-2001 1.5 cu. ft. AGRIC-0106 – AGRIC-0107
Annual Reports, 1888-1906 8 folders AGRIC-0001
Miscellaneous 1891-1998 1 cu. ft. AGRIC-0001
Collection includes portraits of administrators and program directors of the Department of Agriculture, ca 1978; and photos of the Department’s display of canned goods at the Elko County Fair, 1922.