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University of Nevada Holds Seminars for Area Farmers

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Local farmers have a chance to pick up some new skills - and some business tips with a course through the University of Nevada this spring.

Nevada's farmers have to deal with tough weather conditions and difficult soil not to mention lots of competition from California.

So the University of Nevada is offering some tips to keep your garden green longer. "In Nevada a big part of the challenges in farming is our short days, very short growing seasons, and unpredictable weather," says Ray Saliga.

Northern Nevada's 40 degree temperature swings can be hard on plants.

So the High Desert Farming Initiative at the university uses structures called hoop houses. They're like low-cost, unheated greenhouses that will allow farmers to grow more sensitive plants longer.

That's just one of the methods farmers are learning about at the seminars.

And organizers say helping local farmers really benefits all of us because it's healthy produce and it fuels our economy. "It reduces fuel usage and resource usage just moving plants from one point to another, and it just tastes better. It's amazing how long food will last when you pull it out of the farm and put it in your refrigerator."

The first seminar in the series wraps up tomorrow in Reno, but you can catch the next one on May 2nd and 3rd in Elko.

Each two-day seminar costs $40.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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