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Federal government 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:

  1. Improving agricultural productivity through research
  2. Making Nevadans healthier
  3. Developing and sustaining productive youth and families
  4. Developing and sustaining productive communities
  5. Improving water availability, allocation and quality, and
  6. Resolving natural resource issues across the state and beyond.

The majority of the faculty working with the experiment station have joint responsibility with either cooperative extension and/or resident instruction programs in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources, College of Business, or the School of Medicine.

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