NDA signs cooperative agreement with non-profit horse group

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Ed Foster
Acting Public Information Officer

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) has signed a cooperative agreement between Return to Freedom, Inc. (RTF), a non-profit organization located in Lompoc, CA, that is a sponsor of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

Currently, NDA limits it’s collection of Virginia Range estray horses to urban areas and roadways for public safety purposes. RTF may purchase all such horses collected by NDA for $100 per horse on an as-is basis. Any horses tendered to but not accepted by RTF within two business days after being notified shall be subject to disposition by NDA in any manner permitted by law.

RTF will work with third-parties who adopt or purchase the estray horses ensuring that the horses will not be released back on the Virginia Range, a violation of Nevada Revised Statute. RTF will provide NDA with an annual report of all horses resold/or placed during the previous 12 months.

The cooperative agreement applies to Washoe, Storey and Lyon Counties and the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City.


The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) promotes sustainable agriculture and natural resources, which work to protect food, fiber, human health and safety and environment through effective service, regulatory action and agricultural literacy. The NDA was established in 1915 by Chapter 561 of the Nevada Revised Statutes. It includes the regulatory divisions of Administration, Animal Industry, Measurement Standards, Plant Industry and Resource Protection. For more information about the NDA, visit agri.nv.gov.