MEDIA TOUR: See the science behind weights and measures

NDA hosts laboratory tours to celebrate Weights and Measures Week


Ciara Ressel
Public Information Officer
SPARKS, Nev. - February 28, 2019

The Nevada Department ofAgriculture (NDA), is offering a media tour of the Division of Consumer Equitability’s laboratories on Tuesday, March 5 at 11 a.m. to celebrate National Weights and Measures Week. The week is observed March 1-7. National Weights and Measures Week is recognized by the National Conferenceon Weights and Measures (NCWM) in commemoration of President John Adams’s signing of the first U.S. weights and measures law in 1799.

Here in Nevada, the Consumer Equitability team protects both businesses and consumers, ensuring items sold by weight or quantity are being measured and charged appropriately. Program staff test scales, meters, gas pumps and other measurement devices based on National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) regulations. This ensures the devices are functioning properly and meet the uniform NIST standards for devices throughout the United States.

Who: NDA Consumer Equitability staff
What: Tour of Weights and Measures, Metrology and Petroleum equipment and labs
Where:   405 South 21st St.
When: Tuesday, March 5 at 11 a.m.
Why: To celebrate the importance of weights and measures in the economy for both consumers and businesses.

Please contact Ciara Ressel to reserve a spot on the tour via email at or phone at 775-353-3628.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) promotes a business climate that is fair, economically viable and encourages a sustainable environment that serves to protect food, fiber and human health and safety through effective service and education. NDA includes the divisions of Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition and Plant Industry.