Sparks, Nev. - September 14, 2021
The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) and
Made in Nevada are seeking nominations for the Nevada Agriculture, Food and
Beverage Small Business of the Year Award. This new annual award recognizes the
extraordinary work done by agriculture, food and beverage industries in Nevada.
Nominations are due by Sept. 30, 2021, and the award will be presented at the
Made in Nevada Connections event in Reno on Oct. 21, 2021.
“Nevada’s agriculture, food and beverage businesses
are vital to Nevada’s economy,” said NDA Director Jennifer Ott. “We want to showcase
local small businesses and the pivotal role they play in our communities.”
Individuals are encouraged to nominate a Nevada business
that provides Nevadans with their favorite locally produced agriculture, food
or beverage product. Businesses are also able to self-nominate. To be eligible,
businesses must be licensed in Nevada, produce or manufacture at least 51% of their
agriculture, food or beverage product in Nevada and have less than 150
employees. Nominations can be made at agri.nv.gov.
“We are excited for this additional opportunity
to show appreciation for the agriculture, food and beverage businesses that offer
so much to Nevada,” said NDA Director Ott.
The NDA also recognizes farms and ranches that
have been operating on the same land for 100 years or longer through the Nevada
Centennial Awards. Centennial Award farms and ranches are recognized on a
rolling basis. Farmers and ranchers interested in the program can learn more
and apply at agri.nv.gov/centennial_awards.
About the Nevada Department of Agriculture
Department of Agriculture (NDA) mission is to preserve, protect and
promote Nevada’s agriculture. The department has 150 dedicated employees
providing services in its five divisions, Administration, Animal Industry,
Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition, and Plant Industry. The department’s
$232 million budget facilitates regulatory and administrative work in
agriculture and food manufacturing industries, protecting public and environmental
health and worker safety, and providing food distribution and oversight for the
United States Department of Agriculture’s school and community nutrition