NDA COVID-19 Operational Status

Last updated: June 2, 2021

All Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) offices in Sparks, Elko and Las Vegas are now open to the public Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., excluding holidays. 

Following CDC and county guidelines, offices are still implementing some COVID-19 protocols, and all staff and visitors are required to adhere to them. Masks will be required for those not vaccinated, and you may be asked for proof of vaccination if not wearing a mask. Individuals who do not comply with the guidelines will be asked to leave.

Please note that some staff will continue to work from home full time or in a hybrid setting. If you would like to meet in person with a specific staff member, please contact the staff member or the front desk ahead of time to ensure they are in the building.

Animal Disease Lab

Please call the Animal Disease Lab at 775-353-3709 for any animal disease concerns related to testing for:

  • Rabies 
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Cultures
  • Parasitology
  • T. foetus Culture or RT-PCR
  • Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA)
  • Brucellosis
  • Serology
  • Necropsy

Livestock Inspections

Please call your nearest district brand inspector or the Elko NDA office at 775-753-1360 to schedule brand inspections or request movement permits.

Entry Permits and Pasture to Pasture Permits

Please call 775-353-3709, email entrypermits@agri.nv.gov or fax 775-353-3659 for permits.

Federal School and Community Nutrition

If you have questions or concerns about school or community nutrition interruptions, please call 702-668-4582 or email dhogan@agri.nv.gov.

Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Certification and distribution of food will continue at all sites. We ask that recipients not exit their vehicle at drop off location, just pull your car up to the back of the truck or behind the next car in line. For more information please contact Devin Wilcox-McCombs at 775-353-3724 or dwilcox@agri.nv.gov.

Food Safety

Food safety testing and meat and poultry inspections will continue. To schedule inspections or for immediate concerns, please contact Lisa Burnett at 775-353-3631 or email lburnett@agri.nv.gov.

Hemp Program

Hemp harvest inspections will continue, and the Chemistry Laboratory will be available for hemp compliance testing. For immediate concerns, please contact Audrey Blondfield at ablondfield@agri.nv.gov.


Staff will be available for pesticide investigations, spill concerns and pesticide exposure testing. Please contact Bret Allen at bret.allen@agri.nv.gov for concerns related to pesticides.

Wood destroying pest inspection reports and green tags for C3-Structural licensees may be requested by calling and leaving a voicemail at our Las Vegas office: (702) 668-4590. The voicemail will be checked and reports and tags will be mailed out every Thursday.

Pesticide applicator testing will only be permitted on a limited basis. All testers will be required to review and adhere to new testing procedures. To schedule an exam, please contact Kathleen at 702-668-4545 for southern Nevada and Ruth at 775-353-3712 for northern Nevada.

Crop Inspections

Phytosanitary and shipping point export inspections will continue as needed. Please contact Nick Bieser in southern Nevada at nbieser@agri.nv.gov and Sheryl Hunnewell in northern Nevada at shunnewell@agri.nv.gov to schedule an appointment.

Sample Submissions for Identification

Please contact the appropriate staff member listed below for guidance on how to submit virtual or physical samples.

Please contact Jeff Knight at jknight@agri.nv.gov or 775-848-2592 for further instructions.

Plant Pathology
If you need help with plant disease diagnosis, please call Shouhua Wang at 775-846-2018 for diagnosis and/or email pictures of diseased plants to shwang@agri.nv.gov.

Seed and Crop certifications
Please contact Russ Wilhelm at 775-750-5910 or email rwilhelm@agri.nv.gov for services related to native seeds, seed certification, and allium crop inspections.

Consumer Equitability

Please contact 702-668-4546 or cecomplaint@agri.nv.gov for any concerns regarding accuracy of scales, gas pumps, etc. Price gouging should be reported to the Attorney General’s office at 702-486-3132.