Dear Nevada Educators,
Water is a natural resource that is very important to not
only you and me, but to farmers and ranchers too. They are the ones raising the
food, fiber, fuels and animal feed we use every day. They want to protect this
precious resource because water is an important part of their livelihood.
We know there are multiple use demands on our watersheds. Municipal
water supplies (drinking, cleaning, and manufacturing), wildlife and fish
habitats, ecosystem survival, and recreational usage all rely on our water supply, in addition to food and agriculture needs. Data shows that the agriculture
industry is one of the highest users of water. With multiple campaigns directed
to the public on how to conserve water, we wanted to share information on how
Nevada farmers and ranchers are using science and technology to be good
stewards of this limited resource.
The lessons and resources within this packet are aligned to
educational standards and will highlight:
- How farmers and ranchers use water.
- Tools farmers and ranchers utilize to
efficiently manage water use.
- Highlight water management practices Nevadans
may see in their daily life but be unfamiliar with what they do or why they are
- Feature career opportunities in the food,
agriculture, and natural resources in Nevada.
Modern agriculture includes creating and applying techniques and technologies that are sustainable. Farmers and Ranchers are stewards of natural resources and it’s important to them that their livelihood, the land they care for, and the products they produce are available for generations to come.
Nevada Agriculture & Water educational unit:
Background: Where Does Our Water Come From? Resources to
review the water cycle and how watersheds and aquifers support life in Nevada.
Lesson 1: History of Nevada Water
Lesson 2: Why is Water Important to
Agriculture in Nevada?
Lesson 3: Understanding the Relationship Between Snowpack and Water Supply
Lesson 4: Irrigation
Lesson 5: How is Agriculture Being
Conservation Aware? Strategies for Safeguarding our Natural Resources
Water & Agriculture Video Series
worksheets video clips.