NEVADA AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION

Newlands Research Center

The Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station’s Newlands Research Center is the location of a rich legacy of agricultural research. Originally written into the 1902 Newlands Reclamation Law, the Newlands Research Center is part of Churchill County’s Irrigation District. The 160 acre farm was started in 1906 and has since been used for agricultural research for growing crops and raising livestock in the irrigation district.

Just a few short miles south of Fallon, Nevada on US 95, the farm was first run by the USDA from 1925 to 1940 in a cooperative agreement with the Experiment Station. During this period, crop research was conducted on crop rotation, toxicity of alkali salts, and methods of reclaiming alkali soils. They also established experiments in feeding and nutrition of farm livestock, such as dairy cows, swine, turkeys, beef cattle and sheep.

Today, the Newlands Research Center is used by the Great Basin Plant Materials Center, run by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, with 25 of its acres dedicated to research by the Experiment Station. This arrangement is optimum. The facility will be used to generate plant materials such as native seed, and land users will benefit from the crop as native seed can be used for land rehabilitation and restoration after fires.