Desert Farming Initiative


The Desert Farming Initiative (DFI) began in 2013, and is in collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR), Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station (NAES), and Cooperative Extension. The DFI is a diversified commercial farm at UNR which serves as a demonstration, education, outreach, and research farming program.

Our Mission:
· Demonstrate: Operate a diverse commercial farming enterprise and demonstrate – best crop varieties and farming techniques that are economically viable, and sustainable farming systems that are successful in the Nevadan high desert climate.
· Education: Create opportunities at the DFI farm for learn by doing, hands on farm experiences for students, farmers, and the public.  Provide resources and information about sustainable farming systems in desert climate, food safety, and general crop production information.
· Outreach and Technical Assistance: Actively inform and engage with the community and stakeholders about agricultural systems that address the challenges of both economic and environmental sustainability in desert climates; and provide assistance to growers regarding agricultural regulations, policies, safety, and crop production techniques.
· Research: Facilitate and develop research opportunities, collaborating with University faculty, students, Extension, and industry to discover new production methods and improve agricultural practices for desert climates.
Sustainable Development Goals
8 People | 2 Impacts | 7 Hours | 147 Total Economic Impact