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October 21, 2014

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Overseas trips cut for Nevada agriculture officials

CARSON CITY — State agricultural officials are not going to France or Brazil this year to promote Nevada farm goods.

The Legislative Interim Finance Committee refused Wednesday to allow the state Department of Agriculture to use part of its savings to join the Governor’s Office on Economic Development on overseas trade missions. The committee cut the request for out-of-state travel from $12,129 to $1,584.

Lawmakers were irked that the agency did not tell the 2013 Legislature about the proposed trips. Sen. Pete Goicoechea, R-Eureka, said the request would have been denied then.

State Agriculture Director Jim Barbee agreed to eliminate the overseas travel after the criticism of the committee.

The department proposed spending about $5,000 for the France trip and $4,500 for the mission to Brazil.

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