Nevada's existing half-billion-dollar agriculture industry includes only about 40 acres of crops cultivated indoors. The bulk of the ag industry is centered in the rural northern Nevada and is dominated by grazing. State officials want to shift that balance to reduce the state's dependence on fickle tourism spending. Earlier this year, the economic development office co-sponsored its first indoor agriculture conference in Las Vegas that brought together about 250 scientists, farmers and entrepreneurs. According to an article on, a half-dozen prospects came from the Seedstock conference or became more serious as a result. A similar conference is scheduled next spring.

Indoor agriculture also is a focus of Gov. Brian Sandoval's upcoming October trade mission to Israel, a hub of non-traditional farming techniques suited for the desert.

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