In their April 25 meeting, the Nevada Board of Agriculture determined that Deputy Director Jerri Conrad will take on the responsibilities of the Director of Agriculture when the current Director, Jim Barbee leaves the department in mid-May.
The board will be working through the process for selecting a new director over the coming months.
After his departure from the Department of Ag on May 18th, Barbee will serve as the County Manager for Churchill County.
“It has been a great pleasure working with Jim over the years,” Bevan Lister, President of Nevada Farm Bureau said. “He was very successful in building the Department into a very effective state agency.”
“We greatly appreciate how he has closely worked with the Nevada Farm Bureau and others in Nevada agriculture.” Lister continued, adding, “Whoever will be the next Director — they will certainly have big shoes to fill.”
Nevada Farm Bureau will also be working with the Board of Agriculture, sharing the organization’s input as the selection process unfolds.
Barbee has served as a member of the NDA administration since 2011.