Churchill County’s newest commissioner is a fourth-generation farmer with deep roots in the community.
Myles Getto wanted to be a part of his own future and, at the urging of his uncle, decided to run for office to make decisions now that young folks like himself could enjoy for many years.
“If I ran for office later in life, the decisions I’d make wouldn’t affect my life,” he explained.
Getto is looking forward to representing agriculture producers on the commission and brings his water background and knowledge to the table. He served on the Churchill County Planning Commission for three years where he said he learned a tremendous amount about the lives of local citizens before deciding to run for the commission.
“I saw I could make a difference,” he said.
He is looking forward to working on issues with the Navy, especially the relationship between ag producers and the Navy. Getto also looks to his work with the Central Nevada Regional Water Authority and ensuring access to water to those downstream on the Carson River.
Getto’s family settled in Churchill County in the early 1900s, coming from Italy.
“I am farming the same land they put into production all those years ago,” he said.
The Getto farm, which grows alfalfa and teff, is located on the Lovelock highway and may be best known for Fernando, the llama who lived roadside for several years.
Biscotti the foal and JW the donkey now occupy that space, Getto said.
An avid FFA and 4-H student while attending Churchill County High School, those experiences further developed his agricultural interests and afforded him opportunities for travel, representing the scope and operations of a large ag business in the United States.
At the age of 17, he was one of 20 FFA students nationwide who went to Washington, D.C., to represent U.S. agriculture to developing countries. A year later, he went to the U.S. Virgin Islands to advise the horse racing industry there on best practices for growing hay and forage.
Getto is an avid fisherman who enjoys bass fishing in Dixie Valley. He also loves pickleball and has traveled across the country doing so.
Anne McMillin is public information officer for Churchill County.
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