Calendar

Nov
25
Mon
Extension, FSA to Host Farm Bill Education Meetings Across Nebraska in November, December
Nov 25 – Dec 18 all-day

LINCOLN, Nebraska- Nebraska Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska will host a series of Farm Bill education meetings over the next two months to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions. The 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law last December, reauthorized the existing Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill, however producers will need to make new program enrollment decisions over the coming months.

While the ARC and PLC programs under the new farm bill remain very similar to the previous farm bill, a few program changes coupled with changes in market conditions and outlook could significantly impact producer decisions.

“These meetings will help producers understand the programs and recent changes, as well as the decisions to be made at sign-up now and in the coming years,” said Nancy Johner, State Executive Director for the USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska. “There are some changes, such as an optional PLC program yield update, and other tweaks to the ARC and PLC programs that producers should consider as they make their selections.”

“Producers face a familiar choice between ARC and PLC, but under very different circumstances now as compared to 2014,” said Brad Lubben, Policy Specialist with Nebraska Extension. “Understanding the program mechanics, analysis and available decision tools will help producers make sound enrollment decisions with FSA.”

The joint Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Farm Service Agency producer education meetings are scheduled at 28 locations across the state from late November to mid-December in advance of the coming ARC/PLC enrollment deadlines in early 2020.

The meetings are all free and open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged for planning purposes for materials and facilities. Attendees can register for any of the meetings conveniently on the web at farmbill.unl.edu or by calling or visiting their county FSA or Extension office. The educational programs are each set to run three hours in length, featuring information and insight from FSA specialists and Extension experts, as well as other relevant information from local agencies.

The meetings are available statewide with several locations in each region of the state. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Panhandle/North Central
Ainsworth – Ainsworth Lutheran Church – December 16, 2-5 PM
Bridgeport – Prairie Winds Community Center – November 22, 2-5 PM
Chadron – Chadron State College – December 17, 1:30-4:30 PM
Ogallala – Keith County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall – December 12, 1-4 PM
Valentine – Mid Plains Community College – December 16, 9 AM-12 NOON

Southwest/Central
Broken Bow – Custer County Fairgrounds – December 16, 1-4 PM
Imperial – Chase County Fairgrounds 4-H Building – November 26, 1:30-4:30 PM
Kearney – Buffalo County Fairgrounds Antelope Meeting Room – December 17, 1-4 PM
Lexington – Dawson County Fairgrounds Extension Meeting Room – December 2, 1-4 PM
McCook – Red Willow County Fairgrounds Community Building – December 3, 1:30-4:30 PM
North Platte – UNL West Central Research and Extension Center – December 18, 1:30-4:30 PM
Ord – Valley County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall – December 4, 1-4 PM

Northeast
Bloomfield – Community Center – December 2, 1:30-4:30 PM
Columbus – Ag Park – December 4, 9 AM-12 NOON
O’Neill – Community Center – December 3, 9 AM-12 NOON
Norfolk – Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center – December 18, 1-4 PM
Wayne – Wayne Fire Hall – December 16, (2 meetings) 1-4 PM or 6-9 PM
West Point – Nielsen Center – December 9, 9 AM-12 NOON

East Central
Grand Island – College Park Fonner Park Room – December 5, 1-4 PM
Mead – UNL Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center – December 3, 9 AM-12 NOON
Scribner – Dodge County Fairgrounds Mohr Auditorium – December 11, 9 AM-12 NOON
York – York County Fairgrounds Cornerstone Building – December 6, 9 AM-12 NOON

Southeast
Beatrice – Gage County Fairgrounds 4-H Building – December 17, 9 AM-12 NOON
Bruning – Bruning Opera House – December 5, 1:30-4:30 PM
Humboldt – Ag Building – December 12, 9 AM-12 NOON
*Lincoln – Lancaster County Extension Center – December 16, 9 AM-12 NOON
Red Cloud – Community Center – November 25, 1-4 PM
Weeping Water – Cass County Fairgrounds – December 3, 9 AM-12 NOON

Please check the website for updates on locations, dates and times. All times are local with registration beginning 30 minutes ahead of start. Several additional meetings also are being planned locally across the state in various locations. Keep alert to additional opportunities and details as they are developed by checking the website for information or by contacting your county Extension or FSA office. *Please note the date for the Lincoln meeting is Dec. 16, which is a correction from a previously published date for that meeting.

There also are resources available online that can educate producers in their ARC/PLC decision-making process. Links to these resources are available from FSA at www.fsa.usda.gov/ne under the Spotlights section or from Extension at farmbill.unl.edu.

Dec
15
Sun
NePPA Pork Mentorship Program
Dec 15 all-day

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association wants students to be a part of the 2020 Pork Mentorship Program. If students are connected to agriculture and believe in the future of the pork industry, they are encouraged to apply! Scholarships are available for college-age students who have an interest in the pork industry – they don’t have to be a pork producer! Students may apply for this opportunity by visiting the youth tab on www.nepork.org. Applications are due December 15th.

The Pork Mentorship Program was established in 1999. To date, nearly 150 students have completed the program and over $75,000 in scholarships have been awarded. Each year the students participate in activities that encourage personal growth, leadership development, community engagement, and expand their knowledge of the pork industry. A $500 scholarship is awarded upon the completion of the year-long program.

Dec
16
Mon
Confronting Cropping Challenges series
Dec 16 – Dec 20 all-day

Getting the latest information on issues facing crop farmers AND an opportunity to renew your private pesticide applicator license will all take place at a series of meetings in December. This is the fourth year for Confronting Cropping Challenges and responses from last year’s programs were very positive. This year the program will be offered at five locations in the area.
Monday, December 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – American Legion – Neligh
Tuesday, December 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Fire Hall – Wayne
Wednesday, December 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Nielsen Community Center – West Point
Thursday, December 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Club Room, Ag Park – Columbus
Friday, December 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Rybin Building, Fairgrounds – Arlington

Topics that will be covered this year include:
What can we learn from the Thistle Caterpillar feeding in 2019?
How can we deal with Frogeye Leafspot in 2020?
What are our options to deal with herbicide resistant weeds in 2020?
Alfalfa management
Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification

Anyone that just wants the crops information can attend the first four sessions and leave. If you need to have your private applicator license renewed (renewal only, not initial certification) in 2020, you can stick around for the final session to be recertified. Even though this training is being offered in 2019, you will not lose a year of certification on your license.

The cost for the program is $10 if you are only attending the first four sessions. If you are being recertified, the cost will be $50. The additional $40 is the same as you would pay to be recertified at a traditional private pesticide applicator training.

Pre-registration is appreciated but not required by calling Nebraska Extension at 402-374-2929.

For more information, contact your local Nebraska Extension office.

NE Cattle Confinement Symposium
Dec 16 – Dec 17 all-day

Nebraska farmers who may be interested in expanding or diversifying their operations are invited to the two-day Nebraska Cattle Confinement Symposium scheduled for Monday and Tuesday December 16 and 17 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

The event will run from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday and from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $55 each, but early bird tickets are available for $35 for those who register online prior to December 1 at cattleconfinement.com.

The symposium is sponsored by the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN), Nebraska Cattlemen, Central Confinement Service of Columbus, Neb., and Accu-Steel, Inc. of Audobon, Iowa.

Topics to be discussed by producer and supplier experts include facility design and ventilation considerations; financing a new facility; trends in cattle markets; confinements and vet protocols; and managing nutrition in confinement operations. In addition, two sessions will provide virtual barn tours and producer panel discussions. The symposium will conclude December 17 with the Cattlemen’s Lunch featuring guest speaker Matt Rush, “inspirational speak and farm boy.” For agenda details, go to www.cattleconfinement.com.

NE Ext – FSA Farm Bill info sessions
Dec 16 – Dec 18 all-day

Nebraska Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska will host a series of Farm Bill education meetings over the next two months to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions. While the ARC and PLC programs under the new farm bill remain very similar to the previous farm bill, a few program changes coupled with changes in market conditions and outlook could significantly impact producer decisions.  There are some changes, such as an optional PLC program yield update, and other tweaks to the ARC and PLC programs that producers should consider as they make their selections.

The joint Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Farm Service Agency producer education meetings are scheduled at 28 locations across the state from late November to mid-December in advance of the coming ARC/PLC enrollment deadlines in early 2020.

The tentative schedule includes:
Lincoln – Lancaster County Extension Center – December 16, 9 AM-12 NOON
Wayne – Wayne Fire Hall – December 16, (2 meetings) 1-4 PM or 6-9 PM
Norfolk – Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center – December 18, 1-4 PM
 
The meetings are all free and open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged for planning purposes for materials and facilities. Attendees can register for any of the meetings conveniently on the web at farmbill.unl.edu or by calling or visiting their county FSA or Extension office. The educational programs are each set to run three hours in length, featuring information and insight from FSA specialists and Extension experts, as well as other relevant information from local agencies.

Please check the website for updates on locations, dates and times. All times are local with registration beginning 30 minutes ahead of start. Several additional meetings also are being planned locally across the state in various locations. Keep alert to additional opportunities and details as they are developed by checking the website for information or by contacting your county Extension or FSA office.

There also are resources available online that can educate producers in their ARC/PLC decision-making process. Links to these resources are available from FSA at www.fsa.usda.gov/ne under the Spotlights section or from Extension at farmbill.unl.edu.

Dec
17
Tue
BQA Transport trainings
Dec 17 – Dec 18 all-day

Nebraska Extension will be holding BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) Transportation trainings & certification at the following locations:
-December 5, 7:00 p.m. – O’Neill, Holt Co. Courthouse Annex
-December 17, 1:30 p.m. – Columbus, Platte Co. Extension Office
-December 17, 6:00 p.m. – York, York Co. Fairgrounds 4-H Building
-December 18, 6:00 p.m. – West Point, Courthouse Meeting Room
-December 19, 1:30 p.m. – Lexington, Dawson Co. Extension Office
-December 19, 6:00 p.m. – Lexington, Dawson Co. Extension Office

BQA Transportation plays a critical role in the health and welfare of cattle. The proper handling and transport of cattle can reduce sickness in calves, prevent bruises and improve the quality of the meat from these animals. When a transporter participates in the program they are showing consumers they are ready to take very step possible to keep cattle as healthy and safe as possible.

The program covers many topics including:
Cattle handling guidelines and diagrams
Checklists for loading/unloading
Checklists for hot/cold weather factors
Checklists for fit/injured/weak cattle
Checklists for traveling
Loading suggestion and worksheets
Bio-security & Emergency Action Plans

Anybody who hauls fat cattle or weigh-ups to Tyson, Cargill, JBS and National for slaughter are required to have completed BQA transportation training by January 1, 2020. Currently this training is free to attend and the certification is good for 3 years.

For further information contact Rob Eirich@ 308-632-1230.

Landlord Tenant Cash Rent wksps
Dec 17 – Dec 19 all-day

Landlord-tenant-workshop Nebraska Extension’s Landlord/Tenant Cash Rent Workshops for 2020 and Beyond will provide the latest leasing, real estate and management information to operators, tenants and landowners in Nebraska this winter.  The daylong workshop is scheduled in 19 communities throughout the state.

Extension educators Austin Duerfeldt, Jim Jansen and Allan Vyhnalek have collaborated to develop a program that will address agricultural finance and the real estate market, negotiation skills and considerations for leases and strategies for farmland succession and communication.

Omaha – Dec. 17, 2019, 6-9 p.m. – NE Extension, 8015 W Center Road, Omaha, NE 68124
Registration: 402-444-7804

Schuyler – Dec. 18, 2019, 6:30-9:30 p.m. – Cobblestone Inn & Suites, 2218 Colfax St., Schuyler, NE 68661
Registration: 402-352-3821

Neligh – Dec. 19, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon – Antelope Co. Courthouse, 501 M St., Neligh, NE 68756
Registration: 402-887-5414

Lincoln – Feb. 3, ’20, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (w/lunch) – NE Extension, 444 Cherrycreek Rd, Lincoln, NE 68528
Registration: 402-441-7180

Registration for the free workshop is requested to ensure enough materials are available. Updated information is available at farm.unl.edu.

NE Corn/NE Soy Growers Assoc mtgs
Dec 17 @ 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association and the Nebraska Soybean Association invite you to their respective annual meetings on Tuesday, December 17 at the Ramada Midtown Conference Center in Grand Island. Each organization’s meeting starts at 8:30am in separate meeting rooms. At 12-noon there will be a joint buffet, followed by an update by the NE Corn/Soy Ambassadors. Then the afternoon featured speaker is Kevin VanTrump, founder of the VanTrump Report. He will offier his insights on marketing and risk management opportunities in today’s climate. The program will wrap up by 2:30pm. See you there!

NE Beef Council mtg
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Nebraska Beef Council Board of Directors will have a conference call at the NBC office in Kearney located at 1319 Central Ave. on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 beginning at 10:00 a.m. CST. The NBC Board of Directors will review evaluations for FY-2018-2019 authorizations request. For more information, please contact Pam Esslinger at pam@nebeef.org.

Keeping Stress Levels in Check webinar
Dec 17 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Farmers and ranchers have many stressors in their lives. Weather challenges and disasters like many Nebraskans have recently experienced have led to uncertainty in their crop and livestock operations. Machinery breakdowns, debt loads, volatile markets, sleep deprivation, changing regulations, and the stress of holding onto a multi-generational farm/ranch all play a part of the stress and mental health of a farmer or rancher. Farmers and ranchers know the importance of planning and talking about their financial health to bankers, financial planners, spouses, etc. but might not realize how important it is to spend time on their mental health.

Nebraska Extension will host a free webinar on December 17 for farm and ranch families. The webinar will take place over the noon hour (12:30 p.m. CST) and can be accessed at go.unl.edu/stresswebinar.  “Keeping Stress Levels in Check” will be presented by Nebraska Extension Educators Glennis McClure and Brandy VanDeWalle starting at 12:30 p.m. (CST). This free webinar will provide strategies for dealing with the stress of farming or ranching in today’s difficult economic environment.

Participants will learn:
    how to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress;
    understand the role stress plays in our lives; and
    strategies and resources to manage stress.

For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu or (402)759-3712. 

A separate workshop available to agribusiness professionals and service providers working with farmers and ranchers titled, Communicating with Farmers Under Stress, can also be taught face-to-face. For more information on this workshop contact Glennis McClure at gmcclure3@unl.edu or (402) 472-0661.

Dec
18
Wed
Farm & Ranch Clinic
Dec 18 all-day


Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at five sites across the state in October. The clinics are one-on-one meetings with an agricultural law attorney and an agricultural financial counselor. These are not group sessions, and they are confidential.The attorney and financial advisor specialize in legal and financial issues related to farming and ranching, including financial and business planning, transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, debt structure and cash flow, agricultural disaster programs, and other relevant matters. Here is an opportunity to obtain an independent, outside perspective on issues that may be affecting your farm or ranch.



Clinic Sites and Dates

Norfolk — Wednesday December 18



To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. Funding for this work is provided by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Legal Aid of Nebraska, North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center, and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

ISU Ag Chem meeting
Dec 18 all-day

This year’s Ag Chemical Dealer meetings will provide the latest information on crop production products and recommendations, at two meetings sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  Meetings Dec. 17 in Coralville and Dec. 18 in Ames are opportunities for ag input providers to meet with extension specialists to review current research, discuss new products and learn of new recommendations.

Topics for 2019 include insect, crop disease and weed management updates, and managing consequences of unavoidable soil compaction.

Meetings are approved for Certified Crop Adviser credits. In addition, the meetings offer Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator recertification in categories 1A, 1B, 1C and 10 for calendar year 2019. Recertification is included in the meeting registration. Attendance at the entire meeting is required for recertification.

Coralville – Dec. 17
Rebecca Vittetoe, rka8@iastate.edu, 319-653-4811
Virgil Schmitt, vschmitt@iastate.edu, 563-263-5701
Joshua Michel, jjmichel@iastate.edu, 319-523-2371

Ames – Dec. 18
Meaghan Anderson, mjanders@iastate.edu, 319-331-0058
Angie Rieck-Hinz, amrieck@iastate.edu, 515-532-3453
Mike Witt, witt@iastate.edu, 641-747-2276

Early registration is $70 if received by midnight, Dec. 10 (Coralville) or Dec 11. (Ames). Late or on-site registration is $85. Visit www.aep.iastate.edu/acu for program details or to register online. For additional information contact an ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist hosting the meeting.

Dec
19
Thu
NE Soybean Day & Machinery Expo
Dec 19 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Prepare for 2020 with discussion on the past year with it’s many challenges and a focus on making the new year profitable by attending the 2019 NE Soybean Day & Machinery Expo on Thur Dec 19 at the Saunders Co Fairgrounds in Wahoo. 

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m with a break scheduled at 9:45 a.m. to view equipment and visit with exhibitors.

A New Marketing Tool for Soybean Growers – The Role of Harvest Moisture – Cory Walters, Extension Grain Specialist

Decision Making in Uncertain Times: Marketing and Risk Management in the 20’s – Richard Preston, Preston Farms, Hardin County, Kentucky

Nebraska Soybean Checkoff Update & Association Information – Soybean Board and Soybean Association

Managing Soybean Diseases with Fungicides – What You Need To Know! – Daren Mueller, Extension Plant Pathologist, Iowa State University

Managing Waterhemp! – What Are My Control Options As a Soybean Grower? – Chris Proctor, Nebraska Extension Weed Specialist

The Dreaded Soybean Gall Midge – What We Learned in 2019 – Justin McMechan, Nebraska Extension Crop Protection and Cropping Systems Specialist

Soy doughnuts will be cooked on site. And the PANCAKE MAN will serve pancakes and sausage for lunch.  The Saunders County Soybean Growers Organization requests that each
participant donate one or more cans of nonperishable food to the food pantry. 

Brought to you by the Saunders County Soybean Growers Organization and private industry representatives.  For more information, call Keith Glewen at 800-529-8030 or e-mail at kglewen1@unl.edu. http://enre.unl.edu/nebraskasoyexpo.

NECC Variable Rate Irrigation Pt2
Dec 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

VARIABLE RATE IRRIGATION AND YOUR OPERATION

As water availability and quality become a greater issue, it is important to stay up-to-date with the current technologies available and understand the benefits they provide to their owners. We encourage you to take all three, but sessions can be taken independently of one another.

TOPICS FOR THIS 3-PART SERIES WILL INCLUDE:
• Variable rate irrigation technologies available
• Pros and cons of each type of variable rate irrigation
• Strengths of each type of variable rate irrigation
• Proper environment for each type of variable rate irrigation
• Rate of payback to implement variable rate irrigation
• Actual cost of implementation for your situation

Session one is Nov 21, 4pm to 7pm, in Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City, and West Point. Cost is $30. Session one will cover the informational aspects of precision irrigation including types and ROI.

Session two is Dec 19, 1pm to 4pm, in Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City, and West Point. Cost is $30. Session two will prepare you to find the costs and payback for your specific field(s).

Session three is January 9th, at the Norfolk Campus. Cost is $30. Session three will put you face-to-face with several variable rate irrigation vendors to give you low-pressure, non-binding options and costs to implement variable rate irrigation in your field.

Register Today! (402) 844-7000

For information about CEU’s, please contact Lonny Mitchell at lonny@northeast.edu or 402-844-7467.

ISU Farm Bill mtg
Dec 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In order to help Iowans understand their options under the 2018 Farm Bill, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is planning meetings across the state. The agenda is similar at all meetings, and will include ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialists and family life specialists, and local Farm Service Agency representatives.

The 2018 Farm Bill allows producers to choose from the same crop price protection programs as found in the 2014 Farm Bill. However, unlike the previous bill, which limited their program selection for all five years, the new farm bill allows producers to make a two-year decision by March 15, 2020, and also to change this selection beginning in 2021.

The extension family life specialist at each meeting will present “Stress on the Farm: Strategies to Help Each Other,” a 40-minute scenario-based suicide prevention training that reviews the risk factors and warning signs of suicide.

Meetings include:
Thursday, December 19, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County, Le Mars/Plymouth County
call Janelle Johnson, 712-546-7835 or email janelle@iastate.edu.

A complete listing of farm bill meetings is available on the Ag Decision Maker Farm Bill website as well as the ISU Extension and Outreach statewide calendar.

Jan
9
Thu
I-29 Moo University Series
Jan 9 – Jan 10 all-day

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach encourages dairy producers to register for the I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop series, “Prosperity of Dairy Calves,” to be held in five locations across the region beginning Jan. 6, 2020.

The five meeting locations are as follows:
    Perham, Minn.: Jan. 6, 2020, located at The Cactus (43521 Fort Thunder Road); in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 3 and 4 meetings.
    Brookings, S.D.: Jan. 7, 2020, located at the Swiftel Center (824 32nd Ave.); in partnership with South Dakota’s Midwest Dairy – Checkoff Update Meetings.
    Pipestone, Minn.: Jan. 8, 2020, located at Pipestone Systems (1801 Forman Drive); in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 18 meeting.
    Orange City, Iowa: Jan. 9, 2020, held at Sioux County Extension Office (400 Central Ave. NW); in partnership with Iowa’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update Meetings.
    Wayne, Neb.: Jan. 10, 2020, held at Wayne State College, Student Center Niobrara Room (E 14th Street); in partnership with Nebraska’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update Meetings.

Registration details
Registration fees are waived due to generous sponsorships; however, pre-registration is requested by Jan. 2 to allow for meal counts and materials. To register, visit https://2020winterworkshopseries.eventbrite.com or go to the I-29 Moo University website at https://dairy.unl.edu/i-29-moo-university. A registration form can also be requested from Erickson at Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu, or Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu.

Workshop speakers and agenda
Workshop presenters and agenda will be the same at all locations. Presenters will be:
    Dr. Jennifer Van Os, assistant professor and extension specialist – Animal Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Dr. Pat Gorden, associate professor, vet diagnostic and production animal medicine at Iowa State University.
    Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach in northeast Iowa.

The day begins at 9:30 a.m., with registration and refreshments.
    10 a.m., Jennifer Van Os, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present “Why Animal Welfare is Essential for the Animal, Producer, and the Consumer.”
    11 a.m., Pat Gorden, Iowa State University, will present “Incorporation of Pain Mitigation Protocols as part of your Best Management Practices, as you Disbud Calves.”
    1:15 p.m., Jennifer Van Os, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present “Two Heads are Better than One: Benefits of Pair or Group Rearing of Calves.”
    2:15 p.m., Jennifer Bentley, ISU Extension and Outreach dairy field specialist, will provide a “Resource Update of the Incorporation of Calf Care and Handling SOP’s.”

Between each presentation, attendees will participate in a roundtable discussion on the topic presented.  Midwest Dairy staff in each state will conduct Midwest Dairy Checkoff updates over the lunch hour.

For the full agenda, visit the I-29 Moo University events webpage… https://dairy.unl.edu/i-29-moo-university/upcoming-events

NECC Variable Rate Irrigation Pt3
Jan 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

VARIABLE RATE IRRIGATION AND YOUR OPERATION

As water availability and quality become a greater issue, it is important to stay up-to-date with the current technologies available and understand the benefits they provide to their owners. We encourage you to take all three, but sessions can be taken independently of one another.

TOPICS FOR THIS 3-PART SERIES WILL INCLUDE:
• Variable rate irrigation technologies available
• Pros and cons of each type of variable rate irrigation
• Strengths of each type of variable rate irrigation
• Proper environment for each type of variable rate irrigation
• Rate of payback to implement variable rate irrigation
• Actual cost of implementation for your situation

Session one is Nov 21, 4pm to 7pm, in Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City, and West Point. Cost is $30. Session one will cover the informational aspects of precision irrigation including types and ROI.

Session two is Dec 19, 1pm to 4pm, in Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City, and West Point. Cost is $30. Session two will prepare you to find the costs and payback for your specific field(s).

Session three is January 9th, at the Norfolk Campus. Cost is $30. Session three will put you face-to-face with several variable rate irrigation vendors to give you low-pressure, non-binding options and costs to implement variable rate irrigation in your field.

Register Today! (402) 844-7000

For information about CEU’s, please contact Lonny Mitchell at lonny@northeast.edu or 402-844-7467.

Jan
10
Fri
ISU Returing to the Farm series
Jan 10 – Jan 11 all-day

Passing a farm operation to the next generation is usually one of the biggest and most challenging decisions farm families will ever make. Many things are at stake — money, emotions, goals and lifestyles — and farm families need to think critically about where they’re at today, and where they want to be in the future. Recognizing the complexities of farm succession, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is planning to hold a four-day Returning to the Farm Seminar, Jan. 10-11, and Feb. 14-15.

Led by a group of ISU Extension and Outreach specialists, Iowa State University professionals and experienced farmers, the seminar is intended to help families with their succession planning, learn to communicate better and answer critical questions. The program is intended for all family members, including students, parents and grandparents, farmers and non-farming heirs, and all successors of a particular operation.

Through presentations and discussions, families will take a collective and individual look at their values, visions, missions, goals, strategies and tactics.

The Returning to the Farm Seminar will be held at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. The cost is $450 for up to four participants, and $50 for each additional participant. The first six families who register will receive a $100 discount toward their registration. Registration includes lunches, and a complimentary Farm Savvy binder with worksheets, exercises and relevant articles.

Iowa State students who participate can earn up to two credit hours, at no additional academic cost, if they are currently carrying a class load of 12 credits. Registration is preferred by Jan. 5., to help with planning. Organizers are hoping for at least 8-10 families.

To register, visit the online registration website. More information is available on the Returning to the Farm Seminar info webpage, or by emailing Baker at baker@iastate.edu.

Jan
14
Tue
Three State Beef Conference series
Jan 14 – Jan 16 all-day

In a joint effort, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa Extension are hosting three meetings to address how to set up an economical and successful breeding season. The registration fee is $25 per person. It includes a meal and a copy of the conference proceedings.

Presentations include:
– Pre-calving nutritional strategies: Am I staying ahead or getting behind? – Dr. Travis Mulliniks, Range Cow Nutritionist, University of Nebraska
– Vaccines and implants: effects on production and reproduction – Dr. Craig Payne, DVM, Extension Veterinarian, University of Missouri Extension
– Reproductive performance: Are you leaving money on the table? – Dr. Jordan Thomas, State Beef Reproduction Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

Dates and locations (All meeting times are 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
January 14, 2020: Warren Cultural Center, 154 Public Square, Greenfield, Iowa, 50849
January 15, 2020: Andrew County Youth Building, 201 S Banyon, Savannah, Missouri, 64485
January 16, 2020: Otoe County Fair Center, 197 Plum St, Syracuse, Nebraska

Pre-registrations are appreciated by Friday, January 10, 2020. To register call or email:
– Syracuse, Nebraska: Sarah Purcell 402-269-2301 / sarah.purcell@unl.edu
– Greenfield, Iowa: Kathy Rohrig 641-743-8412 / krohrig@iastate.edu
– Savannah, Missouri: Jim Humphrey 816-324-3147 / humphreyjr@missouri.edu

ISU Feedlot Forum
Jan 14 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Feedlot Forum 2020 will be held Jan. 14, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. at the Terrace View Event Center, Sioux Center. The event marks the 17th year for the program co-hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Beef Center, the Sioux, Lyon and Plymouth County Cattlemen’s Associations, and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

Feedlot Forum is an opportunity for feedlot producers and allied agribusiness professionals to receive the latest information on beef production and marketing. The program features several industry-leaders as speakers, agribusiness sponsor displays, a steak dinner and a $10 beef certificate for attendees.

Keynote speakers and their topics are:
Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, director of sustainability, JBS USA, presenting “Customer Expectations of Today.”
Greg Hanes, Cattlemen’s Beef Board CEO, “International Customer Expectations and Your Checkoff.”
Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association CEO, “NCBA’s Role in Marketing Issues.”
Andrew Gottschalk, R.J. O’Brien and Associates senior vice president and HedgersEdge.com LLC president, “Herd Expansion Ends, What’s Next?”

Attendees will also hear brief updates on the Iowa Beef Industry Council’s efforts to increase consumer demand and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association’s efforts to maintain market access for Iowa feedlot operators.

The forum features 26 agribusiness sponsor displays with the latest in cattle products, technology and services, all of which are available to cattle producers.

Registration for Feedlot Forum 2020 is $25 per person with a discounted price of $10 for students. Registration is due to the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office (400 Central Ave. NW, Suite 700, Orange City, IA 51041) no later than Jan. 9, 2020.

For more information, contact Doran at 712-737-4230 or doranb@iastate.edu.

Jan
15
Wed
ISU Crop Advantage program
Jan 15 all-day

The 2020 Crop Advantage meetings will give producers a solid foundation of current research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions for their farming operation.

The meetings are an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University.  Meetings will also offer continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide applicator recertification.

Program topics vary by location and are selected for regional concerns and issues. Topics on this year’s agenda include: market outlook for 2020, weather and climate trends, grain drying and storage, emerging insect pests such as soybean gall midge, nitrogen management, tar spot and other corn and soybean disease issues, fertilizer application technology, and many more.

Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made fewer than seven days prior to the meeting, or on-site, is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits.

2020 Meeting Dates and Locations:
Jan. 15 – Fort Dodge
Jan. 23 – Atlantic
Jan. 29 – Le Mars
Jan. 30 – Denison
For locations, times, program details, online registration and additional information is available at www.cropadvantage.org. For questions, contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429, or anr@iastate.edu, or contact your regional Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist. 

Jan
17
Fri
NeCGA PRIME Program
Jan 17 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) is pleased to announce that applications for the next class of the PRIME Program are now available. The PRIME Program is a continuing education opportunity for younger or newer producers who are interested in learning more about agronomic, business, innovations and marketing within their operations. Over the course of a year, participants will come together for three seminars to learn and discuss new ideas that can be incorporated into their own operations.

The first session will be February 17-18, where participants will have the opportunity to attend a one-day Trade School in conjunction with the other corn states and the U.S. Grains Council. The summer session dates will be determined by participants schedules and will feature a Nebraska Agriculture Tour. The final session will be in conjunction with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association annual meeting.  Applications for the PRIME Program can be found at necga.org. The applications are due by Friday, January 17, 2020. All costs to participate in the program are covered for those that are 3-year members of the association. If applicants are not members, the fee is $190 (the cost of a 3-year membership).

The PRIME Program is made possible with funding from our presenting partners, Northwestern Mutual and Farm Credit Services, along with the Nebraska Corn Board. For an application for the program, please click this link… http://necga.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/PRIME-Program-Class-IV-App.pdf.

Jan
22
Wed
NE Crop Management Conference
Jan 22 – Jan 23 all-day

The 2020 Nebraska Crop Management Conference is set for January 22 and 23 at the Younes Convention Center in Kearney and will include pesticide applicator training.  Sponsored by Nebraska Extension, the conference will feature research updates and information tailored to Nebraska crop issues and grower interests. Session topics will include cropping system management, extreme weather impact on agriculture, soil nutrition, irrigation, pest management and marketing.  The Nebraska Ag Technology Association is partnering with the conference this year and will present several sessions on new agricultural technology for Nebraska.

This year’s conference will focus on preparing for extreme weather events, ag technology and research updates on important pests we are seeing in Nebraska.  For example, the soybean gall midge and tar spot are two new pests to pay attention to in the coming year.

The conference will also provide an opportunity for commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators to certify or recertify their licenses in agricultural plant and demonstration/research. Private pesticide applicators can also renew their licenses.

A maximum of 12 Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available in the following areas: crop production, nutrient management, integrated pest management, water management and professional development.

Pre-registration is required. Cost for the conference is $80 for one day or $150 for both days. Information and online registration is at http://agronomy.unl.edu/ncmc.

Jan
23
Thu
ISU Crop Advantage program
Jan 23 all-day

The 2020 Crop Advantage meetings will give producers a solid foundation of current research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions for their farming operation.

The meetings are an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University.  Meetings will also offer continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide applicator recertification.

Program topics vary by location and are selected for regional concerns and issues. Topics on this year’s agenda include: market outlook for 2020, weather and climate trends, grain drying and storage, emerging insect pests such as soybean gall midge, nitrogen management, tar spot and other corn and soybean disease issues, fertilizer application technology, and many more.

Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made fewer than seven days prior to the meeting, or on-site, is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits.

2020 Meeting Dates and Locations:
Jan. 23 – Atlantic
Jan. 29 – Le Mars
Jan. 30 – Denison
For locations, times, program details, online registration and additional information is available at www.cropadvantage.org. For questions, contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429, or anr@iastate.edu, or contact your regional Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist. 

Jan
28
Tue
Farmers & Ranchers College
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

– January 28, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – “Partners In Progress Beef Seminar,” part of the Cow/Calf College at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) near Clay Center. Registration is at 9:30 a.m.

– March 2020 – “Strategies for Family Farming Success in the Shark Tank” with Ron Hanson, UNL Harlan Agribusiness Professor Emeritus. It will be held at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva. Other details are still being finalized for this program.

All the programs are free; however, registration is appreciated for a meal count. Please call the Nebraska Extension office in Fillmore County at (402) 759-3712 at least one week prior to the program to reserve your spot.

Jan
29
Wed
ISU Crop Advantage series
Jan 29 – Jan 30 all-day

The 2020 Crop Advantage meetings will give producers a solid foundation of current research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions for their farming operation.

The meetings are an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University.  Meetings will also offer continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide applicator recertification.

Program topics vary by location and are selected for regional concerns and issues. Topics on this year’s agenda include: market outlook for 2020, weather and climate trends, grain drying and storage, emerging insect pests such as soybean gall midge, nitrogen management, tar spot and other corn and soybean disease issues, fertilizer application technology, and many more.

Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made fewer than seven days prior to the meeting, or on-site, is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits.

2020 Meeting Dates and Locations:
Jan. 29 – Le Mars
Jan. 30 – Denison
For locations, times, program details, online registration and additional information is available at www.cropadvantage.org. For questions, contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429, or anr@iastate.edu, or contact your regional Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist. 

Feb
3
Mon
Landlord Tenant Cash Rent wksp
Feb 3 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Landlord-tenant-workshop Nebraska Extension’s Landlord/Tenant Cash Rent Workshops for 2020 and Beyond will provide the latest leasing, real estate and management information to operators, tenants and landowners in Nebraska this winter.  The daylong workshop is scheduled in 19 communities throughout the state.

Extension educators Austin Duerfeldt, Jim Jansen and Allan Vyhnalek have collaborated to develop a program that will address agricultural finance and the real estate market, negotiation skills and considerations for leases and strategies for farmland succession and communication.

Lincoln – Feb. 3, ’20, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (w/lunch) – NE Extension, 444 Cherrycreek Rd, Lincoln, NE 68528
Registration: 402-441-7180

Registration for the free workshop is requested to ensure enough materials are available. Updated information is available at farm.unl.edu.

Feb
4
Tue
NE Ext Farm Survival wksp
Feb 4 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Nebraska Extension’s “Risk and Reward: Using Crop Insurance and Marketing to Manage Farm Survival” workshop is coming to the area in early 2020. Extension economists will prepare producers to develop 2020 marketing plans using information on the roles of farm location and yield/price relations in making grain marketing and crop insurance decisions.

“Risk and Reward: Using Crop Insurance and Marketing to Manage Farm Survival”
West Point, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave. To register, call 402-372-6006.
Clay Center, Feb. 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Clay County Fairgrounds, 701 N Martin Ave. To register, call 402-763-3644.

Feb
5
Wed
NE Ext Farm Survival wksp
Feb 5 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Nebraska Extension’s “Risk and Reward: Using Crop Insurance and Marketing to Manage Farm Survival” workshop is coming to the area in early 2020. Extension economists will prepare producers to develop 2020 marketing plans using information on the roles of farm location and yield/price relations in making grain marketing and crop insurance decisions.

“Risk and Reward: Using Crop Insurance and Marketing to Manage Farm Survival”
West Point, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave. To register, call 402-372-6006.
Clay Center, Feb. 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Clay County Fairgrounds, 701 N Martin Ave. To register, call 402-763-3644.

Feb
19
Wed
NE On-Farm Research Results mtgs
Feb 19 – Feb 20 all-day

The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network’s Annual Results Updates are scheduled for February 2020 at 6 locations across the state!  Lunch will be served at all locations.

Beatrice — Feb. 18 at the Holiday Inn Express; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST.

near Mead— Feb. 19 at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program running from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST

Norfolk — Feb. 20 at Madison County Extension Office; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST.

Kearney — Feb. 26 at the Buffalo County Extension Office; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST.

Alliance — Feb. 27 at the Knight Museum & Sandhills Center, 908 Yellowstone Ave.; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST.

York — Feb. 28 at Holtus Convention Center; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST; Jointly sponsored by USDA-NRCS and the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network

Note: While all locations will feature on-farm research related to cover crops and soil health, the York location will focus specifically on these topics with special guest speakers.

Mark your calendar now
There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is requested for meal planning. To register for any of the sites call (402) 624-8030 or email OnFarm@unl.edu and indicate which site you plan to attend.

For more information visit: http://cropwatch.unl.edu/on-farm-research