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Aug
8
Thu
Kansas Water Technology Field Days
Aug 8 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 10 @ 9:00 am

GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Kansas State University is partnering with the Kansas Water Office and farmers across a swath of western Kansas to host eight Water Technology Field Days in August and September. The events are designed to show agricultural producers and others how the newest crop irrigation research and technology is being applied in real-life situations on private farms.

The dates, locations and times are:

  • Aug. 8 – Tribune – Homeland Farm – 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 9 – Hesston – Jacob, Weber and R&E Goering farms – 10:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 20 – Scott City – Circle C and Long farms – 10:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 23 – Larned – WaterPACK & ILS Farm – 10:30 a.m.
  • Sept. 4 – Goodland – NW Kansas Tech College Farms – 9:30 a.m. (multiple events)
  • Sept. 5 – Garden City – The GCC-Roth Family, T&O and Harshberger farms – 10:30 a.m.
  • Sept. 5 – Liberal – Hatcher Land & Cattle Farm – 5 p.m.
  • Sept. 10 – Troy – Loess Hills Water Quality Farm – 9 a.m.

The KWO provides financial assistance to K-State’s efforts to give technical support for some of the technology demonstration farms.

“K-State Research and Extension is committed to developing and promoting new irrigation technologies that will be environmentally and economically efficient while conserving and protecting limited water resources,” said Ernie Minton, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension. “The K-State Research and Extension services conducted at these Water Technology Farms significantly advances the knowledge of the most efficient water management technology and practices.”

Some of the technologies that these Water Technology Farms have are replicated in small plots at the Southwest Research-Extension Center in Garden City.

“We are excited to work with the producers on these farms because we could validate the results in our research plots to the production scale and conditions of actual farms,” said Jonathan Aguilar, K-State associate professor and water resource engineer located in Garden City.

He leads the monitoring activities of six water technology farms within the Ogallala Aquifer region.

“We hope farmers can see better options in managing their water as their peers test new – and even not so new – irrigation technologies,” he said.

More information on other collaborators and details on the field days is available online or by contacting Armando Zarco, KWO water resource planner, at 620-765-7485.

A pair of K-State Research and Extension western stations that are conducting irrigation research are also hosting field days this month:

Aug
23
Fri
UNL 150th – Perdue Town Hall
Aug 23 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

As part of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s 150th anniversary celebration, Chancellor Ronnie Green will host U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for a public town hall discussion during the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.

Open to fair attendees, the event is 11:30 a.m. Aug. 23 in the Raising Nebraska exhibit hall on the state fairgrounds. The building is the site of the Raising Nebraska exhibition, which highlights agriculture and agribusiness across the Cornhusker State. The exhibit is a joint effort of the university’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the Nebraska State Fair.

During the town hall, the secretary will take questions from farmers, agricultural stakeholders and others in the audience. He will be available for questions from reporters following the event.

Granger Smith @ Nebraska State Fair
Aug 23 @ 8:00 pm
Aug
24
Sat
Future of Ag Banquet
Aug 24 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Wayne County Farm Bureau, Nebraska Cattlemen, and FFA supporters invite you to the 3rd annual Future of Ag Banquet on Saturday, Aug 24 at the Randolph High School. Doors open at 5:30pm, steak dinner at 6pm. A free-will donation will be accepted, which will benefit the Wayne and Randolph FFA chapters. There’s a silent auction as well. Then, the Peterson Farm Bros. will take the stage after the meal is served. The three brothers (and sometimes a sister) made a name for themselves on YouTube by doing parody songs and videos that showcase agriculture. They farm with their parents in central Kansas with a background in beef, wheat, corn, alfalfa, milo, and soybeans. Their first video, “I’m Farming and I Grow It” received over 6 million views in 2 weeks. Since then they have used the platform to create many more videos about the farm and have traveled around the country to speak on what makes farming important. It promises to be a fun night and they hope to see you there!

Brett Eldredge @ Nebraska State Fair
Aug 24 @ 8:00 pm
Aug
25
Sun
Cody Jinks @ Nebraska State Fair
Aug 25 @ 8:00 pm
Aug
26
Mon
Grain Buyer Road Show
Aug 26 – Aug 27 all-day

Barchart, a leading provider of data and analytics to the commodities industry, is excited to announce the launch of the cmdtyExchange Roadshow, a free conference series being held in five states across the Midwest this summer.  Taking place August 26-30, the cmdtyExchange Roadshow will bring grain buyers, elevators/co-ops, processors, commodity professionals, and industry experts together to gain insights and perspectives on the 2019 grain market, and to share information on the latest data and tools used to manage physical grain buying.

In addition to learning about the tools and technology currently driving commodity markets, the program gives attendees an in-depth look at data, analytics and tools behind Barchart’s cmdty product line – including an overview of Barchart’s patent-pending county, growing region and state-based grain price and basis indexes.  

cmdtyExchange Roadshow dates and locations include:
    8/26 – Old Boston’s Restaurant & Pub – Ft. Dodge, Iowa
    8/27 – FireWorks Restaurant – Lincoln, Nebraska
    8/28 – 44 Stone Public House – Columbia, Missouri
    8/29 – The Gin Mill – Decatur, Illinois
    8/30 – The Warehouse – Marion, Ohio

In May, Barchart hosted the inaugural cmdtyExchange conference in Chicago which brought together over 300 agriculture and commodity professionals. The 3-day event included panel discussions from industry-leading speakers and sponsors, startup presentations from emerging AgTech startups, multiple networking opportunities, as well as an in-depth look at the cmdty product line.

To register and to learn more about the cmdtyExchange Roadshow, please visit www.cmdtyexchange.com.

Whiskey Myers with Reckless Kelly @ Nebraska State Fair
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm
Aug
27
Tue
Farm Finance & Ag Law Clinic
Aug 27 all-day

Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at six sessions across the state in August. 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
    Grand Island — Thursday, August 1
    North Platte — Thursday, August 8
    Lexington — Thursday, August 15
    Fairbury — Thursday, August 22
    Norfolk — Tuesday, August 27
    Valentine — Wednesday, August 28

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.

NE Extension Soybean Prod Clinic
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This soybean production training session focuses on current research-based production and management recommendations for improving yield and profit potential.  The clinic provides an opportunity for hands-on interaction and to check out field demos up close. The training will help participants make sensible decisions with a better understanding of variety selection, weed and pest control, management systems, soil types, and more. 

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m; Clinic is from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center
1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE

Topics will focus on Cultural practices, genetics and agronomy, insect management, plant pathology, soil fertility, IPM for successful weed management, and irrigation. 

More details here:  https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/enre/2019MidwestSoybeanProductionClinic.pdf. ‘

For Credit Card Registrations:http://go.unl.edu/2018cmdc, call (402)472-2966 or email extevents@unl.edu. 

Cash or Check Registrations can be directed to:Nebraska Extension CMDC Programs,1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE 68033 If sending a check or bringing cash or check day of program. 

Soybean Production Clinic – Aug. 27 – $115 by 8/21, $120 after
Corn Production Clinic – Aug. 28 – $115 by 8/22, $120 after
Both Corn/Soy Production Clinics – $170 by 8/22, $220 after

Aug
28
Wed
NE Extension Corn Prod Clinic
Aug 28 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Weeds, pests, weather, nutrients…and the list goes on.  You’ve got a lot to manage to keep crops healthy and growing strong. Nebraska Extension’s Midwest Corn Production Clinic can help you make those decisions, whether you are working as a consultant, industry representative or grower.  This one-day, research-based workshop tackles issues that are central to making those decisions with the goal of a more profitable corn crop.

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019Registration begins at 7:30 a.m; Clinic is from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center
1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE

Topics will focus on Agronomy Cultural practices, genetics and agronomy, insect damage in corn, plant pathology, soil fertility, and IPM for successful weed management.

More details here:  https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/enre/2019MidwestCornProductionClinic.pdf.

For Credit Card Registrations:http://go.unl.edu/2018cmdc, call (402)472-2966 or email extevents@unl.edu.

Cash or Check Registrations can be directed to:Nebraska Extension CMDC Programs,1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE 68033 If sending a check or bringing cash or check day of program.

Soybean Production Clinic – Aug. 27 – $115 by 8/21, $120 after
Corn Production Clinic – Aug. 28 – $115 by 8/22, $120 after
Both Corn/Soy Production Clinics – $170 by 8/22, $220 after

Aug
29
Thu
NE NE Corn Growers Show Plot Tour
Aug 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Northeast Nebraska Corn Growers 2019 Show Plot tour is set for Thursday August 29th, 5pm at the Rod Kvols Farm, 87307 574th Ave, Laurel, NE. All are welcome! Members are asked to bring a friend and potential member. Supper and beverages to follow the plot tour. Don’t miss out on the great door prizes! The person who guesses the winning hybrid and yield will win $500 – Must be present to win. For more information or questions, call Mitch at 402-380-4931 or Taylor at 712-203-1922. See you there!

Aug
30
Fri
Soil Health Field Day
Aug 30 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Positioning your farm to become more resilient to extreme weather includes focusing on long-term soil health. The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) and Nebraska Extension in Dodge County will be hosting a Soil Health Demo Farm Field Day on Friday, August 30 at 8:30 am, 3 miles south of Snyder at the Lennemann Farm.

Area landowners and farmers are encouraged to attend this field day to gain a better understanding of soil health and conservation practices than can help improve soil health over time.

Speakers will discuss the following topics during the field day from 9:00 to 11:30 am:
·    Welcome – Brach Johnson (NRCS Soil Conservationist) and Bill Lennemann (Demo Farm Producer)
·    NRCS Soil Health Demonstration Farms – Aaron Hird (NRCS Soil Health Specialist), Andrea Basche (UNL Assistant Professor), and Fernanda Souza Krupek (UNL Graduate Student)
·    Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District and NRCS Cost Share Programs – Curt Becker (LENRD Projects Manager) and Brach Johnson (NRCS Soil Conservationist)
·    Winter Wheat Production in Eastern Nebraska – Nathan Mueller (Nebraska Extension Educator)
·    Demo Farm Walk and Talk
·    Forage Crop Options and Value in Crop Rotations – Daren Redfearn and Mary Drewnoski (Nebraska Extension Specialists)

The field day starts at 8:30 am with registration at the demo farm which is located 3 miles south of Snyder on Highway 79 and ¼ east on County Road G. Donuts, juice, and coffee will be served. The demo farm field day will run from 9:00 to 11:30 am on Friday, August 30.

The field day is free and pre-registration is highly encouraged to ensure all attendees have some breakfast and resources. To get more information and to pre-register, visit croptechcafe.org/registration or call the Dodge County Extension Office at 402-727-2775.

Maren Morris @ Nebraska State Fair
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm
Sep
1
Sun
Little Big Town @ Nebraska State Fair
Sep 1 @ 8:00 pm
Sep
2
Mon
Trace Adkins @ Nebraska State Fair
Sep 2 @ 8:00 pm
Sep
6
Fri
Cody Johnson @ Pinewood Bowl - Lincoln, Nebraska
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm
Cody Johnson @ Pinewood Bowl - Lincoln, Nebraska

Tickets for the show will be available Friday, April 26th at 10am and can be purchased at www.Ticketmaster.com, the Ticketmaster app, and Pinnacle Bank Arena Ticket Office.

Sep
7
Sat
Frontier Coop – Randy Robeson Retirement
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 8 @ 12:00 am

Frontier Cooperative invites you to a retirement party in honor of Randy Robeson! The party will be held at the Starlight Event Center, 2045 Co Rd K, Wahoo, NE. It’s on September 7th from 6pm to midnight. Hope to see you there!

Sep
10
Tue
Husker Harvest Days
Sep 10 – Sep 12 all-day

Husker Harvest Days is a place to find useful tips, strategies and tools to take home to your operation — things that you can control, and hopefully improve in a profitable way.

Brand new for HHD this year is the International Visitors Center, which is intended to foster connections between U.S. businesses and international customers and partners, and to showcase Nebraska’s resources and products to foreign companies.

However, it isn’t limited to large companies — if you’re a small Nebraska business owner, this is a prime opportunity to learn about the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s State Trade and Expansion Program, and how the program can help defray the costs of marketing internationally.

This year, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is emphasizing strategies for staying strong in the wake of extremes — including extreme weather and stress — at the Husker Red Building on Lot 827 on Eighth Street in the southeast quadrant of the exhibit field.  Nebraska Extension faculty will discuss weather readiness, stress management, ag economics, ag leadership, beef and crop production, irrigation efficiency, horticulture, and careers in agriculture. So, if you’ve got a question on any of these topics, bring it with you — there’s likely an expert who can provide some insight.

This year, HHD has split up field demonstrations to give two chances to see new combines in the field, with demonstrations running once in the morning and again in the afternoon. There will be one pass of each combine in the morning, starting at 10:30 a.m., and again in the afternoon, starting at 1 p.m. — rather than two passes in the morning, as in previous years. This way, if you can’t make it to one demonstration, you can still catch a demo later or earlier on in the day.

More details and the full exhibitor list can be found at www.huskerharvestdays.com.

Hours are Tues Sept 10 and Wed Sept 11 – 8am to 5pm, and Thursday Sept 12 8am to 4pm. 

It’s been a rough year for agriculture — there’s no way around it. If you’re feeling the crunch this season, whether because of economics, weather extremes or stress, we hope there’s something at HHD you can bring home to help improve your ranch or farming operation.

Sep
19
Thu
Medicine Stone @ Diamondhead Resort
Sep 19 all-day
Sep
20
Fri
Medicine Stone @ Diamondhead Resort
Sep 20 all-day
Sep
21
Sat
Medicine Stone @ Diamondhead Resort
Sep 21 all-day
Oct
10
Thu
UNL International Trade Conf
Oct 10 all-day

Registration is open for a one-day international trade conference hosted by the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, in collaboration with the Nebraska Farm Bureau.

“What’s on the Horizon for International Trade?” is Oct. 10 at the University of Nebraska College of Law, Hamann Auditorium, 1875 N. 42nd St. The conference is free and open to the public.

The conference will begin with a 30-minute primer on key legal and economic trade concepts to set the stage for subsequent discussions with leading experts and former trade policy officials. They will share insights on today’s fast-moving trade-policy dynamics, including the future of the World Trade Organization, how new trade agreements may reshape the competitive landscape, the impact of tariffs on supply chains, and the estimated economic implications of recent tariffs on Nebraska’s economy.

Edward Alden, Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Western Washington and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, will deliver the opening keynote.

A lunchtime panel will feature a discussion between former U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator Darci Vetter and current university students. Vetter serves as global lead for public affairs and vice chair for agriculture and food at Edelman.

Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, will provide closing remarks. A reception will follow.

Advance registration is required. To view the full agenda and to register, visit https://yeutter-institute.unl.edu. Conference sessions will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.

The program is approved for 4.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit. In-person attendance is required to receive credit.

Oct
11
Fri
Miranda Lambert @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm
Miranda Lambert @ Pinnacle Bank Arena

Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Pistol Annies & Tenille Townes – October 11, 2019, Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

 

Oct
15
Tue
NIAA Antibotic Symposium
Oct 15 – Oct 17 all-day

The 9th Annual NIAA Antibiotic Symposium will be in Ames, Iowa at Iowa State University, October 15–17, 2019. The theme of the Symposium will be Communicating the Science of Responsible Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture.

This year’s Symposium will be hosted by NIAA in collaboration with the prestigious National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE), which was competitively selected lead the collective efforts related to Antibiotics in animal, human and environmental health of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.

As misreported or inaccurate statistics continue to be repeated in negative media coverage of animal agriculture, and the public makes purchasing and family nutrition decisions based on distorted information, the Symposium will study how the industry can better communicate to the public in an effective and positive manner.

Presentations and a hands–on workshop developed in partnership with the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication will help attendees understand how to take science updates and new advances in research, technology and innovation and convey useful information to meet the needs of consumers, which may help shift the attitudes of the public and media in the future.

In addition to the communication segment, the Symposium will unpack science updates from across the industry and interact with industry representatives of new and evolving technologies to help meet the demands of responsible use of antibiotics.

The Symposium’s attendees and presenters will include beef, dairy, pork and poultry producers, processors, and retailers, private practice and state agency veterinarians, researchers and scientists from the FDA, USDA and CDC as well as University animal agriculture and veterinary program academia.

For more information or to register for the 9th Annual NIAA Antibiotics Symposium go to www.animalagriculture.org

Nov
13
Wed
Pig Welfare Symposium
Nov 13 – Nov 14 all-day

The National Pork Board has announced that its second Pig Welfare Symposium will take place Nov. 13-14 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The biennial forum, which debuted in 2017, is designed to help improve the well-being of pigs by disseminating recent research findings and recommendations, raising awareness of current and emerging issues and identifying potential solutions.

The symposium will provide presentations from experts on past, current and future animal welfare issues, including looking at the evolution of animal welfare in the supply chain and understanding consumer choices. The speakers will offer their perspectives on how the pork industry can continue to evolve to meet the needs of animals, producers and consumers.

Aside from the main speaker agenda, the two-day symposium also will offer optional hands-on interactive workshops for an additional fee. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about low-stress pig handling, foreign animal disease preparation, day-1 pig care and other topics. For the first time, a Spanish-only pre-event, Improving Pig Welfare on Farm, also will be offered.

Symposium attendees will have the chance to visit with experts at various technical exhibits and to interact with the professionals and students who will participate in the event’s poster sessions.

For an early-bird registration discount, register by Aug. 8. After that, the cost will increase from $150 to $200 per person. A reduced student rate and virtual attendance options also are being offered. For more information, go to pork.org/pws.