Calendar

Feb
15
Sat
Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic
Feb 15 – Feb 23 all-day

Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic
February 15 – February 23   
Schedule: https://cattlemens.org/classic/schedule.html
Buffalo County Fairgrounds, Kearney, NE

Feb
17
Mon
Soil Fertility Course
Feb 17 all-day

Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management Short Course Planned for February – Feb 17

Crop advisers and producers who want to take a deeper look at the principles of soil, soil fertility and nutrient management should consider registering for the two-day Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management Short Course Feb. 25-26.

Sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, this popular event will include topics related to Iowa soils, soil sampling and testing, plant nutrients, liming, site-specific nutrient management, and manure management.

The short course will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1325 Dickinson Ave., Ames.

Nutrient management and soil and water management credits will be available, subject to approval by the Certified Crop Advisers Board. There will be 11.5 nutrient management credits, and one soil and water management continuing education credit.

Class size is limited to 40 participants and pre-registration is required to attend. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis.

Lunch is included both days with registration. The registration is $275 before midnight, Feb. 17. Pre-registration is required.

Lodging is not included with course registration and is the responsibility of the attendee. A block of rooms is available at the Hilton Garden Inn for this course at $129 per night plus tax. Contact the hotel at 515-233-8000 to make reservations and mention the ISU soils course to be included in the room block.

Additional course information and online registration with credit card is available at www.aep.iastate.edu/soil. For more information, contact ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or email anr@iastate.edu.

Land Management Webinar
Feb 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Quarterly webinar series addresses Nebraska land management issues – Feb 17

The Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will continue its webinar series, “Land Management Quarterly,” on Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. CST.

The February episode will examine methods for setting cash rents, flex lease alternatives and considerations for updating agricultural rental arrangements for 2020. The interactive sessions may be attended live. They conclude with an “Ask the Experts” session, offering participants the chance to get answers to their land or lease questions.

The webinars are led by Jim Jansen and Allan Vyhnalek, who are both in the Department of Agricultural Economics. Jansen focuses on agricultural finance and land economics, as well as the direction of the annual Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey and Report. Vyhnalek is a farm succession and farmland management extension educator.

Participants are encouraged to sign up to receive reminders each quarter and submit questions at agecon.unl.edu/landmanagement. Anyone can join the webinar from this page when it goes live at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17.

2020 Land Management Quarterly webinar dates are:
Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.
May 18, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 16., 6:30 p.m.

Each webinar is free and will be recorded. Those can be viewed the day after each session, along with recordings from the entire series.

Feb
18
Tue
ISU Dry Manure App. Certification wksp
Feb 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will offer manure applicator certification workshops for dry/solid manure operators on six different dates and locations in February. These workshops meet manure applicator certification requirements for both confinement site manure applicators and commercial manure applicators who primarily apply dry or solid manure.

Register for one of the workshops by calling the number listed with the selected site. All workshops begin at 1 p.m.
Feb. 18, Sioux County Extension Office, Orange City. Call 712-737-4230.
Feb. 19, Buena Vista County Extension Office, AEA Office, Storm Lake. Call 712-732-5056.
Feb. 24, Hamilton County, Kamrar Lions Community Building, Kamrar. Call 515-832-9597.

The workshops are free to attend and open to all. Applicators will be required to submit certification forms and fees to the Iowa DNR to meet manure applicator certification requirements.

NE NE Corn Growers Banquet
Feb 18 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

NE NE Corn Growers Annual Banquet – Feb 18

The Northeast NE Corn Growers Assoc. 2020 annual banquet for members, friends, and neighbors is set for Tuesday Feb 18 at the Beaumont Events Center in Wayne. Social Hour stars at 5:30pm, the meal is at 6:30pm, and the program will follow. Guest Speaker is Jeff Peterson from Heartland Farm Partners in Lincoln giving a 2020 Grain Outlook. Staff from NE Corn Growers Assoc will also be there to give a state update. Also, the winners of the plot will be announced! RSVP with Mitch at 402-380-3329 or Taylor at 712-203-1922.

ISU Calving Mgt webinar
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Iowa Beef Center wants beef cow-calf producers to be informed on all aspects of their operations so they are making it convenient for producers to attend the winter cow webinar series. Participants have the choice of joining the webinar at their own location or at one of nine host sites.

Beth Reynolds, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said the series is intended to provide timely topics for beef cow management and the second webinar focuses on calving time management.

There is no cost to attend an in-person location or to view the webinar at home. Those planning to attend an in-person location are encouraged to preregister by calling the host location.
Cass County Extension Office, 805 West 10th St., Atlantic, 712-243-1132
ISU Western Research and Demonstration Farm, 36515 Highway E34, Castana; call ISU Extension Monona County, 712-423-2175

For those wanting to view the webinar privately, online registration must be completed prior to the seminar. Look for the “Join this live webinar” link on the main webinar series page. Use that same link to join the seminar when it begins.

Dates and topics for the remaining two sessions are:
Feb. 18 – Market trends, tracking and improving profitability
March 10 – Pasture renovation, forage management

All sessions run from 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Farmers Coop annual meeting
Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Farmers Coop Pilger, Stanton, Winside Annual Meeting – Feb 11
Wed Feb 19
Cooper Family Community Center, Pilger NE
Meal at 12-noon, meeting to follow at 1pm.
RSVP by Feb 11 by calling 402-396-3414.

ISU Eye on Employees
Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Farm Labor Is Topic of Dairy Webinars

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host a five-session webinar called “Eye on Employees,” beginning Feb. 5 from noon to 1 p.m.  The webinars will address the main concerns that farm and dairy employers face.  This five-part webinar series will take an in-depth look at the questions – how to hire and maintain farm employees.

Each presenter will address a specific topic from noon to 1 p.m. on the following dates:
    Feb. 5 – Brett Stanley, special investigator with the Department of Homeland Security, will discuss what information is needed for I-9 Forms and what documentation options there are for immigrant employees to confirm they are legal to work in this country.
    Feb. 12 – Melissa O’Rourke, ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialist, will discuss how to begin the interview conversation and give tips to learn the most about the applicant while not breaking the law.
    Feb. 19 – Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will discuss how labor and robotic milkers are not an either-or option for producers, and he will explore the most recent research on the economics of automated milking systems.
    Feb. 26 – Hall will outline the importance of an employee handbook and give producers ideas on how to create a handbook for their dairy, as well as how to make it a part of their hiring process.
    March 4 – O’Rourke will return and outline how employees are often misclassified and the consequences of doing so; plus, other employment pitfalls.

At the end of each webinar there will be time allowed for a question and answer session.

There is no registration fee; however, registration is required to receive the link for the program. Register online at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/eye-on-employees. For more information or to register via phone, contact Hall at 712-737-4230.

Feb
20
Thu
NE Women in Ag Conference
Feb 20 – Feb 21 all-day

The annual Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference will celebrate 35 years Feb. 20 and 21 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney.  Workshops and presentations will offer tools and information to help women better manage risk, improve their farms and ranches and become more successful operators and business partners.

Both single- and two-day registrations will open Jan. 6 on the Nebraska Women in Agriculture website, https://wia.unl.edu. The costs are $75 for one day and $125 for both days through Feb. 9; after that, the two-day cost is $150. Scholarships are available for students, 4-H members and FFA members.

Designed to educate and uplift women who are involved in any aspect of Nebraska’s agricultural industry, the event will focus on the five areas of agricultural risk management: production, market, financial, human and legal.

The conference will feature more than 30 workshops and five speakers, including author Michele Payn, blogger Lauren Eberspacher and beef advocate Amanda Radke.

For more information, including a full schedule, visit the website above.

ISU Maximize Fertilizer Dollars wksp
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The cost of managing soil fertility in Iowa continues to change, with increased fertilizer input costs and a rising demand for nutrients from higher-yielding crops.

To help producers maximize profits, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting 17 workshops from the end of January through March called Soil Testing Interpretations and Recommendations: Maximizing Return on Investment.

ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist Josh Michel said the workshops will lead farmers through the basics of soil testing, analytical tests, calculating crop nutrient removal, understanding return on investment from fertilizer applications, how crop response correlates to soil test levels and what is known about crop response to micronutrients.

The workshops are designed to help farmers understand their current soil nutrient situation, the amount their crops are using in a growing season and what needs to be added, said Rebecca Vittetoe, another ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist, who will be presenting.
2020 Soil Fertility Workshops
Feb. 20, Western Iowa Research Farm near Castana in Monona County, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is $40 per person and pre-registration is required by Feb. 14. Enrollment is limited to 25. Call the ISU Extension and Outreach Monona County Office at 712-423-2175.

March 13, ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County Office – Le Mars Convention Center, Board Room, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is $40 per person and pre-registration is required by March. 9. Enrollment is limited to 25. Call the Plymouth County office at 712-546-7835.

Enrollment size is limited and registration is required. Registrants should contact their ISU Extension and Outreach county office or the site location they wish to attend. Fees can be paid the day of the workshop. Registration for each event includes publications, copies of presentations and brunch or lunch, if provided.

For more information or if you have questions, contact your local extension field agronomist.

Feedlot Roundtable
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Beef feedlot managers, owners, employees, and allied industries will learn new information related to feedlot nutrition and health at Nebraska Extension’s 2020 Beef Feedlot Roundtables Feb. 18-20 in Bridgeport, Lexington and West Point.

University and industry representatives will speak about improving the safety and health of employees, open pen management and repair and beef sustainability.

Employee safety is always a priority and various resources will be provided to address that issue. With recent weather challenges, discussions will center around pen maintenance options such as roller compacted concrete and the use of fly ash.

New research pertaining to beef sustainability and the beef industry as a whole will be shared. A Nebraska research update from Nebraska Feedlot Extension Specialist Galen Erickson will conclude the program. Topics from the 2020 beef report include water, shade, implants and more.

Pre-register online at https://go.unl.edu/2020roundtable by Feb. 14. Cost is $20 for those who preregister and $30 for those who have not preregistered. Payment for both will be collected at the door.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at each location with welcome and introduction at 1 p.m. Roundtables will conclude at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the meeting.

Exact dates and locations are as follows:
    BRIDGEPORT: Feb. 18, Prairie Winds Community Center, 428 N Main St.
    LEXINGTON: Feb. 19, Dawson County Extension Office, 1002 Plum Creek Parkway
    WEST POINT: Feb. 20, Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave.

For more information or to request a registration form, contact Galen Erickson at 402-472-6402 or gerickson4@unl.edu.

2020 Beef Feedlot Roundtables are sponsored by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Beef Council.

Ethanol Board E15 Workshop
Feb 20 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Ethanol Board invites fuel retailers to E15 Workshop Feb. 20 in Lincoln

The Nebraska Ethanol Board will host its third E15 Workshop Feb. 20 at Hyatt Place in downtown Lincoln, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Robert White, VP of Industry Relations with Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), will kick off the workshop as keynote. According to RFA, there was enough E15 sold in 2019 to fuel nearly 650,000 vehicles for the entire year. RFA noted there are many reasons for continued optimism, including the USDA’s new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program that is in the works, and the administration has committed to streamline E15 labeling and to reduce other barriers.

Additionally, some of the cost burdens can be relieved through various grant programs that award qualifying retailers money for equipment and infrastructure to offer higher blends of ethanol fuel.

To see the full agenda and to register, please visit ethanol.nebraska.gov.

The workshop is free thanks to the event sponsors: Midwest Petroleum Equipment, Nebraska Corn Board, Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Nebraska Fuel Retailers Association, and the Nebraska Ethanol Board. Light snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the afternoon.

Feb
21
Fri
ISU Farm Couple Get-a-way
Feb 21 – Feb 22 all-day

In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering four “Farm Couple Getaways” aimed at farmers wanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on farm or family goal-setting, or work on farm transitioning, or who would just like a weekend away to discuss farm and family issues.

The first getaway will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, at EWALU Stone Center in Strawberry Point. The dates and locations for the other getaways are as follows:
    Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020, at Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah.
    Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-Feb. 22, 2020, at Lake Shore Center at Okoboji in Milford.
    Thursday and Friday, March 19-20, 2020, at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Dubuque.

The getaways run from 12:30 p.m. on the first day to 3:15 p.m. on the second day. There is no cost to attend, as food, lodging and other expenses are being paid for by sponsorships. However, there is a $50 per couple deposit to hold each reservation, refundable on the second day of the getaway.

Each getaway will consist of 10 farm couples and the extension facilitators. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis, due two weeks prior to each session.

Registration brochures for the various sites can be obtained from Fred Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu, or the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office, 712-737-4230.  The Farm Couple Getaways are sponsored statewide by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, with other local sponsors recognized at the local events. More information is available in the event brochure… https://www.extension.iastate.edu/dairyteam/files/events/files/farm_couple_getaway_brochure_2019-2020.pdf

Midwest Hemp Forum
Feb 21 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Midwest Hemp Forum coming to Antelope County-February 21st

After a successful 2019, educating over 700 farmers at five Hemp Farmers Forums in Clatonia, David City, Pilger, York & Syracuse; Midwest Hemp Forum is proud to announce the first event of 2020, our upcoming February 21st Neligh Hemp Farmers Forum, hosted by the Neligh Office of Economic Development and Antelope County Ag Society. Learn from Farmers currently growing hemp, local harvesting equipment experts, Professors, Processors and other Hemp experts.

The Neligh Hemp Farmers Forum will be taking place from 11:30-3:30PM at the Antelope County Ag Society Exhibit Building, 709 E. US-275 Neligh, NE 68756, doors will open at 11AM.

Tickets can be claimed at midwesthempforum.com or hempfarmersforum.com.

Sponsors include Agri-Inject Inc, Al Stelling Farm Bureau Financial Services, Antelope County AG Society, Bish Enterprises, Blackburn Manufacturing Blackburn Manufacturing Company , Broberg Organics, LLC , Great Plains Seed Company, Heritage Bank , Midwest Hemp Exchange, Nature Safe, and the Neligh Office of Economic Development .

The legalization of hemp at the Federal and now our State level has opened up a new industry for our region. If you’re interested in adding hemp to your rotation—for oil, seed, or fiber production this event is for you.

The Neligh Hemp Farmers Forum is free and lunch will be served. Tickets can be claimed online at www.midwesthempforum.com.

ISU Conf. Site Manure App. wksp
Feb 21 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements.

A total of 62 counties will participate in the confinement site manure applicator workshops. In addition, a series of six dry/solid manure applicator certification meetings will be held in February. ISU Extension and Outreach county offices have a complete list of workshop dates and locations, which include:
  – Western IA Research Farm, Castana, Feb 21 – 1:30pm
  – Plymoth County Extension Office, LeMars, Feb 26 – 9:30am

The workshops serve as initial certification for those applicators who are not currently certified, recertification for those renewing licenses and continuing education for those applicators in their second or third year of their license.

Due to uniform certification deadlines, applicators are encouraged to attend workshops prior to March 1, to avoid being assessed a late fee of $12.50 for those who are re-certifying. Those unable to attend one of the workshops need to schedule time with their extension county office to watch the training video. Due to scheduling conflicts, many extension offices will no longer accept walk-in appointments to watch these videos but do offer scheduled dates and times to provide this training.

If you can’t attend training during one of the scheduled reshow dates at your county extension office, you will be charged a $10 fee to view the training at your convenience. If attending the workshops or watching the two-hour training video is not convenient, confinement site manure applicators may contact their local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam to meet certification requirements.

Applicators also have an online certification option, in which an applicator can take the training online at the DNR MAC eLearning site, https://elearning-dnr.iowa.gov/. The applicator will need to sign in and get an A&A account.

Contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office for more information about the Manure Applicator Certification Program, or visit http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html.

Feb
24
Mon
IA Corn Growers Crop Fair
Feb 24 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

IA Corn Growers Crop Fair – Feb 20

You’re invited to the Iowa Corn Growers Association crop fair Monday, February 24th at the Rand Center in Missouri Valley, Iowa, beginning at 8:30am. This event gives farmers a chance to interact with area experts Chad Hart on market outlooks, Gary Wright on the Farm Bill, and Dan Engemann on the Missouri River outlook. Program is 8:30-12 with lunch served following the program. Call 515-229-99-80 by February 20th to RSVP. This event is sponsored by Iowa Corn Growers, Iowa Corn District 4 Committee, Midstates Bank, Missouri Valley Insurance, Performance Ag Service, and Harrison-Crawford County Corn Growers.

New Farmer Financial Budget Workshop
Feb 24 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Preparing the Financial Budget Workshop – Feb 24

Dairy Extension is hosting a financial budget workshop for new and beginning farmers on February 24 in Columbus at the Platte County Extension Office located at 2715 13th St., Columbus, NE 68601

AGENDA
8:30 am: Registration
9:00 am: Financial budget projection
(Part 1): Introduction, Revenues, and Feeding Costs
10:45 am: Break
11:00 am: Financial budget projection
(Part 2): Forages, Reproduction, Herd Health, Utilities, Labor, etc
12:30 pm: Lunch
1:15 pm: Financial budget projection (Part 3): Closing the budget
2:00 pm: Break
2:15 pm: Financial Analyses: Financial Needs and Sensitivity
3:00 pm: Wrap-up & conclusion

WORKSHOP GOALS
    Understand and estimate budget projections.
    Evaluate input costs related to the budget.
    Analyze the farm budget and budget projections.

REGISTRATION
    Pre-registration is requested by February 19
    Registration is $25 and includes course materials and lunch
        *NSDA members receive one paid registration per farm.
    Register using the link below: https://go.unl.edu/financialbudgetingworkshop or by calling Kim Clark at 402-472-6065 or emailing kimclark@unl.edu

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
    The workshop is limited to 30 participants
    This workshop will give you a hands-on opportunity to prepare financial budgets for your farm
    Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops

For more information contact, Kim Clark at 402-472-6065 or kimclark@unl.edu.

NE NE Cattlemen Membership mtg
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Northeast Nebraska Cattlemen Membership Meeting
February 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Geno’s Steakhouse, Wayne, NE

Feb
25
Tue
Farm & Ranch Clinic
Feb 25 all-day

Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at seven sites across the state in February 2020. 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 – Tuesday, February 25th

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 Dairy Convention
Feb 25 all-day

NE State Dairy Convention
February 25
Ramada Inn & Conference Center, Columbus, NE
www.nebraskamilk.org  

Farmers Pride Co-op Meeting
Feb 25 @ 9:15 am – 1:15 pm

Farmers Pride Coop Annual meeting – Feb 17
Tues Feb 25
Lifelong Learning Center, NECC, Norfolk
Informational meetings start at 9:15am. Topics include grain marketing, cyber security, mineral & creep feeding, weed resistance, and crop nutrient management.
The annual meeting starts at 1130am, including the announcement of the Board of Directors election.
Lunch to follow.
RSVP by Feb 17 at 12-noon by calling 402-675-2375.

Nebraska Dairy Industry Convention
Feb 25 @ 9:30 am – 6:15 pm

Nebraska Dairy Industry to Convene in Columbus for Annual Convention – Feb 25

On February 25, 2020, hundreds of representatives across the dairy industry will gather at the Ramada by Wyndham Columbus Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Nebraska, to participate in the 2020 Nebraska Dairy Convention.

The convention will open with a trade show starting at 9:30 am and run through 6:15 pm. Convention attendees will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts on various topics including; Farmers Assuring Responsible Management Version (FARM) 4.0, Midwest Dairy’s new CEO, Molly Pelzer will outline checkoff’s key strategies to drive sales and trust and the afternoon session will feature a panel outlining checkoff’s roll in navigating animal activism.

The afternoon will include the Nebraska State Dairy Association (NSDA) annual meeting, an educational session presented by a key 5-star allied member and a Dairy Girl network event focused on cyber security. Convention attendees will also enjoy an ice cream bar, wine and cheese reception, banquet and awards ceremony. To conclude the day, attendees will hear from Trent Loose, a former radio host, actor and stockman whose life mission is to support, defend and educate consumers about modern day agriculture.

For more information on how to be an exhibitor at the convention, please contact Kris Bousquet at (531) 207-4291 or krisbousquet@nebraskamilk.org, or go to NebraskaMilk.org and complete a membership application.

Feb
26
Wed
ISU Conf. Site Manure App. wksp
Feb 26 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements.

A total of 62 counties will participate in the confinement site manure applicator workshops. In addition, a series of six dry/solid manure applicator certification meetings will be held in February. ISU Extension and Outreach county offices have a complete list of workshop dates and locations, which include:
  – Plymoth County Extension Office, LeMars, Feb 26 – 9:30am

The workshops serve as initial certification for those applicators who are not currently certified, recertification for those renewing licenses and continuing education for those applicators in their second or third year of their license.

Due to uniform certification deadlines, applicators are encouraged to attend workshops prior to March 1, to avoid being assessed a late fee of $12.50 for those who are re-certifying. Those unable to attend one of the workshops need to schedule time with their extension county office to watch the training video. Due to scheduling conflicts, many extension offices will no longer accept walk-in appointments to watch these videos but do offer scheduled dates and times to provide this training.

If you can’t attend training during one of the scheduled reshow dates at your county extension office, you will be charged a $10 fee to view the training at your convenience. If attending the workshops or watching the two-hour training video is not convenient, confinement site manure applicators may contact their local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam to meet certification requirements.

Applicators also have an online certification option, in which an applicator can take the training online at the DNR MAC eLearning site, https://elearning-dnr.iowa.gov/. The applicator will need to sign in and get an A&A account.

Contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office for more information about the Manure Applicator Certification Program, or visit http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html.

ISU Eye on Employees
Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Farm Labor Is Topic of Dairy Webinars

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host a five-session webinar called “Eye on Employees,” beginning Feb. 5 from noon to 1 p.m.  The webinars will address the main concerns that farm and dairy employers face.  This five-part webinar series will take an in-depth look at the questions – how to hire and maintain farm employees.

Each presenter will address a specific topic from noon to 1 p.m. on the following dates:
    Feb. 5 – Brett Stanley, special investigator with the Department of Homeland Security, will discuss what information is needed for I-9 Forms and what documentation options there are for immigrant employees to confirm they are legal to work in this country.
    Feb. 12 – Melissa O’Rourke, ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialist, will discuss how to begin the interview conversation and give tips to learn the most about the applicant while not breaking the law.
    Feb. 19 – Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will discuss how labor and robotic milkers are not an either-or option for producers, and he will explore the most recent research on the economics of automated milking systems.
    Feb. 26 – Hall will outline the importance of an employee handbook and give producers ideas on how to create a handbook for their dairy, as well as how to make it a part of their hiring process.
    March 4 – O’Rourke will return and outline how employees are often misclassified and the consequences of doing so; plus, other employment pitfalls.

At the end of each webinar there will be time allowed for a question and answer session.

There is no registration fee; however, registration is required to receive the link for the program. Register online at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/eye-on-employees. For more information or to register via phone, contact Hall at 712-737-4230.

Optimize Poultry Manure in Crops
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Optimizing Poultry Manure Value in Cropping Systems Workshop
Wednesday, February 26, 1-4pm, Hruska Memorial Public Library, David City
Hosted by Nebraska Extension

Is poultry manure right for your cropping operation? Learn more at the manure land application workshop presented by the UNL Manure Management team. Topic on the agenda include:
– Background on poultry facilities and raising poultry
– Utilizing poultry manure for crop production
– panel discussion with producers currently using manure in their cropping systems
– odor risk and land application regulations.

Pre-registration is requested by Monday, Feb 24. There is no registration fee, and meeting materials are available free of charge. Reserve a spot by calling the Butler County Extension office at 402-367-7410, or email melissa.bartels@unl.edu.

Feb
27
Thu
LENRD Board Meeting
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LENRD Board Meeting – Feb 27

The next LENRD board meeting will be Thursday, February 27th at 7:30 p.m. at Wayne State College.

Feb
28
Fri
CRP Signup Deadline
Feb 28 all-day

USDA Reminds Producers of Feb. 28 Deadline for CRP General Signup – Feb 28

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds agricultural producers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 2020 general signup to enroll by February 28, 2020. This signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for another 10- to 15-year term.

Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive yearly rental payments for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”), which can control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands.

CRP has 22 million acres enrolled, but the 2018 Farm Bill lifted the cap to 27 million acres.

The CRP continuous signup is ongoing, which enables producers to enroll for certain practices. FSA plans to open the Soil Health and Income Protection Program, a CRP pilot program, in early 2020, and the 2020 CRP Grasslands signup runs from March 16, 2020 to May 15, 2020.

To enroll in CRP, contact your local FSA county office or visit fsa.usda.gov/crp.

FLAGShip Program deadline
Feb 28 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association is now accepting applications for the fifth class of the Future Leaders in Agriculture Scholarship (FLAGship) Program. The FLAGship Program is a scholarship program intended for future agricultural leaders in Nebraska. The Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) will award up to 5 $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors or college freshman who are continuing their education in the state of Nebraska. Three of the scholarships are set aside strictly for those students pursuing a degree directly related to agriculture. Two of the scholarships are open to non-agricultural degree seeking students.

To be eligible for this scholarship students must be a member of NeCGA or the son/daughter of an NeCGA member. The application for the FLAGship Program must include one letter of recommendation, a current resume (not to exceed one page), as well as proof that the student is continuing their education in state. Applicants are also asked to explain how they will advocate for agriculture in their future career as well as what issues they feel the ag industry is currently facing.

Applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2020. Packets can be mailed to 4435 O Street, Suite 210 Lincoln, NE 68510 ATTN: Director of Grower Services, or emailed to mwrich@necga.org. Recipients will be notified in March 2020 and scholarships will be distributed in December 2020. For more information about the scholarship and an application, please visit necga.org or call (402) 438-6459.

Feb
29
Sat
Zac Brown Band with Special guests Amos Lee and Poo Bear & Sasha Sirota @ Pinnacle Bank Arena @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Feb 29 @ 7:00 pm