Calendar

Sep
20
Thu
NeFU Fall District 7 mtg
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

District 7 Fall Meeting: Barnstormers Family Restaurant, 4100 S 13th St, Norfolk, NE 68701
Thursday, September 20, 2018. 6:00 pm supper on own with meeting to follow.
· District 7 Director’s Report: Martin Kleinschmit
· Paul Theobold, Candidate for 3rd Congressional District
· Timothy Gragert, Candidate for Nebraska Legislature District 40
· National Issues: NFU Fly-in report, Farm Bill status, & other national issues
· State issues: Report on property tax relief efforts and upcoming issues in the Legislature.
NeFU District 7 Business:
· Election of officers
· Nominations for NeFU Board of Director—elected by District delegates at convention
· Select 2 delegate candidates to NFU Convention—elected by NeFU convention delegates
· NeFU Policy Day: December 6, 2018
· NeFU State Convention: December 7-8, 2018 (888) 236-2427 Reservations
· Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 S. 13th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508
· NFU Convention, March 3-5, 2019 The Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Bellevue, Washington
Bring a friend, neighbor or family member that needs to get active in NeFU.
For more info, call Art Tanderup (402) 278-0942 Cell or (402) 887-1396 Home.

Sep
21
Fri
NE Beef Council mtg
Sep 21 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Nebraska Beef Council Board of Director’s will meet at the NBC office located at 1319 Central Ave. on Friday, September 21, 2018 beginning at 12:30 p.m. CDT. The NBC Board of Directors will review a draft of the FY 2018-2019 Marketing Plan. For more information, please contact Pam Esslinger at pam@nebeef.org.

Sep
24
Mon
Strategy Forum on Lvst Traceability
Sep 24 – Sep 26 all-day

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) brings next steps identified in 2017 and 2018 to a new Strategy Forum on Livestock Traceability, to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, September 24-26, 2018.

Back in 2010, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture co-hosted with the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) a Joint Strategy Forum Animal Disease Traceability, and as the topic grew in scope and urgency, NIAA hosted another Joint Strategy Forum on Animal Disease Traceability in 2013. Federal rules took effect that year, requiring the use of official identification for certain classes of cattle moving across state lines.

Over the next few years, state programs evolved along with types of identification and documentation required for covered livestock crossing their borders. Technology advanced, and other benefits of traceability began to be discussed. Consumers became more interested in where their food comes from.

In 2017, NIAA co-hosted with USAHA their first Strategic Forum on Livestock Traceability. The Forum began the exploration of how technology, from RFID use to data management, influenced traceability across animal agriculture. The USDA Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) Program added to the interactive dialogue with updates and an assessment report of its implementation from 2013-2016, gathering important feedback from attending stakeholders.

Out of that vital 2017 meeting, the Cattle Traceability Working Group (CTWG) evolved to work collaboratively and independently across the various segments of the cattle industry to enhance the traceability of animals for the purposes of protecting animal health and market access. The overarching goal of the CTWG is to enhance cattle identification and traceability to a level that serves the needs of producers, marketers, exporters, and animal health officials. An update and report from the CTWG will be an important segment of this year’s Strategy Forum.

In early 2018, NIAA broadened the scope of the discussion by making Livestock Traceability: Opportunities for Animal Agriculture the theme for its 2018 Annual Conference, as well as with a follow-up workshop titled Traceability and the Real World. Bringing the topic to its entire constituency at its Annual Conference, NIAA highlighted the impact of traceability on livestock species across animal agriculture.

In addition to possible disease outbreaks, the conversation also turned to global trade concerns, biosecurity issues, brand marketing and place of origin labeling which concern and influence consumers, policy makers, producers and distribution industries.

Now, at the newest Strategy Forum this September, the CTWG, along with USDA, will be updating the industry on their work. Panelists will discuss traceability initiatives across the U.S. The opportunity for exchange will expand on global market dynamics, technology and innovation focusing on traceability.

There will also be a Technology Showcase featured at the Strategy Forum, with the most current technology, products and services focused on cattle traceability.

Join NIAA and the animal agriculture industry in Kansas City, Missouri at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center September 24 – 26, 2018 for the next step forward in the livestock traceability discussion. Registration is now open at www.animalagriculture.org

Sep
25
Tue
BQA trainings
Sep 25 – Sep 27 all-day

Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions.

BQA concerns itself with practices throughout the production process, mainly dealing with animal health, food safety and product quality.  No matter what the segment, from the cow-calf producer to the dinner plate, each step affects quality as well as the eating satisfaction of consumer.  BQA works with veterinarians and extension educators to conduct trainings for feedlots, livestock auction markets, anybody who handles cattle frequently.  We train people and keep them updated on latest animal health issues, products, and practices.

UNL Extension Educator Rob Eirich is the director of beef quality assurance (BQA) for the state of Nebraska.  The position is a partnership between University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Cattlemen, and the Nebraska Beef Council.

Upcoming BQA Trainings/Certification  (All Times Are Local Time Zone)
RSVP to the location you plan to attend!
    September 25, 7:00 p.m., ENREC (ARDC), Ithaca – Meal Served, RSVP: 402-624-8030
    September 26, 10:00 a.m., Washington Co Ext Office, Blair – Contact: Larry Howard 402-372-6006
    September 26, 1:30 p.m., Homestead Center, Schuyler – Contact: Larry Howard 402-372-6006
    September 26, 6:30 p.m., Cuming Co Ext Office, West Point – Contact: Larry Howard 402-372-6006
    September 27, 6:30 p.m., Taylor’s Grill, Pierce – Meal Served, RSVP: 402-254-6821
    October 6, BQA Transportation, TBA, Schuyler – Contact: Rob Eirich 308-632-1230
    October 10, TBA, O’Neill – Contact: Steve Niemeyer 308-346-4200
    October 23, 6:30 P.M., Wunderlichs, Columbus – Meal Served, RSVP: 308-536-2691

BQA Certification:
Nebraska Beef Cattle Producers can obtain BQA certification or re-certification by contacting their Nebraska Veterinarian, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator, or Rob Eirich, Director of BQA.  The Certification Fee is $20 per individual for a 3 year certification.  There are discounts for operations certifying 3 or more individuals by contacting the Nebraska BQA Program.

Call Rob Eirich for more information at 308-632-1230, or visit www.bqa.unl.edu.  The full schedule of BQA trainings is also on the web site. 

Sep
28
Fri
Grazing Cover Crops field day
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraska Grazing Land Coalition with the Nebraska Extension will have a Grazing Cover Crop Field Day on September 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the Kalkowski Ranch in Lynch, Nebraska.

The field day will feature Dale Strickler with Green Cover Seed.

Topics will include:
Soil Health Improvement
Landlord/Tenant Relationships
Financial Analysis of 5 Cover Crop Systems
Chemical Restrictions
Windrow Grazing vs. Stocked Piled Grazing

No Registration is required. For any questions you can contact Ron Bolze at 402-321-0067, Holt or Boyd County Extension at 402-775-2491 or 402-336-2760 or Tim Kalkowski at 402-580-4711.

Directions:
3 miles south of Redbird on Page Road aka 53rd Ave (East Side) or 13 miles south of Lynch (503rd Ave).

Oct
1
Mon
NAP deadline
Oct 1 all-day

Nebraska USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Nancy Johner today announced new policy application deadlines for several crops covered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) that provides disaster assistance coverage for crops that are ineligible for federal crop insurance coverage, such as grasses, fruits and vegetables.

Impacted crops and the new policy application closing deadlines include:
–    Alfalfa and mixed forages – deadline to apply for 2019 coverage is Oct. 1, 2018;
–    Grass – deadline to apply for 2019 coverage is Nov. 15, 2018;

Like crop insurance, NAP coverage is valuable when weather and disease disasters strike. Eligible causes of loss for NAP include drought, freeze, hail, excessive moisture or wind, flooding, excessive heat, among others. NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production. The fee for basic coverage is $250 per crop, with a maximum of $750 per county and a multi-county maximum of $1,875. Beginning, underserved and limited resource farmers are eligible to have the service fee waived for the NAP basic level of coverage.

To learn more about NAP, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/nap. To find out about the crops covered by NAP in your local area, visit your county FSA office. To find your local office, visit https://www.farmers.gov.

Oct
3
Wed
LENRD Irrigated Acres application deadline
Oct 3 all-day

Farmers within the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) boundaries, will have an opportunity to apply for new irrigated acres for 2019.

The LENRD board voted, at their August meeting, to allow up to 2,500 acres of new groundwater irrigation development in the Hydrologically Connected or 10/50 Area, and to allow up to 2,500 acres of new groundwater irrigation development in the Non-Hydrologically Connected or Non 10/50 Area under the district’s standard variance process for 2019.

The board established a sign-up period to receive applications for Standard Variances.  The district will receive applications for standard variances between September 4th, 2018 and October 3rd, 2018.  Contact the LENRD for more information or visit:  www.lenrd.org/latest-news/.

Oct
4
Thu
Farm Finance Clinics – Grand Island
Oct 4 all-day

The clinics are one-on-one, not group sessions, and are confidential.  The Farm Finance clinic gives you a chance to meet with an experienced Ag law attorney and Ag financial counselor.  These clinic staff specialize in legal and financial issues relating to farm and ranch issues including financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters. The clinics offer an opportunity to seek an experienced outside opinion on issues affecting your farm or ranch.

Clinic Sites and Dates
Grand Island — Thursday,  October 3rd

To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor these clinics.

Oct
5
Fri
Cover Crops in Nebraska – Expectations and Realizations
Oct 5 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Cover crops have potential for Nebraska farmers that are looking to reduce erosion and soil nitrate loss, improve soil health and provide grazing. However, the predominant corn-soybean erosion limits the selection and productivity of cover crops. Katja-Koehler-Cole, post-doctoral research associate in cropping systems, will present their findings from four years of cover crop research in no-till corn and soybean systems in Nebraska, with implications for both cover crop and main crop management.

Date: Oct. 5, 2018 Time: 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Keim Hall Room: 150
Contact: Michelle Green-Ihde, 402-472-1503, mgreen-ihde2@unl.edu
Additional Public Info: go.unl.edu/agrohortseminars.  

Oct
6
Sat
BQA Transportation certification
Oct 6 all-day

Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions.

BQA concerns itself with practices throughout the production process, mainly dealing with animal health, food safety and product quality.  No matter what the segment, from the cow-calf producer to the dinner plate, each step affects quality as well as the eating satisfaction of consumer.  BQA works with veterinarians and extension educators to conduct trainings for feedlots, livestock auction markets, anybody who handles cattle frequently.  We train people and keep them updated on latest animal health issues, products, and practices.

UNL Extension Educator Rob Eirich is the director of beef quality assurance (BQA) for the state of Nebraska.  The position is a partnership between University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Cattlemen, and the Nebraska Beef Council.

Upcoming BQA Trainings/Certification  (All Times Are Local Time Zone)
RSVP to the location you plan to attend!
    October 6, BQA Transportation, TBA, Schuyler – Contact: Rob Eirich 308-632-1230
    October 10, TBA, O’Neill – Contact: Steve Niemeyer 308-346-4200
    October 23, 6:30 P.M., Wunderlichs, Columbus – Meal Served, RSVP: 308-536-2691

BQA Certification:
Nebraska Beef Cattle Producers can obtain BQA certification or re-certification by contacting their Nebraska Veterinarian, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator, or Rob Eirich, Director of BQA.  The Certification Fee is $20 per individual for a 3 year certification.  There are discounts for operations certifying 3 or more individuals by contacting the Nebraska BQA Program.

Call Rob Eirich for more information at 308-632-1230, or visit www.bqa.unl.edu.  The full schedule of BQA trainings is also on the web site. 

Oct
9
Tue
Dairy Revenue Protection
Oct 9 all-day

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced a new insurance plan for dairy producers that insures against unexpected declines in quarterly milk sales. Sign-up for the new product begins Tuesday, October 9, 2018, with the first available coverage starting the first quarter of 2019.

The new plan, called Dairy Revenue Protection, provides insurance for the difference between the final revenue guarantee and actual milk revenue if prices fall. It also provides a greater choice of prices, from those that focus on cheese to fresh milk, protein or butterfat. Coverage levels are available from 70 to 95 percent of revenue. Dairy Revenue Protection is available in all counties in all 50 states.

Participating producers are not precluded from participation in the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Margin Protection Plan.

Those interested in purchasing Dairy Revenue Protection must do so through an agent selling on behalf of an approved insurance provider. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator, located at www.rma.usda.gov/tools/agent.html.

Special Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am

A Special Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District is scheduled for October 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the District Headquarters in Holdrege, NE. A current agenda is available at the office of the Assistant Secretary at District Headquarters, 415 Lincoln St., Holdrege, NE.

Oct
10
Wed
BQA certification
Oct 10 all-day

Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions.

BQA concerns itself with practices throughout the production process, mainly dealing with animal health, food safety and product quality.  No matter what the segment, from the cow-calf producer to the dinner plate, each step affects quality as well as the eating satisfaction of consumer.  BQA works with veterinarians and extension educators to conduct trainings for feedlots, livestock auction markets, anybody who handles cattle frequently.  We train people and keep them updated on latest animal health issues, products, and practices.

UNL Extension Educator Rob Eirich is the director of beef quality assurance (BQA) for the state of Nebraska.  The position is a partnership between University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Cattlemen, and the Nebraska Beef Council.

Upcoming BQA Trainings/Certification  (All Times Are Local Time Zone)
RSVP to the location you plan to attend!
    October 10, TBA, O’Neill – Contact: Steve Niemeyer 308-346-4200
    October 23, 6:30 P.M., Wunderlichs, Columbus – Meal Served, RSVP: 308-536-2691

BQA Certification:
Nebraska Beef Cattle Producers can obtain BQA certification or re-certification by contacting their Nebraska Veterinarian, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator, or Rob Eirich, Director of BQA.  The Certification Fee is $20 per individual for a 3 year certification.  There are discounts for operations certifying 3 or more individuals by contacting the Nebraska BQA Program.

Call Rob Eirich for more information at 308-632-1230, or visit www.bqa.unl.edu.  The full schedule of BQA trainings is also on the web site. 

Oct
11
Thu
Farm Finance Clinics – Grand Island
Oct 11 all-day

The clinics are one-on-one, not group sessions, and are confidential.  The Farm Finance clinic gives you a chance to meet with an experienced Ag law attorney and Ag financial counselor.  These clinic staff specialize in legal and financial issues relating to farm and ranch issues including financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters. The clinics offer an opportunity to seek an experienced outside opinion on issues affecting your farm or ranch.

Clinic Sites and Dates
Grand Island — Thursday,  October 3rd

To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor these clinics.

Oct
12
Fri
Farm Finance Clinic
Oct 12 all-day

Openings are available for one-on-one, confidential farm finance and ag law consultations being conducted across the state each month. An experienced ag law attorney and ag financial counselor will be available to address farm and ranch issues related to financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters. The clinics offer an opportunity to seek an experienced outside opinion on issues affecting your farm or ranch.

Clinic Sites and Dates
Grand Island — Thursday, October 4
North Platte — Thursday, October 11
Norfolk — Friday, October 12
Fairbury — Wednesday, October 17
Lexington — Thursday, October 18
Valentine —Monday, October 22
Norfolk — Monday, October 22

To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor these clinics.

Syngenta GMO lawsuit deadline
Oct 12 all-day

from: J. David Aiken – NE Extension Water and Agricultural Law Specialist

Syngenta GMO litigation settlement claim forms are due October 12, 2018. Eligible producers and landlords must file their claims online no later than October 12, 2018. If you don’ t have internet access, call 1-833-567-2676 to request a paper form. Producers have indicated that filling out the form online takes about 10 minutes.

If you do not meet the October 12 deadline you will not receive anything even if you were entitled to receive a payment. To learn more about the Syngenta settlement, view this CropWatch article… https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/syngenta-gmo-settlement-claims-due-october-12-2018

Oct
16
Tue
NE Wind and Solar Conference
Oct 16 – Oct 17 all-day

The schedule for the 11th Annual Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference has recently been announced. The conference will be held Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska and will feature experts from across the country and the state.

The conference will kick off on Tuesday, October 16 with a keynote from Rob Chapman of the Electric Power Research Institute discussing the value of end-use technologies that efficiently amplify the benefits of cleaner power generation portfolios. The programming will continue with a look at the “Future of the Industry & Changing Landscape for Renewables” featuring Jeff Clark, President of The Wind Coalition. Afternoon sessions on Tuesday will include a luncheon with public power CEOs, as well as a policy and legislative update from state senators.

Dave Belote, former commander for Nellis Air Force Base, will get things started on Wednesday, October 17. The second day of conference programming will feature a lunch session and additional breakouts related to renewable energy as a tool for economic development and will highlight communities across the state. Additional topics include: an update on renewable projects in development, battery storage, planning and zoning, electric vehicles, Southwest Power Pool expansion, solar project development, and the wind and solar construction workforce. The full conference schedule can be found here: https://www.nebraskawsc.com/conference-schedule/.

Over 350 people are expected to attend this year’s conference. Attendees include private sector developers, public officials, landowners, environmental and wildlife organizations, public utilities, and the public at large, among others.  In addition to timely presentations, the conference will feature a tradeshow with exhibitors that include governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, vendors, developers, and more.

More information and past presentations are available on the conference website: https://www.nebraskawsc.com/.

Oct
17
Wed
2018 Borlaug Dialogue
Oct 17 – Oct 19 all-day

Registration for the 2018 Borlaug Dialogue is open! Register now for the event in Des Moines, Iowa on October 17-19 as they convene a diverse array of scientific experts, policy leaders, business executives, development researchers and farmers to address the most critical issues in global food security.  https://www.worldfoodprize.org/ 

This year’s Borlaug Dialogue theme, “Rise to the Challenge,” refers to the challenge of sustainably and nutritiously feeding the more than nine billion people who will be on our planet by 2050. The 2018 Laureates, Drs. Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro, have risen to the challenge by championing maternal and child nutrition.

Registration for our 2018 events includes access to engaging Symposium plenary sessions, two Symposium luncheons and a breakfast, the Borlaug Field Award Presentation and Reception at the spectacular Hall of Laureates, informative exhibits, networking opportunities and more. The Symposium culminates with the 2018 World Food Prize Laureate Luncheon honoring Drs. Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro as the 2018 Laureates.

NE Agri-Business Assoc regional meetings
Oct 17 all-day

The Nebraska Agri-Business Association is hosting regional meetings across the state, including a stop in Norfolk on Wed. Oct. 17th at Divots Conference Center.  Registration is nominal to cover coffee break and lunch. Find out the latest going on with governmental regulations and issues. See what your association is working on and let them know what’s going on in your area!

Special Topic: ELD (Electronic Logging Device) – presented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). 

More information and register online at https://na-ba.com/member-resources/calendar/

ILF – Nitrogen loss webinar
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar that aims to improve the understanding and management of nitrogen losses from hydric soil landscapes on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 12 p.m.

The leaching of nitrate and emissions of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, are key environmental impacts of Corn Belt agricultural systems. Steven Hall, Iowa State University assistant professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, is leading a research group that studies the biological and geochemical processes that control the cycling of organic matter and nutrients across the plant-soil-water-atmosphere continuum. One focus area is the interactions across that continuum in former prairie potholes. These occasionally flooded hydric soils in topographic depressions can contribute disproportionately to nitrogen losses at the landscape scale, suggesting the promise of management interventions that specifically target these features.

“Efficient crop nitrogen use, farm profitability and environmental impacts of nitrogen loss are intimately connected,” said Hall. “Innovative management of cropped hydric soils could yield disproportionate environmental and economic benefits.”

The Iowa Learning Farms webinar series takes place on the third Wednesday of the month. To watch, go to www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars and click the link to join the webinar shortly before 12 p.m. on Oct. 17 to download the Zoom software and log in option. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for watching at any time.

Oct
18
Thu
Farm Finance Clinics – Grand Island
Oct 18 all-day

The clinics are one-on-one, not group sessions, and are confidential.  The Farm Finance clinic gives you a chance to meet with an experienced Ag law attorney and Ag financial counselor.  These clinic staff specialize in legal and financial issues relating to farm and ranch issues including financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters. The clinics offer an opportunity to seek an experienced outside opinion on issues affecting your farm or ranch.

Clinic Sites and Dates
Grand Island — Thursday,  October 3rd

To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor these clinics.

Oct
19
Fri
Feed The Farmer Hosted by the Maywood FFA Chapter & Ag Valley Co-op
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Come down to Ag Valley Coop Elevator in Maywood and receive a free meal from your local FFA chapter! It is time to give back and Feed a Farmer!

All meals are in to-go containers to send to your harvest crews!

Oct
22
Mon
Farm Finance Clinic
Oct 22 all-day

Openings are available for one-on-one, confidential farm finance and ag law consultations being conducted across the state each month. An experienced ag law attorney and ag financial counselor will be available to address farm and ranch issues related to financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters. The clinics offer an opportunity to seek an experienced outside opinion on issues affecting your farm or ranch.

Clinic Sites and Dates
Grand Island — Thursday, October 4
North Platte — Thursday, October 11
Norfolk — Friday, October 12
Fairbury — Wednesday, October 17
Lexington — Thursday, October 18
Valentine —Monday, October 22
Norfolk — Monday, October 22

To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor these clinics.

Heuermann Lecture – Hagel-Kerrey
Oct 22 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Chuck Hagel and Bob Kerrey, former U.S. senators for Nebraska, will discuss civil discourse and its impacts on the state’s future during the first Heuermann Lecture of the season Oct. 22.

The free lecture, sponsored by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center, 2021 Transformation Drive.

Heuermann Lectures are funded by a gift from B. Keith and Norma Heuermann of Phillips. The Heuermanns are longtime university supporters with a strong commitment to Nebraska’s production agriculture, natural resources, rural areas and people.

Lectures are streamed live at http://heuermannlectures.unl.edu/ and air live on campus channel 4. Lectures are archived after the event and are later broadcast on NET2.

Oct
23
Tue
Automatic Milker Tour
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The number of automatic milking systems used in dairy operations continues to increase with over 5 percent of farms now milking with robots.

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team has scheduled a series of farm tours to offer first-hand looks at the way fellow dairy farmers are managing automatic milking systems in new or retrofit facilities. The tours will focus on facilities, economics and overall management of automatic milking systems.

Nine dairy facilities in northeast and eastern Iowa will be visited as a part of the tour series. Tours are scheduled for:

Tuesday, Oct. 23
10-11:30 a.m. – JoLane Dairy, 13254 Hickory Ave., Monona; two Lely robots installed in 2013
12:30-2 p.m. – Frieden Dairy, 19731/19733 Abbey Road, Elgin; three Lely robots installed in 2017

Monday, Nov. 5
10-11:30 a.m. – Mike and Kathleen Scott, 12402 R. Ave., Westgate; two Lely robots installed in 2016
12:30-2 p.m. – New Day Dairy, 31000 175th St., Clarksville; two Insentec Galaxy robots installed in 2015

Tuesday, Nov. 13
10-11:30 a.m. – Koopman Bros., Chad and Brent, 7242 Koopman Road, Epworth; two Lely robots installed in 2015
12:30-2 p.m. – Todd Moser, 30215 370th St., Colesburg; two DeLaval robots installed in 2016

Wednesday, Nov. 14
10-11:30 a.m. – Mark Hosch, 2374 County Road D61, Bernard; three Lely robots installed in 2012-14
12-1:30 p.m. – Green Bros., Mel and Ed, 7820 St. Joes Prairie Road, Dubuque; two Lely robots installed in 2012
2-3:30 p.m. – Bill and Jeff Lawler, 18655 Old Highway Road, Peosta; four Lely robots installed in 2013

Each tour is open to the public, no preregistration is required and travel between farms is on your own. For more information, contact extension dairy specialist Jenn Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu or 563-382-2949 or extension dairy specialist Larry Tranel at 563-563-583-6496 or tranel@iastate.edu.

Leafy Spurge Task Force quarterly mtg
Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Nebraska Leafy Spurge Working Task Force will hold their quarterly meeting on Tuesday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m. at the Holt County Weed Control office in O’Neill. Topics for discussion will include but not be limited to: Update on the 2018 annual tour and conference; planning for the 2019 annual tour and conference; general discussion on chemical use to control noxious and invasive plants; open discussion on topics of interest to those present.

This informational session is open to the public and landowners are invited and encouraged to attend.

BQA Certification
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions.

BQA concerns itself with practices throughout the production process, mainly dealing with animal health, food safety and product quality.  No matter what the segment, from the cow-calf producer to the dinner plate, each step affects quality as well as the eating satisfaction of consumer.  BQA works with veterinarians and extension educators to conduct trainings for feedlots, livestock auction markets, anybody who handles cattle frequently.  We train people and keep them updated on latest animal health issues, products, and practices.

UNL Extension Educator Rob Eirich is the director of beef quality assurance (BQA) for the state of Nebraska.  The position is a partnership between University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Cattlemen, and the Nebraska Beef Council.

Upcoming BQA Trainings/Certification  (All Times Are Local Time Zone)
RSVP to the location you plan to attend!
    October 23, 6:30 P.M., Wunderlichs, Columbus – Meal Served, RSVP: 308-536-2691

BQA Certification:
Nebraska Beef Cattle Producers can obtain BQA certification or re-certification by contacting their Nebraska Veterinarian, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator, or Rob Eirich, Director of BQA.  The Certification Fee is $20 per individual for a 3 year certification.  There are discounts for operations certifying 3 or more individuals by contacting the Nebraska BQA Program.

Call Rob Eirich for more information at 308-632-1230, or visit www.bqa.unl.edu.  The full schedule of BQA trainings is also on the web site. 

Oct
24
Wed
Nine State Regional Water Symposium
Oct 24 – Oct 26 all-day

Registration for the 2018 National Institutes for Water Resources Regional Symposium “Water Resources of the U.S. Great Plains Region: Status and Future” is now open, with early bird rates valid through September 17.

Organized by the Nebraska Water Center (NWC), the nine-state regional event will be held October 24-26, at Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. The symposium will bring together water leaders, scientists, managers, students and stakeholders within the Missouri and Arkansas River Basins. Federal representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Geological Survey will discuss basin-wide challenges and share research and funding opportunities.

Unlike previous NWC symposiums focused on Nebraska, this one will bring together Water Resources Research Institute directors from the nine state region – Montana, the Dakotas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. Key topics include nutrient loading and harmful algal blooms, agricultural water use, surface and groundwater contamination and depletion, industrial and municipal water use, impacts of climate change on water resources, coordinated aquifer management and maintaining healthy ecosystems for fish and wildlife within the basins, among others.

Registration fees through September 17:
    Regular Registration: $250
    Student Poster Presenter Registration: Free with student ID and poster verification
    General Student: $150

The symposium features more than 30 speakers. In addition to presentations, there will be a juried poster session showcasing student research in water and agricultural sciences. Graduates and undergraduates are encouraged to share a poster, but only graduates are eligible for the competition. The symposium will include updates on the Platte Basin Timelapse project, tours of the Nebraska Innovation Campus Greenhouse and Food Innovation Center, as well as two dinners and two lunches.

For more information, including event registration, visit go.unl.edu/2018water.
Support for the 2018 symposium is provided by the Nebraska Water Center, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, USDA NIFA, USGS Nebraska Water Science Center, National Institute for Water Resources, EPSCOR Nebraska, and UNL IANR.

HogSlat Open House
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

October is Pork Month! Come celebrate during the HogSlat open house on Wed Oct. 24th from 9am to 4pm at the Richland location – 203 Rd D, Richland, NE 68601. A free lunch cooked up by the Nebraska Pork Producers Assoc. will be served from 11am to 2pm. The National Pork Board’s Pork Trailer will be on location that day. Be sure to sign up for door prizes. Also, this is your chance to talk to those in the industry about what part you could play in livestock expansion in the state. Companies that will be on-hand include HogSlat, L.B. White, Chemilizer, Neogen, Pillen Family Farms, The Maschhoffs, and Sandy Pine Systems, Inc. Hope to see you there! More information at 402-563-4533.

Oct
25
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ISU Farm Marketing webinar
Oct 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach local foods program will host a webinar Oct. 25 discussing farm marketing and building your enterprise’s brand.  Lucie Amundsen, writer, marketer and co-owner of Locally Laid Egg Company, will present in the webinar. Locally Laid Egg Company is a farm that provides pasture-raised eggs and is located in northern Minnesota. During the webinar Amundsen will discuss:
–    How to fortify a brand.
–    Creating likable content.
–    How to get your farm or other business a little ink in the press.

The free webinar will run from 3-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 25. Register online for the webinar… https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8IZEFEyNhczN8nr. The webinar is part of the local foods program’s regular series of peer-to-peer presentations and is sponsored by the Iowa Regional Food Systems Working Group. An archive of prior webinars is available online.