Calendar

Nov
20
Wed
Farm Finance & Ag Law Clinic – Grand Island
Nov 20 all-day

Farmers and Ranchers are invited to attend a FREE clinic.  The clinics are 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 November 20th
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.

ILF Grazing Cover Crops webinar
Nov 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m. about the research being done at Iowa State University on grazing cover crops.  Cover crops provide many benefits ranging from reducing soil erosion and building soil organic matter to nutrient cycling and scavenging. Another additional benefit they offer is as an additional forage resource.

During the webinar ISU Extension and Outreach specialists Erika Lundy, extension beef specialist, and Rebecca Vittetoe, extension field agronomist, will share what they’ve learned from the ongoing Iowa State research looking at integrating cattle, crops and cover crops. Lundy’s current extension and research programs are focused on beef cattle nutrition and forage management to improve profitability on the farm level. Vittetoe focuses on the agronomic side with field and forage crop production and integrated pest management with a special emphasis on plant pathology.

Feed expenses continue to be half the cost of production of a beef cattle enterprise. With cover crops growing across the state to protect our soil and waters, then adding cattle to graze those green forage acres is another opportunity to capitalize on the benefits that cover crops can provide. Lundy said, “One of our primary goals with this research was to answer the question ‘if we graze cover crops, do we still have the soil health benefits that we know we get from incorporating cover crops into row crop acres?’ With the results we are generating from this research, we think the answer is, ‘Yes!’”

A Certified Crop Adviser board approved continuing education unit (1 CEU: Crop Management) is available for those who are able to watch the live webinar. Information for submitting your CCA/CPAg/CPSS/CPSC number to earn the credit will be provided at the end of the presentation.

To watch, go to www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars and click the link to join the webinar shortly before 12 p.m. on Nov. 20, 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 at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

Dairy Field Days
Nov 20 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The I-29 Moo University will host two on-farm dairy field days in November. Topics will include managing forages and silage, crossbreeding, housing and parlor setup.  The field days are free to attend. Each will start at 12:30 p.m. and conclude around 3:30 p.m.

Tri Cross Dairy, Nov. 20. Location: 45144 289th St., Viborg, S.D.
Owners Tom Koolhaas and Wes Bylsma, and farm manager Kris Vander Kooy will lead a tour of this 4,000-cow operation that includes a 1,200-foot cross-ventilated free-stall barn, and a 100-head rotary milking parlor.

The tour guides will share their experiences using crossbreeding within dairy to create a durable and productive cow herd. Amy Hazel, researcher with the University of Minnesota, will discuss reasons that interest in crossbreeding in dairy cattle is growing globally, explain the basics of rotational crossbreeding for dairy cattle, and present the detailed results of a 10-year study in high-performance Minnesota dairy herds where ProCROSS cows were found to be more profitable than their Holstein herd mates.

Brother-in-laws Wes Blysma and Tom Koolhaas founded Tri Cross Dairy in 2017. They both grew up on California dairies and wanted to expand their farms and landed in the I-29 Dairy Corridor, near Viborg, South Dakota. The dairy is named for its Tri-crossed, or Pro Cross breed of cattle, which are a combination of Holstein, Montbeliarde, and Swedish or Viking Red.

Registration details
Register for one or both field days at https://z.umn.edu/I29Moo. For more information, contact Jim Salfer at salfe001@umn.edu, 612-360-4506, Fred Hall fredhall@iastate.edu, 712-737-4230, or Tracey Erickson at Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu, 605-882-5140.

The field days are hosted by I-29 Moo University, a collaboration of South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, North Dakota State, and University of Nebraska Extension Services; Iowa State Dairy Association; South Dakota Dairy Producers Association; Nebraska State Dairy Association and the MN Milk Producers Association.

Nov
21
Thu
NE Beef Ind Scholars Summit
Nov 21 all-day

The 13th Annual Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Summit on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus will be held Thursday, November 21st in the Animal Science Complex.

The Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars senior class, in cooperation with Nebraska Cattlemen, has been working diligently to bring this Summit to you. A variety of topics will be discussed at this year’s event…..
–    Panel Discussion: Weather Patterns – Martha Shulski, Galen Erickson
–    Trade – Stan Garbacz
–    Breakout Session:
         – Transitioning Back to the Operation – Mark Goes
         – Genetic Management
–    Alternative Meats – Jessie Herrmann
–    Market Volatility – Charley Fezter
–    Carcass Evaluation & Checkoff – Chris Calkins

Space is limited, so please send us your registration form, https://nebraskacattlemen.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/summit-registration-form-2019.pdf, by November 14th to secure your place. The cost of this program is $50 and will cover lunch, speaker costs and other expenses for the event. After receiving your completed registration, we will send you additional event information. Parking permits are needed for lots on campus and will be provided at registration. They look forward to seeing you on November 21st.

NECC Variable Rate Irrigation Pt1
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

VARIABLE RATE IRRIGATION AND YOUR OPERATION

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

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

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

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

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

Register Today! (402) 844-7000

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

Nov
22
Fri
NA-BA Research Symposium
Nov 22 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Nebraska Agri-Business Association annual Research Symposium, co-sponsored by the Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources, is set for Nov 22 in York.  There will be eight speakers presenting cutting edge research being performed in the agronomy and agriculture fields. Many of you will find this meeting to be very beneficial in your career.

Research Symposium is on Friday, November 22, 2019, at the Holthus Convention Center in York, NE.  Registration will begin at 8:00 am, with speakers starting at 8:30 am.

The speakers and topics are:
    Tyler Williams – 2019 Weather Recap and the Impact on Nebraska Agriculture
    Joe Luck – Crop Management
    Amit Jhala – Management of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Nebraska
    Amy Schmidt – Benefits and Barriers to Manure Use in Cropping Systems
    Jenny Rees – Cover Crops in Cropping Systems On-Farm Research Update
    Daran Rudnick – Overview of Irrigation scheduling Technologies
    Tom Clemente – Innovations in Agriculture
    Michael Kaiser – Effects of Soil Management on Soil Organic Characteristics

The cost of registration covers rolls & coffee, lunch, and all speaker handouts. A registration form is online at http://bit.ly/ResSym2019.  Please contact Sarah Skirry at sskirry@na-ba.com or (402) 476-1528 if you have any questions. 

NA-BA & IANR Research Symposium
Nov 22 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Please join us for this year’s annual Research Symposium, co-sponsored by the Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources and the Nebraska Agri-Business Association! There will be eight speakers presenting cutting edge research being performed in the agronomy and agriculture fields.

Research Symposium is on Friday, November 22, 2019, at the Holthus Convention Center in York, NE.  Registration will begin at 8:00 am, with speakers starting at 8:30 am. It will be 2 Crop Management, 2 Pest Management, 2 Nutrient Management and 2 Soil and Water CEU’s.

The speakers and topics are:
    Tyler Williams – 2019 Weather Recap and the Impact on Nebraska Agriculture
    Joe Luck – Crop Management
    Amit Jhala – Challenges and Opportunities for Mgt of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in NE
    Amy Schmidt – Benefits and Barriers to Manure Use in Cropping Systems
    Jenny Rees – Cover Crops in Cropping Systems On-Farm Research Update
    Daran Rudnick – Overview of Irrigation scheduling Technologies
    Justin McMechan – Latest Updates on Pest Management
    Michael Kaiser – Effects of Soil Management on Soil Organic Characteristics

The cost of registration covers rolls & coffee, lunch, and all speaker handouts. A registration form is included for you to register for Research Symposium or you can register online at http://bit.ly/ResSym2019.

Please contact Sarah Skirry at sskirry@na-ba.com or (402) 476-1528 if you have any questions. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Farm & Ranch Clinic
Nov 25 all-day

Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at five sites across the state in October. The clinics are one-on-one meetings with an agricultural law attorney and an agricultural financial counselor. These are not group sessions, and they are confidential.

The attorney and financial advisor specialize in legal and financial issues related to farming and ranching, including financial and business planning, transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, debt structure and cash flow, agricultural disaster programs, and other relevant matters. Here is an opportunity to obtain an independent, outside perspective on issues that may be affecting your farm or ranch.

Clinic Sites and Dates
Norfolk — Thursday, November 7
North Platte — Thursday, November 14
Fairbury — Thursday, November 14
Grand Island — Wednesday, November 20
Norfolk — Monday, November 25

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

ISU Pro Ag Seminar
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach economists will offer valuable insight on key factors impacting 2020 operating decisions at 13 Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Seminars to be held across the state in November and December.  Each three-hour seminar includes information on grain price outlook and global factors to watch, livestock prices and margins, as well as farmland operating margins, outlook and trends.

The focus of the program is to provide agribusiness leaders a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential and management implications. Participants also will gain insight on implications of trade agreements on Iowa producers, and the critical role of land values and interest rates in the stabilization of the agricultural sector.

Speakers will vary by location but will include ISU Extension and Outreach state specialists Chad Hart, associate professor in economics and extension grain markets specialist; Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor and extension economist; Lee Schulz, assistant professor and livestock economist; and Wendong Zhang, assistant professor and extension economist. ISU Extension and Outreach field specialists will also be present at the meetings.

Locations and dates
    Greenfield – Monday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m., Warren Cultural Center Auditorium, 641-743-8412.

The sessions are open to the public, however, pre-registration is requested two days prior to the date of the event. Speakers, registration fees and provided meals vary by location. For locations, times and program information, contact the farm management field specialist in your area or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/info/proag.html.

Nov
30
Sat
IPPA Pork Leadership application deadline
Nov 30 all-day

Travel the country. Meet farmers from other states. Develop your leadership skills. If those sound like goals you want to accomplish in 2020, then the Iowa Pork Leadership Academy (IPLA) may be for you. The Iowa Pork Producers Association is now accepting applications for its 2020 IPLA class. Applications are due Nov. 30, 2019.

IPLA was created to support Iowa’s pork producers who are committed to the pork industry. It provides them with the tools to succeed as leaders. These tools include:
– a working knowledge of the Iowa Pork Producers Association and other key organizations that work with IPPA to broaden perspectives and build coalitions;
– understanding and defining leadership styles and how they impact people working together in a group;
– a deeper understanding of the pork industry and its economic contributions to Iowa, and how that impacts Iowa’s place in the world; and
– sharpening written and verbal communications and messaging about pig farming and pork.

The academy will meet four times in 2020, starting with an introductory session in February 2020, which culminates with the group’s graduation at the January 2021 Iowa Pork Congress.

IPLA is for men and women who want to contribute to a better future for Iowa’s pig farmers by connecting with their communities, and supporting the long-term profitability of the pork industry in Iowa.

Online applications and details about the program can be found at http://www.iowapork.org/iowa-pork-leadership-academy/.

Dec
2
Mon
NE Ext – FSA Farm Bill Info Sessions
Dec 2 – Dec 4 all-day

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

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

The tentative schedule includes:
Bloomfield – Community Center – December 2, 1:30-4:30 PM
Mead – UNL Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center – December 3, 9 AM-12 NOON

Columbus – Ag Park – December 4, 9 AM-12 NOON
West Point – Nielsen Center – December 9, 9 AM-12 NOON

Scribner – Dodge County Fairgrounds Mohr Auditorium – December 11, 9 AM-12 NOON
Lincoln – Lancaster County Extension Center – December 16, 9 AM-12 NOON
Wayne – Wayne Fire Hall – December 16, (2 meetings) 1-4 PM or 6-9 PM
Norfolk – Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center – December 18, 1-4 PM
 
The meetings are all free and open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged for planning purposes for materials and facilities. Attendees can register for any of the meetings conveniently on the web at farmbill.unl.edu or by calling or visiting their county FSA or Extension office. The educational programs are each set to run three hours in length, featuring information and insight from FSA specialists and Extension experts, as well as other relevant information from local agencies.

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

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

Dec
3
Tue
IA Farm Bureau annual mtg
Dec 3 – Dec 4 all-day

Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2019 Annual Meeting
December 3, 2019 – December 4, 2019
The 101st annual meeting will celebrate the achievements of county Farm Bureaus and the state organization. The IFBF annual meeting will be held the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, formerly Vets Auditorium, in downtown Des Moines.

Dec
4
Wed
NE Cattlemen Annual mtg & trade show
Dec 4 – Dec 6 all-day

more info at www.nebraskacattlemen.org 

Beef Nutrition Research Showcase
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The 2019 Beef Nutrition Research Showcase Dec. 4, features a variety of topics presented by eight Iowa State University speakers, all with an eye on practical research and market information. The showcase is presented by Iowa Beef Center and the ruminant nutrition group in the animal science department at Iowa State University.  Specific topics include growth promoting technologies and their effect on cattle mineral health, precision livestock farming tools for the feedlot, and transit stress in receiving calves, beef cattle market situation and outlook, and learn about finishing high quality beef.

The program flyer has all the details, including speaker names and affiliations, event times and location addresses.  http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/events/ResearchShowcaseFlyer2019.pdf

The showcase itself will be held at the Hansen Ag Student Learning Center, 2508 Mortensen Road in Ames, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Following the presentations, dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m. There is an optional tour at the Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm, and those wanting to attend should meet at the farm, at 3405 North Dakota Ave, at noon.

Thanks to sponsor Merck Animal Health, the tour, program and meal are free. However, RSVPs should be made by Wednesday, Nov. 27, by email at avand@iastate.edu or by phone at 507-822-5921.

Cattle Risk Mgt wksp
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Nebraska Extension will be hosting risk management workshops for cattle producers at five locations throughout the state during November and December 2019. Join specialists and educators from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as they present vital information on strategies designed to reduce risk exposure associated with cattle marketing and forage production to achieve a profitable outcome in uncertain times. Topics covered during the workshop include marketing tools available to protect against unfavorable price declines, programs for protecting against weather related forage losses, and current issues facing the cattle industry.

Specific marketing tools covered during the workshop include futures and options as well as Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) Insurance. Programs covered to guard against weather related losses for grazing land and annual forages include Pasture, Range, and Forage (PRF) Insurance, Annual Forage Insurance, and FSA disaster programs. Current issues and opportunities facing the cattle industry will also be discussed as part of the meeting.

MANAGING CATTLE AND FORAGE PRODUCTION RISK: PROTECTING PROFITS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
Dates and times for these programs include:

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm CT
** Dairy focused livestock and forage meeting. **
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
265 33rd Ave, Columbus, NE 68601
Contact: Kimberly Clark at 402-472-6065

To register for the meetings please either call the contact listed above or go to the link:  http://go.unl.edu/cattlerisk.

These workshops do not have a cost for attending and a complementary meal will be provided, but registration is required 3 days prior to the day of the workshop to ensure an accurate meal count.

Dec
5
Thu
IA Cattle Industry Leadership Summit
Dec 5 – Dec 6 all-day

IOWA CATTLE INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Prairie Meadows Event Center, Altoona, IA

December 5- Day 1
10:00 a.m. Registration & Trade Show
11:00 a.m. Keynote: Andy Curliss, CEO North Carolina Pork Council
12:00 p.m. Lunch & Awards
1:00 p.m. Trade Show Break
1:30 p.m. Education Breakouts
Fake Meat- Danielle Beck, Senior Director of Government Affairs, NCBA
Foreign Animal Disease
2:00 p.m. Policy Committees – Open to all ICA members
Business Issues Committee Meeting
Beef Products Committee Meeting
Cattle Production Committee Meeting
4:00 p.m. Trade Show Break/Social
5:30 p.m. Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation Dinner
6:30 p.m. Foundation Awards
7:00 p.m. Foundation Auction
9:00 p.m. Social & Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program Hospitality Suite

December 6 – Day 2
7:30 a.m. County Leader Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting
9:30 a.m. Iowa Beef Industry Council Annual Meeting

NE Farmers Union annual meeting
Dec 5 – Dec 7 all-day
ISU Farm Bill mtg
Dec 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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

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

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

Meetings include:

Thursday, December 5, 2019
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Logan Community Center, Logan/Harrison County

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

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

NECC Yield Data wksp
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

YIELD DATA FOR VARIABLE RATE SEEDING

With demands and expectations for the productivity of our land continuing to increase, we look more and more to technology for answers as to how we can meet these rising demands. Variable Rate Seeding is one technology that helps to utilize the productivity of each acre to its fullest.
TOPICS AND BENEFITS COVERED WILL INCLUDE:
• Investigate the impact Variable Rate seeding can have on your operation
• Detail the minimum and preferred source data required for utilizing Variable Rate solutions

• Explore beneficial technologies that pair with Variable Rate seeding
Training Date Time Location | CRN | Cost
December 5 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Norfolk Campus, MACL 121* | 60446 | $30
O’Neill Campus, ONEX 123* | 60447 | $30
South Sioux City Campus, SSSC 211* | 60448 | $30

West Point | Campus, WPEC 219* | 60449 | $30

Register Today! (402) 844-7000.

Dec
6
Fri
MFP Alfalfa deadline
Dec 6 all-day

Thanks to the trade war, NE Extension Forage Specialist Bruce Anderson says alfalfa growers may qualify for market facilitation payments. Prior to the trade war, China was the number one importer of alfalfa hay from the United States. As a result, alfalfa hay also qualifies for Market Facilitation payments.

You don’t need to have been selling your hay for export. All alfalfa growers are eligible for payments, including growers who feed all their alfalfa on-farm to their own livestock. Payments are based solely on planted acres as long as conservation compliance requirements are met.

To receive payments, apply at your local Farm Service Agency office by December 6. In order for a field to qualify, it must contain at least 60% alfalfa. At this time it’s unclear how the amount of alfalfa in alfalfa-grass mixtures is going to be determined, but it probably will be done locally. If you do apply, make sure you report your acres as alfalfa. Do not report it as alfalfa-grass because mixtures are ineligible for payments.

Dec
8
Sun
NE Farm Bureau annual convention
Dec 8 – Dec 10 all-day

Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention
Sunday, December 8 – Tuesday, December 10
Younes Conference Center in Kearney, NE.

Dec
10
Tue
NE Power Farming Show
Dec 10 – Dec 12 all-day

13th Annual Nebraska Power Farming Show
December 10-12, 2019 – Lancaster Event Center | Lincoln, NE

The 13th Annual Nebraska Power Farming Show – the second largest indoor farm show in the United States – will showcase nearly 2,268 booths (760 companies represented from 23 states and 4 Canadian provinces) spanning 9.2 acres in the Lancaster Event Center. This pure ag show will feature the best ag has to offer, from big iron, precision ag, aerial imaging and livestock production, to inputs, data management and more.

Pure Ag:
Full-line manufacturers: Case, AGCO, John Deere, New Holland & Kubota
Shortline manufacturers: tillage, planting, hay & forage, sprayers, seed handling, grain handling equipment & irrigation equipment
Livestock equipment
Agricultural buildings
Precision ag electronics
Ag service providers: commodity brokers, farm management, insurance and more

Hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday | 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Admission: FREE
Parking: FREE

Dec
12
Thu
Women Managing Ag Land conf
Dec 12 all-day

Female agriculture landowners, farmers and ranchers looking to increase their business management skills are encouraged to register for the 2019 Women Managing Agricultural Land conference. The conference will be held Dec. 11 at Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Drive in Lincoln.

The Women Managing Agricultural Land Conference will allow women to build relationships with each other, attend workshops and gain valuable knowledge. Three keynote speakers and 12 workshops will focus on helping Nebraska farmland owners and tenants navigate the challenges they face.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts in land values, Nebraska property taxes, cash rental rates, and cultivating landlord tenant relationships. Jim Jansen, co-author of the Nebraska Farm Real Estate survey, will discuss trends in Nebraska land values. Mykel Taylor, Kansas State University, will share resources related to negotiations and communication between landowners and tenants. Cathy Anderson from the Nebraska USDA Farm Service Agency will discuss the 2018 Farm Bill and its implications for Nebraska agriculture.

Registration will open Nov. 1 and available online at wia.unl.edu. Registration is $45 per person. The registration fee includes conference materials, meals and breaks.

The conference is hosted by Nebraska Extension and is inspired by Annie’s Project. In Nebraska, Annie’s Project is supported by Farm Credit Services of America. For more information about the Women Managing Agriculture Land conference, go to wia.unl.edu.

NECC Precision Ag Implementation
Dec 12 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

PRECISION AGRICULTURE IMPLEMENTATION: THE RIGHT WAY FOR YOU.

For over 30 years, advances in management practices and technology has continued to increase yield potential, resource management, and profitability margins. Compile that with increasing land and input costs, and the advent of environmental issues and regulations, one can appreciate any method that promotes the possibility of increased revenue, better decision making, record keeping, and reporting.

Precision Agriculture has grown over the same period. It reaches into every area of agriculture: row crops, livestock (both confinement and range production), orchards, edible crops, and organics. Growing from “simple” yield and moisture monitoring to variable rate and multi-hybrid seeding, variable rate fertility, variable rate irrigation, robotic weeding, spot spraying by weed species, livestock health and vitals monitoring, a myriad of remote sensing options, autonomous vehicles, and sensors and meters to monitor and control virtually any aspect of the operation imaginable. With all the options available, the question is, how does one implement a Precision Agriculture management practice that is right for the operation?

Knowing that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution, it is in the best interest of each operator to know the options available and the questions to ask to come to a conclusion that fits both the operator and the operation.
TOPICS AND BENEFITS COVERED WILL INCLUDE:
• What is Precision Agriculture and steps to implement the right plan
• Impacts of Precision Agriculture on an operation
• Questions to ask when determining the right match for your operation

• New equipment versus modifying existing equipment

Training Date Time Location | CRN | Cost
December 12 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Norfolk Campus, MACL 121* | 60422 | $30
O’Neill Campus, ONEX 123* | 60424 | $30
South Sioux City Campus, SSSC 211* | 60425 | $30
West Point | Campus, WPEC 219* | 60426 | $30
Register Today! (402) 844-7000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec
18
Wed
ISU Ag Chem meeting
Dec 18 all-day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VARIABLE RATE IRRIGATION AND YOUR OPERATION

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

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

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

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

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

Register Today! (402) 844-7000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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