Calendar

May
29
Wed
Explore Beekeeping classes
May 29 all-day

Those interested in beekeeping have a new learning opportunity.  The Center for Rural Affairs and University of Nebraska-Lincoln are partnering to offer Great Plains Master Beekeeping, a regional beekeeper training and certification program.

The program’s purpose is to increase the amount of well-educated beekeepers, to provide new and experienced beekeepers with resources to continue their education, and to help others become advocates for bees.

The Center for Rural Affairs is leading Exploratory Beekeeping classes, with four set for this summer:
  – May 29 in Macy,
  – June 15 in Schuyler,
  – June 22 in Grand Island, and
  – Aug. 28 in Crete.

Sessions in Schuyler, Grand Island, and Crete will be in English and translated into Spanish.

To participate in the program, contact unlbeelab@unl.edu or 402.472.8378, or visit gpmb.unl.edu. For more information or to RSVP to Exploratory Beekeeping classes, visit cfra.org or contact Bailey at 402.367.8989 or kirstinb@cfra.org.

Farm & Ranch Clinic
May 29 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
Norfolk — Wednesday, May 29

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.

Jun
1
Sat
Cream of the Crop Dairy Show
Jun 1 all-day

The 20th annual Cream of the Crop dairy show will be held on Sat June 1 2019 at the Cuming Co Fairgrounds in West Point, NE. The show is open to everyone, youth and adults. Members of 4-H and FFA are encouraged to attend. Eligible breeds include Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, and crossbreds.

Registrations start at 8am the day of the show. There will be a showmanship contest to start the show. Divisions will be Senior, Intermediate, Junior, and Pee-wee. There is also a judging contest after showmanship. There will be three divisions…. Junior, Senior, and adult.

After the judging event, the dairy show will start.

There will be a lunch stand with food available in the morning and early afternoon. There is no entry fee. Preregistrations are due by May 28th. For more information, contact Carl Aschoff at 402-380-2465 or email carlaschoff@yahoo.com.

IA Century & Heritage Farms application
Jun 1 all-day

Applications are being accepted now for the 2019 Century and Heritage Farm Program. The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. It recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms.

Applications are available on the Department’s website at by clicking on the Century Farm or Heritage Farm link under “Programs”.

Applications may also be requested from Becky Lorenz, Coordinator of the Century and Heritage Farm Program via phone at 515-281-3645, email at Becky.Lorenz@IowaAgriculture.gov or by writing to Century or Heritage Farms Program, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319.

Farm families seeking to qualify for the Century or Heritage Farms Program must submit an application to the Department no later than June 1.

A full list of all past Century Farm recipients is available at www.iowacenturyfarms.com.

The ceremony to recognize the 2019 Century and Heritage Farms will be held at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 15 in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion.

Jun
4
Tue
NE Beef Ambassador contest
Jun 4 all-day

NCW – Consumer Promotion Education Committee with Nebraska Cattlemen would like to announce the 2019 Nebraska Beef Ambassador Contest will be held June 4th at River’s Edge Convention Center in Columbus beginning at 1:00pm. The competition is targeted towards youth that are passionate about the beef industry.

The Nebraska Beef Ambassador Program provides an opportunity for youth, ages 14 – 24 years old, to become spokespersons and future leaders for the beef industry. The two divisions, senior and collegiate, are judged on three different areas of the industry consisting of a mock consumer promotional event, mock media interview and an issues response.

Along with a scholarship from the Nebraska Cattlemen Research and Education Foundation the collegiate winner will have the opportunity to go on and compete at the National level.

They are currently looking for contestants for the 2019 contest. Please share this information and help spread the word about the upcoming Beef Ambassador Contest.

For more information contact Bonita at ncw@necattlemen.org or 402-450-0223 voice/text.

NE Cattlemen Midyear Mtg.
Jun 4 – Jun 5 all-day

The 2019 Nebraska Cattlemen Midyear Meeting will be held in Columbus June 4-5. A great line-up of activities with an exciting slate of speakers is scheduled for the two-day event, including remarks by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President, Jennifer Houston.

Nebraska Cattlemen members are encouraged to make plans to attend the 2019 Midyear Meeting and take part in industry discussions during the six NC policy committee meetings addressing animal health and nutrition; brand and property rights; education and research; marketing and commerce; natural resources; and environment and taxation issues. Many issues affect Nebraska cattle producers, and this is your opportunity to shape policy and provide direction for leadership and staff.

The event’s activities will start the morning of Tuesday, June 4, with the annual Midyear golf tournament at Quail Run Golf Course. For those of you not golfing, a tour of some local businesses and attractions is being planned. Following the golf tournament and tours, all members are invited to attend the Welcome Reception at Quail Run Golf Course, enjoy an evening of food and drink and socialize with many NC members from across the state.

Wednesday, June 5, the NC Meetings will be held at the River’s Edge Convention Center. The first round of committee meetings will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a second round at 10:15 a.m. The annual Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Lunch will be Thursday at 12:30 p.m., when winners of the Retail Value Steer Challenge will be announced and Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation youth scholarships will be presented. After lunch, the third round of committee meetings will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the General Session at 4 p.m. NC hopes you will make plans to attend the Midyear Meeting.  The link to register is here…. https://nebraskacattlemen.org/midyear-registration-form/.  

Jun
5
Wed
CANCELLED – World Pork Expo
Jun 5 – Jun 7 all-day

With an over-abundance of caution in mind, NPPC has decided to cancel this year’s World Pork Expo in Des Moines. This is in an effort to help keep African Swine Fever out of the United States and out of the US pork herd. Since WPX is a destination for over 20,000 people, including visitors from regions of the world where ASF is active, it was felt that it would be best to forgo the risk and do what could be done domestically to protect the herd here on the home-front.

Details at www.worldpork.org.

Jun
6
Thu
IPPA Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin nominations
Jun 6 all-day

IPPA is accepting nominations for its 17th annual Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest, and will continue to take those nominations of your favorite pork tenderloin and restaurant that serves it until June 6.

Any Iowa restaurant, café, or tavern that has hand-breaded or battered pork tenderloins on its menu is eligible to be nominated. In order to win, the nominated business must be open year-round, however seasonal restaurants can be in the final top five.

It’s the first round where you, the tenderloin-lover, will have the biggest impact. Nominations can be made online at www.iowapork.org/tenderloin-form, or by mailing in a form from the May issue of the Iowa Pork Producer magazine to the IPPA office. Only one nomination per person, so you may have to try a few of your favorites out before sending in your selection! Also, your nomination could help you win some money. The people nominating the winning restaurant will be entered in a drawing for one $100 prize.

The nomination round will generate up to 40 restaurants that will get a bit more scrutiny over the summer. That’s when the restaurants with the most nominations from each of the eight IPPA districts will be selected for a review by IPPA’s restaurant and foodservice committee. Their reviews will determine which restaurants are turned over to a secret panel of judges who will score the tenderloins on the quality of the pork, taste, physical characteristics and eating experience. The winner will be named during October Pork Month.

The winning restaurant will receive $500, a plaque to display in their business, and statewide publicity that will bring in new business.

Jun
7
Fri
BQA Award nomination deadline
Jun 7 all-day

Nominations for the 13th annual National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards are now being accepted. Deadline for nominations is June 7, 2019.

The 2019 National BQA Awards, funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, recognize five winners in the areas of beef producer, dairy, marketing and education:

·         The beef producer honors include BQA Cow Calf and BQA Feedyard awards, which recognize producers who best demonstrate the implementation of BQA principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations.

·         The BQA / FARM (Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) award honors those dairy operations that demonstrate the best in animal care and handling while implementing the BQA and FARM programs at the highest levels.

·         The BQA Marketer Award acknowledges livestock markets, cattle buyers and supply-chain programs that promote BQA to their customers and offer them opportunities to get certified.

·         The BQA Educator Award celebrates individuals or companies that provide high quality and innovative training to individuals that care and handle cattle throughout the industry chain.

The National BQA Awards are selected by a committee of BQA certified representatives from universities, state beef councils, sponsors and affiliated groups. Nominations may be submitted by organizations, groups or individuals on behalf of a U.S. beef producer, dairy producer, marketer or educator. Individuals and families may not nominate themselves, though the nominees are expected to be involved in the preparation of the application. Past nominees are encouraged to submit their application under the new nomination structure. Previous winners may not reapply.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association manages the BQA program as a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. Funding for the BQA Awards is made possible by the generosity of Cargill, which has supported the program since its inception, and Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, which sponsors the BQA educator award.

Find the application and nomination requirements here… www.bqa.org.  All nominations are due by June 7, 2019.

Jun
11
Tue
NE Corn Board meeting
Jun 11 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Board will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Embassy Suites Omaha – Downtown/Old Market, 555 S 10th Street in Omaha, Nebraska.

The meeting is open to the public, providing the opportunity for public comment. The Board will conduct regular board business, consider funding requests and set the budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. A copy of the agenda is available by writing the Nebraska Corn Board, PO Box 95107, Lincoln, NE 68509, sending an email to nikki.bentzinger@nebraska.gov or calling 402/471-2676.

Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and Nebraska Extension Team Up to Host 2019 Generational Transition and Summer Grazing Tour Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11 and 12
Jun 11 – Jun 12 all-day

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition (NGLC) –Nebraska Extension joint Generational Transition and Summer Grazing Tour scheduled for June 11 and 12, 2019 in Southwest Nebraska.

Tuesday, June 11

  • Generational Transition Session at the UNL West Central Research Extension Center near North Platte, NE featuring ranch estate planning attorney, Pam Olsen and a panel discussion by ranchers that have successfully made the transition to the next generation. 10:00 AM- 2:30 PM (Central time). $15 Registration fee includes lunch payable upon arrival.

Wednesday, June 12

  • 2019 Summer Grazing Tour – The 2019 tour will feature three southwest Nebraska ranchers that manage very different grazing resources including intensively managed native range and range rescued from invasive Eastern Red Cedar. $20 Registration fee includes boxed lunch and evening steak fry at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, NE.

Shamrock Ranches

Owned and operated by Marlene Moore and Dwight Maseberg, Shamrock Ranches has been in Marlene’s family since 1949. Since Marlene took over in 1982, the ranch has transitioned from traditional grazing management with minimal pastures to intensive internal subdivision and water development. Today, the ranch includes 15 miles of pipeline, 37 watering points, 55 miles of electric fence and 73 paddocks ranging in size from 40 to 140 acres. Range improvement can be seen in the improved balance of cool and warm season grasses, increased percentage of forage harvested, uniformity and quality of forages available to cattle and increased carrying capacity (150%). Active participants in Ranching for Profit and the Executive Link for many years, Marlene and Dwight operate under the premise that “the cow works for us, we do not work for the cow”.

Deatrich Cattle Company

Todd and Tell Deatrich operate a small cow calf operation in the Loess Canyons south of North Platte Nebraska. The main portion of the ranch is contiguous acres leased from several landowners.  Several parcels of extra summer grass are also leased around the ranch for grazing yearlings.  The cows are run on grass from April until corn stalks are available in the fall.  A moderately intensive grazing system is used to manage forage for the cow herd.  The cows calve May and June. Weaned calves are run on cornstalks and rangeland, supplemented with hay and cake. The steers and replacement heifers are retained and run on grass as yearlings.

Prescribed fire and various mechanical means have been used to control invasive Eastern Red Cedar through cooperation with the Loess Canyons Rangeland Alliance since the very beginning, helping to start the group and conducting one of the first prescribed burns on the ranch.  Challenges associated with multiple landowners and prescribed fire are numerous. Deatrich Cattle Company is committed to working together, continually looking for more opportunities to expand efforts to restore the rangeland back to its productive state.

Mortensen Farm and Ranch

Mortensen Farm & Ranch is a family owned and operated ranch that was established in 1892.  It is now operated by the fourth and fifth generation.  The Mortensen’s have been involved in the Loess Canyon Rangeland Alliance burn group since the early 2000s.  They run in the neighborhood of 300 mama cows and are in the process of burning some of their ground for the second and third times since the LCRA originated.

Generational Transition Registration at the UNL West Central Research Extension Center south of North Platte, NE, Tuesday, June 11, 9:30 AM. Session begins at 10 AM. $15 Registration fee includes lunch payable upon arrival.

Summer Grazing Tour Registration aShamrock Ranches south of Wallace, NE, Wednesday, June 12, 7:30-8:30 AM. $20 per person payable on site. Tour begins at 8:30 AM.  Directions to tour registration site at Shamrock Ranches: Hwy 25 between Wallace and Hayes Center.  At MM 50, go 4 miles west. Do not follow the county road as it curses north. Instead continue west, crossing an autogate, then 3/4 mile on into the Shamrock Ranch Headquarters.

Preregister for each event required no later than Friday, June 7th by calling Randy Saner, Nebraska Beef Systems Extension Educator in Lincoln, Logan and McPherson Counties office 308-532- 2683 or e-mailing rsaner2@unl.edu. Specify which activities you plan to attend. For more information contact Ron Bolze, NGLC Coordinator, at 402-321-0067.

Tractor Safety Training
Jun 11 – Jun 12 all-day

The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Employing anyone uncertified under age 16 is a liability risk for farmers if those children operate such equipment.

Nebraska Extension’s Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses take place at 12 Nebraska locations this year for teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm. Anyone older than 15 is also welcome to attend, but those under age 14 are not eligible to take the class. Extensive training on tractor and ATV safety occurs during in-class lessons with hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of safety and a respect for agricultural equipment is the primary goal of the course.

The first day of classroom instruction includes hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Students are required to pass the test before taking the driving test on day two. The second day will include a physical driving test with equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. In most locations, instructors will offer an ATV simulator experience to learn about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs and UTVs. Students will also complete homework assignments for the second day.

Instructors for the course include staff members of Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, PhD, Ellen Duysen, Daniel Kent, and UNMC student Jill Oatman.

All on-site classes begin at 8:00 A.M. and end times will vary, depending on the number of participants. Training site locations, Site Coordinator contact numbers, and dates of training includes:
June 11 & 12 – Plains Equipment, O’Neill – (402) 336-2760
June 20 & 21 – Fairgrounds, Wayne – (402) 375-3310
July 1 & 2 – Fairgrounds, Weeping Water – (402) 267-2205

Cost of the course is $60, which includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunches.

To register, print and complete a registration form and submit with payment to the appropriate Site Coordinator at least one week before the course (call the specific location number listed above for mailing address and instructions).

Jun 11 @ 8:00 am

 The Nebraska Corn Board will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Embassy Suites Omaha – Downtown/Old Market, 555 S 10thStreet in Omaha, Nebraska.

The meeting is open to the public, providing the opportunity for public comment.  The Board will conduct regular board business, consider funding requests and set the budget for fiscal year 2019-2020.  A copy of the agenda is available by writing the Nebraska Corn Board, PO Box 95107, Lincoln, NE  68509, sending an email tonikki.bentzinger@nebraska.gov or calling 402/471-2676.

Jun
12
Wed
Precision Ag Camp
Jun 12 – Jun 13 all-day

High school students will have the opportunity to explore the many advances in precision agriculture at a free camp being offered at Northeast Community College this summer.  Ag-Citing Precision Ag Camp will meet Wednesday, June 12, and Thursday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days on Northeast’s Norfolk campus.

Campers will learn to use the tools and gadgets in precision management, such as satellite imagery, auto-steer, sensors, drones and other technology. Workshops will explore precision equipment used in planting and harvest. Campers will also take an industry tour and meet professionals as they learn about careers in precision agriculture.

Registration is limited to the first 20 applicants and is available to students who will be in grades 9 through 12 for the 2019-20 school year.  The camp is offered free of charge.

To register, visit http://www.northeast.edu/2019/Ag-Citing-Camp. For more information, contact the Northeast Community College Agriculture, Math and Science division at (402) 844-7180 or email Debb Strate at debs@northeast.edu.

Jun
13
Thu
SW IA Cattle Feeders Day
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cattle producers can increase their knowledge of current feedlot issues and profitability during an educational program June 13 at the Wallace Foundation Learning Center, Lewis, IA. Researchers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide answers to producer questions related to animal health, nutrition and producing high quality, marketable beef.

The goal of the program is to connect cattle producers and stakeholders with the ongoing research at Iowa State, which Lundy said was inspired by the concerns and questions of producers.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the program starts at 10:30 a.m. An optional tour of the Iowa State Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm feedlot will be held at 2 p.m., and will feature the new individual-intake feeding system.

Program presentations
– “New Methods to Detect BRD in Feedlots,” by Terry Engelken, DVM, associate professor with ISU Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine.
– “Managing Mineral Nutrition to Optimize Growth Promotant Performance,” by Elizabeth Messersmith, Iowa State graduate student in animal science.
– “Stress in the Feedlot: Roles of Micronutrients,” by Erin Deters, Iowa State animal science graduate student.
– “Managing for High Quality Beef,” by Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center and ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist; and Erika Lundy, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist.

The meeting is free and includes lunch. Walk-ins are welcome. RSVP by contacting the ISU Extension and Outreach Cass County office at 712-243-1132, or the East Pottawattamie office at 712-482-6449. Erika Lundy can be reached at ellundy@iastate.edu.

Jun
15
Sat
Explore Beekeeping classes
Jun 15 all-day

Those interested in beekeeping have a new learning opportunity.  The Center for Rural Affairs and University of Nebraska-Lincoln are partnering to offer Great Plains Master Beekeeping, a regional beekeeper training and certification program.

The program’s purpose is to increase the amount of well-educated beekeepers, to provide new and experienced beekeepers with resources to continue their education, and to help others become advocates for bees.

The Center for Rural Affairs is leading Exploratory Beekeeping classes, with four set for this summer:
  – June 15 in Schuyler,
  – June 22 in Grand Island, and
  – Aug. 28 in Crete.

Sessions in Schuyler, Grand Island, and Crete will be in English and translated into Spanish.

To participate in the program, contact unlbeelab@unl.edu or 402.472.8378, or visit gpmb.unl.edu. For more information or to RSVP to Exploratory Beekeeping classes, visit cfra.org or contact Bailey at 402.367.8989 or kirstinb@cfra.org.

LEAD Group 39 application deadline
Jun 15 all-day

Fellowship applications for Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Group 39 are now available for men and women involved in production agriculture or agribusiness.  Up to 30 motivated men and women with demonstrated leadership potential will be selected from five geographic districts across the state.

In addition to monthly three-day seminars throughout Nebraska from mid-September through early April, Nebraska LEAD fellows also participate in a 10-day national study/travel seminar and a two-week international study/travel seminar.

Seminar themes include leadership assessment and potential, natural resources and energy, agricultural policy, leadership through communication, Nebraska’s political process, global perspectives, nuclear energy, social issues, understanding and developing leadership skills, agribusiness and marketing, advances in health care, and the resources and people of Nebraska’s Panhandle.

The Nebraska LEAD Program is designed to prepare spokespersons, problem-solvers and decision-makers for Nebraska and its agricultural industry.

In its 38th year, the program is operated by the nonprofit Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nebraska colleges and universities, businesses and industry, and individuals throughout the state.

To request an application, email leadprogram@unl.edu or call 402-472-6810. Requests can also be sent to 104 ACB, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 68583-0940. Applications are due no later than June 15.

For information about the selection process, visit https://lead.unl.edu.

Jun
18
Tue
Beef Improvement Fed. Symposium
Jun 18 – Jun 21 all-day

Registration is now open for the 2019 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium. This year’s event will be June 18-21 at the University Comfort Suites and Convention Center in Brookings, South Dakota.

Early registration deadline is May 15. Attendees can save $100 by pre-registering. Online registration is available at http://www.beefimprovement.org.

This year’s BIF symposium features two and a half days of educational programming and a full day of tours. The first morning’s general session — “Applications of Technology” — will feature Mark Allan, Trans Ova Genetics director of genetic technology; Alison Van Eenennaam, U.C. Davis animal biotechnology and genomics extension specialist; and a producer panel including John Moes, Moes Feedlot, Watertown, South Dakota; Trey Patterson, Padlock Ranch, Ranchester, Wyoming; Tylor Braden, King Ranch, Kingsville, Texas; and John Maddux, Maddux Cattle Co., Wauneta, Nebraska.

The second day’s general session, “Utilization of Big Data” will include a presentation by Dr. Mark Trotter, Central Queensland University.

The afternoon breakout sessions both days will focus on a range of beef-production and genetic-improvement topics. The conference also features a Young Producer Symposium on Tuesday afternoon, designed for networking and to equip young cattle producers with essential knowledge as they grow their role in the business. Tuesday evening attendees will also enjoy an opening reception followed by the National Association of Annual Breeders Symposium at 7 p.m.

For more conference details, including registration information, complete schedule and lodging information visit http://www.beefimprovement.org.

Jun
20
Thu
Tractor Safety Training
Jun 20 – Jun 21 all-day

The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Employing anyone uncertified under age 16 is a liability risk for farmers if those children operate such equipment.

Nebraska Extension’s Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses take place at 12 Nebraska locations this year for teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm. Anyone older than 15 is also welcome to attend, but those under age 14 are not eligible to take the class. Extensive training on tractor and ATV safety occurs during in-class lessons with hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of safety and a respect for agricultural equipment is the primary goal of the course.

The first day of classroom instruction includes hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Students are required to pass the test before taking the driving test on day two. The second day will include a physical driving test with equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. In most locations, instructors will offer an ATV simulator experience to learn about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs and UTVs. Students will also complete homework assignments for the second day.

Instructors for the course include staff members of Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, PhD, Ellen Duysen, Daniel Kent, and UNMC student Jill Oatman.

All on-site classes begin at 8:00 A.M. and end times will vary, depending on the number of participants. Training site locations, Site Coordinator contact numbers, and dates of training includes:
June 20 & 21 – Fairgrounds, Wayne – (402) 375-3310
July 1 & 2 – Fairgrounds, Weeping Water – (402) 267-2205

Cost of the course is $60, which includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunches.

To register, print and complete a registration form and submit with payment to the appropriate Site Coordinator at least one week before the course (call the specific location number listed above for mailing address and instructions).

Jun
21
Fri
NRCS Cover Crops program deadline
Jun 21 all-day

To help manage cropland damaged by Nebraska’s severe spring weather, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing funds to plant cover crops on cropland acres. Producers are encouraged to apply by June 21, 2019 at their local USDA Service Center.

This funding is available statewide in order to assist the widespread recovery work on cropland acres directly impacted by the severe weather in March.  The highest priority cropland includes land which is unable to be planted with a cash crop and/or harvested in 2019.

Cover crops prevent erosion, improve soil’s physical and biological properties, supply nutrients, suppress weeds, improve the availability of soil water, and break pest cycles along with various other benefits. Cover crops can also potentially be grazed.

Work currently being done to maintain conservation structures as well as sediment removal, debris removal or grading and reshaping can be stabilized and protected from further erosion and damage by planting a cover crop.

For more information, visit NRCS at a USDA Service Center, or visit www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.  

Jun
23
Sun
Child Ag Injury Prevention wksp
Jun 23 – Jun 24 all-day

A national workshop dedicated to childhood agricultural safety is scheduled for June 23-24 in the agricultural and insurance hub of Des Moines, Iowa.  The Child Agricultural Injury Prevention (CAIP) Workshop is designed for those who work in or with the agriculture industry, and want to establish and enhance child injury prevention strategies for their organizations.

Early-bird registration ($199) runs through Friday, May 10. The fee will then increase to $249. Scholarships are available to assist with the cost of registration. More information, including the registration link, is available at www.marshfieldresearch.org/CAIP-Workshop.

Co-hosts include the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (University of Iowa) and the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (University of Nebraska Medical Center), along with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. Sponsors include John Deere, Westfield Insurance and the National Farm Medicine Center.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
–    Understand the leading causes of injuries to children who are either working or playing on farms;
–    Describe interventions most likely to be effective in preventing childhood farm injuries; and
–    Identify their (and their organization’s) unique role in helping farm children grow up happy and healthy.

The workshop will be co-located with the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) annual conference, which begins June 24 and runs through June 27, https://vafb.swoogo.com/ISASH2019. Those who register for both the workshop and the ISASH Conference will save $50 on the combined registration fees. Both events will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown Des Moines.

For more workshop information, email nccrahs@marshfieldresearch.org or call 1-800-662-6900. The National Children’s Center is funded in part by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jun
27
Thu
ISU Swine Day
Jun 27 all-day

The 2019 Iowa Swine Day will offer pork producers an agenda of expert speakers who will address current issues affecting the industry. Topics will include the status of and response to African Swine Fever, what makes a biosecurity program successful, improving company culture, precision pork production and feeding the high-producing sow. The event will be hosted by the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University, Ames, on June 27.

The morning session will feature Dr. Frank Mitloehner from the University of California-Davis, who will explore how improvements in livestock production efficiencies, genetics, nutrition and veterinary care can help meet the increasing demand for animal protein as the world’s population grows, without depleting natural resources.

Dr. Wes Jamison from Palm Beach Atlantic University will share how “Gen Z” consumers influence the pork industry, and Troy Van Hauen of Accelerated Performance Technicians will present a mini-workshop on how to improve your company’s culture by developing and exemplifying a standard of leadership principles.

The afternoon will be structured into four concurrent breakout sessions with 16 presentations to choose from. Some of the afternoon topics include nutrition for high-producing sows, precision pork production technologies, and causes and consequences of leaky gut. One afternoon session will be focused on foreign animal disease preparation, including an update on African Swine Fever worldwide from Dr. David Casey of PIC in China.

Registration is $65 and includes lunch and refreshments. Early registration ends midnight, June 14. Late or on-site registration is $90. Registration is free for students before the early registration deadline, and is $45 after the deadline has passed. Iowa Swine Day will be held at the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, 1805 Center Drive, Ames. The full program, directions and online registration are available on the Iowa Swine Day conference website… http://www.aep.iastate.edu/iowaswineday/

Iowa Swine Day is hosted by Iowa Pork Industry Center in collaboration with the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Jun
28
Fri
Stockmanship & Stewardship
Jun 28 – Jun 29 all-day

Five sessions of the Stockmanship & Stewardship program will be conducted in 2019 to help bring cattle producers together for further education on proper stockmanship techniques, including local stewardship that is appropriate for their regions.

The two-day California, Iowa, Colorado, Louisiana and Kansas events are made possible through sponsorship from Merck Animal Health and will be coordinated by the producer education team at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and local host organizations. Additional funding and support for the program is provided by the beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program.

Tour dates for the 2019 Stockmanship & Stewardship tour are:
Ames, Iowa June 28-29

Stockmanship & Stewardship events include live cattle demonstration and hands-on opportunities. They also include BQA training and classroom sessions highlighting issues that affect cattle producers in each region. In addition to cattle handling and effective stockmanship, possible elements of regional sessions include sustainability and environmental stewardship, animal health and regional issues and hot topics.

For more information on either the Stockmanship & Stewardship or BQA programs, contact DeCoite at cdecoite@beef.org.

Jun
30
Sun
NE FFA Foundation Grants
Jun 30 all-day

The Nebraska FFA Foundation is now seeking applications for 2019-20 local chapter grants and storm relief fund grants.

The local chapter grant program, in its third year, supports Nebraska agricultural education classrooms, FFA programs and individual student entrepreneurship Supervised Agricultural Experiences. Funds are provided by supporters of the Nebraska FFA Foundation and its general fund.

This year, grant requests may be any amount up to $10,000 each. Applications are being accepted until June 30, 2019. Successful proposals from 2018-19 varied from greenhouse repairs to a CNC router to grow towers to animal learning lab.

To learn more, visit www.neffafoundation.org.

Jul
1
Mon
EXTENDED: EQIP Funds for Lvst Disposal
Jul 1 all-day

Nebraska farmers and ranchers impacted by the “Bomb Cyclone” and raging flood waters this spring are working hard on cleaning up and assessing the damages to their ag operations.

One of the more significant losses experienced by landowners has been the death of livestock. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has financial assistance available to help landowners cope with the aftermath of livestock losses.

Through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program – commonly referred to as EQIP farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to properly dispose of dead livestock. Applications are being accepted now through July 1. This is an extension of the original sign up periods announced immediately following the flooding/blizzard.

Producers who have not already disposed of livestock can apply for EQIP now. Producers can then get a waiver to allow them to begin working to dispose of deceased livestock before having an approved EQIP contract.

Producers in the area who suffered other damages due to the blizzard and flooding – such as damaged fencing, water sources, or windbreaks – may also seek assistance from NRCS through general EQIP funding. The sign-up period for general EQIP is continuous and has no cut off application date.

For more information about the programs and assistance available from NRCS, visit your local USDA Service Center or www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.

Tractor Safety Training
Jul 1 – Jul 2 all-day

The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Employing anyone uncertified under age 16 is a liability risk for farmers if those children operate such equipment.

Nebraska Extension’s Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses take place at 12 Nebraska locations this year for teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm. Anyone older than 15 is also welcome to attend, but those under age 14 are not eligible to take the class. Extensive training on tractor and ATV safety occurs during in-class lessons with hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of safety and a respect for agricultural equipment is the primary goal of the course.

The first day of classroom instruction includes hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Students are required to pass the test before taking the driving test on day two. The second day will include a physical driving test with equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. In most locations, instructors will offer an ATV simulator experience to learn about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs and UTVs. Students will also complete homework assignments for the second day.

Instructors for the course include staff members of Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, PhD, Ellen Duysen, Daniel Kent, and UNMC student Jill Oatman.

All on-site classes begin at 8:00 A.M. and end times will vary, depending on the number of participants. Training site locations, Site Coordinator contact numbers, and dates of training includes:
July 1 & 2 – Fairgrounds, Weeping Water – (402) 267-2205

Cost of the course is $60, which includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunches.

To register, print and complete a registration form and submit with payment to the appropriate Site Coordinator at least one week before the course (call the specific location number listed above for mailing address and instructions).

Jul
16
Tue
Dairy Experience Forum
Jul 16 – Jul 18 all-day

Hundreds of dairy farmers from across the nation will convene in Saint Paul, Minnesota July 16-18, 2019 for the second annual Dairy Experience Forum to gain a deeper understanding of today’s consumers and how their different values, shopping habits and consumption patterns impact how the industry can collaborate to build dairy demand. Building on the success of last year’s event, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin is joining Midwest Dairy in co-sponsoring the second annual forum to make a bigger footprint in the dairy community.

The vision for the Dairy Experience Forum is to facilitate conversation and learning among farmers, dairy experts and partners as they discuss useful insights and ideas that can be used in their ongoing work to help ensure a successful future for dairy. As part of the program, attendees will hear from leaders, both from within and outside of the dairy industry, who are translating consumer insights, relevant to variety of generations, into innovative products that meet the needs of consumers of all ages.

The event will provide opportunities to engage with leading experts from research institutions, food companies, retailers and processors, cooperatives and dairy farm operations. It will also allow a platform for dairy farmers to hear from consumers firsthand what attributes and values are important to them as they make purchasing decisions related to the dairy products they enjoy.

A confirmed agenda and registration for the forum will be available late April.

IA Corn Promotion Bd Elections
Jul 16 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

On July 16, 2019, corn farmers in Crop Reporting Districts 2, 3, 5 and 7 can vote at their local county ISU extension office for representation on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board for a 3-year term. The board’s primary priorities and responsibilities include domestic and foreign market development, research of new and value-added corn uses and education on corn and the farmers who grow it.

Current candidates are as follows:

USDA Crop Reporting District 2 (Butler, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago, Worth and Wright)
    Monica Lursen, Butler County
    Jerry Maier, Wright County
    Kevin Pope, Cerro Gordo County

USDA Crop Reporting District 3 (Allamakee, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek)
    Jim Fitkin, Black Hawk County
    Derek Taylor, Winneshiek County

USDA Crop Reporting District 5 (Boone, Dallas, Grundy Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Marshall, Marion, Polk, Poweshiek, Story, Tama, Warren, Webster)
    Mark Kenney, Polk County
    Rod Pierce, Dallas County

USDA Crop Reporting District 7 (Adair, Adams, Cass, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Taylor)
    Ralph Lents, Adair County
    Jeff Thomsen, Cass County

Anyone who has produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous marketing year is eligible to vote in the election. Producers unable to visit the local ISU extension office on July 16 can vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested beginning May 29. Requests must be made no later than June 24 by contacting the Iowa Corn office at 515-225-9242 or on our website at www.iowacorn.org. Absentee ballots must be postmarked or returned to the Iowa Corn office no later than July 16. Results of the election are announced publicly July 19.

Jul
17
Wed
IA Ag Literacy wksp
Jul 17 – Jul 18 all-day

Two-day professional development workshops for teachers will be offered throughout the summer and around the state by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and partner organizations.

The workshops will help teachers apply Iowa Core standards including social studies, and science in the context of agriculture. The workshops will also use agriculture to teach other core concepts and skills like language arts and math. The workshops will be hands on and interactive with one day of site visits and tours and one day of practical classroom application. Many STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts will be integrated throughout.  The dates of the workshops are:
June 3-4 in Sioux Center;
June 11-12 in Calmar;
June 13-14 in Algona;
June 13-14 in Pella;
June 26-27 in Eldridge;
June 26-27 in Fort Dodge;
July 10-11 in Griswold;
July 17-18 in Council Bluffs;
July 23-24 in Ankeny;
August 5-6 in Indianola; and
Aug. 5-6 in Manchester.

The workshops will include lesson demonstration, hands on implementation of concepts, tours of farms and agribusinesses, and technical skills in agriculture. The workshops will be available for teacher recertification credit and graduate level credit.

Workshops are made possible by supporters of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation including the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, Bayer, REAP Conservation Education Program, and Farm Credit Services of America with additional support from Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Corteva Agriscience, GROWMARK, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. To find out more about workshops in your area visit www.IowaAgLiteracy.org, email info@iowaagliteracy.org or call 515-331-4182.