Calendar

Jan
16
Wed
Pesticide Training in Western Nebraska
Jan 16 – Apr 11 all-day

Nebraska Extension will be offering training throughout western Nebraska, from January through April, for licensed pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification of their license for 2019.

      A license is required to use or purchase or apply restricted-use pesticides. Extension provides training for several classes of certification, including commercial, non-commercial (such as local government or research purposes) and private applicators (such as ag producers).

Private applicators

      Private pesticide applicators with licenses expiring in 2019, and anyone seeking first-time private applicator certification, can attend these upcoming training sessions.

      Licensed private pesticide applicators can buy and use restricted-use pesticides in their own farming operations after completing this training.

      Main topics include Nebraska’s pesticide laws and regulations, the pesticide label, personal safety, the worker protection standard, environmental protection, integrated pest management, pesticides and application, application equipment, equipment calibration, pesticide drift awareness near sensitive sites like apiaries and vineyards, how to use the Driftwatch website, and control options for prairie dogs and pocket gophers, and strategies to reduce chances of developing weed populations resistant to herbicides.

      To reserve space for each session, or for more information, call the number for the local Extension office listed after each date. The cost of training is $40. Applicators whose permits are due for renewal should have received a letter from the State Department of Agriculture. They can bring that letter to the training session and avoid having to fill out an application form.

      Private pesticide licenses also can be obtained by completing an online course. Pesticide applicators can purchase access to the online course via http://marketplace.unl.edu and going to the Pesticide Education section. Cost of the course is $60. Those who complete pesticide applicator training then need to apply to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture for a three-year license card for a $25 fee.

      Valentine, Jan. 16: 1:30 p.m. CST, 4-H Building at the Fairgrounds (call 402-336-2760)

      Cody, Jan. 17: 10 a.m., Adamson Community Center (call 402-336-2760)

      Sidney, Jan. 17: 9:30 a.m., Cheyenne Community Center (call 308-254-4455)

      Kimball, Jan. 29: 1 p.m., 4-H Building (call 308-235-3122)

      Hyannis, Jan. 29: 1 p.m., Grant County Courthouse (call 308-645-2267)

      Alliance, Jan. 30: 8:30 a.m., Box Butte County Extension Office (call 308-762-5616)

      Alliance, Jan. 30, 1 p.m., Box Butte County Extension Office (call 308-762-5616)

      Scottsbluff, Jan. 30: 1 p.m., Panhandle Research & Extension (call 308-632-1480)

      Mullen, Feb. 4: 1 p.m.., Hooker County Library (call 308-645-2267)

      Chappell, Feb. 5: 1 p.m., Lion’s Den (call 308-874-2705)

      Chadron, Feb. 6: 1 p.m., Dawes County 4-H Building, Fairgrounds (call 308-432-3373)

      Mirage Flats, 13: 1 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (call 308-327-2312)

      Bridgeport, Feb. 14: 1 p.m., Prairie Winds Community Center (call 308-262-1022)

      Thedford, Feb. 14:: 1 p.m., Thomas County Courthouse (call 308-645-2267)

      Crawford, Feb. 20: 1 p.m., Community Center (call 308-432-3373)

      Rushville, March 6: 1 p.m., American Legion (call 308-327-2312)

      Oshkosh, March 7: 1 p.m., Wesleyan Church (call 308-772-3311)

      Alliance, March 13: 1 p.m., Box Butte County Extension Office (call 308-762-5616)

      Harrison, March 21: 1 p.m., Sioux County Courthouse (call 308-668-2428)

      Valentine, April 3: 10 a.m. CST, Cherry County Courthouse (call 402-336-2760)

      Scottsbluff, April 4: 1 p.m., Panhandle Research & Extension Center (call 308-632-1480)

Commercial, non-commercial applicators

      Commercial applicators are those using restricted-use pesticides, and in some cases general-use pesticides, on a contract or for-hire basis. Noncommercial applicators are those applying these same pesticides to sites owned by an employer or for a governmental agency or political subdivision of the state.

      Commercial/noncommercial pesticide applicators with certifications expiring in April have been sent 2019 Pesticide Safety Education Program Schedule booklets that has certification information and dates. Copies of the schedule booklet are available at local extension office or by phoning UNL’s pesticide education office at 800-627-7216 or 402-472-1632 or online at

https://pested.unl.edu/documents/2019-PSEP-Training-Booklet.pdf

      Advance registration is required for all initial and recertification of commercial/noncommercial applicator training and most other training sessions. An $80 fee applies for each applicator registering, regardless of the number of categories registered for. Required study materials for initial training range from $10 to $30 per manual, depending on category. Registration can be done on-line at https://pested.unl.edu

      UNL conducts the training programs, and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture grants the licenses.  NDA testing is offered at initial training locations. Questions about individual applicator license status should be directed to NDA at 402-471-2351 or 877-800-4080.

      Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program has scheduled training for commercial and non-commercial applicators whose licenses expire this year, or who need to take initial training.

       Recertification in several applicator categories is offered at the following locations and dates. Check with the Pesticide Safety Education Program for details, such as which categories are available at each site. Preregistration is required at pested.unl.edu.

      Commercial and non-commercial license training sessions will be conducted at these dates and locations. Recertification sessions begin at 9 a.m. and initial training sessions at 8:30 a.m.

      Feb. 7, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (recertification)

      Feb. 12, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (initial)

      Feb. 21, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (recertification)

      Feb. 26, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (initial)

      Feb. 28, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (initial)

      March 1, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (initial)

      March 26, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (recertification)

      April 11, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (initial)

Jan
22
Tue
Iowa Pork Congress
Jan 22 – Jan 24 all-day

The 2019 Iowa Pork Congress will be held Jan. 23 and 24 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. This event, organized by the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA), is North America’s largest winter swine trade show and conference. It features seminars, a keynote address each day, training sessions, social events and youth activities. Each day, Iowa Pork Congress opens at 9 a.m., and closes at 5 p.m. on Jan. 23 and at 4 p.m. on Jan. 24.

The trade show includes more than 300 exhibitors. There is also a strong lineup of business seminars. They include one on Iowa regulations by attorney Eldon McAfee; a price and profitability outlook by Dr. Steve Meyer and Joe Kerns; a panel in which producers share their experiences with environmental stewardship practices, another on solving ventilation issues, and a third about on-farm experiences with mycoplasma.

The keynote speaker on Wednesday, Jan. 23, is Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, an Extension Animal Science Specialist at the University of California-Davis. She runs the Animal Genomics and Biotechnology Laboratory there, and will talk about advancements in agriculture and the implications of using biotechnology to feed the world. Additionally, she will do a separate special presentation that day on the film Food Evolution, which explores the controversy surrounding developments in science and food production.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, the keynote speaker is consultant Mark Jewell, who will talk about ways producers can successfully handle uncertainty in both their business and personal lives.

Training sessions during the two-day conference will give pig farmers the opportunity to obtain or renew their PQA Plus® and TQA® certifications. A certification session for confinement site manure applicators is also being offered.

For youth, the annual Youth Swine Judging contest will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. There, registered 4-H and FFA members can learn more about the industry and compete for valuable scholarships.

Other activities and events will be held in association with Pork Congress. The association’s annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, followed by a reception and auction for the IPPA Scholarship Foundation. The Pork Congress Banquet is on Wednesday evening.

Pre-registration to attend Pork Congress is available through Jan. 7, 2019. IPPA members can attend the trade show and conference at no cost by registering by that deadline at www.iowaporkcongress.org, or by calling (800) 372-7675.

Non-IPPA members can save $5 off the normal $10 admission cost by registering by the deadline. Registrations will be accepted after the deadline, including through each day of the show, but the cost will be $10.

ISU Crop Advantage
Jan 22 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Crop Advantage meetings provide a solid foundation of current, research-based crop production information to help producers make informed decisions for the farming operation. The 2019 meetings are an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University.

Extension specialists will travel to 14 Iowa locations from Jan. 3-30, providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues. Meetings offer continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide safety recertification.

Program topics vary by location and are selected for regional concerns and issues. Topics on the agenda this year include: market outlook for 2019 and strategies for dealing with stress, weed management and herbicide resistance, soybean gall midge as a new Iowa pest, nitrogen management in variable environments, and soil pH and liming strategies with low crop prices.

2019 CAS Meeting Dates and Locations include:
Jan. 22 – Le Mars
Jan. 24 – Atlantic
Jan. 30 – Denison
For locations, times and program details visit www.cropadvantage.org.

Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made less than seven days prior to the meeting or on-site is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits. Online registration and additional information is available at www.cropadvantage.org. Contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu, or contact your regional Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist with questions.

NEW Coop Grower Training
Jan 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

NEW Cooperative’s Grower Training will be held on Tuesday Jan 22, noon to 2:30pm at the Blencoe location.  This is your opportunity to dig deeper into your fields using your precision ag maps.  Topics include in-season decisions, 2018 harvest review, and decisions to be made in 2019.  There will be a lunch served, all members of the farm are welcome to attend, and bring your mobile device to use during the training.  Discover how your mobile device can benefit your farm!  get more information and register at newcoop.com under the “Events” tab. 

CFRA Women landowners wksp
Jan 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Women who own or co-own more than 40 acres, may have inherited farmland, or are experiencing transition with farmland they own are invited to a workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Milady Coffeehouse, 105 E. Sixth St. in Fremont.

This “Empowering women through risk management,” workshop is designed for women non-operator landowners, and offers an opportunity for women to learn about areas of the operation that may be at risk, and how to address them.

There is no cost to attend. Interested women are asked to register by Friday, Jan. 18. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions or come to listen.

To register, contact Vicky at vickye@cfra.org or 402.687.2100 ext. 1038. Visit cfra.org/events for more information.

Jan
23
Wed
NE Chemigation Certification
Jan 23 all-day

According to Nebraska law, if you plan to chemigate during 2019 and your chemigation certification has expired as of Dec 31, 2018, you will need to attend a training session and pass a written test to become recertified.  The NDEQ records for chemigation licenses are found at: http://go.unl.edu/ndeqchemigate.

Requirements for initial and recertification are the same with no charge for the training, manuals or certification.  One option for individuals needing Initial or Recertification training is to attend one of the Nebraska Extension meeting’s listed on the back page of this letter and pass a written exam.

Another option for those needing Recertification only is to complete an online training program and pass an online test after making an appointment at an exam testing location. The online course will take more time, but if interested, users can find information at: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.
 
If you plan to become certified, please pre-register at the Nebraska Extension Office whose training session you plan to attend. Phone numbers are listed on the back of this letter for your convenience.  Upon registration you will be asked if you want to receive the training manual and calibration workbook to review prior to the training session. You can also find these materials online at the bottom of this link: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.

On the day of the training session, please bring your Chemigation Training Manual, Calibration Workbook, No. 2 pencil, and calculator (you are NOT allowed to use your cell phone as a calculator) along to use during the training and testing.  Cell phones are turned off during testing.  If you do not pre-register, as a walk-in you can receive a new copy of the training materials the day of the training.  Review of the material prior to the training session will be very helpful when taking the exam.  Training and testing will take approximately 3 hours.

January 23 – 1:00 p.m. CST – ENREC, Ithaca – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
January 29 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Madison Co. Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
February 15 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 20 – 6:00 p.m. CST – Club Room, Ag Park, Columbus – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
February 21 – 10:00 a.m. CST – Hartington City Auditorium – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 26 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 5 – 1:30 p.m. CST – American Legion Hall, Neligh – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 11 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Casey’s Building, Fairgrounds, Albion – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
March 12 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
March 14 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 14 – 9:30 a.m. CST – Bloomfield Community Center – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
April 11 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760

You must attend the entire class and pass the 50 question multiple choice test to be certified.  Upon successful completion of the class, chemigators may renew individual injection site permits administered by the local NRD office before June 1st.  For questions or additional information, don’t hesitate to call the Extension Educator contact listed.

Crop Production Clinic
Jan 23 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Updates on university research on cover crops, cropping systems, crop residue removal, fertility and soil nutrition, irrigation, and pest management are among the topics to be featured at the 2019 Crop Production Clinics. Programs will be held at five sites across the state in January and include pesticide applicator recertification training.

Individual clinics will be customized to address topics specific to that area of the state, allowing growers to get research-based information on the issues they face locally.

Greg Kruger, extension weed science and application technology specialist, will present on dicamba drift and highlight the most current research and recommendations to reduce off-target movement at multiple locations. Other topics will include double-cropping field peas, marketing, farm management, and agribusiness.

Online registration is required for the clinics to provide meals and materials. To view topics and speakers at individual sites and register, go to http://agronomy.unl.edu/cpc. The cost for registration is $80, which includes the 2019 Guide for Weed, Disease and Insect Management in Nebraska, the 2019 crop production clinic proceedings with further information on the topics being discussed, a meal and refreshments.

A maximum of six Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available per day in these areas: crop production (two), nutrient management (one), integrated pest management (six), water management (one) and professional development (two).

Pesticide Applicator Recertification
The clinics will be the first opportunity of the year for commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators to renew their licenses in the following categories: ag plant and demonstration/research. The crop production clinics also will serve as a venue for private pesticide applicators to renew their licenses. Representatives from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will be present to verify attendance.

2019 Schedule
Check-in each day is from 8 to 8:30 a.m., with sessions from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jan. 23, 24 – Norfolk: Lifelong Learning Center, NECC, 601 E. Benjamin Ave.  (Two one-day sessions)
Nebraska Crop Management Conference, Jan. 24 & 25 – Kearney – Pesticide recertification and CCA credits are also available for this event, to be held at the Younes Conference Center, 416 W. Talmadge Road. View the Agenda and Register for NCMCs here…. https://agronomy.unl.edu/NCMC.

2019 Information and Innovation Conf.
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Nutrient Advisors, Summit Ag, and the Agronomic Consulting Group will host the 2i Conference, Information and Innovation on Wed Jan 23rd at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point. The trade show starts at 10am, lunch is from 10:30 to 11:30am. Guest Speakers include Dr. David Kohl, Gary Baise with OFW Law in Washington DC, and Eric Snodgrass, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Tickets are available at 2iconf.com, or call 402-372-2236. Make your reservation by Jan 18th.

Ag Estate Planning Wksp
Jan 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nebraska Extension is hosting two Estate Planning Workshops this January for landowners, ranchers, and farmers. The first will be Wednesday, January 16 at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point from 2 to 5 p.m. The second will be Wednesday, January 23 at the Public Library in Blair from 2 to 5 p.m.

Registration is requested to ensure proper handouts for participants. To register for the West Point meeting call the Nebraska Extension office in Cuming County at 402-372-6006 or stop by the office. To register for the Blair meeting call Nebraska Extension in Washington County at 402-426-9455 or stop by the office.

The event is free and designed to help anyone thinking about how they should proceed with plans to retire, exit, or transfer the farm or ranch business.

Presentations will be made by Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator working in farm succession/transfer, and Brandon Dirkschneider, certified financial planner and certified farm/ranch transition coordinator.

Workshop topics will include the importance of having a plan, proper family communications, proper family negotiations, needed end of life documentation, estate planning options using wills, trusts, and/or other business entities. A feature of this program will be to provide information about how insurance products can be used with estate planning.

Reactions from past participants can be summarized into one comment: Most participants wished that they had attended this workshop years earlier. Retiring or passing the farm to the next generation is difficult to think about and is an admission of your own impending demise; however, it is a necessary step and with good planning can be made as painless as possible.

For more information about the program, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, at 402-472-1771 or e-mail avyhnalek2@unl.edu. For registration questions contact the host office.

CattleFax Trends+ webinar
Jan 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Due to the magnitude of the rallies and breaks in the cattle business, there has never been a more critical time for market participants to be fully engaged in market and industry information. An upcoming free CattleFax webinar is an opportunity to become more informed, as the webinar will provide an outlook for the cow-calf and entire beef industry for 2019.

The CattleFax Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar, which is free to attendees thanks to sponsor Elanco Animal Health, will be held Jan. 23, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. MT. To participate in the webinar and access program details, producers and industry leaders simply need to register online at https://www.cattlefax.com/#!/about.

Even though one of the most aggressive U.S. beef cowherd expansions in the last four decades has recently slowed its pace, the rapid expansion has increased beef supplies and caused cow-calf profitability to be reduced back toward long-term levels. As profits have narrowed, well-informed producers can maintain healthy margins by adjusting production, marketing and risk management plans with increasing supplies in mind.

CattleFax analysts will discuss a variety of topics in the one-hour session, including:
    Cattle and feedstuff market projections for the next 12 to 18 months
    Supply expectations for the cattle and beef industry as well as competing meats
    Margin expectations for cow-calf producers
    Profitability and risk management strategies for cattle producers

The Trends+ webinar series updates cattle producers about current market conditions and provides decision-friendly advice regarding management decisions. To date the analysis and strategies shared through the webinar series has reached more than 6,000 producers.

Jan
24
Thu
Crop Production Clinic
Jan 24 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Updates on university research on cover crops, cropping systems, crop residue removal, fertility and soil nutrition, irrigation, and pest management are among the topics to be featured at the 2019 Crop Production Clinics. Programs will be held at five sites across the state in January and include pesticide applicator recertification training.

Individual clinics will be customized to address topics specific to that area of the state, allowing growers to get research-based information on the issues they face locally.

Greg Kruger, extension weed science and application technology specialist, will present on dicamba drift and highlight the most current research and recommendations to reduce off-target movement at multiple locations. Other topics will include double-cropping field peas, marketing, farm management, and agribusiness.

Online registration is required for the clinics to provide meals and materials. To view topics and speakers at individual sites and register, go to http://agronomy.unl.edu/cpc. The cost for registration is $80, which includes the 2019 Guide for Weed, Disease and Insect Management in Nebraska, the 2019 crop production clinic proceedings with further information on the topics being discussed, a meal and refreshments.

A maximum of six Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available per day in these areas: crop production (two), nutrient management (one), integrated pest management (six), water management (one) and professional development (two).

Pesticide Applicator Recertification
The clinics will be the first opportunity of the year for commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators to renew their licenses in the following categories: ag plant and demonstration/research. The crop production clinics also will serve as a venue for private pesticide applicators to renew their licenses. Representatives from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will be present to verify attendance.

2019 Schedule
Check-in each day is from 8 to 8:30 a.m., with sessions from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jan. 23, 24 – Norfolk: Lifelong Learning Center, NECC, 601 E. Benjamin Ave.  (Two one-day sessions)
Nebraska Crop Management Conference, Jan. 24 & 25 – Kearney – Pesticide recertification and CCA credits are also available for this event, to be held at the Younes Conference Center, 416 W. Talmadge Road. View the Agenda and Register for NCMCs here…. https://agronomy.unl.edu/NCMC.

ISU Crop Advantage
Jan 24 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Crop Advantage meetings provide a solid foundation of current, research-based crop production information to help producers make informed decisions for the farming operation. The 2019 meetings are an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University.

Extension specialists will travel to 14 Iowa locations from Jan. 3-30, providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues. Meetings offer continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide safety recertification.

Program topics vary by location and are selected for regional concerns and issues. Topics on the agenda this year include: market outlook for 2019 and strategies for dealing with stress, weed management and herbicide resistance, soybean gall midge as a new Iowa pest, nitrogen management in variable environments, and soil pH and liming strategies with low crop prices.

2019 CAS Meeting Dates and Locations include:
Jan. 24 – Atlantic
Jan. 30 – Denison
For locations, times and program details visit www.cropadvantage.org.

Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made less than seven days prior to the meeting or on-site is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits. Online registration and additional information is available at www.cropadvantage.org. Contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu, or contact your regional Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist with questions.

Prescribed Burn wksp
Jan 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host prescribed burn training workshops across the state early in 2019.

These workshops will provide guidance and instruction for completing safe and effective prescribed fires. Landowners, resource professionals, volunteer fire departments and other interested persons are invited to attend. No prior burn experience is required. Most workshops are scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Basic workshops will be held
Jan. 17 in Grand Island and Wayne,
Jan. 23 in Alma,
Jan. 24 in Lincoln,
Jan. 28 in Rushville,
Jan. 29 in Scottsbluff, and
Feb. 28 in Sumner.

Advanced topics will be covered at workshops that will be held
Jan. 9 in Broken Bow,
Jan. 10 in Curtis,
Jan. 16 in Stockville,
Jan. 23 in Niobrara,
Jan. 30 in Imperial, and in
March or April in Wahoo.

The $10 workshop fee includes a meal and training materials. To register, visit NebraskaPF.com and then click on Events, or call 308-850-8395.

Beef Profit Tips wksp
Jan 24 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

During the winter of 2019 Nebraska Extension will host 17 beef profitability workshops in Nebraska to help Beef Producers evaluate their operations to make them more profitable through the latest research information. Topics will vary depending on presenter and specific location. These workshops have been held across Nebraska for the past fifteen years. The cost is $15.00 but may vary from location depending on local sponsorship.

2019 Locations include:
January 24- Hartington- Cedar Co Extension office – 1:30 p.m. Contact Ben Beckman at 402-254-6821
January 30- Fullerton- Nance Co Ext. Office- 3:30p.m. Contact Mariah Woolsoncroft 308-536-2691
February 5- Mead- ENREC at 1:00 p.m. contact Kristen Ulmer at 402-624-8030
February 7- Neligh- Antelope Co Extension Office – 1:30 p.m. Contact Ben Beckman at 402-254-6821
March 12- Dakota City- Dakota County Extension office- 1:00 p.m. contact Larry Howard 402-372-6006
March 13- West Point- Cuming County Extension Office – 1:00 p.m. Contact Larry Howard 402-372-6006
March 14- Fremont- Dodge Co. Extension office 1:00 p.m. contact Larry Howard 402-372-6006

For more information contact Steve Niemeyer, NE Extension Beef Educator, at 308-346-4200 at the NE Extension in GLW Office, Burwell, NE. Or contact your local Nebraska Extension office.

Northeast Precision Ag session
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Several precision agriculture training sessions will be offered in the coming weeks at four northeast and north central Nebraska locations by the Center for Enterprise at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. The instructor will be Lonny Mitchell, precision agriculture trainer at Northeast. The sessions are targeted to those employed or involved in agricultural-based businesses and industries.

The first training course, titled “Decisions Driven by Data: Utilize the Power of Your Data to Make Informed Decisions,” will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. The class will be conducted in room 132 of the Maclay building on Northeast’s Norfolk campus and broadcast to three sites: ESU 17 in Ainsworth and Northeast’s campuses in O’Neill and West Point. The training will help attendees better understand how to utilize large volumes of data, collected over multiple years, to make objective decisions in their crop and livestock operations. Topics will include: How to spread the cost of data over multiple years; utilizing data to make objective decisions; sources of data that make a sizable impact on the bottom line; organizing data to be more easily used in the decision-making process; tools available to analyze operational data and assist in decision making; services available to help with data-driven decision making and incorporating multi-year data into the decision process.

For more details on the precision agriculture training courses or to register, call the Northeast Campus in Norfolk at 402-844-7000.

Jan
25
Fri
NePPA Pork Leadership Program
Jan 25 all-day

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association believes in, and is committed to helping develop agricultural leaders. The Pork Leadership Program serves as a resource for talented people who want to contribute to the future of Nebraska’s pork industry. The Pork Leadership Program will build awareness, interest, and involvement in the pork industry at the state level. Participants of the program will develop their skills as leaders and will naturally emerge as the next wave of active and engaged members of committees and board of directors.

Participants in the Nebraska Pork Leadership Program will learn about different facets of the pork industry, as well as a variety of issues related to agriculture production in another part of the country. Additionally, participants in the Pork Leadership Program will define their personal leadership style and learn how to work with different leadership styles in a group. Participants will emerge as advocates for the pork industry who will work to broaden perspectives and build coalitions. The Pork Leadership Program helps prepare the next generation of industry leaders for service on committees, boards, and other leadership positions.

Men and women who have an interest in agriculture and the pork industry should apply. Participation in the Pork Leadership Program has no specific age limits.

The year-long program runs from February to February. Participants in the Pork Leadership Program will attend six seminars and activities where they will learn about various aspects of the pork and agriculture industries, while improving leadership, team building, and communications skills. Participants in the Pork Leadership Program will not be responsible for any expenses to participate in the program.

Applications for the Pork Leadership Program are being accepted until January 25th. Applications will be reviewed and selections will be made.  Details and the application are at www.nepork.org.

Successful Farmer Series
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County is hosting a Successful Farmer Program Series on Fridays from January 4 to February 8, featuring timely topics for today’s farmers. Multiple sessions and topics allow ag producers to pick the topics most relevant to them and their operation. All sessions will be 9-11:30 a.m. in Lincoln at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road. Sessions also will be livestreamed. To watch, register online at https://lancaster.unl.edu/ag.

Attendees at last year’s series estimated a $16 per acre value gained by participating.

Scheduled topics are:
    Friday, Jan. 4 – Cover Cropping 2.0 with Justin McMechan, Extension Cropping Systems Specialist and Paul Jasa, Extension Engineer
    Friday, Jan. 11 – Alternative Crops with Nathan Mueller, Extension Educator and Stephen Baenziger, Professor of Agronomy
    Friday, Jan. 18 – Spray Drift Management (featuring a mobile lab) with Greg Kreuger, Associate Professor
    Friday, Jan. 25 – Changes in Ag with Tyler Williams, Extension Educator and Hilary Maricle, Commonground Nebraska and an Ag Tech Panel with Joe Luck, Associate Professor, Kelly Maaske, Midwest Farmers Cooperative, and a local ag producer
    Friday, Feb. 1 – Diseases and Nutrient Deficiency ID with Kyle Broderick, Coordinator, UNL Plant & Pest Lab and Ellen Paparozzi, Professor of Agronomy
    Friday, Feb. 8 – Ag Marketing (All attendees will be given access to a computer to follow along.) with Austin Duerfeldt, Extension Educator & Cory Walters, Associate Professor

Presenters are experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Other experts will be available to address more specific questions or interact with attendees during the breaks.

Registrations are not required, but are appreciated two days prior to the session(s) you want to attend. Register by contacting Karen Wedding at kwedding2@unl.edu or 402-441-7180, or going to https://lancaster.unl.edu/ag. The cost is $5 per session or $15 for all six sessions. Pay at the door with cash or check. Debit/credit card payment available for an additional fee. Refreshments will be provided.

UNL Agronomy & Horticulture seminars
Jan 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

UNL Agronomy and Horticulture seminars

Jan. 25 — Nevin Lawrence, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, integrated weed management specialist, “Integrated Weed Management in the Panhandle of Nebraska.”

Feb. 1 — Sabrina Ruis, postdoctoral research associate in agronomy and horticulture, “Cover Crops and Soil Ecosystem Services in the Great Plains.”

Feb. 8 — Justin McMechan, assistant professor, crop protection and cropping systems specialist, Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, “Cover Crop Management and Insect Interactions.”

Feb. 22 — Leah Sandall, distance education coordinator in agronomy and horticulture; McKinzie Sutter, distance education specialist in agronomy and horticulture; Grace Troupe, online instructor in agronomy and horticulture, “Online Teaching: You Can Do It Too!”

March 1 — Sally Clayshulte, Bayer Crop Science, adjunct associate professor of agronomy and horticulture.

March 8 — Marilyne Stains, associate professor of chemistry, “How is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics taught in North American Universities?”

March 15 — Marty Williams, ecologist in the USDA-ARS, adjunct professor, University of Illinois, “From Transcripts to the Tri-State: Exploiting Plant Density Tolerance to Improve an American Delicacy.”

March 29 — Daran Rudnick, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, irrigation management specialist, West Central Research and Extension Center, “Input Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability as Influenced by Management Practices.”

April 5 — Michael Grusak, center director of the USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, “Impacting People’s Lives — Strategies to Provide Nutrient-Enriched Staple Food Crops.”

April 12 — Michelle Graham, research geneticist in the USDA-ARS, Iowa State University.

April 19 — Tonya Haigh, project manager rural sociologist of natural resources, National Drought Mitigation Center, “Decision-Making during Drought: What Spurs a Range Manager to Take Action?”

Each talk is in Keim Hall, Room 150, UNL East Campus in Lincoln, and can also be watched online. All seminars are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

Jan
28
Mon
Nebraska Crop Management Conference
Jan 28 – Jan 29 all-day

The Nebraska Crop Management Conference offers 27 unique sessions over two days with up-to-date information for successful cropping system management. Experts from Nebraska and surrounding states will provide research-based information in crop production, soil and water management, pest management, agricultural economics, and climate analysis. The conference provides opportunity to interact with farmers and ag professionals from across Nebraska. As well as commercial and private pesticide license recertification, CCA credits, and chemigation training.

The Full Conference option includes all educational sessions and social events, lunches, and recertification (if needed) Monday and Tuesday. The One Day option includes all educational sessions, lunch and recertification (if needed) Monday OR Tuesday. Early conference rates are valid through January 20.

Commercial and private pesticide license recertification is available on both days of the conference by attending the recertification sessions. This provides flexibility to attend only a single day or to stay for both days.

Up to 7 CCA credits are available for one day or 14 credits for both days the conference. The following CCA categories will be offered:
–    Soil and Water Management
–    Nutrient Management
–    Crop Management
–    Pest Management
–    Professional Development

Conference website is: https://agronomy.unl.edu/NCMC.  For more information about the conference contact: Chris Proctor at caproctor@unl.edu or 402-472-5411.

NE Ext. Resistance Mgt Seminars
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Managing resistant pests is an increasing issue throughout crop production in Nebraska and the entire U.S. Staying updated on current strategies to manage resistant pests is critical. A new Nebraska Extension resource, the “Resistance Management Webinar Series,” will provide the most current research about resistant pests and management strategies.

Live presentations will be offered on three Mondays in January and February from 7 to 8 p.m. CST. Recordings will be available for up to seven days after the live presentation.

A total of three continuing education hours in integrated pest management will be available for certified crop advisors.

Schedule
January 14 – “Strategies for Managing Palmer Amaranth with Multiple Resistance: The Most Troublesome Weed in U.S. Agriculture” presented by Professor Jason Norsworthy of the University of Arkansas

January 28 – “Principles of Fungicide Resistance: Frogeye Leaf Spot of Soybean” presented by Professor Carl Bradley of the University of Kentucky

February 11 – “Moving Forward with Bt Resistance by Looking at the History of Western Corn Rootworm” presented by Dalton Ludwick, a post-doctoral associate at USDA-ARS at Virgina Tech University

To register to participate in one or all three presentations please go to https://go.unl.edu/2019_rmws. Webinar recordings will be available up to seven days afterward to allow flexibility in scheduling.

Questions regarding the webinar series can be directed to Amy Timmerman (atimmerman2@unl.edu) at the Holt County Extension Office 402-336-2760.

Jan
29
Tue
CVA Winter Grain meetings
Jan 29 – Jan 30 all-day

Central Valley Ag brings together professionals from across the ag industry to discuss big picture items around grain marketing, trade, ag policy, banking and finance. The keynote speaker will be Edward Usset, Grain Marketing Economist for the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota. An ag panel will follow, giving producers the opportunity to ask questions from some of agriculture’s brightest minds. Eddie Connor with RJ O’Brien will emcee the event & will be joined by panel participants from Farm Credit Services, the National Grain and Feed Association, CVA & more!

Tuesday January 29th
    10:00 AM Marina Inn, South Sioux City, NE
    4:00 PM Divots, Norfolk, NE

Wednesday January 30th
    10:00 AM Ramada Inn, Columbus, NE
    3:00 PM York Country Club, York, NE

Get more information and preregister at https://www.cvacoop.com/winter-grain-meetings

Iowa Power Farming Show
Jan 29 – Jan 31 all-day

The Iowa Power Farming Show, presented by Farm Credit Services of America and AgDirect, features the broadest mix of ag-related products and services found in the Midwest. Spread across nearly 8 acres, the third largest indoor U.S. farm show will be held January 29-31 in Des Moines, Iowa.

There will be 740 companies on hand representing 58 product and service categories, farmers and ranchers will find everything they need to increase profits, lower input costs and improve productivity.

More than half of the Iowa Power Farming Show exhibitors don’t participate in the nearest bi-annual outdoor show. This may be your only chance to see them in Iowa. Nearly 75 companies are also NEW to the Iowa Power Farming Show.

Show highlights include:
— BACK this year – see an Ag Innovation Pitch Competition on Wednesday at 2:30 pm in Hy-Vee Hall inside the east entrance doors. Watch six ag tech start-ups pitch their latest ideas to help producers manage their operations more effectively. A $20,000 Grand Prize and $5,000 People’s Choice will be awarded!
— NEW to the Midwest – Be one of the first to see Yamaha’s RMAX – an unmanned copter sprayer – in the lower level of Hy-Vee Hall.
— FarmHer is at the show! Filming its third season on RFD-TV, FarmHer has become the second-highest rated RFD-TV rural lifestyle show and earned a 2017 Cynopsis Award for best family-focused reality series. Find her on the lower level of Hy-Vee Hall, Booth #6200.

— 78 NEW exhibitors, including 40 on the lower level of Hy-Vee Hall!

Show hours are 9 am to 4 pm Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 am to 3 pm Thursday. Parking and shuttle are FREE at Iowa Cubs-Principal Park. Farmers may register online at iowapowershow.com to save $5 off the $8 admission.

The Iowa Power Farming Show is produced by the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association in conjunction with local Iowa and Nebraska farm equipment dealerships. The show is sponsored by: Diamond Sponsor – Farm Credit Services of America and AgDirect; Gold Sponsors – Mitas, Stine Seed Company and Sukup Manufacturing; Silver Sponsor – Stewart-Peterson. 

NE Chemigation Certification
Jan 29 all-day

According to Nebraska law, if you plan to chemigate during 2019 and your chemigation certification has expired as of Dec 31, 2018, you will need to attend a training session and pass a written test to become recertified.  The NDEQ records for chemigation licenses are found at: http://go.unl.edu/ndeqchemigate.

Requirements for initial and recertification are the same with no charge for the training, manuals or certification.  One option for individuals needing Initial or Recertification training is to attend one of the Nebraska Extension meeting’s listed on the back page of this letter and pass a written exam.

Another option for those needing Recertification only is to complete an online training program and pass an online test after making an appointment at an exam testing location. The online course will take more time, but if interested, users can find information at: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.
 
If you plan to become certified, please pre-register at the Nebraska Extension Office whose training session you plan to attend. Phone numbers are listed on the back of this letter for your convenience.  Upon registration you will be asked if you want to receive the training manual and calibration workbook to review prior to the training session. You can also find these materials online at the bottom of this link: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.

On the day of the training session, please bring your Chemigation Training Manual, Calibration Workbook, No. 2 pencil, and calculator (you are NOT allowed to use your cell phone as a calculator) along to use during the training and testing.  Cell phones are turned off during testing.  If you do not pre-register, as a walk-in you can receive a new copy of the training materials the day of the training.  Review of the material prior to the training session will be very helpful when taking the exam.  Training and testing will take approximately 3 hours.

January 23 – 1:00 p.m. CST – ENREC, Ithaca – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
January 29 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Madison Co. Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
February 15 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 20 – 6:00 p.m. CST – Club Room, Ag Park, Columbus – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
February 21 – 10:00 a.m. CST – Hartington City Auditorium – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 26 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 5 – 1:30 p.m. CST – American Legion Hall, Neligh – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 11 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Casey’s Building, Fairgrounds, Albion – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
March 12 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
March 14 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 14 – 9:30 a.m. CST – Bloomfield Community Center – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
April 11 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760

You must attend the entire class and pass the 50 question multiple choice test to be certified.  Upon successful completion of the class, chemigators may renew individual injection site permits administered by the local NRD office before June 1st.  For questions or additional information, don’t hesitate to call the Extension Educator contact listed.

Jan
30
Wed
Grain Marketing: Dollars & Cents @ ENREC
Jan 30 – Jan 31 all-day

Grain Marketing: Dollars & Cents – A Grain Marketing Workshop

Dates: Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, 2019
Location: University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center
Time: 9:30am to 4:00pm
Cost: $100 per person

This two-day, in-depth, hands-on workshop will help row-crop farmers create effective grain marketing plans specific to their operation and financial condition. Grain Marketing: Dollars
and Cents is designed to strengthen participants’ ability to understand financial benchmarking, improve their basic marketing knowledge, develop accurate production costs estimates and write a grain marketing plan.

Grain Marketing: Dollars and Cents will take participants through a case-study farm, making them evaluate different financial situations: one with a strong financial standing and cash on hand, the other a tighter scenario where they would need to rely on grain sales to make payments on operating loans.

Register by calling Nebraska Extension, 402-624-8030.

Soils School NA-BA
Jan 30 – Jan 31 all-day

Soils School 2019: An Advanced Topics Shortcourse, co-sponsored by the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Agri-Business Association will be on January 30-31st, 2019 at the Quality Inn & Conference Center in Grand Island, NE.

Soils School 2019 has been specifically designed for employees to go into depth about the topics of soil. Leading experts from the University of Nebraska will be presenting the latest up-to-date information. Soils School 2019 will provide 16 hours of CEU’s to CCA’s.

The price for registration is $290.00 per person for NeABA Members and $390.00 per person for Non-Members. The registration fee includes lunch for both days, breaks, and handouts. Please contact Sarah Skirry at the Association Office with any questions at (402) 476-1528 or at sskirry@na-ba.com. You can register online through this link: http://bit.ly/agronomy2019  We look forward to seeing you at Soils School 2019: An Advanced Topics Shortcourse in Grand Island, NE!

ISU Crop Advantage
Jan 30 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Crop Advantage meetings provide a solid foundation of current, research-based crop production information to help producers make informed decisions for the farming operation. The 2019 meetings are an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University.

Extension specialists will travel to 14 Iowa locations from Jan. 3-30, providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues. Meetings offer continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide safety recertification.

Program topics vary by location and are selected for regional concerns and issues. Topics on the agenda this year include: market outlook for 2019 and strategies for dealing with stress, weed management and herbicide resistance, soybean gall midge as a new Iowa pest, nitrogen management in variable environments, and soil pH and liming strategies with low crop prices.

2019 CAS Meeting Dates and Locations include:
Jan. 30 – Denison
For locations, times and program details visit www.cropadvantage.org.

Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made less than seven days prior to the meeting or on-site is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits. Online registration and additional information is available at www.cropadvantage.org. Contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu, or contact your regional Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist with questions.

Beef Profit Tips wksp
Jan 30 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

During the winter of 2019 Nebraska Extension will host 17 beef profitability workshops in Nebraska to help Beef Producers evaluate their operations to make them more profitable through the latest research information. Topics will vary depending on presenter and specific location. These workshops have been held across Nebraska for the past fifteen years. The cost is $15.00 but may vary from location depending on local sponsorship.

2019 Locations include:
January 30- Fullerton- Nance Co Ext. Office- 3:30p.m. Contact Mariah Woolsoncroft 308-536-2691
February 5- Mead- ENREC at 1:00 p.m. contact Kristen Ulmer at 402-624-8030
February 7- Neligh- Antelope Co Extension Office – 1:30 p.m. Contact Ben Beckman at 402-254-6821
March 12- Dakota City- Dakota County Extension office- 1:00 p.m. contact Larry Howard 402-372-6006
March 13- West Point- Cuming County Extension Office – 1:00 p.m. Contact Larry Howard 402-372-6006
March 14- Fremont- Dodge Co. Extension office 1:00 p.m. contact Larry Howard 402-372-6006

For more information contact Steve Niemeyer, NE Extension Beef Educator, at 308-346-4200 at the NE Extension in GLW Office, Burwell, NE. Or contact your local Nebraska Extension office.

Saunders Co Lvst mtg
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Saunders County Livestock Association will meet on Wednesday January 30th at the Frontier Coop Ag Building in North Bend. Social is a 6pm, with the meal to follow, and a speaker from Central Plains Milling in Howells.

Jan
31
Thu
NE Ag Tech Assoc. Conf.
Jan 31 all-day

The 2019 Nebraska Ag Technology Association Conference is on Thursday January 31st at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Kearney.  A full day of breakout sessions will cover precision economics, nutrient and water management, and data collection and precision equipment.  There’s also a trade show!  Guest speakers include Kevin Kephart from Indigo Ag on “Changing Ag Through Plant Microbiomes and Crop Segregation”, and Jim Smith with Blueprint Nebraska.  Find all the details and register at www.neata.org

N.E. NE Corn Growers Annual Mtg
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You’re invited to the Northeast NE Corn Growers Association 2019 annual meeting on Thursday January 31st at the Beaumont Event Center & Concert Hall (2611 N. Hwy 15) in Wayne. Social is at 6pm, the meal at 7pm, followed by the featured speakers John Hansen and Mike Lucas with an update on Property Tax Reform and Education. Nebraska Corn Growers will also provide an update. Also, find out the winners of the 2018 test plot and who won the $500 gift card! Members, friends, and neighbors welcome! To RSVP, call Mitch at 402-380-4931 or Taylor at 712-203-1922.