Calendar

Sep
20
Thu
Farm Finance Clinics – Lexington, Grand Island & North Platte
Sep 20 all-day

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

Clinic Sites and Dates
Grand Island — Thursday, September 6th

North Platte — Thursday, September 13th
Lexington — Thursday, September 20th

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

ISU Ag Law Seminars
Sep 20 – Sep 21 all-day

Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation will host its annual September seminars, “Keeping Up with Change,” Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20-21 at Quality Inn & Suites in Ames, Iowa. The two-day program is available onsite or online.  Early registration discounts are available through Friday, Sept. 7 and registration will continue up to the day of the seminar; walk-ins are welcome onsite.

Agricultural Law Seminar
The Agricultural Law Seminar, co-sponsored with Iowa Farm Bureau and the Agricultural Law Section of the Iowa Bar Association, will be featured the first day of the series. This session will cover topics such as new water quality legislation, an update on ag nuisance law, avoiding farm probate problems, Iowa’s new health plan options, a current look at checkoff programs, farm bill update, building conservation provisions into lease agreements, Iowa’s new partition law, a review of agricultural law cases and statutes from the past year, and an ethics session geared for the rural attorney.

Featured speakers on Sept. 20 include Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; Jim Nervig, Eldon McAfee and Julia Vyskocil from Brick Gentry PC; Pat Dillon from Dillon Law PC; Steve Kammeyer from Farm Bureau Financial Services; Harrison Pittman from the National Agricultural Law Center; Jonathan Coppess from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois; Ed Cox from Orsborn, Milani, Mitchell and Goedken; Wendong Zhang from the Department of Economics at Iowa State University; Jennie Zwagerman from the Drake University Law School; and Kristine Tidgren from CALT.

Farm Tax Workshop
Day two of the seminar series is CALT’s Farm Tax Workshop, covering key changes made by tax reform, including the 199A deduction, business entity issues, the sale of business property and form 4797, depreciation, hedging and speculation, involuntary conversions, energy easement payments, 199A and agricultural cooperatives, farm loss deductions, and ethics for the tax professional.

Featured speakers on Sept. 21 include Kurt Konek of Tarbell & Company PLC, Guido VanderHoeven from Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University Extension, and Kristy Maitre and Kristine Tidgren from the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation. The text for this workshop is the 2018 “Agricultural Tax Issues” workbook published by the Land Grant University Tax Education Foundation.

Registration is open
Participants can attend the Agricultural Law Seminar, the Farm Tax Workshop, or both programs. Registration for the seminar series is available at http://bit.ly/2018septemberseminars. Continuing education credit for this seminar is available for attorneys, certified public accountants, enrolled agents, public accountants, tax practitioners, annual filing season program practitioners, and insurance and real estate professionals. September seminar materials will also be made available for purchase if attendance is not possible.

UAS & Digital Ag wksps
Sep 20 – Sep 21 all-day

Students, academics, industry professionals and anyone interested in digital agriculture are encouraged to attend a workshop on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on Sept. 20 and a digital agriculture all hands meeting on Sept. 21.

With growing volumes of data across the agricultural industry, the potential is vast for improved understanding of plant and animal food systems and their potential impact on the economy, environment and society. Several ongoing projects among biologists, engineers, computer scientists and allies encompass UAS systems, plant sciences and the future of education in how data is used.

The one-day UAS workshop will focus on the use of UAS systems and basic data acquisition and processing. This event will be held at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead.

The digital agriculture all hands meeting will focus on the methodologies and technologies that enable digital agriculture, the associated data challenges, and the resulting insights into complex agricultural and agroecological systems. The meeting will be held in the Great Plains Room of the Nebraska East Union on East Campus of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

The costs to attend the events vary by participant. Limited travel awards are available for faculty and students presenting posters at the meeting. Space is limited. To register, visit https://bigdata.unl.edu/midwest-big-data-hub-digital-ag-all-hands-meeting.

The events are being organized by the Midwest Big Data Hub Digital Agriculture Community, which is a growing network devoted to building partnerships and resources that will address emerging issues in precision agriculture, ecosystem management and services, biosciences, socio-economic impacts and data-related issues in the agricultural ecosystem. The Hub was established by the National Science Foundation in 2015.

Both events are hosted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Additional organizers include Iowa State University, Kansas State University, PepsiCo, PrecisionHawk, the University of Arkansas, University of North Dakota and the United States Department of Agriculture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct
1
Mon
NAP deadline
Oct 1 all-day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct
6
Sat
BQA Transportation certification
Oct 6 all-day

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct
9
Tue
Dairy Revenue Protection
Oct 9 all-day

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

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

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

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

Oct
10
Wed
BQA certification
Oct 10 all-day

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct
12
Fri
Syngenta GMO lawsuit deadline
Oct 12 all-day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov
15
Thu
NAP Deadline
Nov 15 all-day

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

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

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

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

Nov
26
Mon
IA Forage & Grasslands Conf.
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

 For the first time since 2014, the annual conference of the Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council will be held in Des Moines during November. The 2018 Iowa Forage and Grasslands Conference is set for Nov. 26-27 at the Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn. While plans are still being finalized, two featured speakers are sure to draw attention of IFGC members and others interested in forage, grazing and grasslands topics.

Jim Gerrish, renowned grazing consultant from American Grazinglands Services, and Byron Shelton, senior program director of the Savory Institute, are scheduled to speak during the Nov. 26 evening session and again in in-depth sessions on Nov. 27.

New this year, the event will begin with a bus tour of cover crop grazing farms in central Iowa. This tour is sponsored by the Fall Grazing Cover Crops project funded by the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Award Number 2015-49200-24226, and the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University. Following the tour, a producer panel will discuss cover crops, along with the presentations by Gerrish and Shelton.

The Tuesday agenda will include more in-depth sessions by Gerrish and Shelton as well as breakout sessions on grazing, wildlife and conservation and other production topics. Additional conference and registration information will be available soon on both the IFGC website http://iowaforage.org/ and the IBC website http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/.

For more details, contact either IFGC President Patrick Wall at patwall@iastate.edu or by phone at 515-450-7665, or IFGC annual meeting chairman Jeff Matthias at Jeff.Matthias@ia.usda.gov or phone at 515-323-2257. Wall is an extension beef specialist with IBC and ISU Extension and Outreach.

Dec
2
Sun
NE Farm Bureau Annual Convention
Dec 2 – Dec 4 all-day

www.nefb.org.

Dec
4
Tue
NE Cattlemen Convention
Dec 4 – Dec 7 all-day

Cattlemen’s College, trade show, breakout sessions, committee meetings, policy development, election of leadership. Details at www.nebraskacattlemen.org.

Nebraska Power Farming Show
Dec 4 – Dec 6 all-day

at the Lancaster Event Center on the east edge of Lincoln, NE.

Dec
6
Thu
NE Farmers Union state convention
Dec 6 – Dec 8 all-day

Policy day is Dec 6 – Convention is Dec 7-8.

Dec
12
Wed
Farmer2Farmer IV Conference
Dec 12 – Dec 14 all-day

While best known for serving as Captain during what has been called the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Captain “Sully” Sullenberger has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety for his entire adult life.

A former Captain in the U.S. Air Force, fighter pilot, and commercial aviator with over 20,000 flight hours, Captain Sullenberger became internationally renowned on January 15, 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River. The Airbus A320’s two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike. Sullenberger and his crew received international acclaim for their actions that day, including the passage of a Congressional resolution recognizing their bravery. Sullenberger was ranked second in TIME’s “Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons of 2009” and was awarded the French Legion of Honour.

About Farmer2Farmer IV:
We created Farmer2Farmer to bring the FBN network power to life.  It’s an event unlike any other, where you have a place to change the status quo, share straight talk with each other and create the future of farming you want.  Farmer2Farmer welcomes thousands of premier farming operations of all types from across the U.S. and Canada.  Farmer2Farmer IV is set for December 12-14, 2018 in Omaha.  Click here for more information the conference…. www.farmer2farmer.ag

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8
Tue
NE Agri-business Association annual convention
Jan 8 – Jan 9 all-day

www.na-ba.com

Feb
8
Fri
NE Farm Bureau YF&R Convention
Feb 8 – Feb 9 all-day

www.nefb.org