Calendar

Nov
11
Sun
National Ag Bankers Conf.
Nov 11 – Nov 14 all-day

Land O’Lakes President and CEO, Beth Ford, is among the headline speakers who will address the nation’s largest gathering of ag lenders at the American Bankers Association National Agricultural Bankers Conference Nov. 11-14 in Omaha, Neb. This year’s event, hosted at the CHI Health Center Omaha, will cover the most pressing issues in agricultural lending today including U.S. trade policy, commodity prices and the way technology is changing ag finance.

The four-day conference will feature more than 35 sessions on other topics including:
–    Commodity outlooks. The latest updates from the experts on beef, dairy, grains, livestock/pork and—new this year—a super session on permanent plantings, rice and cotton.
–    Succession planning on the farm. This session will help lenders understand the key role they can play in helping businesses and families address succession planning.
–    Regulatory view of ag banking. The OCC and FDIC will share their views on the impact of new regulatory changes on ag and rural lending.
–    How technology is changing ag and ag finance. More than one session will cover the future of ag banking and how bankers can harness the latest financial technologies.

For additional schedule information or to register for the conference, call 1-800-BANKERS or visit https://www.aba.com/Training/Conferences/Pages/AGR.aspx.

Nov
12
Mon
NE Grazing Lands Coalition & NE Extension 2018 Traveling Road Show
Nov 12 – Nov 15 all-day

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition (NGLC) –Nebraska Extension joint Traveling Road Show appearing at eight locations across Nebraska. This year’s speaker is Dr. Jason Rowntree, associate professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University. Jason is the faculty coordinator for Lake City and UPREC AgBioResearch and Extension Centers which is also the first academic farm to become an accredited hub for Holistic Management working with the Savory Institute. He has obtained more than $2 million in funding to study how grazing livestock can improve land and mitigate climate change by capturing carbon and providing other ecosystem services.

Presentation topics will include:
· Changes from a conventional cow-calf research facility to a lower input grazing and grass finishing operation
· Impacts of grazing management on the land
· Impact of grass finishing strategies on cattle, forage and carcass performance
· Changes in industry attitudes towards beef grass finishing
· Future considerations and direction of grazing management and the market place

Monday, November 12, 2018
– 10 AM – 2 PM (Central time) Lifelong Learning Center, NE Community College, Norfolk, NE Contact Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension in Cedar County 402-254-6821
– 5 PM – 9 PM (Central time) Loup County Ag Society Community Center, Taylor, NE Contact Steve Niemeyer, Nebraska Extension in GLW Counties 308-346-4200

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
– 10 AM – 2 PM (Central time) Cherry County 4-H Building, Valentine, NE Contact Jace Stott, Nebraska Extension in BKR and Cherry Counties 402-387-2213
– 5 PM – 9 PM (Mountain time) Chadron State College, Student Center, Chadron, NE Contact Jack Arterburn, Nebraska Extension in Sioux, Box Butte, Dawes and Sheridan Counties 308-327-2312

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
– 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Mountain time) Veterans Memorial Hall, Arthur, NE Contact Randy Saner, Nebraska Extension in Keith County 308-284-6051 Nebraska Extension in Lincoln County 308-532-2683
– 5 PM – 9 PM (Central time) Nebraska Ag Industry Education Center, NCTA, Curtis, NE Contact Kathy Burr, Nebraska Extension in Frontier County 308-367-4424 or 888-367-4424

Thursday, November 15, 2018
– 10 AM – 2 PM (Central time) Sutton Community Senior Center, Sutton, NE Contact Bradley Schick, Nebraska Extension in Clay County 402-762-3644
– 5 PM – 9 PM (Central time) Great Plains Room, Nebraska East Union on UNL East Campus, Lincoln Contact UNL Center for Grasslands Studies 402-472-4101

Cost $15 which covers the cost of the meal. NGLC will pick up the cost of all student registrations. Must preregister by November 9 to reserve a meal. Call the Extension office corresponding to your choice of location. Registrations will be taken until full.

For more information, contact Ron Bolze, Coordinator, NGLC, 402-321-0067 (cell) or ron@nebraskagrazinglands.org.

Pig Farmers of Tomorrow deadline
Nov 12 all-day

The National Pork Board is searching for the next Pig Farmers of Tomorrow, with applications now open through Nov. 12 at www.pigfarmersoftomorrow.com. The award recognizes, inspires and connects with the next generation of American pig farmers.

Up to three award recipients will be selected, with winners invited to speak at National Pork Board events, including the March 2019 National Pork Industry Forum in Orlando. The winners also will provide content for the pork industry’s social media program, #RealPigFarming.

Future farm leaders who intend to make pig farming their life’s work and who are committed to the U.S. pork industry and to raising pigs using the pork industry’s We CareSM ethical principles, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be actively involved in raising pigs in the United States on a full- or part-time basis and be between the ages of 18 and 29 as of Jan. 1, 2019. Students currently enrolled in a college program also are invited to apply.

If applicants haven’t completed a Common Swine Industry Audit, they must be willing to have one conducted and paid for by the Pork Board. Applicants must submit up to five photos that represent them as a Pig Farmer of Tomorrow. The Pork Board selection committee will name up to eight semi-finalists to be interviewed by a panel of judges, The judges will select the finalists, with the winners chosen based on a combination of all application materials.

Nov
13
Tue
Farm/Ranch Transition wksp
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Passing the farm/ranch on to the next generation is a tough job, especially if the next generation is unsure of what will happen when their parents pass. Because it is especially hard for those people, who are wondering what is going on, that a series of farm and ranch transition workshops are planned at Valentine, Ainsworth, O’Neill, Norfolk and York from Oct. 23 to Nov. 14.

The workshops will focus on the needs of the “sandwich generation” on whom farm/ranch transition and transfer often falls. This generation is between parents who still own the land and children who might want to join the operation.

Lack of communication often hinders transitions. The Gen2, or Sandwich Generation, will learn how to communicate with family to understand the transition and practice asking difficult questions. A handbook and script will help farmers/ranchers to complete transition “homework.”

Legal topics presented at the workshops will center around Gen2 needs, including elements of a good business entity, levels of layers for on-farm heirs control and access, and turning agreements into effective written leases. Joe Hawbaker, estate planning attorney, and Allan Vyhnalek, Nebraska Extension transition specialist, will share stories and experiences to successfully plan on the legal side.

Transition of the land is important, but farmers and ranchers should also work to transition the business. Dave Goeller, financial and transition specialist, will cover financial considerations, retirement, and compensation versus contribution.

Many families struggle to split assets fairly between on-ranch and off-ranch heirs, while continuing the ranch as a business. Goeller will discuss the family side and what to consider when dividing assets. Vyhnalek will also cover less-than-ideal situations, negotiating, and looking for other business options.

Below are workshop dates and locations. The times are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. local time at each location. Pre-register one week prior for a meal count.
– Oct. 23, Valentine, contact Jay Jenkins, 402-376-1850, jjenkins2@unl.edu.
– Oct. 24, Ainsworth, contact Jace Stott or Chandra Murray, 402-387-2213, jstott3@unl.edu.
– Oct. 25, O’Neill, contact Amy Timmerman, 402-336-2760, atimmerman2@unl.edu.
– Nov. 13, Norfolk, contact Allan Vyhnalek, 402-472-1771, avyhnalek@unl.edu.
– Nov. 14, York, contact Jenny Rees, 402-362-5508, jenny.rees@unl.edu.

Cost is $20 per person. If more than two people are attending per operation, the cost is $15/person. Pre-register one week prior for a meal count to the local extension office.

BQA training
Nov 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Iowa Beef Center is cooperating with the Iowa Beef Industry Council to host a series of Beef Quality Assurance training and certification sessions across Iowa before the end of 2018. BQA is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

BQA certification is increasingly being encouraged, and in some cases required, by market outlets for finishing cattle and this trend is expected to increase. BQA is a voluntary program and the Iowa BQA Program is funded by the IBIC and the Beef Checkoff. The education component is delivered as a joint effort by IBC at Iowa State University and IBIC.

More sessions will be added so check the IBIC website for Iowa BQA Program and other upcoming certification trainings in your area. BQA certification also is offered online at the national level. Learn more about the BQA program and online certification option.

November
Nov. 13, 1-3 p.m. Oakland Community, Oakland. Meal to begin at noon. Preregister by calling the Pottawattamie County Extension Office 712-482-6449. Contact: Erika Lundy, Region 4 ISU Beef Specialist
Nov. 19, 5 p.m. Creston Livestock Market Auction, 201 N. Cherry St., Creston. Contact: Chris Clark, Region 5 ISU Beef Specialist
Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-noon. Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon. Preregister by Nov. 14 by calling 712-957-5045. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist
Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m. Dunlap Livestock Auction, 701 US-30, Dunlap. Meal to begin at 5 p.m. Preregister by Nov. 27 by calling Harrison County Extension Office at 712-644-2105. Contact: Chris Clark, Region 5 ISU Beef Specialist, or Erika Lundy, Region 4 ISU Beef Specialist

December
Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Sac County Extension Office, Sac City. Preregister by Dec. 2 by calling 712-662-7131. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist
Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-noon. Plymouth County Extension, Le Mars. Preregister by Dec. 9 by calling 712-546-7835. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

Dodge Co. Cattlemen
Nov 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Dodge County Cattlemen will have their monthly meeting on Tuesday November 13th at Z’s Bar & Grill in Scribner. Social is at 6:30pm, sponsored by Titan Machinery of Fremont. The meal will be at 7:30pm. The presentation after dinner will cover things like remote irrigation and livestock sensors. For more information, call Dwayne at 402-664-3351.

Nov
14
Wed
ISU Pro Ag seminar
Nov 14 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach economists will offer valuable insight on key factors impacting 2019 operating decisions at 12 Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Seminars to be held across the state in November and December.  Each three-hour seminar includes information on grain price outlook and global factors to watch, livestock prices and margins, and farmland operating margins, outlook and trends.

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

Seminar locations and dates include:
    Fort Dodge – Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m., ISU Ext Webster County office, 515-576-2119
    Greenfield – Monday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m., Warren Cultural Center Auditorium, 641-743-8412
    Sheldon – Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 9 a.m., NW IA Comm College, Bldg A-Room 117, 712-957-5045

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

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.

NA-BA UNL Research Symposium
Nov 15 @ 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

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

Research Symposium is on Wednesday, November 15, 2018 at the Holthus Convention Center in York, NE. Registration will begin at 7:30 am, with speakers starting at 8:00 am.

The speakers and topics are:
Al Dutcher, Associate Professor Geoscientist UNL
       Wrap up of the Growing Season, Current Conditions
Joe Luck, Associate Professor Biological Systems Engineering UNL
       Crop Management TBA
Amit Jhala, Associate Professor Agronomy and Horticulture
       Weed Control and Crop Safety in Balance Bean/Liberty Link Soybean
Cody Creech, Assistant Professor Agronomy and Horticulture UNL
        Dryland Crop Production
Charles Wortmann, Professor Agronomy and Horticulture UN
        Phosphorous Use Research for Corn and the Revision of UNL Recommendations                    
Tom Clemente, Professor Agronomy and Horticulture UNL
        Innovations in Agriculture
Tim Mundorf, Nutrient Management Lead Central Valley Ag
        Interpreting the Soil Test
Justin McMechan, Assistant Professor Department of Entomology
        Emerging Pests of Corn and Soybeans

The cost of registration covers rolls & coffee, lunch, and all speaker handouts. A registration form is included for you to register for Research Symposium or you can register online at….
http://bit.ly/UNLResearch2018.

Please contact Sarah Skirry at sskirry@na-ba.com or (402) 476-1528 if you have any questions. We hope to see you in York at this year’s Research Symposium!

Beef Industry Scholars Summit
Nov 15 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The senior class of the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars and Nebraska Cattlemen are excited to release details about the line-up of topics and speakers for the 2018 Beef Summit. It will be held on November 15th at the Animal Science Complex on UNL’s East Campus in Lincoln, NE. The seminar will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. A variety of topics will be discussed at this year’s event.

John Hinners from the United States Meat Export Federation will discuss national trade. Hinners leads trade groups traveling in international markets, promoting U.S. red meat exports.

Brandon Nuttlemen, Merck Animal Health, will present his session, Progressive Technology to Improve Animal Health. Nuttleman specializes in beef cattle technical services.He earned a PhD in Ruminant Nutrition at UNL.

For the first time in Summit history, a breakout session will be offered! The class is excited to offer differing, yet relevant sessions to meet the interests of attendees. One option in the breakout session is Succession Planning and Startup in a Family Operation, presented by Matt Gunderson. Gunderson is the assistant vice president of Client Relations with Farmers National Company. He is passionate about helping producers prepare for the future of their operation through succession planning. Another option is Livestock Traceability Impacts on Producers, presented by IMI Global, who specializes in verification and certification programs for the livestock industry. Their goal is to enable producers, feeders, growers, packers, and processors to meet the ever-changing needs of both domestic and international markets.

A knowledgeable pair of speakers is collaborating on a session titled, Genomically Based Decision Making. Kenny Stauffer is the director of beef genomics at Neogen, which is one of two commercial genetic testing companies in the United States. Shane Bedwell, Director of Breed Improvement for the American Hereford Association, is the other half of the duo. Bedwell’s duties at AHA include heading the performance department, and brings visual evaluation experience as well.

As market volatility is always on the front line, Randy Blach from CattleFax will share his thoughts in a session of Managing Risk in Volatile Markets. Blach is actively involved in a cow/calf, stocker, and finishing program in Colorado, and has been the CEO of CattleFax since 2001. His technical knowledge and experience as a keynote speaker combine for a worthwhile session.

Lab cultured meat will be the topic of the panel discussion to conclude the Summit. Since this topic has been making waves in the last year, the class decided to bring forces together from different aspects of the beef industry. Representatives from NCBA, a UNL meat scientist, and Memphis Meats.

Space is limited, so please submit your registration form by November 8th to secure your place. https://nebraskacattlemen.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/nbis-beef-summit-registration-form-2018.pdf.  The cost of this program is $50 and will cover lunch, speaker costs and other expenses for the event. After receiving your completed registration, we will send you additional event information. Parking permits are needed for lots on campus and will be provided at registration. They look forward to seeing you on November 15th.

Nov
16
Fri
NRCS Funding deadline
Nov 16 all-day

Farmers and ranchers interested in preventing erosion, improving soil health, conserving water and wildlife, or making any other natural resource conservation improvements to their property are encouraged to apply now for funding available from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Those interested in receiving funding should sign up before Nov. 16, 2018.

NRCS has a whole suite of conservation programs available to farmers and ranchers looking for assistance in improving and protecting the natural resources on their ag land. One of the most widely applied conservation programs in Nebraska is the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The goal of EQIP is to provide a financial incentive to encourage landowners to install conservation practices that protect natural resources, resulting in cleaner air and water, healthy soil and more wildlife habitat.

Individuals interested in entering into an EQIP agreement may apply at any time, but the ranking of applications on hand to receive funding will begin Nov. 16, 2018. The first step is to visit your local NRCS field office and complete an application.

For more information about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and other conservation programs, visit your local NRCS field office or www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.

Nov
19
Mon
NE Corn Board meetings
Nov 19 – Nov 20 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Board will hold its next meeting Monday, November 19, 2018 and Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at The Cornhusker Marriott, 333 South 13th Street in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Board will hold a joint Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Corn Board meeting the afternoon of November 19, 2018. The following day, November 20th, the Nebraska Corn Board will meet to address regular board business. The meeting is open to the public and will provide an opportunity for public discussion. A copy of the agenda is available by writing to the Nebraska Corn Board, PO Box 95107, Lincoln, NE 68509, sending an email to nikki.bentzinger@nebraska.gov or by calling 402/471-2676.

AFAN/WSA annual meeting
Nov 19 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

The annual meeting of the Alliance for the Future of Ag in Nebraska and We Support Ag will be held on Monday Nov. 19th at the Cornhusker Mariott in Downtown Lincoln. Coffee at 830am, the meeting starts at 9am. This year’s theme is “Growing Agriculture, Growing our Economy.” They will share accomplishments of the past year and discuss tools that are in place to grow agriculture and grow the economy for future generations! RSVP with Judy by Nov 12 by emailing Judys@A-FAN.org or call 402-421-4472.

Landlord Tenant wksps
Nov 19 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Current and future landowners and tenants should make plans to attend free upcoming land management workshops sponsored by Nebraska Extension. The workshops will be held at nine sites across Nebraska this fall.  “Managing Agricultural Land for the 21st Century” will cover current trends in cash rental rates, lease provisions, and crop and grazing land considerations.  Presenters will address common agricultural landlord and tenant questions such as….
  – What does an equitable rental rate look like for my land?
  – How do I manage a farmland lease?
  – What should I expect for communications between the landlord and tenant?
  – What does a soil test tell me?
  – I hear about organic or natural production; how does that vary from what my farmer is currently doing?
  – If corn or soybeans are not making money, should something else be raised on my land?
  – What are key pasture leasing considerations including stocking rates?
  – Who is responsible for cedar tree removal from grazing land?

Workshop dates and locations:
    SOUTH SIOUX CITY: Nov. 19 at the Northeast Community College Extended Campus, 1001 College Way, 402-254-6821, lunch will be sponsored
    COLUMBUS: Nov. 20 at the Platte County Extension Office, 2715 13th St., 402-563-4901, attendees will be dismissed to have lunch off site
    NORFOLK: Dec. 3 at the Divots Convention Center, 4200 W Norfolk Ave. 402-370-4040, lunch will be sponsored

To ensure enough handouts please register at go.unl.edu/landlordtenant or call the phone number listed for each location. Lunch arrangements will be handled by each host location.  Registration at each location will start at 9:15 a.m., program starting at 9:30 a.m., and ending by 3:00 p.m. For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek at 402-472-1771 or avyhnalek2@unl.edu, or Jim Jansen, at 402-261-7572 or jjansen4@unl.edu.

CASNR Dean Finalists
Nov 19 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has selected three finalists in its search for dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The candidates will visit campus and participate in public presentations between Oct. 29 – Nov. 20.

The candidates, selected through a national search, will spend time with university administrators and in the college interacting with the leadership team, faculty, staff and students. Alumni, college partners and the university community are invited to attend public presentations and provide feedback.

The finalists, listed by public presentation date, are:
Oct 29 – Deborah VanOverbeke, assistant dean for academic programs, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Oklahoma State University. Her presentation is 1:30 – 3 p.m. in Room A132 of the Animal Science Complex.

Nov. 5 – Tiffany Heng-Moss, interim dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Her presentation is from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Goldenrod/Sunflower Room of the Nebraska East Union.

Nov. 19 – Prasanta Kalita, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His presentation is 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Goldenrod/Sunflower Room of the Nebraska East Union.

Additional candidate information, including brief biographies and evaluation forms, are available here… https://ianr.unl.edu/casnr-dean-candidates.

The new CASNR dean will take the reins at a pivotal moment in the college’s trajectory. Now in its 146th year, CASNR is experiencing its largest enrollment in history. The total number of CASNR undergraduate, graduate and professional students for the 2018 fall semester is 3,199, which is a 3.4 percent increase from the previous academic year. To learn more, visit casnr.unl.edu.

BQA Training
Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Iowa Beef Center is cooperating with the Iowa Beef Industry Council to host a series of Beef Quality Assurance training and certification sessions across Iowa before the end of 2018. BQA is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

BQA certification is increasingly being encouraged, and in some cases required, by market outlets for finishing cattle and this trend is expected to increase. BQA is a voluntary program and the Iowa BQA Program is funded by the IBIC and the Beef Checkoff. The education component is delivered as a joint effort by IBC at Iowa State University and IBIC.

More sessions will be added so check the IBIC website for Iowa BQA Program and other upcoming certification trainings in your area. BQA certification also is offered online at the national level. Learn more about the BQA program and online certification option.

November
Nov. 19, 5 p.m. Creston Livestock Market Auction, 201 N. Cherry St., Creston. Contact: Chris Clark, Region 5 ISU Beef Specialist
Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-noon. Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon. Preregister by Nov. 14 by calling 712-957-5045. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist
Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m. Dunlap Livestock Auction, 701 US-30, Dunlap. Meal to begin at 5 p.m. Preregister by Nov. 27 by calling Harrison County Extension Office at 712-644-2105. Contact: Chris Clark, Region 5 ISU Beef Specialist, or Erika Lundy, Region 4 ISU Beef Specialist

December
Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Sac County Extension Office, Sac City. Preregister by Dec. 2 by calling 712-662-7131. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist
Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-noon. Plymouth County Extension, Le Mars. Preregister by Dec. 9 by calling 712-546-7835. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

Cow Nutrient Requirement wksp
Nov 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

University of Nebraska – Extension will be offering a workshop examining ways to address below average feed quality going into winter feeding. The program will help educate producers on nutrient requirements of different classes of livestock, nutrient qualities of current feed sources on hand, and nutrient qualities and costs of possible feed sources to help bridge any nutritional deficiencies in livestock diets. Additionally, feed rationing expertise and advice will be available to anyone who brings in a feed analysis from forage sampling. The workshop fee is $15/person or take advantage of the “Ranch Discount” at $10/person if you come with 3 or more people.

Upcoming Workshop Locations:
– October 3; Holt Co Ext Office, O’Neill; 5:30-8:30 PM – Dinner Provided (RSVP by September 28) Contact Amy Timmerman (402) 336-2760
– October 10; United Methodist Church, Bassett; 5:30-8:30 PM – Dinner Provided (RSVP by October 5) Contact Jace Stott (402) 387-2213
– November 19; Fullerton; 5:30-8:30 PM – Dinner Provided (RSVP by November 14) Contact: Mariah Woolsoncroft (308) 536-2691
– December 4; Hartington; 5:30-8:30 PM – Dinner Provided (RSVP by November 28) Contact: Ben Beckman (402) 254-6821
– December 6; Brewster; 11:00 AM-2:00 PM – Lunch Provided (RSVP by November 26) Contact: Bethany Johnson (308) 645-2267 or bjohnston3@unl.edu

Nov
20
Tue
Farm Finanace Clinic
Nov 20 all-day

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

Clinic Sites and Dates
Grand Island — Thursday, November 1
North Platte — Thursday, November 15
Lexington — Thursday, November 15
Norfolk — Tuesday, November 20
Fairbury — Thursday, November 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.

Landlord Tenant Wksps
Nov 20 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Current and future landowners and tenants should make plans to attend free upcoming land management workshops sponsored by Nebraska Extension. The workshops will be held at nine sites across Nebraska this fall.  “Managing Agricultural Land for the 21st Century” will cover current trends in cash rental rates, lease provisions, and crop and grazing land considerations.  Presenters will address common agricultural landlord and tenant questions such as….
  – What does an equitable rental rate look like for my land?
  – How do I manage a farmland lease?
  – What should I expect for communications between the landlord and tenant?
  – What does a soil test tell me?
  – I hear about organic or natural production; how does that vary from what my farmer is currently doing?
  – If corn or soybeans are not making money, should something else be raised on my land?
  – What are key pasture leasing considerations including stocking rates?
  – Who is responsible for cedar tree removal from grazing land?

Workshop dates and locations:
    COLUMBUS: Nov. 20 at the Platte County Extension Office, 2715 13th St., 402-563-4901, attendees will be dismissed to have lunch off site
    NORFOLK: Dec. 3 at the Divots Convention Center, 4200 W Norfolk Ave. 402-370-4040, lunch will be sponsored

To ensure enough handouts please register at go.unl.edu/landlordtenant or call the phone number listed for each location. Lunch arrangements will be handled by each host location.  Registration at each location will start at 9:15 a.m., program starting at 9:30 a.m., and ending by 3:00 p.m. For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek at 402-472-1771 or avyhnalek2@unl.edu, or Jim Jansen, at 402-261-7572 or jjansen4@unl.edu.

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.

Nov
27
Tue
Farmers & Ranchers College
Nov 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

All are welcome to attend. Details will be forthcoming at go.unl.edu/farmersrancherscollege. Mark down the following dates if topics are of interest to you.

2018 -2019 Farmers & Ranchers College
  – November 27, 2018 –Agricultural Update & the Road Ahead. Featuring Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of AAEC, Virginia Tech. 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. at the Opera House in Bruning, NE.

  – January 21, 2019 – Partners In Progress – Beef Seminar at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., registration at 9:30 a.m.

  – February 12, 2019 – Managing Ag Land in the 21st Century at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with registration at 9:15 a.m.

  – March 14, 2019 – Connecting Gate to Plate. Featuring Michele Payn, Cause Matters corp. at Lazy Horse Vineyard near Ohiowa, NE at 6:00 p.m.

Nov
28
Wed
BQA Training
Nov 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Iowa Beef Center is cooperating with the Iowa Beef Industry Council to host a series of Beef Quality Assurance training and certification sessions across Iowa before the end of 2018. BQA is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

BQA certification is increasingly being encouraged, and in some cases required, by market outlets for finishing cattle and this trend is expected to increase. BQA is a voluntary program and the Iowa BQA Program is funded by the IBIC and the Beef Checkoff. The education component is delivered as a joint effort by IBC at Iowa State University and IBIC.

More sessions will be added so check the IBIC website for Iowa BQA Program and other upcoming certification trainings in your area. BQA certification also is offered online at the national level. Learn more about the BQA program and online certification option.

November
Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-noon. Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon. Preregister by Nov. 14 by calling 712-957-5045. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist
Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m. Dunlap Livestock Auction, 701 US-30, Dunlap. Meal to begin at 5 p.m. Preregister by Nov. 27 by calling Harrison County Extension Office at 712-644-2105. Contact: Chris Clark, Region 5 ISU Beef Specialist, or Erika Lundy, Region 4 ISU Beef Specialist

December
Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Sac County Extension Office, Sac City. Preregister by Dec. 2 by calling 712-662-7131. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist
Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-noon. Plymouth County Extension, Le Mars. Preregister by Dec. 9 by calling 712-546-7835. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

Nov
29
Thu
Anhydrous Ammonia Safety training
Nov 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

In an effort to improve safe handling of anhydrous ammonia, the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is working with Dan Neenan, paramedic and director of the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), to bring safety training to farmers, cooperative employees and the public.

A hands-on safety training, using an anhydrous tank simulator, will be held at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Thursday Nov. 29, from 1-2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 and includes a lunch that starts at noon. Information and registration can be found at www.i-cash.org/2018.mrash or by calling 800-551-9029.

To learn more, plan on joining the training at the Mid-America Center on Nov. 29.

BQA Training
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Iowa Beef Center is cooperating with the Iowa Beef Industry Council to host a series of Beef Quality Assurance training and certification sessions across Iowa before the end of 2018. BQA is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

BQA certification is increasingly being encouraged, and in some cases required, by market outlets for finishing cattle and this trend is expected to increase. BQA is a voluntary program and the Iowa BQA Program is funded by the IBIC and the Beef Checkoff. The education component is delivered as a joint effort by IBC at Iowa State University and IBIC.

More sessions will be added so check the IBIC website for Iowa BQA Program and other upcoming certification trainings in your area. BQA certification also is offered online at the national level. Learn more about the BQA program and online certification option.

November
Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m. Dunlap Livestock Auction, 701 US-30, Dunlap. Meal to begin at 5 p.m. Preregister by Nov. 27 by calling Harrison County Extension Office at 712-644-2105. Contact: Chris Clark, Region 5 ISU Beef Specialist, or Erika Lundy, Region 4 ISU Beef Specialist

December
Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Sac County Extension Office, Sac City. Preregister by Dec. 2 by calling 712-662-7131. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist
Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-noon. Plymouth County Extension, Le Mars. Preregister by Dec. 9 by calling 712-546-7835. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

Dec
1
Sat
Dairy Ambassador application deadline
Dec 1 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Midwest Dairy and Nebraska Dairy Extension are again partnering to offer a Dairy Ambassador program in 2019. This program is a year-long leadership program where students have the opportunity to learn about the dairy community and share their love for dairy with students, future leaders and consumers while learning and advancing their leadership skills.  Ambassadors will participate in a number of events throughout the year such as Ag Literacy Festivals, Moo at the Zoo, the Nebraska State Fair, dairy farm tours, agribusiness tours and other leadership programs.  At the end of the program, Ambassadors will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Midwest Dairy.  In addition to the scholarship, Ambassadors will receive a $75 per diem for each day they participate in events.

Applicant eligibility includes
    1) Applicant must be enrolled full-time in a Nebraska post-secondary school for the duration of the appointment.
    2) Applicant must provide their own transportation. Reimbursement for travel expenses (mileage and hotel) will be provided for all approved events.
    3) Applicant must communicate effectively through email, text messaging and in-person. 4) Applicant must have a passion for dairy.

 Applications are to be completed online at this link: https://www.midwestdairy.com/for-farmers/ambassadors/.  Applications are due December 1 and notices sent by January 1, 2019.

ISU Beef Blask wksp
Dec 1 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to attend Beef Blast at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames, Iowa. The workshop is hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa State Department of Animal Science, teaching participants about working with beef cattle.

The program begins at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 and will conclude at 3:30 p.m. Workshop presenters include beef faculty, staff and graduate students from Iowa State.

The focus of the program is general beef management with youth participating in a variety of hands-on workshops that cover meat science and selection. Participants will examine yield and quality grade beef, select animals for breed characteristics, develop a general health and management place and learn how to advocate for their industry.

The cost of the workshop is $40 and includes all materials and lunch. Registration is due by midnight, Nov. 20 and space is limited. To register visit www.ans.iastate.edu/4-h-beef-blast-0. Parents are also welcome to attend for a cost of $12 which covers meals.  For further information contact Powell at 515-294-3441 or ampowell@iastate.edu.

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

www.nefb.org.

Dec
3
Mon
ISU Pro Ag seminar
Dec 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach economists will offer valuable insight on key factors impacting 2019 operating decisions at 12 Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Seminars to be held across the state in November and December.  Each three-hour seminar includes information on grain price outlook and global factors to watch, livestock prices and margins, and farmland operating margins, outlook and trends.

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

Seminar locations and dates include:
    Greenfield – Monday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m., Warren Cultural Center Auditorium, 641-743-8412
    Sheldon – Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 9 a.m., NW IA Comm College, Bldg A-Room 117, 712-957-5045

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

Landlord Tenant wksps
Dec 3 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Current and future landowners and tenants should make plans to attend free upcoming land management workshops sponsored by Nebraska Extension. The workshops will be held at nine sites across Nebraska this fall.  “Managing Agricultural Land for the 21st Century” will cover current trends in cash rental rates, lease provisions, and crop and grazing land considerations.  Presenters will address common agricultural landlord and tenant questions such as….
  – What does an equitable rental rate look like for my land?
  – How do I manage a farmland lease?
  – What should I expect for communications between the landlord and tenant?
  – What does a soil test tell me?
  – I hear about organic or natural production; how does that vary from what my farmer is currently doing?
  – If corn or soybeans are not making money, should something else be raised on my land?
  – What are key pasture leasing considerations including stocking rates?
  – Who is responsible for cedar tree removal from grazing land?

Workshop dates and locations:
    NORFOLK: Dec. 3 at the Divots Convention Center, 4200 W Norfolk Ave. 402-370-4040, lunch will be sponsored

To ensure enough handouts please register at go.unl.edu/landlordtenant or call the phone number listed for each location. Lunch arrangements will be handled by each host location.  Registration at each location will start at 9:15 a.m., program starting at 9:30 a.m., and ending by 3:00 p.m. For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek at 402-472-1771 or avyhnalek2@unl.edu, or Jim Jansen, at 402-261-7572 or jjansen4@unl.edu.

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.