Calendar

Dec
17
Mon
Confronting Cropping Challenges series
Dec 17 – Dec 20 all-day

Getting the latest information on issues facing crop farmers AND an opportunity to renew your private pesticide applicator license will all take place at a series of meetings in December. This is the third year for Confronting Cropping Challenges and responses from last year’s programs were very positive. This year the program will be offered at five locations in the area.
* Monday, December 17 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon – Nielsen Community Center – West Point
* Monday, December 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Pender Community Center – Pender
* Tuesday, December 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Club Room, Ag Park – Columbus
* Wednesday, December 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Madison Extension Office – Norfolk
* Thursday, December 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Blair Public Library – Blair

Topics that will be covered this year include:
• Crop Insect Update on Soybean Gall Midge, Western Bean Cutworm, and others
• Crop Disease Update on Gray Leaf Spot and Frogeye and others
• Hail Know Resources
• Cover Crops 101
• Resistant Weed Update and Herbicide Carryover
• Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification

Anyone that just wants the crops information can attend the first five sessions and leave. If you need to have your private applicator license renewed (renewal only, not initial certification) in 2019, you can stick around for the final session to be recertified. Even though this training is being offered in 2018, you will not lose a year of certification on your license.

The cost for the program is $10 if you are only attending the first five sessions. If you are being recertified, the cost will be $50. The additional $40 is the same as you would pay to be recertified at a traditional private pesticide applicator training.

Pre-registration is appreciated but not required by calling Nebraska Extension at 402-374-2929. For more information, contact your local Nebraska Extension office.

Dec
19
Wed
NeCGA – NeSA annual meetings
Dec 19 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association 2018 Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Nebraska’s Innovation Campus in Lincoln. The annual meeting is a time for grower members to come together and discuss the policy that will direct the association for the coming year. The Nebraska Soybean Association will also hold their annual meeting concurrently at NIC in Lincoln. Following the business portion of the meeting, NeCGA will join together with the NeSA for lunch and to hear from the featured speaker.

This year we are excited to welcome Eric Snodgrass. Eric Snodgrass is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each year, he guides over 1800 students through the wild side of weather in ATMS 120: Severe and Hazardous Weather.

Snodgrass’ research focuses on weather analysis and forecasting applications to global agriculture production. He provides weekly weather updates that focus on weather risk in US agriculture. His current research uses machine learning to better understand field-level weather impacts on yields in the US and how to increase confidence in long-range predictions of these impacts.

Dec
20
Thu
SOYBEAN GALL MIDGE ROUNDTABLE
Dec 20 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE

DEC. 20, 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Join Nebraska Extension for up-to-date information on this newly emerging pest of soybean. They also want to know what you saw and connect you with some potential tools for making management decisions in 2019. Register now to make sure you have a spot at the table.

Get up-to-date information on soybean gall midge observations during the 2018 season and research efforts to guide your management practices on this pest in 2019. As extension educators and specialists, we want to know what you saw during the 2018 season with soybean gall midge. Did you observe any differences in management practices (planting date, maturity group, insecticides, adjacent crop, tillage, etc.) with soybean gall midge? Your input is critical to help guide our research efforts on this rapidly developing pest of soybean.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration, Coffee, Juice and Donuts
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Soybean Gall Midge: Overview, Management, and Impact
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Roundtable Discussion
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Summary from Roundtables
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Survey

For more information, contact:

justin.mcmechan@unl.edu, kglewen1@unl.edu, (402)624-8030, or (800)529-8030.
Help them plan for morning refreshments. Please RSVP by 12/17 to 402-624-8030

I-29 Moo U webinar
Dec 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The I-29 Moo University is hosting a webinar Dec. 20 focused on preparing the information that lenders request. The “Improving Conversations with Your Lender” webinar will outline and explain the banking benchmarks and financial documents that lenders need to evaluate loans. The hour-long webinar is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and will include time at the end for questions.

In addition, the program will focus on improving enterprise expense breakdowns and identify available follow-up information.

There is no fee for the webinar, but an online registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/LenderConversationsI29MooU. Upon registration, a confirmation email containing information to join the meeting will be sent.

The I-29 Moo University is a consortium of extension dairy specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Now in its 13th year, the consortium provides resources and education to enhance a sustainable dairy community along the I-29 corridor by focusing on best management practices, utilization of research-based expertise and resources, and ag-vocating the benefits of a vibrant dairy community.

Dec
28
Fri
NeCGA PRIME application deadline
Dec 28 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association is pleased to announce that applications for the next class of the PRIME Program are now available. The PRIME Program is a continuing education opportunity for younger or newer producers who are interested in learning more about the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and bettering their farming operation. Over the course of a year, participants will come together for three seminars to learn and discuss new ideas that can be incorporated into their own operations.

The first session will be March 25th and 26th, with the second session taking place in late June. The final session will be in conjunction with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association annual meeting. Applications for the PRIME Program can be found at necga.org. The applications are due by Friday, December 28, 2018. All costs participate in the program are covered for those that are 3-year members of the association.

The PRIME Program is made possible with funding from our presenting partners, Northwestern Mutual and Farm Credit Services, along with the Nebraska Corn Board. Direct questions to Morgan Wrich, Director of Grower Services, at mwrich@necga.org. Applications can be found at www.necga.org

Dec
31
Mon
Beef Genetics – UNL survey
Dec 31 all-day

Beef cattle producers have a wide range of selection tools available for use in selection of breeding stock. These range from visual appraisal to EPD (expected progeny differences) and selection indexes that leverage genomic technologies. Adoption of new technologies by the beef industry has dramatically changed beef cattle selection strategies and opportunities. Beef genetics and genomic tools continue to evolve at a rapid rate.

To aid the development of new selection tools and their adoption by producers, researchers seek to understand current attitudes and perceptions of industry stakeholders. Producers and industry participants are encouraged to take part in an online survey to help inform the development of a new beef cattle selection decision support tool. This work is part of the activities funded through a recent USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Critical Agriculture Research and Extension grant (2018-68008-27888) awarded to research and extension faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kansas State University, USDA-ARS US Meat Animal Research Center and a leading genetic evaluation software developer, Theta Solutions, LLC.

Industry research suggests that current bull purchasing decisions do not appear to use all relevant information available.  The online survey of industry stakeholders will explore their knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of current and envisioned beef genetic selection tools. Survey responses will be anonymous and summarized to help develop new selection tools and training programs. The survey is accessible until December 31, 2018, at: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aXJA9F3EyMfmSpf

Jan
3
Thu
Dakota Farm Show
Jan 3 – Jan 5 all-day

New days of the week this year!

more info to come soon….

Fremont Corn Expo
Jan 3 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mark your calendar now! More info soon….

Iowa Commercial Manure Applicator Certification
Jan 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will offer the Commercial Manure Applicator Certification/Recertification workshop on Thursday, January 3, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon. The following counties are hosting this program, including:  Audubon, Buena Vista, Carroll, Cherokee, Crawford, Fremont, Harrison, Ida, Montogomery, O’Brien, Plymouth, Pottawattamie West, Sac, Shelby, and Sioux counties.  Please register by December 26, 2018, by calling the county where you plan to attend. **Sioux County will hold two showings; at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. For those unable to view the video training or test at DNR field office, you can take the online course at https://elearning-dnr.iowa.gov/.

Jan
4
Fri
Successful Farmer Series
Jan 4 @ 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.

Jan
10
Thu
ISU Farm Transition seminar, part 1
Jan 10 – Jan 11 all-day

Transitioning a farm from one generation to the next is a complicated matter. Not only should business and financial issues be considered, but potentially difficult conversations about when a transition should be made and the direction of the farm must take place.

The Returning to the Farm Seminar, offered by the Beginning Farmer Center through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is designed to help farmers start these conversations. The seminar will be held on Jan. 10-11 and Feb. 8-9, 2019 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. The four-day seminar provides an opportunity for families to begin developing a succession plan.

The seminar will cover topics including conflict resolution, goal setting, business analysis, estate planning, farm planning and farm management. It provides multigenerational farm families an opportunity to discuss how to live and work together as the farm business is passed from one generation to the next.

Cost for the seminar is $450 for up to four participants. Each additional participant is $50. The registration fee is for all four days of the seminar and includes lunch each day and a Farm Savvy binder filled with worksheets, exercises and additional management resources. Part one of the seminar will be held Jan. 10-11 and the second part will take place Feb. 8-9.  More info here…. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/bfc/linkseminar

Jan
11
Fri
NE Corn to Washington DC – Deadline
Jan 11 all-day

Each year the Nebraska Corn Growers Association takes a group of members to Washington D.C. to participate in the Washington D.C. Leadership Mission. This mission is a way for members who are looking to get more involved, or are just starting out, to get an in depth look at the work the association does.

In 2019 the mission trip will take place March 11th through the 15th. Attendees can expect to visit with their elected officials, the National Corn Growers Association, the US Grains Council, and other cooperators. The mission trip is also a great chance for attendees to visit with members from across the state and form lifelong friendships.

Applications are due by January 11th to mwrich@necga.org. Spouses who are interested in learning more about the association are also encouraged to attend. Questions? Please call the office at (402) 438-6459, email Morgan Wrich, Director of Grower Services, at mwrich@necga.org, or click here… http://necga.org/2018/11/washington-dc-leadership-mission/.

Successful Farmer Series
Jan 11 @ 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.

Jan
14
Mon
NE Ext. Resistance Mgt Seminars
Jan 14 @ 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
15
Tue
3 State Beef Conference
Jan 15 – Jan 17 all-day

Area beef producers should make plans to attend the fifth annual Three-State Beef Conference Jan. 15, 16, and 17, 2019 with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. The conference provides a forum of specialists from three of the United States’ leading beef cattle land-grant universities to discuss where one can reduce winter cow feed costs and improve management of those resources. The theme for this year’s conference is “Reducing Cow Feed Costs Using Cropland.”

Participants will be able to engage in learning about opportunities to help lower the need for hay, the most common feed resource in winter cattle rations through alternative feed sources off cropland.

Additional topics and speakers for the conference include: “Using Annual Forages to meet late fall and early spring forage needs,” and “Silage as the primary winter feed for cows”.

The same program will be delivered at each of the following locations:
JAN. 15: Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield, Iowa
JAN. 16: Andrew County Youth Building in Savannah, Missouri
JAN. 17: Otoe County Fair Center in Syracuse, Neb.

Registration will begin for each session at 5:30 p.m. with the program starting at 6 p.m. The registration fee is $25 per person, and it includes a meal and copy of the conference proceedings. Preregistration is requested by Jan. 11, 2019 for meal-planning purposes. To register for the Nebraska location, call Nebraska Extension in Otoe County at 402-269-2301 or email kristen.ulmer@unl.edu.

ISU Feedlot Forum
Jan 15 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Beef producers are in a new era of marketing with more changes rapidly coming. This new era will be the focus of Feedlot Forum 2019, set for Jan. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center.

Tom Brink, CEO of the Red Angus Association of America and founder of Top Dollar Angus, Inc., is a morning session keynote speaker. He will visit about feeder calf verification and the importance of traceability to the beef industry.

Restaurant and culinary trends are changing menus offered to patrons. Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association, will share how changes in patron palates dictate the types of foods prepared and sold in fast food, family and upscale restaurants.

Chad Hart, associate professor of economics and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach economist, will lead off the afternoon with a discussion on the trade tariffs’ impact on ag commodity prices, including beef.

Rounding out the afternoon is Andrew Gottschalk, senior vice president for R.J. O’Brien and Associates. Currently, U.S. livestock producers have record meat supplies. Gottschalk will project how these supplies and export demand will affect cattle outlook and potential prices for beef.

Other short presentations include the roles of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council and an update on Beef Quality Assurance and Beef Quality Assurance Transportation. This year’s forum also features 25 agri-business sponsors displaying the latest products, technology and services available to beef producers.

Feedlot Forum 2019 is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and three county cattlemen’s associations – Lyon, Plymouth and Sioux.

Registration for Feedlot Forum 2019 is $25 per person with a discounted price of $10 for students. All registrations are due January 10 to the Sioux County Extension Office, 400 Central Ave. NW, Suite 700, Orange City IA 51041. For more information, a flyer is available online. You also can contact Doran at 712-737-4230 or doranb@iastate.edu.

Jan
16
Wed
Cover Crop Management Day
Jan 16 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The NRCS and Nebraska Extension present COVER CROP MANAGEMENT DAY on January 16, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at Columbus’ Ag Park, 822 15 Street.

Featured speakers will include Dr. Dwayne Beck, SDSU Extension Specialist along with a producer panel led by Dr. Daren Redfearn, UNL Extension Specialist.

Education will be provided on cover crops, residue management, soil health, incorporation of grazing and crop rotation.

Lunch will be provided.

Registration cost: $10

Register online at https://goo.gl/forms/Y7tfrF2DUaFSwfbC3  or at 402-563-4901 by January 14.

NE Ext. Ag Estate Planning Wksp
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nebraska Extension in Cuming County is hosting an Estate Planning Workshop for Ag for landowners, ranchers, and farmers on Wednesday, January 16. It will be at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point from 2 to 5 p.m. The event is designed to help anyone thinking about how they should proceed with plans to retire, exit, or transfer the farm or ranch business.

Speakers for this workshop will be Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator working in farm succession/transfer, and Brandon Dirkschneider, certified financial planner and certified farm/ranch transition coordinator.

Workshop topics 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.

The event is free. Register by contacting Nebraska Extension in Cuming County at 402-372-6006 or stop by the office. Registration is requested to ensure proper handouts for participants.

Jan
18
Fri
Successful Farmer Series
Jan 18 @ 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.

Moo-U Barn Benchmarks wksp
Jan 18 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

I-29 Moo University is hosting their annual Winter Workshop series, Barn Benchmarks, to be held in five locations throughout the region beginning January 14, 2019.

Wayne, Neb.: January 18, 2019 held at Wayne State College, Student Center Niobrara Room (E 14th Street).

Can’t make one of the workshop in-person?  Join us on Friday, January 18th via Zoom.  Use the Zoom link to join the workshop.  https://unl.zoom.us/meeting/register/c4a3aeb30907c3eb7c24e00bf0acd2b8

Registration details
Registration fees are waved due to generous sponsorships, however pre-registration is requested by January 10 to allow for meal counts and materials. To register, visit https://I-29winterworkshop.eventbrite.com.

Agenda
9:30 a.m. – Registration & Refreshments, visit sponsors
10 a.m. – Ventilation Benchmarks for Lactating Cows, led by Kevin Janni, U of M
10:30 a.m. – Ventilation Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion, led by I-29 Moo University faculty
11 a.m. – Bedding & Stall Benchmarks, led by Kim Clark, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
 11:30 a.m. – Bedding & Stall Benchmarks Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion, led by I-29 Moo University faculty
Noon – Lunch provided by event sponsors
1:15 p.m. – Barn & Pen Design Benchmarks, led by Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota
1:45 p.m. – Barn & Pen Design Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion led by I-29 Moo University faculty
2:15 p.m. – Hot Wash & Wrap-up

Jan
21
Mon
Farmers & Ranchers College
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 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
  – 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.

Jan
22
Tue
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.

Jan
23
Wed
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
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.

Jan
25
Fri
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.

Jan
28
Mon
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
30
Wed
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.

Feb
1
Fri
Successful Farmer Series
Feb 1 @ 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.

Feb
8
Fri
ISU Farm Transitions Seminar, part 2
Feb 8 – Feb 9 all-day

Transitioning a farm from one generation to the next is a complicated matter. Not only should business and financial issues be considered, but potentially difficult conversations about when a transition should be made and the direction of the farm must take place.

The Returning to the Farm Seminar, offered by the Beginning Farmer Center through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is designed to help farmers start these conversations. The seminar will be held on Jan. 10-11 and Feb. 8-9, 2019 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. The four-day seminar provides an opportunity for families to begin developing a succession plan.

The seminar will cover topics including conflict resolution, goal setting, business analysis, estate planning, farm planning and farm management. It provides multigenerational farm families an opportunity to discuss how to live and work together as the farm business is passed from one generation to the next.

Cost for the seminar is $450 for up to four participants. Each additional participant is $50. The registration fee is for all four days of the seminar and includes lunch each day and a Farm Savvy binder filled with worksheets, exercises and additional management resources. Part one of the seminar will be held Jan. 10-11 and the second part will take place Feb. 8-9.  More info here…. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/bfc/linkseminar