Calendar

Oct
22
Mon
Farm Finance Clinic
Oct 22 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, October 4
North Platte — Thursday, October 11
Norfolk — Friday, October 12
Fairbury — Wednesday, October 17
Lexington — Thursday, October 18
Valentine —Monday, October 22
Norfolk — Monday, October 22

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.

Heuermann Lecture – Hagel-Kerrey
Oct 22 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Chuck Hagel and Bob Kerrey, former U.S. senators for Nebraska, will discuss civil discourse and its impacts on the state’s future during the first Heuermann Lecture of the season Oct. 22.

The free lecture, sponsored by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center, 2021 Transformation Drive.

Heuermann Lectures are funded by a gift from B. Keith and Norma Heuermann of Phillips. The Heuermanns are longtime university supporters with a strong commitment to Nebraska’s production agriculture, natural resources, rural areas and people.

Lectures are streamed live at http://heuermannlectures.unl.edu/ and air live on campus channel 4. Lectures are archived after the event and are later broadcast on NET2.

Oct
23
Tue
Automatic Milker Tour
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The number of automatic milking systems used in dairy operations continues to increase with over 5 percent of farms now milking with robots.

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team has scheduled a series of farm tours to offer first-hand looks at the way fellow dairy farmers are managing automatic milking systems in new or retrofit facilities. The tours will focus on facilities, economics and overall management of automatic milking systems.

Nine dairy facilities in northeast and eastern Iowa will be visited as a part of the tour series. Tours are scheduled for:

Tuesday, Oct. 23
10-11:30 a.m. – JoLane Dairy, 13254 Hickory Ave., Monona; two Lely robots installed in 2013
12:30-2 p.m. – Frieden Dairy, 19731/19733 Abbey Road, Elgin; three Lely robots installed in 2017

Monday, Nov. 5
10-11:30 a.m. – Mike and Kathleen Scott, 12402 R. Ave., Westgate; two Lely robots installed in 2016
12:30-2 p.m. – New Day Dairy, 31000 175th St., Clarksville; two Insentec Galaxy robots installed in 2015

Tuesday, Nov. 13
10-11:30 a.m. – Koopman Bros., Chad and Brent, 7242 Koopman Road, Epworth; two Lely robots installed in 2015
12:30-2 p.m. – Todd Moser, 30215 370th St., Colesburg; two DeLaval robots installed in 2016

Wednesday, Nov. 14
10-11:30 a.m. – Mark Hosch, 2374 County Road D61, Bernard; three Lely robots installed in 2012-14
12-1:30 p.m. – Green Bros., Mel and Ed, 7820 St. Joes Prairie Road, Dubuque; two Lely robots installed in 2012
2-3:30 p.m. – Bill and Jeff Lawler, 18655 Old Highway Road, Peosta; four Lely robots installed in 2013

Each tour is open to the public, no preregistration is required and travel between farms is on your own. For more information, contact extension dairy specialist Jenn Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu or 563-382-2949 or extension dairy specialist Larry Tranel at 563-563-583-6496 or tranel@iastate.edu.

Leafy Spurge Task Force quarterly mtg
Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Nebraska Leafy Spurge Working Task Force will hold their quarterly meeting on Tuesday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m. at the Holt County Weed Control office in O’Neill. Topics for discussion will include but not be limited to: Update on the 2018 annual tour and conference; planning for the 2019 annual tour and conference; general discussion on chemical use to control noxious and invasive plants; open discussion on topics of interest to those present.

This informational session is open to the public and landowners are invited and encouraged to attend.

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.

HogSlat Open House
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

October is Pork Month! Come celebrate during the HogSlat open house on Wed Oct. 24th from 9am to 4pm at the Richland location – 203 Rd D, Richland, NE 68601. A free lunch cooked up by the Nebraska Pork Producers Assoc. will be served from 11am to 2pm. The National Pork Board’s Pork Trailer will be on location that day. Be sure to sign up for door prizes. Also, this is your chance to talk to those in the industry about what part you could play in livestock expansion in the state. Companies that will be on-hand include HogSlat, L.B. White, Chemilizer, Neogen, Pillen Family Farms, The Maschhoffs, and Sandy Pine Systems, Inc. Hope to see you there! More information at 402-563-4533.

Oct
25
Thu
ISU Farm Marketing webinar
Oct 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach local foods program will host a webinar Oct. 25 discussing farm marketing and building your enterprise’s brand.  Lucie Amundsen, writer, marketer and co-owner of Locally Laid Egg Company, will present in the webinar. Locally Laid Egg Company is a farm that provides pasture-raised eggs and is located in northern Minnesota. During the webinar Amundsen will discuss:
–    How to fortify a brand.
–    Creating likable content.
–    How to get your farm or other business a little ink in the press.

The free webinar will run from 3-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 25. Register online for the webinar… https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8IZEFEyNhczN8nr. The webinar is part of the local foods program’s regular series of peer-to-peer presentations and is sponsored by the Iowa Regional Food Systems Working Group. An archive of prior webinars is available online.

Oct
26
Fri
Special and Committee Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am

A Special Meeting and Committee Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District is scheduled for October 26, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the District Headquarters in Holdrege, NE. A current agenda is available at the office of the Assistant Secretary at District Headquarters, 415 Lincoln St., Holdrege, NE.

LENRD Open House
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) moved to their new location this summer and will host an Open House on Friday, October 26th. The public is invited to visit their new offices from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The LENRD board members voted last December to purchase the former Sterling Computer building at 1508 Square Turn Boulevard in Norfolk. The LENRD moved out of the Lifelong Learning Center (LLC) on the campus of Northeast Community College on May 25th, where they had been since the center was constructed 20 years ago.

Oct
27
Sat
NE Sheep & Goat Prod. Conf.
Oct 27 – Oct 28 all-day

The Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Annual conference is scheduled for Oct. 27 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Animal Science Building in Lincoln. The event is open to both members and nonmembers.

The conference will cover a variety of topics including stress research, genetics, live animal evaluation, carcass evaluation and cool season grazing. Registrants will also tour the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center. An industry tour on Oct. 28th in the Lincoln area will follow the conference.

The Nebraska Sheep & Goat Producers Association represents and supports the interest of sheep and goat producers for the entire state of Nebraska.

Registration to attend the conference is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Additional family members may attend for $10. A special $10 registration fee is available for 4-H or FFA members. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register. After Oct. 19, registration will increase $10. To register, contact Nebraska Extension Educator Randy Saner at 308-532-2683, rsaner2@unl.edu or ne.sheep.goat@gmail.com.

For more information, visit https://nebraskasheepandgoat.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/nebraskasheepgoat/. 

Oct
29
Mon
business meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
Oct 29 @ 9:00 am

The November business meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District is scheduled for November 5, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the District Headquarters in Holdrege, NE. A current agenda is available at the office of the Assistant Secretary at District Headquarters, 415 Lincoln St., Holdrege, NE or online at www.cnppid.com.

CASNR Dean Finalists
Oct 29 @ 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.

Oct
30
Tue
Crop Insurance Workshops in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado & Oklahoma
Oct 30 – Nov 2 all-day
Register online:
https://www.regonline.com/2018cropinsurance
More info:
http://www.agmanager.info/events/kansas-crop-insurance-workshop
Or print BROCHURE and send by mail or phone.
Brochure is also attached.

October 30: Brush, CO
October 31: Grand Island, NE
November 1: Salina, KS
November 2: Enid, OK

This one-day workshop will help crop insurance agents, agricultural lenders, farmers/ranchers, and other financial consultants provide better risk management information and advice to their clients or apply to their farm-ranch. If you are involved in the crop insurance industry, either as an agent, a producer, or an ag lender, you should consider attending this workshop.

Oct
31
Wed
Weed Science School
Oct 31 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Update your weed science knowledge and skills at a Nebraska Extension Weed Science School Wednesday, Oct. 31.  University, government, and industry speakers will address current weed science issues as well recommendations for improving herbicide applications. The school will be held at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, starting at 8:45 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.

Presentations and speakers will include:
–    An Overview of Weed Control and Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Nebraska ― Amit Jhala, extension weeds specialist
–    Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Procedure to Investigate Dicamba Off-Target Injury ― Tim Creger, NDA pesticide/fertilizer program manager
–    Herbicide Discovery in an Era of Industry Acquisition and Merger ― Arlene Cotie, senior product development manager, Bayer CropScience LP
–    What 15 Years of Researching Waterhemp Has Taught Me ― Kevin Bradley, weed scientist, University of Missouri
–    Forensic Analysis and Dicamba Injury ― Jenny Rees, extension educator (see related CW stories: Field Case Study of Dicamba-Injured Soybeans using Forensic Analysis; Dicamba’s Effect on Soybean Node Numbers)
–    Ultra Micro Rates of Dicamba in Soybean ― Stevan Knezevic, extension weeds specialist (see related CW story: Research on the Impact of Dicamba Micro-Rates on Non Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans)
–    Weed Identification ― Ethann Barnes, research assistant, and Parminder Chahal, research associate, both in the UNL Department of Agronomy
–    Cover Crops and Weed Suppression ― Chris Proctor, extension weed science educator
–    What Works and Doesn’t Work in Managing Herbicide Drift ― Bob Klein, Extension western Nebraska crops specialist

There is no cost to attend the field day, but participants are asked to register at https://agronomy.unl.edu/weedscienceschool. Share this event flyer with a friend and invite them to register and attend with you.  Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Continuing Education Units will be available.

For more information contact Amit Jhala at Amit.Jhala@unl.edu or 402-472-1534 or Extension Educator Keith Glewen at kglewen1@unl.edu or 402-624-8005.

Northeast Cover Crop field day
Oct 31 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Producers and members of the public are welcome to join agriculture students at Northeast during the College’s annual Cover Crop Field Day.

The field day will take place on Wednesday, October 31, from 9-10:30 a.m., on the Northeast Community College farm on land located between the institution’s Utility Line building at 1601 E. Benjamin Avenue and the Chuck M. Pohlman Agriculture Complex at 2301 E. Benjamin Avenue in Norfolk. Refreshments will be served.

Session topics will include organic matter and cover crops, cover crop species for northeast Nebraska, carbon sequestration with cover crops, recovery of nutrients below root level, and grazing or haying cover crops.

Featured speaker will be Tyler Burkey, of Milford. Burkey is well versed in the daily practice of cover cropping for forage and rotational grazing and has shared his expertise at a number of conferences across the Midwest.

Nov
1
Thu
Nat’l Pork Bd Application deadline
Nov 1 all-day

The Pork Checkoff’s board of directors is accepting applications through Nov. 1 to fill five three-year terms. State pork producer associations, farm organizations or anyone who pays into the Pork Checkoff, which includes pig farmers and pork importers, may submit an application.

Pork Act Delegates must rank a minimum of 10 candidates to send to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for approval. The board consists of 15 members, each serving a maximum of two three-year terms. The Pork Act requires that no fewer than 12 states be represented.

The 15 positions on the Checkoff board are held by pork producers or importers who volunteer their time. Any pork producer or importer who has paid all Checkoff assessments due or is a representative of a producer or company that produces hogs and/or pigs is eligible to serve.

The application deadline is Nov. 1, with interviews for each candidate to be held in Des Moines Dec. 5 to 6. Please direct application requests and questions to Denise Yaske at DYaske@pork.org.

NRCS ACEP deadline
Nov 1 all-day

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). This program, created under the 2014 Farm Bill, provides funding for the purchase of conservation easements to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and to restore and protect critical wetlands and grasslands.

The main goal of ACEP is to prevent productive agriculture land from being converted to non-agricultural uses and to restore and protect wetlands and wildlife habitat. Cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland are eligible.

Applications can be submitted at any time, but to be considered for 2019 funding opportunities, applications in Nebraska must be received by Nov. 1, 2018. Applications are currently being accepted for both agricultural land and wetland reserve easements.

Applicants will need to provide accurate records of ownership and ensure they have established current fiscal year ownership eligibility with USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Application information is available at your local USDA Service Center and at www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.

For more information about the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the programs and services it provides, visit your local USDA Service Center or www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.

Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Helping ag lenders and consultants manage client portfolios will be the focus of the second Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar, Nov. 1 in Orange City, Iowa. The program will feature presentations by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists and other leading industry experts.

Lenders who serve agricultural clients – especially those who work with dairy operators – in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are encouraged to attend, as the seminar will focus on agricultural market outlooks, the farm bill, financial recordkeeping and accounting, insurance and farm safety procedures.

Presentations during the seminar include:
–    2018 Farm Bill, by Joe Outlaw, professor and extension economist at Texas A&M University.
–    Milking Robots: Do They Pay? by Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
–    Dairy Market Outlook, by Robert Cropp, emeritus professor of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
–    Market Outlook, by Chad Hart, associate professor and extension economist at Iowa State University.
–    Barn Safety, Fire Prevention and Insurance Required, by Larry Wyatt, senior investigator and ag engineer with Grinnell Mutual Insurance Company.
–    Accrual Accounting and the Necessity of Good Financial Records, by Gary Vande Vegte, managing partner of Van Bruggen & Vande Vegte CPAs and Financial Advisors.

Registration is due by Oct. 26 and is $80 for the first person from a business or organization and $50 for each additional attendee. A registration form is available online… https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/2018-siouxland-seminar.  Registration includes lunch, refreshments and informational materials. Attendees can register the day of the event, but the event day $100 per person registration fee does not include lunch.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. on Nov. 1 and conclude at 3:30 p.m. It will be held at The Triple Box, 4758 Ironwood Avenue, Orange City.

The seminar is supported by Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Bankers Association, Minnesota Bankers Association, Nebraska Bankers Association and South Dakota Bankers Association.

Nov
5
Mon
Farm-ranch succession and transition workshops
Nov 5 – Nov 7 all-day

Persons of all ages are invited to attend upcoming Farm and Ranch Estate Planning workshops in Chadron, Alliance and Oshkosh hosted by Nebraska Extension.

      This workshop is free, but those planning to attend are asked to register by calling the phone number below for the desired location to ensure that there are enough materials. Dates, locations and registration information:

      Chadron, Nov. 5: 5-7 p.m. at the Dawes County Fairgrounds. To register call the Sheridan County Extension Office at 308-327-2312.

      Alliance, Nov. 6: 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Alliance Library, 1750 Sweetwater Ave No. 101. To register call the Box Butte County Extension Office at 308-762-5616.

      Oshkosh, Nov. 7: 3-5 p.m. at the Wesleyan Church. To register call the Garden County Extension Office at 308-772-3311.

      Allan Vyhnalek, Nebraska Extension Educator for Farm Succession, will present situations which should be addressed when thinking about how a farm or ranch estate will be passed to successors. Topics will include: the need for planning, proper family communications, who makes the decisions, concept of fair vs. equal, how to effectively negotiate with family, preparing to meet with an attorney, and more.

      The presentation is designed to give some basic information to those that haven’t yet started to think about their succession or transition plan for their assets.

      Participants at previous events report that they wished they would have started sooner, when asked about the value of attending the presentation. The consequences of not having an appropriate plan in place can jeopardize the financial stability and the future of the family. More importantly, we need to have our wishes known to others so the legacy of the farms and ranches can be passed to the individuals or entities intended.

      For more information or assistance, please contact Vyhnalek at 402-472-1771.

CASNR Dean Finalists
Nov 5 @ 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.

Washington County Cattlemen
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Washington County Cattlemen monthly meeting will be on Monday Nov. 5 at the Blair Marina in Blair, NE. Social hour at 6pm, dinner is at 7pm. Cost is $25 per person for the dinner. Guest Speaker is David Bracht of Counsel Kutak Rock, LLP. He’s the former Director of Energy under Gov. Ricketts. Hope to see you there!

Nov
7
Wed
Nebraska State of Beef Conference Nov. 7-8 @ Sandhills Convention Center
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all-day

LINCOLN — Increased production efficiency will be the focus of the 2018 Nebraska State of Beef conference scheduled for Nov. 7-8 at the Sandhills Convention Center, 2102 S. Jeffers St in North Platte.

Speakers, including experts from university and industry, will focus on market outlook, industry trends, alternative enterprises, animal health and several different approaches to finding efficiencies in animal production. Specifically, the conference will cover a variety of topics including cow size and efficiency, reproductive management, parasites, genetic selection, herd health, forage systems and more. There will be two producer panels on production efficiency and alternative enterprises, along with vendors, social opportunities and bull pen sessions.

The registration fee of $65 includes a paper or electronic copy of the proceedings. There is an additional fee for the Nov. 7, dinner. Walk-in registrations are welcome, but Nov. 7 dinner can’t be guaranteed for walk-ins or registrations received after Oct. 26.

On-line registration is preferred. To register, click here.

The State of Beef Conference began in 2014 and is held every other year in Nebraska. For more information, visit https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/panhandle/state-of-beef-conference/.

Click the link for a flyer: stateofbeef2018

The State of Beef Conference
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all-day

The State of Beef Conference will be held November 7-8, 2018 at the Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte.  The theme this year is “Increasing Production Efficiency”.  There will be two producer panel discussions this year. One is on production efficiency and one is on alternative profit centers for the ranch.  There will be a presentation on the market outlook as well as genetics, reproduction, and nutrition. Other topics include herd health, alternative forage systems, cow size and efficiency, and internal and external parasites. This will also be an opportunity to visit with industry personnel about products available for the ranching operation.

For more information, please see the brochure and click here to register as a participant or as a vendor using online registration. https://www.regonline.com/state-of-beef-conference-2018

Nov
10
Sat
Sitzman Youth in NE Ag Scholarship
Nov 10 all-day

College students enrolled as full-time undergraduate or graduate students at a fully accredited Nebraska college, university or technical college in an agriculture related degree program are encouraged to apply for the Larry E. Sitzman Youth in Nebraska Agriculture Scholarship.

The deadline to apply is November 10. Applications will be reviewed, and selection notifications will be sent by December 1. Students may apply for the scholarship online by visiting the youth tab on www.nepork.org.

The Larry E. Sitzman Youth in Nebraska Agriculture Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to one deserving applicant each year.

Eligibility Requirements:
·    Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a fully accredited Nebraska college, university or technical college in an agriculture related degree program
·    Must have at least one full year of study remaining toward a degree
·    Must have plans to work in the agriculture industry upon graduation

Selection will be based on qualities of leadership and participation in collegiate or extracurricular activities related to the agriculture industry.

Remember, the deadline for applications is November 10. Go to www.nepork.org  to apply online.
For more information, contact Kyla Habrock: kyla@nepork.org

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.

ISU Pro Ag seminar
Nov 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 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:
    Carroll – Monday, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m., ISU Ext Carroll County office, 712-792-2364
    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.

CASNR Dean Finalists
Nov 12 @ 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.