Calendar

Sep
4
Tue
NRD Hosts Field Day September 6th
Sep 4 @ 4:00 pm

Thursday, September 6th is the date for a field day hosted by the Lower Loup Natural Resources District at its Aagaard Research Farm. The event will start at 4:00 p.m.  The research farm is located 6 miles north of Ord on Haskell Creek Road.

Speakers for the event include Rich Russell of Arrow Seed, Bryce Bauer NRCS District Conservationist, Kraig Beck of NRCS, Richard Woollen of the Nebraska Forest Service, and a producer panel including Luke Zangger, Troy Ingram, Luke Kovarik, and Steve Grudzinski.

Topics to be covered include cover crops, soil health, grazing, forestry, and wildlife.  There will also be a sawmill demonstration.

The Lower Loup NRD will host a free supper as part of the event.  The event flyer and a map to the Aagaard Farm can be found on the NRD web site, www.llnrd.org.

Sep
5
Wed
NE Soybean Board mtg
Sep 5 all-day

The Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) will hold its final board meeting of the 2018 fiscal year on September 5 at Country Inn & Suites in Lincoln.

The majority of the meeting will be spent finalizing the budget for the 2019 fiscal year and reviewing project reports. The winners of the NSB July election will be introduced to the board, and the members will review expectations for their term beginning October 1, 2018.

Committee meetings will be held and all attendees will be given updates on the NSB’s strategic business plan.

A full agenda can be found at www.NebraskaSoybeans.org.

Nebraska Sorghum field days
Sep 5 – Sep 6 all-day

LINCOLN — Sorghum farmers are invited to attend the 2018 Sorghum Field Days to be held at two locations during September.  Field performance of commercial hybrids, updates on markets, sorghum agronomics and checkoff activities are planned for the program.

The field stops include both irrigated and dryland plot tours with management information from the plot cooperator; sorghum seed representatives will be available to share hybrid information.

The tour stops will also include a demonstration of the Bish SuperCrop® sorghum header, newly designed and created to cater to the needs of today’s farmers and harvesters.  According to Bish Enterprises, equipment manufacturer in Giltner, NE, the header is designed for easy pick up of down sorghum, while also achieving the optimal design for harvesting standing sorghum – while leaving a minimum of 15” of stubble in the field in both conditions.

A meal and program follows the field tours. The meal program will include a sorghum agronomy update by Dr. Brent Bean, Director of Agronomy for the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and an update from the Nebraska Sorghum Board.  Ag West Commodities will provide a market outlook at the Trenton location.

Participating seed companies include Arrow Seed, Channel Seed, DeKalb, Dyna-Gro, Fontanelle, Hoegemeyer, NuTech Seed, Pioneer, and Sorghum Partners.

Planning and coordination of the event is under the direction of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association.

Schedule and Directions:

  • Wednesday September 5, 5:00 PM – Trenton – Mike Baker Farm

Irrigated and Dryland Plots:  (2.5 miles north of Trenton to Rd 717; go west 3 miles.)

  • Thursday, September 6, 11:00 AM – Farwell – John Dvoracek Farm

Irrigated Plot:  (Off of Highway 92 at west edge of Farwell, go 2 miles North on Salem, 1 mile West on 15th Avenue, and 1½ Miles North on Tilden, turn left into field at the plot sign at the bridge.)

Grazing for Soil Health wksp
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Allen Williams, a sixth generation family farmer and founding partner of Grass Fed Beef and Grass Fed Insights, will lead a program on Grazing for Soil Health  Sept. 5 in Fullerton. The program is free, but registrations are required by Aug. 30.

The program will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Loup River Inn at 26646 S. 555th St. Doors will open at 8 a.m.

Williams will address the integration of cover crops, adaptive grazing, how to build soil health in five years, pastured protein production, and pastured genetics and epigenetics.  Refreshments and lunch are included. Register online at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/boone-nance or by calling 308-536-2691 or 308-536-2456 extension 3.

The event is sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nebraska Extension, Lower Loup Natural Resources District, Central Platte Natural Resources District, and the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District.

Soybean Gall Midge forum
Sep 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

A forum will be held Sept. 5 to discuss a new insect threat that is being found in Iowa. The forum will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Iowa State University Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm near Lewis.

The soybean gall midge has been identified in 12 Iowa counties: Lyon, O’Brien, Clay, Plymouth, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Woodbury, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Cass and Page. It also has been observed in several counties in eastern Nebraska. The insect has been observed in Iowa since 2015 and there have been reports of soybean injury as a result of soybean gall midge in both 2016 and 2017.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach agronomists and entomologists will be present during the event to discuss current information on soybean gall midge and provide observations from this and previous growing seasons.

Erin Hodgson, associate professor and extension specialist in entomology at Iowa State University, will share current information on the soybean gall midge. Aaron Saeugling, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach, and Ryan Rusk, farmer and seed dealer from northwest Iowa, also will provide insight into their experience with these pests.

The Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm is located at 53020 Hitchcock Ave., Lewis, Iowa.

NeFU Fall District 2 mtg
Sep 5 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

District 2 Fall Meeting: Loup River Inn, Fullerton, NE 68638
Wednesday, September 5, 2018: 4:00 pm meeting with Supper to follow.
· District 2 Director’s Report: Jim Knopik
· Status of Costco Project-Graham Christensen
· Status of Keystone XL Pipeline project-Art Tanderup
· Sen. Tom Briese: Nebraska Legislature Preview (Property tax reform)
· NFU Fly-in Preview –NeFU Programs Director, Camdyn Kavan
NeFU District 2 Business:
· Election of officers
· Nominations for NeFU Board of Director—elected by District convention delegates
· Select 2 delegate candidates to NFU Convention—elected by NeFU convention delegates
· NeFU Policy Day: December 6, 2018
· NeFU State Convention: December 7-8, 2018 (888) 236-2427 Reservations
· Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 S. 13th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508
· NFU Convention, March 3-5, 2019 The Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Bellevue, Washington
Bring a friend, neighbor or family member that needs to get active in NeFU.
For more information, call Lynn Belitz (308) 550-0859 or Jim Knopik (308) 550-0288 cell.

Grain Bin Safety “Seconds Count” Workshop
Sep 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Each year, farmers risk their lives by entering large grain bins to remove clumped grain while machinery is still running. Much like quicksand, flowing grain can bury a worker within seconds. Because these accidents have become all too common, Dodge County Farm Bureau, First National Bank, and Central Valley Ag are partnering together to train farmers and families on the DO’S and DONT’S of grain bins.  The Grain Bin Safety “Seconds Count” Workshop is Wednesday, September 5th dinner at 6pm and workshop at 6:30pm at Fremont Fire Department in Fremont.  Sponsors also include Farm Bureau Financial Services agent Sherry Leriger.  Dinner and workshop are Free. Local farmers, families, and rescue departments welcome!

For more info Click Here.

Sep
6
Thu
Farm Finance Clinics – Lexington, Grand Island & North Platte
Sep 6 all-day

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

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

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

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

Hefty Seed WP annual grower meeting
Sep 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The annual fall grower meeting will be held at Hefty Seed Company south of West Point on Sept 6, 9:00 am. They’ll be talking about ways to save money and new programs offered only by Hefty Seed Company. Come to Hefty Seed Company in West Point at 10 a.m. on Sept 6 to learn, save, and eat. Please call 402-372-9900 to RSVP and get more details.

Inherit Farmland, Now What?
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Those who have in inherited or received farmland and want to learn more about the best strategies for managing the asset are encouraged to attend one of several Nebraska Extension programs being offered across the state in August and September.

Questions to be addressed in the three hour workshop include:
–    Am I keeping the farm or selling it?
–    How do I manage a farm?
–    If leasing, what are key lease provisions?
–    What legal considerations do I have with this decision?
–    How do we manage family communications and expectations when other family is involved?

The program is being presented by Vyhnalek and Extension Educator Jim Jansen. The two presenters provide farm land management education for eastern Nebraska.

The workshop series begins Aug. 15 in McCook and will make stops in Central City, Beatrice, Valentine and West Point. For a complete listing of dates, locations and registration information, visit https://agecon.unl.edu/farm-succession.
Date: Sep. 6, 2018 – Time: 1:00 pm – Location: Cuming County Extension office, West Point 

Pre-registration is requested by two days prior to the event.  Advance registration is requested to ensure enough handouts for the program. This program is free because of funding from the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture under award number 2015-49200-24226.

For more information or assistance, contact Vyhnalek at 402-472-1771 or avyhnalek2@unl.edu; or Jim Jansen, at 402-261-7572 or jjansen4@unl.edu.

Land Mgt for 2020 and Beyond
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nebraska Extension’s upcoming workshop series, “Land Management for 2020 and Beyond,” will provide the latest information to operators, tenants and land owners to effectively manage land. The series will be held at five locations across Nebraska in August and September.

Nebraska Extension Educators Austin Duerfeldt, Jim Jansen and Allan Vyhnalek are teaming up to present on a variety of topics including ag finance and the real estate market; current trends in agricultural finance across Nebraska; negotiation skills needed to effectively manage land leases; current considerations on lease provisions; and strategic farmland succession and communications.

The workshop series begins Aug. 13 in Hastings and will make stops in Albion (Aug 17), Hartington (Aug 17), the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead (Sept 6) and in Lincoln (TBD). For a complete listing of dates, locations and registration information, visit https://events.unl.edu/Succession/upcoming/.
Date: Sep. 6, 2018 – Time: 6:00 pm – Location: Saunders County Extension office, near Mead

Registration to attend the three-hour workshop is $15 per person or $25 per couple which will cover the program, refreshments and handouts.  Registration is requested two days before the start of the scheduled meeting to ensure enough handouts for the program.

For more information or assistance, contact Vyhnalek at 402-472-1771 or avyhnalek2@unl.edu; or Jim Jansen, at 402-261-7572 or jjansen4@unl.edu.

Sep
7
Fri
Conservation Legacy Award deadline
Sep 7 all-day

Share the story of how conservation is part of your farm operation and you could be recognized with a Conservation Legacy Award. The awards recognize farm management practices of U.S. soybean farmers that are both environmentally friendly and profitable.

All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to enter to win a Conservation Legacy Award. Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, conservation, environmental management and sustainability.

A new region has been added to this year’s program in order to recognize the conservation accomplishments of more U.S. soybean farmers. The four regions are now the Midwest, Upper Midwest, the Northeast and the South. One farmer from each of these regions will be recognized at the 2019 Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida, and one of these farmers will be named the National Conservation Legacy Award recipient.

Award Winners Receive:
–    An expense paid trip for two to Commodity Classic, Feb. 28 – March 2, 2019, in Orlando, Florida.
–    Recognition at the ASA Awards Banquet at Commodity Classic.
–    A feature story in Corn & Soybean Digest and a video featuring the award winner’s farm and conservation practices.
–    Potential opportunity for the national winner to join other farmer-leaders on an international trip to visit U.S. soy customers overseas.

The Conservation Legacy Awards are sponsored by the American Soybean Association (ASA), BASF, Corn & Soybean Digest, Monsanto, the United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff and Valent U.S.A.

More information on past winners of the award and how to submit your application is available in the “Awards” section of the ASA website www.soygrowers.com. All applications must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.

NE State Grange annual meeting
Sep 7 – Sep 9 all-day

The annual meeting of the Nebraska State Grange will be held at the Ramada Rivers Edge Inn, Columbus, Nebraska, September 7-8-9.

The Executive Committee will meet at 9 AM on Friday morning.

At 12 PM attending Grange members will leave the motel for lunch and a tour of the Genoa Indian School and the Mormon and Pawnee Museum. The group will meet for supper at Dusters.

After supper the attendees will gather at the motel to register and practice for the opening ceremony on Saturday morning, followed by looking over resolutions and an Ice Cream Social.

Saturday morning the group will be welcomed by a representative of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, followed by the opening of the Grange annual session and guests will be introduced.

The National Grange Report from Betsy Huber, will be read, followed by the annual report of the State President, Kevin Cooksley, from Weissert, NE. Election of officers will follow the reports.

The MC for the noon luncheon will be Joe Fryman, from Blair. Scholarships and community Service awards will be presented. The afternoon speaker will be Christine Hamp, from Washington State, representing the National Grange. Christine holds the office of National Grange Lecturer. She will be accompanied by her husband Duane.

The Saturday evening banquet will be at 6 PM. The MC will be Kevin Cooksley, State Grange President. The Lecturers Awards and Distinguished Service Awards will be presented. The entertainment will be a talent show. The evening will end with an auction of the winning baked goods.

Sunday morning Ricki Wulf, Chaplain, will lead a memorial service for members who have passed on in the last year.

Darlene Janing, Lecturer, has arranged for Elizabeth “Liz” Blaser, from the Duncan area, and a current senior at the Columbus High School, to speak about balancing her many activities, band, National Honor Society, dance, 4-H, and her favorite, riding and showing horses. She got her first horse when she was seven years old. She has served as an elected youth delegate holding membership with the National Reining Horse Association. She plans to attend college, major in Pre-med and hopes to ride for a division one equestrian team.

The elected officers will be installed, followed by committee reports.

Lunch will be on your own. The MC will be Russell Tooker, State Grange Overser.

Committee Reports will be given and the session will close at the end of business.

Climate and Water Institute of Excellence
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Nebraska Extension, the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the university’s School of Natural Resources are partnering to deliver a workshop focused on climate and water issues for government officials and other key community leaders.

The Climate and Water Institute of Excellence will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Lancaster Co. extension office, 444 Cherrycreek Rd. in Lincoln.

Water and a changing climate can greatly impact communities economically, through lost tax revenue; physically, when infrastructure is damaged; and socially, with decreased visitors and population. Organizers are encouraging anyone working with these complex issues in government, economic/community development, tourism, recreation, transportation, public works or other interested stakeholders to the day-long workshop.

During the event experts will highlight the science and impacts of Nebraska’s climate and water, and how these intersect with city and county planning and decision-making. Another session will cover policy so that changes in the state’s climate and water can be factored into business and government discussions. Additionally, a panel of presenters will discuss preparing for future climate conditions.

The cost of the workshop is $60. Registration is required by Aug. 31. To view the agenda and register, visit http://communityvitality.unl.edu/nacoie.

For more information, contact Jessica Jones at 402-335-3669 or jessica.jones.@unl.edu; or Carroll Welte at 402-374-2929 or cwelte1@unl.edu.

Sep
9
Sun
Midwest US-Japan Conference
Sep 9 – Sep 11 all-day

Registration is open until Aug. 29 for the 50th Annual Conference of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association (MWJA) being held Sept. 9-11 in Omaha.

MWJA and its partner organization — the Japan Midwest-U.S. Association — are the preeminent organizations dedicated to promoting economic relationships between the Midwestern U.S. and Japan. MWJA’s U.S. member states include Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The annual conference is considered to be the pinnacle forum for discussions about Japanese/Midwest economic relations. The conference alternates each year between Tokyo and a Midwestern city.

Registration for the conference can be accessed at www.midwest-japan.org/.

The conference is being held at the Hilton Omaha. Along with multiple speakers and plenary sessions, highlights will include a welcome luncheon at Kaneko — Omaha’s internationally renowned arts and cultural center, founded by Japanese ceramics artist Jun Kaneko — and a farm-to-table themed banquet featuring Nebraska beef and produce.

A 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner by Kawasaki Heavy Industries will be held at Durham Museum on Sept. 10, with an Anniversary Cocktail Reception featuring Heritage Railcars by Union Pacific.

The conference website, which includes a full event schedule, can be found at www.midwest-japan.org.

More information about this year’s event can be obtained through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s (DED) Daniel Jackson at 402-802-5317 or daniel.jackson@nebraska.gov. For questions concerning registration, contact DED’s Lori Shaal at 402-471-3780 or lori.shaal@nebraska.gov.

Sep
11
Tue
Husker Harvest Days
Sep 11 – Sep 13 all-day

Celebrating its 41st year, the world’s largest totally irrigated working farm show comes together once again in Grand Island, Nebraska. The show features the latest equipment, supplies and technologies available to today’s producers. Field demonstrations and crop technology exhibits are geared to Nebraska and western Corn Belt agriculture. View the newest tractors, combines and harvesters, grain-handling equipment, and irrigation technologies. Watch and even participate in live demonstrations of these as well as new models of pickups and ATVs. Livestock handling demonstrations round out the learning opportunities.

When you attend HHD this year, you will see the result of $7.5 million dollars in improvements to the grounds, including: 
• Pavement. The most noticeable upgrade will be the paved streets – all 5.5 miles of them. The paved streets are being shaped with inverted crowns, directing rainwater to the drains in the center. In addition, concrete will be poured in all of the Diversified Industries buildings and the Livestock Building.
• Fencing. A 6-foot-tall perimeter fence will surround the exhibitors’ field. While most don’t see the site outside of the three days of HHD, the fence will provide after-hours security.
• New plumbing. The restroom at the middle of the site will be renovated and doubled in size, while a new restroom will be added on the south side of the grounds.
• Light towers. There will now be 90-foot-tall light poles with security lights, as well as PA speakers 40 feet off the ground. These light poles will also be equipped with Wi-Fi receivers at a taller height to improve internet distribution.
• Smoother traffic. A new entrance and exit will be added to the exhibitors’ parking lot to improve traffic flow on the south side of the show site.
• New lot numbers and street names. With the expansion, street numbers will be flip-flopped. So, First Street becomes the northernmost street, and Tenth Street will be at the southern end of the site. Lot numbers will also be changed — although exhibitors will be in the same location they were in years past.

The show is set for September 11-13, 2018, at the grounds west of Grand Island, NE.  Show hours are Tuesday 8:00 – 5:00, Wednesday 8:00 – 5:00, and Thursday 8:00 – 4:00.  More info at www.huskerharvestdays.com

Sep
12
Wed
Corn, Soy, Cover Crops, Grazing wksp
Sep 12 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Turbocharge Your Soybean-Corn Rotation With Cover Crops and Grazing Workshop & Field Lab
September 12
Heinemann Farm, 57116 849 Rd., Winside, NE 68790

12:30 – 1:00 PM Registration and Check-in

1:00 – 2:15 PM -Field Lab, Soil Pit and Grazing Demo
Station 1: Underground Rhizosphere: Lets Look at the Roots, Nutrients, and Carbon in the Soil Pit
Station 2: Let’s Investigate the Above Ground Biomass and Nutrient Enhancement to Increase Returns
Station 3: Land, Livestock and Plant Interactions: Soil and Economic Benefits of Mob Grazing

2:30 – 4:30 PM Workshop in the shop
– The System to Build Carbon & Revenue
– NRCS – Soils Labs
– Walk-n-Talk of Multi-Species Garden and Cover Crop plots.

4:30 Wrap-up and door prize drawings

Early registration until Sept. 6. Late or walk-in registration $60.  Register now for only $50 at www.notill.org to secure your free magnifier!

Sponsored in part by SARE, No-till On The Plains, UNL Ext. and NE NRCS Demonstration Farm Project

CattleFax webinar
Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Escalating trade tensions with China, renegotiating NAFTA, and continued expansion across all three U.S. protein sectors add to market uncertainty and shape market expectations for the future. Cattle producers are looking for answers on where the markets go from here.

The CattleFax Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar at 6:30 p.m. CT, Sept. 12, 2018, will address these topics. Producers and industry leaders can visit https://www.cattlefax.com/#!/about to access program details and register for the webinar.

Trade uncertainty and the threat of smaller profit margins have loomed large for cow-calf producers in 2018. Well informed producers can make decisions on production, marketing and risk management that can protect the bottom line as expansion leads to tighter margins across the cattle producing segments.

CattleFax analysts will discuss a variety of topics in the one-hour session, including:
–    Current trade disruptions and market implications
–    Calf and feeder markets for the remainder of 2018
–    Cattle and feedstuff market prices for the next 12 to 18 months
–    A five-year vision of the cow-calf sector.

The Trends+ webinar series informs cattle producers about current market conditions and provides providing decision-friendly advice regarding management decisions. The analysis and strategies shared through the webinar series has reached more than 5,000 producers, and sponsorship from Elanco Animal Health is making the seminar free for all attendees.

Sep
13
Thu
Farm Finance Clinics – Lexington, Grand Island & North Platte
Sep 13 all-day

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

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

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

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

Sep
14
Fri
NE Ethanol Bd mtg
Sep 14 all-day

The Nebraska Ethanol Board will meet Friday, Sept. 14, at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel (333 S. 13th Street) in downtown Lincoln.

The board welcomes soon-to-be Administrator Sarah Thornton Caswell to the meeting. Caswell has extensive experience in the bio-industry sector and recently served as vice president of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Edeniq, a technology firm serving the biofuels industry. Caswell earned her law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Illinois Bar. She will assume the role of board administrator Sept. 17.

This will be the last board meeting for long-time Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Todd Sneller, who retires Sept. 14.

The meeting highlights include:
– Presentation: Mark Wilkins, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
– American Coalition for Ethanol – Ron Lamberty & Liz Bunkers
– E30 Road Test in Legacy Vehicles update
– Husker Motorsports Team
– Marketing & Education updates
– State and Federal Legislation update

This agenda contains all items to come before the Board except those items of an emergency nature.

Sep
15
Sat
Young Leader Prog. deadline
Sep 15 all-day

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont are seeking applicants for the 2018-19 Young Leader Program.

The Young Leader Program, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience™ and ASA, is a two-phase educational program for actively farming individuals and couples who are passionate about the future possibilities of agriculture. The women and men who participate in this program will be the leaders that shape the future of agriculture.

Phase I of the 2018-19 Young Leader program will take place in Johnston, Iowa, Nov. 27 – 30, 2018. The program continues Feb. 26 – Mar. 2, 2019 in Orlando, Florida, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.

ASA, its 26 state affiliates, including the Grain Farmers of Ontario and Corteva Agriscience, will work together to identify the top producers to represent their state as part of this program.

Applications are being accepted online now. Interested applicants should click here for additional program information and to apply… https://soygrowers.com/learn/young-leader-program/.

Sep
17
Mon
NeFU Fall District 5 mtg
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

District 5 Fall Meeting: Lee’s Chicken Restaurant, 1940 W Van Dorn St, Lincoln, NE 68522
Monday, September 17, 2018: 6:00 pm supper on your own with meeting to follow.
· District 5 Director’s Report: Ben Gotschall
· NFU Fly-in report: Camdyn Kavan: Farm Bill trade & renewable energy
· State issues: Report on legislative and initiative property tax relief efforts.
NeFU District 5 Business:
· Election of officers
· Select 2 delegate candidates to NFU Convention—elected by NeFU convention delegates
· NeFU Policy Day: December 6, 2018
· NeFU State Convention: December 7-8, 2018 (888) 236-2427 Reservations
· Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 S. 13th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508
· NFU Convention, March 3-5, 2019 The Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Bellevue, Washington
Bring a friend, neighbor or family member that needs to get active in NeFU.
For more info, call Ben Gotschall (402) 705-8679 Cell or Jeremiah Picard (402) 570-3746.

Sep
18
Tue
Farm & Ranch Clinics
Sep 18 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
Norfolk — Tuesday, September 18
Lexington — Thursday, September 20

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.

IA Corn Pre-Harvest Crop Fair
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In the tradition of providing farmers the latest industry insights, the Harrison/Crawford Corn Growers along with the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) will host a pre-harvest crop fair in Dunlap, Iowa on Tuesday, September 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Gold Slipper.

The event will open with a social at 5:00 p.m. and the meal will begin at 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – Buffet Meal
6:15 p.m. – Harrison County Pilot Project; Part of the Iowa Pest Resistance Management Plan – Larry Buss, Pilot Project Leader – Jason Sporrer, Agriland FS – Brent Wiersma, BASF
6:30 p.m. – Harvest Conditions – Greg Reisz, E4 Crop Intelligence
6:45 p.m. – Grain Bin Safety – Mike Wollner, Safety with Help
7:00 p.m. – 2018/2019 Market Outlook: The Good, The Bad & The Mildly Amusing – Chad Hart, ISU Extension Economist
7:30 p.m. – What Happened in 2018? What is Next? – Elwynn Taylor, ISU Extension Climatologist

R.S.V.P. to Janelle Kracht at 515-229-9980, jkracht@iowacorn.org or Colleen with Cogdill Farm Supply at 800-235-5360.

Crop fair sponsors include Cogdill Farm Supply, Inc., the Harrison/Crawford Corn Growers Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board.

NeFU Fall District 6 mtg
Sep 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

District 6 Fall Meeting: Lions Club Open Air Building, Tekamah Park, Tekamah
Tuesday, September 18, 2018: 6:30 pm Potluck – Bring a dish to share. Let Graham Christensen (graham@gcresolve.com) know if you can bring meat to grill (402) 217-5217.
Guest Speaker: LD16 State Senate Candidate Chuck Hassebrook on Real Property Tax Reform
Agenda Items:
· District 6 Director’s Report: Graham Christensen
· Regenerative Farming Update – Including two new Tree-Range Poultry Units going up in Dist. 6!
· Citizen Scientist Program Update – Last chance to test your water.
· State issues: Report on legislative and initiative property tax relief efforts.
· NFU Fly-in report: Farm Bill/Farm Crisis, trade and renewable energy issues
NeFU District 6 Business:
· Election of officers
· Nominations for NeFU Board of Director—elected by District delegates at convention
· Select 2 delegate candidates to NFU Convention—elected by NeFU convention delegates
· NeFU Policy Day: December 6, 2018
· NeFU State Convention: December 7-8, 2018 (888) 236-2427 Reservations
· Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 S. 13th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508
· NFU Convention, March 3-5, 2019 The Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Bellevue, Washington
Bring a friend, neighbor or family member that needs to get active in NeFU.
For more information, call Paul Poppe (402) 380-4508.

Upper Big Blue NRD FY’19 Tax Request hearing
Sep 18 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Upper Big Blue NRD Board of Directors have scheduled two Public Hearings. A second Public Hearing for the FY2019 Tax Request is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. The September 18th date will also be the September NRD Board Meeting following the hearing. These Public Hearings will be conducted at the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District office building located at 319 East 25th Street, York, Nebraska. The proposed budget and tax request for FY2019 continues to include safety measures for protecting District citizens and enhancing the delivery of quality services. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend these Public Hearings.

The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District (NRD) protects lives, property and the future of this area through a wide-range of stewardship, management and educational programs—from flood control to groundwater monitoring, from irrigation management to outdoor recreation and more. Activities and projects of the Upper Big Blue NRD are reviewed and approved by a locally elected Board of Directors. The Upper Big Blue NRD is one of 23 Natural

Resources Districts across the state. For more information, visit www.upperbigblue.org or call (402) 362-6601.

Sep
19
Wed
ILF Conservation Planning webinar
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar that will highlight the benefits of Conservation Planning for farmers and landowners on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 12 p.m.

Conservation Planning provides many benefits to the farmer operator, landowner and society through the identification of resource concerns and opportunities to implement practices like no-tillage, cover crops, waterways, saturated buffers, wildlife habitat and more. Kevin Kuhn, NRCS Resource Conservationist serving on the Ecological Services State Staff, has 30 years of experience working for NRCS assisting landowners with conservation on their farms. He will discuss how conservation planning optimizes the use of conservation practices, saves time and money, and improves water and soil quality.

The Iowa Learning Farms webinar series takes place on the third Wednesday of the month. To watch, go to www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars and click the link to join the webinar shortly before 12 p.m. on Sept. 19 to download the Zoom software and log in option. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for watching at any time at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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