Calendar

Feb
9
Sat
Crawford Co Cattlemen banquet
Feb 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Affiliate Meetings (Feb 9)

Crawford – Banquet: February 9, Boulder’s Conf. Cntr in Denison; 5:30 pm Social and 6:30 pm Meal

Feb
11
Mon
Colfax Dodge Co Corn Growers
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Mark your calendars! Join the Colfax Dodge County Corn Growers for their 2019 Winter Meeting on Monday Feb 11 at the Clarkson Barn, 2412 Road 8, Clarkson, NE. Social is at 6pm, supper at 6:30, followed by the feature speaker…. Sam Willett, National Corn Growers Assoc. Sr. Director of Farm, Risk Mgt, and Tax Policy. All are welcome to attend! Members are encouraged to bring a friend or potential member!

Cuming Co Feeders membership mtg
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cuming County Livestock Feeders annual membership night is Monday evening, Feb 11, at Indian Trails Golf Club just south of Beemer, NE. Social is at 6pm, with the meal and program to follow.

Please note: This is a week later than usual, so please mark your calendars accordingly!

Commodity Futures Basics
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Alan Feller of Feller Commodities is hosting an “Intro to Commodity Futures Trading Basics” class on Monday nights in February and March, from 7pm to 9pm each Monday night. Topics to be covered include using corn and soybeans futures and options, what are calls and puts and how do they work, and taking this information and incorporating it into your overall grain marketing strategy. The class takes place at the Feller Commodity office at 715 E. Hwy 275 in Wisner. There is no charge to attend. This is not a series…. the same class will be offered each Monday night, but it can be partly tailored for those in attendance. You can attend one night or multiple nights. Please call the office to reserve a spot at 402-529-6555.

NE Ext. Resistance Mgt Seminars
Feb 11 @ 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.

Feb
12
Tue
NA-BA Mid-Winter Conf
Feb 12 – Feb 13 all-day

            The Nebraska Agri-Business Association is proud to present the 2019 Mid-Winter Conference on February 12th & 13th, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Kearney, NE. This conference has been specifically designed for Certified Crop Advisers to give you the opportunity to earn 20 CEU hours, which is half of the required 40 hours in a two-year cycle! Leading experts from the industry and universities will be presenting the latest up-to-date information.

            The 2019 Mid-Winter Conference has been designed to address all four CCA performance objectives. CCAs who attend this workshop can earn credits in the following categories: Soil and Water Management (4 credits), Nutrient Management (4 Credits), Crop Management (6 Credits) and Pest Management (5 Credits). There will be an additional credit in either Crop Management or Nutrient Management.

            The cost of registration for the conference is $275.00 per person for NeABA Members and $375.00 for Non-Members. Registration includes breakfast buffet on Wednesday, lunch and breaks on both days, and all speaker handouts.  Details at www.na-ba.com.

            Hotel Accommodations: A block of sleeping rooms (specify Nebraska Agri-Business Association) has been reserved at the Holiday Inn, Kearney at a room rate of $99.95. For room reservations, please contact the Holiday Inn at 308-237-5971 to assure room rate and availability.

Farmers & Ranchers College
Feb 12 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

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

2018 -2019 Farmers & Ranchers College
  – 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.

Feb
13
Wed
CASNR Power of Red day
Feb 13 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is offering potential students a glimpse at what it means to be a member of the CASNR community. The college’s annual Experience the Power of Red Visit Day will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

With 30 diverse majors and a pre-professional program, the agricultural college creates an educational experience and positions students to have a lasting and impactful career that aligns with their passion. During the event, attendees will meet faculty, staff and current students to see what life in the college is like. Experience the Power of Red Visit Day will not only expose potential students to their academic future, but also the unique living-learning spaces on campus.

“CASNR is focused on fostering an inclusive environment that empowers students to be difference makers in the college, the state and the world,” said Sue Ellen Pegg, college relations director. “We look forward to showing potential students what that means at Experience the Power of Red Visit Day.”

The visit will begin with refreshments and a browsing session, where students will get a brief introduction to each department in the college. Following a welcome at 9:15 a.m., students and parents will attend academic sessions that offer more in-depth information about each academic program. The event concludes with lunch and a scholarship drawing at 11:45 a.m. Optional tours of City Campus and East Campus will begin at noon.

Advance registration is required by Feb. 6. To register and see the complete schedule, visit https://casnr.unl.edu/visitday.

For more information, visit http://casnr.unl.edu or contact Pegg at 402-472-0615 or spegg2@unl.edu.

LENRD No Till, Cover Crop, & Grazing wksp
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

No-Till, Cover Crops, and Planned Grazing Systems Educational Workshop (Feb 4)
Lifelong Learning Center – Norfolk, Nebraska
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Registration (coffee and rolls provided by LENRD)

9:30 a.m. – Finding success with a holistic system approach
– Dan Forgey: Agronomy Manager, Cronin Farms Gettysburg, SD
– Chris Proctor: UNL Weed Management Extension, Ag and Horticulture Department

Dan Forgey: Integrating cover crops and livestock to improve soil health

Lunch – 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. (Provided by LENRD)

Chris Proctor: Weed Management Strategies in 2019

Farmer Panel: Growing cover crops after small grains in expanded rotations and integrating livestock for grazing cover crop mixes to increase soil health.

Please RSVP by February 4, 2019 for meal count to your local NRCS or call LENRD, 402-371-7313. The event is sponsored by: Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District.

Feb
14
Thu
Nebraska Cover Crop & SOIL HEALTH Conference @ ENREC
Feb 14 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Nebraska Cover Crop & SOIL HEALTH Conference

University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
8:30 registration – Conference 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The 2019 Nebraska Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference features innovative speakers who have worked with cover crops extensively and will share what they have learned. This is your opportunity to get your questions answered.

How can you get started with cover crops in your corn/soybean rotation?
Already using cover crops – could you be doing it better?

There are many benefits to utilizing cover crops, such as improved soil heath and reduced erosion. It’s the details of how and what to do that can present challenges. The focus of the conference is to provide information to growers who are in a corn/soybean rotation and to assist them in understanding the value of cover crops.

CCA credits are applied for and pending approval.

REGISTER BY Feb. 8 – Seating is Limited. No fee to attend, but must pre-register. Pre-register by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 8 to ensure resource materials are available and for meal planning purposes. Seating is limited. Call 402-624-8030 or email cdunbar2@unl.edu.

Dicamba training
Feb 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

The three restricted use dicamba formulations (Xtendimax® with Vapor Grip®
Technology, Fexapan® with Vapor Grip® Technology and Engenia®) received approval from EPA for continued use in 2019. To use these products, users must have either a private, commercial or noncommercial pesticide applicators license to purchase and apply these products. However, there is an additional certification required by all applicators, mixers and transports of these products. With the partnership between the Nebraska Department of Agricultural, the University of Nebraska Pesticide Safety Education Program and Nebraska Extension a training will be offered:
– Feb 14, 9:30am – Nebraska Innovation Campus, Lincoln – Pre-register: www.roundupreadyextend.com – Questions: Corby Jensen 314-609-8204
– Feb 19, 9:30am – Ramada Inn, Columbus – Pre-register: www.roundupreadyextend.com – Questions: Corby Jensen 314-609-8204
– Feb 19, 9:30am – The Beaumont Event Center, Wayne – Pre-register: www.roundupreadyextend.com – Questions: Corby Jensen 314-609-8204
– Feb 25, 1pm – ENREC near Mead – Call Keith Glewen 402-624-8030 or email kglewen1@unl.edu

Beef Feedlot Roundtable
Feb 14 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Research findings and industry updates will be the focus of the Nebraska Extension Beef Feedlot Roundtables Feb. 12-14.  Topics were selected to benefit feedlot managers, owners, employees, and those working in the allied industry.

One issue facing all producers is the ability to attract and retain employees. Because this is the biggest issue facing our feedyards, Dr. Scott MacGregor was invited to offer some options for feedyards to enhance employee retention and management succession.

Another topic facing the beef industry is lab-grown proteins. Danielle Beck with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will offer the latest information on where that industry is and how it will be regulated. As is tradition, relevant research findings will be presented on issues such as congestive heart failure, nutrition, and management practices for the area, and there will be an update on activities from the Nebraska Beef Council.

Roundtables are scheduled for
Tuesday, February 12 ― Bridgeport, Prairie Winds Community Center
Wednesday, February 13 ― Lexington, Dawson County Extension Office
Thursday, February 14 ― West Point, Nielsen Community Center

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by presentations from 1 to 5 p.m. Following the program, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training and certification or recertification will be available each day.

The meeting is organized by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Beef Council.

Online registration is encouraged and available at https://go.unl.edu/2019roundtable. Cost is $20 at the door if preregistered and $40 for walk-ins.

For more information or to request a printed registration form, contact Galen Erickson, Nebraska Extension beef feedlot nutrition specialist, at 402-472-6486 or gerickson4@unl.edu.

Feb
15
Fri
NC Beef State Scholarship deadline
Feb 15 all-day

The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation (NCF) is accepting applications for scholarships from qualified youth in Nebraska who have an interest in the beef industry. These scholarships will be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year and are provided through contributions received by the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation. Applications are available on the Nebraska Cattlemen website (www.nebraskacattlemen.org) or can be obtained by calling the NCF office at (402) 475-2333.

The Nebraska Cattlemen Beef State Scholarship awards a $10,000 scholarship to an outstanding college junior, senior or graduate-level student. Eligible students must be residents of Nebraska and be enrolled in a Nebraska college or university pursuing a beef industry-related degree. The scholarship will be awarded based on student need, Nebraska beef industry involvement (past achievements and future plans) and academics. Students will be required to complete the written application (due in the NCF office by February 15, 2019) and finalists will be invited to an final interview with the selection committee.

NE Chemigation Certification
Feb 15 all-day

According to Nebraska law, if you plan to chemigate during 2019 and your chemigation certification has expired as of Dec 31, 2018, you will need to attend a training session and pass a written test to become recertified.  The NDEQ records for chemigation licenses are found at: http://go.unl.edu/ndeqchemigate.

Requirements for initial and recertification are the same with no charge for the training, manuals or certification.  One option for individuals needing Initial or Recertification training is to attend one of the Nebraska Extension meeting’s listed on the back page of this letter and pass a written exam.

Another option for those needing Recertification only is to complete an online training program and pass an online test after making an appointment at an exam testing location. The online course will take more time, but if interested, users can find information at: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.
 
If you plan to become certified, please pre-register at the Nebraska Extension Office whose training session you plan to attend. Phone numbers are listed on the back of this letter for your convenience.  Upon registration you will be asked if you want to receive the training manual and calibration workbook to review prior to the training session. You can also find these materials online at the bottom of this link: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.

On the day of the training session, please bring your Chemigation Training Manual, Calibration Workbook, No. 2 pencil, and calculator (you are NOT allowed to use your cell phone as a calculator) along to use during the training and testing.  Cell phones are turned off during testing.  If you do not pre-register, as a walk-in you can receive a new copy of the training materials the day of the training.  Review of the material prior to the training session will be very helpful when taking the exam.  Training and testing will take approximately 3 hours.

January 23 – 1:00 p.m. CST – ENREC, Ithaca – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
January 29 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Madison Co. Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
February 15 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 20 – 6:00 p.m. CST – Club Room, Ag Park, Columbus – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
February 21 – 10:00 a.m. CST – Hartington City Auditorium – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 26 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 5 – 1:30 p.m. CST – American Legion Hall, Neligh – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 11 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Casey’s Building, Fairgrounds, Albion – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
March 12 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
March 14 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 14 – 9:30 a.m. CST – Bloomfield Community Center – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
April 11 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760

You must attend the entire class and pass the 50 question multiple choice test to be certified.  Upon successful completion of the class, chemigators may renew individual injection site permits administered by the local NRD office before June 1st.  For questions or additional information, don’t hesitate to call the Extension Educator contact listed.

Soil Health, Cover Crop, Grazing & No Till Conference – Broken Bow @ One Box Convention Center
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Free Registration & Free Lunch – CEU’s applied for

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about these ever evolving topics from experts in the field.

Seating is limited so please pre-register by Monday, Feb. 11th! For FREE Registration call Arrow Seed at 800-622-4727, 308-872-6826 or email deb@arrowseed.com. This free educational event sponsored by Arrow Seed Co., Inc.

Feb
16
Sat
PVC Banquet
Feb 16 all-day

It’s that time of year again and the Platte Valley Cattlemen are anxiously planning our 2019 Banquet which will be held Saturday, February 16th at Ramada Inn River’s Edge Convention Center. They are looking forward to an enjoyable night and another outstanding banquet. The entertainment this year will be provided by Gayle Becware.

The annual Banquet is a major fund raiser for the group. In the past, sponsors’ dollars have enabled the promotion of “Beef Month” in May, ensure quality speakers for monthly meetings, offer an educational tour, promote 4-H and FFA programs at the county fairs, and assist in awarding scholarships.

See you on Saturday, February 16th!

Feb
18
Mon
IA Pork Regional Conferences
Feb 18 – Feb 19 all-day

The Iowa Pork Producers Association is inviting the state’s pig farmers to attend one of the five Iowa Pork Regional Conferences being held in February. The events are being held at different locations from Feb. 18 through 22.

In addition to the regional conference program that runs from 1-4:30 p.m. each day, a separate morning session from 9 a.m. to noon will provide Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus training free to those who pre-register. The PQA Plus training is sponsored by IPPA and provided by Iowa State University Extension.

The locations of the conferences are:
– Mon, Feb. 18 – N.W. IA Comm College, Bldg A, Rm 116/119, 603 W Park St., Sheldon, IA 51201
– Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Audubon Recreation Center, 703 Southside Ave., Audubon, IA 50025
– Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Hansen Agriculture Learning Center, 2508 Mortensen Rd., Ames, IA 50011
– Thursday, Feb. 21 – Washington County Extension Office, 2223 250th St., Washington, IA 52353
– Friday, Feb. 22 – Borlaug Leaning Center, 3327 290th St., Nashua, IA 50658.

Topics and speakers for the afternoon conferences are:
– Being Prepared for Foreign Animal Disease; Dr. Andrew Hennenfent, the state’s Emergency Management Coordinator, will outline how farmers will be impacted if there is a foreign animal disease outbreak. Find out the differences between stop movements, permitting movements and what other orders would mean to your farm.
– What China Knows that You May Not about African Swine Fever; Dr. Chris Rademacher of the Iowa Pork Industry Center will provide an overview of ASF, a review of clinical signs of the disease, and a discussion of the feed biosecurity issue.
– Trade and Tariffs Update; ISU Extension Livestock Economist Dr. Lee Schulz will talk about how current foreign tariffs are impacting the swine market.
– Using Maintenance to Extend Building Longevity; Brian Blumhagen of New Modern Concepts will talk about proven approaches to slow-down natural degradation. And, if you have experiences that worked for you, you’ll be asked to share.
– A review of decision-making tools that Iowa State University Extension Swine Specialists can provide for you to solve production problems and other issues on your pig farm.

The regional conferences are free for those who pre-register two business days before the meeting at their regional location; otherwise the cost is $5 at the door. Check-in starts 30 minutes before the start of the conference. To pre-register for the conference and/or certification training, contact IPPA’s Carla Vanderheiden at (800) 372-7675 or cvanderheiden@iowapork.org.

ISU Dry Maure Applicator Cert. wksp
Feb 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will offer manure applicator certification workshops for dry/solid manure operators on six different dates and locations in February. These workshops meet manure applicator certification requirements for both confinement site manure applicators and commercial manure applicators who primarily apply dry or solid manure.

The workshops are free to attend and open to all. Applicators will be required to submit certification forms and fees to the Iowa DNR to meet manure applicator certification requirements.

Please register for one of the workshops by calling the number listed with the selected site. All workshops begin at 1 p.m.

Feb. 18, Adair County, Warren Cultural Center, Greenfield. Call 641-743-8412 to register.
Feb. 19, ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office, Orange City. Call 712-737-4230 to register.

UNL Quarterly Land Mgt webinar
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The Agricultural Land Management Quarterly webinar series debuts at 6 p.m. CST Feb. 18. The series will offer management advice and insight for Nebraska landowners, agricultural producers and others with an interest in agricultural land.

The first episode will examine recent trends in Nebraska cash rental rates and considerations for updating agricultural leases for 2019. Future episodes will address landlord-tenant communication, lease decision-making issues and seasonal lease considerations. Each webinar will conclude with an “Ask the Experts” session where participants can get answers to their land or lease questions. The webinars can be viewed at https://agecon.unl.edu/landmanagement.

Jim Jansen and Allan Vyhnalek of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Department of Agricultural Economics will lead the webinars. Jansen’s work focuses on agricultural finance and land economics. He directs the annual Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey and Report. Vyhnalek is a farm succession and transition extension educator.

Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance and submit questions at the website above.

The webinars are free and open to the public. Recorded webinars will be made available online.

Other webinar dates are May 20, Aug. 19 and Nov. 18.

For more information, contact Jansen at 402-261-7572 or jjansen4@unl.edu.

Commodity Futures Basics
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Alan Feller of Feller Commodities is hosting an “Intro to Commodity Futures Trading Basics” class on Monday nights in February and March, from 7pm to 9pm each Monday night. Topics to be covered include using corn and soybeans futures and options, what are calls and puts and how do they work, and taking this information and incorporating it into your overall grain marketing strategy. The class takes place at the Feller Commodity office at 715 E. Hwy 275 in Wisner. There is no charge to attend. This is not a series…. the same class will be offered each Monday night, but it can be partly tailored for those in attendance. You can attend one night or multiple nights. Please call the office to reserve a spot at 402-529-6555.

Feb
19
Tue
Dicamba trainings
Feb 19 all-day

The three restricted use dicamba formulations (Xtendimax® with Vapor Grip®
Technology, Fexapan® with Vapor Grip® Technology and Engenia®) received approval from EPA for continued use in 2019. To use these products, users must have either a private, commercial or noncommercial pesticide applicators license to purchase and apply these products. However, there is an additional certification required by all applicators, mixers and transports of these products. With the partnership between the Nebraska Department of Agricultural, the University of Nebraska Pesticide Safety Education Program and Nebraska Extension a training will be offered:
– Feb 19, 9:30am – Ramada Inn, Columbus – Pre-register: www.roundupreadyextend.com – Questions: Corby Jensen 314-609-8204
– Feb 19, 9:30am – The Beaumont Event Center, Wayne – Pre-register: www.roundupreadyextend.com – Questions: Corby Jensen 314-609-8204
– Feb 25, 1pm – ENREC near Mead – Call Keith Glewen 402-624-8030 or email kglewen1@unl.edu

NE On-Farm Research Network update mtg
Feb 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network’s Annual Results Updates are scheduled for February 2019 at 5 locations across the state!

Why Should You Attend?
1.     Hear from growers who conducted on-farm research on their own farms in 2018.
2.     Get a complimentary copy of the 2018 Nebraska On-Farm Research Results book.
3.     Network with innovate growers in your area.
4.     Get access to unbiased research on a variety of products and practices.
5.     Learn how you can participate in future on-farm research projects.

Meeting Locations – Lunch will be served at all locations.
Grand Island — Feb. 18 at the Hall County Extension Office on College Park Campus; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program is from 9:00 to 4:30 p.m. CST.

Norfolk — Feb. 19 at the Lifelong Learning Center located on the Northeast Community College Campus; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program running from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST

Beatrice — Feb. 20 at Valentino’s Restaurant, 701 E. Court St.; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program is from 9:00 to 4:30 p.m. CST.

North Platte — Feb. 26 at the West Central Research and Extension Center; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program is from 9:00 to 2 p.m. CST.

Alliance — Feb. 27 at the Knight Museum & Sandhills Center, 908 Yellowstone Ave.; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program running from 9 a.m. to 12 noon MST.

Registration
There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is requested for meal planning. To register for any of the sites call (402) 624-8030 or email OnFarm@unl.edu and indicate which site you plan to attend.

For more information visit: http://cropwatch.unl.edu/on-farm-research

ISU Dry Maure Applicator Cert. wksp
Feb 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will offer manure applicator certification workshops for dry/solid manure operators on six different dates and locations in February. These workshops meet manure applicator certification requirements for both confinement site manure applicators and commercial manure applicators who primarily apply dry or solid manure.

The workshops are free to attend and open to all. Applicators will be required to submit certification forms and fees to the Iowa DNR to meet manure applicator certification requirements.

Please register for one of the workshops by calling the number listed with the selected site. All workshops begin at 1 p.m.

Feb. 18, Adair County, Warren Cultural Center, Greenfield. Call 641-743-8412 to register.
Feb. 19, ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office, Orange City. Call 712-737-4230 to register.

Brainard meeting will discuss formation of prescribed burn association @ Oak Creek Sporting Club
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

LINCOLN, Neb. – Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host a meeting Feb. 19 to discuss the formation of a prescribed burn association covering Butler and Saunders counties.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Oak Creek Sporting Club southeast of Brainard.

With the increase in demand and need for prescribed burning to improve wildlife habitat, increase pasture forage value, restore native woodlands, control eastern red cedars, and reduce the overall impacts of potential wildfires, this meeting will outline ways landowners can organize a prescribed burn association to conduct burns using the neighbors-helping-neighbors concept. This partnership between Pheasants Forever, Game and Parks and the Nebraska Environmental Trust will break down limitations to prescribed burning.

The formation of a landowner-based prescribed burn association would offer landowners new opportunities to improve their CRP, rangeland, woodlands and wetlands through the use of safe and effective prescribed burning. Through the burn association, landowners would have access to resources such as equipment, manpower, expertise and support from resource professionals. Prescribed burn training would be offered for all of those who join.

Contact Jake Koenig at 402-689-3242 for more information.

Feb
20
Wed
NE Chemigation Certification
Feb 20 all-day

According to Nebraska law, if you plan to chemigate during 2019 and your chemigation certification has expired as of Dec 31, 2018, you will need to attend a training session and pass a written test to become recertified.  The NDEQ records for chemigation licenses are found at: http://go.unl.edu/ndeqchemigate.

Requirements for initial and recertification are the same with no charge for the training, manuals or certification.  One option for individuals needing Initial or Recertification training is to attend one of the Nebraska Extension meeting’s listed on the back page of this letter and pass a written exam.

Another option for those needing Recertification only is to complete an online training program and pass an online test after making an appointment at an exam testing location. The online course will take more time, but if interested, users can find information at: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.
 
If you plan to become certified, please pre-register at the Nebraska Extension Office whose training session you plan to attend. Phone numbers are listed on the back of this letter for your convenience.  Upon registration you will be asked if you want to receive the training manual and calibration workbook to review prior to the training session. You can also find these materials online at the bottom of this link: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.

On the day of the training session, please bring your Chemigation Training Manual, Calibration Workbook, No. 2 pencil, and calculator (you are NOT allowed to use your cell phone as a calculator) along to use during the training and testing.  Cell phones are turned off during testing.  If you do not pre-register, as a walk-in you can receive a new copy of the training materials the day of the training.  Review of the material prior to the training session will be very helpful when taking the exam.  Training and testing will take approximately 3 hours.

January 23 – 1:00 p.m. CST – ENREC, Ithaca – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
January 29 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Madison Co. Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
February 15 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 20 – 6:00 p.m. CST – Club Room, Ag Park, Columbus – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
February 21 – 10:00 a.m. CST – Hartington City Auditorium – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 26 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 5 – 1:30 p.m. CST – American Legion Hall, Neligh – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 11 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Casey’s Building, Fairgrounds, Albion – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
March 12 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
March 14 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 14 – 9:30 a.m. CST – Bloomfield Community Center – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
April 11 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760

You must attend the entire class and pass the 50 question multiple choice test to be certified.  Upon successful completion of the class, chemigators may renew individual injection site permits administered by the local NRD office before June 1st.  For questions or additional information, don’t hesitate to call the Extension Educator contact listed.

Crop Fair – Tools for Your Future
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Tools for Your Future – Crop Fair
Wed Feb 20, 2019
Morningside College, Buhler-Rolfs Hall, Room 202 (Weikert Auditorium)
Sioux City, IA   (*Parking available at Grace Church lot)

Sponsors include IA Corn Growers Dist 4 Committee, Morningside College Ag Dept, & NE Corn Growers Assoc.

Topics include:
Ag Policy 101 – Making a Positive Impact – Kelly Niewenhuis, IA Corn Director
Complexity, Strategy, & Knowledge in Managing Production Risk – Cory Walters, Asst. Prof., UNL Dept of Economics

RSVP by Feb 18th to Janelle Kracht at jkracht@iowacorn.org or call 515-229-9980. 

Feb
21
Thu
NE Chemigation Certification
Feb 21 all-day

According to Nebraska law, if you plan to chemigate during 2019 and your chemigation certification has expired as of Dec 31, 2018, you will need to attend a training session and pass a written test to become recertified.  The NDEQ records for chemigation licenses are found at: http://go.unl.edu/ndeqchemigate.

Requirements for initial and recertification are the same with no charge for the training, manuals or certification.  One option for individuals needing Initial or Recertification training is to attend one of the Nebraska Extension meeting’s listed on the back page of this letter and pass a written exam.

Another option for those needing Recertification only is to complete an online training program and pass an online test after making an appointment at an exam testing location. The online course will take more time, but if interested, users can find information at: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.
 
If you plan to become certified, please pre-register at the Nebraska Extension Office whose training session you plan to attend. Phone numbers are listed on the back of this letter for your convenience.  Upon registration you will be asked if you want to receive the training manual and calibration workbook to review prior to the training session. You can also find these materials online at the bottom of this link: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.

On the day of the training session, please bring your Chemigation Training Manual, Calibration Workbook, No. 2 pencil, and calculator (you are NOT allowed to use your cell phone as a calculator) along to use during the training and testing.  Cell phones are turned off during testing.  If you do not pre-register, as a walk-in you can receive a new copy of the training materials the day of the training.  Review of the material prior to the training session will be very helpful when taking the exam.  Training and testing will take approximately 3 hours.

January 23 – 1:00 p.m. CST – ENREC, Ithaca – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
January 29 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Madison Co. Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
February 15 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 20 – 6:00 p.m. CST – Club Room, Ag Park, Columbus – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
February 21 – 10:00 a.m. CST – Hartington City Auditorium – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 26 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 5 – 1:30 p.m. CST – American Legion Hall, Neligh – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 11 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Casey’s Building, Fairgrounds, Albion – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
March 12 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
March 14 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 14 – 9:30 a.m. CST – Bloomfield Community Center – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
April 11 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760

You must attend the entire class and pass the 50 question multiple choice test to be certified.  Upon successful completion of the class, chemigators may renew individual injection site permits administered by the local NRD office before June 1st.  For questions or additional information, don’t hesitate to call the Extension Educator contact listed.

Women in Ag Conf.
Feb 21 – Feb 22 all-day

Women producers looking to increase their business-management skills are encouraged to attend the 2019 Women in Agriculture Conference Feb. 21-22 in Kearney.  Organized by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the conference will be at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 110 S. Second Ave.

Twenty scholarships will be awarded to producers to cover registration and hotel costs. Scholarship applications are available at https://wia.unl.edu/scholarships.

The Women in Agriculture Conference allows women to build relationships with each other, attend workshops and gain valuable knowledge that will help them support their own farms and ranches. The theme for this year’s conference is “Take Charge of Change.”

The conference features more than 30 concurrent workshops on production, market, financial, human and legal risk. In addition to workshops, participants will have the opportunity to hear from Marji Guyler-Alaniz, founder of FarmHer. Guyler-Alaniz will discuss the inspiration for and evolution of FarmHer and the image of women in agriculture. Other general session speakers include Tim Hammerich of Ag Grad; Joan Ruskamp, chair of the National Cattleman’s Beef Board; Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center; and Gianella Alvarez of Beanitos.

Registration is available at https://wia.unl.edu. The cost is $125 through Feb. 11 and $150 after that.  Fees include all workshop materials, registration, meals and breaks.

The conference is hosted by Nebraska Extension and the Department of Agricultural Economics at Nebraska. Producer scholarships are made possible by Beanitos and the Kelley Bean Company.

Land Application Trainings
Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Turning manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment will be the focus of eight Nebraska Extension workshops across the state in February.

Participants who attend the daylong event will receive NDEQ land application training certification. Livestock producers with livestock waste control facility permits received or renewed since April 1998 must be certified, and farms must complete an approved training every five years. Recertification will occur during the first two hours of the land application training. Farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are encouraged to attend either the initial or recertification portion of the training.

The morning portion of the workshops will consist of a two-hour program that includes updates on changing regulations and other manure management topics, such as using weather forecasting to decrease odor risk and transferring manure off a livestock operation.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. The initial training workshop costs $60 per operation (includes one representative) plus $15 for each additional participant to cover local expenses, including lunch. The recertification portion of the workshop costs $30.

The workshops begin at 9 a.m. Dates and locations include:
> Columbus: Feb. 21, extension office, 2715 13th St.

For additional information on the workshops and other resources for managing manure nutrients, visit http://manure.unl.edu or contact Johnson at 402-584-3818 or ljohnson13@unl.edu.

Pre-register at least eight business days before the workshop at http://go.unl.edu/lat or by using the form in the program brochure at https://go.unl.edu/lat-2019.

The workshops are sponsored by the Nebraska Extension Animal Manure Management Team, which is dedicated to helping livestock and crop producers better utilize manure resources for agronomic and environmental benefits.

Northeast Precision Ag seminar
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Several precision agriculture training sessions will be offered in the coming weeks at four northeast and north central Nebraska locations by the Center for Enterprise at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. The instructor will be Lonny Mitchell, precision agriculture trainer at Northeast. The sessions are targeted to those employed or involved in agricultural-based businesses and industries.

The sites in Norfolk, Ainsworth, O’Neill and West Point will host a third training course from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. The purpose of the “Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI): Possibly the Best Money You Can Spend” training will be to increase a producer’s understanding and realization that utilizing VRI helps address concerns by agricultural communities about water. Focus areas include reduced water usage; increased overall crop health; reduced movement of nitrates through the soil; reduced rounds by pivot systems during the season; reduced variability in crop health across a field; and the use of soil moisture probes and water meters.

For more details on the precision agriculture training courses or to register, call the Northeast Campus in Norfolk at 402-844-7000.