Calendar

Jun
29
Fri
Youth Tractor Safety training
Jun 29 – Jun 30 all-day

Youth Tractor Safety and Hazardous Occupations Courses will be held at 12 locations this year for 14- and 15-year-olds who will be working on a farm other than their own.  Anyone older than 15 years is also welcome to take the Nebraska Extension class, but those under age 14 are not eligible.

The class includes extensive training on tractor and ATV safety with classroom lessons and hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of safety and a respect for agricultural equipment are primary goals of the course.

The first day includes classroom instruction and hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Students are required to pass the written test before taking the driving test. Day two includes lessons on equipment operation and ATV safety and a physical driving test. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. Instructors will offer an ATV simulator experience to learn about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs and UTVs. Students will also need to complete homework assignments for the second day.

All on-site classes begin at 8 a.m.; end times will vary, depending on the number of participants.
Fairgrounds, Weeping Water – (402) 267-2205 – June 29-30

Cost of the course is $60, which includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunches.

Print and complete a registration found at kearney.unl.edu, and submit with payment to the appropriate Extension office for the site location at least one week before the course. (Call the number listed for the particular site for further registration details.)

Jul
1
Sun
Iowa Dairy Princess Candidate deadline
Jul 1 all-day

Midwest Dairy’s Iowa Division is seeking candidates to serve as Iowa’s 65th Dairy Princess. The entry deadline is July 1.

The Iowa Dairy Princess serves as the official goodwill ambassador for the state’s dairy industry, helping communicate with people about dairy farmers’ stewardship for animals and natural resources, the safety and wholesomeness of dairy products, and the economic importance of dairy to Iowa’s economy.

Eligible candidates include young women from 17 to 24 years old from active Iowa dairy farms, who work on a dairy farm, or whose parents are employees of an Iowa dairy farm. Candidates must also have completed their junior year of high school.

Judging will be held Aug. 7-8, 2018, in Ankeny, Iowa. Selection is based on communications skills, general knowledge of the dairy industry and enthusiasm for dairy promotion. The 65th Iowa State Dairy Princess will be crowned Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Multi-Media Center of the Cattle Barn at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines.

The 2018-19 Iowa Dairy Princess and Alternate will both receive $1,000 scholarships from Midwest Dairy Iowa Division.

For complete rules and application materials, contact LeAnne Philips at 712-551-7918 or leanne.philips@gmail.com or visit Midwestdairy.Com/For-Farmers/Dairy-Princess-Contests.

Jul
9
Mon
NE Soybean Board mtg
Jul 9 – Jul 10 all-day

The Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) will hold its board of directors meeting July 9–10 at Pheasant Bonanza Lodge in Tekamah. Much of the meeting will be spent hearing and discussing project proposals for the 2019 fiscal year.

The first day’s session will also include strategic planning, informational reports and committee meetings.

Day two includes committee reports, strategic plan review and a presentation from Susan Green of Northeast Community College’s Agriculture & Water Center of Excellence. A full agenda can be found at NebraskaSoybeans.org.

CVA Horse Owner Wksp
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CVA will be hosting Horse Owner Workshops to educate horse owners on changes coming to Purina horse feeds. In June, Purina will be launching a new line of Strategy GX and Strategy Healthy Edge formulated with Outlast gastric support supplement. The Outlast product contains calcium and magnesium that function to create a buffer for stomach acid and raise pH levels. This is a top-dress supplement and can also be fed as a snack before a stressful event. The current Ultium product is also offered with the Outlast Gastric Care formula. It contains a full serving of the Outlast supplement in addition to having high-quality protein and fiber sources .

Gastric ulcers are directly correlated to stressful environmental factors such as intense exercise, performance events, trailering or lack of contact with other horses. Studies have found that approximately 60% of show horses and 90% of racehorses develop moderate to severe ulcers. Ulcers can also be attributed to diet-related issues such as receiving inadequate forage, being fed meals greater than 6 hours apart, living in a stall without turnout or eating a diet with a high starch content. When the pH of the stomach drops below normal levels and pressure is increased due to a stressful event, inflammation and erosion develop in the stomach and intestinal lining, creating discomfort.

To learn more about these and other Purina horse products we invite producers to attend a Horse Owners Workshop during our events taking place. The final workshop is July 9th in Oakland at the Burt Co. Fairgrounds at 6pm featuring Brandi Salestrom and Cassidy Curtis who will be working with 4Hers to prepare for State Horse Show and local county fairs. Libby Michaud will also be present to visit about Purina horse feed. For all 3 workshops supper will be provided and there will be feed specials and drawings throughout the evening. Contact Brandi at 402-870-1602 for more information.

Jul
10
Tue
Dairy Heat Stress webinars
Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Farming is often listed as one of the most stressful occupations in the United States. This is particularly true for dairy farmers as they experience an extended period of low milk prices.

To help dairy farmers deal with stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of three webinars that discuss how to recognize the signs of stress, how dairy farm families can manage stress, analyzing a dairy for profits, the profitability of various dairy systems and what FINBIN says about production costs.

The webinars will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays, July 10, July 17 and July 24, at 12 p.m. They will be conducted by extension specialists from ISU Extension and Outreach, the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and University of Minnesota. ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialists Larry Tranel, Fred Hall and Jenn Bentley will present during the webinars, as well as John Shutske, extension specialist with the University of Wisconsin, Jim Salfer, extension dairy specialist with the University of Minnesota, and Phil Cardoso, extension dairy specialist with the University of Illinois.

The topics discussed in the webinars are:
–    July 10 – Recognizing and Managing Stress of Dairy Farmers
–    July 17 – Knowing Your Cost of Production and Where the Dairy Industry Is Headed
–    July 24 – Making Production Decisions During Challenging Times

To join the webinars, log onto https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/isuedairy. For more information contact Tranel at tranel@iastate.edu or 563-583-6496, Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu or 563-382-2949, or Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu or 712-737-4230.

The webinars are sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension, University of Illinois Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension.

N-U Listening Session
Jul 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Leadership from the University of Nebraska will be making a stop in West Point on July 10 as part of a month-long listening tour in northeast Nebraska. A community conversation and meal will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave. in West Point.

The stop will be an opportunity for those in attendance to share thoughts and visions for the future of their community with university leadership including Mike Boehm, NU vice president for agriculture and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

All are welcome to attend. To RSVP, visit go.unl.edu/cumingcounty or email ianr@unl.edu. For event questions, contact 402-472-7080.

Jul
11
Wed
IA Corn Policy Roundtables
Jul 11 – Jul 12 all-day

Policy development at the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a grassroots process. Each year, ICGA hosts roundtable meetings in local communities across the state to gather insight and feedback on priorities from farmer members. The meetings, which will be held on June 25 & 26 and July 11 & 12 this year, allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at roundtable meetings go on to the Annual ICGA Grassroots Summit on August 24-25 for the ICGA delegates to debate for adoption into the ICGA Policy Book. This process enables the organization to take-action in lobbying for and supporting sound policy development and pro-farmer legislation.

July 11    Mt. Pleasant – Airport Road Vineyard and Winery, 2555 Lexington Ave. (11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
    Emmetsburg – The Shores at Five Island, 14 North Lawler St. (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
    Denison –Boulders, 2507 Boulder Dr. (5:30-8:30 p.m.)

July 12
    Albia – Smith Fertilizer & Grain, 805 IA-5 (11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
    Creston – Gavilon Grain, 300 Osage St. (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
    Fayette – Upper Iowa, 605 Washington St. (5:30-8:30 p.m.)

Roundtables are FREE for ICGA members, but we encourage advance registration. Meals (lunch or dinner) will be included at each session. If you can’t attend a roundtable but wish to bring forth a policy resolution for consideration, please contact your local ICGA Board member. Go to iowacorn.org/roundtables for more information. 

NE Pesticide Container Recycling
Jul 11 all-day

When dropping off your clean agricultural pesticide containers for recycling at one of Nebraska’s 18 participating recycling collection sites, you can feel good knowing the containers will be recycled into useful products that stay in the U.S.  Now in its 27th year, the recycling program encourages producers to bring clean, dry, intact containers to a nearby collection site.  There is no charge to producers. They must, however, triple- or pressure-rinse containers and drain them before dropping them off.  Containers will be collected, ground up and reused in industry-approved products such as drain tile, underground utility conduit, pallets, landscape edging and nursery pots.  To see additional sites that may be added, a container preparation checklist and more, see http://pested.unl.edu/recycling.

YEAR-ROUND
    Buffalo: Kearney Recycling Center, Kearney, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Cass: Wiles Bros. Fertilizer, Plattsmouth, call 402-298-8550 to schedule, accepts drums
    Cuming: West Point Transfer Station, Mon thru Fri, 8am-5pm; Sat 8am-4pm, accepts drums
    Dawson: Country Partners Coop, Lexington, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., accepts drums
    Lincoln: ABC Recycling, North Platte, Mon thru Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sat by appt, accepts drums
    Sarpy: Farmers Union Coop, Gretna, call 402-332-3315
    Scotts Bluff: Gering Landfill, Gering, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., accepts drums
    Thurston: Papio MRNRD Shed, Walthill, Fridays only, accepts drums

MAY-AUGUST
    Antelope: Central Valley Ag, Royal, accepts drums
    Dawes: Solid Waste Assoc. of NW NE, Chadron, Mon through Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., accepts drums
    Kearney: Cooperative Producers Inc., Minden, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saunders: Reids Farmacy, Ashland, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., accepts drums

OPEN SPECIFIC DAYS
    Dakota: Central Valley Ag, S. Sioux City, June and July, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, accepts drums
    Lancaster: Midwest Farmers Co-op, Waverly, June 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Otoe: Midwest Farmers Co-op, Nebraska City, July 23-27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., accepts drums

BY APPOINTMENT
    Burt: Tekamah Transfer Station, Tekamah, year-round, by appointment, 402-374-1255
    Custer: Custer County Recycling, Broken Bow, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment, 308-870-0313, accepts drums
    Lincoln: North Platte Transfer Station, year-round, by appointment, 308-535-6700, accepts drums

For easy-to-follow instructions on triple-rinsing drums and pressure-rinsing, see G1736, “Rinsing Pesticide Containers,” http://extensionpubs.unl.edu/publication/9000016364796/rinsing-pesticide-containers/.  

This event has a Google Hangouts video call.
Join: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/apps.ruralradio.com/apps-ruralradio?hceid=YXBwcy5ydXJhbHJhZGlvLmNvbV9oc29uNjhhZHRxajVyNmJtajVpcHNlbmRlc0Bncm91cC5jYWxlbmRhci5nb29nbGUuY29t.36io6u0g3ko25dvn1po2ujtlbf&hs=121

N-U Listening Session
Jul 11 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Leadership from the University of Nebraska will be making a stop in Tekamah on July 11 as part of a month-long listening tour in northeast Nebraska. A community conversation will be held at 8 a.m. at the Chatterbox, 203 S 13th St. in Tekamah.

The stop will be an opportunity for those in attendance to share thoughts and visions for the future of their community with university leadership including Mike Boehm, NU vice president for agriculture and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

All are welcome to attend. To RSVP, visit go.unl.edu/burtcounty or email ianr@unl.edu. For event questions, contact 402-472-7080.

Glyphosate-Resistant Palmer amaranth Management Field Day
Jul 11 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Including on-site demonstrations of projects for control of
Glyphosate-Resistant Palmer amaranth in Soybean

• Palmer amaranth, a member of the pigweed (Amaranthaceae) family, is one of the most troublesome weeds in soybean fields.
• Greenhouse dose-response studies have confirmed glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth in Nebraska.
• Field experiments will demonstrate how to control resistant Palmer amaranth in field and seed corn production fields in Nebraska. On-Site Demonstration of Projects
• How row spacing and herbicide programs can affect glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth control in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybean
• Management of Palmer amaranth in
• Balance GT/Liberty Link Soybean (resistant to isoxaflutole and
glufosinate)
• Enlist E3 Soybean (resistant to 2,4-D choline, glyphosate, and
glufosinate)
• Critical period of Palmer amaranth removal affected by residual herbicides in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybean

FIELD DAY SCHEDULE
8:30 am – Registration (no cost)
Enjoy Rolls and Coffee
9:00 am – Welcome
9:30 am – Field Day Tours
11:15 am – Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hager
12:15 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm Adjourn

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Aaron Hager is an Associate Professor and Extension Weed Sci-
entist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been invited nationally and internationally to present his research on management of herbicide-resistant pigweeds. He presently serves as an Associate Editor for Weed Technology, a journal of the Weed Science Society of America that publishes applied weed science research.

DIRECTIONS:

From Geneva, NE, go south on Hwy 81 for 14.6 miles.
Turn west onto Hwy 4 for 5.3 miles. Farm field is
located on the south side of Hwy 4 between C St.
and Renwick St. in Carleton.

3 CCA Credits Available 

Glyphosate-Resistant Palmer Amaranth Mgt Field Day
Jul 11 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

NE Extension is hosting a glyposate-resistant Palmer amaranth Management Field Day on July 11th near Carleton, NE.  On-site demonstration projects will be featured, including how row spacing and herbicide programs can affect glyposate-resistant Palmer amaranth control in RR2 Xtend soybeans, management of palmer amaranth in Balance GT/Liberty Link beans, Enlist E3 beans, and critical period of Palmer amaranth removal.  Guest speaker is Dr Aaron Hager, Assoc. Prof. and Extension Weed Scientist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Registration is at 830am, there’s a lunch, and the day wraps up at 1pm.  Register online at agronomy.unl.edu/palmer

ISU Crop & Pest Mgt Training
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Now that crops are in the ground and growing, what happens over the next few months will drastically impact yields this fall. The Iowa State University Field Extension Education Laboratory will hold the 2018 Field Diagnostic Clinic, a full day of interactive conversations, to cover issues that may occur this summer.

The 2018 Field Diagnostic Clinic is provided to update farmers, crop advisers, agronomists and agribusiness professionals on pests, weeds and diseases that impact corn and soybean fields. The event will be held on July 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will provide information on crop scouting and field diagnostic knowledge.

Participants will have the opportunity to see issues that occur in crop fields including diseases, weeds, nutrient deficiency, and herbicide and fertilizer injury. Most of these will be shown with live plants in a field plot setting and although these happen, some do not occur often enough for people to easily remember the symptoms, said Pierson.

The clinic will be hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach and feature crop management specialists and researchers, as well as ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists. New to this year’s clinic will be a session on soil and tissue sampling analysis.

FEEL is located at 1928 240th St. near Boone. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. on July 11, with opening comments at 8:55 a.m. The clinic will adjourn at 4 p.m.

Advance registration is required to attend this clinic. Registration is $125 prior to midnight, June 29 and $150 after. Registrations must be received prior to midnight, July 6. Registration includes refreshments, lunch and course materials. Attendees have the option to purchase “A Farmers Guide to Corn Diseases” (IPM 76) at a 50 percent discount (a total cost of $15). Additional workshop information and online registration with credit card is available at www.aep.iastate.edu/feel/diagnostic.

Descriptions of the sessions included in the clinic, can be found online as well at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/feel/diagnostic.

ISU NW IA Field Day
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Farmers and the public are invited to attend a farm field day on Wednesday, July 11, at the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland. Check-in and registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the program starting at 9:30 a.m. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will present timely research and crop production information throughout the morning. Topics and speakers will include:
– On the Edge – Bioreactor and Saturated Buffer Models
– Iowa Water Quality and Research at the Northwest Iowa Research Farm
– Surrogate Nitrate Measurement Methods
– Iowa Windbreak Management
– Agronomic Issues from the 2018 Growing Season

Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend, and Certified Crop Credits will be available. A noon lunch will be available for a minimal charge.

The Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm is located at 6320 500th Street near Sutherland, Iowa. That’s 1/4 mile east of Highway 59 on B-62, about two miles south of Calumet or about 12 miles north of Cherokee.

For more information about the ISU Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day, contact Joel DeJong at 712-546-7835 or jldejong@iastate.edu.

NE Ext. Cattle Handling Facilities webinar
Jul 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Animal Care Wednesday Webinar will be Wednesday, July 11, 11:00 am CST / 10:00 am MT. Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist, and Joe Darrington, veterinarian and former SDSU Extension Livestock Environment Associate, will be discussing Cattle handling facilities: common issues & simple fixes.

Cattle handling facilities and low-stress handling are key to keeping cattle and handlers safe along with efficiently doing tasks. Hear what we learned from ranch visits to improve animal movement and handler safety by addressing some common facility challenges producers were encountering.

Join the webinar: https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/950423108.
Recorded webinars are archived at: http://animalscience.unl.edu/animal-care-resources.

Upcoming webinars in 2018:
Aug 1    Parasite control and being a good steward: tips to implementing new research findings
Sep 5    Antibiotic/antimicrobial stewardship: product handling, storage temp, mixing techniques  
Oct 3    2018 Ag law and regulation updates: Animal welfare and care outlook  
Nov 7    BQA Transportation cert. prog. implementation and federal commercial trucker regulations
Dec 5    Update on the SD OneHealth initiative

Jul
12
Thu
ISU Crop Mgt Clinic
Jul 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

With Iowa’s planting season drastically impacted by cold and wet weather earlier this spring, now more than ever it is important to make sure crops are efficiently managed to ensure the best yields possible.

Many factors, including weather, pests, crop prices, input costs and crop growth and development, can have negative impacts on crops, potentially harming yields during harvest. Adequately prepare for this season by brushing up on crop management skills with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach researchers, management specialists and field agronomists.

Iowa State University’s Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) will host the Summer 2018 Crop Management Clinic, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic provides interactive workshops and discussions to give patrons the best tools, resources and means-tested strategies to make the best crop management decisions in their corn or soybean fields.

This event is open to anyone who has an interest in crop production and management. ISU Extension and Outreach will have a variety of agronomic professionals teaching the importance of water quality, pest and nutrient management and factors affecting yield that can occur in corn and soybean fields. As an intermediate level course, some of the topics covered will be geared toward crop management for future seasons, such as nematode management, full season weed control, and hybrid and seeding rate decisions. Other topics will benefit the attendees this summer and fall with decisions about fungicide applications, nitrogen management decisions, and soil health and indicators of soil health.

For a complete list of topics and instructors, visit the clinic website at www.aep.iastate.edu/feel/management.

FEEL is located at 1928 240th St. near Boone. Plan to arrive at 8:30 a.m. for registration with opening comments beginning at 8:55 a.m.

Advance registration is required to attend this event. Early registration is $125 and must be completed before midnight, June 29. Late registration is $150 until midnight, July 6. Registration includes refreshments, lunch and course materials. Additional information and online registration is available at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/feel/management. For any additional questions please visit the website above and take advantage of this growing season in crop management. This clinic qualifies for six continuing education credits for Iowa Certified Crop Advisers, subject to board approval, in the following categories: 1.0 nutrient management, 2.5 pest management, 1.5 soil and water management, 1.0 crop management.

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.

NE Pork “Expansion Meeting”
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Nebraska Pork Producers are hosing a series of meetings for those farmers currently growing crops who would be interested in building a finishing barn and getting into pork production.

This is part of an effort that dates back in 2016, when it was noticed that Nebraska was sending a lot of hogs out of state to be finished, then having to ship them back to Nebraska to be processed.

They are not looking for a 100 people. They are looking for a few row crop producers that are highly interested and motivated to put up finishing barns.

There will be 14 different entities there that will discuss their roles in the pork industry and how they interact with farmers. Each will have 3 minutes to give a short introduction to their company. After each company finishes their introduction, there will be 5 questions that each company answer. Then it will be kind of like a trade show where the producers have the opportunity to talk to the companies that have interested them.

The Wayne meeting will be on Thursday July 12 and The 4th Jug meeting room, 1001 E 7th St. Wayne from 11am until 12-noon.

For more information, and to register, call the NE Pork office in Lincoln at 1-888-627-7675 or go to their web site at www.nepork.org.

Jul
14
Sat
ICGA Education Trailer
Jul 14 all-day

The Carroll County Corn Growers will be at the Carroll County Fair in Coon Rapids, Iowa on July 14th. The highly-visible and interactive Iowa Corn mobile education trailer will be at the fair on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m., as well as on Saturday afternoon. The 60-foot state-of-the-art mobile display brings to life Iowa Corn’s successful Corn It’s Everything campaign. It takes visitors on a multi-media journey showing how Iowa Corn farmers conserve their land while growing corn that’s used for food, feed, fuel and the 4,000 other products made from you guessed it, corn.

In addition, the Carroll County Fair and the Carroll County ISU Extension are celebrating their 100th Year Anniversary.

Iowa Corn launched Iowa Corn-fed Summer Road Trip to help you find restaurants, local events such as this and fuel retailers across the state. Go to Iowacorn.org/roadtrip to find award-winning corn-fed burgers and pork tenderloins and to sign-up for contests throughout the summer. Use our hashtag, #CORNFEDSUMMER to promote how you are using corn products all summer long.

Jul
15
Sun
NDA Poultry Photo Contest
Jul 15 all-day

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is encouraging 4-H and FFA members to share their passion for poultry by entering NDA’s annual Poultry Photo Contest. The contest highlights the state’s diverse poultry population and raises awareness of biosecurity measures for poultry owners. Entries must be postmarked by July 15, 2018.

Winners of NDA’s Poultry Photo Contest will be announced during the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. NDA will feature winning photos throughout the year in promotional materials and on social media. NDA will also feature information on biosecurity measures that owners can take to keep their flocks healthy and prevent the spread of diseases.

NDA staff members will judge the photo contest entries based on originality, composition and photographic skills. Contest rules and official entry forms are available online at www.nda.nebraska.gov.

Jul
16
Mon
FSA Acreage Reporting Deadline
Jul 16 all-day

Cuming County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Sarah Beck is reminding area producers that accurate and timely reporting of acres for all crops and land uses is an FSA program eligibility requirement. She is encouraging Cuming County producers to communicate with the FSA office as soon as spring planting is complete.

Producers who file accurate and timely acreage certification reports, including failed and prevented planted acreage, can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. The acreage reporting deadline for all spring-seeded crops and Conservation Reserve Program acres is July 16, 2018.

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, or to schedule an appointment to complete acreage certification, please contact the Cuming County FSA office at (402) 372-2451, or call your local FSA office or USDA Service Center.

NE Beef Council mtg
Jul 16 all-day

The Nebraska Beef Council Board of Director’s will meet at the NBC office located at 1319 Central Ave. in Kearney, NE on Monday July 16th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. CDT. The NBC Board of Directors will listen to presentations from outside contractors for the fiscal year 2018-2019. Followed by funding decisions for 2018-2019. For more information, please contact Pam Esslinger at pam@nebeef.org.

Nebraska Beef Council July Meeting
Jul 16 @ 7:30 am

The Nebraska Beef Council Board of Director’s will meet at the NBC office located at 1319 Central Ave. on Monday July 16th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. CDT.

The NBC Board of Directors will listen to presentations from outside contractors for the fiscal year 2018-2019. Followed by funding decisions for 2018-2019. For more information, please contact Pam Esslinger at pam@nebeef.org

Jul
17
Tue
Ag Econ & Tech Summit
Jul 17 – Jul 18 all-day

Trade disputes, dwindling returns, changing technologies, fickle consumer tastes, global economics . . . the challenges and opportunities in agriculture change daily. The 2018 Agricultural Economic and Technology Summit offers up the best opportunity to stay on top of the changes in agriculture, mingle with agriculture’s leading players, and discuss issues facing agriculture. The Agricultural Economic and Technology Summit, to be held at the Kearney Holiday Inn, July 17-18, is a partnership between Nebraska Farm Bureau, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agricultural Economics and Biological Systems Engineering Departments and KRVN Rural Radio Network.

The summit is recommended to producers, ag-business professionals, and consultants and is packed with leading national experts like: Jason Henderson of Purdue University, offering his big picture outlook for the agricultural economy; Brian Watkins of Cropzilla, on Ag Technology; Dick Wittman of Wittman Consulting, on farm and ranch transitions; and Brian Kuehl of Farmers for Free Trade, on the trade roller coaster and how that impacts farmers/ranchers and the agriculture economy.

The Agricultural Economic and Technology Summit will also feature a series of breakout sessions to dig deeper into a range of subjects important to agriculture today. Topics include; what successful farms are doing right, UNL-Testing Ag Performance Solutions program, economics of technology applications, big data = better beef, farm policy updates, and data intensive farm management.

Information on the summit, including an online registration form and agenda, can be found at www.nefb.org/agecontech or contact Whittney Kelley at (402) 421-4760 or via email at whittneyk@nefb.org.

Iowa Corn Promotion Board elections
Jul 17 all-day

On July 17, 2018, corn growers in Crop Reporting Districts 4, 5, 8, and 9 can vote at their local county ISU extension office for their representation on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board for a 3-year term. The Board’s primary priorities and responsibilities include domestic and foreign market development, research into news and value-added corn uses, and education on corn and the farmers who grow it.

Corn producers within Districts 4, 5, 8, and 9 who have produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous marketing year (September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017) and are interested in running for a position may still file a petition with the ICPB. Petitions can be obtained by contacting the Iowa Corn office and must contain the signatures of 25 corn producers from the same district as the prospective candidate. Completed and notarized petitions must be delivered to the Iowa Corn office no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 27, 2017. Once all grower petitions have been received, a final list of candidates will be generated, and all names will be listed on the election ballots.

Current candidates are as follows:
USDA Crop Reporting District #4 (Audubon, Calhoun, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie, Harrison, Ida, Monona, Sac, Shelby, and Woodbury)
–    Larry Buss, Harrison County
–    Brandon Strutzenberg, Calhoun County

USDA Crop Reporting District #5 (Boone, Dallas, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Story, Tama, and Webster)
–    Michael Fritch, Jasper County
–    Rod Pierce, Boone County

USDA Crop Reporting District #8 (Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Ringgold, Union, Warren, and Wayne)
–    Corwin Fee, Marion County
–    Gary Petersohn, Ringgold County

USDA Crop Reporting District #9 (Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Mahaska, Van Buren, Wapello, and Washington)
–    Paul Gieselman, Louisa County
–    Stan Nelson, Des Moines County

Anyone who has produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous marketing year is eligible to vote in the election. Producers unable to visit the local ISU extension office on July 17 may vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested beginning May 30, requests must be made no later than June 25 by contacting the Iowa Corn office at (515)225-9242 or on our website at www.iowacorn.org. Absentee ballots must be postmarked or returned to the Iowa Corn Office no later than July 17. Results of the election will be made public on July 22.

Dairy Heat Stress webinars
Jul 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Farming is often listed as one of the most stressful occupations in the United States. This is particularly true for dairy farmers as they experience an extended period of low milk prices.

To help dairy farmers deal with stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of three webinars that discuss how to recognize the signs of stress, how dairy farm families can manage stress, analyzing a dairy for profits, the profitability of various dairy systems and what FINBIN says about production costs.

The webinars will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays, July 10, July 17 and July 24, at 12 p.m. They will be conducted by extension specialists from ISU Extension and Outreach, the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and University of Minnesota. ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialists Larry Tranel, Fred Hall and Jenn Bentley will present during the webinars, as well as John Shutske, extension specialist with the University of Wisconsin, Jim Salfer, extension dairy specialist with the University of Minnesota, and Phil Cardoso, extension dairy specialist with the University of Illinois.

The topics discussed in the webinars are:
–    July 10 – Recognizing and Managing Stress of Dairy Farmers
–    July 17 – Knowing Your Cost of Production and Where the Dairy Industry Is Headed
–    July 24 – Making Production Decisions During Challenging Times

To join the webinars, log onto https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/isuedairy. For more information contact Tranel at tranel@iastate.edu or 563-583-6496, Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu or 563-382-2949, or Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu or 712-737-4230.

The webinars are sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension, University of Illinois Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension.

ILF Denitrifying Bioreactor Field Day
Jul 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Prairie Rivers of Iowa, in partnership with Iowa Learning Farms, will host a field day on Tuesday, July 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Field Extension Education Laboratory, located at 1928 240th St. in Boone. This field day, sponsored by Prairie Rivers of Iowa, Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa Corn, and the Story County Soil and Water District, will discuss the design and implementation of practices that work to remove nitrate from tile lines. The event is free and open to the public, and includes a complimentary meal. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by July 12 to Kayla Bergman, Watershed Coordinator at Prairie Rivers of Iowa, at 515-232-0048 or kbergman@prrcd.org.

This event will include a tour of a denitrifying bioreactor and will feature presentations from Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Station On The Edge, Jace Klein, a bioreactor designer with Ecosystems Services Exchange, and a local landowner with bioreactor experience.

The event will be held rain or shine, so please wear appropriate clothing and make sure to wear sunscreen. Water and a free dinner from Jimmy’s BBQ Pit will be provided by event sponsors.

Jul
18
Wed
Soil Health Field Day
Jul 18 all-day

Nebraska Extension will host a clinic on July 18 for the public to learn more about the components of soil health. The training will take place at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) located near Mead.

Topics to be addressed include: management considerations to improve soil health; measuring bulk density, porosity, and infiltration and the impact on soil health; the importance of physical soil properties on soil health; cover crops and how they impact soil health; soil biology and what you can do to change it; soil characteristics, productivity and landscape position; and chemical soil properties.

In addition to the hands-on experience, attendees will receive a resource notebook for future reference. Trainers include University of Nebraska- Lincoln faculty and resource personnel from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Participants will meet at the August N. Christenson Research and Education Building at ENREC (formerly the Agricultural Research and Development Center).

A total of 6.5 Certified Crop Adviser credits in soil and water management have been applied for and are pending approval for this clinic.

Early registration is recommended to reserve a seat and resource materials. Cost is $95 for those registering one week in advance and $120 after.

For more information or to register, contact the Nebraska Extension CMDC Programs, 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE 68033, call (800) 529-8030, fax (402) 624-8010, e-mail cdunbar2@unl.edu or visit https://enre.unl.edu/crop.

District 16 Candidate Forum
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Those interested in learning more about the candidates running for the District 16 seat in the Nebraska Legislature are invited to participate in a candidate forum sponsored by the Burt, Cuming, and Washington County Farm Bureaus. Candidates Ben Hansen and Chuck Hassebrook are both confirmed to participate.

The candidate forum will be held Wednesday, July 18 at the West Point Community Theater, 237 N. Main St., in West Point. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. The forum will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (CST).  The forum will also be broadcast live on KTIC 840 AM and 98.3 FM and www.kticradio.com from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The forum will provide an opportunity for the public to meet and ask questions of the candidates who are seeking to represent District 16 in the Nebraska Legislature. The event is free and open to the public.

Jul
19
Thu
Farm Finance Clinics – Lexington
Jul 19 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, July 5th

North Platte — Thursday, July 12th
Lexington — Thursday, July 19th

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.

Jul
20
Fri
EQIP – Ephemeral Gully Control cost share deadline
Jul 20 all-day

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has funding available to help Nebraska’s farmers control erosion on their cropland. This funding is available through a special Ephemeral Gully Control Initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Eligible producers have until July 20 to apply.

Controlling erosion is especially important for recipients of USDA program benefits – like federal crop insurance subsidies and conservation program payments. USDA program participants are required to control erosion on all cropland determined to be highly erodible. The funding available through this special initiative can help farmers meet that requirement.

According to NRCS, over the last couple of decades, there has been a continual decrease in grassed waterways due largely to the adoption of large-scale farming equipment and conservation cropping systems that rely heavily on herbicides to control weeds. On some fields, this has led to increased erosion and ephemeral gullies.

For more information, and to apply for funding through this special initiative, visit NRCS at a local USDA Service Center before July 20.

Farm Finance & Ag Law Clinic
Jul 20 all-day

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

Clinic Sites and Dates
    Grand Island — Thursday, July 5
    North Platte — Thursday, July 12
    Valentine — Monday, July 16
    Lexington — Thursday, July 19
    Norfolk — Friday, July 20
    Fairbury – Thursday, August 2

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.