Calendar

Mar
11
Mon
IA Best Burger
Mar 11 all-day

Iowa’s beef producers are asking their fellow Iowans to help find Iowa’s Best Burger in 2019. In this year’s quest, the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) are encouraging you to nominate your favorite burger, whether it’s gourmet or down-home style.

This is the tenth year the two groups are holding the annual Iowa’s Best Burger contest, which officially kicked off February 11, 2019. During the first phase of the contest, Iowans are encouraged to nominate their favorite burger before March 11, 2019. At that point, the 10 restaurants with the most nominations will be visited by a secret panel of judges, who will determine the ultimate winner. The 2019 Best Burger in Iowa will be announced on May 1, 2019 with the kick-off of May Beef Month in Iowa.

To qualify to be named Iowa’s Best Burger, the burger must be a 100% beef patty and served on a bun or bread product.

Details about the contest, rules, and the voting form are available on the Iowa Beef Industry Council’s website, www.iabeef.org. Burger lovers can also find a link to the online nomination form at the Iowa Beef Council Facebook page; or by texting BEEF to 313131. Photos of your favorite burger can be shared socially using #IABestBurger. The nomination period will close at 5 p.m. on March 11, 2019.

NE Chemigation Certification
Mar 11 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.

Commodity Futures Basics
Mar 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.

Mar
12
Tue
NE Chemigation Certification
Mar 12 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.

Foreign Animal Diseases wksp
Mar 12 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

A Foreign Animal Disease prevention and response workshop for livestock producers and veterinarians will be offered through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa State University Center for Food Security and Public Health.

Workshop attendees will learn what to expect if Foot and Mouth Disease or African Swine Fever is found in the U.S. Experts will share their plans for animal movements and the requirements that would go into effect if a Foreign Animal Disease outbreak occurred. Attendees can also expect to hear how to protect their animals from diseases and suggested daily health monitoring strategies.

Workshops are scheduled at the following locations:
March 12 – Carroll, Iowa (Carrollton Inn, 1730 US-71)

Onsite registration opens at 8:30 a.m. the days of each session. However, online pre-registration is encouraged. Workshops start at 9 a.m., going until 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided free of charge. For more information, email fad@IowaAgriculture.gov.

Beef Profit Tips wksp
Mar 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Nebraska Extension are hosting Beef Profitability Workshops in Eastern Nebraska to help Beef Producers evaluate their operations to make them more profitable through the latest research information. Extension Educators will be presenting the information.

These workshops have been held across Nebraska for the past sixteen years. Workshops are sponsored by Nebraska Extension. The cost is $10.00 which is payable at the door, but pre-registration is encouraged so we know how many will be attending.

Workshops that will be held in the area during March includes the following locations.

March 12, 2019 – Dakota County at 1:00 p.m. @ the Dakota County Extension Office, Dakota City, NE. Topics include “Unit Cost of Production”, “Grazing Management – Where to Put the Cows”, and “Heat Stress Management”. Pre-register by contacting Larry Howard at 402-372-6006 by March 8th.

March 13, 2019 – Cuming County at 1:00 p.m. @ Cuming County Courthouse Meeting Room, West Point, NE. Topics include “Unit Cost of Production”, “Stalking Rates & Rental Rates on Corn Residue for Grazing”, and “Heat Stress Management”. Pre-register by contacting Larry Howard at 402-372-6006 by March 11th.

March 14, 2019 – Dodge County Extension at 1:00 p.m. @ Dodge County Extension Office, Fremont, NE. Topics include “Unit Cost of Production”, “Grazing Management – Where to Put the Cows”, and “Heat Stress Management”. Pre-register by contacting Larry Howard at 402-372-6006 by March 12th.

Mar
13
Wed
Grain Marketing mtg
Mar 13 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

A grain marketing meeting to help farmers minimize losses during this time of low commodity prices will be held in O’Neill on March 13. Nebraska Extension in partnership with Corteva Agriscience and Pioneer Hybrids will present strategies for using futures and options to protect farmers from adverse price declines. The workshops will feature the Marketing in a New Era Simulation and the Grain Marketing Plan smartphone app.

This meeting will have two sessions. The morning session features a review of futures and options along with a market outlook presentation. A free lunch will be provided to those in attendance. The afternoon session participants can test their marketing skills through the hands-on Marketing in a New Era Simulation.

The March 13 meeting will be held at the Nebraska Extension Office for Holt County at 128 N. 6th Street, Suite 100, O’Neill, NE. The meeting will start at 9:00 am and conclude by 2:00 pm with a mid-day break for lunch.

Register by calling the Nebraska Extension office in Holt County at 402-336-2760. This workshop is limited to 26 participants.

Beef Profit Tips wksp
Mar 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Nebraska Extension are hosting Beef Profitability Workshops in Eastern Nebraska to help Beef Producers evaluate their operations to make them more profitable through the latest research information. Extension Educators will be presenting the information.

These workshops have been held across Nebraska for the past sixteen years. Workshops are sponsored by Nebraska Extension. The cost is $10.00 which is payable at the door, but pre-registration is encouraged so we know how many will be attending.

Workshops that will be held in the area during March includes the following locations.

March 12, 2019 – Dakota County at 1:00 p.m. @ the Dakota County Extension Office, Dakota City, NE. Topics include “Unit Cost of Production”, “Grazing Management – Where to Put the Cows”, and “Heat Stress Management”. Pre-register by contacting Larry Howard at 402-372-6006 by March 8th.

March 13, 2019 – Cuming County at 1:00 p.m. @ Cuming County Courthouse Meeting Room, West Point, NE. Topics include “Unit Cost of Production”, “Stalking Rates & Rental Rates on Corn Residue for Grazing”, and “Heat Stress Management”. Pre-register by contacting Larry Howard at 402-372-6006 by March 11th.

March 14, 2019 – Dodge County Extension at 1:00 p.m. @ Dodge County Extension Office, Fremont, NE. Topics include “Unit Cost of Production”, “Grazing Management – Where to Put the Cows”, and “Heat Stress Management”. Pre-register by contacting Larry Howard at 402-372-6006 by March 12th.

Mar
14
Thu
NE Chemigation Certification
Mar 14 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.

Beef Profit Tips wksp
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Nebraska Extension are hosting Beef Profitability Workshops in Eastern Nebraska to help Beef Producers evaluate their operations to make them more profitable through the latest research information. Extension Educators will be presenting the information.

These workshops have been held across Nebraska for the past sixteen years. Workshops are sponsored by Nebraska Extension. The cost is $10.00 which is payable at the door, but pre-registration is encouraged so we know how many will be attending.

Workshops that will be held in the area during March includes the following locations.

March 12, 2019 – Dakota County at 1:00 p.m. @ the Dakota County Extension Office, Dakota City, NE. Topics include “Unit Cost of Production”, “Grazing Management – Where to Put the Cows”, and “Heat Stress Management”. Pre-register by contacting Larry Howard at 402-372-6006 by March 8th.

March 13, 2019 – Cuming County at 1:00 p.m. @ Cuming County Courthouse Meeting Room, West Point, NE. Topics include “Unit Cost of Production”, “Stalking Rates & Rental Rates on Corn Residue for Grazing”, and “Heat Stress Management”. Pre-register by contacting Larry Howard at 402-372-6006 by March 11th.

March 14, 2019 – Dodge County Extension at 1:00 p.m. @ Dodge County Extension Office, Fremont, NE. Topics include “Unit Cost of Production”, “Grazing Management – Where to Put the Cows”, and “Heat Stress Management”. Pre-register by contacting Larry Howard at 402-372-6006 by March 12th.

Northeast Precision Ag seminars
Mar 14 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 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.

Northeast’s West Point Campus will be the location of two additional trainings.
The two-part “Soil Management Technology” training will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, March 7 and 14. Mitchell will discuss different types of technology that can be utilized in managing a soil profile. He also will cover the uses of EC data (a measure of the soil’s electrical conductivity), soil moisture and fertility sensors, and various soil sampling methods and technologies used in sampling.

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

Farmers & Ranchers College
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 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
  – 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.

Mar
15
Fri
NC Foundation Scholarships
Mar 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.

NCF offers numerous other $1,000 minimum scholarships, awarded on the basis of academic achievement, beef industry involvement and goals/quality of application from the following funds. This application is due into the NCF office by March 15, 2019. Scholarship recipients must be a high school senior or college student, have a “C” or higher grade point average, and be enrolled or intending to enroll full time in a college or university that offers a bachelor degree, an approved vocation or trade school, or a state accredited junior college. Refer to the application for complete selection requirements.

Youth Corn Challenge
Mar 15 all-day

Do you know a teen who loves learning about crops? Perhaps she is considering a career involving crops, insects, diseases, soils, or water or perhaps he wants to figure out how to feed the world’s growing population in a sustainable way?

If so, consider recommending to the sixth Innovative Youth Corn Challenge, sponsored by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board. This contest, open to 4-H members (ages 10 and older as of January 1) or FFA members (in-school members), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.

As a team of two or more participants, youth will be challenged to implement a production practice different than normal to determine if the change would increase yield. Economics and sustainability of the practice also will be considered. Yields, cropping history, and production information will be collected in the Corn Yield Challenge management summary.

Cash prizes and plaques will be given to the first, second, and third place teams. First place will receive $1,000, second place will receive $500, and third place will receive $250. Sustainability, crop scouting, and “extra mile” awards also will be given, each worth $200.

To participate in 2019, youth must complete and return an entry form by March 15 to the Fillmore County Extension Office, 1340 G St., in Geneva, Nebr. Forms can be downloaded at cropwatch.unl.edu/youth/activities. For more information, contact Brandy at brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu or 402-759-3712.

UNL Agronomy & Horticulture seminars
Mar 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

UNL Agronomy and Horticulture seminars

Jan. 25 — Nevin Lawrence, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, integrated weed management specialist, “Integrated Weed Management in the Panhandle of Nebraska.”

Feb. 1 — Sabrina Ruis, postdoctoral research associate in agronomy and horticulture, “Cover Crops and Soil Ecosystem Services in the Great Plains.”

Feb. 8 — Justin McMechan, assistant professor, crop protection and cropping systems specialist, Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, “Cover Crop Management and Insect Interactions.”

Feb. 22 — Leah Sandall, distance education coordinator in agronomy and horticulture; McKinzie Sutter, distance education specialist in agronomy and horticulture; Grace Troupe, online instructor in agronomy and horticulture, “Online Teaching: You Can Do It Too!”

March 1 — Sally Clayshulte, Bayer Crop Science, adjunct associate professor of agronomy and horticulture.

March 8 — Marilyne Stains, associate professor of chemistry, “How is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics taught in North American Universities?”

March 15 — Marty Williams, ecologist in the USDA-ARS, adjunct professor, University of Illinois, “From Transcripts to the Tri-State: Exploiting Plant Density Tolerance to Improve an American Delicacy.”

March 29 — Daran Rudnick, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, irrigation management specialist, West Central Research and Extension Center, “Input Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability as Influenced by Management Practices.”

April 5 — Michael Grusak, center director of the USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, “Impacting People’s Lives — Strategies to Provide Nutrient-Enriched Staple Food Crops.”

April 12 — Michelle Graham, research geneticist in the USDA-ARS, Iowa State University.

April 19 — Tonya Haigh, project manager rural sociologist of natural resources, National Drought Mitigation Center, “Decision-Making during Drought: What Spurs a Range Manager to Take Action?”

Each talk is in Keim Hall, Room 150, UNL East Campus in Lincoln, and can also be watched online. All seminars are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

Mar
18
Mon
Commodity Futures Basics
Mar 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.

Mar
23
Sat
Burt Co Cattlemen Ladies Night
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Annual Burt County Cattlemen Ladies Night is set for Saturday March 23, 6:30pm at the Lyons City Auditorium.

Mar
25
Mon
Agrability Training Wksp
Mar 25 – Mar 28 all-day

Agricultural workers with disabilities or chronic illness, their families and professional staff are invited to the AgrAbility National Training Workshop from March 25-28 at the Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln.

The workshop, hosted by Nebraska AgrAbility, is the foremost educational event in the nation addressing disabilities in agriculture. Potential clients and their families, AgrAbility staff members and stakeholders — including U.S. Department of Agriculture and rehabilitation professionals, other nonprofit members, and suppliers of products beneficial to AgrAbility customers — are invited.

The program will offer information on leveraging resources and direct service to clients; networking opportunities with other clients, service providers and agency representatives; and training.

Registration is required at http://www.agrability.org/agrability-national-training-workshop. Early-bird registration ends March 1, and registration closes March 21.

Commodity Futures Basics
Mar 25 @ 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.

Mar
26
Tue
Central Plains Dairy Expo
Mar 26 – Mar 28 all-day

Central Plains Dairy Expo
The Sanford Premier Center Complex, Sioux Falls, S.D.
March 26-28, 2019
www.centralplainsdairy.com

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
5:30pm – Welcome Reception
7:30pm – Travis Tritt in Concert
9:30pm – Hospitality Rooms

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

7:00am – Ag Prayer Breakfast
8:30am – Trade Show

9:00am – Breakout Session — Group #1
Breakout Session #1 – Road To Robotics — Stories And Tips From Dairies That Have Made The Journey To Labor Saving Automation 
Breakout Session #2 – The Levers To Pull And Buttons To Push: Navigating Through A Financial Downturn In Dairy Farming 
Breakout Session #3 – Building Resiliency Against Productivity Robbing Microorganisms 
Breakout Session #4 – Dairycare 365 – Implementation On Your Dairy

10:30am – Breakout Session — Group #2
Workshop in Spanish #1
Breakout Session #5 – FARM 4.0: Get Ready For Calf Welfare Audits 
Breakout Session #6 – Food Safety: Am I responsible?
Breakout Session #7 – Introducing Strateris™ ECL from United Animal Health
Breakout Session #8 – Sub-acute Ruminal Acidosis: Impact On Rumen Health
Breakout Session #9 – Better Times Ahead?
Employee Workshop #1 – Food Safety: Am I responsible?

1:00pm – Breakout Session — Group #3
Breakout Session #10 – Dry Cow Therapy: Setting Her Up For Success
Breakout Session #11 – Making The Best Decisions In Your Forage Investment: Understanding Some Differences In Alfalfa Genetics And That They Are Not All Created Equal.
Breakout Session #12 – Dairy Heifer Inventory Management — The Struggle Is Real. Make Every Animal Count.
Breakout Session #13 – The Total Dairy Makeover From An HR Perspective

2:30pm – Breakout Session — Group #4
Workshop in Spanish #2
Breakout Session #14 – Management Practices To Reduce Mycotoxins In The Field
Breakout Session #15 – Clean Feed: Optimizing Health And Nutrition
Breakout Session #16 – Merging Veterinary and Nutritional Science To Defeat Feed Hygiene Issues
Breakout Session #17 – Importance Of Energy And Osmolality For Reducing Scours And Sick Calves
Employee Workshop #2 – Feeding Management Strategies For Improving Income Over Feed Cost

4:00pm – Breakout Session — Group #5
Workshop in Spanish #3
Breakout Session #18 – Balancing Sugars, Starch and Fiber For A Profitable Rumen And Higher Milk Components
Breakout Session #19 – The Success Of A Dairy Calf Starts At Birth: Nutrition And Management Of The Dairy Heifer
Breakout Session #20 – Maximizing And Measuring Digestible Fiber In Dairy Diets
Breakout Session #21 – Managing The “New” Highly Digestible Alfalfa Technologies In The Field And Dairy Ration

5:00pm – Cheese Social, Trade Show floor, Convention Center and Arena

Thursday, March 28, 2019
8:00am – 9:30am – Free Pancake Breakfast
8:00am – 3:00pm – Trade Show

8:00am – Breakout Session — Group #6
Breakout Session #22 – Dry Cow Therapy: Setting Her Up For Success
Breakout Session #23 – Making The Best Decisions In Your Forage Investment: Understanding Some Differences In Alfalfa Genetics And That They Are Not All Created Equal.
Breakout Session #24 – Dairy Heifer Inventory Management — The Struggle Is Real. Make Every Animal Count
Breakout Session #25 – The Total Dairy Makeover From An HR Perspective

9:30am – Breakout Session — Group #7
Breakout Session #26 – Clean Feed: Optimizing Health And Nutrition
Breakout Session #27 – Management Practices To Reduce Mycotoxins In The Field
Breakout Session #28 – Merging Veterinary and Nutritional Science To Defeat Feed Hygiene Issues
Breakout Session #29 – Importance Of Energy And Osmolality For Reducing Scours And Sick Calves

10:30am – Workshop in Spanish #4
Breakout Session #30 – Food Safety: Am I responsible? (presented in Spanish)
10:30am – Employee Workshop #3 – Food Safety: Am I responsible?

11:00am – Breakout Session — Group #8
Breakout Session #31 – Balancing Sugars, Starch and Fiber For A Profitable Rumen And Higher Milk Components
Breakout Session #32 – The Success Of A Dairy Calf Starts At Birth: Nutrition And Management Of The Dairy Heifer
Breakout Session #33 – Maximizing And Measuring Digestible Fiber In Dairy Diets
Breakout Session #34 – Managing The “New” Highly Digestible Alfalfa Technologies In The Field And Dairy Ration

12:00pm – Workshop in Spanish #5
Employee Workshop #4 – Injectable Trace Minerals to Improve Health in our Calves / Minerales Traza Inyectables para Mejorar la Salud en Nuestras Becerras

12:30pm – Breakout Session — Group #9
Breakout Session #35 – The Road To Robotics — Stories and Tips From Dairies That Made The Journey To Labor Saving Automation
Breakout Session #36 – The Levers To Pull And Buttons To Push: Navigating Through A Financial Downturn In Dairy Farming
Breakout Session #37 – Building Resiliency Against Productivity Robbing Microorganisms
Breakout Session #38 – Dairycare 365 – Implementation On Your Dairy

1:30pm – 2:30pm Workshop in Spanish #6

2:00pm – Breakout Session — Group #10
Breakout Session #39  – FARM 4.0: Get Ready For Calf Welfare Audits
Breakout Session #40 – Introducing Strateris™ ECL from United Animal Health
Breakout Session #41 – Sub-acute Ruminal Acidosis: Impact On Rumen Health

2:00pm – Employee Workshop #5
Oxytocin And The 3 A’s: Aim, Applicability and Advices

3:00pm – Expo Closes – See you next year!

Dairy Beef Bull Calf shortcouse
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The 2019 Dairy Beef Short Course, presented by the I-29 Moo University consortium, will focus on how dairy beef bull calves should be viewed as more than a by-product of the industry. The consortium is a collaboration of extension dairy specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

As dairy and beef producers continue to experience economic struggles, increasing the value of bull calves can add value for dairymen, feeders and processors. The short course is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26 in at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It is held in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo.

While parking and entry to the Dairy Expo is free, there is a $20 registration fee to attend the Dairy Beef Short Course. The fee includes educational materials, refreshments and lunch. The registration deadline is March 20; registration should be made online… https://tinyurl.com/dairybeefshortcourse.

The course’s program agenda includes:
    Realizing Full Value in Holstein Steers – Daniel Schaefer, professor of animal science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    Considerations for Choosing Beef Genetics To Use in Dairy Herds – Warren Rusche, extension beef feedlot management associate at South Dakota State University.
    Dairy Cattle Impact on Beef Supply and Marketing Opportunities – Brenda Boetel, professor of agricultural economics at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
    Enhancing the Value of Your Dairy Beef Bull Calf to Meet Health Concerns – Russ Daly, DVM, and professor and extension veterinarian at South Dakota State University.

Additionally, a roundtable discussion will focus on Building a Carcass for the Future. The panel includes:
    Jerry Wulf, Wulf Cattle, Morris, Minnesota.
    Kent Pruismann, Rock River Feeders, Sioux Center, Iowa.
    Erik Loe, nutritional consultant for Midwest PMS, Sioux Center, Iowa.
    Duane Broek, Select Sires representative, Watertown, South Dakota.

The program will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and will conclude at 3:15 p.m. For more information, contact Fred M. Hall, dairy specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu.

Mar
29
Fri
UNL Agronomy & Horticulture seminars
Mar 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

UNL Agronomy and Horticulture seminars

Jan. 25 — Nevin Lawrence, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, integrated weed management specialist, “Integrated Weed Management in the Panhandle of Nebraska.”

Feb. 1 — Sabrina Ruis, postdoctoral research associate in agronomy and horticulture, “Cover Crops and Soil Ecosystem Services in the Great Plains.”

Feb. 8 — Justin McMechan, assistant professor, crop protection and cropping systems specialist, Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, “Cover Crop Management and Insect Interactions.”

Feb. 22 — Leah Sandall, distance education coordinator in agronomy and horticulture; McKinzie Sutter, distance education specialist in agronomy and horticulture; Grace Troupe, online instructor in agronomy and horticulture, “Online Teaching: You Can Do It Too!”

March 1 — Sally Clayshulte, Bayer Crop Science, adjunct associate professor of agronomy and horticulture.

March 8 — Marilyne Stains, associate professor of chemistry, “How is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics taught in North American Universities?”

March 15 — Marty Williams, ecologist in the USDA-ARS, adjunct professor, University of Illinois, “From Transcripts to the Tri-State: Exploiting Plant Density Tolerance to Improve an American Delicacy.”

March 29 — Daran Rudnick, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, irrigation management specialist, West Central Research and Extension Center, “Input Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability as Influenced by Management Practices.”

April 5 — Michael Grusak, center director of the USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, “Impacting People’s Lives — Strategies to Provide Nutrient-Enriched Staple Food Crops.”

April 12 — Michelle Graham, research geneticist in the USDA-ARS, Iowa State University.

April 19 — Tonya Haigh, project manager rural sociologist of natural resources, National Drought Mitigation Center, “Decision-Making during Drought: What Spurs a Range Manager to Take Action?”

Each talk is in Keim Hall, Room 150, UNL East Campus in Lincoln, and can also be watched online. All seminars are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

Mar
30
Sat
Beginning Field Scout school
Mar 30 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting a field crop scouting school on Saturday, March 30 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory in Boone. The day-long program is designed for beginning crop scouts to ensure they are ready for success when they get out in the field.

The course features sessions on corn and soybean growth and development, weed, disease and insect identification, along with scouting methods and techniques. Attendees will rotate through classes and have the opportunity for one-on-one interactions with ISU Extension and Outreach specialists and agronomists throughout the sessions. Five field guides are included in course registration:
–    Corn and Soybean Field Guide
–    Weed Identification Field Guide
–    Field Crop Insects
–    Corn Diseases
–    Soybean Diseases

With field guides in hand, course participants will have the opportunity to apply new knowledge and skills to living crops.

Registration is limited to 75 people to ensure small, interactive groups and more hands-on experience. The course begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m., with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration must be made before midnight March 26. The registration fee of $100 covers the cost of the course, field guides, course materials, lunch and refreshments. FEEL is located at 1928 240th Street, Boone, Iowa. Additional information, directions and online registration are available at www.aep.iastate.edu/scout.

Apr
5
Fri
UNL Agronomy & Horticulture seminars
Apr 5 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

UNL Agronomy and Horticulture seminars

Jan. 25 — Nevin Lawrence, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, integrated weed management specialist, “Integrated Weed Management in the Panhandle of Nebraska.”

Feb. 1 — Sabrina Ruis, postdoctoral research associate in agronomy and horticulture, “Cover Crops and Soil Ecosystem Services in the Great Plains.”

Feb. 8 — Justin McMechan, assistant professor, crop protection and cropping systems specialist, Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, “Cover Crop Management and Insect Interactions.”

Feb. 22 — Leah Sandall, distance education coordinator in agronomy and horticulture; McKinzie Sutter, distance education specialist in agronomy and horticulture; Grace Troupe, online instructor in agronomy and horticulture, “Online Teaching: You Can Do It Too!”

March 1 — Sally Clayshulte, Bayer Crop Science, adjunct associate professor of agronomy and horticulture.

March 8 — Marilyne Stains, associate professor of chemistry, “How is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics taught in North American Universities?”

March 15 — Marty Williams, ecologist in the USDA-ARS, adjunct professor, University of Illinois, “From Transcripts to the Tri-State: Exploiting Plant Density Tolerance to Improve an American Delicacy.”

March 29 — Daran Rudnick, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, irrigation management specialist, West Central Research and Extension Center, “Input Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability as Influenced by Management Practices.”

April 5 — Michael Grusak, center director of the USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, “Impacting People’s Lives — Strategies to Provide Nutrient-Enriched Staple Food Crops.”

April 12 — Michelle Graham, research geneticist in the USDA-ARS, Iowa State University.

April 19 — Tonya Haigh, project manager rural sociologist of natural resources, National Drought Mitigation Center, “Decision-Making during Drought: What Spurs a Range Manager to Take Action?”

Each talk is in Keim Hall, Room 150, UNL East Campus in Lincoln, and can also be watched online. All seminars are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

Apr
6
Sat
Washington Co Cattlemen Banquet
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Washington County Cattlemen annual banquet will be on Saturday April 6th at the Twin Rivers Ag Pavilion, Washington Co Fairgrounds in Arlington NE at 6pm.

Apr
11
Thu
NE Chemigation Certification
Apr 11 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.

Apr
12
Fri
UNL Agronomy & Horticulture seminars
Apr 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

UNL Agronomy and Horticulture seminars

Jan. 25 — Nevin Lawrence, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, integrated weed management specialist, “Integrated Weed Management in the Panhandle of Nebraska.”

Feb. 1 — Sabrina Ruis, postdoctoral research associate in agronomy and horticulture, “Cover Crops and Soil Ecosystem Services in the Great Plains.”

Feb. 8 — Justin McMechan, assistant professor, crop protection and cropping systems specialist, Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, “Cover Crop Management and Insect Interactions.”

Feb. 22 — Leah Sandall, distance education coordinator in agronomy and horticulture; McKinzie Sutter, distance education specialist in agronomy and horticulture; Grace Troupe, online instructor in agronomy and horticulture, “Online Teaching: You Can Do It Too!”

March 1 — Sally Clayshulte, Bayer Crop Science, adjunct associate professor of agronomy and horticulture.

March 8 — Marilyne Stains, associate professor of chemistry, “How is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics taught in North American Universities?”

March 15 — Marty Williams, ecologist in the USDA-ARS, adjunct professor, University of Illinois, “From Transcripts to the Tri-State: Exploiting Plant Density Tolerance to Improve an American Delicacy.”

March 29 — Daran Rudnick, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, irrigation management specialist, West Central Research and Extension Center, “Input Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability as Influenced by Management Practices.”

April 5 — Michael Grusak, center director of the USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, “Impacting People’s Lives — Strategies to Provide Nutrient-Enriched Staple Food Crops.”

April 12 — Michelle Graham, research geneticist in the USDA-ARS, Iowa State University.

April 19 — Tonya Haigh, project manager rural sociologist of natural resources, National Drought Mitigation Center, “Decision-Making during Drought: What Spurs a Range Manager to Take Action?”

Each talk is in Keim Hall, Room 150, UNL East Campus in Lincoln, and can also be watched online. All seminars are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

Apr
15
Mon
NE Soybean Bd nominations
Apr 15 all-day

This year, the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) will be seeking three soybean farmers to serve as a board member to represent fellow soybean farmers and the industry.

What are the 2019 Election districts and counties?
District 2: Counties of Burt, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Stanton, Thurston and Wayne
District 4: Counties of Boone, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk and York
District 8: Counties of Artur, Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Brown, Chase, Cherry, Cheyenne, Custer, Dawes, Dawson, Deuel, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Garden, Garfield, Gosper, Grant, Greeley, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Howard, Keith, Keya Paha, Kimball, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Morrill, Perkins, Phelps, Red Willow, Rock, Scottsbluff, Sheridan, Sherman, Sioux, Thomas, Valley and Wheeler

Who can be a candidate for the NSB seat on the board?
You are an eligible candidate if you are a:
• Nebraska resident
• District 2, 4 or 8 resident and a
• Soybean farmer for the past five consecutive years, aged 21 or older, and own or share ownership and risk of loss for such soybeans, by reason of being a partner in a partnership, or is a shareholder in a corporation, or is a member of a limited liability company.

To participate as an eligible candidate, a petition containing 50 valid soybean farmers’ signatures who reside in the election district must be submitted to the NSB office on or before April 15, 2019.

As an elected representative for NSB, you will help guide the Nebraska soybean industry in the areas of research, education, domestic and foreign markets, including new uses for soybeans and soybean products.

The election is conducted by mail-in ballot in July. If you have any questions regarding the election process, please contact NSB Executive Director, Victor Bohuslavsky, at (402) 432-5720. For more information about the Nebraska soybean checkoff, visit www.nebraskasoybeans.org.

Apr
19
Fri
UNL Agronomy & Horticulture seminars
Apr 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

UNL Agronomy and Horticulture seminars

Jan. 25 — Nevin Lawrence, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, integrated weed management specialist, “Integrated Weed Management in the Panhandle of Nebraska.”

Feb. 1 — Sabrina Ruis, postdoctoral research associate in agronomy and horticulture, “Cover Crops and Soil Ecosystem Services in the Great Plains.”

Feb. 8 — Justin McMechan, assistant professor, crop protection and cropping systems specialist, Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, “Cover Crop Management and Insect Interactions.”

Feb. 22 — Leah Sandall, distance education coordinator in agronomy and horticulture; McKinzie Sutter, distance education specialist in agronomy and horticulture; Grace Troupe, online instructor in agronomy and horticulture, “Online Teaching: You Can Do It Too!”

March 1 — Sally Clayshulte, Bayer Crop Science, adjunct associate professor of agronomy and horticulture.

March 8 — Marilyne Stains, associate professor of chemistry, “How is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics taught in North American Universities?”

March 15 — Marty Williams, ecologist in the USDA-ARS, adjunct professor, University of Illinois, “From Transcripts to the Tri-State: Exploiting Plant Density Tolerance to Improve an American Delicacy.”

March 29 — Daran Rudnick, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, irrigation management specialist, West Central Research and Extension Center, “Input Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability as Influenced by Management Practices.”

April 5 — Michael Grusak, center director of the USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, “Impacting People’s Lives — Strategies to Provide Nutrient-Enriched Staple Food Crops.”

April 12 — Michelle Graham, research geneticist in the USDA-ARS, Iowa State University.

April 19 — Tonya Haigh, project manager rural sociologist of natural resources, National Drought Mitigation Center, “Decision-Making during Drought: What Spurs a Range Manager to Take Action?”

Each talk is in Keim Hall, Room 150, UNL East Campus in Lincoln, and can also be watched online. All seminars are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

Apr
27
Sat
Cuming Co. Feeders Banquet
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Cuming County Feeders annual banquet will be on Saturday April 27th, 6pm at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point. Watch for more details soon!