Calendar

Aug
20
Mon
Veteran Learning Circles
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Veteran farmers, landowners, and land managers are invited to attend a free conservation workshop series, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs. The events are designed to help broaden farmers’ understanding of farming practices under changing weather patterns.

Five classroom sessions are included in this series, starting Monday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This “Veteran Learning Circle” workshop series continues at the same time on Aug. 3, 13, 20, and 27, all at Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District, 319 E 25th St., in York.

The workshop series will include field tours at local farms, and demonstrations by experts in Nebraska cropping systems, conservation, and climate change.

This program is made possible with funding from a Conservation Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Lunch will be provided. Registration is required by July 27. Contact Kirstin Bailey at kirstinb@cfra.org or 402.367.8989. Visit cfra.org/events for more information.

Aug
22
Wed
NE Pesticide Container Recycling
Aug 22 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

Midwest Soybean Production Clinic
Aug 22 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

NE Extension hosts the Midwest Soybean Production Clinic on Wed Aug 22 at the Eastern NE Research and Extension Center near Mead.  Registration at 8am, and the program runs from 8:30am to 5pm. 

See a growing season in one place! Includes plots with soybean growth and development at a range of vegetative/reproductive growth stages.

Topics include studies on cultural practices like early planting and plant populations, improvements in genetics and agronomics, insect management, plant pathology, impact of soil fertility, keys to successful weed management, and irrigation scheduling in soybeans. 

Held at a site developed exclusively for the clinics, the expertise of University and industry agricultural specialists and professionals is drawn upon to provide the latest, most up-to date information. Presentations include hands-on-activities or field demonstrations in small groups to encourage interaction between presenter and participants.

Benefits of the Crop Management summer training include one-on-one attention, actual on-site plot demonstrations, and beneficial interaction with other participants. The small manageable groups promote interaction between presenters and participants. 

Eight CCA’s are available for those who attend. 

For more information and to register, call 800-529-8030 or visit enre.unl.edu/crop

Aug
23
Thu
Midwest Corn Production Clinic
Aug 23 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

See a growing season in one place! The Midwest Corn Production Clinic, hosted by NE Extension, includes plots with corn growth and development at a range of vegetative/reproductive growth stages. Eight total CCA credits applied for and pending (2-Crop Mgt., 2-Nutr. Mgt., and 4-Pest Mgt)

Topics include differences in agronomy cultural practices, genetics and production, identifying and assessing insect damage, plant pathology including identifying and assessing different diseases and the impact based on stage of development and severity, nutrient management and soil fertility, and keys to successful weed management in corn. 

Held at a site developed exclusively for the clinics, the expertise of University and industry agricultural specialists and professionals is drawn upon to provide the latest, most up-to date information. Presentations include hands-on-activities or field demonstrations in small groups to encourage interaction between presenter and participants. Benefits of the Crop Management summer training include one-on-one attention, actual on-site plot demonstrations, and beneficial interaction with other participants. The small manageable groups promote interaction between presenters and participants.

For more information and to register, call 800-529-8030 or go to enre.unl.edu/crop

Aug
27
Mon
Veteran Learning Circles
Aug 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Veteran farmers, landowners, and land managers are invited to attend a free conservation workshop series, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs. The events are designed to help broaden farmers’ understanding of farming practices under changing weather patterns.

Five classroom sessions are included in this series, starting Monday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This “Veteran Learning Circle” workshop series continues at the same time on Aug. 3, 13, 20, and 27, all at Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District, 319 E 25th St., in York.

The workshop series will include field tours at local farms, and demonstrations by experts in Nebraska cropping systems, conservation, and climate change.

This program is made possible with funding from a Conservation Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Lunch will be provided. Registration is required by July 27. Contact Kirstin Bailey at kirstinb@cfra.org or 402.367.8989. Visit cfra.org/events for more information.

Aug
28
Tue
CAB 2018 Feeding Quality Forum
Aug 28 – Aug 29 all-day

Mark your calendars and register today to attend the Certified Angus Beef ® Feeding Quality Forum on Aug. 28 (starting at 1pm) and 29 (ending at noon). Whether you work in the cattle feeding industry or supply calves to those who do, this seminar has something for you.

The two-day event is designed to:
    Share educational insight
    Celebrate industry leaders’ achievements
    Provide networking opportunities for commercial cattlemen, feeders and packers

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
Global Market Overview – Dan Basse, President, AgResource Company
Vaccine Timing for Feedyards: On Arrival or Delayed – Brian Vander Ley, GPVEC, UNL
Limit Feeding a Single Step-up Diet to Save Labor and Enhance Cattle Efficiency – Dale Blasi, K-State
Optimizing Genetics through Rumen and Immune Resiliency – Sam Barringer, DVM, Commander – Air Force Reserves Medical Team
Tyson Overview on Procurement and Sales – John Gerber and Kevin Hueser, Tyson
Blockchain: Application to the Beef Supply Chain – Nigel Gopie, Ph.D., Marketing Leader for IBM Food Trust, IBM Blockchain

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
Influence of Weaning Vaccine Selection on Pre-Breeding Vaccine Options – Paul Walz, Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Vitamin and Mineral Formulations: What We Learned from the Vitamin A Shortage – Jeff Heldt, Micronutrients
A Cow-Calf Perspective on Grid Marketing Trends – Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef LLC
Genetic Selection for Ranch Environment while Meeting Market Demand – Dan Moser, American Angus Association®
Replacement Heifer Selection and Development Strategies for Longevity – Rick Funston, UNL

Location and Hotel
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Sioux City, IA 51101, 712-234-1100. Ask for the Feeding Quality Forum seminar when you call the hotel for $99, $109 and $129 per-night rates: available on a first-come, first-served basis until July 27.

Registration
Register today to reserve your seat!  A $100 registration fee is available until Aug. 14, and covers all sessions and the Industry Achievement Award banquet. Those late to register will be charged $125.

Register here:  https://www.cabpartners.com/events/registration/fqf/.

Questions? Contact Marilyn Conley at 330-345-2333.

NW IA Corn Silage Clinic
Aug 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team are hosting the Northwest Iowa Corn Silage Clinic on Aug. 28 at the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland. The program will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with presentations, break at noon for lunch and adjourn by 3:30 p.m. All experts will be available to answer questions.

Topics and speakers are:
– Agronomic practices impacting corn silage digestion – Fred Owens, DuPont Pioneer feedlot nutrition specialist.
– Silage and kernel processing equipment – Aaron Ostrander, John Deere silage specialist.
– Silage additives and inoculants – Scott Dennis, DuPont Pioneer ruminant microbiologist.
– Evaluating corn silage and earlage: What’s typical – Dan Loy, ISU Iowa Beef Center director.
– Quality corn silage going in and coming out – Hugo Ramirez, ISU state dairy specialist.
– Pricing corn silage – William Edwards, ISU ag economist emeritus.

In addition, there will be two concurrent sessions – one by Owens featuring feeding corn products to the beef animal and the other with Ramirez focused on feeding corn products to the dairy cow.

Producers will be able to walk through corn silage variety plots and talk with seed company technicians. There also is a trade show, which will allow producers to compare equipment and products used in putting up quality silage.

Registration is $25 per person and payment can be made at time of preregistration or at the door. Preregistration is required by Aug. 22 for an accurate meal count. Call the Sioux County Extension office at 712-737-4230 to preregister. For more information, contact either Doran or Hall at the Sioux County office at 712-737-4230.

Aug
29
Wed
US Soy Global Trade Exchange
Aug 29 – Aug 31 all-day

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the Midwest Shippers Association (MSA) announced today that the sixth annual U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange and the 15th annual Midwest Specialty Grain Conference and Trade Show will be jointly held in Kansas City, Missouri from August 29 – 31, 2018, marking the sixth year that the two organizations will co-host this event.

USSEC’s portion of the conference is expected to draw more than 250 qualified soybean buyers from more than 50 countries.

This year’s event will feature a refined schedule that will spread out the trade team meetings between commodity and food soy and grain buyers and suppliers throughout two days, aimed at maximizing productive exchange meetings. Follow developments at www.grainconference.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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