Calendar

Jul
15
Mon
Report of Destroyed Real Property (LB512)
Jul 15 all-day

The Department of Revenue, Property Assessment Division, announces that a new form has been created (Report of Destroyed Real Property, Form 425), pursuant to 2019 Neb. Law LB 512. Please review the instructions on the Form 425.

The Form 425 is to be used by owners of real property whose property has suffered significant property damage as a result of a calamity occurring on or after January 1 and before July 1 of the current assessment year. The property owner may file the Form 425 with the county assessor and the county clerk on or before July 15.

A calamity is defined as a disastrous event, including, but not limited to, a fire, an earthquake, a flood, a tornado, or other natural event which significantly affects the assessed value of the property. Destroyed real property does not include property suffering significant property damage that is caused by the owner of the property.

Significant property damage means –
1. Damage to an improvement exceeding 20% of the improvement’s assessed value in the current tax year as determined by the county assessor;
2. Damage to the land exceeding 20% of a parcel’s assessed land value in the current tax year as determined by the county assessor; or
3. Damage exceeding 20% of the property’s assessed value in the current tax year as determined by the county assessor if:
a. The property is located in an area that has been declared a disaster area by the Governor and
b. A housing inspector or health inspector has determined the property is uninhabitable or unlivable.

The county board of equalization will consider the report to determine any adjustments to the assessed value of the destroyed real property for the current year.

The county board of equalization must act upon this report on or after June 1 and on or before July 25, or on or before August 10 if the board has adopted a resolution to extend the deadline for hear protests under Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-1502, and must send a notice of the reassessment value for the destroyed real property to the property owner.

Jul
16
Tue
Dairy Experience Forum
Jul 16 – Jul 18 all-day

Hundreds of dairy farmers from across the nation will convene in Saint Paul, Minnesota July 16-18, 2019 for the second annual Dairy Experience Forum to gain a deeper understanding of today’s consumers and how their different values, shopping habits and consumption patterns impact how the industry can collaborate to build dairy demand. Building on the success of last year’s event, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin is joining Midwest Dairy in co-sponsoring the second annual forum to make a bigger footprint in the dairy community.

The vision for the Dairy Experience Forum is to facilitate conversation and learning among farmers, dairy experts and partners as they discuss useful insights and ideas that can be used in their ongoing work to help ensure a successful future for dairy. As part of the program, attendees will hear from leaders, both from within and outside of the dairy industry, who are translating consumer insights, relevant to variety of generations, into innovative products that meet the needs of consumers of all ages.

The event will provide opportunities to engage with leading experts from research institutions, food companies, retailers and processors, cooperatives and dairy farm operations. It will also allow a platform for dairy farmers to hear from consumers firsthand what attributes and values are important to them as they make purchasing decisions related to the dairy products they enjoy.

A confirmed agenda and registration for the forum will be available late April.

IA Corn Promotion Bd Elections
Jul 16 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

On July 16, 2019, corn farmers in Crop Reporting Districts 2, 3, 5 and 7 can vote at their local county ISU extension office for 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 of new and value-added corn uses and education on corn and the farmers who grow it.

Current candidates are as follows:

USDA Crop Reporting District 2 (Butler, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago, Worth and Wright)
    Monica Lursen, Butler County
    Jerry Maier, Wright County
    Kevin Pope, Cerro Gordo County

USDA Crop Reporting District 3 (Allamakee, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek)
    Jim Fitkin, Black Hawk County
    Derek Taylor, Winneshiek County

USDA Crop Reporting District 5 (Boone, Dallas, Grundy Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Marshall, Marion, Polk, Poweshiek, Story, Tama, Warren, Webster)
    Mark Kenney, Polk County
    Rod Pierce, Dallas County

USDA Crop Reporting District 7 (Adair, Adams, Cass, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Taylor)
    Ralph Lents, Adair County
    Jeff Thomsen, Cass 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 16 can vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested beginning May 29. Requests must be made no later than June 24 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 16. Results of the election are announced publicly July 19.

Jul
17
Wed
Farm Finance Clinic
Jul 17 all-day

Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at six sessions across the state in July. The clinics are one-on-one meetings with an agricultural law attorney and an agricultural financial counselor. These are not group sessions, and they are confidential. The attorney and financial advisor specialize in legal and financial issues related to farming and ranching, including financial and business planning, transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, debt structure and cash flow, agricultural disaster programs, and other relevant matters. Here is an opportunity to obtain an independent, outside perspective on issues that may be affecting your farm or ranch.

Clinic Sites and Dates
Fairbury — Monday, July 8
Norfolk — Wednesday, July 17
Valentine — Thursday, July 18
Fairbury — Monday, July 22
Ogallala — Wednesday, July 31
Grand Island — Thursday, August 1

To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. Funding for this work is provided by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Legal Aid of Nebraska, North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center, and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

IA Ag Literacy wksp
Jul 17 – Jul 18 all-day

Two-day professional development workshops for teachers will be offered throughout the summer and around the state by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and partner organizations.

The workshops will help teachers apply Iowa Core standards including social studies, and science in the context of agriculture. The workshops will also use agriculture to teach other core concepts and skills like language arts and math. The workshops will be hands on and interactive with one day of site visits and tours and one day of practical classroom application. Many STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts will be integrated throughout.  The dates of the workshops are:
June 3-4 in Sioux Center;
June 11-12 in Calmar;
June 13-14 in Algona;
June 13-14 in Pella;
June 26-27 in Eldridge;
June 26-27 in Fort Dodge;
July 10-11 in Griswold;
July 17-18 in Council Bluffs;
July 23-24 in Ankeny;
August 5-6 in Indianola; and
Aug. 5-6 in Manchester.

The workshops will include lesson demonstration, hands on implementation of concepts, tours of farms and agribusinesses, and technical skills in agriculture. The workshops will be available for teacher recertification credit and graduate level credit.

Workshops are made possible by supporters of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation including the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, Bayer, REAP Conservation Education Program, and Farm Credit Services of America with additional support from Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Corteva Agriscience, GROWMARK, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. To find out more about workshops in your area visit www.IowaAgLiteracy.org, email info@iowaagliteracy.org or call 515-331-4182.

NE NE Swine Summit
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Area farmers considering expanding or diversifying their operations are invited to the Northeast Nebraska Swine Summit set for July 17 in Norfolk, Neb.

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northeast Community College’s Lifelong Learning Center. Admission is free and lunch will be provided.

The event is sponsored by the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN), the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Northeast Community College, and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.

Keynote speaker will be Bill Winkelman, vice president of industry relations for the National Pork Board, who will provide an industry update and discuss the path for swine industry expansion.

Other issues to be discussed include a 2019 agriculture economic outlook with focus on the pork sector; resources for building a barn, featuring a panel of industry experts; manure and nutrient management; and a presentation about Northeast Community College’s agriculture program and capital contributions program.

Reservations should be sent to AFAN at judys@a-fan.org, or call 402.421.4472. Or for more information, go to Becomeafan.org.

ILF Water Quality webinar
Jul 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, July 17 at 12 p.m. about the progress toward Iowa’s water quality goals.

How many acres of cover crops are planted each year in Iowa? Are extended rotations and perennials increasing? Laurie Nowatzke, measurement coordinator for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy at Iowa State University, will discuss the progress and challenges of Iowa’s water quality improvement efforts by addressing these questions and others. Find out how progress is measured, where to find the data and what questions remain about Iowa’s water quality improvement.

A Certified Crop Adviser board approved continuing education unit (CEU) is available for those who are able to watch the live webinar. Information for submitting your CCA/CPAg/CPSS/CPSC number to earn the credit will be provided at the end of the presentation.

To watch, go to www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars and click the link to join the webinar shortly before 12 p.m. on July 17, to download the Zoom software and log in option. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for watching at any time at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

Shenandoah @ Adams County Fairfest
Jul 17 @ 8:30 pm
Jul
18
Thu
Farmer Record Keeping classes
Jul 18 – Jul 19 all-day

“Good Farmer to Great Manager” record-keeping classes will teach farmers and ranchers to keep accurate records for their operations. Nebraska Extension is offering the classes at three locations across the state in July.

Keeping good records is less about using a certain software and more about gathering and organizing information. The difference between a good farmer and a great manager often comes down to knowing the true financial position of a farm. Good records make it possible to track an operation’s true financial position. Inaccurate records can lead to misguided management decisions.

Class topics include: What are good records?; getting good tax records; moving to management records; and financial statements and ratios.

Dates and locations are:
Lincoln, July 18 – 19 at the Lancaster County Extension Office, 444 Cherrycreek Rd
Bridgeport, July 25 – 26 at the Prairie Winds Community Center, 428 N Main St
Grand Island, July 30 – 31 at the Hall County Extension Office, 3180 US-34

Each class will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the first day, and 8 a.m. until noon the second day. The course fee is $50 per participant; class size is limited to 25 people per location. To register, visit https://wia.unl.edu/GFGM.

The class is hosted by Nebraska Extension and is inspired by Annie’s Project. Annie’s Project is supported by Farm Credit Services of America in Nebraska.

Aaron Watson @ Adams County Fairfest
Jul 18 @ 7:30 pm
Aaron Watson @ Adams County Fairfest | Hastings | Nebraska | United States

with special guests Jason Pritchett and Kylie Morgan

Jul
19
Fri
Communicating w/ Farmers under stress wksp
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Numerous factors may cause stress for farmers. Many farmers face financial problems, marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more.

NE Extension is hosting a Communicating With Farmers Under Stress workshop. This workshop is specifically for agricultural professionals, such as bank lenders or ag suppliers, who work with farmers and ranchers.

FREE PROGRAM
9:00 to 11:00 AM
Complimentary Lunch (provided afterward)
Friday, July 19, 2019
Saunders County Extension – Eastern Nebraska Research & Extension Center near Mead
1071 County Road G
Ithaca, Nebraska

OBJECTIVES
* Build awareness around potentially stressful conditions affecting some farmers and ranchers.
* Learn stress triggers, identify signs of stress, and review helpful techniques for responding.
* Learn techniques for identifying, approaching and working with farmers who may not cope with stress effectively.
* Learn where to go for additional help.

You may know farmers and ranchers who struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, indecision or suicidal thoughts. Maybe you find yourself having to deliver difficult news to them. This workshop will help you recognize and respond when you suspect a farmer, rancher, or rural family member might need help.

Please register by July 17: call 402.624.8003 or e-mail cdunbar2@unl.edu.

Chris Stapleton’s All American Road Show @ CHI Health Center
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm
Sawyer Brown + David Lee Murphy @ Adams County Fairfest
Jul 19 @ 7:30 pm
Jul
20
Sat
Hairball @ Adams County Fairfest
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm
Jul
22
Mon
USDA Extended deadline for reporting acres
Jul 22 all-day

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline for agricultural producers in states impacted by flooding and heavy moisture. The new July 22 deadline applies to producers in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin for reporting spring-seeded crops to USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices and crop insurance agents.

Filing a timely crop acreage report is important for maintaining eligibility for USDA conservation, disaster assistance, safety net, crop insurance and farm loan programs. A crop acreage report documents all crops and their intended uses and is an important part of record-keeping for your farm or ranch.

Producers filing reports with FSA county offices are encouraged to set up an appointment before visiting the office. Acreage reports from producers in the affected states who set up appointments before the July 22 deadline are considered timely filed, even if the appointment occurs after the deadline. Likewise, reports from producers in non-affected states who set up appointments before July 15 will be considered timely filed.

Jul
24
Wed
Science & Ag Family Field Day
Jul 24 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Haskell Agricultural Laboratory near Concord will host a science and agriculture family field day on July 24. All ages are welcome to attend the field day which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Attendees can come and go throughout the event.

Optional activities will be organized into two tracks: agriculture; and science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, or STEAM. Tours available in both the morning and afternoon will highlight research at Haskell, as well as the Northeast Arboretum and bee research. Panelists from Backyard Farmer, Nebraska’s must-see television program for gardening information, will be on hand to answer questions from attendees.

Activities and booths available all day include Nebraska Extension’s Mobile Beef Lab, science literacy trailer, maker space trailer, and robotics. Northeast Power will also be doing safety demonstrations. There will also be blender bike and healthy snack demonstrations, cover crop demonstrations and various child learning activities.

A free lunch, sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board, will be served.

Haskell Ag Lab is located at 57905 866th Rd, approximately one and a half miles east of Concord.

There is no cost to attend the field day. For more information call 402-584-2261 or visit https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/nerec/.

Jul
25
Thu
DMC Lunch n Learn
Jul 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska State Dairy Association are hosting two Farm Bill Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Lunch N Learn sessions. Each Lunch N Learn will focus on the dairy related changes and information in the current Farm Bill.

Enrollment in the DMC program is ongoing at Nebraska USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices now through Sept. 20. The DMC program is a voluntary risk management program that offers producers protection when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed price (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.

A representative of Nebraska FSA also will be present at the education sessions.  Dairy producers also can learn more about the DMC program by visiting USDA’s online DMC Decision Support Tool. It can be found by going to www.farmers.gov.

Agenda
July 25 – Beatrice Chamber of Commerce; 218 N 5th Street, Beatrice, NE
July 26 – Madison County Extension Office; 1305 S. 13th Street, Norfolk, NE

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

There is no fee to attend and lunch is provided. RSVP’s are requested to ensure an adequate number of lunches. Click on “Register Now” below to RSVP for a session.

Sponsors
Thanks to Aschoff Construction and Automated Dairy Specialists for their sponsorship for the lunch for these Lunch N Learn sessions.

Click here to register….. dairy.unl.edu.   

Jul
26
Fri
DMC Lunch n Learn
Jul 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska State Dairy Association are hosting two Farm Bill Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Lunch N Learn sessions. Each Lunch N Learn will focus on the dairy related changes and information in the current Farm Bill.

Enrollment in the DMC program is ongoing at Nebraska USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices now through Sept. 20. The DMC program is a voluntary risk management program that offers producers protection when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed price (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.

A representative of Nebraska FSA also will be present at the education sessions.  Dairy producers also can learn more about the DMC program by visiting USDA’s online DMC Decision Support Tool. It can be found by going to www.farmers.gov.

Agenda
July 25 – Beatrice Chamber of Commerce; 218 N 5th Street, Beatrice, NE
July 26 – Madison County Extension Office; 1305 S. 13th Street, Norfolk, NE

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

There is no fee to attend and lunch is provided. RSVP’s are requested to ensure an adequate number of lunches. Click on “Register Now” below to RSVP for a session.

Sponsors
Thanks to Aschoff Construction and Automated Dairy Specialists for their sponsorship for the lunch for these Lunch N Learn sessions.

Click here to register….. dairy.unl.edu.   

Rodney Carrington @ Buffalo County Fairgrounds
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm
Rodney Carrington @ Buffalo County Fairgrounds

Tickets on Sale Friday, March 8

HIGH VALLEY with Special Guest Ryan Hurd @ Red Willow County Fair
Jul 26 @ 8:00 pm
Jul
27
Sat
Rodney Atkins + LOCASH @ Buffalo County Fairgrounds
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm
Rodney Atkins + LOCASH @ Buffalo County Fairgrounds

Tickets on Sale Friday, March 8

Jul
30
Tue
Farmer Record Keeping classes
Jul 30 – Jul 31 all-day

“Good Farmer to Great Manager” record-keeping classes will teach farmers and ranchers to keep accurate records for their operations. Nebraska Extension is offering the classes at three locations across the state in July.

Keeping good records is less about using a certain software and more about gathering and organizing information. The difference between a good farmer and a great manager often comes down to knowing the true financial position of a farm. Good records make it possible to track an operation’s true financial position. Inaccurate records can lead to misguided management decisions.

Class topics include: What are good records?; getting good tax records; moving to management records; and financial statements and ratios.

Dates and locations are:
Grand Island, July 30 – 31 at the Hall County Extension Office, 3180 US-34

Each class will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the first day, and 8 a.m. until noon the second day. The course fee is $50 per participant; class size is limited to 25 people per location. To register, visit https://wia.unl.edu/GFGM.

The class is hosted by Nebraska Extension and is inspired by Annie’s Project. Annie’s Project is supported by Farm Credit Services of America in Nebraska.

Financial Impairment on the Farm webinar
Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

I-29 Moo University and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a Financial Impairment on the Farm webinar from 12-1 p.m. on July 30. The webinar is free and open to all those involved in production agriculture, specifically, producers and agribusiness personnel.

The program will focus on issues producers face during times of financial impairment with emphasis placed on mediation, reorganization options and Chapter 12 Bankruptcy.

Donald Swanson, an attorney with Koley Jessen in Omaha, and Kristine Tidgren, director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation and an adjunct assistant professor at Iowa State University, will facilitate the discussion.

There is no fee to participate in the webinar; however, online pre-registration is required. After registering, information on accessing the webinar will be provided.

The webinar will also be archived for viewing at a later date. For more information on this and other programs, contact Fred M. Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu…. or visit dairy.unl.edu

Jul
31
Wed
IA Women in Ag Conference
Jul 31 – Aug 1 all-day

“Road Map to Resilience” is the theme of the 13th annual Iowa Women in Agriculture (IWIA) Conference Aug. 1st at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

The 2019 Conference will address a range of challenges posed by agriculture’s current economic climate: Commodity prices, marketing strategies, global trade agreements, financial risk management, ag advocacy, water quality initiatives, transition planning, resilience, and balancing family medical care with financing the family farm.

The Conference kicks off at 8:15 a.m., and concludes at 5 p.m.

A complimentary Wine and Cheese Welcome & Networking Reception will be held on Wednesday, July 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Cellar Winery at White Oak in nearby Cambridge.

Participants also have a unique pre-conference opportunity to attend an optional pre-conference tour on July 31, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Agriculture Program. The motor coach tour begins and ends at the Courtyard Marriott at SE Creekview Drive in Ankeny, with a choice of stops at John Deere Works in Ankeny, Kemin Industries, Inc. in Des Moines, the Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor in Ames, and The Cellar at White Oak Winery in Cambridge.

Early bird registration is $50 until July 24, and $70 after that date. Registration includes the pre-conference tour, evening welcome reception, continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Register online in advance, by mail, or from 7:15 a.m.-8:00 a.m. on the day of the conference. (Sorry, but no registration refunds will be possible.)

For conference information, contact IWIA president Cheryl Tevis at 515-353-4425 or visit www.iowawomeninag.org for a full Conference agenda and registration details.

Aug
1
Thu
FSA County Committe nomination deadline
Aug 1 all-day

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on Friday, June 14, 2019. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate.

Committees make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. Their input is vital on how FSA carries out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Producers should visit their local FSA office to find out how to get involved in their county’s election. Check with your local USDA service center to see if your local administrative area is up for election this year. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, also may nominate candidates.

To be considered, a producer must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2019 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2019.

Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4, 2019.

SOUTH CENTRAL AG LAB FIELD DAY IS AUG. 1
Aug 1 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

A field day is planned at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s South Central Agricultural Laboratory on Aug. 1. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 851 Hwy. 6 near Harvard.

Attendees will be able to choose from multiple field research trials to tour. Topics will focus on improving crop production and profitability. Each year more than 100 applied field research trials are conducted at SCAL by Nebraska faculty and USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists. Trials are focused on irrigation and water management, soil fertility, entomology, weed science, cropping systems and disease management.

The day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by tours of research sites through 4 p.m. Lunch and refreshments included. Attendees are asked to preregister by July 29 for  planning purposes.

Continuing Education Units have been applied for and are pending.

Additional information, registration and a brochure can be viewed at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/enre/2019scalfieldday/.

Aug
3
Sat
Ned LeDoux @ Frontier County Fair
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm
Ned LeDoux @ Frontier County Fair | Stockville | Nebraska | United States

Ned LeDoux

with Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band.

www.frontiercountyfair.com

 

Aug
4
Sun
Rise Above the Water @ Viaero Center
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug
5
Mon
North 40 Farmers Open
Aug 5 all-day