Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul
19
Thu
Arch Allies @ Adams County Fairfest
Jul 19 @ 7:30 pm
Jul
20
Fri
EQIP – Ephemeral Gully Control cost share deadline
Jul 20 all-day

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

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

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

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

Farm Finance & Ag Law Clinic
Jul 20 all-day

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

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

To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.  The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor these clinics.

Cody Johnson with William Michael Morgan @ Adams County Fairfest
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm
Jul
21
Sat
Michael Ray with Josh Gracin @ Adams County Fairfest
Jul 21 @ 7:30 pm
Jul
24
Tue
Dairy Heat Stress webinars
Jul 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

NC Road Trip
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The annual Nebraska Cattlemen Road Trip brings highlights and topics of interest to you, our members. Come see your dues dollars at work at this informational gathering hosted by NC staff members. Listen as Laura Field discusses the Road Trip. Topics to Fuel Your Mind:

Environmental Issues Update
State Environmental issues and NC participation in NDEQ permitting process review
ELD and the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act.

Legislative Update
NC and their efforts for tax relief and reform. Nebraska Cattlemen stands ready to work with the Governor’s office for a solution in 2019.

Animal Disease Traceability – Is it time?
Several states have implemented mandatory ID systems for their states. USDA doesn’t have the funds to indemnify producers in big outbreaks. States and producers need to take a bigger role. Trace-outs and testing is expensive for states and producers.

Secure Beef Supply Plan
Continuity of business during a Food and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak. The Secure Beef Supply Plan as well as the Secure Milk Supply Plan, and the Secure Pork Supply plans were developed by the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State with grant from USDA.

Membership & NC Programs
Help us grow your membership. Your member services team is here to help you with membership recruitment and retention.

Tuesday, July 24
Raymond – Meal at 7:00 pm – Meeting at 7:30 pm
Settje Agri Services & Engineering, 15460 NW 48th
Sponsored by Settje Agri Services & Engineering & Lancaster/Seward Co. Cattlemen

RSVP’s are not required for the Road Trip meetings. If you would like to help us with the meal count, you can RSVP. Contact: Bonita 402-450-0223 voice/text.

Jul
25
Wed
Animal Health in the Heartland
Jul 25 – Jul 26 all-day

The Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) and the Bio Nebraska Life Sciences Association (Bio Nebraska) are proud to announce the third annual Animal Health In the Heartland symposium.  This year’s symposium focuses on “The Regulatory Outlook” and is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26th, 2018 at the Nebraska Innovation Campus. The program will be preceded by a facility tour and networking reception in the afternoon of Tuesday, July 25th.

Animal Health in the Heartland provides an opportunity for key federal, state, and industry leaders to collaborate, discuss solutions and address the world’s foremost animal health issues. Visit the webpage at: www.iowabio.org/animalhealth

The cost to attend is $125 per person – College students can attend for free.

July 25 – 26, 2018

Reception & Symposium – Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Drive, Lincoln, NE 68508

GeneSeek/Neogen Tour – 4131 N. 48th Street, Lincoln, NE 68504

NE Pesticide Container Recycling
Jul 25 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/.  

NE Pesticide Container Recycling
Jul 25 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/.  

Solar Energy in Ag
Jul 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This seminar is hosted by Nebraska Extension and is open to the public. The seminar will focus on applications of solar PV for farms, ranches, and rural businesses. They will mainly discuss grid tied solar PV, economics, basic design considerations and feasibility. Participants will learn about economic considerations such as payback, grants, tax credits, and depreciation.

Presented By: F. John Hay, Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Nebraska -Lincoln & Clay Gibbs, Cornhusker Public Power District

Wednesday, July 25
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Jeff McAfee Farm
1489 Road 2 – Leigh, NE

Coming from the North on Highway 91, turn south on Road 3 and go 8 miles, turn west on Road 0 and go 1 mile, then turn south on Road 2 and go 1/8 mile.

Coming from the South on Highway 30, turn north on Road 3 and go 10 miles, turn west on Road 0 and go 1 mile, then turn south on Road 2 and go 1/8 mile.

(Site is located on West side of road)

No Cost to Attend. Please pre-register by contacting Nebraska Extension in Colfax County at 402-352-3821 or email colfax-county@unl.edu.

Jul
27
Fri
Stoney LaRue + Jason Boland & the Stragglers @ Red Willow County Fair
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm
Jul
28
Sat
Brantley Gilbert with Michael Tyler @ Buffalo County Fair
Jul 28 @ 7:30 pm
Sawyer Brown @ Frontier County Fair
Jul 28 @ 7:30 pm
Jul
30
Mon
ISU Farmland Lease mtgs
Jul 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host multiple farmland leasing meetings during July and August at various times and locations throughout Iowa. The annual meetings are offered to address questions that land owners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland.

Core components of the 2018 program will include a focus on farmland ownership and tenure in Iowa, the latest on the economics of cover crop research and discussion on implementing conservation practices in leases, land values and cash rent trends, cost of production, methods for determining a fair rental rate, the latest legal updates that impact farm leases and land ownership and communication between tenants or landlords. Additional topics vary by location.

The three-hour workshop is designed to assist landowners, farm tenants and other agri-business professionals with current issues related to farmland ownership, management and leasing arrangements. Attendees will gain a better understanding of current cash rental rate surveys and factors driving next year’s rents such as market trends and input costs. Comments from past participants highlight the value of the materials provided and depth of information covered in the short program.

A 100-page workbook is compiled for the programs, with resources regarding land leasing agreements such as surveys, sample written lease agreements and termination forms, along with many other publications.

Attend a local leasing meeting
The leasing meetings being held across Iowa are facilitated by ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialists. A listing of ISU Extension and Outreach county offices hosting meetings is available online with additional information available through the Ag Decision Maker website.

7/30/2018 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – St. John’s Catholic Church – Adel, IA – Registration Fee: $20.00
8/7/2018 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Harrison County Extension Office – Logan, IA – Registration Fee: $20.00
8/13/2018 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Woodbury Co. Ext. office – Sioux City, IA – Registration Fee: $20.00
8/16/2018 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Warren Cultural Center – Greenfield, IA – Registration Fee: $20.00
8/16/2018 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Crawford County Extension – DENISON, IA – Registration Fee: $20.00
8/16/2018 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Carroll County Extension Office- Carroll, IA – Registration Fee: $20.00

For registration information, contact the local ISU Extension and Outreach county office. Pre-registration is encouraged as an additional $5 fee may be added if registering less than two calendar days before the meeting date.

The Ag Decision Maker leasing section also provides useful materials for negotiating leases, information on various types of leases, lease forms and newly updated Decision Tools.

Veteran Learning Circles
Jul 30 @ 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.

Jul
31
Tue
ISU Beef Feedlot Short Course
Jul 31 – Aug 2 all-day

Based on the success of the initial beef feedlot short course in 2017, Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University has planned a second event set for July 31-Aug. 2 in Ames. The 2018 “Iowa Beef Center Feedlot Short Course” will provide classroom and hands-on instruction in a variety of topics, along with sessions at the Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm and Couser Cattle Company in Nevada.

The program will be held at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames, and runs from 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, through noon on Aug. 2. The $350 per person registration fee covers transportation to and from classroom facilities and local feedlots, handouts and meals. The registration deadline is midnight, July 24 or if the course limit of 30 is reached. Any cancellation requesting a refund must also be received by midnight, July 24. See the short course website for registration information and links at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/feedlot.

Topics that will be covered at the short course include:
        Bunk management and the basics of starting cattle on feed
        Feed mixing demonstration and evaluation
        Managing and identifying cattle health issues in the feedlot and confinement
        Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification
        Facility design and chute side BQA
        Data management
        Acclimating new calves
        Feedlot nutrition

Participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements, if needed. A  block of rooms is available at the Sleep Inn & Suites, 1310 Dickinson Ave, Ames for those wishing to stay in Ames. Call 515-337-1171 for reservations.  Visit www.aep.iastate.edu/feedlot for online registration and additional course details.

NE Soybean Bd Ballots Due
Jul 31 all-day

In 2018, soybean farmers that reside in Districts 1, 3 and 6 will elect directors to the Nebraska Soybean Board.

District 1 – Antelope, Boyd, Cedar, Holt, Knox, Madison, Pierce
District 3 – Cedar, Butler, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, Washington
District 6 – Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline, Seward, Thayer

Election Period:
July 11 – Ballots mailed to eligible voters obtained from Farm Service Agency (FSA) soybean farmer list
July 31 – Last day to return ballots to tabulation office
October 1 – Nebraska Soybean Board newly elected directors term begins

Who can vote?
A soybean farmer that is:
*A resident of Nebraska
*A resident of the District in which the election is being held
*A soybean farmer who owns or shares the 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, during the current or immediate preceding calendar year

For more information, call (402) 441-3240

Ag Estate Planning wksp
Jul 31 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

July 31, 2018 – 9:15 am–3:30 pm
Platte County Extension Office, 2715 13th St., Columbus NE 68601-4916
Contact: Allan Vyhnalek, 402-472-1771, avyhnalek2@unl.edu

This event is designed to help anyone thinking about how they should proceed with plans to retire, exit, or transfer the farm or ranch business. Topics for the workshop will be the importance of having a plan, proper family communications, proper family negotiations, end of life documentation needed, estate planning options using wills, trusts, and/or other business entities.

Cost is $25 for up to two people, additional at $12.50 each. Register by calling 402-563-4901.

ISA 4R-Plus Field Day
Jul 31 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) is hosting a 4R Plus field day that could help farmers improve their profitability, yields and have a positive impact on the environment.

The field day will be held July 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Iowa State University (ISU)  Extension and Outreach Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) Farm, 1928 240th St, Boone. Farmers, agronomists and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to hear from experts who will present ways to use the 4Rs of nutrient management — applying the right source, at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place.

The “plus” part of the program addresses how conservation practices coupled with good nutrient management can help farmers further improve their soil health and water quality. The goal is to achieve maximum profitability, yields and environmental stewardship.

The event is free, with lunch provided. Attendees participating the whole day can receive six continuing education credits (CEUs) toward their certified crop adviser (CCA) certification.  The field day will feature six speakers — two ISU scientists, two ISA experts and two farmers — who will share their research and experiences:
–    4Rs of nitrogen management
–    4Rs of phosphorous and potassium research
–    Insights into the profit-improving practice of variable rate nitrogen
–    Practices that can help reduce soil erosion from Iowa fields
–    Edge-of-field practices that can help prevent nutrient loss
–    Twenty years of struggles and eventual solutions to implementing conservation practices

This event is sponsored in part by The Fertilizer Institute, Mosaic Fertilizer, the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, 4R Plus and the Iowa Soybean Association. Space is limited to the first 150 registrants. To sign up, email Sue Heath: sheath@iasoybeans.com.

To learn more about ISA, go to www.iasoybeans.com

Ronnie Green in Fremont
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ronnie on the Road Stops in Fremont

You are invited to join NE Extension Dodge County and meet with UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green on Tuesday July 31st from 10-11:00 am at Milady Coffeehouse located in downtown Fremont (105 East 6th Street).

This meet and greet is open to the public and you do not need to RSVP. Feel free to contact Nathan Mueller at the Dodge Co Extension Office if you have any questions, 402-727-2775.

Eric Paslay + Morgan Wallen with Teagan Marie @ Custer County Fair
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm
Aug
1
Wed
IA Women in Ag conf.
Aug 1 – Aug 2 all-day

Iowa Women in Agriculture invites has announced its 12th annual conference at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny Aug. 2. This year’s theme is Connections, Challenges and Celebrations.

Participants will have a unique pre-conference opportunity to attend a farm/ag business tour on Wednesday, Aug. 1, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Agriculture Program. The motor coach tour begins and ends in Ankeny, with stops at Louis Dreyfus Ethanol Plant in Grand Junction and the ISU 450 Farm in Ames.  A welcome and networking reception will be held on Wednesday, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Geisler Farms, four miles east of Ankeny.

The 2018 Conference on Aug. 2 will deliver a full menu of decision-making ingredients for today’s volatile economic climate: the current outlook for ag trade agreements, marketing strategies for low commodity prices, financial risk management tactics, income and estate-tax tips, and the latest on the new farm bill.

The keynote speakers will highlight the unique challenges of women’s roles, offer opportunities to laugh and learn, and to celebrate agriculture, including.
  – Mary Kay Thatcher, former American Farm Bureau senior director of Congressional relations
  – Keri Jacobs, Iowa State University ag economist and cooperatives specialist
  – Angie Treptow, regional vice-president, Farm Credit Services of America
  – Luncheon keynoter Delaney Howell, the first woman to host Iowa Public TV’s Market to Market

The afternoon’s choice of breakout sessions and presenters features:
–    The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act: 10 Key Changes that May Impact You: Kristine Tidgren, director, Iowa Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University.
–   Cultivating Your Culture: Sally Hollis, accounting and human resources manager and family member of Lanehaven Farms, Inc., Waterloo.
–   Turn Off the Noise: Making Smart Market Decisions in Today’s Noisy World: Angie Setzer, Algona; Vice-President of Grain, Citizens LLC; and Market to Market commentator.

The conference will conclude with capstone speaker Rebecca Long Chaney, Nebraska author and ag advocate, who will inspire attendees with her message: Dare to Risk Life’s Change.

Registration for the conference is $50 until July 23, and $70 after that date. Registration includes the pre-conference tour, evening welcome reception, continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Register online, or from 7:15-8 a.m. on the day of the conference. No registration refunds will be possible.

Early bird registration is required for those attending the pre-conference tour. For questions, contact Madeline Schultz at 515-294-0588.

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

LEAFY SPURGE TASK FORCE TO HOLD ANNUAL TOUR AND CONFERENCE August 1 and 2
Aug 1 – Aug 2 all-day
Alma Nebraska will be the starting place for this the 31st annual Leafy Spurge Task Force Tour and Conference.  The event is being co-sponsored by the Twin Valley Weed Management Area, the Lower Republican Natural Resources District and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.  The tour will get underway on Wednesday, August 1 with check in at noon at the Super 8 Motel in Alma.  Participants will board a bus at 1:00, with several stops along the tour route.  The tour will conclude with an evening meal and refreshments at “Outcasts”.  A boat ride and tour of Harlan Lake will be available (weather permitting).
The Conference portion of the program will take place on August 2 at the Johnson Community Center in Alma.  The informational session will begin at 8:30 am and conclude at approximately 12:00 noon
For more information please contact:  Rod Stolcpart at 402-822-0186 or email him at weedmanrod@gmail.com
USDA-FSA County Committee Nomination Deadline
Aug 1 all-day

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, June 15, 2018.

Producers across the country are already serving on committees where they play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA, making important decisions on programs dealing with disaster and conservation, emergencies, commodity price loan support, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Producers can nominate themselves or others. Check 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, may also nominate candidates to better serve their communities. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program and reside in the area where the election is being held.

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 www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2018 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2018. Visit farmers.gov for more information.

NE Ext. hosts meeting with EPA
Aug 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Growers, crop consultants, agricultural professionals and members of the public interested in speaking with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are invited to attend an open stakeholder meeting 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1 on East Campus of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Greg Kruger, weed science and application technology specialist at the university’s West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, is hosting the EPA meeting. According to Kruger, the purpose of the meeting is to allow interested stakeholders to share views with the EPA on herbicide registrations.

“The session is really meant for the EPA to listen to the concerns and comments from the industry as it relates to herbicides,” Kruger said. “In particular, we would like to cover dicamba and atrazine.”

The meeting will be held at the Nebraska East Union Prairie Suite. Space is limited. To RSVP, visit  https://go.unl.edu/epa-rsvp.  With questions, contact Kruger at 308-696-6715 or gkruger2@unl.edu.

Aug
3
Fri
NE Corn Grower Open
Aug 3 all-day

Registration is now open for the 2018 Corn Grower Open. The 8th annual event, hosted by the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, will take place Friday, August 3rd, at the York Country Club.

This year sign-in will begin at 9 AM with tee-off slated for 10 AM.

Cost per person is $125 or $500 for a full team. If you do not have a full team, but would still like to play, submit your registration form and they will pair you up with one of the gracious sponsors. Completed forms may be mailed to the office or emailed to mwrich@necga.org.

Pre-payment is required. Space is limited, so be sure to register as soon as possible. All members are welcome!

If you know a business who would like to sponsor this event, please refer them to this page… http://necga.org/2018/05/register-today-for-the-2018-corn-grower-open/ , or contact the NeCGA office at (402) 438-6459.

Aug
6
Mon
NE Grazing Conference
Aug 6 – Aug 8 all-day

The 18th annual Nebraska Grazing Conference will be held on August 6-8 at the Kearney Ramada Hotel.  Tours will be held on Aug 6th highlighting Field Applications of Pasture and Ecological Monitoring, plus a program on Strategies for Rangeland Monitoring after supper.  Topics for the conference on Aug 7th include generational transition of the operation, mixed species grazing, grazinglands and wildlife, and succession planning.  Rounding out the conference on Aug 8th will be topics from grazinglands monitoring, planting decisions, and alternative forages.  There are various options to attend some of the conference or all of the conference, and there’s also student rates.  See all the registration details, agenda, and more at grassland.unl.edu/2018-ngc