Calendar

Jun
18
Tue
Beef Improvement Fed. Symposium
Jun 18 – Jun 21 all-day

Registration is now open for the 2019 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium. This year’s event will be June 18-21 at the University Comfort Suites and Convention Center in Brookings, South Dakota.

Early registration deadline is May 15. Attendees can save $100 by pre-registering. Online registration is available at http://www.beefimprovement.org.

This year’s BIF symposium features two and a half days of educational programming and a full day of tours. The first morning’s general session — “Applications of Technology” — will feature Mark Allan, Trans Ova Genetics director of genetic technology; Alison Van Eenennaam, U.C. Davis animal biotechnology and genomics extension specialist; and a producer panel including John Moes, Moes Feedlot, Watertown, South Dakota; Trey Patterson, Padlock Ranch, Ranchester, Wyoming; Tylor Braden, King Ranch, Kingsville, Texas; and John Maddux, Maddux Cattle Co., Wauneta, Nebraska.

The second day’s general session, “Utilization of Big Data” will include a presentation by Dr. Mark Trotter, Central Queensland University.

The afternoon breakout sessions both days will focus on a range of beef-production and genetic-improvement topics. The conference also features a Young Producer Symposium on Tuesday afternoon, designed for networking and to equip young cattle producers with essential knowledge as they grow their role in the business. Tuesday evening attendees will also enjoy an opening reception followed by the National Association of Annual Breeders Symposium at 7 p.m.

For more conference details, including registration information, complete schedule and lodging information visit http://www.beefimprovement.org.

Jun
20
Thu
EXTENDED: USDA EWP program
Jun 20 all-day

Request USDA Assistance to Protect Infrastructure Damaged by March Blizzard/Flooding
Assistance Request Deadline Extended to June 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Nebraska is accepting requests for assistance through the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program to address watershed impairments resulting from the March “Bomb Cyclone” and associated flooding. Requests for assistance must be submitted to the NRCS State Conservationist in Nebraska by June 20, 2019.

NRCS Nebraska State Conservationist Craig Derickson said, “We have extended this sign up period to provide additional time for those impacted by the March severe weather to apply for this assistance.” Derickson explained, “EWP is designed to install recovery measures to safeguard lives and property as a result of a natural disaster. We have teams out now completing damage survey reports. These reports help us understand the extent of the damage and the amount of funding needed for recovery work.”

Watershed impairments that the EWP program addresses include debris-clogged stream channels, scoured or eroded bridges, and undermined and/or unstable streambanks that pose an imminent threat to public infrastructure (i.e.: bridges, county roads, etc.).

EWP work is completed through a local project sponsor. EWP project sponsors must be a legal subdivision of state government such as a city, county, state agency, town, or a federally-recognized American Indian tribe or tribal organization.

“Generally, NRCS will pay up to 75 percent of the restoration costs. The project sponsor is responsible for the remaining balance of funding needs, which can include in-kind support. It’s important to note that any recovery measures already implemented by the sponsor or in process by the sponsor would not be eligible for reimbursement,” Derickson said.

Potential sponsors seeking assistance through EWP should work with their local USDA service center, which can be found at http://offices.usda.gov. For more information about the EWP Program, contact Allen Gehring, at (402) 437-4037.

Tractor Safety Training
Jun 20 – Jun 21 all-day

The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Employing anyone uncertified under age 16 is a liability risk for farmers if those children operate such equipment.

Nebraska Extension’s Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses take place at 12 Nebraska locations this year for teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm. Anyone older than 15 is also welcome to attend, but those under age 14 are not eligible to take the class. Extensive training on tractor and ATV safety occurs during in-class lessons with hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of safety and a respect for agricultural equipment is the primary goal of the course.

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

Instructors for the course include staff members of Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, PhD, Ellen Duysen, Daniel Kent, and UNMC student Jill Oatman.

All on-site classes begin at 8:00 A.M. and end times will vary, depending on the number of participants. Training site locations, Site Coordinator contact numbers, and dates of training includes:
June 20 & 21 – Fairgrounds, Wayne – (402) 375-3310
July 1 & 2 – Fairgrounds, Weeping Water – (402) 267-2205

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

To register, print and complete a registration form and submit with payment to the appropriate Site Coordinator at least one week before the course (call the specific location number listed above for mailing address and instructions).

Jun
21
Fri
ICON Annual Meeting
Jun 21 all-day

The Independant Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) will be hosting their 14th Annual Meeting & Convention in Broken Bow, Nebraska, on Friday June 21st, 2019, 1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (CST) at the Cobblestone Hotel.

At 1:30 p.m. Registration & Silent Auction benefiting the “Jim Hanna Memorial Scholarship” begins.

At 2:30 p.m. the ICON Annual Meeting, Legislative updates like property taxes; as well as new and proposed laws relating to the brand committee, fence law and artificial meat from featured legal counsel Rick Leonard for the Nebraska Agricultural Committee starts.

At 4:00 p.m. the first of our two dynamic and informative speakers – Brian O’Shaughnessy of New York, he is the Chairman of Revere Copper and the Vice Chairman of the Coalition for a Prosperous America and has testified before Congress and before the International Trade Commission. He will speak on “What You Don’t Know About Trade & It’s Impact on Your Country & Your Cattle”.

At 6:30 p.m. our second honored guest speaker from Nebraska, Michael B. Yanney, will speak. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Burlington Capital and has done business in 14 countries and served on a joint U.S.-Russia delegation. He will speak about “Nebraska is in a Crisis ~Time to make Changes.”

Supper will be catered by the Bonfire Grill at 6:15 p.m. with cocktails prior. End the evening relaxing & laughing with entertainment by humorist & cowboy poet R.P. Smith and mingle afterwards with fellow Cattle men & women.

Registration is $25.00 per person and includes the sirloin tip supper. Bring a first time attendee and both of you will get in free (some restrictions). If you have not paid your’ 2019 membership, get $10 off the $100 membership fee if paid with registration or at the event.

Register with Maureen by calling 308-880-1505 or e-mail her at IndependentCattlemen@gmail.com, or visit our website www.IndependentCattlemen.com for forms & mail to: 432 N. 10th Ave., Broken Bow, NE 68822.

Spend the night at the Cobblestone Hotel, (308-767-2060) with our special ICON block of room rates for $80.00/night (rates honored Thursday –Saturday). Saturday enjoy an informal round of golf at the Broken Bow Country Club.

Jake Owen with Casey Donahew @ Wild West Arena
Jun 21 all-day
NRCS Cover Crops program deadline
Jun 21 all-day

To help manage cropland damaged by Nebraska’s severe spring weather, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing funds to plant cover crops on cropland acres. Producers are encouraged to apply by June 21, 2019 at their local USDA Service Center.

This funding is available statewide in order to assist the widespread recovery work on cropland acres directly impacted by the severe weather in March.  The highest priority cropland includes land which is unable to be planted with a cash crop and/or harvested in 2019.

Cover crops prevent erosion, improve soil’s physical and biological properties, supply nutrients, suppress weeds, improve the availability of soil water, and break pest cycles along with various other benefits. Cover crops can also potentially be grazed.

Work currently being done to maintain conservation structures as well as sediment removal, debris removal or grading and reshaping can be stabilized and protected from further erosion and damage by planting a cover crop.

For more information, visit NRCS at a USDA Service Center, or visit www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.  

Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
Jun 21 @ 9:00 am

The Committee Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District will be held on June 21, 2019 at 9:00 AM (MST) at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center located at 1475 Hwy 61 N., Ogallala, NE 69153.

A current agenda is available at the Office of the Assistant Secretary at 415 Lincoln St., Holdrege, NE 68949.

Jun
22
Sat
Kane Brown with Lindsay Ell and Travis Denning @ Wild West Arena
Jun 22 all-day
Jun
23
Sun
Child Ag Injury Prevention wksp
Jun 23 – Jun 24 all-day

A national workshop dedicated to childhood agricultural safety is scheduled for June 23-24 in the agricultural and insurance hub of Des Moines, Iowa.  The Child Agricultural Injury Prevention (CAIP) Workshop is designed for those who work in or with the agriculture industry, and want to establish and enhance child injury prevention strategies for their organizations.

Early-bird registration ($199) runs through Friday, May 10. The fee will then increase to $249. Scholarships are available to assist with the cost of registration. More information, including the registration link, is available at www.marshfieldresearch.org/CAIP-Workshop.

Co-hosts include the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (University of Iowa) and the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (University of Nebraska Medical Center), along with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. Sponsors include John Deere, Westfield Insurance and the National Farm Medicine Center.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
–    Understand the leading causes of injuries to children who are either working or playing on farms;
–    Describe interventions most likely to be effective in preventing childhood farm injuries; and
–    Identify their (and their organization’s) unique role in helping farm children grow up happy and healthy.

The workshop will be co-located with the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) annual conference, which begins June 24 and runs through June 27, https://vafb.swoogo.com/ISASH2019. Those who register for both the workshop and the ISASH Conference will save $50 on the combined registration fees. Both events will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown Des Moines.

For more workshop information, email nccrahs@marshfieldresearch.org or call 1-800-662-6900. The National Children’s Center is funded in part by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Carrie Underwood @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm
Jun
24
Mon
ICGA Roundtalbe
Jun 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Policy development at the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a vital grassroots process. Each year, ICGA hosts roundtable meetings in local communities across the state to gather insight and feedback on priorities from members. The meetings, which will be held in June and July, allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at roundtable meetings go on to the annual ICGA Grassroots Summit on August 26-27 for the ICGA delegates to debate for adoption into the ICGA policy book. This process enables the organization to take action in lobbying for and supporting sound policy development and pro-farmer legislation.

June 24 – Galva – Quad County Corn Processor Plant, (5PM optional tour of plant, 6PM Roundtable)
June 25 – Red Oak – AgriVision, (6PM)
July 9 – Ames – Johnny’s at Hilton Coliseum with ISU VIP guest appearance, (5PM)

Roundtables are FREE for ICGA members, but registration is requested. A meal will be included at each session. If you can’t attend a roundtable but wish to present a policy resolution for consideration, please contact your local ICGA Board member. Go to iowacorn.org/roundtables for more information.

ICGA Roundtalbe
Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Policy development at the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a vital grassroots process. Each year, ICGA hosts roundtable meetings in local communities across the state to gather insight and feedback on priorities from members. The meetings, which will be held in June and July, allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at roundtable meetings go on to the annual ICGA Grassroots Summit on August 26-27 for the ICGA delegates to debate for adoption into the ICGA policy book. This process enables the organization to take action in lobbying for and supporting sound policy development and pro-farmer legislation. 

June 18 – Okoboji – Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 US-71 (6PM)
June 20 – Templeton – Templeton Center (3PM optional tour of Templeton Rye, 5PM Roundtable)
June 24 – Galva – Quad County Corn Processor Plant, (5PM optional tour of plant, 6PM Roundtable)
June 25 – Red Oak – AgriVision, (6PM)
July 9 – Ames – Johnny’s at Hilton Coliseum with ISU VIP guest appearance, (5PM)

Roundtables are FREE for ICGA members, but registration is requested. A meal will be included at each session. If you can’t attend a roundtable but wish to present a policy resolution for consideration, please contact your local ICGA Board member. Go to iowacorn.org/roundtables for more information.

Jun
25
Tue
IA Farm Env. Leader Award nomination deadline
Jun 25 all-day

Iowans are invited to nominate families in their communities for the Farm Environmental Leader Award. Farmers who voluntarily take actions, like planting cover crops or installing conservation infrastructure in their fields, are eligible for the award. The deadline to nominate a deserving farmer has been extended to June 25.

To qualify, individuals must make environmental stewardship a priority and incorporate best management practices into their operation. As true stewards of the land, they recognize that improved water quality and soil sustainability reaps benefits that extend beyond their fields to citizens of Iowa and residents even further downstream.

An appointed committee of representatives from both conservation and agricultural groups will review the nominations and select the winners. The recipients will be recognized on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Iowa State Fair.

Since the creation of the award in 2012, more than 500 farm families have been recognized. Winners are presented a certificate as well as a yard sign donated by Bayer. The nomination form, a list of previous awardees and other information can be found at iowaagriculture.gov/farm-environmental-leader-awards.

ICGA Roundtalbe
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Policy development at the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a vital grassroots process. Each year, ICGA hosts roundtable meetings in local communities across the state to gather insight and feedback on priorities from members. The meetings, which will be held in June and July, allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at roundtable meetings go on to the annual ICGA Grassroots Summit on August 26-27 for the ICGA delegates to debate for adoption into the ICGA policy book. This process enables the organization to take action in lobbying for and supporting sound policy development and pro-farmer legislation.

June 25 – Red Oak – AgriVision, (6PM)
July 9 – Ames – Johnny’s at Hilton Coliseum with ISU VIP guest appearance, (5PM)

Roundtables are FREE for ICGA members, but registration is requested. A meal will be included at each session. If you can’t attend a roundtable but wish to present a policy resolution for consideration, please contact your local ICGA Board member. Go to iowacorn.org/roundtables for more information.

ICGA Roundtalbe
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Policy development at the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a vital grassroots process. Each year, ICGA hosts roundtable meetings in local communities across the state to gather insight and feedback on priorities from members. The meetings, which will be held in June and July, allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at roundtable meetings go on to the annual ICGA Grassroots Summit on August 26-27 for the ICGA delegates to debate for adoption into the ICGA policy book. This process enables the organization to take action in lobbying for and supporting sound policy development and pro-farmer legislation. 

June 18 – Okoboji – Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 US-71 (6PM)
June 20 – Templeton – Templeton Center (3PM optional tour of Templeton Rye, 5PM Roundtable)
June 24 – Galva – Quad County Corn Processor Plant, (5PM optional tour of plant, 6PM Roundtable)
June 25 – Red Oak – AgriVision, (6PM)
July 9 – Ames – Johnny’s at Hilton Coliseum with ISU VIP guest appearance, (5PM)

Roundtables are FREE for ICGA members, but registration is requested. A meal will be included at each session. If you can’t attend a roundtable but wish to present a policy resolution for consideration, please contact your local ICGA Board member. Go to iowacorn.org/roundtables for more information.

NC Road Trip
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Nebraska Cattlemen Road Trip 2019 will make its way through Wisner on Tuesday June 25th with a stop at the 529 Social. Meal at 7pm, meeting to follow. Topics will include a legislative update, membership and NC programs, federal issues update, and discussion about animal disease traceability. Hope to see you there!

Jun
26
Wed
NE Ext. Weed Mgt Field Day
Jun 26 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Growers, crop consultants, ag professionals and extension educators are encouraged to attend Nebraska Extension’s weed management field day from 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 26 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s South Central Agricultural Laboratory near Clay Center.

The field day will include on-site demonstrations of herbicides for weed control in corn, popcorn and soybean. An early morning demonstration will focus on weed control in soybeans followed by a demonstration of projects for weed control in corn and popcorn.

A number of projects will be demonstrated during the field day, including weed control in XtendFlex soybean, Enlist Corn, and Alite 27 Soybean. New this year for participants to learn about research project aimed at terminating cereal rye before and after planting soybean and control of volunteer corn in Enlist Corn.

Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) continuing education units are available.

There is no cost to attend the field day, but participants are asked to register at http://agronomy.unl.edu/fieldday.

The South Central Agricultural Laboratory is 4.5 miles west of the intersection of Highways 14 and 6, or 12.4 miles east of Hastings on Highway 6. GPS coordinates of the field day site is 40.57539, -98.13776.

Nebraska Extension weed management field day is June 26
Jun 26 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Growers, crop consultants, ag professionals and extension educators are encouraged to attend Nebraska Extension’s weed management field day from 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 26 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s South Central Agricultural Laboratory near Clay Center.

The field day will include on-site demonstrations of herbicides for weed control in corn, popcorn and soybean. An early morning demonstration will focus on weed control in soybeans followed by a demonstration of projects for weed control in corn and popcorn.

“A number of projects will be demonstrated during the field day, including weed control in XtendFlex soybean, Enlist Corn, and Alite 27 Soybean,” said Extension Weed Management Specialist Amit Jhala.

New this year for participants to learn about research project aimed at terminating cereal rye before and after planting soybean and control of volunteer corn in Enlist Corn.

Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) continuing education units are available.

There is no cost to attend the field day, but participants are asked to register at http://agronomy.unl.edu/fieldday.

The South Central Agricultural Laboratory is 4.5 miles west of the intersection of Highways 14 and 6, or 12.4 miles east of Hastings on Highway 6. GPS coordinates of the field day site is 40.57539, -98.13776.

Jun
27
Thu
Farm & Ranch Clinic
Jun 27 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
Norfolk — Thursday, June 27
Valentine — Friday, June 28

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.

ISU Swine Day
Jun 27 all-day

The 2019 Iowa Swine Day will offer pork producers an agenda of expert speakers who will address current issues affecting the industry. Topics will include the status of and response to African Swine Fever, what makes a biosecurity program successful, improving company culture, precision pork production and feeding the high-producing sow. The event will be hosted by the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University, Ames, on June 27.

The morning session will feature Dr. Frank Mitloehner from the University of California-Davis, who will explore how improvements in livestock production efficiencies, genetics, nutrition and veterinary care can help meet the increasing demand for animal protein as the world’s population grows, without depleting natural resources.

Dr. Wes Jamison from Palm Beach Atlantic University will share how “Gen Z” consumers influence the pork industry, and Troy Van Hauen of Accelerated Performance Technicians will present a mini-workshop on how to improve your company’s culture by developing and exemplifying a standard of leadership principles.

The afternoon will be structured into four concurrent breakout sessions with 16 presentations to choose from. Some of the afternoon topics include nutrition for high-producing sows, precision pork production technologies, and causes and consequences of leaky gut. One afternoon session will be focused on foreign animal disease preparation, including an update on African Swine Fever worldwide from Dr. David Casey of PIC in China.

Registration is $65 and includes lunch and refreshments. Early registration ends midnight, June 14. Late or on-site registration is $90. Registration is free for students before the early registration deadline, and is $45 after the deadline has passed. Iowa Swine Day will be held at the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, 1805 Center Drive, Ames. The full program, directions and online registration are available on the Iowa Swine Day conference website… http://www.aep.iastate.edu/iowaswineday/

Iowa Swine Day is hosted by Iowa Pork Industry Center in collaboration with the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Jun
28
Fri
IFBF Economic Summit
Jun 28 all-day

Flooding, volatile market swings, prevented planting, trade stalled—it seems this year more than ever before—the future is uncertain for many Iowa farmers.  Long before this year’s crops are ready for harvest, Iowa farmers need to take proactive steps to manage their risk.  Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) is bringing a variety of experts and resources to Des Moines June 28th to help farmers manage their way through yet another downturn.

“Managing Through Challenging Times” is the focus for the 2019 Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit at the Des Moines Marriott-Downtown.  The one-day event features a variety of risk management, banking, trade and new market experts to help Iowa farmers remain sustainable.

IFBF Senior Economist Dr. Sam Funk says the featured speakers bring national expertise to Iowa to help farmers learn how they can remain sustainable.  Farmers will hear from a variety of experts, including a Canadian farmer who grows industrial hemp who will discuss regulations, production, and what he’s learned along the way.  Also coming to the 2019 IFBF Economic Summit is Ms. Debra Bauler, the chief information officer for Cargill Protein and Salt, who will examine the growing use of blockchain systems in the production of meat and other foods. 

The full-day summit will feature a range of Iowa-based and national experts on other topics critical to agriculture today, including Jim Knuth, Iowa-based senior vice president of the Farm Credit Services of America, who will provide an update on the farm lending environment and factors to consider when working with your banker.  Dr. Allan Gray, director of the Center for Food and Agriculture Business at Purdue University, is also on the agenda to provide attendees insight into technology use in agriculture, and how to best utilize technologies during a time of trade uncertainty for farmers.  Additionally, Dr. Art Barnaby, Emeritus Professor at Kansas State University, will share his insight on farm risk management, particularly government crop insurance programs, which will likely be utilized by thousands of Iowa farmers following devastating spring flooding.

Summit registration, which includes access to all presentations and lunch, is $30 for Farm Bureau members and $150 for non-members before June 19.  Tickets will be available at the door–$60 for members and $150 for non-members.  Visit www.iowafarmbureau.com/EconomicSummit or contact Lavonne Baldwin (515-225-5633; lbaldwin@ifbf.org) for more information.

Stockmanship & Stewardship
Jun 28 – Jun 29 all-day

Five sessions of the Stockmanship & Stewardship program will be conducted in 2019 to help bring cattle producers together for further education on proper stockmanship techniques, including local stewardship that is appropriate for their regions.

The two-day California, Iowa, Colorado, Louisiana and Kansas events are made possible through sponsorship from Merck Animal Health and will be coordinated by the producer education team at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and local host organizations. Additional funding and support for the program is provided by the beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program.

Tour dates for the 2019 Stockmanship & Stewardship tour are:
Ames, Iowa June 28-29

Stockmanship & Stewardship events include live cattle demonstration and hands-on opportunities. They also include BQA training and classroom sessions highlighting issues that affect cattle producers in each region. In addition to cattle handling and effective stockmanship, possible elements of regional sessions include sustainability and environmental stewardship, animal health and regional issues and hot topics.

For more information on either the Stockmanship & Stewardship or BQA programs, contact DeCoite at cdecoite@beef.org.

NC Farmer Stockman tour
Jun 28 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

The Nebraska Cattlemen Farmer Stockman tour is set for Friday June 28th. The tour starts at 930am at Sysco in Lincoln, followed by stops at Ohnoutka Farms in Valparaiso, the UNL Rogers Memorial Farm in Lincoln, and ending the day at the NEW NE Cattlemen office in Lincoln for the Grand Opening ceremony. Those attending the tour can part at the NC office, 4611 Cattle Drive in Lincoln, and carpool from there. There is no charge to be on the tour, but an RSVP is very much appreciated, especially for a meal count. Contact Bonita at 402-450-0223 or email blederer@necattlemen.org for more information at to reserve your spot!

Jun
30
Sun
NE FFA Foundation Grants
Jun 30 all-day

The Nebraska FFA Foundation is now seeking applications for 2019-20 local chapter grants and storm relief fund grants.

The local chapter grant program, in its third year, supports Nebraska agricultural education classrooms, FFA programs and individual student entrepreneurship Supervised Agricultural Experiences. Funds are provided by supporters of the Nebraska FFA Foundation and its general fund.

This year, grant requests may be any amount up to $10,000 each. Applications are being accepted until June 30, 2019. Successful proposals from 2018-19 varied from greenhouse repairs to a CNC router to grow towers to animal learning lab.

To learn more, visit www.neffafoundation.org.

Jul
1
Mon
EXTENDED: EQIP Funds for Lvst Disposal
Jul 1 all-day

Nebraska farmers and ranchers impacted by the “Bomb Cyclone” and raging flood waters this spring are working hard on cleaning up and assessing the damages to their ag operations.

One of the more significant losses experienced by landowners has been the death of livestock. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has financial assistance available to help landowners cope with the aftermath of livestock losses.

Through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program – commonly referred to as EQIP farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to properly dispose of dead livestock. Applications are being accepted now through July 1. This is an extension of the original sign up periods announced immediately following the flooding/blizzard.

Producers who have not already disposed of livestock can apply for EQIP now. Producers can then get a waiver to allow them to begin working to dispose of deceased livestock before having an approved EQIP contract.

Producers in the area who suffered other damages due to the blizzard and flooding – such as damaged fencing, water sources, or windbreaks – may also seek assistance from NRCS through general EQIP funding. The sign-up period for general EQIP is continuous and has no cut off application date.

For more information about the programs and assistance available from NRCS, visit your local USDA Service Center or www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.

Tractor Safety Training
Jul 1 – Jul 2 all-day

The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Employing anyone uncertified under age 16 is a liability risk for farmers if those children operate such equipment.

Nebraska Extension’s Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses take place at 12 Nebraska locations this year for teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm. Anyone older than 15 is also welcome to attend, but those under age 14 are not eligible to take the class. Extensive training on tractor and ATV safety occurs during in-class lessons with hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of safety and a respect for agricultural equipment is the primary goal of the course.

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

Instructors for the course include staff members of Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, PhD, Ellen Duysen, Daniel Kent, and UNMC student Jill Oatman.

All on-site classes begin at 8:00 A.M. and end times will vary, depending on the number of participants. Training site locations, Site Coordinator contact numbers, and dates of training includes:
July 1 & 2 – Fairgrounds, Weeping Water – (402) 267-2205

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

To register, print and complete a registration form and submit with payment to the appropriate Site Coordinator at least one week before the course (call the specific location number listed above for mailing address and instructions).

Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am

The Committee Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District will be held on July 1st, 2019 at 9:00 AM (MST)

A current agenda is available at the Office of the Assistant Secretary at 415 Lincoln St., Holdrege, NE 68949.

Jul
5
Fri
EQIP Wildlife Initiative Nebraska deadline
Jul 5 all-day

Farmers and ranchers interested in improving wildlife habitat on their operations are encouraged to apply now for funding available from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Those interested in receiving funding should apply by July 5, 2019.

Funding is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP has designated funding specifically for wildlife habit improvement through the Wildlife Initiative Nebraska. Funding can be used to plant native grass species, control brush on rangeland, conduct prescribed burns to improve grassland and much more.

EQIP is one of the most widely applied conservation programs in Nebraska. Through this program, conservation practices were installed on over 475,000 acres in Nebraska during 2018 with over 900,000 acres currently under contract statewide.

The goal of EQIP is to provide a financial incentive to encourage landowners to install conservation practices that protect natural resources, resulting in cleaner air and water, healthy soil and more wildlife habitat.

Individuals interested in entering into an EQIP agreement may apply at any time, but the application cut-off to be considered for funding through the Wildlife Initiative Nebraska will be July 5, 2019. The first step is to visit your local NRCS field office and complete an application.

For more information about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and other conservation programs, visit your local NRCS field office or www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.

Jul
9
Tue
ICGA Roundtable
Jul 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Policy development at the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a vital grassroots process. Each year, ICGA hosts roundtable meetings in local communities across the state to gather insight and feedback on priorities from members. The meetings, which will be held in June and July, allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at roundtable meetings go on to the annual ICGA Grassroots Summit on August 26-27 for the ICGA delegates to debate for adoption into the ICGA policy book. This process enables the organization to take action in lobbying for and supporting sound policy development and pro-farmer legislation. 

July 9 – Ames – Johnny’s at Hilton Coliseum with ISU VIP guest appearance, (5PM)
Roundtables are FREE for ICGA members, but registration is requested. A meal will be included at each session. If you can’t attend a roundtable but wish to present a policy resolution for consideration, please contact your local ICGA Board member. Go to iowacorn.org/roundtables for more information.

Jul
10
Wed
ISU Crop Management Clinic & Pest Mgt Training
Jul 10 – Jul 11 all-day

Registration for the summer 2019 Crop Management Clinic is now open. New to this year’s clinic will be an extra day of training, education and discussion with a total of 19 scheduled learning sessions, covered by 15 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The clinic will be held on July 10-11.

The Crop Management Clinic will examine and illustrate the latest crop, soil, nutrient and pest management techniques and strategies. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will approach the content from an intermediate perspective, building upon the foundations of the four core topic areas. Crop managers with a basic understanding and skillset in crop scouting and nutrient management, who want a more in-depth working knowledge of these practices will benefit greatly from the two days’ worth of knowledge and experience.

New topics to be featured this year include: soil health testing and recommendations; how to assess opportunity areas for wildlife habitat and conservation on the farm; integrated pest management and identifying pests; research on cropping systems; and weed issues.

This event will be hosted by Iowa State at FEEL on 1928 240th St., Boone. Registrants should plan to arrive at 8:30 a.m. for check-in, with opening comments beginning at 8:55 a.m., July 10. The first day of the clinic will conclude at 4:30 p.m. The clinic will continue on July 11, with refreshments at 7:30 a.m., sessions starting at 8 a.m. and adjourn at 3:40 p.m. Lunch will be provided on both days, with some light refreshments available at check-in. Beverages will also be available throughout the day.

Advance registration is required to attend this event. Early registration for the two-day event is $250 and must be completed before midnight July 3. Registration includes refreshments, lunch and course materials. Additional information, including an outline of all topics and online registration, is available at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/feel/index.html.

For additional information visit the event website. This clinic qualifies for 12.5 continuing education credits for Iowa Certified Crop Advisers, subject to board approval, in the following categories: 2.0 nutrient management, 5.0 pest management, 125 soil and water management, 3.0 crop management.