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Aug
8
Thu
Kansas Water Technology Field Days
Aug 8 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 10 @ 9:00 am

GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Kansas State University is partnering with the Kansas Water Office and farmers across a swath of western Kansas to host eight Water Technology Field Days in August and September. The events are designed to show agricultural producers and others how the newest crop irrigation research and technology is being applied in real-life situations on private farms.

The dates, locations and times are:

  • Aug. 8 – Tribune – Homeland Farm – 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 9 – Hesston – Jacob, Weber and R&E Goering farms – 10:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 20 – Scott City – Circle C and Long farms – 10:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 23 – Larned – WaterPACK & ILS Farm – 10:30 a.m.
  • Sept. 4 – Goodland – NW Kansas Tech College Farms – 9:30 a.m. (multiple events)
  • Sept. 5 – Garden City – The GCC-Roth Family, T&O and Harshberger farms – 10:30 a.m.
  • Sept. 5 – Liberal – Hatcher Land & Cattle Farm – 5 p.m.
  • Sept. 10 – Troy – Loess Hills Water Quality Farm – 9 a.m.

The KWO provides financial assistance to K-State’s efforts to give technical support for some of the technology demonstration farms.

“K-State Research and Extension is committed to developing and promoting new irrigation technologies that will be environmentally and economically efficient while conserving and protecting limited water resources,” said Ernie Minton, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension. “The K-State Research and Extension services conducted at these Water Technology Farms significantly advances the knowledge of the most efficient water management technology and practices.”

Some of the technologies that these Water Technology Farms have are replicated in small plots at the Southwest Research-Extension Center in Garden City.

“We are excited to work with the producers on these farms because we could validate the results in our research plots to the production scale and conditions of actual farms,” said Jonathan Aguilar, K-State associate professor and water resource engineer located in Garden City.

He leads the monitoring activities of six water technology farms within the Ogallala Aquifer region.

“We hope farmers can see better options in managing their water as their peers test new – and even not so new – irrigation technologies,” he said.

More information on other collaborators and details on the field days is available online or by contacting Armando Zarco, KWO water resource planner, at 620-765-7485.

A pair of K-State Research and Extension western stations that are conducting irrigation research are also hosting field days this month:

Sep
2
Mon
Trace Adkins @ Nebraska State Fair
Sep 2 @ 8:00 pm
Sep
6
Fri
Cody Johnson @ Pinewood Bowl - Lincoln, Nebraska
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm
Cody Johnson @ Pinewood Bowl - Lincoln, Nebraska

Tickets for the show will be available Friday, April 26th at 10am and can be purchased at www.Ticketmaster.com, the Ticketmaster app, and Pinnacle Bank Arena Ticket Office.

Sep
7
Sat
Frontier Coop – Randy Robeson Retirement
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 8 @ 12:00 am

Frontier Cooperative invites you to a retirement party in honor of Randy Robeson! The party will be held at the Starlight Event Center, 2045 Co Rd K, Wahoo, NE. It’s on September 7th from 6pm to midnight. Hope to see you there!

Sep
10
Tue
NE NE Corn to HHD
Sep 10 all-day

The Northeast NE Corn Growers Assoc. has chartered a bus to Husker Harvest Days on Tues Sept 10. Join your fellow NE NE Corn Growers on the bus trip to HHD!. The bus leaves from Jackson NE on Tues Sept 10 at 7am, from the Corner Mart in Laurel at 750am, and from Pilger Pride in Pilger at 840am. Time spent at HHD will be roughly from 11am to 4pm. The bus leaves from HHD at 4om, with a planned supper stop in Columbus at 530pm. Drops are planned in Pilger at 8pm, Laurel at 8:40pm, nad Jackson Express at 9:20pm. All expenses will be paid for, but attendees MUST be members of the NE NE Corn Growers. You can join or renew that day. Expenses covered include entry ticket, lunch vouchers, the meal in Columbus, and beverages on the bus. There are only 56 seats on the bus, and it’s first come, first served. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mitch at 402-380-4931, Travis at 402-640-9449, or Taylor at 712-203-1922.

ILF Pasture Restoration field day
Sep 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a pasture restoration and monarch habitat field day Sept. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Nathan Anderson’s farm near Cherokee. The event is free, open to the whole family and includes a complimentary meal.

The field day will begin on the Anderson Farm where host farmer, Anderson, will lead the group on a walking tour to the pasture being restored to native species of grasses and forbs to help improve the pasture performance and livestock health. Anderson will share information on how he began the restoration process and the resources he used, as well as the benefits and challenges he has faced during the process. Adam Janke, ISU Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist, will discuss opportunities for wildlife habitat around the farm including establishing monarch habitat and the impacts of pasture restoration on bird, mammal and other wildlife in the area. The field day will conclude with a complimentary meal back at the farm site.

The field day will be held at Nathan Anderson’s farm, 1950 520th St., Cherokee. From Cherokee, head east on IA 3/530th St. for three miles. Turn north on T Ave./M10 for 1 mile. Turn left on 520th St. for 1/2 mile and the farm will be located on the south side of the road. The event is free and open to the whole family, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Please RSVP to Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or ilf@iastate.edu.

For mobility accommodations to the pasture, please contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or ilf@iastate.edu by Thursday, Sept. 5.

Iowa Learning Farms field days and workshops are supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit www.iowalearningfarms.org.

Sep
11
Wed
NE FFA Foundation Tire Auction
Sep 11 all-day

Titan Tire Corporation, a subsidiary of Titan International, Inc., will be hosting a tire auction for the Nebraska FFA Foundation at Husker Harvest Days on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. In its seventh year, the 2019 auction will include a variety of tires on-site and online only bidding for a John Deere Gator and LSW Extreme Floatation Tires.

To participate in the live auction on Wednesday, September 11 at 11:00 am sign in at the Nebraska FFA Foundation registration desk for a bid number to bid in person or you can bid online. To learn more about the online bidding, go to neffafoundation.org.

To participate in the online only auction for the John Deere Gator and LSW Extreme Flotation tires go to neffafoundation.org to view more details. Bidding ends Wednesday, September 11. The LSW tires will fit an 8000 series John Deere tractor.

The list of tires, gator information and details about the live auction and online only auction are available at neffafoundation.org.

Sep
13
Fri
NE Ethanol Board mtg
Sep 13 all-day

The Nebraska Ethanol Board will hold a board meeting in Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be at Cornhusker Marriott (333 S 13th St.) in the Hawthorne Room. Visit here for the agenda…. ethanol.nebraska.gov.  This agenda contains all items to come before the Board except those items of an emergency nature.

NE State Grange meeting
Sep 13 – Sep 15 all-day

The Nebraska State Grange will hold the annual Convention in Grand Island at the Midtown Ramada Inn, September 13-15. The National Grange delegates this year will be Harry and Cindy Greer from Colorado. Cindy is National Grange Ceres, and President of the Colorado State Grange. This will be the time to look over our policies and and suggest some resolutions for debate.

CFI Protein Alternatives webinar
Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Representatives of Tyson Foods, White Castle restaurants and MotivBase ethnography research firm will join The Center for Food Integrity (CFI), Fri. Sept. 13, from 1 to 2 p.m. CDT, for CFI Live “The Protein Play: Emerging Trends and Consumer Appetites for Protein Alternatives.”

The free webcam event will address the rapid evolution of protein alternatives, the profile of interested consumers, cultural forces at play and what’s next for both consumers and those in the protein complex.

Moderated by CFI CEO Charlie Arnot, the panel features David Ervin, vice president of alternative proteins, Tyson Foods; Shannon Tolliver, social responsibility and environmental sustainability manager, White Castle; Jamie Richardson, vice president of corporate relations, White Castle; and Ujwal Arkalgud, co-founder and CEO of MotivBase, cultural anthropologist and author.

To register, click on the CFI Live link at www.foodintegrity.org.

Cover Crop Field Day
Sep 13 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

A Cover Crop Field Day will be held at the University of Nebraska Rogers Memorial Farm Friday, Sept. 13 from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Selecting the right cover crop for your system depends on knowing and meeting the goals for the cover crop. This tour will feature cover crop cocktails that serve specific functions. These functions can include early-season grazing, late-season grazing, nitrogen fixation, building carbon in the soil, diversifying mixes for soil health, reducing compaction, or making soils more resilient.

Speakers will include Extension Engineer Paul Jasa and Extension Educator Gary Lesoing. Jasa will discuss the cover crop demonstration plots and projects at the farm and Lesoing will address dry matter production and nutrient content of various cover crop mixes. The tour also will include cover crops growing in wheat stubble, cover crop recovery after simulated grazing, and row crops growing in the residue from cover crops.

The Rogers Memorial Farm is located at 18630 Adams Street, Lincoln. It’s on the north side of the road, about 7.5 miles east of Lincoln, 2 miles north of Highway 34.

Sep
16
Mon
Nat’l Farm Safety & Health week webinars
Sep 16 – Sep 20 all-day

Agriculture is known as one of the most dangerous industries in America and abroad. According to NIOSH approximately 2,050,000 full-time workers were employed in production agriculture in the US in 2017. NIOSH reported that in 2016, 417 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury, resulting in a fatality rate of 21.4 deaths per 100,000 workers. Transportation incidents, which include tractor overturns were the leading cause of death for these farmers and farm workers.

National Farm Safety and Health Week has been recognized during the third week of September for seventy-five years, since 1944. AgriSafe has organized activities to support awareness for agricultural health and safety professionals and producers alike in conjunction with organizations such as the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS). The 2019 theme is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear,” which focuses on the importance of safety on the farm as well as America’s rural roadways. The goal of the week is to remind us that it is everyone’s responsibility to prioritize the issues that are faced in the agricultural community. During September 15-21, 2019, our free webinars will share information on tractor safety, safeguarding the youth, communicating hazards, opioid use, and women’s health issues such as hazard communications, ergonomics and reducing adverse pregnancy outcomes. These topics are a significant threat to producers and their families. Timely information will be shared by field experts in a format that is accessible to all.

Daily Themes include
Monday‐ Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety;
Tuesday – Farm Health & Opioid/Suicide Prevention;
Wednesday – Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture;
Thursday – Confined Spaces in Agriculture; and
Friday‐ Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture

For more information on National Farm Safety and Health week, visit www.agrisafe.org.

AgriSafe is an international 501©3 organization representing health and safety professionals who strive to reduce health disparities found among the agricultural community. Our mission is to support a growing network of trained agricultural health and safety professionals that assure access to preventative services for farm families and the agricultural community.

Young Leader Program deadline
Sep 16 all-day

Influence, Inspire, Learn and Connect

Apply for the 2020 ASA Corteva Agriscience Young Leader Program!  The Young Leader Program, sponsored by ASA and Corteva Agriscience, provides training for actively-farming couples or individuals who are passionate about the possibilities of the future of agriculture.
This two-phase training program is unique in that your spouse (if applicable), even if not employed full time on the farm, will be an active participant in all elements of the training. As a Young Leader participant you will:
• Engage in leadership-focused training that impacts not only your farming operation but other organizations in which you serve
• Gain tools to better enable you to tell your story
• Connect with soybean farmers from the U.S. and Canada, creating valuable new agricultural relationships
 
PHASE I – Tuesday, December 3 – Friday, December 6, 2019 at Corteva Agriscience in Indianapolis, Indiana
PHASE II – Tuesday, February 25 – Saturday, February 29, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with Commodity Classic.

The ASA Corteva Agriscience Young Leader Program is for those young in leadership, regardless of age.  For more information about the Young Leader Program and to apply for membership in the class of 2020, go to: SoyGrowers.com. Nebraska application deadline: September 16, 2019.  For information contact the NE Soybean Association at 402-441-3239.

NeFU Dist 6 Fall mtg
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

2019 NeFU Fall District Meetings Schedule
District 6 Fall Meeting: Native Winery 32, 789 7th Road, West Point, NE 68788
9 miles west of West Point, 1 mile north on 7th Road
Monday, September 16, 2019.
6:00-7:00 pm wine tasting with cheese & meat plates with meeting to follow.
· Graham Christensen: District 6 Director’s Report including Costco latest bad news financing efforts, Regenerative Ag, & Citizen Scientist Water Quality Testing
· Julie Hindmarsh & Laura Thomas: NFU Fly-In Report
· NeFU President John Hansen: Report on state and national issues, & Lancaster County CAFO Task Force
NeFU District 6 Business:
· Election of officers: President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer
· Select 2 delegate candidates to NFU Convention—elected by NeFU convention delegates
Bring a friend, neighbor or family member that needs to get active in NeFU.
For more information, call Paul Poppe (402) 380-4508.

Sep
17
Tue
Listener Appreciation Party @ Mac's Creek Winery and Brewery
Sep 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sep
19
Thu
Medicine Stone @ Diamondhead Resort
Sep 19 all-day
NeFU Dist 7 Fall mtg
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

2019 NeFU Fall District Meetings Schedule
District 7 Fall Meeting: Perkins Restaurant, 1229 West Omaha Avenue, Norfolk
Thursday, September 19, 2019. 6:00 pm Supper on your own with meeting to follow.
(Please attend this meeting so you can help with ideas to host the state convention.)
· Martin Kleinschmit: District 7 Director’s Last Report (Martin is retiring)
· Art & Helen Tanderup: NFU Fly-in report
· NeFU President John Hansen: Report on state and national issues.
NeFU District 7 Business:
· Nominations for Dist. 7 Director (3 year term elected by #7 delegates at state convention)
· Election of officers: President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer
· Select 2 delegate candidates to NFU Convention—elected by NeFU convention delegates
Bring a friend, neighbor or family member that needs to get active in NeFU.
For more info, call Art Tanderup (402) 278-0942 or (402) 887-1396.

Sep
20
Fri
Medicine Stone @ Diamondhead Resort
Sep 20 all-day
Cover Crop Seeding Demo
Sep 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Are you looking for another alternative when planting cover crops? Does the harvest season time-crunch limit your ability to fully capitalize on the long-term benefits of using cover crops? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you’ll want to attend the field demonstration on Friday, September 20th near Creighton.

The Bazile Groundwater Management Area (BGMA) project team, along with the Nebraska Department of Environment & Energy, have teamed up to demonstrate an additional seeding option for producers using a high-clearance applicator.

The high-clearance applicator is equipped with a pneumatic seeding unit and in-the-row drop nozzles. This concept allows for the late-season application of seed into a standing crop; but will eliminate some of the seed loss or drift that can sometimes occur when applying cover crop seed using an aerial method.

Do you want to see it for yourself? The project team has secured 3 demonstration plots located within the Bazile Groundwater Management Area. Don’t miss the seeding demonstration on Friday, September 20th at 10:30 a.m. at the Jim Fuchtman farm, east of Creighton. Meet at Midwest Seed of Creighton at 53105 HWY 59. Stop by and watch the machine in action. Lunch will be served at Midwest Seed after the demonstration.

Cover crops prevent erosion, improve soil’s physical and biological properties, sequester excess nutrients, suppress weeds, improve the water infiltration and water-holding capacity, and break pest cycles along with various other benefits. Contact your local NRD office for more information.

Sep
21
Sat
Medicine Stone @ Diamondhead Resort
Sep 21 all-day
Farm & Ranch Tailgate Party
Sep 21 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Nebraska agriculture organizations and the state’s farmers and ranchers are hosting a free breakfast tailgate party Saturday, Sept. 21. The place: Russ’s Market at 33rd and Highway 2. The time: 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Football fans–and breakfast fans–are invited to the official “Game Day Approved Tailgate Party with Nebraska Farmers & Ranchers” for free breakfast and the opportunity to visit with our farmers and ranchers about how they produce our food in a safe, sustainable and tasty way. The purpose of the event is to provide consumers with information about how our farmers and ranchers grow our food and care for the land and their animals.

Farm organizations will be staffing booths that tailgaters can visit to learn more about Nebraska agriculture. Each attendee will receive a “Farm Land” card they can get stamped at each booth they visit. Those who get their cards stamped at every booth can return their cards to the AFAN booth to receive a Russ’s Market $5 OFF $50 coupon for use at the store. Completed cards also register the attendee for the grand prize–the Nebraska Agriculture gift basket.

“Game Day Approved Tailgate Party” sponsors include the Nebraska Pork Producers Association; Nebraska Poultry Industries; AFAN; Nebraska Corn Board; Nebraska Soybean Board; Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation; Nebraska Wheat Growers Association; Russ’s Market; CommonGround Nebraska; Nebraska Cattlemen; Midwest Dairy; Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board; and the Nebraska Hop Growers Association.

Sep
22
Sun
Larson Dairy Open House
Sep 22 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Larson Dairy of Creston invites you to see a relatively new piece of technology in dairy production, milking robots as they are called. These are stand alone units where the individual cow chooses when to be milked, and she will walk herself to the robot, and the robot accomplishes the task of collecting the milk. There are only three herds in Nebraska that have installed the robot milkers. The open house will be on Sunday September 22 from 12-noon until 5pm at the Larson Dariy farm, 1 1/2 miles north of Creston on Meridian Road. There will be snacks and goodies, and informational displays. Hope to see you there!

Sep
23
Mon
2019 Ag Outlook Forum
Sep 23 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Don’t miss this chance to hear from top business and political leaders!  The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is pleased to present the 2019 Ag Outlook Forum on Sept. 23, 2019.

This year has already proven to be very challenging for farmers, agribusinesses and rural America. With trade wars, declining prices and tremendous uncertainty about the ag economy, this is a great time to connect with top-notch leaders across agriculture and rural America about their perspectives and insight. The Ag Outlook Forum will feature some of the top business and political leaders in the U.S., including:
  – Agri-Pulse Editor-in-Chief, Sara Wyant
  – USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky
  – USDA Deputy Chief Economist Warren Preston
  – Office of the United States Trade Representative, Chief Ag Trade Negotiator, Gregg Doud
  – John Deere Chief Economist Luke Chandler
  – Farmers National Company President Jim Farrell
  – USDA Economist Ashley Hungerford
  – Univ. of Missouri FAPRI Director Pat Westhoff
  – Agriculture Future of America President &CEO Mark Stewart
  – Director – Master in Agribusiness Program, Kansas State University, Dr. Allen Featherstone
  – Aligned President Torree Pederson
  – Dairy Farmers of America Senior Vice President Jackie Klippenstein
  – Corteva Agriscience Global Business Platform Communications Leader Sharyl Sauer

The event will be held at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, 200 West 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64105.  Registration starts at 8:00 a.m., the program begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes with a networking reception at 4:00 p.m.  Registration fees are $165 for Agricultural Business Council members or $195 for non-members.  Discounted event parking is available.  Register here…. http://www.agbizkc.com/agoutlookforum

NE Beef Council conf call
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Nebraska Beef Council Board of Directors will have a conference call at the NBC office in Kearney located at 1319 Central Ave. on Monday, September 23rd, 2019 beginning at 1:00 p.m. CDT. The NBC Board of Directors will review a draft of the FY 2019-2020 Marketing Plan. For more information, please contact Pam Esslinger at pam@nebeef.org.

Cuming Co Farm Bureau
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cuming County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
Monday, September 23
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Join our Cuming County Annual Meeting at the Indian Trails Country Club (1128 County River Rd, Beemer, NE 68716). Guest Speaker will be Bruce Rieker, NeFB VP of Gov’t Relations.

NeFU Dist 5 Fall mtg
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

2019 NeFU Fall District Meetings Schedule
District 5 Fall Meeting: The Eatery, 2548 S 48th St, Lincoln, NE 68506
Monday, September 23, 2019. 6:00 pm supper on your own with meeting to follow
· Ben Gotschall: District 5 Director’s Report
· Camdyn Kavan: NFU Fly-In Report
· NeFU President John Hansen: Report on state and national issues and Lancaster County CAFO Task Force.
NeFU District 5 Business:
· Election of officers: President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer
· Select 2 delegate candidates to NFU Convention—elected by NeFU convention delegates
Bring a friend, neighbor or family member that needs to get active in NeFU.
For more information, call Ben Gotschall (402) 705-8679.

Sep
25
Wed
Farm Finance & Ag Law Clinic
Sep 25 all-day

Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at five sessions across the state in September. 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
    Grand Island — Thursday, September 5
    North Platte — Thursday, September 12
    Lexington — Thursday, September 19
    Norfolk — Wednesday, September 25
    Valentine — Thursday, September 26

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.

Sep
27
Fri
William Clark Green with Dylan Bloom @ JD's, Kearney, Nebraska
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm
Sep
30
Mon
NAP Fall Seeded Crop coverage
Sep 30 all-day

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Nebraska reminds producers of approaching application deadlines for purchasing risk coverage for some crops through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).

NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass and more. Coverage varies by county and by crop, so producers who are interested should contact their FSA county office for more information.

Upcoming application deadlines for NAP coverage for the 2020 production season in Nebraska, include:
    Rye, triticale and wheat: Sept. 30, 2019
    Alfalfa, mixed forages and grass: Nov. 15, 2019
    Apples, aronia berries and grapes: Nov. 20, 2019

NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production. Buy-up coverage is available in some cases. NAP can protect against losses associated with lower yields, destroyed crops or prevented planting. The 2018 Farm Bill allows for buy-up levels of NAP coverage from 50 to 65 percent of expected production in 5 percent increments, at 100 percent of the average market price. Buy-up coverage is not available for crops intended for grazing.

For all coverage levels, the NAP service fee is the lesser of $325 per crop or $825 per producer per county, not to exceed a total of $1,950 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. Premiums apply for buy-up coverage.

Producers qualifying as beginning, underserved, or limited resource farmers or those who can meet eligibility requirements as a military veteran are eligible for the basic level of NAP coverage at no cost and have the potential for reduction in the cost of buy-up premiums.

To learn more about NAP visit fsa.usda.gov/nap or contact your local USDA Service Center.

Oct
2
Wed
LENRD Irrigated Acres application
Oct 2 – Oct 3 all-day

Landowners within the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) boundaries, will have an opportunity to apply for new irrigated acres in some portions of the District this fall.

The LENRD board voted, at their August meeting, to allow up to 450 acre-feet of new depletions, in accordance with their Voluntary Integrated Management Plan for irrigation development in the Hydrologically Connected or 10/50 Area, and to allow up to 2,500 acres of new groundwater irrigation development in the Non-Hydrologically Connected or Non 10/50 Area under the district’s standard variance process.  An approved variance is a requirement for any expansion of irrigated acres in the LENRD, whether from an existing or new irrigation well.

Geographic portions of the district that are eligible to be considered for standard variances are areas that fall within the top three categories of the classification map.  A map of the eligible locations will be available at the LENRD office in Norfolk.

Excluded from consideration for this sign-up period will be any parcel of land located in any Quantity Management Subarea or Phase 3 Area located within the LENRD.

LENRD also approved the scoring sheets used by staff when processing applications and reauthorized use of the Conditions for Approval policy, which has accompanied approved variances each of the last two years.  In addition, a minimum soil score of 90 must be met for any standard variance to be considered for approval.

The board established a sign-up period to receive applications for Standard Variances between October 1st, 2019 and October 31st, 2019.  Contact the LENRD for more information or visit:  www.lenrd.org/latest-news/  Application forms will be available online and in the office beginning October 1st.