Calendar

Nov
25
Mon
Extension, FSA to Host Farm Bill Education Meetings Across Nebraska in November, December
Nov 25 – Dec 18 all-day

LINCOLN, Nebraska- Nebraska Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska will host a series of Farm Bill education meetings over the next two months to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions. The 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law last December, reauthorized the existing Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill, however producers will need to make new program enrollment decisions over the coming months.

While the ARC and PLC programs under the new farm bill remain very similar to the previous farm bill, a few program changes coupled with changes in market conditions and outlook could significantly impact producer decisions.

“These meetings will help producers understand the programs and recent changes, as well as the decisions to be made at sign-up now and in the coming years,” said Nancy Johner, State Executive Director for the USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska. “There are some changes, such as an optional PLC program yield update, and other tweaks to the ARC and PLC programs that producers should consider as they make their selections.”

“Producers face a familiar choice between ARC and PLC, but under very different circumstances now as compared to 2014,” said Brad Lubben, Policy Specialist with Nebraska Extension. “Understanding the program mechanics, analysis and available decision tools will help producers make sound enrollment decisions with FSA.”

The joint Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Farm Service Agency producer education meetings are scheduled at 28 locations across the state from late November to mid-December in advance of the coming ARC/PLC enrollment deadlines in early 2020.

The meetings are all free and open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged for planning purposes for materials and facilities. Attendees can register for any of the meetings conveniently on the web at farmbill.unl.edu or by calling or visiting their county FSA or Extension office. The educational programs are each set to run three hours in length, featuring information and insight from FSA specialists and Extension experts, as well as other relevant information from local agencies.

The meetings are available statewide with several locations in each region of the state. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Panhandle/North Central
Ainsworth – Ainsworth Lutheran Church – December 16, 2-5 PM
Bridgeport – Prairie Winds Community Center – November 22, 2-5 PM
Chadron – Chadron State College – December 17, 1:30-4:30 PM
Ogallala – Keith County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall – December 12, 1-4 PM
Valentine – Mid Plains Community College – December 16, 9 AM-12 NOON

Southwest/Central
Broken Bow – Custer County Fairgrounds – December 16, 1-4 PM
Imperial – Chase County Fairgrounds 4-H Building – November 26, 1:30-4:30 PM
Kearney – Buffalo County Fairgrounds Antelope Meeting Room – December 17, 1-4 PM
Lexington – Dawson County Fairgrounds Extension Meeting Room – December 2, 1-4 PM
McCook – Red Willow County Fairgrounds Community Building – December 3, 1:30-4:30 PM
North Platte – UNL West Central Research and Extension Center – December 18, 1:30-4:30 PM
Ord – Valley County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall – December 4, 1-4 PM

Northeast
Bloomfield – Community Center – December 2, 1:30-4:30 PM
Columbus – Ag Park – December 4, 9 AM-12 NOON
O’Neill – Community Center – December 3, 9 AM-12 NOON
Norfolk – Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center – December 18, 1-4 PM
Wayne – Wayne Fire Hall – December 16, (2 meetings) 1-4 PM or 6-9 PM
West Point – Nielsen Center – December 9, 9 AM-12 NOON

East Central
Grand Island – College Park Fonner Park Room – December 5, 1-4 PM
Mead – UNL Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center – December 3, 9 AM-12 NOON
Scribner – Dodge County Fairgrounds Mohr Auditorium – December 11, 9 AM-12 NOON
York – York County Fairgrounds Cornerstone Building – December 6, 9 AM-12 NOON

Southeast
Beatrice – Gage County Fairgrounds 4-H Building – December 17, 9 AM-12 NOON
Bruning – Bruning Opera House – December 5, 1:30-4:30 PM
Humboldt – Ag Building – December 12, 9 AM-12 NOON
*Lincoln – Lancaster County Extension Center – December 16, 9 AM-12 NOON
Red Cloud – Community Center – November 25, 1-4 PM
Weeping Water – Cass County Fairgrounds – December 3, 9 AM-12 NOON

Please check the website for updates on locations, dates and times. All times are local with registration beginning 30 minutes ahead of start. Several additional meetings also are being planned locally across the state in various locations. Keep alert to additional opportunities and details as they are developed by checking the website for information or by contacting your county Extension or FSA office. *Please note the date for the Lincoln meeting is Dec. 16, which is a correction from a previously published date for that meeting.

There also are resources available online that can educate producers in their ARC/PLC decision-making process. Links to these resources are available from FSA at www.fsa.usda.gov/ne under the Spotlights section or from Extension at farmbill.unl.edu.

Dec
16
Mon
Confronting Cropping Challenges series
Dec 16 – Dec 20 all-day

Getting the latest information on issues facing crop farmers AND an opportunity to renew your private pesticide applicator license will all take place at a series of meetings in December. This is the fourth year for Confronting Cropping Challenges and responses from last year’s programs were very positive. This year the program will be offered at five locations in the area.
Monday, December 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – American Legion – Neligh
Tuesday, December 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Fire Hall – Wayne
Wednesday, December 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Nielsen Community Center – West Point
Thursday, December 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Club Room, Ag Park – Columbus
Friday, December 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Rybin Building, Fairgrounds – Arlington

Topics that will be covered this year include:
What can we learn from the Thistle Caterpillar feeding in 2019?
How can we deal with Frogeye Leafspot in 2020?
What are our options to deal with herbicide resistant weeds in 2020?
Alfalfa management
Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification

Anyone that just wants the crops information can attend the first four sessions and leave. If you need to have your private applicator license renewed (renewal only, not initial certification) in 2020, you can stick around for the final session to be recertified. Even though this training is being offered in 2019, you will not lose a year of certification on your license.

The cost for the program is $10 if you are only attending the first four sessions. If you are being recertified, the cost will be $50. The additional $40 is the same as you would pay to be recertified at a traditional private pesticide applicator training.

Pre-registration is appreciated but not required by calling Nebraska Extension at 402-374-2929.

For more information, contact your local Nebraska Extension office.

Dec
17
Tue
Landlord Tenant Cash Rent wksps
Dec 17 – Dec 19 all-day

Landlord-tenant-workshop Nebraska Extension’s Landlord/Tenant Cash Rent Workshops for 2020 and Beyond will provide the latest leasing, real estate and management information to operators, tenants and landowners in Nebraska this winter.  The daylong workshop is scheduled in 19 communities throughout the state.

Extension educators Austin Duerfeldt, Jim Jansen and Allan Vyhnalek have collaborated to develop a program that will address agricultural finance and the real estate market, negotiation skills and considerations for leases and strategies for farmland succession and communication.

Omaha – Dec. 17, 2019, 6-9 p.m. – NE Extension, 8015 W Center Road, Omaha, NE 68124
Registration: 402-444-7804

Schuyler – Dec. 18, 2019, 6:30-9:30 p.m. – Cobblestone Inn & Suites, 2218 Colfax St., Schuyler, NE 68661
Registration: 402-352-3821

Neligh – Dec. 19, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon – Antelope Co. Courthouse, 501 M St., Neligh, NE 68756
Registration: 402-887-5414

Lincoln – Feb. 3, ’20, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (w/lunch) – NE Extension, 444 Cherrycreek Rd, Lincoln, NE 68528
Registration: 402-441-7180

Registration for the free workshop is requested to ensure enough materials are available. Updated information is available at farm.unl.edu.

Dec
18
Wed
Farm & Ranch Clinic
Dec 18 all-day


Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at five sites across the state in October. 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

Norfolk — Wednesday December 18



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.

ISU Ag Chem meeting
Dec 18 all-day

This year’s Ag Chemical Dealer meetings will provide the latest information on crop production products and recommendations, at two meetings sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  Meetings Dec. 17 in Coralville and Dec. 18 in Ames are opportunities for ag input providers to meet with extension specialists to review current research, discuss new products and learn of new recommendations.

Topics for 2019 include insect, crop disease and weed management updates, and managing consequences of unavoidable soil compaction.

Meetings are approved for Certified Crop Adviser credits. In addition, the meetings offer Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator recertification in categories 1A, 1B, 1C and 10 for calendar year 2019. Recertification is included in the meeting registration. Attendance at the entire meeting is required for recertification.

Coralville – Dec. 17
Rebecca Vittetoe, rka8@iastate.edu, 319-653-4811
Virgil Schmitt, vschmitt@iastate.edu, 563-263-5701
Joshua Michel, jjmichel@iastate.edu, 319-523-2371

Ames – Dec. 18
Meaghan Anderson, mjanders@iastate.edu, 319-331-0058
Angie Rieck-Hinz, amrieck@iastate.edu, 515-532-3453
Mike Witt, witt@iastate.edu, 641-747-2276

Early registration is $70 if received by midnight, Dec. 10 (Coralville) or Dec 11. (Ames). Late or on-site registration is $85. Visit www.aep.iastate.edu/acu for program details or to register online. For additional information contact an ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist hosting the meeting.

Dec
19
Thu
NE Soybean Day & Machinery Expo
Dec 19 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Prepare for 2020 with discussion on the past year with it’s many challenges and a focus on making the new year profitable by attending the 2019 NE Soybean Day & Machinery Expo on Thur Dec 19 at the Saunders Co Fairgrounds in Wahoo. 

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m with a break scheduled at 9:45 a.m. to view equipment and visit with exhibitors.

A New Marketing Tool for Soybean Growers – The Role of Harvest Moisture – Cory Walters, Extension Grain Specialist

Decision Making in Uncertain Times: Marketing and Risk Management in the 20’s – Richard Preston, Preston Farms, Hardin County, Kentucky

Nebraska Soybean Checkoff Update & Association Information – Soybean Board and Soybean Association

Managing Soybean Diseases with Fungicides – What You Need To Know! – Daren Mueller, Extension Plant Pathologist, Iowa State University

Managing Waterhemp! – What Are My Control Options As a Soybean Grower? – Chris Proctor, Nebraska Extension Weed Specialist

The Dreaded Soybean Gall Midge – What We Learned in 2019 – Justin McMechan, Nebraska Extension Crop Protection and Cropping Systems Specialist

Soy doughnuts will be cooked on site. And the PANCAKE MAN will serve pancakes and sausage for lunch.  The Saunders County Soybean Growers Organization requests that each
participant donate one or more cans of nonperishable food to the food pantry. 

Brought to you by the Saunders County Soybean Growers Organization and private industry representatives.  For more information, call Keith Glewen at 800-529-8030 or e-mail at kglewen1@unl.edu. http://enre.unl.edu/nebraskasoyexpo.

NECC Variable Rate Irrigation Pt2
Dec 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

VARIABLE RATE IRRIGATION AND YOUR OPERATION

As water availability and quality become a greater issue, it is important to stay up-to-date with the current technologies available and understand the benefits they provide to their owners. We encourage you to take all three, but sessions can be taken independently of one another.

TOPICS FOR THIS 3-PART SERIES WILL INCLUDE:
• Variable rate irrigation technologies available
• Pros and cons of each type of variable rate irrigation
• Strengths of each type of variable rate irrigation
• Proper environment for each type of variable rate irrigation
• Rate of payback to implement variable rate irrigation
• Actual cost of implementation for your situation

Session one is Nov 21, 4pm to 7pm, in Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City, and West Point. Cost is $30. Session one will cover the informational aspects of precision irrigation including types and ROI.

Session two is Dec 19, 1pm to 4pm, in Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City, and West Point. Cost is $30. Session two will prepare you to find the costs and payback for your specific field(s).

Session three is January 9th, at the Norfolk Campus. Cost is $30. Session three will put you face-to-face with several variable rate irrigation vendors to give you low-pressure, non-binding options and costs to implement variable rate irrigation in your field.

Register Today! (402) 844-7000

For information about CEU’s, please contact Lonny Mitchell at lonny@northeast.edu or 402-844-7467.

ISU Farm Bill mtg
Dec 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In order to help Iowans understand their options under the 2018 Farm Bill, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is planning meetings across the state. The agenda is similar at all meetings, and will include ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialists and family life specialists, and local Farm Service Agency representatives.

The 2018 Farm Bill allows producers to choose from the same crop price protection programs as found in the 2014 Farm Bill. However, unlike the previous bill, which limited their program selection for all five years, the new farm bill allows producers to make a two-year decision by March 15, 2020, and also to change this selection beginning in 2021.

The extension family life specialist at each meeting will present “Stress on the Farm: Strategies to Help Each Other,” a 40-minute scenario-based suicide prevention training that reviews the risk factors and warning signs of suicide.

Meetings include:
Thursday, December 19, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County, Le Mars/Plymouth County
call Janelle Johnson, 712-546-7835 or email janelle@iastate.edu.

A complete listing of farm bill meetings is available on the Ag Decision Maker Farm Bill website as well as the ISU Extension and Outreach statewide calendar.

Jan
3
Fri
Dodge Co FB Student Project Grants
Jan 3 all-day

Dodge County Farm Bureau is seeking applicants for their 2020 Student Project Grants. Two grants of up to $500 will be offered to Dodge County FFA and 4-H students. Students looking for additional funding for their 4-H or FFA project may apply. There is no limit on the kind of project that qualifies. Applicants will be evaluated by a panel of judges and grants will be awarded in the Spring. Application deadline is January 3, 2020.

For application and questions, please contact John Colgan, treasurer, Dodge County Farm Bureau, (402) 720-3829 (phone), jacolgan@gpcom.net (email) or Leann Robitaille, Southeast regional manager, Nebraska Farm Bureau, (402) 310-0263.

Farm & Ranch Clinics
Jan 3 all-day

Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at five sites across the state in January. 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
Norfolk — Friday, January 3
Fairbury — Friday, January 10
North Platte — Thursday, January 16
Norfolk — Wednesday, January 22
Valentine — Thursday, January 23

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.

Free farm finance and ag law clinics this January
Jan 3 – Jan 23 all-day

LINCOLN — Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at five sites across the state in January. 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.

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.

Clinic Sites and Dates
Norfolk — Friday, January 3
Fairbury — Friday, January 10
North Platte — Thursday, January 16
Norfolk — Wednesday, January 22
Valentine — Thursday, January 23

Jan
6
Mon
Annie’s Inspired wksp series
Jan 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Nebraska Extension is excited to offer four Annie’s inspired programs in Southeast Nebraska starting in January running through March. Annie’s Project is a nationwide program dedicated in providing educational programs designed in strengthening women’s roles in their farming operation. These programs give women the opportunity to learn from agricultural professionals and connect with other women in agriculture in a relaxed, fun and dynamic setting. Participants will interact with the speaker and join in hands on activities.

“Beef 101” will provide a hands-on experience to learn about beef and forage sampling from a beef extension educator. This educational program will focus on scoring the body condition of cows, cattle handling and sampling forages for analysis, and what does the testing report mean for your herd. “Beef 101” will be held on Monday January 6th at the Ag Hall building located at the Polk County fairground, 12931 N Blvd, Osceola, NE.

The second Annie’s inspired workshop will concentrate on Farm & Ranch Budgets and Financial Statements. This class will walk you through the free Farm & Ranch budgets offered by the University of Nebraska. An Ag Economist extension educator will address how to best utilize these budgets and how to fit them to your business. Farm & Ranch Budgets and Financial Statements will be held Monday February 3rd at the Hruska Memorial Public Library, 399 N 5th St, David City, NE.

Session three, Mental Health and Stress Management will address how to recognize stress in yourself and others, whys to cope with stress and tips in caring for your own mental health. Tools and resources will be available to participate to help them and those they know care for their own mental health. Please join us for the Mental Health and Stress Management class on Monday March 2nd at the Seward Civic Center, 616 Bradford St., Seward, NE.

We will finish our Annie’s inspired series with a workshop on Crop Scouting. This class will cover basic crop scouting techniques, pest identification, disease diagnostics, and integrated pest management strategies. The Crop Scouting workshop will be held on March 16th at the York County Fairgrounds in the 4H building, 2345 N Nebraska Ave, York, NE.

All classes are held on Monday evening, running from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., beginning with a light meal and networking, followed by a presentation and hands-on activities. The registration fee is $5 per person, per class, covering the meal, handouts and additional resource for the class. Please RSVP one week prior to the class by contacting Butler County Extension office at 1-402-367-7410 or York County Extension office at 1-402-362-5508. Questions can be directed to Melissa Bartels mbartels@unl.edu or Jenny Rees jrees2@unl.edu. These courses are hosted by Nebraska Extension and are inspired by Annie’s Project. Annie’s Project is supported by Farm Credit Service of American in Nebraska.

Washington Co Cattlemen
Jan 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Washington Co Cattlemen will meet on Monday Jan 6 at the Blair Marina, Blair NE. Social starts at 6pm, with dinner at 7pm and a presentation to follow. Guest speaker will be Ed Prosser, VP of Commodity Risk Mgt for Scoular Grain. Cost is $25/person. See you there!

Jan
8
Wed
ISU Commercial Manure Applicator training
Jan 8 all-day

Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements Jan. 8, 2020.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training from 9 a.m. to noon at 73 locations in Iowa, including these counties – Carroll, Harrison, Ida, Plymouth, Shelby, & Sioux. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee for the workshop, but applicators must register by Dec. 27 with the ISU Extension and Outreach county office where they plan to attend. A complete list of workshop locations can be found at http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/macprogrampostcard.pdf.

Commercial manure applicators needing to recertify and those wanting to certify for the first time should attend. All currently certified commercial manure applicator licenses will expire on March 1, 2020. Those wanting to renew must complete training requirements and submit forms and fees to the DNR prior to March 1, to avoid paying late fees. The law requires all commercial manure applicators to attend three hours of training annually to meet certification requirements.  Businesses that primarily truck or haul manure of any type or from any source are also required to meet certification requirements.

Those unable to attend the program on Jan. 8 need to schedule time with their ISU Extension and Outreach county office to watch the training Blu-rays. Due to scheduling conflicts, many extension offices will no longer accept walk-in appointments to watch these Blu-rays but do offer scheduled dates and times to provide this training.

If you can’t attend training during one of the scheduled reshow dates at your county extension office, you will be charged a $10 fee to view the training at your convenience. If attending the workshops or watching the three-hour Blu-rays is not convenient, commercial applicators may contact their local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam.

Another option for commercial manure applicators is to take their training online at DNR MAC eLearning site at https://elearning-dnr.iowa.gov/. The applicator will need to sign in and get an A&A account.

In addition to the commercial manure applicator training offered on Jan. 8, ISU Extension and Outreach will also offer six dry/solid manure workshops for commercial manure applicators in February 2020. Information regarding these workshops and locations is also contained in the link to the brochure listed above. Program requirements are the same as the regular commercial training program, but this training program is geared more toward dry/solid manure issues.

If you have questions about the commercial manure applicator certification program, contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office or go to http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html.

Jan
9
Thu
Great Plains Growers Conference
Jan 9 – Jan 11 all-day

Presentations on industrial hemp production will be part of this year’s Great Plains Grower Conference Jan. 9-11 in St. Joseph, Mo. The conference, which focuses on commercial fruit, vegetable, cut flower, and honey bee production in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and other Midwest states, is adding a day-long workshop on hemp production and marketing this year. The hemp workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9.

The conference and trade show will be held at the Fulkerson Center at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. Conference information and registration details are available at https://www.greatplainsgrowersconference.org/. Keynote speaker is Charlotte Smith, recognized as one of the 25 “World’s Most Influential Women in Food and Ag.” Smith created a sustainable farm-to-consumer business selling premium meats, poultry, eggs and milk and then created a marketing firm, 3 Cow Marketing, to help other growers develop their marketing skills.

Other tracts at this year’s conference include: Food Safety Grower Training, Honey Bees and Beekeeping, Drip Irrigation Systems from Design to Production, and Cultivating Your Legally Resilient Farm, as well as a number of presentations related to commercial horticulture topics. The conference is organized by Extension professionals at the University of Missouri, Kansas State University, Lincoln University, Iowa State University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Following year one of pilot programs in Kansas and Nebraska, the recent Farm Bill has our entire Great Plains region preparing for commercial hemp production in 2020. Despite serious excitement for this new specialty crop and its potential profit per acre, growers face a steep learning. This comprehensive workshop will cover hemp biology, agronomy, integrated pest management, licensing requirements, processing, marketing, farmer crop reports, and early results from research activities at local colleges.
    Introduction ― Definition, Background and Status of Current Regulation
    Intro to Hemp: Agronomy and K-State 2019 Field Report ― Jason Griffin, Kansas State University extension specialist
    “How Can I Sell My Hemp Crop?” Processing and Marketing – TBA
    Regional Review of State Hemp Regulations ― Breakout sessions with representatives from state Departments of Agriculture
    Hemp IPM ― Nicole Gauthier, University of Kentucky plant pathologist
    UNL Greenhouse and Field Research Report ― Ismail Dweikat, UNL professor of agronomy
    THC, CBD, and Cannabinoid Testing for Hemp Growers ― Eleni Pliakoni, associate professor of horticulture, and Tricia Jenkins, KSU horticulture graduate student
    Grower Presentations and Panel Discussion

The deadline for early bird registration is Dec. 31. Early bird registration is $50 per person per day for Friday and Saturday; $30 per day for students with a valid student identification.  For more information visit, http://www.greatplainsgrowersconference.org/ .

Fremont Corn Expo
Jan 9 @ 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

The Fremont Corn Expo features speakers and panelists that provide local corn growers with the knowledge they need to effectively manage locally-relevant issues each year. Specific areas of focus include:
    Applying New Ag Technology
    Improving Economic Viability
    Increasing Resiliency to Extreme Weather
    Enhancing Soil and Water Resources

7:30 a.m     Breakfast and View Exhibits  – “The Waffle Man” serves breakfast compliments of the Fremont Chamber Ag Business & Natural Resource Council

8:45 a.m.    Welcome to the Fremont Corn Expo

9:00 a.m.    Understanding Soil Health, Measuring Success and Reducing Risk – Aaron Hird, Nebraska USDA-NRCS State Soil Health Specialist

9:50 a.m.  Business & Industry Update –Fremont Chamber Ag & Natural Resource Council, Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Corn Board, and other Corn Gold Sponsors

10:30 a.m.   Break – View Exhibits – Grab some Mom’s Popcorn for a Snack!

11:00 a.m.   International Trade Understanding a Changing Landscape – Jill O’Donnell, Director of the Clayton Yeutter Institute Trade and Finance, UNL

Noon          Lunch – View Exhibits  – Huey’s Smokehouse BBQ

1:00 p.m.   Diseases to WATCH in 2020 – Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Extension Plant Pathologist, UNL

1:50 p.m.  Optimizing Manure Value:  Recycling Manure in Cropping Systems  – Rick Koelsch and Amy Schmidt

2:40 p.m.   Door Prize Winners Announced and Handed Out – Colfax-Dodge Corn Growers Association

3:00 p.m.   Safe travels
 
2020-Corn-Expo-Trifold-Program… https://croptechcafe.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2020-Corn-Expo-Trifold-Program.pdf.  The Fremont Corn Expo is a free event open to the public. We hope that you can join us this year and enjoy our great expo!   For more information on the Fremont Corn Expo, please contact Nathan Mueller, Nebraska Extension Agronomist for Dodge & Washington counties, at 402-727-2775 or nathan.mueller@unl.edu.

NECC Variable Rate Irrigation Pt3
Jan 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

VARIABLE RATE IRRIGATION AND YOUR OPERATION

As water availability and quality become a greater issue, it is important to stay up-to-date with the current technologies available and understand the benefits they provide to their owners. We encourage you to take all three, but sessions can be taken independently of one another.

TOPICS FOR THIS 3-PART SERIES WILL INCLUDE:
• Variable rate irrigation technologies available
• Pros and cons of each type of variable rate irrigation
• Strengths of each type of variable rate irrigation
• Proper environment for each type of variable rate irrigation
• Rate of payback to implement variable rate irrigation
• Actual cost of implementation for your situation

Session one is Nov 21, 4pm to 7pm, in Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City, and West Point. Cost is $30. Session one will cover the informational aspects of precision irrigation including types and ROI.

Session two is Dec 19, 1pm to 4pm, in Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City, and West Point. Cost is $30. Session two will prepare you to find the costs and payback for your specific field(s).

Session three is January 9th, at the Norfolk Campus. Cost is $30. Session three will put you face-to-face with several variable rate irrigation vendors to give you low-pressure, non-binding options and costs to implement variable rate irrigation in your field.

Register Today! (402) 844-7000

For information about CEU’s, please contact Lonny Mitchell at lonny@northeast.edu or 402-844-7467.

CFRA Land Transition wksp
Jan 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Center for Rural Affairs is hosting a free workshop for aspiring farmers, people who own or co-own more than 40 acres, may have inherited farmland, or are experiencing transition with farmland they own.

“Managing for the Future: Beginning Farms and Land Transitions” will be on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Presidential Dining Rooms in the Midland University Dining Hall, 900 N. Pebble St., Fremont, Nebraska 68025.

Presentations and landowner discussions will be facilitated by Dave Goeller, retired deputy director of North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and resource provider at Nebraska Rural Response Hotline.

Beginning farmer discussions will be led by Kirstin Bailey, project associate at the Center for Rural Affairs.

Refreshments will be provided. To register, contact Carter at justinc@cfra.org or 402.687.2100 ext. 1018. Visit cfra.org/events for more information.

Jan
10
Fri
Successful Farmer Series
Jan 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

The fifth annual “Successful Farmer Series” will tackle current topics in agricultural production on Friday mornings from Jan. 10 to Feb. 14. Enjoy a morning coffee and hear from a slate of speakers from Nebraska Extension and ag groups at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherry Creek Road in Lincoln. Multiple sessions allow you to pick the topics most relevant to you and your operation.  Each session will also be streamed live online. All sessions will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Topics & Speakers
Friday, Jan. 10 – Energy and Agriculture
Learning more about the opportunities, pitfalls, and future direction of the energy and agricultural industries can help you align your operation to be more successful.
Speakers: John Hay, Nebraska extension educator in Biological Systems Engineering, and Roger Berry, administrator, Nebraska Ethanol Board

Friday, Jan. 17 – Insects and Diseases
Focusing on pertinent insects and diseases dealt within 2019 and the ones to be looking for in 2020.
Speakers: Justin McMechan, UNL cropping systems specialist; Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL plant pathologist; and Amelia Breinig, assistant director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture

Friday, Jan. 24 – Ag Policy and Data
Agricultural policy is difficult to follow, given the amount of data available to producers, traders and public policymakers and how quickly it’s updated. This session will focus on ag policy updates, farm bill considerations, and the USDA National Ag Statistics Service.
Speakers: Brad Lubben, UNL agricultural policy specialist, and Nick Streff, regional director, USDA-NASS

Friday, Jan. 31 – Soil Management
Managing the soil is a key factor in farm production, profitability, and sustainability. It requires strategy and commitment. This session focuses on the benefits, beyond yield, of developing a high-quality soil and looks at local cover crop programs and research.
Speakers: Aaron Hird, NRCS soil health specialist; Fernanda Souza Krupek, UNL graduate research assistant; and Cory Schmidt, NRCS district conservationist

Friday, Feb. 7 – Resiliency and Diversification
If 2019 taught us anything, it is to be ready for everything. Flooding, extreme cold, heavy snow, flash droughts — all impacted our ag system this past year. We can’t stop these events from happening, but we can manage to reduce the impact and risk of losses. This session will focus on ways to create a more resilient system and opportunities to diversify crop or livestock production and risk.
Speakers: Katie Kreuser, UNL extension educator; and Craig Allen, UNL resilience scientist in the School of Natural Resources

Friday, Feb. 14 – Weather and Markets
This session takes a look at the upcoming forecast, as well as information on the latest ag markets and potential marketing strategies.
Speakers: Al Dutcher – UNL extension ag climatologist, and Doug Simon, Commodity Consultant, Tredas

The cost is $5 per session or $15 for the entire series. Refreshments will be provided. Please register at least two days before the workshops by contacting Karen Wedding at kwedding2@unl.edu or 402-441-7180, or going to https://lancaster.unl.edu/farmerseries. Pay at the door with check or cash. Debit/credit card payment is available for an additional fee. The series will be live-streamed — ask for a link. CEU credits will be available for certified crop advisors attending in person.

Jan
13
Mon
UNL Crop Production Clinics
Jan 13 – Jan 15 all-day

The 2020 Nebraska Crop Production Clinics will be at six sites beginning Jan. 7th. The clinics will feature research updates and information tailored to regional crop issues and grower interests.

Session topics will include cropping system management, extreme weather impact on agriculture, soil nutrition, irrigation, pest management and marketing. Sponsored by Nebraska Extension, the programs will also include pesticide applicator recertification training.

Clinics are scheduled for 8:45 a.m. local time.  A maximum of six Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available per day in the following areas: crop production (two), nutrient management (one), integrated pest management (six), water management (one) and professional development (two).

The clinics will be the primary venue for commercial and noncommercial pesticide applicators to certify or recertify their licenses in agricultural plant and demonstration/research. Private pesticide applicators can also renew their licenses.

Cost is $80 and preregistration is required.

Crop Production Clinics – 2020 Locations

January 13 – Norfolk
Lifelong Learning Center, NECC, 601 E. Benjamin Ave., Norfolk, NE
Norfolk AGENDA https://agronomy.unl.edu/workshops-fielddays/CPC/Norfolk-CPC2020.pdf

January 14 – York
Holthus Convention Center, 3130 Holen Ave, York, NE
York AGENDA https://agronomy.unl.edu/workshops-fielddays/CPC/YORK-CPC2020.pdf

January 15 – Mead
Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension near Mead, NE
Mead AGENDA https://agronomy.unl.edu/workshops-fielddays/CPC/Mead2020CPC.pdf

More information at https://agronomy.unl.edu/cpc

Jan
14
Tue
Three State Beef Conference series
Jan 14 – Jan 16 all-day

In a joint effort, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa Extension are hosting three meetings to address how to set up an economical and successful breeding season. The registration fee is $25 per person. It includes a meal and a copy of the conference proceedings.

Presentations include:
– Pre-calving nutritional strategies: Am I staying ahead or getting behind? – Dr. Travis Mulliniks, Range Cow Nutritionist, University of Nebraska
– Vaccines and implants: effects on production and reproduction – Dr. Craig Payne, DVM, Extension Veterinarian, University of Missouri Extension
– Reproductive performance: Are you leaving money on the table? – Dr. Jordan Thomas, State Beef Reproduction Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

Dates and locations (All meeting times are 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
January 14, 2020: Warren Cultural Center, 154 Public Square, Greenfield, Iowa, 50849
January 15, 2020: Andrew County Youth Building, 201 S Banyon, Savannah, Missouri, 64485
January 16, 2020: Otoe County Fair Center, 197 Plum St, Syracuse, Nebraska

Pre-registrations are appreciated by Friday, January 10, 2020. To register call or email:
– Syracuse, Nebraska: Sarah Purcell 402-269-2301 / sarah.purcell@unl.edu
– Greenfield, Iowa: Kathy Rohrig 641-743-8412 / krohrig@iastate.edu
– Savannah, Missouri: Jim Humphrey 816-324-3147 / humphreyjr@missouri.edu

ISU Feedlot Forum
Jan 14 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Feedlot Forum 2020 will be held Jan. 14, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. at the Terrace View Event Center, Sioux Center. The event marks the 17th year for the program co-hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Beef Center, the Sioux, Lyon and Plymouth County Cattlemen’s Associations, and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

Feedlot Forum is an opportunity for feedlot producers and allied agribusiness professionals to receive the latest information on beef production and marketing. The program features several industry-leaders as speakers, agribusiness sponsor displays, a steak dinner and a $10 beef certificate for attendees.

Keynote speakers and their topics are:
Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, director of sustainability, JBS USA, presenting “Customer Expectations of Today.”
Greg Hanes, Cattlemen’s Beef Board CEO, “International Customer Expectations and Your Checkoff.”
Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association CEO, “NCBA’s Role in Marketing Issues.”
Andrew Gottschalk, R.J. O’Brien and Associates senior vice president and HedgersEdge.com LLC president, “Herd Expansion Ends, What’s Next?”

Attendees will also hear brief updates on the Iowa Beef Industry Council’s efforts to increase consumer demand and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association’s efforts to maintain market access for Iowa feedlot operators.

The forum features 26 agribusiness sponsor displays with the latest in cattle products, technology and services, all of which are available to cattle producers.

Registration for Feedlot Forum 2020 is $25 per person with a discounted price of $10 for students. Registration is due to the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office (400 Central Ave. NW, Suite 700, Orange City, IA 51041) no later than Jan. 9, 2020.

For more information, contact Doran at 712-737-4230 or doranb@iastate.edu.

Jan
15
Wed
IA Fall Cover Crop/Crop Ins deadline
Jan 15 all-day

Iowa Farmers who planted fall cover crops are reminded that the deadline to sign up for a $5 per acre reduction on their 2020 crop insurance premiums is quickly approaching. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will accept applications until Jan. 15, 2020.

Farmers and landowners can sign up online at apply.cleanwateriowa.org. Fall 2019 cover crop acres enrolled in other state or federal cover crop cost-share programs are not eligible. Farmers who received prevent plant payments in 2019 are still eligible for the discounted insurance premiums.

The insurance premium reductions will be available for fall-planted cover crops with a spring-planted cash crop. Some insurance policies may be excluded, like Whole-Farm Revenue Protection, or those covered through written agreements. Participants must follow all existing farming practices required by their policy and work with their insurance agent to maintain eligibility.

This is a joint, three-year demonstration project administered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) to increase the use of cover crops in Iowa. More than 1,200 farmers have applied for this program and planted 300,000 acres of cover crops in the past two years.

Farmers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center offices to learn about other funding available to support the implementation of conservation practices.

ISU Crop Advantage program
Jan 15 all-day

The 2020 Crop Advantage meetings will give producers a solid foundation of current research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions for their farming operation.

The meetings are an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University.  Meetings will also offer continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide applicator recertification.

Program topics vary by location and are selected for regional concerns and issues. Topics on this year’s agenda include: market outlook for 2020, weather and climate trends, grain drying and storage, emerging insect pests such as soybean gall midge, nitrogen management, tar spot and other corn and soybean disease issues, fertilizer application technology, and many more.

Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made fewer than seven days prior to the meeting, or on-site, is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits.

2020 Meeting Dates and Locations:
Jan. 15 – Fort Dodge
Jan. 23 – Atlantic
Jan. 29 – Le Mars
Jan. 30 – Denison
For locations, times, program details, online registration and additional information is available at www.cropadvantage.org. For questions, contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429, or anr@iastate.edu, or contact your regional Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist. 

PorkBridge Registration Deadline
Jan 15 all-day

Since 2005, PorkBridge has provided relevant and timely information to grow-finish swine producers and other industry professionals across the U.S. and around the world through a unique low-tech delivery method. The 2020 program year series begins on Feb. 6 and continues on an every-other-month for six total sessions.

The program is a source of relevant and accurate information for those who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities.

PorkBridge provides an interactive teleconference with electronic materials and live presentations. About a week before each session, subscribers will receive a weblink to download the session’s presentation and any additional information provided by the presenter. Participants call in for the audio portion of each session and follow along with their own copy of the presentation on their computer or other device.

Sessions are scheduled for the first Thursday of each designated month but occasionally are moved a week to avoid interference with national industry events or holidays. Each session begins at 11:30 a.m. Central Time and lasts approximately 45 minutes.

The price remains at $100 for the entire series, and as in the past, each subsequent registration from the same entity is half that amount. Each registration provides access to one phone line per session and all program materials for each registration, including audio recordings of the live session.

More information and registrations at 515-294-4496 or email shoyer@iastate.edu.

The registration form and payment must be received by Jan. 15 to ensure receipt of program materials in time for the first session on Feb. 6. 2020 PorkBridge session dates, speakers and topics include:
Feb. 6 – Pam Zaabel, Iowa State University; “African Swine Fever and Secure Pork Supply”
April 2 – Steve Moeller, The Ohio State University; “Maintenance of Euthanasia Equipment”
May 28 – Matt Ritter, Provimi US; “In-barn Impacts on Meat Quality”
Aug. 6 – Yuzhi Li, University of Minnesota; “Tail, Ear and Flank Biting: Reasons Why and How to Address”
Oct. 1 – Jose Ramirez, Viroz Animal Health; “Proper Application of Disinfectants”
Dec. 3 – Andy Brudtkuhl, National Pork Board; “Precision Technologies for Commercial Swine Production.”

Sowbridge Registration deadline
Jan 15 all-day

SowBridge, the distance educational series for those who work with sows, boars and piglets, and with genetic and reproductive issues, begins its next program year in February. Registration is now underway.

SowBridge is designed to improve the understanding and application of various tools and techniques involved in daily care of the breeding herd and piglets. Sessions are typically scheduled for the first Wednesday of every month but occasionally may be moved a week to avoid interference with national industry events or holidays.

The distance learning approach allows people to take part without having to travel, take time from work or worry about weather conditions. During each session, participants can ask questions of the industry expert presenter and discuss with other participants from the comfort of their home, office or swine unit.

Before each session, participants receive a link to download the presentation and any additional information provided by the presenter. Participants call in for the audio portion of each session to listen to the presenter and while following the presentation file on their own computer or device. Sessions begin at 11:30 a.m. Central Time and last no more than an hour.

Each registration provides access to one phone line per session and all program materials for each registration, including audio recordings of the live session. Materials, delivery process and program costs are slightly different for those with non-U.S. mailing addresses. Regardless of location, those with questions on the program or registration should contact Sherry Hoyer at Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University for more information. Hoyer can be reached by phone at 515-294-4496 or email shoyer@iastate.edu.

The program is offered only to those who register for the yearlong series. Register by Jan. 15, 2020 to ensure receipt of materials for the first session Feb. 5. A brochure with information and a registration form is available on the IPIC website at www.ipic.iastate.edu/SowBridge/2020SBbrochureIPIC.pdf. Iowa residents who want more information can call Stalder at 800-808-7675.

SowBridge 2020 session information
    Feb. 5 – African Swine Fever and Secure Pork Supply, Pam Zaabel, Iowa State University
    March 4 – What You Need to Know About Foreign Animal Diseases, Justin Brown, Iowa State University; and Chelsea Hamilton, IDALS and ISU
    April 1 – Feeding Strategies for Pre-farrow Females on Piglet Survivability, Kiah Gourley and Jason Woodworth, Kansas State University
    May 6 – Impact of Drying Newborn Piglets, Mike Ellis, University of Illinois
    May 27 – Porcine Circovirus type 3: What We Know, Albert Rovira, University of Minnesota
    July 1 – Capturing Value of Cull Sows, Ken Stalder, Iowa State University
    Aug. 5 – Maintenance of Euthanasia Equipment, Steve Moeller, The Ohio State University
    Sept. 2 – Gestation/Lactation Ventilation Do’s and Don’ts, Erin Cortus, University of Minnesota
    Oct. 7 – Proper Disinfectant Application, Jose Ramirez, Virox Animal Health
    Nov. 4 – Induction Protocol Updates, Rob Knox, University of Illinois
    Dec. 2 – Upcoming Technology in Pork Production, Andy Brudtkuhl, National Pork Board
    Jan. 6, 2021 – Electronic Sow Feeding Management Tips and Tricks, Tom Parsons, University of Pennsylvania

SowBridge is sponsored by a group of 11 universities – including Iowa State University – from the nation’s major swine producing states.

ICA Feedlot Forum
Jan 15 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is hosting three free educational events for feedlot and cow/calf producers in the month of January. Each forum will include a free meal, a tradeshow, an update from the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council, and educational sessions.
Feedlot Forum

The Carroll Feedlot Forum will give area producers the opportunity to learn about ways to manage risk and incorporate EID’s into their beef business. In addition to those topics, Carl Babler of Atten and Babler Commodities will be providing a cattle and grain market outlook with his presentation called “Producing Cattle in a Global Marketplace; with a plan to manage price risk”.

Producers can RSVP by calling 515-296-2266 or email kate@iacattlemen. Walk-ins are always welcome, and you do not need to be a member to attend.

ILF Webinar
Jan 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 12 p.m. about the Iowa Nutrient Research Center.

Matt Helmers, director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, will discuss the center and some of the impacts from research projects funded by the center, as well as current activities. The funded research focuses on nutrient export from agricultural lands and the performance of conservation practices. The research increases the understanding of nutrient reduction practices’ performance and development of new methods for reducing nutrient loss.

“The center is interested in hearing from stakeholders what they think are the most pressing research questions,” said Helmers.

To watch, go to www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars and click the link to join the webinar shortly before 12 p.m. on Jan. 15 to download the Zoom software and log in option. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for watching at any time at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

Jan
16
Thu
ICA Cow/Calf Forum
Jan 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is hosting three free educational events for feedlot and cow/calf producers in the month of January. Each forum will include a free meal, a tradeshow, an update from the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council, and educational sessions.

Cow/Calf Forums
If you’re a cow/calf producer, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear about how to improve cow nutrition and calf performance from expert Dr. Allison Meyer of University of Missouri. Lee Schulz of Iowa State University will be providing the market outlook, letting producers know what to expect in the cattle markets in the next year.

Thursday, January 16
Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative Building
1502 W. South St.
Mt. Ayr, IA
5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, January 17
Lee Co. Fairgrounds- Youth Learning Center
1100 N Main St.
Donnellson, IA 52625
5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Producers can RSVP by calling 515-296-2266 or email kate@iacattlemen. Walk-ins are always welcome, and you do not need to be a member to attend.

Jan
17
Fri
NeCGA PRIME Program
Jan 17 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) is pleased to announce that applications for the next class of the PRIME Program are now available. The PRIME Program is a continuing education opportunity for younger or newer producers who are interested in learning more about agronomic, business, innovations and marketing within their operations. Over the course of a year, participants will come together for three seminars to learn and discuss new ideas that can be incorporated into their own operations.

The first session will be February 17-18, where participants will have the opportunity to attend a one-day Trade School in conjunction with the other corn states and the U.S. Grains Council. The summer session dates will be determined by participants schedules and will feature a Nebraska Agriculture Tour. The final session will be in conjunction with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association annual meeting.  Applications for the PRIME Program can be found at necga.org. The applications are due by Friday, January 17, 2020. All costs to participate in the program are covered for those that are 3-year members of the association. If applicants are not members, the fee is $190 (the cost of a 3-year membership).

The PRIME Program is made possible with funding from our presenting partners, Northwestern Mutual and Farm Credit Services, along with the Nebraska Corn Board. For an application for the program, please click this link… http://necga.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/PRIME-Program-Class-IV-App.pdf.