Calendar

May
7
Thu
COVID-19 & Agriculture webinar series
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Agricultural Economics’ Farm and Ranch Management team will present a series of webinars focusing on COVID-19’s impact on agriculture in Nebraska.

Register for these webinars here…. https://go.unl.edu/manage2020

USDA Farm Service Agency Program Tools to Assist Producers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Thursday, April 23, noon.
Ben Herink, Farm Loan Program Specialist
Doug Klein, Price Support and Conservation Program Chief, USDA Nebraska Farm Service Agency State Office
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Nebraska remains open for business across the state, using phone, email, mail and fax communication to deliver program services to farmers and ranchers while in-person access to offices is limited. The agency is offering some program flexibilities during this time to aid producers, including relaxing some processes within the farm loan program and extending the maturity deadline for commodity crop marketing loans. These changes are designed to assist producers with cash flow during a challenging time for marketing crops and livestock.

Leading Yourself, Your Workforce, and Your Business in the COVID-19 Crisis

Thursday, April 30, noon.
Dr. Robert Milligan, Senior Consultant, Dairy Strategies, LLC; Professor Emeritus, Cornell University; Human Resource Management Expert.
Dr. Bob Milligan will discuss the three keys to managing in this crisis: leadership, planning, and communication/collaboration. As a leader of your farm business, you have two key leadership roles: 1. Leading yourself and your workforce in these unprecedented times, and 2. Positioning your farm business to survive/thrive in this crazy environment. Dr. Bob will provide timely tips on a) taking care of yourself so you can lead, b) keeping your workforce safe, focused, and motivated, and c) effective collaboration between your partners and the outside world to survive/thrive in this difficult time.

Strategies for Business Success

Thursday, May 7, noon.
Dave Goeller, Deputy Director of North Central Risk Management Education Center, Farm Management/Transition Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (retired).

NC Webinar Series
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Nebraska Cattlemen Webinar Series
Each Thursday through May 7 – 7:00 PM, CDT

REGISTER HERE… https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uZEtfuigpzkpJMbcKklZDUSCOVB29s1Bgg
** After you register an email confirmation will be sent to you. You only need to register once for all 4 webinars.

Nebraska Cattlemen is hosting a four part webinar series to take an inside look into markets, the packing industry and how retailers leverage impacts the cattle market.
  – April 16 – Cattle Industry Cyclical and Infrastructure Overview
  – April 23 – Direct Conversations with the Packing Industry
  – April 30 – Packer Consolidation – are they breaking the law?
  – May 7 – Meat Industry Merchandizers – what leverage do they have?

Do you have questions for the speaker? Please email those to: info@necattlemen.org.

The webinars are for Nebraska Cattlemen members and guests that are interested in learning more about Nebraska Cattlemen. Webinars will be recorded and available on the NC website.

For more information about this webinar contact Bonita 402-450-0223 voice/text.

May
12
Tue
PPD: Hemp Conference and Trade Show
May 12 all-day

This event has been moved to January 2021.

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Cultivate Your Future at the 2020 Inaugural Nebraska Hemp Conference and Trade Show
Through a collaborative effort, Nebraska’s agricultural growers and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers are hosting a conference in May to focus on growing the hemp industry in the Midwest. Organizers anticipate that 375 people will attend the 2020 Inaugural Nebraska Hemp Conference and Trade Show, a one-day conference held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the Innovation Campus, University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Organizers intend to make this an annual event.

The conference will bring together industry experts who will provide proven agronomic practices and insights to help growers make the best decisions for their farms. Several prominent speaker from around the country will be on hand to discuss different types of hemp (CBD/Floral, Fiber and Grain), trends across the US, growing practices, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest practices, nutrient management, and will also touch on supply-chain, marketing, legal and banking considerations, and policy news.

The conference is sponsored in part by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Midwest Hop Producers, LLC, Nebraska Hop Yards, LLC and Midwest Hop Yard Supplies, LLC. Conference proceeds will benefit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in support of Hemp Education.

To learn more or register for this event, visit www.grownebraskahemp.com.

NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraska Dairy Extension is hosting a no fee dairy webinar the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am CDT.

Agenda – Date – Topic – Presenter
April 14 – Feed Efficiencies – shrink, wind loss, spoilage, etc. – Mike Brouk, Kansas State University
May 12 – Preparing for the evaluation: FARM 4.0 – Kim Clark, UNL
June 9 – Improving Cropland Resiliency, Making Manure Part of Fertility Planning – Amy Schmidt, UNL
July 14 – Nutritional Energetics – Logan Morris, UNL
August 11 – Value of Manure – Rick Koelsch, UNL
Sept. 8 – Mindful Manure Mgt: 5 Tips for Staying Safe During Manure Appl. Season – Amy Schmidt, UNL
October 13 – Can a Weather Forecast Reduce Neighbor Odor Exposure? – Rick Koelsch, UNL
November 10 – Does pelleting affect digestibility? – Kirby Krogstad, UNL
December 8 – Feeding strategies with low quality and quantity forages – Paul Kononoff, UNL

No registration is required. To join the webinar visit: go.unl.edu/dairywebinar

May
13
Wed
NE Ext. Field Scout Training
May 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Nebraska Extension Field Scout Training

Offered remotely via Zoom
May 13, 2020  –  9:00 am–5:00 pm

A Nebraska Extension introductory training course is scheduled for summer employees working in the ag industry and corn and soybean growers wanting to learn how to better manage corn and soybean pests. Training is designed for entry-level scouts who are working for crop consultants, industry agronomists or farm service centers in Nebraska and neighboring states. Also ideal for growers who scout their own fields or are interested in improving productivity, as well as for students being employed by agribusinesses.

Topics include
• Understanding Corn and Soybean Growth and Development
• Crop Diseases and Quiz
• Identifying Weeds – Plant Morphology, Using a Key to Identify Weed Seedlings
• Corn and Soybean Insect Scouting, Identification, Management
• Nutrient Deficiencies in Corn and Soybeans

Training will include interactive components, participants will receive instructions on downloading free versions of programs being used prior to the field crop scout training session.

Please register at: https://go.unl.edu/2020cropscout or e-mail extevents@unl.edu

For more information, contact Nebraska Extension – email Keith Glewen at kglewen1@unl.edu, call (402) 624-8030, or visit https://enrec.unl.edu/crop.

May
14
Thu
ISU Field Scouting Basics virtual wksp
May 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a virtual Field Scouting Basics Workshop on Thursday, May 14. Due to restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop will be offered as a free webinar. Designed for beginner-level crop scouts, as well as those looking to receive a refresher course on crop scouting principles, this workshop will illustrate the importance of crop scouting, pest management and methods for making successful decisions and evaluations in the field. The webinar will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will be broken down into two sessions: 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

ISU Extension and Outreach specialists and field agronomists will provide instruction on crop staging and development, and weed, insect and crop disease identification in Iowa corn and soybean production. Participants will also learn principles of integrated pest management and an overview of basic field scouting skills including sample collection, observation and documentation. During the webinar participants may submit questions online, which will be answered by the team of specialists as time allows.

The Field Scouting Basics Workshop presentation topics and instructors include:
    Crop scouting tips and tricks – Angie Rieck-Hinz, extension field agronomist.
    Corn and soybean growth and development – Mark Licht, extension cropping systems specialist.
    Weed identification – Bob Hartzler, extension weed specialist.
    Crop plant disease identification – Ed Zaworski, diagnostician, Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic.
    Insect pest identification – Erin Hodgson, extension entomologist.

This free webinar will be offered through Webex. After registering for the workshop participants will receive an email with instructions and a link for joining the meeting. Participants may join through their web browser, a free downloadable app or via app available for their mobile device. Additional instructions and registration are available at www.aep.iastate.edu/scout. Pre-registration is required and will be available until the webinar begins. Participants should join the webinar at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure connections and software are working correctly.

For additional information or assistance with registration please visit http://www.aep.iastate.edu/scout.

UNL COVID-19 & Agriculture webinars
May 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agricultural Economics – Farm & Ranch Management team continues their series on COVID-19’s impact on agriculture in Nebraska continues over the next three weeks.

Thursday, May 14, noon (central):
Meat Packing Industry: How Capacity, Workers and Supply Chain Flow Have Changed due to COVID-19
Steve Kay, Editor and Publisher of Cattle Buyers Weekly, will discuss what is currently happening in the meat packing industry and what this looks like moving forward through the next production cycle. Includes time for questions and answers.
  
Thursday, May 21, noon (central)
Managing Behavioral Health: A Key to Farming and Ranching in the Era of COVID
With Dr. Christine L. Chasek, LIMHP, LADC, LPC, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and Dr. Michael R. Rosmann, Ag Behavioral Health.
Farm and ranch families can develop behavior plans that include: signs of physical and emotional distress, daily behavior practices that nurture one another, looking out for neighbors and loved ones while maintaining physical distance, building a support team that can be contacted when needed, and resources that are available free to Nebraskans.
  
Thursday, May 28, noon (central):
Ethanol: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Roger Berry, administrator with the Nebraska Ethanol Board, will look at where we have come from with ethanol, where we are today due to a multitude of economic disruptions in the ethanol industry with the big disrupters being federal policy and COVID-19. Roger will get out his crystal ball and talk about the opportunities of the future for ethanol, focusing on the big picture and what it all means for Nebraska agriculture.

Register for upcoming webinars and watch recordings of past webinars at farm.unl.edu.

Farmers Markets & COVID-19
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Nebraska Extension Educators John Porter and Cindy Brison will be leading a session to discuss best practices around COVID-19 for producers who intend to be at farmers’ markets, as well as providing some “refreshers” and answering questions on food handling, sanitizers, and produce safety. The session is next Thursday, May 14 at 7pm CDT.  The registration link, as well as some links to social media posts (for sharing) are below.

Registration link: https://unl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkd-2rpjsiGtXXKhs8dUx8SBQiSzJdbLSz
Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/UrbanAgNebExt/posts/3034562706589879
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/652858282236204

May
15
Fri
Deadline to Apply for CRP Grasslands
May 15 all-day

USDA to Open Signup March 16 for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands

Farmers and ranchers may apply to enroll grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup beginning March 16. The signup runs through May 15.

Through CRP Grasslands, participants retain the right to conduct common grazing practices, such as haying, mowing or harvesting seed from the enrolled land. Timing of some activities may be restricted by the primary nesting season of birds.

Participants will receive an annual rental payment and may receive up to 50 percent cost-share for establishing approved conservation practices. The duration of the CRP contract is either 10 or 15 years. FSA will rank applications using a number of factors including existence of expiring CRP land, threat of conversion or development, existing grassland, and predominance of native species cover, and cost.

The 2018 Farm Bill set aside 2 million acres for CRP Grassland enrollment. CRP is one of the largest conservation programs at USDA. CRP marks its 35-year anniversary in 2020 with 22 million acres currently enrolled.

Deadline to Apply for Corn Board
May 15 @ 5:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Nebraska Corn Board Seeks Candidates for Vacancies – May 15

Notice is hereby given that the terms for three members of the Nebraska Corn Development, Utilization and Marketing Board will expire June 30, 2020, and Nebraska’s corn checkoff program is seeking candidates to petition for those districts. The open positions represent Districts 2, 3 and the board’s at large director.

District 2 – Includes the counties of Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Franklin, Webster, Nuckolls and Thayer (Note: John Greer, the current District 2 director, has indicated he will pursue reappointment).
District 3 – Includes the counties of Merrick, Polk, Hamilton and York (Note: Brandon Hunnicutt, the current District 3 director, has indicated he will pursue reappointment).
At large – The at large director represents all counties in Nebraska (Note: Jay Reiners, the current at large director, has indicated he will pursue reappointment).

Appointments to the board for Districts 2 and 3 are made by the Governor of Nebraska. The at large director appointment is made by the board. Any candidate seeking appointment may place his or her name on the candidacy list by filing a petition with the Nebraska Corn Board. Qualified candidates include those individuals who are citizens of Nebraska, are at least 21 years old, have been actively engaged in growing corn in Nebraska for a period of five years and derive a substantial portion of their income from growing corn. Board members who currently represent these districts are also eligible to re-petition.

Petitions may be obtained by writing the Nebraska Corn Board (P.O. Box 95107, Lincoln, NE 68509-5107), by calling 800-632-6761 or emailing nikki.bentzinger@nebraska.gov. A candidacy petition must carry the signatures of at least 50 corn producers from that district. All petitions must be received by the Nebraska Corn Board no later than 5:00 p.m. central time on Friday, May 15, 2020. Faxed copies do not qualify.

May
16
Sat
PPD: Ag Fencing Field Day
May 16 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This event has been postponed to June 13.



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Split Ear Ranch and Bekaert invite you to an Ag Fencing Field Day on Saturday May 16 starting at 8am at the ranch, 78322 Hwy 10 near Loup City. (This was originally scheduled for April 25, but was ppd b/c of the COVID-19 situation)

Topics include sound fence construction techniques, new fencing methods, and in-class and hands on learning opportunities.

8am – Registration
9am – In-class Fencing
11am – lunch
1pm – hands-on fencing
4pm – Q&A

Attendees are also eligible for a 5% rebate!  Details during the program.

This is a Free event!  Register by calling 402-680-7001.

May
18
Mon
Deadline for Iowa Conservation Farmer of The Year Nominations
May 18 all-day

Nominations Now Open to Recognize the 2020 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year

Nominations are now being sought to find the 2020 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year. This is the 68th year this prestigious honor has been given to Iowa farmers who are committed to exceptional environmental stewardship.

The statewide and regional awards, co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honor Iowa farmers with distinguished track records of continuous commitment to soil conservation and water quality improvements. The grand prize winner will receive the use of a new John Deere 6E utility tractor for one year.

To nominate a farmer for the award, send a brief letter, 100 words or less, summarizing the nominee’s conservation efforts and commitment to improving soil and water, to your local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office. Nominations are due May 18, 2020.

One nominee will be selected by each of Iowa’s 99 SWCD offices. These individuals will be considered for regional conservation awards. Nine regional award winners will compete for the title of “Iowa’s Conservation Farmer of the Year.”

The winner will be announced during the Iowa State Fair and will receive the keys to their tractor during the Conservation Districts of Iowa annual meeting, August 10-11, in Ames. The 2020 Conservation Farmer of the Year winner will receive free use of a John Deere 6E Series utility tractor for up to 12 months or 200 hours of use. The prize, valued at more than $12,000, is once again donated by the Farm Bureau partner Van Wall Equipment of Perry and John Deere.

May
19
Tue
NE Beef Council meeting
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Nebraska Beef Council Board of Directors will have a zoom meeting at the NBC office in Kearney located at 1319 Central Ave. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 beginning at 12:00 p.m. CDT. The NBC Board of Directors will discuss USMEF Foreign Marketing opportunities. For more information, please contact Pam Esslinger at pam@nebeef.org

May
20
Wed
Farm & Ranch Clinic
May 20 all-day

Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at seven sites across the state in May 2020. 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.
COVID-19: Due to the one-on-one nature of these session, organizers plan on continuing to provide this service, however, they will take necessary precautions and adjust plans as conditions change.

The attorney and financial advisor specialize in legal and financial issues related to farming and ranching, including financial and business planning, transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, debt structure and cash flow, agricultural disaster programs, and other relevant matters. Here is an opportunity to obtain an independent, outside perspective on issues that may be affecting your farm or ranch.

Clinic Sites and Dates
Fairbury – Wednesday May, 13th
Grand Island – Wednesday, May 13th
Norfolk – Wednesday, May 20th
Lexington, Thursday, May 21st
North Platte – Wednesday, May 27th
Valentine – Wednesday, May 27th

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, and Legal Aid of Nebraska.

May
21
Thu
UNL COVID-19 & Agriculture webinars
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agricultural Economics – Farm & Ranch Management team continues their series on COVID-19’s impact on agriculture in Nebraska continues over the next three weeks.

Thursday, May 14, noon (central):
Meat Packing Industry: How Capacity, Workers and Supply Chain Flow Have Changed due to COVID-19
Steve Kay, Editor and Publisher of Cattle Buyers Weekly, will discuss what is currently happening in the meat packing industry and what this looks like moving forward through the next production cycle. Includes time for questions and answers.
  
Thursday, May 21, noon (central)
Managing Behavioral Health: A Key to Farming and Ranching in the Era of COVID
With Dr. Christine L. Chasek, LIMHP, LADC, LPC, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and Dr. Michael R. Rosmann, Ag Behavioral Health.
Farm and ranch families can develop behavior plans that include: signs of physical and emotional distress, daily behavior practices that nurture one another, looking out for neighbors and loved ones while maintaining physical distance, building a support team that can be contacted when needed, and resources that are available free to Nebraskans.
  
Thursday, May 28, noon (central):
Ethanol: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Roger Berry, administrator with the Nebraska Ethanol Board, will look at where we have come from with ethanol, where we are today due to a multitude of economic disruptions in the ethanol industry with the big disrupters being federal policy and COVID-19. Roger will get out his crystal ball and talk about the opportunities of the future for ethanol, focusing on the big picture and what it all means for Nebraska agriculture.

Register for upcoming webinars and watch recordings of past webinars at farm.unl.edu.

May
22
Fri
LENRD Scholarships
May 22 all-day

This year, the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) will be offering two $500 scholarships to graduating High School Seniors within the district.  These scholarships are available for students who are planning to further their education in a natural resources or agriculture related field.  Seniors who are interested should contact their guidance counselor or the Lower Elkhorn NRD office in Norfolk for further information, eligibility requirements, and applications.  Scholarship information has been sent to all schools within the district boundaries and is also available here… http://www.lenrd.org/s/Senior-ScholarshipCRITERIA2020.pdf.  The deadline for all scholarship applications has been extended to Friday, May 22, 2020.

May
26
Tue
IDALS Hog Disposal Assistance
May 26 all-day

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is launching a disposal assistance program to help pork producers who are unable to harvest pigs due to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions.

The Department is offering producers $40 per approved animal to help cover some of the disposal costs for market-ready hogs (weighing at least 225 pounds). Producers must provide documentation, including proof of proper disposal, and an affidavit from their herd veterinarian confirming impending welfare issues, to receive funding.

The disposal assistance funding will be made available to Iowa producers in at least three rounds. Each approved applicant will receive funding for at least 1,000 animals and up to 30,000 animals per round, depending on the number of applicants.

To qualify for the first round of funding, producers must submit their applications to the Iowa Department of Agriculture between May 26-29. The first round of applicants will be notified of approval on June 1. The first round of approved applicants must properly dispose of their animals by June 5. Disposal claims must be received by the Iowa Department of Agriculture by June 8.

The Department will begin accepting applications for the second and third rounds of disposal assistance on June 1 and June 9, respectively. The Department is also exploring options to assist producers who have conducted euthanasia and disposal between May 1-26, 2020.

To apply for the disposal assistance program, visit iowaagriculture.gov/idap. Questions about the program can be directed to (515) 281-5321 or IDAP@iowaagriculture.gov.

Intersection of Cattle & Beef webinar series
May 26 all-day

A trio of land grant universities including Texas A&M, North Dakota State University and West Virginia, have come together to host a series of webinars called “The Intersection of the Cattle and Beef Industries” to provide an accurate, science- and evidence-based overview of the U.S. beef industry from conception to consumption for cattle producers, consumers and decision makers. The topics include trade, packers, euthanization and local meats, just to name a few.

Webinars that have taken place, and are archived for viewing now…
Overview of MCOOL, Imports and Exports, Packer Profits, Local Meats, Protein Industry Euthanasia, and Beef Check Off
In depth perspective of MCOOL, Imports and Exports
In depth perspective of Packer Profits
In depth perspective:  Will we be euthanizing cattle like hogs and poultry?
In depth perspective of Local meats: Challenges and Opportunities

Upcoming webinars and topics….
May 26, 2020, In depth perspective of The Beef Checkoff
May 28, 2020, In-depth perspective of how cattle are priced: a discussion about price and value discovery, and the futures market
June 2, 2020, Virtual Packing Plant Tour
June 4, 2020, In depth perspective of Ground beef, heavy carcasses and imports
June 9, 2020, In depth perspective of Domestic and International supply and demand
June 11, 2020, In depth perspective of Historical Overview of the Beef Industry from the Jungle to Today
June 16, 2020, In depth perspective of Changes in how beef is supplied to grocery stores and restaurants
June 18, 2020, In depth perspective of Steer and Heifer Complex
June 23, 2020, In depth perspective of Cow and Bull Complex
June 25, In depth perspective of Drop credit, hide and offal

Pre-registration is required.  For more information, click here….  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/livestockextension/intersectionwebinars.

May
28
Thu
CHANGED: Tractor Safety Course
May 28 – May 29 all-day

Update:  This event will no longer be held in Wayne…. please see the entry on July 10th for the updated information….

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UNMC, Nebraska Extension offer Tractor Safety Course to Teens Across Nebraska this Summer
Members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health will provide a tractor safety course in May and June of 2020 at 11 sites across Nebraska in partnership with Nebraska Extension. The course provides extensive training on tractor and all-terrain vehicle safety with a variety of hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of ‘making safety a priority’ and respect for agricultural equipment are primary goals of the course.

Teens 14 or 15 years of age who work on farms, or others who are interested in learning about safe farming practices, are encouraged to register for the Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Course. Anyone under age 14 is not eligible to take the class.

Federal law prohibits children under 16 years of age from using certain equipment on a farm unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm. However, certification received through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with certain mechanized equipment.

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

The first day of class will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, hands-on participation, concluding with a written test which students must pass to attend the second day of training.

The second day of training will include a driving test and equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. Students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. Instructors will also offer education about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs, utility-task vehicles (UTVs), and other off-road vehicles (ORVs).

Instructors for the course are members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, Ph.D., Ellen Duysen, MPH; UNMC graduate student Alyssa Damke; and Nebraska Extension educators Troy Ingram, Randy Saner, Chandra Giles, and John Thomas.

Classes begin at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m., depending on location, and end times vary depending on the number of participants. If classes do not fill to the minimum of 10 participants, an option will be offered to do Day 1 training online and Day 2 in person.

Dates, training site locations, and site coordinator phone numbers include:
May 28 & 29 – Wayne, Fairgrounds (402) 375-3310;
July 1 & 2 – Weeping Water, Fairgrounds, (402) 267-2205;

For more information or to register, contact the appropriate Extension office above. The registration form is located at kearney.unl.edu.

Intersection of Cattle & Beef webinar series
May 28 all-day

A trio of land grant universities including Texas A&M, North Dakota State University and West Virginia, have come together to host a series of webinars called “The Intersection of the Cattle and Beef Industries” to provide an accurate, science- and evidence-based overview of the U.S. beef industry from conception to consumption for cattle producers, consumers and decision makers. The topics include trade, packers, euthanization and local meats, just to name a few.

Webinars that have taken place, and are archived for viewing now…
Overview of MCOOL, Imports and Exports, Packer Profits, Local Meats, Protein Industry Euthanasia, and Beef Check Off
In depth perspective of MCOOL, Imports and Exports
In depth perspective of Packer Profits
In depth perspective:  Will we be euthanizing cattle like hogs and poultry?
In depth perspective of Local meats: Challenges and Opportunities

Upcoming webinars and topics….
May 26, 2020, In depth perspective of The Beef Checkoff
May 28, 2020, In-depth perspective of how cattle are priced: a discussion about price and value discovery, and the futures market
June 2, 2020, Virtual Packing Plant Tour
June 4, 2020, In depth perspective of Ground beef, heavy carcasses and imports
June 9, 2020, In depth perspective of Domestic and International supply and demand
June 11, 2020, In depth perspective of Historical Overview of the Beef Industry from the Jungle to Today
June 16, 2020, In depth perspective of Changes in how beef is supplied to grocery stores and restaurants
June 18, 2020, In depth perspective of Steer and Heifer Complex
June 23, 2020, In depth perspective of Cow and Bull Complex
June 25, In depth perspective of Drop credit, hide and offal

Pre-registration is required.  For more information, click here….  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/livestockextension/intersectionwebinars.

UNL COVID-19 & Agriculture webinars
May 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agricultural Economics – Farm & Ranch Management team continues their series on COVID-19’s impact on agriculture in Nebraska continues over the next three weeks.

Thursday, May 14, noon (central):
Meat Packing Industry: How Capacity, Workers and Supply Chain Flow Have Changed due to COVID-19
Steve Kay, Editor and Publisher of Cattle Buyers Weekly, will discuss what is currently happening in the meat packing industry and what this looks like moving forward through the next production cycle. Includes time for questions and answers.
  
Thursday, May 21, noon (central)
Managing Behavioral Health: A Key to Farming and Ranching in the Era of COVID
With Dr. Christine L. Chasek, LIMHP, LADC, LPC, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and Dr. Michael R. Rosmann, Ag Behavioral Health.
Farm and ranch families can develop behavior plans that include: signs of physical and emotional distress, daily behavior practices that nurture one another, looking out for neighbors and loved ones while maintaining physical distance, building a support team that can be contacted when needed, and resources that are available free to Nebraskans.
  
Thursday, May 28, noon (central):
Ethanol: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Roger Berry, administrator with the Nebraska Ethanol Board, will look at where we have come from with ethanol, where we are today due to a multitude of economic disruptions in the ethanol industry with the big disrupters being federal policy and COVID-19. Roger will get out his crystal ball and talk about the opportunities of the future for ethanol, focusing on the big picture and what it all means for Nebraska agriculture.

Register for upcoming webinars and watch recordings of past webinars at farm.unl.edu.

May
29
Fri
CSP Signup Deadline
May 29 all-day

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program. Applications for funding this year need to be completed by May 29, 2020.

The Conservation Stewardship Program helps agricultural producers take the conservation activities on their farm or ranch to the next level. There are over 150 enhancement and conservation practices available to make Nebraska farms and ranches more resilient and sustainable.

CSP is a popular program for Nebraska’s ag producers. Over 5 million acres are currently under contract in Nebraska.

While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by May 29 to ensure their applications are considered for 2020 funding.

Due to recent public health concerns all USDA Service Centers are not open to the public. While employees continue to staff USDA Service Centers, they are currently only available for phone appointments.

For more information and assistance with applying for CSP, visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ne/programs/financial/csp/ or call your local NRCS office. USDA Service Center contact information is available at https://www.farmers.gov/service-center-locator.

ISU CFAP informational webinar
May 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Financial help is available for producers impacted by the price declines and additional marketing costs associated with COVID-19.

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, a federal program offered through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, is accepting applications for funding from livestock and crop farmers.

To help explain how the program works, a pair of specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and specialists with the Farm Service Agency in Iowa will hold a public webinar May 29, from 11 a.m. to noon.

The webinar will walk producers through the details and definitions that are key to this program, and will help equip them for the application process. The presenters will also answer common questions. There is no fee, but participants must register in advance here…. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7420674751753805840.

Of the $16 billion available, $9.6 billion is set aside for the livestock industry ($5.1 billion for cattle, $2.9 billion for dairy, and $1.6 billion for hogs). There is $3.9 billion for row crop producers, $2.1 billion for specialty crop producers, and $500 million for other crops.

To qualify for a payment, a commodity must have declined in price by at least 5% between January and April 2020. Other requirements and payment information will be discussed during the webinar.

Speakers will include Chad Hart, professor and extension grain markets specialist with Iowa State University; Kristine Tidgren, director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University, and holder of the Leonard Dolezal Professorship in Agricultural Law; and Katie Kramer and Justin Muir, agricultural program specialists with the Farm Service Agency in Iowa.

The program will be recorded and made available for replay on the Ag Decision Maker and the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation websites.

For more information, contact the webinar presenters. Hart can be reached at 515-294-9911, or chart@iastate.edu. Tidgren can be reached at 515-294-6365, or ktidgren@iastate.edu.

Jun
1
Mon
Deadline Applications for Century and Heritage Farms
Jun 1 all-day

Apply for Century and Heritage Farm Recognition – June 1

Eligible farm owners are encouraged to apply for the 2020 Century and Heritage Farm Program. The program was created by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation to recognize families that have owned their farm for 100 years and 150 years, respectively.

To apply, download the application on the Department’s website at iowaagriculture.gov/century-and-heritage-farm-program.

Applications may also be requested from Kelley Reece, Coordinator of the Century and Heritage Farm Program via phone at 515-281-3645, email at Kelley.Reece@IowaAgriculture.gov or by writing to Century or Heritage Farms Program, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319.

Farm families seeking to qualify for the Century or Heritage Farms Program must submit an application to the Department no later than June 1.

The ceremony to recognize the 2020 Century and Heritage Farm Award Winners is scheduled to be held at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 20 in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion.

Jun
2
Tue
IDALS Hog Disposal Assistance
Jun 2 all-day

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is launching a disposal assistance program to help pork producers who are unable to harvest pigs due to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions.

The Department is offering producers $40 per approved animal to help cover some of the disposal costs for market-ready hogs (weighing at least 225 pounds). Producers must provide documentation, including proof of proper disposal, and an affidavit from their herd veterinarian confirming impending welfare issues, to receive funding.

The disposal assistance funding will be made available to Iowa producers in at least three rounds. Each approved applicant will receive funding for at least 1,000 animals and up to 30,000 animals per round, depending on the number of applicants.

To qualify for the first round of funding, producers must submit their applications to the Iowa Department of Agriculture between May 26-29. The first round of applicants will be notified of approval on June 1. The first round of approved applicants must properly dispose of their animals by June 5. Disposal claims must be received by the Iowa Department of Agriculture by June 8.

The Department will begin accepting applications for the second and third rounds of disposal assistance on June 1 and June 9, respectively. The Department is also exploring options to assist producers who have conducted euthanasia and disposal between May 1-26, 2020.

To apply for the disposal assistance program, visit iowaagriculture.gov/idap. Questions about the program can be directed to (515) 281-5321 or IDAP@iowaagriculture.gov.

Intersection of Cattle & Beef webinar series
Jun 2 all-day

A trio of land grant universities including Texas A&M, North Dakota State University and West Virginia, have come together to host a series of webinars called “The Intersection of the Cattle and Beef Industries” to provide an accurate, science- and evidence-based overview of the U.S. beef industry from conception to consumption for cattle producers, consumers and decision makers. The topics include trade, packers, euthanization and local meats, just to name a few.

Webinars that have taken place, and are archived for viewing now…
Overview of MCOOL, Imports and Exports, Packer Profits, Local Meats, Protein Industry Euthanasia, and Beef Check Off
In depth perspective of MCOOL, Imports and Exports
In depth perspective of Packer Profits
In depth perspective:  Will we be euthanizing cattle like hogs and poultry?
In depth perspective of Local meats: Challenges and Opportunities

Upcoming webinars and topics….
May 26, 2020, In depth perspective of The Beef Checkoff
May 28, 2020, In-depth perspective of how cattle are priced: a discussion about price and value discovery, and the futures market
June 2, 2020, Virtual Packing Plant Tour
June 4, 2020, In depth perspective of Ground beef, heavy carcasses and imports
June 9, 2020, In depth perspective of Domestic and International supply and demand
June 11, 2020, In depth perspective of Historical Overview of the Beef Industry from the Jungle to Today
June 16, 2020, In depth perspective of Changes in how beef is supplied to grocery stores and restaurants
June 18, 2020, In depth perspective of Steer and Heifer Complex
June 23, 2020, In depth perspective of Cow and Bull Complex
June 25, In depth perspective of Drop credit, hide and offal

Pre-registration is required.  For more information, click here….  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/livestockextension/intersectionwebinars.

NC Risk Management webinar
Jun 2 all-day

Thank you to all who attended the recent Nebraska Cattlemen Webinar Series. NC hopes that you enjoyed this webinar series that NC staff put together. The Black Swan Event series was jam packed full of informative material. If you were unable to participate, go ahead and watch them online https://nebraskacattlemen.org/resources/webinar-series/.
Mark your calendars for the next Nebraska Cattlemen Webinar Series. Our goal is to have a webinar each first Tuesday of the month during 2020.  On Tuesday, June 2, we will be co-hosting a webinar with Kentucky Cattlemen on Risk Management for both the Cow Calf Producer and Feeders. You can watch the webinar in person on your computer or smart phone, or listen to it live here on KTIC 840am, 98.3fm, & 98.7fm.  Register today (you will have to complete a new registration for this webinar) https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5-vB4dCcQe-XI0ktGSFRtg

Jun
3
Wed
CANCELLED – World Pork Expo
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day

UPDATED – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) today announced that its board of directors has decided to cancel the 2020 World Pork Expo in June due to COVID-19 human health concerns. World Pork Expo 2021 is scheduled for June 9-11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

“While deeply disappointed to cancel this year’s Expo, NPPC’s board of directors unanimously agreed it was prudent to make this decision now,” said NPPC President Howard “A.V.” Roth, a pork producer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin. “By eliminating COVID 19-related uncertainty surrounding the event, we allow producers and others across the industry to focus on the essential role we play in the nation’s food supply system at this critical time.”

“We will do our part to support the nation’s transition back to normalcy and look forward to making next year’s World Pork Expo better than ever,” added Roth.

World Pork Expo is the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, where more than 20,000 industry professionals gather for three days to showcase innovations, introduce new products and participate in training and educational programs.

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Registration is now open for the 2020 World Pork Expo presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). Attendees, media and exhibitors can complete their registration by visiting the World Pork Expo website. This year’s trade show will be hosted from June 3 to 5 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  With 360,000 square feet of exhibition space, more than 500 exhibitors are planned for the 2020 World Pork Expo.
Organizers plan to take advantage of all the space available in order to give attendees and exhibitors the best experience possible. Of the 500 plus companies attending the show, they will be displaying products and services from animal health, nutrition, build and equipment, financial marketing, genetics and more.

The Expo will be held in the Varied Industries Building and the Jacobson Exhibition Center, outdoors on Grand Avenue and the areas between the two main buildings. Attendees are encouraged to explore the fairground space to experience all the Expo’s offerings.

Company-sponsored hospitality tents will continue to be around throughout the fairgrounds. Organizers are expecting 60 plus tents this year, giving industry representatives an opportunity to network with producers and employees in a more relaxed setting.

The trade show will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 3-4, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 5.
 
The Expo is packed with three days of learning and networking opportunities, events and activities. More than 15 educational and informational seminars are free to attend. These seminars address innovative production and management strategies, and current issues and topics related to the pork industry.

Other activities you won’t want to miss include:
    MusicFest — Join us on Thursday evening to relax and enjoy free live music and refreshments. Stay tuned to find out who this year will feature!
    Big Grill — Stop by and enjoy a free pork lunch during all three days of the Expo. More than 10,000 lunches are served! Lunches are available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    NPPC Hospitality Tent — Visit one-on-one with NPPC board members and staff to learn about current legislation, regulation, and public policy issues that impact pork production.

Registration is now available online until May 28. Tickets include entry to the Expo for all three days. Discounted rates are available during pre-registration including $10 per adult (ages 12 and up) and $1 for children (6 to 11 years old). Registration on-site will be $20 per adult. There is an on-site Friday-only option for $10.  Registration and more information here at www.worldpork.org

Jun
4
Thu
Intersection of Cattle & Beef webinar series
Jun 4 all-day

A trio of land grant universities including Texas A&M, North Dakota State University and West Virginia, have come together to host a series of webinars called “The Intersection of the Cattle and Beef Industries” to provide an accurate, science- and evidence-based overview of the U.S. beef industry from conception to consumption for cattle producers, consumers and decision makers. The topics include trade, packers, euthanization and local meats, just to name a few.

Webinars that have taken place, and are archived for viewing now…
Overview of MCOOL, Imports and Exports, Packer Profits, Local Meats, Protein Industry Euthanasia, and Beef Check Off
In depth perspective of MCOOL, Imports and Exports
In depth perspective of Packer Profits
In depth perspective:  Will we be euthanizing cattle like hogs and poultry?
In depth perspective of Local meats: Challenges and Opportunities

Upcoming webinars and topics….
May 26, 2020, In depth perspective of The Beef Checkoff
May 28, 2020, In-depth perspective of how cattle are priced: a discussion about price and value discovery, and the futures market
June 2, 2020, Virtual Packing Plant Tour
June 4, 2020, In depth perspective of Ground beef, heavy carcasses and imports
June 9, 2020, In depth perspective of Domestic and International supply and demand
June 11, 2020, In depth perspective of Historical Overview of the Beef Industry from the Jungle to Today
June 16, 2020, In depth perspective of Changes in how beef is supplied to grocery stores and restaurants
June 18, 2020, In depth perspective of Steer and Heifer Complex
June 23, 2020, In depth perspective of Cow and Bull Complex
June 25, In depth perspective of Drop credit, hide and offal

Pre-registration is required.  For more information, click here….  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/livestockextension/intersectionwebinars.

Jun
5
Fri
BQA Awards nomination deadline
Jun 5 all-day

Nominations for the 14th annual National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards are now being accepted. Deadline for nominations is June 5, 2020.

The 2020 National BQA Awards recognize five winners in the areas of beef producer, dairy, marketing and education:
–    The beef producer honors include BQA Cow Calf and BQA Feedyard awards, which recognize producers who best demonstrate the implementation of BQA principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations;
–    The BQA / FARM (Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) award honors those dairy operations that demonstrate the best in animal care and handling while implementing the BQA and FARM programs at the highest levels;
–    The BQA Marketer Award acknowledges livestock markets, cattle buyers and supply-chain programs that promote BQA to their customers and offer them opportunities to get certified; and
–    The BQA Educator Award celebrates individuals or companies that provide high quality and innovative training to individuals that care and handle cattle throughout the industry chain.

For the application and nomination requirements, as well as more information about BQA, go here… www.bqa.org.  All nominations are due by June 5, 2020.