Calendar

Jan
4
Thu
Financial & Estate Planning, Beginning Farmer Programs…
Jan 4 – Jan 18 all-day

Farmers & Ranchers are invited to attend a FREE clinic.  The clinics are one on one, not group sessions and are confidential.  The Farm Finance clinic gives you a chance to meet with an experienced Ag law attorney and Ag financial counselor.

The Free Clinics in January will be held:

Grand Island & Norfolk-Thursday, January 4th

Fairbury-Wednesday, January 10th

North Platte-Thursday, January 11th

Norfolk-Tuesday, January 16th

Lexington-Thursday, January 18th

To sign up for the clinic call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline 800-464-0258

Jan
10
Wed
West Central Cattlemen’s Offered in Ten Locations
Jan 10 – Jan 30 all-day

Nebraska Extension and Colorado State University Extension will be hosting a series of winter meetings for cattle producers in nine locations across western Nebraska and eastern Colorado. The program is designed to help producers evaluate management practices that could improve their bottom line. Extension Specialists and Educators will discuss a variety of topics including nutritional management to prepare for the breeding season, grazing management principles, implant strategies, lameness in cattle, fly research updates, methods to increase productivity of spring calving systems and more.

Dates and locations include:

·         January 10th – Arthur, NE, Veterans Memorial Hall, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. MT(308) 284-6051

·         January 11th – Minden, NE, Kearney County Fairgrounds, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CT(308) 425-6277

·          January 11th – Oxford, NE, Mulligan’s Restaurant, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CT(308) 268-3105

·          January 15th – Imperial, NE, Mid Plains Community College Campus, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. MT(308) 882-4731

·         January 16th – Curtis, NE, NCTA Education Center, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. CT(308) 367-4424

·         January 17th – Ogallala, NE, Open Range Grill, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. MT(308) 284-6051

·         January 23rd – Wray, CO, Wray Community Hall, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. MT(719) 346-5571

·         January 24th – Culbertson, NE, Hitchcock County Fairgrounds, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CT(308) 345-3390

·         January 25th – Sterling, CO, Sterling Livestock Commission, 1:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. MT(719) 346-5571

·         January 30th – Tryon, NE, McPherson County Fairgrounds, 6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. CT(308) 532-2683

Please register at the local Extension office one week prior to the event for a meal count. Cost to attend varies based on location.

Jan
18
Thu
NE Grower & Brewer Conf & Trade Show
Jan 18 – Jan 19 all-day

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has announced the dates for the second annual Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference and Trade Show. The two-day conference will be held Thursday and Friday, Jan. 18-19, 2018, at Embassy Suites Omaha – Downtown/Old Market, 555 S. 10th St., Omaha.

The two-day event will feature a variety of sessions for hop growers and craft brewers. Several prominent speakers from around the country will be on hand to discuss market outlook, horticultural practices of growing hops, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest practices, nutrient management, legal and regulatory topics, water sciences, marketing and branding, crop and brewery insurance and much more.

A networking reception featuring a Nebraska-hopped beer, brewed specifically for this conference, will be held Thursday evening, Jan. 18th and is open to all conference attendees.

This event is sponsored by the University’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nebraska Hop Growers Association, Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild and Midwest Hop Producers, LLC.

There will be a discount for those who register before December first.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.growbrewnebraska.com/. Follow along on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/negrowerbrewerconference/.

Soil Health Summit-Chicago
Jan 18 – Jan 19 all-day
Save the Date!
Soil Health Partners’ Soil Health Summit * Jan. 18 – 19, 2018
Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel
Rosemont, Illinois
This year, delivering even more returns for your time at this event. More data. More education. More opportunities to share and learn with others about the value of soil health.
Crop Production Clinic
Jan 18 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Nebraska Extension Crop Production Clinics will be conducted at five sites this January to provide research updates and educational information focused on local agriculture. Programs for each of the clinics are customized, often featuring extension presenters from the area or who have conducted research in the area.

Topics will be in the areas of soil fertility, soil water and irrigation, insect pests, plant diseases, weeds, cropping systems, agribusiness management and marketing. View programs for topics offered at each location.

CPC 2018 Schedule
Jan. 10 – Gering:
Jan. 11 – North Platte:
Jan. 15, 16 – Norfolk: (Two one-day sessions)
Jan. 18 – Lincoln:
Jan. 24 & 25 – Kearney: (Two one-day sessions, part of the NCMC Conference)

Anyone attending the pesticide applicator license recertification sessions will also meet the requirements for dicamba applicator training. Dicamba is now a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) in Nebraska and additional training is required for its purchase and use. More here…. https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/crop-production-clinics-five-sites-january.

IA Forage & Grassland Conference
Jan 18 @ 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The 2018 Iowa Forage and Grassland Council Conference will feature speakers and topics of interest to producers raising livestock on patures. The conference Jan. 18 will be held at the Iowa State University Alumni Center, just south of Stephens Auditorium, in Ames.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the morning speakers at 9 a.m. Lunch at noon includes the IFGC annual meeting and award recognition, and is followed by a producer panel and speakers. Starting at 3:15 there will be two breakout sessions, each with two options to choose from, and the day ends at 5 p.m. with a networking opportunity for speakers and attendees.

Joe Sellers, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist and IFGC past president, said Iowa Forage and Grassland Council is partnering with Practical Farmers of Iowa to offer the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. sessions presented by Kathy Voth and Rachel Gilker from On Pasture, an online source of science-based, easily understood and relevant information from research to help producers learn more about raising livestock on pasture in profitable and healthful ways.

Conference topics and speakers
– Establishing Alfalfa in Silage Corn – Dr. John H. Grabber, USDA-ARS, Dairy Forage Research Center, Madison, WI
– Corn Silage Quality: Before, During and After Storage – Dr. Hugo Ramirez, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy specialist
– When to Spend Your Money: Fake Science or Good Practice – Kathy Voth and Rachel Gilker, On Pasture
– Alternative Water Systems – Producer Panel: Ron Dunphy, Justin Rowe, Patrick Wall
– Will Grazing Save the Planet? – Voth and Gilker
– Grazing Management for Wildlife – Adam Janke, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist
– Iowa Fence Law – Christine Tidgren, Iowa State University Center for Ag Law and Taxation
– Using BRaNDS to Stretch Feed and Forage Supplies Following a Drought – Garland Dahlke, assistant scientist, Iowa Beef Center
– Soil Health – Doug Peterson, NRCS regional soil health specialist

IFGC and PFI members pay just $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Non-members pay $60 or $70 respectively. IFGC 2018 membership dues also can be paid at this time. Conference sponsors are from the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education – or SARE – program, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Farm Bureau, Natural Resources Conservation Service, PFI, Dow AgroSciences, Barenbrug and La Crosse Seed. For more information, call 641-203-1270 or by email at sellers@iastate.edu

NE Ethanol Board mtg
Jan 18 @ 2:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The Nebraska Ethanol Board will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. The meeting will be held in Lincoln at the downtown Hyatt Place Hotel (600 Q St.).

The board welcomes Doug Durante, executive director of Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC), as the keynote speaker at the meeting. Durante will review 2017, and give an outlook on what the ethanol industry might expect from Capitol Hill in the coming year.

Durante’s national ethanol advocacy efforts and his relationship with the Nebraska ethanol industry span more than 35 years. He frequently consults on international biofuel projects including initiatives that focus on the use of biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Durante will speak at approximately 9 a.m. The meeting agenda highlights include:
Keynote Presentation: Doug Durante
UNL Economic Impact Study Update
Industrial Training: Dr. Hunter Flodman
Marketing Programs
BIP Update
State and Federal Legislation
Ethanol Plant Reports

This agenda contains all items to come before the Board except those items of an emergency nature.

Beef Profitability wksp
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

During the winter of 2018 Nebraska Extension will host 17 Beef Profitability Workshops in Eastern Nebraska counties. To help beef producers evaluate their operations to make them more profitable through the latest research information. Extension Educators will present topics such as Composting Livestock Mortality Carcasses, Mineral Nutrition, Grass Production, Cover Crop Production, Hay Storage and Hay Waste, Fencing and Watering Options on Crop Residue, Nebraska Fence Laws and others. These workshops have been held across Nebraska for the pasts fifteen years. The cost is $15.00 but may vary from location depending on local sponsorship. Please register three days before the location you plan on to attending to the local Extension Office.

2018 LOCATIONS SITES ARE AS FOLLOWS: (NO MEALS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)

January 18, 2018 – Pierce County Extension Office at 1:00 p.m. @ Pierce, NE contact Ann Fenton 402-329-4821

January 30, 2018- Loup County Fair Grounds at 1:00 p.m. @ Taylor, NE contact Steve Niemeyer 308-346-4200

Three State Beef Conference
Jan 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Opportunities for producers to visit with experts on cow-calf profit and loss and calculating breakevens, alternative cow-calf production systems, and using reproductive management and technologies to improve profitability are all on the agenda for the 33rd annual Three-State Beef Conference, to be held January 16, 17 and 18, 2018 at locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

Topics include…
– Cost of Production and cow-calf breakevens
– Confinement and alternative systems
– Beef Cattle Reproductive technologies

The conference is a traveling program, repeated three times in three different locations. At each site, registration will open at 5:30 p.m., and the program will start at 6:00 p.m. The first program will be on Tuesday, January 16 in Creston, Iowa at Southwestern Community College. The second program, on Wednesday, January 17, will be in Missouri at the MU Hundley-Whaley Learning Discovery Center in Albany. The final program will be Thursday, January 18 in Nebraska at the Gage County UNL Extension Center in Beatrice.

The registration fee is $25 per person and includes a meal and copies of the presentations. Registrations are appreciated by Friday, January 12 to help with meal planning and reducing costs.

To register for the program in Creston, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Union County at 641-782-8426 or kdowning@iastate.edu. Registrations for Beatrice can be directed to Nebraska Extension in Gage County at 402-223-1384 or kristen.ulmer@unl.edu.

For more information contact your local university extension office or visit our website at http://extension.iastate.edu/feci/3StBeef/.

Jan
19
Fri
NeFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Conf.
Jan 19 – Jan 20 all-day

Registration is open for the 2018 Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Conference, Jan. 19-20 at the CoCo Key Water Resort in Omaha. The conference theme is “Waves of Opportunity” and is presented by Nebraska Farm Bureau, Douglas County Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of America, and the Aurora Cooperative.

The event features interesting tours of local agribusinesses, a dynamic keynote speaker, breakout sessions on leading issues facing agriculture in Nebraska, and a lot of fun and fellowship, including a casino night and the CoCo Key Water Resort.

The conference begins Jan. 19 with tours of local agribusinesses, including stops at: Claas, Valmont, Metropolitan Utilities District, Patriarch Distillers, and the Omaha Children’s Museum.

New to this year’s conference is a program called “Career Conversations,” a one-on-one visit with representatives from leading ag companies in Nebraska about potential career opportunities. It is also the start of the YF&R Discussion Meet that qualifies a young farmer or rancher to represent Nebraska at the 2019 American Farm Bureau Federation Discussion Meet.

Break-out sessions on Saturday, Jan 20 will cover topics including healthcare solutions, entrepreneurship, federal policy, family finances, and direct marketing.

For more information and to register visit www.nefb.org/yf-rconf. Registration includes a t-shirt, all meals, entertainment, tours, and breakout sessions. Registrants will be responsible for making their own hotel reservation and you don’t have to be a Farm Bureau member to attend.

Successful Farmer Series
Jan 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Agriculture is a challenging industry and farm owners and operators are inherently required to understand and make decisions based on a wide range of topics. There is not a single educational event that can prepare owners and operators for the decisions they need to make, thus the Successful Farmer Series was created.

This series is in it’s third year and consists of six, weekly workshops covering a variety of farm-related topics from UNL and industry experts. There events are held every Friday morning at the Lancaster Extension Office in Lincoln from January 5th through February 9th. Each session runs from 9am to 11:30am. Topics include:
– Jan 5 – Crops & Weather
– Jan 12 – Soil Fertility
– Jan 19 – Farm Economics
– Jan 26 – Corn
– Feb 2 – Wheat & Equipment
– Feb 9 – Soybeans

You can choose to come to one or come to them all, or you can even watch the live-stream from the comfort of your home or office. CCA credits available. Cost is $5 per session or $15 for all six. Pay at the door. Register at least 2 days prior to each session. Visit lancaster.unl.edu or call 402-441-7180 for more information.

Jan
22
Mon
IA Pork Congress Events + Activities
Jan 22 – Jan 25 all-day

The Iowa Pork Producers Association’s 2018 Iowa Pork Congress will be held on Jan. 24 and 25 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. North America’s largest winter swine trade show and conference will feature nine new seminars, a keynote address, 300 exhibitors, training sessions, fun social events and exciting youth activities.

A strong lineup of free business seminars on the timely subjects and issues of greatest importance to pork producers and the industry will be offered. “Utilizing Livestock Manure in a Cover Crop Program” will be presented by Drs. Dan Anderson and Matt Helmers from Iowa State University; Dr. Steve Meyer will look to the future of prices and profitability; and Erik Potter from ISU will explain how not to fail an audit.

Matt Rush is the former New Mexico Farm Bureau CEO and an award-winning speaker and author. He’ll present “There’s a snake in my bumper” as the 2018 Iowa Pork Congress keynote speaker. Rush will explain why it’s important for farmers to tell the agriculture story and why farmers must be viable, valuable and visible to remain successful. The keynote will be held at 2:15 p.m. on Jan. 24.

Hog farmers also will be able to obtain or renew their PQA Plus® and TQA® certifications, and a certification session for confinement site manure applicators is being offered.

Companies from Iowa, the U.S. and around the world that serve the pork industry will fill the Hy-Vee Hall trade show floor to offer solutions that help pig farmers become more efficient, profitable and successful. IPPA will once again have its booth and the Pork Information Plaza in Hall “A” and be joined by the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, Iowa State University, other affiliated organizations and commercial exhibitors.

Many other activities and events will be held in association with Pork Congress during the week. Events begin on Jan. 22 with IPPA’s annual Taste of Elegance contest and reception at the Iowa Events Center. The association’s annual meeting will be held on Jan. 23, followed by the Kickoff Reception and Auction. The Pork Congress Banquet is on Wednesday evening.

The 10th annual Youth Swine Judging contest will be held on Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. 4-H and FFA members from around the state are invited to attend to learn more about the industry and compete for valuable scholarships.

Pork Congress will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 24 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 25. Pre-registration to attend Pork Congress is available through Jan. 8, 2018. IPPA members can attend the trade show and conference at no cost by registering by the deadline at www.iowaporkcongress.org or by using the form in the November issue of the Iowa Pork Producer magazine.

Saunders County Livestock Banquet
Jan 22 @ 11:30 pm – Jan 23 @ 2:30 am

The annual banquet of the Saunders County Livestock Association will be on Monday evening January 22nd at the Starlite Ballroom between Wahoo and Weston. Social hour starts at 5:30pm, the meal is at 6:30pm, and the program will follow. This year’s featured entertainment is ventriloquist Marc Rubben. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets are available from any one of the board of directors. You are urged to purchase your tickets ahead of time to help with the meal count. Hope to see you there!

Jan
23
Tue
ISU Crop Advantage series
Jan 23 all-day

Farmers and crop advisers will hear about current research and crop production information from Iowa State University at the 2018 Crop Advantage Series. The series of meetings will be held at 14 Iowa locations Jan. 3-26 with ISU Extension and Outreach specialists providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues. The meetings offer continuing educations credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide safety recertification.

In 2017, nearly 2,000 individuals attended the meetings, representing 97 of the 99 Iowa counties. When asked the impact of information about managing operation margins for 2016 and beyond, 44 percent of attendees estimated a value of $5-10 per acre and 24 percent estimated a value of $10-20 per acre.

Topics on the agenda this year include: factors for high-yielding soybeans, micronutrients and tissue testing, nitrogen management, soil health concepts, cover crops and seedling diseases, insect management thresholds, SCN resistant varieties and seed treatments. Other topics will include a crop market outlook, and weed management and dicamba use in 2018.

2018 CAS Meeting Dates and Locations
Jan. 23 – Le Mars
Jan. 24 – Iowa City
Jan. 25 – Denison
Jan. 26 – Davenport

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. Online registration and additional information is available at www.cropadvantage.org.

GrowingOn meeting
Jan 23 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Focus only on the challenges and you may not see the opportunities. Farm Credit Services of America will once again host this year’s GrowingOn® meetings take a new look at factors affecting profitability, as well as strategies and tools at your disposal to improve your business. FCSAmerica leaders will provide lender insights, while Iowa State University Extension Farm Management Specialist Steven Johnson will share his forecasts and identify tools that can open doors to opportunity. A real-life case study will illustrate how strategies and tools have improved the bottom-line for others.

GrowingOn® Meeting Oakland
January 23, 2018
Oakland Community Center, 614 Dr. Van Zee Road, Oakland, IA
Check-in: 9:30 AM CST – Program: 10:00 AM CST – Meal: 12:00 PM CST

Register at https://www.cropinsurancespecialists.com/growingon/registration.

Jan
24
Wed
NE Crop Mgt Conference
Jan 24 – Jan 25 all-day

From dicamba challenges and growing weed resistance to new technologies, cover crops, and more, the Nebraska Crop Management Conference offers the latest information to help Nebraska growers farm more effectively and profitably. Registration is now open for this year’s conference, which will be Jan. 24-25 in Kearney at the Younes Conference Center.

In a compact, two-day format, the Nebraska Crop Management Conference brings together experts from Nebraska and surrounding states to provide research-based information important to today’s farming operations. Twenty-seven sessions offer information related to crop production, soil and water management, pest management, agricultural economics, and climate analysis. (To view the agenda and more detailed information on all the sessions, visit the conference website.) The conference also provides an opportunity to interact with farmers and ag professionals from across Nebraska as well as commercial and private pesticide license recertification, CCA credits, and chemigation training.

Anyone attending the pesticide applicator license recertification sessions will also meet the requirements for dicamba applicator training. Dicamba is now a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) in Nebraska and the additional training is being required for its purchase and use.

With 27 sessions participants can engage with speakers and other farmers around a number of timely topics. Sessions include:
The Dicamba Dilemma. Where Do We Go From Here?
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly when Spraying the New Phenoxy Herbicides Formulations in Xtend and Enlist Soybeans
The Rise of Multiple-Resistance in Nebraska’s Weeds and Effects of Dicamba Micro-Rates on Sensitive Crops
Getting Started with Drones in Agriculture
TAPS – Farm Management Competition
Nebraska On-Farm Research Network: Your Farm, Your Answers
Can Sustainability be Measured in Nebraska Cropping Systems?
Fix it, Don’t Disk It: Controlling Ephemeral Gully Erosion
Effective Financial Resource Management
Economics of Variable Rate Irrigation over the Lifetime of the Equipment
Effective Grain Marketing in 2018

As well as the latest updates on diseases and insects reducing Nebraska crop yields and how to manage them and changes in the pesticide laws and applicator requirements.

Registration is now open for the conference. Cost is $150 for the full conference or $80 for one day for those registering by Jan. 15. Cost is $165 for the full conference and $95 per day for those registering after Jan. 15. The fee includes all educational sessions, lunches, and recertification (if needed).

For more information about the conference contact: Chris Proctor at caproctor@unl.edu or 402-472-5411.

Jan
25
Thu
ISU Crop Advantage series
Jan 25 all-day

Farmers and crop advisers will hear about current research and crop production information from Iowa State University at the 2018 Crop Advantage Series. The series of meetings will be held at 14 Iowa locations Jan. 3-26 with ISU Extension and Outreach specialists providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues. The meetings offer continuing educations credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide safety recertification.

In 2017, nearly 2,000 individuals attended the meetings, representing 97 of the 99 Iowa counties. When asked the impact of information about managing operation margins for 2016 and beyond, 44 percent of attendees estimated a value of $5-10 per acre and 24 percent estimated a value of $10-20 per acre.

Topics on the agenda this year include: factors for high-yielding soybeans, micronutrients and tissue testing, nitrogen management, soil health concepts, cover crops and seedling diseases, insect management thresholds, SCN resistant varieties and seed treatments. Other topics will include a crop market outlook, and weed management and dicamba use in 2018.

2018 CAS Meeting Dates and Locations
Jan. 25 – Denison
Jan. 26 – Davenport

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. Online registration and additional information is available at www.cropadvantage.org.

CattleFax Trends+ Cow-Calf webinar
Jan 25 @ 12:30 am – 1:30 am

Where do we go from here? With the magnitude of the breaks and rallies experienced across the entire cattle industry thus far, that question is on everyone’s mind. An upcoming free CattleFax webinar will address that question as well as provide an outlook for the cow-calf sector and entire beef industry for 2018.

The CattleFax Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar will be at 6:30 p.m. CST, Jan. 24, 2018. To participate in the webinar and access program details, producers and industry leaders simply need to register online at https://www.cattlefax.com/#!/about.

One of the most aggressive U.S. beef cowherd expansions in the last four decades has increased beef supplies and caused cow-calf profitability to be reduced back towards long term levels. As profits have narrowed, well-informed producers can maintain healthy margins by adjusting production, marketing and risk management plans with increasing supplies in mind.

CattleFax analysts will discuss a variety of topics in the one-hour session, including:
– Cattle and feedstuff market projections for the next 12 to 18 months
– Supply expectations for the cattle and beef industry as well as competing meats
– Review and outlook of bred cow and heifer values

The Trends+ webinar series informs cattle producers about current market conditions and provides decision-friendly advice regarding management decisions. The analysis and strategies shared through the webinar series have reached more than 5,000 producers, and sponsorship from Elanco Animal Health is making the seminar free for all attendees.

Jan
26
Fri
Successful Farmer Series
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Agriculture is a challenging industry and farm owners and operators are inherently required to understand and make decisions based on a wide range of topics. There is not a single educational event that can prepare owners and operators for the decisions they need to make, thus the Successful Farmer Series was created.

This series is in it’s third year and consists of six, weekly workshops covering a variety of farm-related topics from UNL and industry experts. There events are held every Friday morning at the Lancaster Extension Office in Lincoln from January 5th through February 9th. Each session runs from 9am to 11:30am. Topics include:
– Jan 5 – Crops & Weather
– Jan 12 – Soil Fertility
– Jan 19 – Farm Economics
– Jan 26 – Corn
– Feb 2 – Wheat & Equipment
– Feb 9 – Soybeans

You can choose to come to one or come to them all, or you can even watch the live-stream from the comfort of your home or office. CCA credits available. Cost is $5 per session or $15 for all six. Pay at the door. Register at least 2 days prior to each session. Visit lancaster.unl.edu or call 402-441-7180 for more information.

Jan
30
Tue
No-till on the Plains Winter Conference-Wichita
Jan 30 – Jan 31 all-day

The time is now to register for the nation’s most popular soil health event. Online registration is open for growers, industry partners and soil health enthusiasts to attend the popular No-till on the Plains Winter Conference, set for January 30-31, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency and Century II Convention Center, Wichita, Kan. Wichita hosts the Conference in 2018 for the first time. The new venue brings new networking opportunities for attendees, and Wichita offers ample entertainment and dining opportunities.

The premiere conference is in its 22nd year and continues to offer international, national and state experts on topics designed to promote soil health. The 2018 Winter Conference features a line-up of more than 20 soil experts and top line soil health producers, 45 breakout sessions and a special question and answer session with the presenters. For the second year a one-day Beginner’s Workshop will precede the Winter Conference. The Agriculture’s Innovative Minds (AIM) Symposium returns again post Winter Conference to cater to the advanced crowd of growers and producers.” Certified Crop Advisor Credits will also be available for conference attendees.

Registration for the No-till on the Plains Conference is available now online at no-till.org. The Winter Conference registration price is $275.

 Visit notill.org or call (785) 307-0433 for registration information. Pre-registration online is encouraged.

Holt Co Grain Mkt whsp
Jan 30 @ 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm

A free grain marketing workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 30 at the Holt County Courthouse Annex from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop will assist grain producers minimize losses during this time of low prices.

Workshops are funded by the Nebraska Corn Board. A complimentary lunch will be served. The workshop is limited to 40 participants.

Nebraska Extension Educators will present strategies for using futures and options to protect farmers from adverse market movements. The workshops feature the Marketing in a New Era simulator and the Grain Marketing Plan smartphone application.

Register by visiting go.unl.edu/marketingworkshops or by calling Amy Timmerman 402-336-2760.

Farmers & Ranchers College
Jan 30 @ 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Now in its 17th year, the program provides educational workshops for producers in south central Nebraska through a collaborative effort of business, industry, and higher education leaders, said Brandy VanDeWalle, Extension Educator in Fillmore County. The Farmers and Ranchers College Committee consists of Fred Bruning of Bruning, Bryan Dohrman of Grafton, Sarah Miller of Carleton, Jennifer Engle of Fairmont, Ryne Norton of York, Jim Donovan of Geneva, Bryce Kassik of Geneva, Eric Kamler of Geneva, and VanDeWalle.

Program Schedule
– The annual Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College “Partners in Progress – Beef Seminar” will be held at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and Great Plains Veterinary Education Center near Clay Center on January 30, 2018 with registration, coffee and donuts starting at 9:00 a.m. The program will run from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This program is sponsored by Nebraska Extension’s Farmers and Ranchers College and will feature several outstanding speakers discussing issues and management strategies that can affect the profitability of all beef producers. There is no cost for the event and the public is invited. It does include a noon meal, which means that early registration is necessary to reserve materials and a meal.

Link to flyer:

https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/fillmore/Programs/2018%20Cow%20Calf%20College%20Agenda.2.pdf

– February 23, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: “Crop Insurance, Farm Bill Policy Update & More!” with Steve Johnson, Extension Farm Management Specialist, Iowa State University, and Brad Lubbben, Nebraska Extension Ag Policy Specialist, at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva. Registration at 9:30 a.m.

RSVPs Requested
Contributions and support from area businesses allow participants to attend at no cost; however, it is requested that people register online or by calling the Fillmore County Extension office (402-759-3712) at least one week in advance to provide an accurate meal count.

Feb
1
Thu
PorkBridge Educational Series Start
Feb 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

PorkBridge, a distance education series for those who work with grow-finish operations, begins Feb. 1. This low-tech program features topics presented by recognized industry experts and is provided through the collaboration of swine faculty and staff from 11 land-grant universities. PorkBridge reaches producers and industry professionals across the country and around the world through an every-other-month series of six sessions.

PorkBridge combines electronic materials with teleconferenced presentations by topic speakers. About a week before each session, subscribers receive a web link to download the session’s presentation and any additional information provided by the presenter. Those who request it also receive the same materials via mailed CD. 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.

The registration amount has not changed since the program began in 2005. This remains a tremendous deal at only $125 for the entire year. 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.

The subscription and payment form is available online for download; payment must be received by Jan. 16 to assure receipt of program materials in time for the first session on Feb. 1. Iowa residents who want more information can call Stalder at 800-808-7675.

PorkBridge 2018 Sessions
The dates, speakers and their industry affiliations, and topics to be covered during the 2018 PorkBridge educational series are:
Feb. 1 – Jamie Eggers, National Pork Board, “Common Swine Industry Audit—Updates and Opportunities for Improvements
April 5 – Kyle Coble, New Fashion Pork, “How Non-Antibiotic Farms are Successful”
May 31 – Dave Thompson, Michigan State University “Effective Disinfectant Rotations”
Aug. 2 – Pete Raynor, University of Minnesota, UMASH, “Factors Influencing Air Pollutant Levels in Swine Barns”
Oct. 4 – Maria Pieters, University of Minnesota, “Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Diagnostics”
Dec. 6 – Mike Ellis, University of Illinois, “Sorting Pigs in Wean-to-Finish Facilities to Maximize Output”

Feb
2
Fri
Winter Wheat Works wksp
Feb 2 @ 12:00 am – 2:00 am

Positioning your farm to manage manure, control tough weeds, and improve soil health are just some of the advantages to growing winter wheat in Eastern Nebraska. The winter wheat varieties planted in eastern Nebraska today can yield upward of 140 bu/ac under good management and weather. While the potential for top yields is important, it’s not yield alone that makes winter wheat profitable. Growers can add value through increased revenue, reduced costs, improved pest management, and spreading their workload.

What is being covered:
Managing winter wheat in Eastern Nebraska
Disease Management: Stripe Rust and Fusarium Head Blight
Break for Supper – Pizza and Pop
What you need to know when selling and delivering winter wheat
Local Needs Assessment and Discussion

Thursday, February 1 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dodge County Extension Office, 1206 W. 23rd St., Fremont, NE 68025

Preregistration Required for Food: Online at http://croptechcafe.org/registration. To preregister by phone, call Nebraska Extension: 402-727-2775. For more information or assistance, please contact Nathan Mueller at nathan.mueller@unl.edu.

Successful Farmer Series
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Agriculture is a challenging industry and farm owners and operators are inherently required to understand and make decisions based on a wide range of topics. There is not a single educational event that can prepare owners and operators for the decisions they need to make, thus the Successful Farmer Series was created.

This series is in it’s third year and consists of six, weekly workshops covering a variety of farm-related topics from UNL and industry experts. There events are held every Friday morning at the Lancaster Extension Office in Lincoln from January 5th through February 9th. Each session runs from 9am to 11:30am. Topics include:
– Jan 5 – Crops & Weather
– Jan 12 – Soil Fertility
– Jan 19 – Farm Economics
– Jan 26 – Corn
– Feb 2 – Wheat & Equipment
– Feb 9 – Soybeans

You can choose to come to one or come to them all, or you can even watch the live-stream from the comfort of your home or office. CCA credits available. Cost is $5 per session or $15 for all six. Pay at the door. Register at least 2 days prior to each session. Visit lancaster.unl.edu or call 402-441-7180 for more information.

Feb
5
Mon
2017 Census of Agriculture
Feb 5 all-day

Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers have the opportunity to represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, recently mailed to farmers and ranchers, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and those who operate them.

Completed surveys are due Feb. 5, 2018.

The Census of Agriculture highlights land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures, and other topics. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).

For more information about the 2017 Census, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.

Feb
6
Tue
ISA Farmer Research Conference
Feb 6 – Feb 7 all-day

Innovative and adaptive strategies that improve grower profitability in a sustainable way will be showcased at the Iowa Soybean Association’s (ISA) Farmer Research Conference Feb. 6-7 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

Taking a holistic approach to weed management, fine-turning nitrogen applications that benefit yield and water quality and reviewing innovative production practices including cover crop and soybean yield management are just a few of the topics to be discussed.

Registration for the conference is now open at ISAConferenceSignup.com.

“If you only attend one conference in 2018, you’ll want to make it this one,” said Tom Vincent of Perry, an ISA member, grain farmer and research participant. “It’s unique because you gain valuable information from research funded by farmers, directed by farmers and conducted for farmers. I keep going because every year I’m learning something. It’s about finding good, unbiased, credible information.”

The conference opens Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. with a research roundtable. Farmers can visit with ISA On-Farm Network, Environmental Programs and Services and Analytics staff about 2017 research results and opportunities to participate in field trials in 2018. The day will conclude with remarks by Iowa State University (ISU) Climatologist Elwynn Taylor, an exhibitor reception and networking.

More than 30 breakout sessions will take place the following day highlighting topics such as weed resistance, conservation drainage, watershed planning, pest management, nitrogen application and much more. Featured speakers include ag futurist Lowell Catlett, ISA Director of Analytics Peter Kyveryga and Greg Tylka, ISU professor of plant pathology.

“The conference is all about engaging and connecting with farmers,” said Ed Anderson, ISA senior director of research. “Because farming requires a systems approach, we’ll provide farmers with real-world results and opportunities in production agronomics, technical assistance, cropping systems and conservation research.”

Farmers, landowners and agronomists are encouraged to attend. Certified crop advisers will be eligible to receive credit for sessions attended. Registration is free for farmers participating in ISA research and just $50 for ISA farmer members. General registration for the conference is $150. For additional event information visit iasoybeans.com or call 800-383-1423.

Follow ISA on Twitter @IowaSoybeans or search #ISAFRC18 for conference updates.

Cuming Co Feeders Membership mtg
Feb 6 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am

Cuming Co Feeders Membership Meeting – Indian Trails, Beemer – Mon February 5th 7:00pm

Swine Profitability Conference set for February 6 @ Stanley Stout Center
Feb 6 @ 9:15 am

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University’s 2018 Swine Profitability Conference is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 6. This year’s event will be hosted at the Stanley Stout Center in Manhattan.

Each year the Swine Profitability Conference focuses on the business side of pork production.

“Attendees will have a chance to learn ideas for improving their businesses from leading producers, veterinarians and economists,” said Mike Tokach, University Distinguished Professor in K-State’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and a swine extension specialist. “This conference is designed to help producers stay competitive in today’s swine industry.”

The conference will feature speakers from an array of swine-related businesses, including:

·       Dr. Doug MacDougald, Southwest Vets, will discuss managing pig health with minimal antibiotic use in commercial pig production.

 

·       Ben Woolley and Ben Keeble, Sunterra Farms, will address opportunities and pitfalls of producing antibiotic-free pork.

 

·       Terry Nelson, Husky Hogs, will share his story of rebuilding after a catastrophe.

 

·       Dr. Gray Louis, Seaboard Foods, will focus on future trends impacting the swine industry.

 

·       Dr. Lisa Tokach, Abilene Animal Health, will provide life lessons learned while practicing with Dr. Steve Henry, who recently retired after more than 40 years in swine practice.

The conference will take place at the Stanley Stout Center, 2200 Denison Avenue. The day begins with coffee and donuts at 9:15 a.m. and the program at 9:30 a.m. Lunch is included in the conference, which will end at 3 p.m.

Pre-registration is $25 per participant and due by Jan. 30. Attendees can register at the door for $50 per participant.

More information, including online registration, is available at KSUSwine.org  or contact Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267 or lschrein@ksu.edu.

IBC Cow-Calf Short Course
Feb 6 @ 6:30 pm – Feb 7 @ 11:00 pm

A two-day short course that combines both classroom learning and hands-on instruction will be offered by the Iowa Beef Center on Feb. 6-7. The cow-calf short course will instruct advanced cattlemen in areas specific to beef cow nutrition, reproduction and calving management. The program will be held at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 and continuing until 5 p.m. Feb. 7.

There will be several experts making presentations about reproduction and calving management, all in the same room. The morning of day two will be a hands-on, intensive ‘Calving College.’ These sessions include a dystocia demonstration with a calving simulator (nicknamed Frosty the cow) and information on planning for calf size and newborn calf health management and processing.

Other short course topics include:
– Body condition scoring demonstration
– Setting the female up for a successful pregnancy
– Exploring alternatives in the cow herd
– Beef Quality Assurance certification

Registration for the course is $100 and includes materials and meals. Online registration and a downloadable registration form are available at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/cowcalf/. Registration is due by Jan. 31; any cancellation requesting a refund must also be received by midnight Jan. 31.

Registration is limited to 30 participants.

For questions on the short course content contact Lundy at ellundy@iastate.edu. For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.