Calendar

Nov
17
Fri
LENRD/NRCS Funding deadline
Nov 17 all-day

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) entered into an agreement with the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (NRD) to help farmers improve irrigation water management, reduce soil erosion and install conservation practices through the Lower Elkhorn Water and Soil Conservation Initiative. This Initiative is available through the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Producers located within the northeast Nebraska 15-county Initiative area, may apply for funding until Nov. 17, 2017. Producers should visit one of the NRCS offices located in the Initiative area to apply.

Through the Initiative, NRCS and the Lower Elkhorn NRD work together to provide financial and technical assistance to help farmers apply soil and water conservation practices like flow meters, irrigation water management, nutrient management, as well as adopt soil health practices like no-till and cover crops on eligible cropland.

For more information about the RCPP and other conservation programs available from NRCS, visit your local USDA Service Center.

NE Youth Beef Leadership Symposium
Nov 17 – Nov 19 all-day

November 17 – 19, 2017
Application Deadline: Friday October 6th

If you’re selected to participate, a $75 registration fee will be needed. This covers the cost of hotel, meals, and materials.

The annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Complex on November 17 – 19. The symposium is designed to introduce youth to careers opportunities and current issues in the beef industry, as well as offer education and practice in the use of leadership skills.

Project Groups:
E-Communicating the Beef Story
– eligible if you are a 9th or 10th grader or an 11th grader who has never attended NYBLS
– interact with faculty and learn about the current research, meat science, beef quality assurance, and marketing
– introduction to careers
– will have the ability to put their team and leadership skills to work by completing a project

Showcasing Beef: A Culinary Challenge
– eligible if you are an 11th or 12th grader (regardless of whether you’ve attended NYBLS before)
– get more in-depth information about the beef industry
– interact with faculty and learn about genetic markers, reproduction, environment/manuare management, and antibiotic resistance
– develop and market a beef product and work with a professional chef from Omaha Steaks
– learn more about career opportunities in the beef industry

At the Sunday luncheon we will conclude with this group and they will present their new products and marketing plan to a panel of judges. Parents and guests will also get a chance to taste their products!

CASNR Scholarships will be awarded to a few junior/senior participants!!!!

For more information, contact:
Alli Raymond, Department of Animal Science
(402) 472-0204
araymond2@unl.edu

NRCS Conservation Funding deadline
Nov 17 all-day

Farmers and ranchers interested in preventing erosion, improving soil health, conserving water and wildlife, or making any other natural resource conservation improvements to their property are encouraged to apply now for funding available from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Those interested in receiving funding should sign up before Nov. 17, 2017.

NRCS has a whole suite of conservation programs available to farmers and ranchers looking for assistance in improving and protecting the natural resources on their ag land. These programs provide funding on cropland and rangeland, as well as for animal feeding operations and establishing or enhancing wildlife habitat and wetlands. NRCS staff can help landowners and operators identify their options.

One of the most widely applied conservation programs in Nebraska is the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Through this program, conservation practices were installed on over 400,000 acres in Nebraska during 2017 with over 800,000 acres currently under contract statewide.

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

Individuals interested in entering into an EQIP agreement may apply at any time, but the ranking of applications on hand to receive funding will begin Nov. 17, 2017. The first step is to visit your local NRCS field office and complete an application.

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

Rangeland Health Initiative
Nov 17 all-day

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established a rangeland health initiative in Nebraska. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is leading a state-wide effort to learn more about, and increase the adoption of, grazing management techniques that enhance rangeland health, increase profitability, and provide other environmental benefits. The Initiative will establish up to 12 demonstration ranches across the state.

According to NRCS, a key part of these demonstration ranches will involve a rangeland health assessment, completing a variety of monitoring techniques throughout the season, and adapting grazing management decisions to achieve various goals. Ranchers selected can receive up to $15,000 per year for their time and expenses related to this initiative.

Landowners interested in applying for funding to establish a rangeland health demonstration ranch should complete their application at their local NRCS field office by November 17, 2017. NRCS plans to fund at least two demonstration ranches in each of the six regions shown in the map below. For more details on this Initiative, visit your local NRCS field office.

Nov
20
Mon
NE Corn Board meeting
Nov 20 – Nov 21 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Board will hold its next meeting, Monday, November 20, 2017 and Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at The Cornhusker Marriott, 333 South 13th Street in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Board will be hold a joint Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Corn Board meeting the afternoon of November 20, 2017. The following day, November 21st the Nebraska Corn Board will meet to address regular board business. The meeting is open to the public. A copy of the agenda is available by calling either 402/471-2676 or by emailing

NE Extension Land ownership wksp
Nov 20 all-day

If you’ve inherited or received farmland and want to learn more about the best strategies for managing this asset, learn what it means to own agricultural land today at one of several Nebraska Extension programs being hosted this fall across the state.

Topics to be covered in the 2.5-hour workshop include:
– Am I keeping the farm or selling it?
– How do I manage a farm?
– If leasing, what are key lease provisions?
– What legal considerations do I have with this decision?
– And, how do we manage family communications and expectations when other family is involved?

Program Dates, Sites and Contact Info
Nov. 20 – Community Center Scribner 1:30 p.m. 402-727-2775
Nov. 20 – Madison County Ext. (Lifelong Learn Cntr) Norfolk 6:30 p.m. 402-370-4040
Nov. 21 – Fire Hall Wayne 9:30 a.m. 402-375-3310
Dec. 4 – Cass County Extension Weeping Water 9:30 a.m. 402-267-2205
Dec. 14 – Northeast Community College South Sioux City 6:30 p.m. 402-987-2140

Pre-registration is requested by two days prior to the event. Advance registration is requested to ensure enough handouts for the program. For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension educator, farm succession, at 402-472-1771 or e-mail avyhnalek2@unl.edu, or contact Jim Jansen, Extension economist for northeast Nebraska at 402-261-7572 or e-mail jjansen4@unl.edu.

A-FAN/WSA annual meeting
Nov 20 @ 2:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN) and We Support Agriculture (WSA) annual meeting is set for Monday Nov. 20th at the Cornhusker Mariott Hotel in Lincoln. 8:30am is coffee and refreshments, with the meeting to start at 9am. This year’s these is Putting the Pieces Together. They are excited to share accomplishments of the past year and discuss the building blocks of livestock development that are forming the future of the industry for future generations. From the tools and grassroots efforts to thriving communities and bringing the next generation back to the farm, these encompass the building blocks of livestock development. RSVP by Nov 6 to Lori at LoriA@A-FAN.org or call 402-421-4472.

Saunders Co Lvst Trade Show
Nov 20 @ 10:00 pm – Nov 21 @ 2:00 am

The Saunders County Livestock Assoc. invites you to their annual Trade Show on Monday Nov 20 at the American Legion hall in Valparaiso, NE. The trade show opens at 4pm, featuring a variety of businesses that represent grain merchandisers, feed, fertilizer, farm chemicals, fuel, oil, farm and livestock equipment, agronomy, seed, animal health, construction, health foods, and pharmaceuticals. Then at 6pm there will be the trade show reception with food provided. Hope to see you there!

Nov
21
Tue
Dodge Co Cattlemen Monthly Meeting
Nov 21 all-day

Dodge County Cattlemen will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 21st, at Z’s Bar & Grill in Scribner. Social begins at 6:30 p.m. with meal at 7:30 p.m. Social & Program are sponsored by Nutrient Advisors of West Point.

Pig Farmers of Tomorrow
Nov 21 all-day

The National Pork Board is searching for the next Pig Farmers of Tomorrow, with applications now open for the industry award through Nov. 21 at www.pigfarmersoftomorrow.com. The award, in its second year, is designed to recognize, inspire and connect with the next generation of American pig farmers.

This award recognizes future farm leaders, ages 18 to 29, who intend to make pig farming their life’s work and are committed to the U.S. pork industry and to raising pigs using the We CareSM ethical principles.

Up to three award recipients will be selected. Winners will be invited to speak at National Pork Board events, including the March 2018 National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City. They also will be responsible for providing content for the pork industry’s social media program, #RealPigFarming. To apply, applicants must be actively involved in raising pigs in the United States on a full- or part-time basis and be between the ages of 18 and 29 as of Jan. 1, 2018. Students currently enrolled in a college program also are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have a completed Common Swine Industry Audit or be willing to have one conducted and paid for by the National Pork Board. Applicants must submit up to five photos that represent them as a Pig Farmer of Tomorrow. The National Pork Board selection committee will name up to eight semi-finalists who will be interviewed by a panel of judges to select the finalists. Three winners will be chosen based on a combination of all application materials.

ISU Pro-Ag Outlook mtg
Nov 21 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has scheduled a series of Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Seminars to be held across the state in November and December.

The program is designed to provide agribusiness leaders a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential and management implications. Participants also will receive an overview of the agricultural industry and learn how changes may affect Iowa producers.

Speakers will vary by location but will include ISU Extension and Outreach state specialists Chad Hart, associate professor in economics and extension grain markets specialist; Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor and extension economist; Lee Schulz, assistant professor and livestock economist; and Wendong Zhang, assistant professor and extension economist. ISU Extension and Outreach field specialists will also be present at the meetings.

This program takes a deep look into the outlook for agriculture in 2018 and provides an opportunity to discuss the current Iowa economic situation with university experts.

Seminars locations and dates
Waterloo – Friday, Nov. 10 at 9:30 a.m. Hawkeye Community College, Tama Hall
Altoona – Monday, Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. Polk County Extension Office
Fort Dodge – Thursday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. Webster County Extension Office
Mason City – Friday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. Hardin County Extension Office
Carroll – Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. Carroll County Extension Office
Spencer – Friday, Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m. Spencer School Administrative Building
Greenfield – Monday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. Warren Cultural Center
Iowa City – Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 12:30 p.m. Johnson County Extension Office

Registration can be done on-site 30 minutes prior to the start of each program. There is a registration fee for the program. Additional registration information can be found at www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/info/meetings.html.

NE Ext. Land Ownership wksp
Nov 21 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

If you’ve inherited or received farmland and want to learn more about the best strategies for managing this asset, learn what it means to own agricultural land today at one of several Nebraska Extension programs being hosted this fall across the state.

Topics to be covered in the 2.5-hour workshop include:
– Am I keeping the farm or selling it?
– How do I manage a farm?
– If leasing, what are key lease provisions?
– What legal considerations do I have with this decision?
– And, how do we manage family communications and expectations when other family is involved?

Program Dates, Sites and Contact Info
Nov. 21 – Fire Hall Wayne 9:30 a.m. 402-375-3310
Dec. 4 – Cass County Extension Weeping Water 9:30 a.m. 402-267-2205
Dec. 14 – Northeast Community College South Sioux City 6:30 p.m. 402-987-2140

Pre-registration is requested by two days prior to the event. Advance registration is requested to ensure enough handouts for the program. For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension educator, farm succession, at 402-472-1771 or e-mail avyhnalek2@unl.edu, or contact Jim Jansen, Extension economist for northeast Nebraska at 402-261-7572 or e-mail jjansen4@unl.edu.

LENRD Hering/Meeting
Nov 21 @ 11:00 pm – Nov 22 @ 3:00 am

The public is invited to an open house public hearing concerning the Drought Management Plan for this area. The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) will hold the hearing on Tuesday, November 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center on the campus of Northeast Community College in Norfolk.

The Drought Management Plan defines drought locally and identifies processes to respond to and manage the impacts of future drought events. The open house public hearing will allow for public comment regarding the proposed integration of the Drought Management Plan into the LENRD’s Groundwater Management Plan. The public is encouraged to spend as much or as little time as they like at the open house public hearing and it is important to note that written or oral comments carry equal weight in the decision-making process. The hearing is the first in a multi-step decision process, and consideration of the adoption (or modification) of the proposed changes will be determined at a later date.

The full text of the proposed amendment is on page 105 of the Groundwater Management Plan, which is available at the LENRD office in Norfolk and on the district’s website at www.lenrd.org/latest-news/.

Individuals with disabilities may request auxiliary aids and service necessary for participation by contacting the LENRD by November 14, 2017. Testimony relevant to the purposes of the hearing may also be submitted in writing (prior to the close of the hearing) to the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District, 601 E. Benjamin Avenue, Suite 101, Norfolk, Nebraska 68701.

For more information on this planning effort, contact the LENRD at 402-371-7313 or lenrd@lenrd.org

The November board meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center on the campus of Northeast Community College in Norfolk.

Nov
24
Fri
Comment on EPA Lvst Air Emission Reporting requirements
Nov 24 all-day

EPA has released guidance to assist farmers in reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms. EPA is making this information available to provide time for farmers to review and prepare for the reporting deadline, currently set for November 15, 2017

On December 18, 2008, EPA published a final rule that exempted farms from reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste. On April 11, 2017, the DC Circuit Court vacated this final rule. In response to a request from EPA, the DC Circuit Court extended the date by which farms must begin reporting these releases to November 15, 2017. Unless the court further delays this date, all farms (including those previously exempted) that have releases of hazardous substances to air from animal wastes equal to or greater than the reportable quantities for those hazardous substances within any 24-hour period must provide notification of such releases.

The EPA guidance information includes links to resources that farmers can use to calculate emissions tailored to specific species of livestock. To view EPA’s guidance and Frequently Asked Questions on reporting air emissions from animal waste: https://www.epa.gov/epcra/cercla-and-epcra-reporting-requirements-air-releases-hazardous-substances-animal-waste-farms.

EPA will revise this guidance, as necessary, to reflect additional information to assist farm owners and operators to meet reporting obligations. Interested parties may submit comments or suggestions by November 24, 2017.

Nov
27
Mon
ISU Women in Ag Conf
Nov 27 – Nov 28 all-day

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference will be held Nov. 27-28 at the Iowa State Center – Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa. The cost to participate in the intensive leadership workshops on Monday evening is $20. The cost to participate in the full-day conference on Tuesday is $30 for students with college/university identification and $60 for all others. Online registration is now available.

Three intensive leadership workshops will be offered Monday evening, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner during the workshops is included in the cost of registration. The three-hour interactive sessions will give women practical leadership advice and tools as well as inspire women to lead successfully at all levels of experience.

Additional networking activities are also available on Monday. Conference attendees can sign up to take a free campus tour from 3 – 5 p.m. and enjoy a hospitality room at the Best Western University Park Inn and Suites from 8:30 – 10 p.m.

The full-day conference on Tuesday begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. Lunch as well as morning and afternoon refreshments are included in the registration cost. Keynote speaker Roxi Beck, member of the advisory board for Iowa State’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and past president of the National Agri-Marketing Association begins the day with her presentation, “Winning in Complex Conversations.”

Capstone speaker Jeanne Bernick, agricultural consultant and business specialist for the national accounting and finance firm K·Coe Isom, brings her expertise associated with 20 years as a Farm Journal Media editor to her presentation, “How Remarkable Women Lead with Confidence.”

Throughout the day, more than 20 general session and concurrent session speakers will enlighten and energize attendees with a variety of leadership topics ranging from establishing mentorships to starting new businesses to mapping your leadership journey.

Highlighting the conference will be the recognition of seven inspiring women from across Iowa who are being honored as the 2017 “Women Impacting Agriculture.”

A full conference agenda and other details is available at the ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag website…. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag/women-ag-conference-information.

Nov
28
Tue
ISU Sheep Grazing Cover Crops wksp
Nov 28 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sheep producers and agribusiness staff are invited to a field day featuring ewes and cover crops on Nov. 28 in Plymouth County. The field day is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Northwest Iowa Sheep Producers, Iowa Sheep Industry Association and the Iowa Sheep and Wool Promotion Board. ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist Beth Doran organized the event.

The field day will begin at 10 a.m. at the Tyler Meyer farm, located at 2465 500th Street, Ireton. Meyer aerial-seeded a cereal rye and radish mix for his mature ewes to graze. He will share lessons he’s learned with fall and spring grazing.

In the afternoon, Travis Hawkins of Le Mars will share his experience with ewes grazing a blend of cereal rye, radishes, rape and turnips. In late August he aerial-seeded this mix into standing corn. His farm is located at 11363 Nature Ave.

The field day includes a noon lunch at the Craig Cooperative in Craig, and updates from the Northwest Iowa Sheep Producers Association and ISU Extension and Outreach. Registration is $5 per person, and is due Nov. 21. Register by using the event flyer registration form or download form from the Iowa Beef Center website. Complete and send to ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County, 251 12th St. SE, Le Mars, Iowa 51031, or call that office at 712-546-7835.

Attendees are encouraged to dress for winter conditions as the morning and afternoon sessions will be outside. For biosecurity reasons, participants should wear clean clothes and footwear. For more details on the individual field day sites, see the event flyer or contact Beth Doran at doranb@iastate.edu or phone 712-737-4230.

Nov
29
Wed
NE Ext. Beef Feedlot webinar
Nov 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Nebraska Extension is offering a new way to get information on timely beef topics in a series of hosted webinars. The webinars will be on select Wednesdays for one hour, and will feature discussions from participants to determine educational needs on new topics, presentations by experts and updates on current activities.

The educational presentations will be recorded and posted at beef.unl.edu for use and viewing at later times.

Webinars will be held on Nov. 29 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

During the Nov. 29 webinar, Galen Erickson, Nebraska Extension beef feedlot specialist, will review nutrition highlights from the 2018 Nebraska Beef Report.

To view the webinars online visit, https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/s/751919398. To access the webinars using a telephone dial 408-638-0968 or 646-876-9923. The meeting id is 751-919-398.

For more information, contact Galen Erickson at 402-472-6402 or gerickson4@unl.edu.

Nov
30
Thu
Farm Finance Clinic
Nov 30 all-day

Openings are available for one-on-one, confidential farm finance and ag law consultations being conducted across the state each month. An experienced ag law attorney and ag financial counselor will be available to address farm and ranch issues related to financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters. The clinics offer an opportunity to seek an experienced outside opinion on issues affecting your farm or ranch.

Clinic Sites and Dates
Norfolk — Thursday, November 30

To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor these clinics.

Dec
1
Fri
NE Ext. Grain Marketing wksp
Dec 1 @ 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Two grain marketing workshops will be offered at several sites across Nebraska starting in November to help grain producers minimize losses during this time of low prices. A complimentary lunch is provided at each location. Workshops are funded by the Nebraska Corn Board and limited to 40 participants.

In the workshop Introduction to Futures and Options, Nebraska Extension educators will present strategies for using futures and options to protect farmers from adverse market movements. It features the Marketing in a New Era simulator and the Grain Marketing Plan smartphone application.

Grain Marketing: Introduction to Futures and Options Sites include….
Mead – Dec 1 – 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. – Eastern Nebraska REC 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, Jim Jansen, (402) 261-7572

Find more locations and register by visiting http://go.unl.edu/marketingworkshops or calling the contact for site.

Dec
2
Sat
ISU Beef Blast
Dec 2 @ 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to attend Beef Blast at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames, Iowa. The workshop, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa State Department of Animal Science, will teach participants about working with beef cattle.

The program begins at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 2 and concludes at 3:30 p.m. Workshop presenters include beef faculty, staff and graduate students from Iowa State. Youth will have a variety of hands-on workshops to explore genetics, the program focus. Participants will be able to use an ultrasound, practice selection and learn about DNA.

The cost of the workshop is $40 and includes all materials and lunch. Registration is due by midnight, Nov. 21 and space is limited. To register visit http://www.ans.iastate.edu/4-h-beef-blast-0. Parents are also welcome to attend for a cost of $12 which covers meals.

For further information contact Powell at 515-294-3441 or ampowell@iastate.edu.

Dec
3
Sun
NE Farm Bureau Convention
Dec 3 – Dec 5 all-day

Details at www.nefb.org.

Dec
4
Mon
FSA County Committee Voting deadline
Dec 4 all-day

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2017 Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.

To ensure their votes are counted, producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 4, 2017. Nearly 7,700 FSA county committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, and emergency programs and eligibility.

Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Approximately 1.7 million producers are currently eligible to vote in this year’s election. Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.

Farmers and ranchers will begin receiving their ballots the week of Nov. 6. Ballots include the names of candidates running for the local committee election. FSA has modified the ballot, making it easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week can pick one up at their local FSA offices. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 4, 2017. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2018.

For more information, visit the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

ISU Pro-Ag Outlook mtg
Dec 4 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has scheduled a series of Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Seminars to be held across the state in November and December.

The program is designed to provide agribusiness leaders a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential and management implications. Participants also will receive an overview of the agricultural industry and learn how changes may affect Iowa producers.

Speakers will vary by location but will include ISU Extension and Outreach state specialists Chad Hart, associate professor in economics and extension grain markets specialist; Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor and extension economist; Lee Schulz, assistant professor and livestock economist; and Wendong Zhang, assistant professor and extension economist. ISU Extension and Outreach field specialists will also be present at the meetings.

This program takes a deep look into the outlook for agriculture in 2018 and provides an opportunity to discuss the current Iowa economic situation with university experts.

Seminars locations and dates
Waterloo – Friday, Nov. 10 at 9:30 a.m. Hawkeye Community College, Tama Hall
Altoona – Monday, Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. Polk County Extension Office
Fort Dodge – Thursday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. Webster County Extension Office
Mason City – Friday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. Hardin County Extension Office
Carroll – Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. Carroll County Extension Office
Spencer – Friday, Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m. Spencer School Administrative Building
Greenfield – Monday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. Warren Cultural Center
Iowa City – Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 12:30 p.m. Johnson County Extension Office

Registration can be done on-site 30 minutes prior to the start of each program. There is a registration fee for the program. Additional registration information can be found at www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/info/meetings.html.

NE Ext. Land Ownership wksp
Dec 4 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

If you’ve inherited or received farmland and want to learn more about the best strategies for managing this asset, learn what it means to own agricultural land today at one of several Nebraska Extension programs being hosted this fall across the state.

Topics to be covered in the 2.5-hour workshop include:
– Am I keeping the farm or selling it?
– How do I manage a farm?
– If leasing, what are key lease provisions?
– What legal considerations do I have with this decision?
– And, how do we manage family communications and expectations when other family is involved?

Program Dates, Sites and Contact Info
Dec. 4 – Cass County Extension Weeping Water 9:30 a.m. 402-267-2205
Dec. 14 – Northeast Community College South Sioux City 6:30 p.m. 402-987-2140

Pre-registration is requested by two days prior to the event. Advance registration is requested to ensure enough handouts for the program. For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension educator, farm succession, at 402-472-1771 or e-mail avyhnalek2@unl.edu, or contact Jim Jansen, Extension economist for northeast Nebraska at 402-261-7572 or e-mail jjansen4@unl.edu.

Dec
5
Tue
2017 Census of Agriculture
Dec 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.

NE Cattlemen convention
Dec 5 – Dec 8 all-day

The Annual Nebraska Cattlemen Convention & Trade Show held Dec. 5-8 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, NE will feature beef industry experts and related industry vendors.

Some of this year’s convention speakers & topics include:
– Young Cattlemen’s Round Table – Wednesday Dec. 6th, 2017: “Be Inspired, Be Impactful, Get Involved”
– Feedlot Council – Wednesday Dec. 6th, 2017: Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Update – Jim Macy, Director, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality & University of Nebraska – Lincoln Feed and Feeding Efficiency Research – Galen Erickson, Ph.D., UNL
– Natural Resources & Environment Committee – Thursday Dec. 7th, 2017: Compliance with New Federal Air Emissions Reporting and more!
– Education and Research/ Taxation Joint Committees – Thursday Dec. 7th, 2017: 2018 Nebraska Tax Reform and Relief & Future of Education Funding in Nebraska
– General Session – Wednesday Dec. 6th, 2017: Hear from Nebraska Cattlemen and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association leaders!

You won’t want to miss this convention jam-packed with educational opportunities. Not to mention an entire day of Cattlemen’s College on Tuesday! Many other great speakers will be presenting during the council and committee meetings. The trade show will be open Wednesday evening and Thursday. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to converse with our industry partners.

View full schedule here… http://nebraskacattlemen.org/CMDocs/NebraskaCA/ConventionSchedule17.pdf.

NE Power Farming Show
Dec 5 – Dec 7 all-day

11th Annual Nebraska Power Farming Show Fact Sheet
December 5-7, 2017 – Lancaster Event Center – Lincoln, NE

The 11th Annual Nebraska Power Farming Show – the second largest indoor farm show in the United States – will showcase nearly 2,268 booths spanning 9.2 acres in the Lancaster Event Center. This pure ag show will feature the best ag has to offer, from big iron, precision ag, aerial imaging and livestock production, to inputs, data management and more.

Just the Facts:
– 2nd Largest Indoor Farm Show in U.S.
– 9.2 acres of exhibit space
– 760 companies represented from 23 states and 4 Canadian provinces

Pure Ag:
– Full-line manufacturers: Case, AGCO, John Deere, New Holland & Kubota
– Shortline manufacturers: tillage, planting, hay & forage, sprayers, seed handling, grain handling equipment & irrigation equipment
– Livestock equipment
– Agricultural buildings
– Precision ag electronics
– Ag service providers: commodity brokers, farm management, insurance and more

Seminars
Tuesday, December 5th: “Agronomy presentation by Ag PhD,” “Ag PhD Radio Show [LIVE recording],” “Saving the Family Farm: Farm Succession Planning, Estate Planning, Investments & Insurance,” “Lessons Learned from Producers: Habits of Confident, Effective Farm Marketers,” Agronomy presentation by Ag PhD,” and “Ag PhD Radio Show [LIVE broadcast].”
Wednesday, December 6th: “La Nina on the Doorstep: Implications for the 2018 Crop Production Season,” “Unique Challenges Facing Farmers When it Comes to Estate Planning and Business Succession,” “BuildingOn,” “3 Reasons Why You Don’t Need Workman’s Comp,” and “Lessons Learned from Producers: Habits of Confident, Effective Farm Marketers.”
Thursday, December 7th: “La Nina on the Doorstep: Implications for the 2018 Crop Production Season,” “Unique Challenges Facing Farmers When it Comes to Estate Planning and Business Succession,” “Lessons Learned from Producers: Habits of Confident, Effective Farm Marketers,” and “BuildingOn.”

Hours:
– Tuesday & Wednesday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
– Thursday – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Admission: FREE
Parking: FREE

Website: www.NebraskaPowerShow.com.

Dec
6
Wed
NePPA Table-Top Crisis Training
Dec 6 all-day

The deliberate or accidental introduction of a highly contagious foreign animal disease, such as Foot and Mouth Disease, into the U.S. will have an immediate and drastic effect on agriculture. In a first of its kind study funded by Pork Checkoff, a Center for Agricultural and Rural Development Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (CARD FAPRI) model estimated revenue losses to the pork and beef industries resulting from the introduction of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the U.S. would average $12.9 billion per year. Total cumulative revenue losses across the commodities modeled over a 10 year period was $199.9 billion including $57 billion for pork, $71.23 billion for beef, $0.98 billion for poultry, $44 billion for corn, $24.9 billion for soybeans and $1.8 billion for wheat.

Increasing foreign animal disease awareness and preparedness has been a pork industry priority and has resulted in the development and delivery of a unique tabletop exercise training tool for pork producers, veterinarians and stakeholders at the state and local level. The tabletop is an interactive training tool that utilizes a model of rural America including farms, livestock and a small town to help participants visualize what would occur locally during an animal disease disaster.

National Pork Board, NE Department of Ag, and NE Pork Producers Association invite pork producers, veterinarians, and stakeholders to attend Foot and Mouth Disease Crisis Tabletop in West Point on Wednesday, December 6th. Participants will walk through a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak focusing on the effects at the local level through communications and operations that must occur to contain, manage, and eradicate the disease while maintaining business continuity to help stabilize the agricultural economy.

The exercise walks participants through a foot and mouth disease outbreak focusing on the effects at the local level and the communications and operations that must occur to contain, manage and eradicate the disease while maintaining business continuity to help stabilize the agricultural economy.

Participants rapidly become a part of the response effort from diagnosing the first case, mobilizing the local response, controlling and eradicating the disease, and getting back to “business as usual.”

Register online at nepork.org.

Dec
7
Thu
IA Cattle Industry Leadership Summit
Dec 7 – Dec 8 all-day

Cattle producers and friends of the industry are invited to attend the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting on December 7 and 8. The event will be held at the CPMI Center in Ames. Interested attendees may register online at www.iacattlemen.org or call 515-296-2266.

Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit
The leadership summit will bring together the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation to celebrate the past year’s successes and work towards improving Iowa’s beef industry into the future.

The event begins on Thursday morning with registration at 9:00 and the keynote at 10:00.

Speakers throughout the day will cover beef exports, the impact of Iowa’s beef industry, and future opportunities for beef industry growth. Attendees will also hear from leaders of successful county cattlemen’s organizations and past presidents of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

Lunch will be served by The Smokin’ Hereford, the winner of the 2017 Iowa’s Best Burger contest.

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association policy meetings will also be held on Thursday, and the day will be capped off with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation banquet and auction.

Friday morning will begin with a continental breakfast and keynote, followed by the Iowa Beef Industry Council annual meeting and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting.

There is no cost to attend the Leadership Summit, but RSVPs are appreciated. Visit www.iacattlemen.org to for more information and to RSVP.

Dec
11
Mon
BQA Training
Dec 11 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Nebraska Extension and Beef Quality Assurance will be offering BQA Certification and Veterinary Feed Directive Informational Meetings for beef producers.

Rob Eirich, Nebraska Director of BQA and local Nebraska Extension Beef Educators will be presenting BQA Best Management Practices, Animal Health Stewardship and the new Veterinary Feed Directive. Beef Cattle Producers are committed to producing a quality, wholesome and safe beef product for consumers. These meetings will update producers on implementing BQA practices and help prepare them for the VFD Regulations beginning January 2017.

All producers are invited to attend these free meetings. The meetings will also be a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification for those producers needing certification or recertification. There is a $20 fee for those wanting to become BQA certified/recertified, which is good for a three year time period.

Session locations:
• Monday, December 11, 3:00-5:00 P.M. Nebraska Extension in Saunders County Office; Located at Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Building (Formerly ARDC), 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE

• Monday, December 11, 7:00-9:00 P.M., Nebraska Extension in Otoe County Office; Located at 620 1st Street, Syracuse, NE

• Tuesday, December 12, 3:00-5:00 P.M., Jefferson County 4-H Building; Located at 56885 PWF Road, Fairbury, NE

• Tuesday, December 12, 7:00-9:00 P.M., Civic Center in Seward; Located at 601 Bradford Street, Seward, NE

Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is due by 5:00 p.m. on December 8. Contact Saunders County Extension at 402.624.8007 or Kristen Ulmer at kristen.ulmer@unl.edu to indicate which sessions you plan to attend. For more information, contact your local Nebraska Extension Beef Educator or Rob Eirich, Nebraska Director of Beef Quality Assurance at 308.632.1230 or reirich2@unl.edu.