Calendar

Jan
16
Wed
Pesticide Training in Western Nebraska
Jan 16 – Apr 11 all-day

Nebraska Extension will be offering training throughout western Nebraska, from January through April, for licensed pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification of their license for 2019.

      A license is required to use or purchase or apply restricted-use pesticides. Extension provides training for several classes of certification, including commercial, non-commercial (such as local government or research purposes) and private applicators (such as ag producers).

Private applicators

      Private pesticide applicators with licenses expiring in 2019, and anyone seeking first-time private applicator certification, can attend these upcoming training sessions.

      Licensed private pesticide applicators can buy and use restricted-use pesticides in their own farming operations after completing this training.

      Main topics include Nebraska’s pesticide laws and regulations, the pesticide label, personal safety, the worker protection standard, environmental protection, integrated pest management, pesticides and application, application equipment, equipment calibration, pesticide drift awareness near sensitive sites like apiaries and vineyards, how to use the Driftwatch website, and control options for prairie dogs and pocket gophers, and strategies to reduce chances of developing weed populations resistant to herbicides.

      To reserve space for each session, or for more information, call the number for the local Extension office listed after each date. The cost of training is $40. Applicators whose permits are due for renewal should have received a letter from the State Department of Agriculture. They can bring that letter to the training session and avoid having to fill out an application form.

      Private pesticide licenses also can be obtained by completing an online course. Pesticide applicators can purchase access to the online course via http://marketplace.unl.edu and going to the Pesticide Education section. Cost of the course is $60. Those who complete pesticide applicator training then need to apply to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture for a three-year license card for a $25 fee.

      Valentine, Jan. 16: 1:30 p.m. CST, 4-H Building at the Fairgrounds (call 402-336-2760)

      Cody, Jan. 17: 10 a.m., Adamson Community Center (call 402-336-2760)

      Sidney, Jan. 17: 9:30 a.m., Cheyenne Community Center (call 308-254-4455)

      Kimball, Jan. 29: 1 p.m., 4-H Building (call 308-235-3122)

      Hyannis, Jan. 29: 1 p.m., Grant County Courthouse (call 308-645-2267)

      Alliance, Jan. 30: 8:30 a.m., Box Butte County Extension Office (call 308-762-5616)

      Alliance, Jan. 30, 1 p.m., Box Butte County Extension Office (call 308-762-5616)

      Scottsbluff, Jan. 30: 1 p.m., Panhandle Research & Extension (call 308-632-1480)

      Mullen, Feb. 4: 1 p.m.., Hooker County Library (call 308-645-2267)

      Chappell, Feb. 5: 1 p.m., Lion’s Den (call 308-874-2705)

      Chadron, Feb. 6: 1 p.m., Dawes County 4-H Building, Fairgrounds (call 308-432-3373)

      Mirage Flats, 13: 1 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (call 308-327-2312)

      Bridgeport, Feb. 14: 1 p.m., Prairie Winds Community Center (call 308-262-1022)

      Thedford, Feb. 14:: 1 p.m., Thomas County Courthouse (call 308-645-2267)

      Crawford, Feb. 20: 1 p.m., Community Center (call 308-432-3373)

      Rushville, March 6: 1 p.m., American Legion (call 308-327-2312)

      Oshkosh, March 7: 1 p.m., Wesleyan Church (call 308-772-3311)

      Alliance, March 13: 1 p.m., Box Butte County Extension Office (call 308-762-5616)

      Harrison, March 21: 1 p.m., Sioux County Courthouse (call 308-668-2428)

      Valentine, April 3: 10 a.m. CST, Cherry County Courthouse (call 402-336-2760)

      Scottsbluff, April 4: 1 p.m., Panhandle Research & Extension Center (call 308-632-1480)

Commercial, non-commercial applicators

      Commercial applicators are those using restricted-use pesticides, and in some cases general-use pesticides, on a contract or for-hire basis. Noncommercial applicators are those applying these same pesticides to sites owned by an employer or for a governmental agency or political subdivision of the state.

      Commercial/noncommercial pesticide applicators with certifications expiring in April have been sent 2019 Pesticide Safety Education Program Schedule booklets that has certification information and dates. Copies of the schedule booklet are available at local extension office or by phoning UNL’s pesticide education office at 800-627-7216 or 402-472-1632 or online at

https://pested.unl.edu/documents/2019-PSEP-Training-Booklet.pdf

      Advance registration is required for all initial and recertification of commercial/noncommercial applicator training and most other training sessions. An $80 fee applies for each applicator registering, regardless of the number of categories registered for. Required study materials for initial training range from $10 to $30 per manual, depending on category. Registration can be done on-line at https://pested.unl.edu

      UNL conducts the training programs, and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture grants the licenses.  NDA testing is offered at initial training locations. Questions about individual applicator license status should be directed to NDA at 402-471-2351 or 877-800-4080.

      Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program has scheduled training for commercial and non-commercial applicators whose licenses expire this year, or who need to take initial training.

       Recertification in several applicator categories is offered at the following locations and dates. Check with the Pesticide Safety Education Program for details, such as which categories are available at each site. Preregistration is required at pested.unl.edu.

      Commercial and non-commercial license training sessions will be conducted at these dates and locations. Recertification sessions begin at 9 a.m. and initial training sessions at 8:30 a.m.

      Feb. 7, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (recertification)

      Feb. 12, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (initial)

      Feb. 21, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (recertification)

      Feb. 26, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (initial)

      Feb. 28, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (initial)

      March 1, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (initial)

      March 26, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (recertification)

      April 11, Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research and Extension Center (initial)

Feb
21
Thu
Women in Ag Conf.
Feb 21 – Feb 22 all-day

Women producers looking to increase their business-management skills are encouraged to attend the 2019 Women in Agriculture Conference Feb. 21-22 in Kearney.  Organized by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the conference will be at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 110 S. Second Ave.

Twenty scholarships will be awarded to producers to cover registration and hotel costs. Scholarship applications are available at https://wia.unl.edu/scholarships.

The Women in Agriculture Conference allows women to build relationships with each other, attend workshops and gain valuable knowledge that will help them support their own farms and ranches. The theme for this year’s conference is “Take Charge of Change.”

The conference features more than 30 concurrent workshops on production, market, financial, human and legal risk. In addition to workshops, participants will have the opportunity to hear from Marji Guyler-Alaniz, founder of FarmHer. Guyler-Alaniz will discuss the inspiration for and evolution of FarmHer and the image of women in agriculture. Other general session speakers include Tim Hammerich of Ag Grad; Joan Ruskamp, chair of the National Cattleman’s Beef Board; Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center; and Gianella Alvarez of Beanitos.

Registration is available at https://wia.unl.edu. The cost is $125 through Feb. 11 and $150 after that.  Fees include all workshop materials, registration, meals and breaks.

The conference is hosted by Nebraska Extension and the Department of Agricultural Economics at Nebraska. Producer scholarships are made possible by Beanitos and the Kelley Bean Company.

Feb
22
Fri
PPD: MoValley Crop Fair
Feb 22 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

In the tradition of providing farmers the latest industry insights, the Iowa Corn District 4 Committee along with the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) will host “Tools for the Future” crop fair in Missouri Valley, Iowa on Friday, February 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided at noon to attendees. It takes place at the Rand Center in Missouri Valley.

9 a.m. Iowa DOT Rules and Regulations that Affect Your Farming – Sargent Kevin Killpack, Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement
10 a.m. Policy, Farm Bill and Trade – Kevin Studer, Iowa Corn Federal Policy Advisor
11 a.m. Effective Phosphorus, Potassium and Lime Management with Low Crop Prices – Antonio Mallarino, Professor, ISU Nutrient Management and Research Extension

RSVPs are appreciated to Janelle Kracht by calling 515-229-9980 or email jkracht@iowacorn.org.

Crop fair sponsors include Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Corn District 4 Committee, Harrison/ Crawford Corn Growers, Midstates Bank, Missouri Valley Insurance, King Agri Sales, and Performance Ag Services.

Special Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am

A Special Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District is scheduled for February 22, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the District Headquarters in Holdrege, NE.

A current agenda is available at the office of the Assistant Secretary at District Headquarters, 415 Lincoln St., Holdrege, NE.

UNL Agronomy & Horticulture seminars
Feb 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

UNL Agronomy and Horticulture seminars

Jan. 25 — Nevin Lawrence, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, integrated weed management specialist, “Integrated Weed Management in the Panhandle of Nebraska.”

Feb. 1 — Sabrina Ruis, postdoctoral research associate in agronomy and horticulture, “Cover Crops and Soil Ecosystem Services in the Great Plains.”

Feb. 8 — Justin McMechan, assistant professor, crop protection and cropping systems specialist, Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, “Cover Crop Management and Insect Interactions.”

Feb. 22 — Leah Sandall, distance education coordinator in agronomy and horticulture; McKinzie Sutter, distance education specialist in agronomy and horticulture; Grace Troupe, online instructor in agronomy and horticulture, “Online Teaching: You Can Do It Too!”

March 1 — Sally Clayshulte, Bayer Crop Science, adjunct associate professor of agronomy and horticulture.

March 8 — Marilyne Stains, associate professor of chemistry, “How is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics taught in North American Universities?”

March 15 — Marty Williams, ecologist in the USDA-ARS, adjunct professor, University of Illinois, “From Transcripts to the Tri-State: Exploiting Plant Density Tolerance to Improve an American Delicacy.”

March 29 — Daran Rudnick, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, irrigation management specialist, West Central Research and Extension Center, “Input Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability as Influenced by Management Practices.”

April 5 — Michael Grusak, center director of the USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, “Impacting People’s Lives — Strategies to Provide Nutrient-Enriched Staple Food Crops.”

April 12 — Michelle Graham, research geneticist in the USDA-ARS, Iowa State University.

April 19 — Tonya Haigh, project manager rural sociologist of natural resources, National Drought Mitigation Center, “Decision-Making during Drought: What Spurs a Range Manager to Take Action?”

Each talk is in Keim Hall, Room 150, UNL East Campus in Lincoln, and can also be watched online. All seminars are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

Feb
23
Sat
Northeast Precision Ag series
Feb 23 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Several precision agriculture training sessions will be offered in the coming weeks at four northeast and north central Nebraska locations by the Center for Enterprise at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. The instructor will be Lonny Mitchell, precision agriculture trainer at Northeast. The sessions are targeted to those employed or involved in agricultural-based businesses and industries.

Northeast’s West Point Campus will be the location of two additional trainings. “Understanding Ag Data and Variability” will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Topics include the importance of accurately collected farm data and the role it plays when implementing a variable rate management plan.

For more details on the precision agriculture training courses or to register, call the Northeast Campus in Norfolk at 402-844-7000.

Carroll Co Cattlemen banquet
Feb 23 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Affiliate Meetings (Feb 23)

Carroll – Banquet: February 23, Legion Hall in Arcadia; 5 pm Social, 5:30 pm Dinner, 7 pm Program

Feb
25
Mon
Landlord-Tenant Farmland wksp
Feb 25 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Current and future landowners and tenants should make plans to attend a free land management workshop sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. “Managing Agricultural Land for the 21st Century” will cover current trends in cash rental rates, lease provisions, and crop and grazing land considerations.

This meeting is being held in David City at Butler County Events Center, Butler County Fairgrounds, on February 25, 2019. Registration is at 9:15 a.m., program starting at 9:30 a.m., and ending by 3:00 p.m. The meeting is free, participants will be released for lunch on their own, but please register by calling 402-367-7410 by February 21st.

Nebraska Extension Educators Allan Vyhnalek, Aaron Nygren, and Jim Jansen conduct research and outreach in land management, agronomy and beef production. They will address common agricultural landlord and tenant questions. What does an equitable rental rate look like for my land? How do I manage a farmland lease? What should I expect for communications between the landlord and tenant? What does a soil test tell me? I hear about organic or natural production; how does that vary from what my farmer is currently doing? If corn or soybeans are not making money, should something else be raised on my land? What are key pasture leasing considerations including stocking rates? Who is responsible for cedar tree removal from grazing land?

This program is free and open to the public with funding provided by the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture under award number 2015-49200-24226.

For more information or assistance, please contact Melissa Bartels, 402-367-7410 or email mbartels6@unl.edu at Butler County Extension; Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, Farm Succession, at 402-472-1771 or e-mail avyhnalek2@unl.edu; or contact Jim Jansen, Extension Economist for eastern Nebraska at 402-261-7572 or e-mail jjansen4@unl.edu.

Dicamba training
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The three restricted use dicamba formulations (Xtendimax® with Vapor Grip®
Technology, Fexapan® with Vapor Grip® Technology and Engenia®) received approval from EPA for continued use in 2019. To use these products, users must have either a private, commercial or noncommercial pesticide applicators license to purchase and apply these products. However, there is an additional certification required by all applicators, mixers and transports of these products. With the partnership between the Nebraska Department of Agricultural, the University of Nebraska Pesticide Safety Education Program and Nebraska Extension a training will be offered:
– Feb 25, 1pm – ENREC near Mead – Call Keith Glewen 402-624-8030 or email kglewen1@unl.edu

Northeaset NE Cattlemen membership mtg
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Northeast Nebraska Cattlemen membership Meeting is set for Monday Feb 25 from 6-9pm at Geno’s Steakhouse in Wayne, NE.

PVC Ladies Night
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Platte Valley Cattlemen will host their Ladies’ Night on Monday, February 25th at Wunderlich’s in Columbus, NE. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with the meal to follow. The guest speaker will be from the Hy-Vee cooking school. They will be sharing cooking tips and ideas with everyone. They look forward to seeing everyone on Monday the 25th!

Commodity Futures Basics
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Alan Feller of Feller Commodities is hosting an “Intro to Commodity Futures Trading Basics” class on Monday nights in February and March, from 7pm to 9pm each Monday night. Topics to be covered include using corn and soybeans futures and options, what are calls and puts and how do they work, and taking this information and incorporating it into your overall grain marketing strategy. The class takes place at the Feller Commodity office at 715 E. Hwy 275 in Wisner. There is no charge to attend. This is not a series…. the same class will be offered each Monday night, but it can be partly tailored for those in attendance. You can attend one night or multiple nights. Please call the office to reserve a spot at 402-529-6555.

Feb
26
Tue
NE Chemigation Certification
Feb 26 all-day

According to Nebraska law, if you plan to chemigate during 2019 and your chemigation certification has expired as of Dec 31, 2018, you will need to attend a training session and pass a written test to become recertified.  The NDEQ records for chemigation licenses are found at: http://go.unl.edu/ndeqchemigate.

Requirements for initial and recertification are the same with no charge for the training, manuals or certification.  One option for individuals needing Initial or Recertification training is to attend one of the Nebraska Extension meeting’s listed on the back page of this letter and pass a written exam.

Another option for those needing Recertification only is to complete an online training program and pass an online test after making an appointment at an exam testing location. The online course will take more time, but if interested, users can find information at: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.
 
If you plan to become certified, please pre-register at the Nebraska Extension Office whose training session you plan to attend. Phone numbers are listed on the back of this letter for your convenience.  Upon registration you will be asked if you want to receive the training manual and calibration workbook to review prior to the training session. You can also find these materials online at the bottom of this link: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.

On the day of the training session, please bring your Chemigation Training Manual, Calibration Workbook, No. 2 pencil, and calculator (you are NOT allowed to use your cell phone as a calculator) along to use during the training and testing.  Cell phones are turned off during testing.  If you do not pre-register, as a walk-in you can receive a new copy of the training materials the day of the training.  Review of the material prior to the training session will be very helpful when taking the exam.  Training and testing will take approximately 3 hours.

January 23 – 1:00 p.m. CST – ENREC, Ithaca – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
January 29 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Madison Co. Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
February 15 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 20 – 6:00 p.m. CST – Club Room, Ag Park, Columbus – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
February 21 – 10:00 a.m. CST – Hartington City Auditorium – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 26 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 5 – 1:30 p.m. CST – American Legion Hall, Neligh – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 11 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Casey’s Building, Fairgrounds, Albion – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
March 12 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
March 14 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 14 – 9:30 a.m. CST – Bloomfield Community Center – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
April 11 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760

You must attend the entire class and pass the 50 question multiple choice test to be certified.  Upon successful completion of the class, chemigators may renew individual injection site permits administered by the local NRD office before June 1st.  For questions or additional information, don’t hesitate to call the Extension Educator contact listed.

NE State Dairy Conv
Feb 26 all-day

The 134th Annual Meeting and Convention of the Nebraska State Dairy Association will be held on February 26, 2019, at the Ramada Inn in Columbus, Nebraska.

The NSDA, working in partnership with Midwest Dairy and our numerous allied industry member/ sponsors, invites you to plan to spend the day, networking with other dairy farmers, visiting the industry trade show, and learning about topics important to your dairy during the informational workshops.  They will again this year, have a lineup of speakers and presentations you won’t want to miss:
–    Nutrition Panel: Discussing issues like forage and cover crops.
–    Farm Management Panel: Discussing issues like employee management/regulations and cow care.
–    Dairy Checkoff Update: Discussing the checkoff efforts for expanding exports, and a report from recent dairy trade mission.
–    NSDA Annual Meeting: Normal business and board elections.
–    Dairy Girl Network: A way to engage in social media and networking.
–    Banquet: Awards, Princess Coronation and a presentation on National Policy from National Milk Producers Federation.

Registration and details at www.nebraskamilk.org

Feb
27
Wed
Farm Finance Clinic
Feb 27 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
Grand Island — Thursday, February 7
North Platte — Thursday, February 14
Fairbury — Thursday, February 21
Valentine — Thursday, February 26
Norfolk — Wednesday, February 27

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.

Land Application Training
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Turning manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment will be the focus of eight Nebraska Extension workshops across the state in February.

Participants who attend the daylong event will receive NDEQ land application training certification. Livestock producers with livestock waste control facility permits received or renewed since April 1998 must be certified, and farms must complete an approved training every five years. Recertification will occur during the first two hours of the land application training. Farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are encouraged to attend either the initial or recertification portion of the training.

The morning portion of the workshops will consist of a two-hour program that includes updates on changing regulations and other manure management topics, such as using weather forecasting to decrease odor risk and transferring manure off a livestock operation.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. The initial training workshop costs $60 per operation (includes one representative) plus $15 for each additional participant to cover local expenses, including lunch. The recertification portion of the workshop costs $30.

The workshops begin at 9 a.m. Dates and locations include:
> West Point: Feb. 27, Nielsen Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave.

For additional information on the workshops and other resources for managing manure nutrients, visit http://manure.unl.edu or contact Johnson at 402-584-3818 or ljohnson13@unl.edu.

Pre-register at least eight business days before the workshop at http://go.unl.edu/lat or by using the form in the program brochure at https://go.unl.edu/lat-2019.

The workshops are sponsored by the Nebraska Extension Animal Manure Management Team, which is dedicated to helping livestock and crop producers better utilize manure resources for agronomic and environmental benefits.

Mar
1
Fri
NDA Poster Contest
Mar 1 all-day

From vibrant colors of crops, to colorful livestock, to the flavorful food on your plate, Nebraska agriculture is diverse and full of color. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is asking students to show just how colorful the state’s ag industry is by entering NDA’s annual poster contest. The contest, in its 16th year, is open to all Nebraska students in grades 1-6.

This year’s poster contest theme, ‘The Many Colors of Nebraska Agriculture,’ gives students the chance to showcase the state’s ag industry with the colors that are all around.

NDA’s annual ag poster contest is divided into three age categories: first and second grade students; third and fourth grade students; and fifth and sixth grade students. Entries must be postmarked by the March 1, 2019, deadline.

NDA will announce the winners of the poster contest during National Ag Week, March 10-16, 2019. National Ag Week highlights the diversity of agriculture and celebrates the food, feed and fuel that farmers and ranchers provide every day. NDA will feature winning entries on its website and in promotional materials and publications.

Contest rules and official entry forms are available online at www.nda.nebraska.gov/kids.
For more information, contact Christin Kamm at 402-471-6856 or by email at christin.kamm@nebraska.gov.

USB Nominations
Mar 1 all-day

The Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) is seeking soybean farmers interested in filling two or Nebraska’s four seats with the United Soybean Board (USB), for a three-year term.

USB is made up of 73 farmer-leaders who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Checkoff funds are invested in the areas of animal utilization, human utilization, industrial utilization, industry relations, market access and supply. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soybean checkoff.

You are an eligible candidate if you are:
• A Nebraska resident,
• At least 21 years of age and
• Involved in a farming operation that raises soybeans.

To be considered for the national leadership position, interested farmers need to submit a USDA Background Information Form to the NSB office before the March 1, 2019 deadline. To obtain this form, contact Victor Bohuslavsky at the Nebraska Soybean Board office at (402) 432-5720.

The NSB board members will submit to the U.S. Department of Agriculture a “first preferred choice nominee” and “second preferred choice alternate” for the open positions. The Secretary of Agriculture will make the final appointments. The USDA has a policy that membership on origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation and marital or family status. The chosen individual will begin serving a three-year term in December 2019. Each individual appointed is eligible to serve a total of three consecutive terms.

For more information about the United Soybean Board, visit www.unitedsoybean.org.

UNL Agronomy & Horticulture seminars
Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

UNL Agronomy and Horticulture seminars

Jan. 25 — Nevin Lawrence, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, integrated weed management specialist, “Integrated Weed Management in the Panhandle of Nebraska.”

Feb. 1 — Sabrina Ruis, postdoctoral research associate in agronomy and horticulture, “Cover Crops and Soil Ecosystem Services in the Great Plains.”

Feb. 8 — Justin McMechan, assistant professor, crop protection and cropping systems specialist, Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, “Cover Crop Management and Insect Interactions.”

Feb. 22 — Leah Sandall, distance education coordinator in agronomy and horticulture; McKinzie Sutter, distance education specialist in agronomy and horticulture; Grace Troupe, online instructor in agronomy and horticulture, “Online Teaching: You Can Do It Too!”

March 1 — Sally Clayshulte, Bayer Crop Science, adjunct associate professor of agronomy and horticulture.

March 8 — Marilyne Stains, associate professor of chemistry, “How is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics taught in North American Universities?”

March 15 — Marty Williams, ecologist in the USDA-ARS, adjunct professor, University of Illinois, “From Transcripts to the Tri-State: Exploiting Plant Density Tolerance to Improve an American Delicacy.”

March 29 — Daran Rudnick, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, irrigation management specialist, West Central Research and Extension Center, “Input Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability as Influenced by Management Practices.”

April 5 — Michael Grusak, center director of the USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, “Impacting People’s Lives — Strategies to Provide Nutrient-Enriched Staple Food Crops.”

April 12 — Michelle Graham, research geneticist in the USDA-ARS, Iowa State University.

April 19 — Tonya Haigh, project manager rural sociologist of natural resources, National Drought Mitigation Center, “Decision-Making during Drought: What Spurs a Range Manager to Take Action?”

Each talk is in Keim Hall, Room 150, UNL East Campus in Lincoln, and can also be watched online. All seminars are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

Mar
4
Mon
Gov’s Ag Conference
Mar 4 – Mar 5 all-day

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the agenda for the 31st Governor’s Ag Conference, which brings together ag producers, industry leaders and agri-business managers in Nebraska on an annual basis to talk about the future of agriculture.  The conference is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 4-5, 2019, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

The conference starts Monday, March 4, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. with a panel presentation featuring Nebraska entrepreneurs and recruiters.  The panel includes representatives from three innovative Nebraska companies and three organizations involved heavily in recruiting companies to Nebraska.

On the entrepreneur side, the panelists are Vishal Singh with Quantified Ag; Lukas Fricke with ChorChek; and Mitch Minarick with FARMAFIELD.  These speakers will discuss their companies, goals, visions and why they chose Nebraska communities to start their businesses.

The three people representing recruitment success are: Phil Kozera with Bio Nebraska; Dan Duncan with Innovation Campus; and Bryan Slone with the Nebraska State Chamber.  They will discuss their efforts in recruiting and how to find and attract startups as well as how to connect to established industries.  Governor Ricketts will moderate this panel presentation that will include questions and answers from the audience.

The annual “Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture” reception, at 6 p.m. on March 4th will feature an assortment of food and beverages from Nebraska.

The conference resumes on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 9 a.m. with a presentation from Jim Smith, executive director of Blueprint Nebraska, an organization that is spearheading a statewide, citizen-led economic development initiative.

Governor Ricketts, NDA Director Wellman and Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Dave Rippe will update conference participants on legislative initiatives in agriculture and highlight the work being done between state agencies to grow Nebraska.  This panel presentation will be moderated by NDA Assistant Director Amelia Breinig.

Next on the agenda will be Jim Wiesemeyer, with Pro Farmer, giving participants an update on the national farm bill and how it will impact farmers and ranchers nationwide as well as here in Nebraska. 

The Governor’s Ag Conference is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and is co-sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.  A $125 registration fee covers participation at activities on both Monday and Tuesday.  Registration and additional information is available online at www.nda.nebraska.gov, or by calling NDA toll-free at (800) 831-0550.

Washington Co Cattlemen mtg
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Washington Co Cattlemen monthly meeting is set for Monday March 4 at the Blair Marina in Blair NE. Social at 6pm sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America, the meal will be served at 7pm, and program to follow…. featuring DTN Ag meteorologist (and fill-in market analyst 😉 Bryce Anderson. He combines his expertise in weather forecasting with a farming background to bring in-depth, focused commentary on weather developments affecting agriculture today. Cost is $25. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Commodity Futures Basics
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Alan Feller of Feller Commodities is hosting an “Intro to Commodity Futures Trading Basics” class on Monday nights in February and March, from 7pm to 9pm each Monday night. Topics to be covered include using corn and soybeans futures and options, what are calls and puts and how do they work, and taking this information and incorporating it into your overall grain marketing strategy. The class takes place at the Feller Commodity office at 715 E. Hwy 275 in Wisner. There is no charge to attend. This is not a series…. the same class will be offered each Monday night, but it can be partly tailored for those in attendance. You can attend one night or multiple nights. Please call the office to reserve a spot at 402-529-6555.

Mar
5
Tue
NE Chemigation Certification
Mar 5 all-day

According to Nebraska law, if you plan to chemigate during 2019 and your chemigation certification has expired as of Dec 31, 2018, you will need to attend a training session and pass a written test to become recertified.  The NDEQ records for chemigation licenses are found at: http://go.unl.edu/ndeqchemigate.

Requirements for initial and recertification are the same with no charge for the training, manuals or certification.  One option for individuals needing Initial or Recertification training is to attend one of the Nebraska Extension meeting’s listed on the back page of this letter and pass a written exam.

Another option for those needing Recertification only is to complete an online training program and pass an online test after making an appointment at an exam testing location. The online course will take more time, but if interested, users can find information at: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.
 
If you plan to become certified, please pre-register at the Nebraska Extension Office whose training session you plan to attend. Phone numbers are listed on the back of this letter for your convenience.  Upon registration you will be asked if you want to receive the training manual and calibration workbook to review prior to the training session. You can also find these materials online at the bottom of this link: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.

On the day of the training session, please bring your Chemigation Training Manual, Calibration Workbook, No. 2 pencil, and calculator (you are NOT allowed to use your cell phone as a calculator) along to use during the training and testing.  Cell phones are turned off during testing.  If you do not pre-register, as a walk-in you can receive a new copy of the training materials the day of the training.  Review of the material prior to the training session will be very helpful when taking the exam.  Training and testing will take approximately 3 hours.

January 23 – 1:00 p.m. CST – ENREC, Ithaca – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
January 29 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Madison Co. Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
February 15 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 20 – 6:00 p.m. CST – Club Room, Ag Park, Columbus – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
February 21 – 10:00 a.m. CST – Hartington City Auditorium – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 26 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 5 – 1:30 p.m. CST – American Legion Hall, Neligh – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 11 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Casey’s Building, Fairgrounds, Albion – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
March 12 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
March 14 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 14 – 9:30 a.m. CST – Bloomfield Community Center – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
April 11 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760

You must attend the entire class and pass the 50 question multiple choice test to be certified.  Upon successful completion of the class, chemigators may renew individual injection site permits administered by the local NRD office before June 1st.  For questions or additional information, don’t hesitate to call the Extension Educator contact listed.

UNL Crop Scout Training
Mar 5 @ 8:30 am

A Crop Scout Training for Pest Managers is scheduled for the Eastern Nebraska Research & Extension Center at the ARDC near Mead on Tuesday, March 5th.  Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. program at 9:00 a.m. Training modules have been modified and updated.

This training is design for those who need to identify primarily corn and soybean pests and must determine the most economical and environmentally sound control recommendations. Additional details and registration information can be found at the following link https://enre.unl.edu/2019CropScoutTraining-MarchFlyer.pdf

As with all our training programs, if not satisfied with the content, we offer a money back guarantee.

Grain Marketing Wksp
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

NE Extension in Butler County is hosting a Grain Marketing workshop on Tuesday March 5 at the Hruska Memorial Public Library in David City from 10am to 3pm. Join them for a free marketing workshop to help you build your own marketing plan for this year’s crop. Topics include developing your marketing plan, an introduction to the Grain Marketing App, and using the “Marketing in a New Era” simulator to help you develop and improve your commodity marketing skills. There is no fee to attend, however attendance is limited to 20 people. Pre-register by Feb 22 by calling Melissa Bartels at 402-367-7410.

Mar
7
Thu
Ethanol 2019: Emerging Issues Forum
Mar 7 – Mar 8 all-day

There’s only a few weeks left to get the early bird pricing for the Ethanol 2019: Emerging Issues Forum!

March 7-8, 2019
La Vista Conference Center
12520 Westport Pkwy
La Vista, NE 68128

Early Bird Registration: $200/person
Late Registration (After Feb. 15): $250/person

Agenda in progress, not finalized… http://ethanol.nebraska.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Forum-Agenda-Revised-1.23.19.pdf.
Select the link to register: REGISTRATION: https://events.egov.com/eventreg/NE/registrant.htm?action=new&_event=ethanol2019emergingissuesforum

Northeast Precision Ag seminars
Mar 7 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Several precision agriculture training sessions will be offered in the coming weeks at four northeast and north central Nebraska locations by the Center for Enterprise at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. The instructor will be Lonny Mitchell, precision agriculture trainer at Northeast. The sessions are targeted to those employed or involved in agricultural-based businesses and industries.

Northeast’s West Point Campus will be the location of two additional trainings.
The two-part “Soil Management Technology” training will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, March 7 and 14. Mitchell will discuss different types of technology that can be utilized in managing a soil profile. He also will cover the uses of EC data (a measure of the soil’s electrical conductivity), soil moisture and fertility sensors, and various soil sampling methods and technologies used in sampling.

For more details on the precision agriculture training courses or to register, call the Northeast Campus in Norfolk at 402-844-7000.

Mar
8
Fri
NE Ext. Ag Estate Planning Wksp
Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is the re-scheduled meeting that was originally scheduled for Jan 22. 



Nebraska Extension is hosting Estate Planning Workshops for landowners, ranchers, and farmers on Friday March 8th at the Public Library in Blair from 2 to 5 p.m. Registration is requested to ensure proper handouts for participants. To register for the Blair meeting call Nebraska Extension in Washington County at 402-426-9455 or stop by the office. The event is free and designed to help anyone thinking about how they should proceed with plans to retire, exit, or transfer the farm or ranch business.

Presentations will be made by Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator working in farm succession/transfer, and Brandon Dirkschneider, certified financial planner and certified farm/ranch transition coordinator.

Workshop topics will include the importance of having a plan, proper family communications, proper family negotiations, needed end of life documentation, estate planning options using wills, trusts, and/or other business entities. A feature of this program will be to provide information about how insurance products can be used with estate planning.

Reactions from past participants can be summarized into one comment: Most participants wished that they had attended this workshop years earlier. Retiring or passing the farm to the next generation is difficult to think about and is an admission of your own impending demise; however, it is a necessary step and with good planning can be made as painless as possible.

For more information about the program, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, at 402-472-1771 or e-mail avyhnalek2@unl.edu. 

UNL Agronomy & Horticulture seminars
Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

UNL Agronomy and Horticulture seminars

Jan. 25 — Nevin Lawrence, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, integrated weed management specialist, “Integrated Weed Management in the Panhandle of Nebraska.”

Feb. 1 — Sabrina Ruis, postdoctoral research associate in agronomy and horticulture, “Cover Crops and Soil Ecosystem Services in the Great Plains.”

Feb. 8 — Justin McMechan, assistant professor, crop protection and cropping systems specialist, Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, “Cover Crop Management and Insect Interactions.”

Feb. 22 — Leah Sandall, distance education coordinator in agronomy and horticulture; McKinzie Sutter, distance education specialist in agronomy and horticulture; Grace Troupe, online instructor in agronomy and horticulture, “Online Teaching: You Can Do It Too!”

March 1 — Sally Clayshulte, Bayer Crop Science, adjunct associate professor of agronomy and horticulture.

March 8 — Marilyne Stains, associate professor of chemistry, “How is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics taught in North American Universities?”

March 15 — Marty Williams, ecologist in the USDA-ARS, adjunct professor, University of Illinois, “From Transcripts to the Tri-State: Exploiting Plant Density Tolerance to Improve an American Delicacy.”

March 29 — Daran Rudnick, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, irrigation management specialist, West Central Research and Extension Center, “Input Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability as Influenced by Management Practices.”

April 5 — Michael Grusak, center director of the USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, “Impacting People’s Lives — Strategies to Provide Nutrient-Enriched Staple Food Crops.”

April 12 — Michelle Graham, research geneticist in the USDA-ARS, Iowa State University.

April 19 — Tonya Haigh, project manager rural sociologist of natural resources, National Drought Mitigation Center, “Decision-Making during Drought: What Spurs a Range Manager to Take Action?”

Each talk is in Keim Hall, Room 150, UNL East Campus in Lincoln, and can also be watched online. All seminars are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

Mar
10
Sun
America’s Pig Farmer of the Year nomination
Mar 10 all-day

The National Pork Board is accepting nominations for its 2019 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM award through Sunday, March 10, at americaspigfarmer.com. The award recognizes a U.S. pork producer who demonstrates excellence in raising pigs using the We Care ethical principles and by sharing his or her story with the public.

A panel of third-party judges will help determine the final award recipient, with the winner announced during national pork month this October. The public also can play a role in selecting the 2019 winner by viewing short clips of the finalists on their farms at americaspigfarmer.com, and voting for their favorite through the Pork Checkoff’s social media outlets.

Anyone can nominate a U.S. pork producer or themselves at americaspigfarmer.com/nominate. Candidates must be at least 30 years old as of Jan. 1, 2019. Complete rules of the award program are on the site as well, along with answers to frequently asked questions.