Calendar

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

LINCOLN — Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at five sites across the state in January. The clinics are one-on-one meetings with an agricultural law attorney and an agricultural financial counselor. These are not group sessions, and they are confidential.

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

To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.

Funding for this work is provided by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Legal Aid of Nebraska, North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center, and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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

Jan
21
Tue
Iowa Pork Congress
Jan 21 – Jan 23 all-day

The 2020 Iowa Pork Congress will be held Jan. 22 and 23 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. This event, organized by the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA), is North America’s largest winter swine trade show and conference.

A keynote address will be presented on Wednesday, Jan. 22, by Andy Curliss, the chief executive officer of the North Carolina Pork Council. Curliss will provide a deep and broad look at how a significant, coordinated effort is threatening animal agriculture, not only in his state, but across the country. The Iowa Pork Congress will include 10 other educational seminars, training sessions on quality assurance and manure application, social events, and youth activities.

The trade show includes more than 300 exhibitors. There is also a strong lineup of business seminars. They include a discussion about Iowa nuisance cases by attorney Eldon McAfee; a look at economics for prices and supplies of both pigs and crops presented by Steve Meyer and Joe Kerns of Kerns and Associates; and panels of speakers who will address building ventilation, antibiotic alternatives, using manure in cover crops, prolonging the longevity of buildings, the use of risk management and insurance, as well as two sessions with the latest updates on African swine fever.

For youth, the annual Youth Swine Judging contest will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. There, registered 4-H and FFA members can learn more about the industry and compete for valuable scholarships.

Other activities and events will be held in association with the Iowa Pork Congress. The association’s annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, followed by a reception and auction for the IPPA Scholarship Foundation. The Pork Congress Banquet where Master Pork Producers are announced is on Wednesday evening.

Pre-registration to attend the Iowa Pork Congress is available through Jan. 9, 2020. IPPA members can attend the trade show and conference at no cost by registering by that deadline at www.IowaPorkCongress.org, or by using the form in the November issue of the Iowa Pork Producer magazine, or by calling (800) 372-7675.

Non-IPPA members can save $5 off the normal $10 admission cost by registering by the Jan. 9 deadline.  Registrations will be accepted after the deadline, including through each day of the show, but the cost will be $10.  For more information about events and registration, contact IPPA at (800) 372-7675 or visit www.IowaPorkCongress.org.

UNL Beef Roundup
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Nutrition, profitability, and health are the themes of the 2020 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Beef Roundup hosted by Nebraska Extension on Tuesday, January 21, and Tuesday, January 28, at 6pm MST (7pm CST). This series features topic experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University. Each evening features two presentations that can be viewed from any location with internet access or at several locations across Nebraska. Sites and registration information is listed below.

On Tuesday, January 21, two UNL beef cattle nutritionists comprise the program. Mary Drewnoski, beef systems specialist, will discuss meeting the mineral requirements of your cowherd. Drewnoski has an extensive background assessing mineral nutrition in feedlot, growing cattle, and cow-calf systems, which includes working under Jerry Spears, a leading authority in mineral nutrition. Since 2014, Drewnoski has focused on integrated crop and cattle systems emphasizing corn residues and cover crops as a forage source. Following Drewnoski, Travis Mulliniks, range production system specialist and faculty director of the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory, will then discuss how to adapt cow-calf nutrition to environmental conditions. Mulliniks’ research and extension objectives consist of developing an applied cow-calf research program that emphasizes sustainability and economically viable management options.

On Tuesday, January 28, experts from Kansas State University and UNL’s Great Plains Veterinary Education Center (GPVEC) will speak. Dustin Pendell, agricultural economics professor at Kansas State University, will discuss drivers of cow-calf profitability. Pendell’s interdisciplinary research interests include livestock and animal health issues that span from the producer through the meat supply chain to the final consumer. Dr. Brian Vander Ley, veterinary epidemiologist at GPVEC, will conclude the 2020 UNL Beef Roundup by discussing how to build health resilience into cow-calf systems using lessons from 2019. His research includes population diagnostic tools for Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus and improving cattle health and performance through understanding and eliminating disease including heart failure in feedlot cattle and developing herd-level surveillance tools for common bovine pathogens.

Cost to attend or view the webinars is $10. Those wishing to participate in the online meeting will need to pay their local beef extension educator prior to receiving the webinar link. Those attending a viewing site listed below can pay at the door. Please call to register for the webinar meeting at one of these locations.
Fullerton (Nance County Extension Office), 308-536-2691
Hartington, (Cedar County Extension Office), 402-254-6821

Please register by Friday, January 17, to attend a webinar host site by contacting the local Nebraska Extension office where you plan to attend to insure enough program materials are available. Those who would like to attend from home can register for a remote webinar seat, by contacting their local Beef Extension Educator to receive program information and the webinar link.

Jan
22
Wed
Farm & Ranch Clinics
Jan 22 all-day

Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at five sites across the state in January. The clinics are one-on-one meetings with an agricultural law attorney and an agricultural financial counselor. These are not group sessions, and they are confidential.

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

Clinic Sites and Dates
Norfolk — Wednesday, January 22
Valentine — Thursday, January 23

To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. Funding for this work is provided by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Legal Aid of Nebraska, North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center, and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

IA Hemp comment deadline
Jan 22 all-day

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced that the open comment period for the state’s proposed hemp production regulations began Jan. 1. The public can visit rules.iowa.gov to read the proposed administrative rules that will regulate the planting, growing and harvesting of commercial hemp in Iowa. Comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m./CT on Jan. 22, 2020.

The state of Iowa submitted its proposed hemp production program to the USDA for approval on Dec. 11, 2019. The USDA has 60 days to review and provide feedback. It is not legal to grow, possess, buy or sell hemp in Iowa until the USDA approves the state plan and the Department publishes notice of the approval in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin.

Once production has been legalized, licensed farmers will be able to grow up to 40 acres of hemp per season. The Department will start accepting hemp license applications once the USDA approves the state hemp plan and the online licensing system is operational. Interested growers should continue to monitor iowaagriculture.gov/hemp for updates.

This commercial hemp production program does not legalize the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for human consumption in Iowa. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is still working to determine if CBD is safe for human consumption. Hemp grain, hemp seed oil and protein powder derived from hemp grain have been cleared by the FDA for human consumption.

To read Iowa’s proposed hemp regulatory administrative rules in their entirety, visit https://rules.iowa.gov/Notice/Details/4841C. To read the Iowa Hemp Act, visit https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/code/2020/204.pdf

NE Crop Management Conference
Jan 22 – Jan 23 all-day

The 2020 Nebraska Crop Management Conference is set for January 22 and 23 at the Younes Convention Center in Kearney and will include pesticide applicator training.  Sponsored by Nebraska Extension, the conference will feature research updates and information tailored to Nebraska crop issues and grower interests. Session topics will include cropping system management, extreme weather impact on agriculture, soil nutrition, irrigation, pest management and marketing.  The Nebraska Ag Technology Association is partnering with the conference this year and will present several sessions on new agricultural technology for Nebraska.

This year’s conference will focus on preparing for extreme weather events, ag technology and research updates on important pests we are seeing in Nebraska.  For example, the soybean gall midge and tar spot are two new pests to pay attention to in the coming year.

The conference will also provide an opportunity for commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators to certify or recertify their licenses in agricultural plant and demonstration/research. Private pesticide applicators can also renew their licenses.

A maximum of 12 Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available in the following areas: crop production, nutrient management, integrated pest management, water management and professional development.

Pre-registration is required. Cost for the conference is $80 for one day or $150 for both days. Information and online registration is at http://agronomy.unl.edu/ncmc.

Jan
23
Thu
ISU Crop Advantage program
Jan 23 all-day

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

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

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

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

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

Jan
24
Fri
NE FFA Alumni Convention
Jan 24 – Jan 25 all-day

The Nebraska FFA Alumni & Supporters will hold their annual Convention and Awards Banquet in Cuming County on January 24 & 25, 2020. The two day event will be co-hosted by West Point, Wisner Pilger, & North Bend Alumni & Supporters and FFA Chapters.

Friday’s itinerary includes tours of the Nielsen Center Science & Technology facility, Jones Manufacturing, Alber’s Feedlot and the Wisner Pilger Agricultural Education new addition. Supper, hosted by Wisner FFA Alumni & Supporters, will be held at Rainforth Animal Health. The evening will conclude with a tour of the West Point Community Theater and a viewing of the movie “Spies in Disguise”.

The annual meeting will be held at the Nielsen Community Center Citizens State Room beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Following the annual meeting, tours will be held at West Point Implement and West Point Design. Lunch will be held at Native 32 Winery hosted by West Point FFA with a tour to be held following lunch. Afternoon tours will include Nebraska Vet Services Embryo Barn and Valmont Industries. An ice cream social will be held at Tomka Ag/Countryside Consignments hosted by the North Bend FFA Alumni & Supporters.

The convention will conclude with the annual awards banquet to be held at the Nielsen Community Center. The banquet will include a prime rib dinner, award presentations, keynote speaker, Aaron Davis, and a silent and live auction. Jake Hopwood of Valentine will be the auctioneer for the live auction.

Registration deadline is January 10th. You may register online at: https://tinyurl.com/neffaalumni2020 or by contacting Jill Goedeken, NE FFA Alumni & Supporters Secretary, at 402-276-1076.

The Nebraska FFA Alumni & Supporters 2020 Convention & Awards Banquet is funded in part by the Cuming County Visitor’s Bureau.

Successful Farmer Series
Jan 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan
25
Sat
Lambing and Kidding School scheduled for Saturday January 25
Jan 25 all-day

Lambing and Kidding School will be held at two locations in Nebraska on January 25, 2020.   Each location will have speakers in the morning and will have a farm tour in the afternoon.  The locations for the program will be the Chadron Fire Hall located at 302 West Third Street in Chadron NE and 4-H building at the Custer County Fairgrounds located at 44100 Memorial Drive in Broken Bow Nebraska.  Speakers and topics for the program are:

  • “How to Keep Ewes and Does healthy through Disease Control and Treatment” by Brian Vander Ley DVM, Great Plains Education Center, Clay Center Nebraska
  • “Economical Feeding for the Doe”  Dr. Steve Hart, Goat Extension Specialist, Langston University, Langston  Oklahoma
  • “Economical Feeding Programs for the Ewe.” Ivan Rush, sheep producer, Scottsbluff, NE
  • “Good Sheep Management Practices.” David Ollila, Sheep Specialist, South Dakota State University, Rapid City, SD
  • “Treating Chilled Newborns, Tubing Lambs/Kids” Dr. Regina Rankin DVM and Vicki Milner, Crawford Companion Animal Clinic, Crawford NE
  • Hands-on Tour includes:

o   Care of the young “bum” lamb and goat

o   Body condition scoring of ewes and does

o   When and how to assist difficult births

  • Broken Bow tour: Beth and Hannah Smith’s Farm, 44306 Road, Broken Bow NE
  • Chadron tour: Connie Moore’s Farm, 61 Goffena Rd, Chadron NE

The cost to attend is $25 for non-Sheep and Goat Producer members, $20 for members and $10 for students.  This cost includes handouts and lunch.  To preregister e-mail ne.sheep.goats@gmail.com or call Melissa Nicholson at 308-386-8378.  The Nebraska Sheep & Goat Producers Association and Nebraska Extension is sponsoring the program.

Jan
27
Mon
Dairy FAD Prep wksp
Jan 27 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Dairy producers and the industry should prepare in advance for the possibility of a contagious disease outbreak, such as foot-and-mouth disease.

On Jan. 27, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, along with Iowa State University, will host a one-day workshop for dairy producers, processors, veterinarians, extension employees, emergency responders and others.

The free workshop will focus on how to prepare for a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak and steps that can be taken to protect dairies from foreign animal diseases and diseases already found in the United States. The goal is to educate people about prevention, and what they need to know if one of these highly contagious diseases is found. The workshops include question and answer time, allowing dairy farmers to voice their concerns and provide feedback.

The workshop will be offered Jan. 27 in Sioux Center, Iowa, at Terrace View. The address is 230 St., Andrews Way, Sioux Center. A free lunch will be provided at each workshop and pre-registration is encouraged. Check-in starts at 8:15 a.m., with workshops ending at 3 p.m.

Registration must be made through IDALS. Register by emailing fad@IowaAgriculture.gov, or calling 515-281-5305.

Jan
28
Tue
CVA Winter Grain Meetings
Jan 28 – Jan 29 all-day

Join Central Valley Ag as they bring together professionals from across the ag industry to discuss big picture items around grain marketing, trade, ag policy, banking and finance. The keynote speaker will be Brian Basting, Economist for Advance Trading. An ag panel will follow, giving producers the opportunity to ask questions from some of agriculture’s brightest minds. Nick Fitzgerald with Advance Trading with emcee the event & will be joined by panel participants from CoBank, UNL Extension, CVA & more!

Tuesday January 28th
    10:00 AM Marina Inn, South Sioux City, NE
    4:00 PM Divots, Norfolk, NE

Wednesday January 29th
    10:00 AM Ramada Inn, Columbus, NE
    4:00 PM Holthus Convention Center, York, NE

More information and registration at https://www.cvacoop.com/winter-grain-meetings

Iowa Power Farming Show
Jan 28 – Jan 30 all-day

94th Iowa Power Farming Show
January 28-30, 2020
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, IA

The Iowa Power Farming Show – the third largest indoor farm show in the United States – will host nearly 1,952 booths spanning 7.7 acres, 3 buildings and 7 floors across the Iowa Events 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.

The Facts:
    3rd Largest Indoor Farm Show in U.S.
    760 companies represented from 29 states and 4 Canadian provinces
    Established in 1910

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

Hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Admission:  $8 with a $5 discount available at iowapowershow.com

Parking: FREE parking and shuttle
Iowa Cubs Principal Park (9 blocks south of Wells Fargo Arena on 3rd St.)

Paid parking
Vets Parking Lot (entrance off 3rd St. or 5th St. from I-235)
7th St. Parking Ramp (exit 7th St. from I-235)
5th Ave. & Keo (exit 5th St. from I-235)

Website:  www.IowaPowerShow.com

NE Agri-Business Expo
Jan 28 – Jan 29 all-day

The Nebraska Agri-Business Exposition:
January 28-29, 2020
Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center, 12520 Westport Pkwy, LaVista, NE 68128

Breakout sesssions on Jan 28:
“Mandatory Dicamba Training for 2020” –
“Hemp Rules and Regulations: Where we are and what to expect”
“Hemp: an old crop with renewed interests”
“Industrial Hemp Production Potential in Nebraska” –

Pesticide Recertification on Jan 28:
“Weed Management”
“Insect Management
“Pesticide Application including Spills and Protective Equipment
“Disease Management”
“Dicamba including Cleaning Sprayers”
“General Standards Training”
“IPM”
“Laws and Regulations”
“Worker Protection Standards”
“Pesticide Label and Label Exercise”
Respirators, Signal Words, Precautions, Directions for Use, Label Extensions, Formulations, Adjuvants and Storage
“DriftWatch/Bee Check, Endangered Species, Pesticides and Groundwater, Pesticides and your Health”

Trade show open both days…. Door prizes….  Games…..

Details at www.na-ba.com.

UNL Beef Roundup
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Nutrition, profitability, and health are the themes of the 2020 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Beef Roundup hosted by Nebraska Extension on Tuesday, January 21, and Tuesday, January 28, at 6pm MST (7pm CST). This series features topic experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University. Each evening features two presentations that can be viewed from any location with internet access or at several locations across Nebraska. Sites and registration information is listed below.

On Tuesday, January 21, two UNL beef cattle nutritionists comprise the program. Mary Drewnoski, beef systems specialist, will discuss meeting the mineral requirements of your cowherd. Drewnoski has an extensive background assessing mineral nutrition in feedlot, growing cattle, and cow-calf systems, which includes working under Jerry Spears, a leading authority in mineral nutrition. Since 2014, Drewnoski has focused on integrated crop and cattle systems emphasizing corn residues and cover crops as a forage source. Following Drewnoski, Travis Mulliniks, range production system specialist and faculty director of the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory, will then discuss how to adapt cow-calf nutrition to environmental conditions. Mulliniks’ research and extension objectives consist of developing an applied cow-calf research program that emphasizes sustainability and economically viable management options.

On Tuesday, January 28, experts from Kansas State University and UNL’s Great Plains Veterinary Education Center (GPVEC) will speak. Dustin Pendell, agricultural economics professor at Kansas State University, will discuss drivers of cow-calf profitability. Pendell’s interdisciplinary research interests include livestock and animal health issues that span from the producer through the meat supply chain to the final consumer. Dr. Brian Vander Ley, veterinary epidemiologist at GPVEC, will conclude the 2020 UNL Beef Roundup by discussing how to build health resilience into cow-calf systems using lessons from 2019. His research includes population diagnostic tools for Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus and improving cattle health and performance through understanding and eliminating disease including heart failure in feedlot cattle and developing herd-level surveillance tools for common bovine pathogens.

Cost to attend or view the webinars is $10. Those wishing to participate in the online meeting will need to pay their local beef extension educator prior to receiving the webinar link. Those attending a viewing site listed below can pay at the door. Please call to register for the webinar meeting at one of these locations.
Fullerton (Nance County Extension Office), 308-536-2691
Hartington, (Cedar County Extension Office), 402-254-6821

Please register by Friday, January 17, to attend a webinar host site by contacting the local Nebraska Extension office where you plan to attend to insure enough program materials are available. Those who would like to attend from home can register for a remote webinar seat, by contacting their local Beef Extension Educator to receive program information and the webinar link.

Jan
29
Wed
ISU Crop Advantage series
Jan 29 – Jan 30 all-day

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

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

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

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

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

Land Application Training Cert./ReCert.
Jan 29 – Jan 31 all-day

The Animal Manure Management team is busy preparing for the annual Land Application Training days that are scheduled across the state January 27 through February 7, 2020. This year, interactive experiences using real-life scenarios will guide the selection of preferred manure application sites based upon agronomic and soil health benefits, cost of transportation, water quality protection, and minimizing neighbor odor exposure. Participants will combine their experience with a few management principles for finding preferred fields. I’m pretty excited to hear what folks think of the new activity.

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. Participants who attend the day-long (9 am – 3:30 pm) event will receive NDEE Initial Land Application Training Certification. In many locations Recertification will be held during the last two and a half hours of the day-long land application training. Other locations are holding the Recertification training as a separate event. Farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are encouraged to attend for either training. Discounts for multiple employee attendance are available.

What will you learn?
Initial training will discuss basic manure topics like sampling, record keeping, and manure value for crop production. The recertification portion of the workshops will consist of a two-and-a-half-hour program including updates on regulations and a real-life scenario to determine the best location for land application based on manure’s fertilizer value, transportation costs, weather forecasts as they relate to odor risk, as well as water quality concerns and soil health benefits. Any farm staff responsible for implementing the farm’s nutrient plan are encouraged to attend.

What will it cost?
Pre-registration is required for all workshops. The initial training workshop cost is $75 per operation (includes one representative) plus $25 for each additional participant from the same operation.

For those who want to recertify, the cost is $50 per operation (includes one representative) plus $25 for each additional participant from the same operation.

Where and when can you attend?
Recertification Training
January 29 at 6:30 pm – Extension Office – West Point
January 31 at 1:00 pm – Plainview Public Library – Plainview
February 6 at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm – Pinnacle Bank – Columbus

Initial Training  
January 30 at 9:00 am – Extension Office – West Point
January 31 at 9:00 am –  Plainview Public Library – Plainview
February 7 at 9:00 am – Feb 7 – Extension Office – Columbus

Seating is limited at all locations, so please pre-register at least eight business days in advance of the workshop you’re planning to attend by using the online form or by using the form in the program brochure.

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.

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

NE Ext. Weed Science School
Jan 29 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Nebraska Extension Weed Science School
A one-day seminar covering weed science topics.
Eastern Nebraska Research & Extension Center near Mead, Nebraska
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

TOPICS
Update on Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Nebraska
Dicamba off-target movement
Industry merger and herbicide discovery
NDA report on dicamba off target injury issues in Nebraska
Nozzles, Nozzles, Nozzles-Selection and How to Use
Corn ear formation issues
Managing Waterhemp – What are my control options as a soybean grower?
Soybean response to 2,4-D or dicamba
Pesticide Safety and Education
NDA paperwork for pesticide recertification

CCA Credits and Pesticide Recertification are available.
Free to attend, but pre-registration is required!
Register NOW!  https://agronomy.unl.edu/weedscienceschool

Jan
30
Thu
Organic Grain Prod wksp
Jan 30 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

An organic farming workshop on January 30 will assist growers who are seeking information on what is required to grow organic corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum and forage crops.

The “Starting an Organic Grain Farming Operation – What You Need to Know” workshop will take place on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, Nebraska from 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The workshop features speakers experienced in various facets of organic crop production and marketing.  Topics and presenters include:  The Mental Transitioning from Conventional to Organic Farming – Dave Welsch – Certified Organic Farmer since 1993, Milford, NE; Organic Certification- From Application to Certification Decisions – Clayton Blagburn, Certification Specialist, OneCert Organization Inc., Lincoln, NE; Organic Grain Marketing – Alex Wolf, Scoular Organic Grain Manager, Omaha, NE; and The Importance of Cover Crops in an Organic Rotation – Jim Starr, Joel & Jim Starr Partnership, Hastings, NE.  Joel Gruver, Associate Professor of Soil Science and Sustainability Ag – Western Illinois University will speak on two topics – Farming System Strategies for Success in Organics and Weed Management in Organic Row Crops.

The program will conclude with a speakers panel with the opportunity to interact with those directly involved in organic grain farming.

There is no fee to attend, but must pre-register by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 to ensure resource materials are available and for meal planning purposes.  Seating is limited.  Registration and more information available at:  https://enrec.unl.edu/neborganicgrainprogram.

Sponsored by Nebraska Extension and the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Jan
31
Fri
Healthy Farms Conference
Jan 31 – Feb 1 all-day

Plan now to attend the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society’s Healthy Farms Conference, Jan. 31 – Feb.1 at the Ramada Midtown Hotel in Grand Island, Neb. Online registration is available at www.sustainablenebraska.org.

The Healthy Farms Conference has been hosted by the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society for over 40 years. The conference combines farmer-to-farmer training with sessions aimed at equipping farmers, aspiring farmers, foodies, and advocates with the skills and knowledge about sustainable agriculture.

Dave Vetter and Bill Bullard are the keynote speakers planned for the event. Vetter is the Chief Executive Officer of Grain Place Foods. He has been a leader in organic agriculture in central Nebraska and the world for over 40 years. Bullard is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA). He has been an advocate for cattle producers for nearly 20 years.

In addition to the keynote speakers, the Healthy Farms Conference will feature breakout sessions on topics ranging from cover crops, agritourism and resources for beginning farmers. The full agenda is available on the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture website www.sustainablenebraska.org.

The Healthy Farms Conference will also include exhibits about local food, holistic health, sustainability, natural resources, and marketing. A silent auction will feature locally produced food, crafts, artwork, agritourism experiences and more. A locally-sourced dinner will be served Friday night featuring food grown by many of the conference attendees and supporters.

Cost to attend the full conference is $85.00. Single day, young farmer/student and family registration rates are also available. All registrations are accepted online by visiting the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society’s website: www.sustainablenebraska.org. Early registration ends Jan. 16 and is greatly appreciated for an accurate meal count.

Successful Farmer Series
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb
3
Mon
Landlord Tenant Cash Rent wksp
Feb 3 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

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

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

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

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

Annie’s Inspired wksp series
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

Wash. Co. Cattlemen mtg
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Washington County Cattlemen
February 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6pm social
7pm meal
Blair Marina, Blair, NE

Feb
4
Tue
NE Ext Farm Survival wksp
Feb 4 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Nebraska Extension’s “Risk and Reward: Using Crop Insurance and Marketing to Manage Farm Survival” workshop is coming to the area in early 2020. Extension economists will prepare producers to develop 2020 marketing plans using information on the roles of farm location and yield/price relations in making grain marketing and crop insurance decisions.

“Risk and Reward: Using Crop Insurance and Marketing to Manage Farm Survival”
West Point, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave. To register, call 402-372-6006.
Clay Center, Feb. 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Clay County Fairgrounds, 701 N Martin Ave. To register, call 402-763-3644.

ISU Conf. Site Manure App. wksp
Feb 4 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements.

A total of 62 counties will participate in the confinement site manure applicator workshops. In addition, a series of six dry/solid manure applicator certification meetings will be held in February. ISU Extension and Outreach county offices have a complete list of workshop dates and locations, which include:
  – Shelby County Extension Office, Harlan, Feb 4 – 1:30pm
  – Holstein Community Center, Holstein, Feb 12 – 9:30am
  – Western IA Research Farm, Castana, Feb 21 – 1:30pm
  – Plymoth County Extension Office, LeMars, Feb 26 – 9:30am

The workshops serve as initial certification for those applicators who are not currently certified, recertification for those renewing licenses and continuing education for those applicators in their second or third year of their license.

Due to uniform certification deadlines, applicators are encouraged to attend workshops prior to March 1, to avoid being assessed a late fee of $12.50 for those who are re-certifying. Those unable to attend one of the workshops need to schedule time with their extension county office to watch the training video. Due to scheduling conflicts, many extension offices will no longer accept walk-in appointments to watch these videos but do offer scheduled dates and times to provide this training.

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

Applicators also have an online certification option, in which an applicator can take the training online at the DNR MAC eLearning site, https://elearning-dnr.iowa.gov/. The applicator will need to sign in and get an A&A account.

Contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office for more information about the Manure Applicator Certification Program, or visit http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html.

Red Willow County Extension to Host Cattle Producers Meeting in Culbertson @ Hitchcock County Fairgrounds
Feb 4 @ 5:00 pm

The combination of low commodity prices and high input costs has left cattle producers struggling to reach breakeven levels. With focus on the current downturn in the agricultural economy, Nebraska Extension will host a West Central Cattleman’s educational meeting February 4th, 2020 at Culbertson, NE, Hitchcock County Fairgrounds, 5:00 p.m. (registration) to 8:30 p.m. CT. The program will begin at 5:30pm and is designed to help cattle producers minimize input costs, generate additional income, utilize risk management strategies, and expand marketing opportunities.

Topics and presenters for the program will be “Feeding for Cold Weather &

Rebreeding”, Randy Saner, NE Extension Educator, “Benchmarking & Measuring Costs: What Matters to Increase Profits” Robert Tigner, Agricultural Systems Economist Educator, “Insect control for Beef Herds”Dave Boxler, NE Extension Educator

Register with the Red Willow County Extension office, 308-345-3390 by 30 January 2020 for a meal count. Cost of the program is $15 for pre-registration or $20 at the door.

Feb
5
Wed
NA-BA Soils School
Feb 5 – Feb 6 all-day

Soils School 2020: An Advanced Topics Shortcourse, co-sponsored by the  Institute Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Agri-Business Association will be on February 5th and 6th  at the Quality Inn and Conference Center in Grand Island, NE.

Soils School 2020 has been specifically designed for employees to go into depth about the topics of soil.  Leading experts from the University of Nebraska will be presenting the latest up-to-date information.

The price for registration is $300.00 for NeABA and $400.00 for non-members. The registration fee includes lunch for both days, breaks, and handouts.  Please contact us at the Association Office with any questions at 402-476-1528 or at info@na-ba.com.  To register online, go here…. www.na-ba.com.

NE Dairy Princess Application deadline
Feb 5 all-day

The Midwest Dairy–Nebraska Division is seeking candidates to participate in the State Dairy Princess contest scheduled Feb. 25, 2020, at the Ramada Inn in Columbus, Nebraska. The event is held in conjunction with the Nebraska State Dairy Convention.

The Nebraska Dairy Princess reigns for one year as the official goodwill ambassador for the state’s dairy industry, making a variety of public appearances to help consumers understand dairy products and the responsible practices used by dairy producers.

The entry deadline is February 5, 2020.

Candidates must be 17 to 24 years old, at least a high school junior this year, unmarried and have parents or guardians who are actively engaged in the production of milk for sale to a licensed plant. A candidate also qualifies if she, her parents or guardian is employed on a dairy farm or a young lady sincerely interested and passionate about the dairy community. Candidates are judged on their communication skills, personality, general knowledge of the dairy industry and enthusiasm for dairy promotion.

The 2020 Nebraska Dairy Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Midwest Dairy. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to the first runner-up. For complete rules and an application form, visit midwestdairy.com or contact Jodi Pulfer, Midwest Dairy—Dairy Princess Consultant, 402-375-2285, mpm@inebraska.com.

NE Dairy Princess deadline
Feb 5 all-day

The Midwest Dairy–Nebraska Division is seeking candidates to participate in the State Dairy Princess contest scheduled Feb. 25, 2020, at the Ramada Inn in Columbus, Nebraska. The event is held in conjunction with the Nebraska State Dairy Convention.

The Nebraska Dairy Princess reigns for one year as the official goodwill ambassador for the state’s dairy industry, making a variety of public appearances to help consumers understand dairy products and the responsible practices used by dairy producers.

The entry deadline is February 5, 2020.

Candidates must be 17 to 24 years old, at least a high school junior this year, unmarried and have parents or guardians who are actively engaged in the production of milk for sale to a licensed plant. A candidate also qualifies if she, her parents or guardian is employed on a dairy farm or a young lady sincerely interested and passionate about the dairy community. Candidates are judged on their communication skills, personality, general knowledge of the dairy industry and enthusiasm for dairy promotion.

The 2020 Nebraska Dairy Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Midwest Dairy. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to the first runner-up. For complete rules and an application form, visit midwestdairy.com or contact Jodi Pulfer, Midwest Dairy—Dairy Princess Consultant, 402-375-2285, mpm@inebraska.com.