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Nov
25
Mon
Extension, FSA to Host Farm Bill Education Meetings Across Nebraska in November, December
Nov 25 – Dec 18 all-day

LINCOLN, Nebraska- Nebraska Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska will host a series of Farm Bill education meetings over the next two months to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions. The 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law last December, reauthorized the existing Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill, however producers will need to make new program enrollment decisions over the coming months.

While the ARC and PLC programs under the new farm bill remain very similar to the previous farm bill, a few program changes coupled with changes in market conditions and outlook could significantly impact producer decisions.

“These meetings will help producers understand the programs and recent changes, as well as the decisions to be made at sign-up now and in the coming years,” said Nancy Johner, State Executive Director for the USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska. “There are some changes, such as an optional PLC program yield update, and other tweaks to the ARC and PLC programs that producers should consider as they make their selections.”

“Producers face a familiar choice between ARC and PLC, but under very different circumstances now as compared to 2014,” said Brad Lubben, Policy Specialist with Nebraska Extension. “Understanding the program mechanics, analysis and available decision tools will help producers make sound enrollment decisions with FSA.”

The joint Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Farm Service Agency producer education meetings are scheduled at 28 locations across the state from late November to mid-December in advance of the coming ARC/PLC enrollment deadlines in early 2020.

The meetings are all free and open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged for planning purposes for materials and facilities. Attendees can register for any of the meetings conveniently on the web at farmbill.unl.edu or by calling or visiting their county FSA or Extension office. The educational programs are each set to run three hours in length, featuring information and insight from FSA specialists and Extension experts, as well as other relevant information from local agencies.

The meetings are available statewide with several locations in each region of the state. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Panhandle/North Central
Ainsworth – Ainsworth Lutheran Church – December 16, 2-5 PM
Bridgeport – Prairie Winds Community Center – November 22, 2-5 PM
Chadron – Chadron State College – December 17, 1:30-4:30 PM
Ogallala – Keith County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall – December 12, 1-4 PM
Valentine – Mid Plains Community College – December 16, 9 AM-12 NOON

Southwest/Central
Broken Bow – Custer County Fairgrounds – December 16, 1-4 PM
Imperial – Chase County Fairgrounds 4-H Building – November 26, 1:30-4:30 PM
Kearney – Buffalo County Fairgrounds Antelope Meeting Room – December 17, 1-4 PM
Lexington – Dawson County Fairgrounds Extension Meeting Room – December 2, 1-4 PM
McCook – Red Willow County Fairgrounds Community Building – December 3, 1:30-4:30 PM
North Platte – UNL West Central Research and Extension Center – December 18, 1:30-4:30 PM
Ord – Valley County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall – December 4, 1-4 PM

Northeast
Bloomfield – Community Center – December 2, 1:30-4:30 PM
Columbus – Ag Park – December 4, 9 AM-12 NOON
O’Neill – Community Center – December 3, 9 AM-12 NOON
Norfolk – Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center – December 18, 1-4 PM
Wayne – Wayne Fire Hall – December 16, (2 meetings) 1-4 PM or 6-9 PM
West Point – Nielsen Center – December 9, 9 AM-12 NOON

East Central
Grand Island – College Park Fonner Park Room – December 5, 1-4 PM
Mead – UNL Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center – December 3, 9 AM-12 NOON
Scribner – Dodge County Fairgrounds Mohr Auditorium – December 11, 9 AM-12 NOON
York – York County Fairgrounds Cornerstone Building – December 6, 9 AM-12 NOON

Southeast
Beatrice – Gage County Fairgrounds 4-H Building – December 17, 9 AM-12 NOON
Bruning – Bruning Opera House – December 5, 1:30-4:30 PM
Humboldt – Ag Building – December 12, 9 AM-12 NOON
*Lincoln – Lancaster County Extension Center – December 16, 9 AM-12 NOON
Red Cloud – Community Center – November 25, 1-4 PM
Weeping Water – Cass County Fairgrounds – December 3, 9 AM-12 NOON

Please check the website for updates on locations, dates and times. All times are local with registration beginning 30 minutes ahead of start. Several additional meetings also are being planned locally across the state in various locations. Keep alert to additional opportunities and details as they are developed by checking the website for information or by contacting your county Extension or FSA office. *Please note the date for the Lincoln meeting is Dec. 16, which is a correction from a previously published date for that meeting.

There also are resources available online that can educate producers in their ARC/PLC decision-making process. Links to these resources are available from FSA at www.fsa.usda.gov/ne under the Spotlights section or from Extension at farmbill.unl.edu.

Dec
4
Wed
NE Cattlemen Annual mtg & trade show
Dec 4 – Dec 6 all-day

more info at www.nebraskacattlemen.org 

Dec
5
Thu
IA Cattle Industry Leadership Summit
Dec 5 – Dec 6 all-day

IOWA CATTLE INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Prairie Meadows Event Center, Altoona, IA

December 5- Day 1
10:00 a.m. Registration & Trade Show
11:00 a.m. Keynote: Andy Curliss, CEO North Carolina Pork Council
12:00 p.m. Lunch & Awards
1:00 p.m. Trade Show Break
1:30 p.m. Education Breakouts
Fake Meat- Danielle Beck, Senior Director of Government Affairs, NCBA
Foreign Animal Disease
2:00 p.m. Policy Committees – Open to all ICA members
Business Issues Committee Meeting
Beef Products Committee Meeting
Cattle Production Committee Meeting
4:00 p.m. Trade Show Break/Social
5:30 p.m. Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation Dinner
6:30 p.m. Foundation Awards
7:00 p.m. Foundation Auction
9:00 p.m. Social & Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program Hospitality Suite

December 6 – Day 2
7:30 a.m. County Leader Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting
9:30 a.m. Iowa Beef Industry Council Annual Meeting

NA-BA 2019 Ag Update meeting
Dec 5 – Dec 6 all-day

You’re invited to this year’s annual Ag Update sponsored by the Nebraska Agri-Business Association. There are a total of 13 speakers with five on the first day and eight on the second day.  Ag Update is at the Holiday Inn Southwest in Lincoln and will start with registration at 12:30 pm on Thursday, December 5, 2019, continuing all day Friday, December 6, 2019 with registration beginning at 8:00 am.

The speakers and topics for Thursday are:
    Conor Ward – 2018 Farm Bill and Program Update (PD .25)
    Jeremiah Schultz – EQIP Source Water Protection Initiative (PD .25)
    Nathan Mueller – Winter Wheat Works Initiative (CM 1)
    Katja Koehler-Cole – Cover Crops and Soil Health (CM 1)
    Keith Berns – Carbonomics (CM 1)

The speakers and topics for Friday are:
    Thomas Hunt – Our Newest Nebraska Insect Pest: The Soybean Gall Midge (PM 1)
    Tim Pearson – Drone Technology and Imagery (CM 1)
    Robert Wright – Crop Insect Pest Update (PM 1)
    Mike Zwingman – Metrics of Nutrient Use Efficiency (NM 1)
    Al Dutcher – Climate Update (SW 1)
    Tamra Jackson Ziems – Headlines in Corn and Soybean Diseases (PM 1)
    Rich Russel – Management of Soil Health for the Future (NM 1)
    James MacDonald – Nebraska Integrated Beef Systems Initiative (SW 1)

Your registration includes rolls & coffee and lunch on Friday.  Please contact Sarah Skirry at sskirry@na-ba.com or (402) 476-1528, if you have any questions, or check out their web site at www.na-ba.com.  They hope to see you in Lincoln at this year’s Ag Update!

NE Farmers Union annual meeting
Dec 5 – Dec 7 all-day
Dec
6
Fri
Farm & Ranch Clinic
Dec 6 all-day

Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at five sites across the state in October. 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 — Friday  December 6



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.

MFP Alfalfa deadline
Dec 6 all-day

Thanks to the trade war, NE Extension Forage Specialist Bruce Anderson says alfalfa growers may qualify for market facilitation payments. Prior to the trade war, China was the number one importer of alfalfa hay from the United States. As a result, alfalfa hay also qualifies for Market Facilitation payments.

You don’t need to have been selling your hay for export. All alfalfa growers are eligible for payments, including growers who feed all their alfalfa on-farm to their own livestock. Payments are based solely on planted acres as long as conservation compliance requirements are met.

To receive payments, apply at your local Farm Service Agency office by December 6. In order for a field to qualify, it must contain at least 60% alfalfa. At this time it’s unclear how the amount of alfalfa in alfalfa-grass mixtures is going to be determined, but it probably will be done locally. If you do apply, make sure you report your acres as alfalfa. Do not report it as alfalfa-grass because mixtures are ineligible for payments.

Landlord Tenant Cash Rent wksp
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 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.

Wayne – Dec. 6, 2019, 1-4 p.m. – Wayne Volunteer Fire Dept, 510 Tomar Drive, Wayne, NE 68787
Registration: 402-375-3310

Omaha – Dec. 17, 2019, 6-9 p.m. – NE Extension, 8015 W Center Road, Omaha, NE 68124
Registration: 402-444-7804

Schuyler – Dec. 18, 2019, 6:30-9:30 p.m. – Cobblestone Inn & Suites, 2218 Colfax St., Schuyler, NE 68661
Registration: 402-352-3821

Neligh – Dec. 19, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon – Antelope Co. Courthouse, 501 M St., Neligh, NE 68756
Registration: 402-887-5414

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.

Dec
8
Sun
NE Farm Bureau annual convention
Dec 8 – Dec 10 all-day

Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention
Sunday, December 8 – Tuesday, December 10
Younes Conference Center in Kearney, NE.

Dec
9
Mon
NE Ext – FSA Farm Bill Info Sessions
Dec 9 – Dec 11 all-day

Nebraska Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska will host a series of Farm Bill education meetings over the next two months to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions. While the ARC and PLC programs under the new farm bill remain very similar to the previous farm bill, a few program changes coupled with changes in market conditions and outlook could significantly impact producer decisions.  There are some changes, such as an optional PLC program yield update, and other tweaks to the ARC and PLC programs that producers should consider as they make their selections.

The joint Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Farm Service Agency producer education meetings are scheduled at 28 locations across the state from late November to mid-December in advance of the coming ARC/PLC enrollment deadlines in early 2020.

The tentative schedule includes:
West Point – Nielsen Center – December 9, 9 AM-12 NOON
Scribner – Dodge County Fairgrounds Mohr Auditorium – December 11, 9 AM-12 NOON

Lincoln – Lancaster County Extension Center – December 16, 9 AM-12 NOONWayne – Wayne Fire Hall – December 16, (2 meetings) 1-4 PM or 6-9 PM
Norfolk – Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center – December 18, 1-4 PM
 
The meetings are all free and open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged for planning purposes for materials and facilities. Attendees can register for any of the meetings conveniently on the web at farmbill.unl.edu or by calling or visiting their county FSA or Extension office. The educational programs are each set to run three hours in length, featuring information and insight from FSA specialists and Extension experts, as well as other relevant information from local agencies.

Please check the website for updates on locations, dates and times. All times are local with registration beginning 30 minutes ahead of start. Several additional meetings also are being planned locally across the state in various locations. Keep alert to additional opportunities and details as they are developed by checking the website for information or by contacting your county Extension or FSA office.

There also are resources available online that can educate producers in their ARC/PLC decision-making process. Links to these resources are available from FSA at www.fsa.usda.gov/ne under the Spotlights section or from Extension at farmbill.unl.edu.

Farmers & Ranchers College
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Nationally known agricultural economist David Kohl will lead off the 2019-2020 Farmers and Ranchers College series. He’ll present on “Agriculture Today: It Is What It Is. What Should We Do About It?” from 1 to 4 p.m. December 9 in the Bruning Opera House.

Kohl is an agricultural economics professor emeritus in the area of agricultural finance and small business management at Virginia Tech University

Other programs in the series are
– January 28, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – “Partners In Progress Beef Seminar,” part of the Cow/Calf College at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) near Clay Center. Registration is at 9:30 a.m.

– March 2020 – “Strategies for Family Farming Success in the Shark Tank” with Ron Hanson, UNL Harlan Agribusiness Professor Emeritus. It will be held at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva. Other details are still being finalized for this program.

All the programs are free; however, registration is appreciated for a meal count. Please call the Nebraska Extension office in Fillmore County at (402) 759-3712 at least one week prior to the program to reserve your spot.

IPIC Foreign Animal Disease preparedness wksp
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University, in collaboration with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, will hold six workshops in December to address preparations for an outbreak of a foreign animal disease. The outbreak of a foreign animal disease would be a huge challenge for Iowa pork producers. Planning ahead for an outbreak may reduce some of the stress and assist operations in preparing appropriate actions.

These sessions cover what to expect during a foreign animal disease outbreak and response, mass depopulation and disposal options, how to write your personalized, enhanced biosecurity plan, how to keep the required movement records and monitor for clinical signs consistent with an FAD outbreak. Individual or small group assistance sessions with enhancing biosecurity and developing a Secure Pork Supply plan for your operation also are available and can be scheduled upon request.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates and locations. Each will be held from 1-4 p.m. with an optional help session from 4-5 p.m. All sessions are available at no charge thanks to IPPA support.
    Dec. 9, Hansen Ag Student Learning Center, Ames.

Use the online form to register for the desired workshop location…. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFFqKqoWh9ZxbgSoSUf8PyzR6ko67LvDAZBrkxgN-Bm4hkjA/viewform

Dec
10
Tue
NE Power Farming Show
Dec 10 – Dec 12 all-day

13th Annual Nebraska Power Farming Show
December 10-12, 2019 – Lancaster Event Center | Lincoln, NE

The 13th Annual Nebraska Power Farming Show – the second largest indoor farm show in the United States – will showcase nearly 2,268 booths (760 companies represented from 23 states and 4 Canadian provinces) spanning 9.2 acres in the Lancaster Event Center. This pure ag show will feature the best ag has to offer, from big iron, precision ag, aerial imaging and livestock production, to inputs, data management and more.

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

Hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday | 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Admission: FREE
Parking: FREE

Dec
11
Wed
NE Ethanol Board mtg
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Nebraska Ethanol Board will hold a board meeting in Lincoln on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be in the Olive Branch Room, lower level of the Cornhusker Marriott (333 S 13th St.). Highlights of the agenda is as follows:
Budget Report
Fuel Retailer Update & Nov. 13 Norfolk Workshop Recap
E30 Demonstration Update
Renewable Fuels Nebraska Update
Environmental, Health & Safety Summit Review
Marketing Programs
State and Federal Legislation
Election of Board Officers for 2020

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

Dec
12
Thu
Women Managing Ag Land conf
Dec 12 all-day

Female agriculture landowners, farmers and ranchers looking to increase their business management skills are encouraged to register for the 2019 Women Managing Agricultural Land conference. The conference will be held Dec. 11 at Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Drive in Lincoln.

The Women Managing Agricultural Land Conference will allow women to build relationships with each other, attend workshops and gain valuable knowledge. Three keynote speakers and 12 workshops will focus on helping Nebraska farmland owners and tenants navigate the challenges they face.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts in land values, Nebraska property taxes, cash rental rates, and cultivating landlord tenant relationships. Jim Jansen, co-author of the Nebraska Farm Real Estate survey, will discuss trends in Nebraska land values. Mykel Taylor, Kansas State University, will share resources related to negotiations and communication between landowners and tenants. Cathy Anderson from the Nebraska USDA Farm Service Agency will discuss the 2018 Farm Bill and its implications for Nebraska agriculture.

Registration will open Nov. 1 and available online at wia.unl.edu. Registration is $45 per person. The registration fee includes conference materials, meals and breaks.

The conference is hosted by Nebraska Extension and is inspired by Annie’s Project. In Nebraska, Annie’s Project is supported by Farm Credit Services of America. For more information about the Women Managing Agriculture Land conference, go to wia.unl.edu.

NECC Precision Ag Implementation
Dec 12 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

PRECISION AGRICULTURE IMPLEMENTATION: THE RIGHT WAY FOR YOU.

For over 30 years, advances in management practices and technology has continued to increase yield potential, resource management, and profitability margins. Compile that with increasing land and input costs, and the advent of environmental issues and regulations, one can appreciate any method that promotes the possibility of increased revenue, better decision making, record keeping, and reporting.

Precision Agriculture has grown over the same period. It reaches into every area of agriculture: row crops, livestock (both confinement and range production), orchards, edible crops, and organics. Growing from “simple” yield and moisture monitoring to variable rate and multi-hybrid seeding, variable rate fertility, variable rate irrigation, robotic weeding, spot spraying by weed species, livestock health and vitals monitoring, a myriad of remote sensing options, autonomous vehicles, and sensors and meters to monitor and control virtually any aspect of the operation imaginable. With all the options available, the question is, how does one implement a Precision Agriculture management practice that is right for the operation?

Knowing that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution, it is in the best interest of each operator to know the options available and the questions to ask to come to a conclusion that fits both the operator and the operation.
TOPICS AND BENEFITS COVERED WILL INCLUDE:
• What is Precision Agriculture and steps to implement the right plan
• Impacts of Precision Agriculture on an operation
• Questions to ask when determining the right match for your operation

• New equipment versus modifying existing equipment

Training Date Time Location | CRN | Cost
December 12 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Norfolk Campus, MACL 121* | 60422 | $30
O’Neill Campus, ONEX 123* | 60424 | $30
South Sioux City Campus, SSSC 211* | 60425 | $30
West Point | Campus, WPEC 219* | 60426 | $30
Register Today! (402) 844-7000

For information about CEU’s, please contact Lonny Mitchell atlonny@northeast.edu or 402-844-7467.

Dec
16
Mon
NE Cattle Confinement Symposium
Dec 16 – Dec 17 all-day

Nebraska farmers who may be interested in expanding or diversifying their operations are invited to the two-day Nebraska Cattle Confinement Symposium scheduled for Monday and Tuesday December 16 and 17 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

The event will run from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday and from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $55 each, but early bird tickets are available for $35 for those who register online prior to December 1 at cattleconfinement.com.

The symposium is sponsored by the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN), Nebraska Cattlemen, Central Confinement Service of Columbus, Neb., and Accu-Steel, Inc. of Audobon, Iowa.

Topics to be discussed by producer and supplier experts include facility design and ventilation considerations; financing a new facility; trends in cattle markets; confinements and vet protocols; and managing nutrition in confinement operations. In addition, two sessions will provide virtual barn tours and producer panel discussions. The symposium will conclude December 17 with the Cattlemen’s Lunch featuring guest speaker Matt Rush, “inspirational speak and farm boy.” For agenda details, go to www.cattleconfinement.com.

NE Ext – FSA Farm Bill info sessions
Dec 16 – Dec 18 all-day

Nebraska Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska will host a series of Farm Bill education meetings over the next two months to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions. While the ARC and PLC programs under the new farm bill remain very similar to the previous farm bill, a few program changes coupled with changes in market conditions and outlook could significantly impact producer decisions.  There are some changes, such as an optional PLC program yield update, and other tweaks to the ARC and PLC programs that producers should consider as they make their selections.

The joint Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Farm Service Agency producer education meetings are scheduled at 28 locations across the state from late November to mid-December in advance of the coming ARC/PLC enrollment deadlines in early 2020.

The tentative schedule includes:
Lincoln – Lancaster County Extension Center – December 16, 9 AM-12 NOON
Wayne – Wayne Fire Hall – December 16, (2 meetings) 1-4 PM or 6-9 PM
Norfolk – Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center – December 18, 1-4 PM
 
The meetings are all free and open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged for planning purposes for materials and facilities. Attendees can register for any of the meetings conveniently on the web at farmbill.unl.edu or by calling or visiting their county FSA or Extension office. The educational programs are each set to run three hours in length, featuring information and insight from FSA specialists and Extension experts, as well as other relevant information from local agencies.

Please check the website for updates on locations, dates and times. All times are local with registration beginning 30 minutes ahead of start. Several additional meetings also are being planned locally across the state in various locations. Keep alert to additional opportunities and details as they are developed by checking the website for information or by contacting your county Extension or FSA office.

There also are resources available online that can educate producers in their ARC/PLC decision-making process. Links to these resources are available from FSA at www.fsa.usda.gov/ne under the Spotlights section or from Extension at farmbill.unl.edu.

Dec
17
Tue
Landlord Tenant Cash Rent wksps
Dec 17 – Dec 19 all-day

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.

Omaha – Dec. 17, 2019, 6-9 p.m. – NE Extension, 8015 W Center Road, Omaha, NE 68124
Registration: 402-444-7804

Schuyler – Dec. 18, 2019, 6:30-9:30 p.m. – Cobblestone Inn & Suites, 2218 Colfax St., Schuyler, NE 68661
Registration: 402-352-3821

Neligh – Dec. 19, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon – Antelope Co. Courthouse, 501 M St., Neligh, NE 68756
Registration: 402-887-5414

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.

Dec
18
Wed
Farm & Ranch Clinic
Dec 18 all-day


Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at five sites across the state in October. 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 December 18



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.

ISU Ag Chem meeting
Dec 18 all-day

This year’s Ag Chemical Dealer meetings will provide the latest information on crop production products and recommendations, at two meetings sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  Meetings Dec. 17 in Coralville and Dec. 18 in Ames are opportunities for ag input providers to meet with extension specialists to review current research, discuss new products and learn of new recommendations.

Topics for 2019 include insect, crop disease and weed management updates, and managing consequences of unavoidable soil compaction.

Meetings are approved for Certified Crop Adviser credits. In addition, the meetings offer Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator recertification in categories 1A, 1B, 1C and 10 for calendar year 2019. Recertification is included in the meeting registration. Attendance at the entire meeting is required for recertification.

Coralville – Dec. 17
Rebecca Vittetoe, rka8@iastate.edu, 319-653-4811
Virgil Schmitt, vschmitt@iastate.edu, 563-263-5701
Joshua Michel, jjmichel@iastate.edu, 319-523-2371

Ames – Dec. 18
Meaghan Anderson, mjanders@iastate.edu, 319-331-0058
Angie Rieck-Hinz, amrieck@iastate.edu, 515-532-3453
Mike Witt, witt@iastate.edu, 641-747-2276

Early registration is $70 if received by midnight, Dec. 10 (Coralville) or Dec 11. (Ames). Late or on-site registration is $85. Visit www.aep.iastate.edu/acu for program details or to register online. For additional information contact an ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist hosting the meeting.

Dec
19
Thu
NE Soybean Day & Machinery Expo
Dec 19 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Prepare for 2020 with discussion on the past year with it’s many challenges and a focus on making the new year profitable by attending the 2019 NE Soybean Day & Machinery Expo on Thur Dec 19 at the Saunders Co Fairgrounds in Wahoo. 

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m with a break scheduled at 9:45 a.m. to view equipment and visit with exhibitors.

A New Marketing Tool for Soybean Growers – The Role of Harvest Moisture – Cory Walters, Extension Grain Specialist

Decision Making in Uncertain Times: Marketing and Risk Management in the 20’s – Richard Preston, Preston Farms, Hardin County, Kentucky

Nebraska Soybean Checkoff Update & Association Information – Soybean Board and Soybean Association

Managing Soybean Diseases with Fungicides – What You Need To Know! – Daren Mueller, Extension Plant Pathologist, Iowa State University

Managing Waterhemp! – What Are My Control Options As a Soybean Grower? – Chris Proctor, Nebraska Extension Weed Specialist

The Dreaded Soybean Gall Midge – What We Learned in 2019 – Justin McMechan, Nebraska Extension Crop Protection and Cropping Systems Specialist

Soy doughnuts will be cooked on site. And the PANCAKE MAN will serve pancakes and sausage for lunch.  The Saunders County Soybean Growers Organization requests that each
participant donate one or more cans of nonperishable food to the food pantry. 

Brought to you by the Saunders County Soybean Growers Organization and private industry representatives.  For more information, call Keith Glewen at 800-529-8030 or e-mail at kglewen1@unl.edu. http://enre.unl.edu/nebraskasoyexpo.

NECC Variable Rate Irrigation Pt2
Dec 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

VARIABLE RATE IRRIGATION AND YOUR OPERATION

As water availability and quality become a greater issue, it is important to stay up-to-date with the current technologies available and understand the benefits they provide to their owners. We encourage you to take all three, but sessions can be taken independently of one another.

TOPICS FOR THIS 3-PART SERIES WILL INCLUDE:
• Variable rate irrigation technologies available
• Pros and cons of each type of variable rate irrigation
• Strengths of each type of variable rate irrigation
• Proper environment for each type of variable rate irrigation
• Rate of payback to implement variable rate irrigation
• Actual cost of implementation for your situation

Session one is Nov 21, 4pm to 7pm, in Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City, and West Point. Cost is $30. Session one will cover the informational aspects of precision irrigation including types and ROI.

Session two is Dec 19, 1pm to 4pm, in Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City, and West Point. Cost is $30. Session two will prepare you to find the costs and payback for your specific field(s).

Session three is January 9th, at the Norfolk Campus. Cost is $30. Session three will put you face-to-face with several variable rate irrigation vendors to give you low-pressure, non-binding options and costs to implement variable rate irrigation in your field.

Register Today! (402) 844-7000

For information about CEU’s, please contact Lonny Mitchell at lonny@northeast.edu or 402-844-7467.

ISU Farm Bill mtg
Dec 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In order to help Iowans understand their options under the 2018 Farm Bill, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is planning meetings across the state. The agenda is similar at all meetings, and will include ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialists and family life specialists, and local Farm Service Agency representatives.

The 2018 Farm Bill allows producers to choose from the same crop price protection programs as found in the 2014 Farm Bill. However, unlike the previous bill, which limited their program selection for all five years, the new farm bill allows producers to make a two-year decision by March 15, 2020, and also to change this selection beginning in 2021.

The extension family life specialist at each meeting will present “Stress on the Farm: Strategies to Help Each Other,” a 40-minute scenario-based suicide prevention training that reviews the risk factors and warning signs of suicide.

Meetings include:
Thursday, December 19, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County, Le Mars/Plymouth County
call Janelle Johnson, 712-546-7835 or email janelle@iastate.edu.

A complete listing of farm bill meetings is available on the Ag Decision Maker Farm Bill website as well as the ISU Extension and Outreach statewide calendar.

Jan
9
Thu
NECC Variable Rate Irrigation Pt3
Jan 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

VARIABLE RATE IRRIGATION AND YOUR OPERATION

As water availability and quality become a greater issue, it is important to stay up-to-date with the current technologies available and understand the benefits they provide to their owners. We encourage you to take all three, but sessions can be taken independently of one another.

TOPICS FOR THIS 3-PART SERIES WILL INCLUDE:
• Variable rate irrigation technologies available
• Pros and cons of each type of variable rate irrigation
• Strengths of each type of variable rate irrigation
• Proper environment for each type of variable rate irrigation
• Rate of payback to implement variable rate irrigation
• Actual cost of implementation for your situation

Session one is Nov 21, 4pm to 7pm, in Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City, and West Point. Cost is $30. Session one will cover the informational aspects of precision irrigation including types and ROI.

Session two is Dec 19, 1pm to 4pm, in Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City, and West Point. Cost is $30. Session two will prepare you to find the costs and payback for your specific field(s).

Session three is January 9th, at the Norfolk Campus. Cost is $30. Session three will put you face-to-face with several variable rate irrigation vendors to give you low-pressure, non-binding options and costs to implement variable rate irrigation in your field.

Register Today! (402) 844-7000

For information about CEU’s, please contact Lonny Mitchell at lonny@northeast.edu or 402-844-7467.

Jan
15
Wed
ISU Crop Advantage program
Jan 15 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. 15 – Fort Dodge
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
17
Fri
NeCGA PRIME Program
Jan 17 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) is pleased to announce that applications for the next class of the PRIME Program are now available. The PRIME Program is a continuing education opportunity for younger or newer producers who are interested in learning more about agronomic, business, innovations and marketing within their operations. Over the course of a year, participants will come together for three seminars to learn and discuss new ideas that can be incorporated into their own operations.

The first session will be February 17-18, where participants will have the opportunity to attend a one-day Trade School in conjunction with the other corn states and the U.S. Grains Council. The summer session dates will be determined by participants schedules and will feature a Nebraska Agriculture Tour. The final session will be in conjunction with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association annual meeting.  Applications for the PRIME Program can be found at necga.org. The applications are due by Friday, January 17, 2020. All costs to participate in the program are covered for those that are 3-year members of the association. If applicants are not members, the fee is $190 (the cost of a 3-year membership).

The PRIME Program is made possible with funding from our presenting partners, Northwestern Mutual and Farm Credit Services, along with the Nebraska Corn Board. For an application for the program, please click this link… http://necga.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/PRIME-Program-Class-IV-App.pdf.

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
28
Tue
Farmers & Ranchers College
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

– January 28, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – “Partners In Progress Beef Seminar,” part of the Cow/Calf College at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) near Clay Center. Registration is at 9:30 a.m.

– March 2020 – “Strategies for Family Farming Success in the Shark Tank” with Ron Hanson, UNL Harlan Agribusiness Professor Emeritus. It will be held at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva. Other details are still being finalized for this program.

All the programs are free; however, registration is appreciated for a meal count. Please call the Nebraska Extension office in Fillmore County at (402) 759-3712 at least one week prior to the program to reserve your spot.

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.