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Jul
10
Fri
NE Ext. Tractor Safety Course 2020
Jul 10 all-day

NEW:  UNMC, Nebraska Extension announce changes to summer tractor safety course for teens, Moves to Online training, then in-person driving training in 5 Nebraska cities

The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health and Nebraska Extension will make changes to its tractor safety training courses. Training, which was originally scheduled for 12 sites, will be held online then in-person driving tests at five locations with safety precautions.

The new plans are designed to protect the health of the students and trainers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will take the first day of the course online through the extension Foundation Campus website. Students are asked to register for the course between now and no later than July 10. After successfully completing the online course and testing, the required driving test will be offered July 27-31 at five locations across Nebraska.

Teens 14 or 15 years of age who work on farms, or others who are interested in learning about safe farming practices, are encouraged to register for the course. Individuals under 14 years of age are not eligible to take the class.

Federal law prohibits children under 16 years of age from using certain equipment on a farm unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm. However, certification received through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with certain mechanized equipment.

The online course will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, including quizzes which students must pass to attend the driving portion of training. Once a student is registered, they will be sent a training manual, course paperwork and a link to the online course.

The onsite driving training and exam will include a driving test and equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. Students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. Instructors also will offer education about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs, utility-task vehicles and other off-road vehicles.

In order to protect students and trainers, the number of students on site will be limited to allow proper social distancing. Students and trainers will be required to wear a mask at all times during instruction and driving. Masks will be provided along with instructions for proper use. Equipment, steering wheels, control knobs and hitches will be disinfected before and after each student completes their testing. Students who have had a fever or persistent cough within 14 days of testing will be required to reschedule their driving test. Additional driving tests may be added in August to accommodate students who are unable to attend the scheduled trainings in July.

Instructors for the course are members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, Ellen Duysen; UNMC graduate student Alyssa Damke; and Nebraska Extension educators Troy Ingram, Randy Saner and John Thomas.

Cost of the modified course is $40 and includes educational materials, online learning link and supplies.

In-person driving training locations, dates and site coordinator contact information is below.
  – O’Neill — July 27, Akrs Equipment, contact Debra Walnofer, 402.336.2760, dwalnofer2@unl.edu
  – Grand Island — July 30, Hall Co. Ext., contact Nancy Usasz, 308.754.5422, nancy.usasz@unl.edu
  – Weeping Water — July 31, Cass Co. Fairgrounds, contact Sandy Prall, 402.267.2205, sprall2@unl.edu

For more information or to register, contact the staff member above, or visit  kearney.unl.edu.

Jul
14
Tue
NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraska Dairy Extension is hosting a no fee dairy webinar the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am CDT.

Agenda – Date – Topic – Presenter
April 14 – Feed Efficiencies – shrink, wind loss, spoilage, etc. – Mike Brouk, Kansas State University
May 12 – Preparing for the evaluation: FARM 4.0 – Kim Clark, UNL
June 9 – Improving Cropland Resiliency, Making Manure Part of Fertility Planning – Amy Schmidt, UNL
July 14 – Nutritional Energetics – Logan Morris, UNL
August 11 – Value of Manure – Rick Koelsch, UNL
Sept. 8 – Mindful Manure Mgt: 5 Tips for Staying Safe During Manure Appl. Season – Amy Schmidt, UNL
October 13 – Can a Weather Forecast Reduce Neighbor Odor Exposure? – Rick Koelsch, UNL
November 10 – Does pelleting affect digestibility? – Kirby Krogstad, UNL
December 8 – Feeding strategies with low quality and quantity forages – Paul Kononoff, UNL

No registration is required. To join the webinar visit: go.unl.edu/dairywebinar

Jul
15
Wed
CANCELLED – Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum
Jul 15 – Jul 16 all-day

Update 5/12/20:  The Nebraska Ethanol Board has made the decision to cancel the Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum 2020 due to Coronavirus precautions.

But….. Plan to join them for the 2021 Forum on March 24-25 in LaVista (Omaha), Nebraska. More details and a link for registration will be made available at a later date.

This 16th annual event brings together ethanol producers and others integrally involved in production, technology, policymaking and marketing of biofuels and its co-products from across the country.

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Rescheduled dates of the conference.
Details at ethanol.nebraska.gov.

In light of the current health issues and precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), the Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB) and Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN) have rescheduled the Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum 2020 for July 15-16. The Forum will be held at the La Vista Conference Center in Greater Omaha if the threat of COVID-19 has subsided. A new registration link and details will be available soon at ethanol.nebraska.gov.

The Forum brings together ethanol producers and others from across the nation who are integrally involved in production, technology, policymaking, and marketing of ethanol and its co-products. The agenda runs from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 8:00 a.m. to noon Thursday, with multiple networking opportunities in between.

While the conference has been postponed, the hosts have been able to reconfirm many of the speaking engagements. Topics include an overview and discussion of the most pressing federal policies, regulatory and legal actions, and market trends from around the world. Speakers will also outline opportunities in emerging co-product markets from industry partners and remind attendees why they (and why the public should) fall in love with ethanol.

Other scheduled presentations include exploring the potential of future ethanol use in the electric vehicle market, fostering environmental relationships as agricultural and ethanol producers, as well as a discussion considering how ethanol and the petroleum industry can work together.

Jul
17
Fri
ICPB Elections
Jul 17 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

On July 14, 2020, corn farmers in crop reporting districts 1, 3 and 6 can vote at their local county ISU extension office for representation on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board for a 3-year term. The board’s primary priorities and responsibilities include domestic and foreign market development, research of new and value-added corn uses and education on corn and the farmers who grow it.

Corn farmers within districts 1, 3 and 6 who have produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous marketing year (September 1, 2018, to August 31, 2019) and are interested in running for a position may still file a petition with the ICPB. Petitions can be obtained by contacting the Iowa Corn office and must contain the signatures of 25 corn producers from the same district as the prospective candidate. Completed and notarized petitions must be delivered to the Iowa Corn office no later than 4:30 PM on April 24, 2020. Once all grower petitions have been received, a final list of candidates will be generated, and candidate names will be listed on the election ballots.

Current candidates are as follows:

USDA Crop Reporting District 1 (Northwest Iowa)
    Chad Harms, Dickinson County
    John Schott, Pocahontas County

Anyone who has produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous marketing year is eligible to vote in the election. Producers unable to visit the local ISU extension office on July 14 can vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested beginning May 27. Requests must be made no later than June 22 by contacting the Iowa Corn office at 515-225-9242 or on our website at www.iowacorn.org. Absentee ballots must be postmarked or returned to the Iowa Corn office no later than July 14. The results of the election are announced publicly on July 17.

Aug
11
Tue
NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
Aug 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraska Dairy Extension is hosting a no fee dairy webinar the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am CDT.

Agenda – Date – Topic – Presenter
April 14 – Feed Efficiencies – shrink, wind loss, spoilage, etc. – Mike Brouk, Kansas State University
May 12 – Preparing for the evaluation: FARM 4.0 – Kim Clark, UNL
June 9 – Improving Cropland Resiliency, Making Manure Part of Fertility Planning – Amy Schmidt, UNL
July 14 – Nutritional Energetics – Logan Morris, UNL
August 11 – Value of Manure – Rick Koelsch, UNL
Sept. 8 – Mindful Manure Mgt: 5 Tips for Staying Safe During Manure Appl. Season – Amy Schmidt, UNL
October 13 – Can a Weather Forecast Reduce Neighbor Odor Exposure? – Rick Koelsch, UNL
November 10 – Does pelleting affect digestibility? – Kirby Krogstad, UNL
December 8 – Feeding strategies with low quality and quantity forages – Paul Kononoff, UNL

No registration is required. To join the webinar visit: go.unl.edu/dairywebinar

Aug
24
Mon
2020 International Fuel Ethanol Wksp & Expo
Aug 24 – Aug 26 all-day

BBI International has announced this week that the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry’s largest conference, has been moved due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Originally scheduled for mid-June in Minneapolis, the FEW is now rescheduled to take place August 24th through August 26th, 2020 in Omaha, Nebraska.

BBI International also announced that all biofuels producers will be allowed to attend free of charge. “Previously, free registration was limited to two ethanol producers per facility,” said Joe Bryan, CEO of BBI International. “However, due to the state of events that have taken place this year, we are allowing free registration to all producers who work at ethanol facilities. No longer will we be limiting it to only two per facility.”

As announced earlier in the year, the FEW will be offering four tracks of comprehensive content designed for ethanol production. New this year, the program team is including a co-located event titled, “Biodiesel Production and Technology Summit.” Produced by Biodiesel Magazine, the co-located event is a new forum intended for biodiesel and renewable diesel producers to learn about cutting-edge process technologies, new techniques and equipment to optimize existing production, and efficiencies to save money while increasing throughput and fuel quality.

Visit www.FuelEthanolWorkshop.com to learn more.

Sep
8
Tue
NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraska Dairy Extension is hosting a no fee dairy webinar the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am CDT.

Agenda – Date – Topic – Presenter
April 14 – Feed Efficiencies – shrink, wind loss, spoilage, etc. – Mike Brouk, Kansas State University
May 12 – Preparing for the evaluation: FARM 4.0 – Kim Clark, UNL
June 9 – Improving Cropland Resiliency, Making Manure Part of Fertility Planning – Amy Schmidt, UNL
July 14 – Nutritional Energetics – Logan Morris, UNL
August 11 – Value of Manure – Rick Koelsch, UNL
Sept. 8 – Mindful Manure Mgt: 5 Tips for Staying Safe During Manure Appl. Season – Amy Schmidt, UNL
October 13 – Can a Weather Forecast Reduce Neighbor Odor Exposure? – Rick Koelsch, UNL
November 10 – Does pelleting affect digestibility? – Kirby Krogstad, UNL
December 8 – Feeding strategies with low quality and quantity forages – Paul Kononoff, UNL

No registration is required. To join the webinar visit: go.unl.edu/dairywebinar

Oct
13
Tue
NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraska Dairy Extension is hosting a no fee dairy webinar the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am CDT.

Agenda – Date – Topic – Presenter
April 14 – Feed Efficiencies – shrink, wind loss, spoilage, etc. – Mike Brouk, Kansas State University
May 12 – Preparing for the evaluation: FARM 4.0 – Kim Clark, UNL
June 9 – Improving Cropland Resiliency, Making Manure Part of Fertility Planning – Amy Schmidt, UNL
July 14 – Nutritional Energetics – Logan Morris, UNL
August 11 – Value of Manure – Rick Koelsch, UNL
Sept. 8 – Mindful Manure Mgt: 5 Tips for Staying Safe During Manure Appl. Season – Amy Schmidt, UNL
October 13 – Can a Weather Forecast Reduce Neighbor Odor Exposure? – Rick Koelsch, UNL
November 10 – Does pelleting affect digestibility? – Kirby Krogstad, UNL
December 8 – Feeding strategies with low quality and quantity forages – Paul Kononoff, UNL

No registration is required. To join the webinar visit: go.unl.edu/dairywebinar

Oct
28
Wed
Int’l Conf. on Pig Survivability
Oct 28 – Oct 29 all-day

The International Conference on Pig Survivability is planned for October 28 and 29 in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Hilton Omaha. The conference is part of the Improving Pig Survivability project, a five-year, interdisciplinary, multi-university project funded by the National Pork Board and Foundation for Food and Agriculture. It’s aimed at reducing mortality in the U.S. swine industry by 1% or more per year of the project.

Joel DeRouchey, swine extension specialist with Kansas State University, said the conference objective is to facilitate the discussion and dissemination of the most current information relative to sow, litter, weaned pig and grow-finish mortality.  Confirmed speakers and topics are:
    Dr. Lee Schulz, Iowa State University; economics of swine mortality
    Ron Ketchem, Swine Management Services, a division of MetaFarms; trends of U.S. swine survivability
    Dr. Bill Christianson, COO of Genus PIC; trends of international swine survivability
    Cassie Edgar, McKee, Voorhees, and Sease, PLC; advancing technology — regulatory, advocating, and future
    Gustavo Pizarro, DVM, Pipestone Veterinary Services; industry successes and failures in pre-weaning survivability
    Chris Rademacher, DVM, Iowa State University; industry successes and failures in post-weaning survivability
    Valerie Duttlinger, Chief Analytics Officer at Summit Smart Farms; finding the right people for the right jobs
    Sara Probst Miller, DVM, Ag Create Solutions president and creative director; effective training: what works and what does not
    Larry Coleman, DVM; keeping the urgency with employees
    Dr. Justin Ransom, senior director, Sustainable Food Strategy at Tyson Foods; social responsibility of pig survivability
    Dr. Fernando Bortolozzo, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; breeding herd mortality: opportunities for measurable impact
    Dr. Kara Stewart, Purdue University; pre-weaning mortality: opportunities for measurable impact
    Deb Murray, DVM, New Fashion Pork; nursery mortality: opportunities for measurable impact
    Jim Pillen, DVM, Pillen Family Farms; finishing mortality: opportunities for measurable impact
    Bill Even, CEO National Pork Board; call to action
    Dr. Noel Williams, COO Iowa Select Farms, and Mike Tokach, Kansas State University; conference impressions: now, what should we do to capture value in academics and industry
    Numerous industry panels for interactive discussions

To learn more about the conference, visit https://www.regcytes.extension.iastate.edu/survivability/. Registration will open in May. To be notified when registration is open and to receive other updates from the Improving Pig Survivability project, subscribe to project updates at www.piglivability.org.

The Improving Pig Survivability project is organized as a collaborative effort by Iowa State University, Kansas State University and Purdue University.

Nov
10
Tue
NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraska Dairy Extension is hosting a no fee dairy webinar the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am CDT.

Agenda – Date – Topic – Presenter
April 14 – Feed Efficiencies – shrink, wind loss, spoilage, etc. – Mike Brouk, Kansas State University
May 12 – Preparing for the evaluation: FARM 4.0 – Kim Clark, UNL
June 9 – Improving Cropland Resiliency, Making Manure Part of Fertility Planning – Amy Schmidt, UNL
July 14 – Nutritional Energetics – Logan Morris, UNL
August 11 – Value of Manure – Rick Koelsch, UNL
Sept. 8 – Mindful Manure Mgt: 5 Tips for Staying Safe During Manure Appl. Season – Amy Schmidt, UNL
October 13 – Can a Weather Forecast Reduce Neighbor Odor Exposure? – Rick Koelsch, UNL
November 10 – Does pelleting affect digestibility? – Kirby Krogstad, UNL
December 8 – Feeding strategies with low quality and quantity forages – Paul Kononoff, UNL

No registration is required. To join the webinar visit: go.unl.edu/dairywebinar

Dec
8
Tue
NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraska Dairy Extension is hosting a no fee dairy webinar the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am CDT.

Agenda – Date – Topic – Presenter
April 14 – Feed Efficiencies – shrink, wind loss, spoilage, etc. – Mike Brouk, Kansas State University
May 12 – Preparing for the evaluation: FARM 4.0 – Kim Clark, UNL
June 9 – Improving Cropland Resiliency, Making Manure Part of Fertility Planning – Amy Schmidt, UNL
July 14 – Nutritional Energetics – Logan Morris, UNL
August 11 – Value of Manure – Rick Koelsch, UNL
Sept. 8 – Mindful Manure Mgt: 5 Tips for Staying Safe During Manure Appl. Season – Amy Schmidt, UNL
October 13 – Can a Weather Forecast Reduce Neighbor Odor Exposure? – Rick Koelsch, UNL
November 10 – Does pelleting affect digestibility? – Kirby Krogstad, UNL
December 8 – Feeding strategies with low quality and quantity forages – Paul Kononoff, UNL

No registration is required. To join the webinar visit: go.unl.edu/dairywebinar