Calendar

Oct
21
Mon
Weed Seed Control Clinic
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Controlling weeds has always been one of the biggest challenges of producing a crop, and with the ever-present issue of herbicide resistance, farmers are constantly searching for new solutions.

Some practical, but innovative ideas will be explored during an Oct. 21 workshop, when Australian researcher Michael Walsh visits Iowa State University to talk about the various ways farmers can harvest and destroy weed seeds from the combine.

Walsh is director of weed research at the University of Sydney, Australia. Walsh will host a harvest weed seed control clinic at the Iowa State University Field Extension Education Laboratory Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The morning session will focus on the principles of harvesting weed seeds as a method of control, and following lunch, Walsh will demonstrate the types of combine and equipment modifications used to separate weed seeds from other materials entering the combine.

The clinic is free and open to the public. Attendees may be eligible to receive up to 4.0 pest management Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) continuing education units for their attendance at the clinic (pending approval). Iowa State’s Field Extension Education Laboratory is located at 1928 240th St., Boone, Iowa.

To help with the lunch count, RSVP by Oct. 14 to Meaghan Anderson at mjanders@iastate.edu or 319-331-0058.

Oct
24
Thu
UNL Listening Sessions
Oct 24 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Two regional convenings in October will offer Nebraskans opportunities to share their best ideas on how the University of Nebraska can help rural communities position themselves for economic success. The listening sessions, which are open to the public, will be held in North Platte on Oct. 15 and in Lincoln on Oct. 24.

“The University of Nebraska is a key resource for the state’s rural communities,” said Mike Boehm, NU Vice President and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “As part of our efforts to ensure the continued competitiveness of our state, we want to help rural communities position themselves for long-term economic prosperity.”

The sessions are organized by a working group charged with creating a comprehensive strategic framework for an innovative, robust and integrated approach to rural community vitality, prosperity and resilience.

The upcoming discussions, to be hosted by Boehm, will invite Nebraskans to share experiences in rural community development and to explore how the University can be most effective in strengthening the economic prosperity and vitality of rural communities.

Session times and locations:
    NORTH PLATTE: Oct. 15, 1:30 – 5 p.m., West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Rd.
    LINCOLN: Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m. – noon, Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Dr.

To register to attend in person or online, visit http://go.unl.edu/rcphub.

For more information, visit https://ianr.unl.edu/rural-community-prosperity.

Dodge Co Farm Bureau
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dodge County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 24
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Join our Dodge County Annual Meeting at the Office Bar & Grill (121 N Main St, Hooper, NE 68031).

Oct
25
Fri
Special Meeting and Committee Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am

A Special Meeting and Committee Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District will be held on October 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM at the Holdrege office. 

A current agenda is available at the Office of the Assistant Secretary at 415 Lincoln St., Holdrege, NE 68949.

Oct
28
Mon
NC Young Cattlemen’s Conf. deadline
Oct 28 all-day

Young Cattlemen’s Conference Nominees are now being accepted for the Class of 2020.  YCC has been a Nebraska Cattlemen tradition for many years. The Nebraska Cattlemen want to identify and educate leaders to help guide and strengthen the beef industry. This is important to the future of Nebraska’s agriculture to help ensure that Nebraska remains the global epicenter of the beef industry.

The conference helps emerging leaders understand the industry structure, issues management, product research and marketing and teaches them how to become effective communicators. Young Cattlemen’s Conference program is a two-year commitment. Dates for the 2020 class are January 21-23, 2020 (Lincoln) and January 26-28, 2021 (Lincoln) with a summer/fall meeting in each year.

Deadline for nominations is Monday, October 28. Nominee will be required to fill out an application that will be reviewed by the selection committee. https://nebraskacattlemen.org/ycc-nomination-form/.  The YCC Class of 2020 will be announced on November 15, 2019.

This program is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Farm Credit Services of America and Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation.

For more information contact Bonita Lederer, 402-450-0223 or blederer@necattlemen.org.

Oct
29
Tue
NE Wind & Solar Conference
Oct 29 – Oct 30 all-day

The 12th Annual Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference will be held Tuesday, October 29 to Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska and will feature experts from across the country and the state.

Sessions on Tuesday will begin with an update from the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy. Panels will highlight the State of Nebraska’s view of wind energy, how commercial and industry buyers are changing the renewables marketplace, and a policy and legislative update from Nebraska State Senators. Tuesday will also include a luncheon with Nebraska public power CEOs.

Wednesday’s programming will feature sessions regarding the state of the national solar industry, the changing economics of battery storage, and the usage of drones in renewable energy. In addition, there will be a breakout session on decommissioning & repowering, and a panel featuring UNL Renewable Energy researchers.

In addition to the scheduled programming, the conference will feature an exhibitors’ tradeshow including governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, vendors, developers, and more.

Conference Chair John Hansen urges attendees to take advantage of the October 1st Early Bird registration discount. Registration rates are as follows:
       Early Bird Registration (prior to October 1): $125.00
       Standard Registration (October 1-28): $175.00
       Day-of-Conference Registration (October 29-30): $200.00
       Student Registration (anytime): $65.00

The Wind & Solar Conference has a room block at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel. The deadline to reserve a room is October 1st, and the reservation includes a $114 per night room rate and free parking. Reservations can be made at Nebraska WSC Registration Information or by calling the Cornhusker Marriott at (402) 474-7474 and referencing the Wind & Solar Conference.

More information and past conference presentations are available on the conference website at Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference https://www.nebraskawsc.com/.

Oct
30
Wed
Farm & Ranch Clinic
Oct 30 all-day

Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at seven 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, October 2
Grand Island — Thursday, October 3
North Platte — Thursday, October 10
Lexington — Thursday, October 17
Fairbury — Wednesday, October 23
Valentine — Tuesday, October 29
Norfolk — Wednesday, October 30

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.

LENRD Irrigated Acres application
Oct 30 – Oct 31 all-day

Landowners within the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) boundaries, will have an opportunity to apply for new irrigated acres in some portions of the District this fall.

The LENRD board voted, at their August meeting, to allow up to 450 acre-feet of new depletions, in accordance with their Voluntary Integrated Management Plan for irrigation development in the Hydrologically Connected or 10/50 Area, and to allow up to 2,500 acres of new groundwater irrigation development in the Non-Hydrologically Connected or Non 10/50 Area under the district’s standard variance process.  An approved variance is a requirement for any expansion of irrigated acres in the LENRD, whether from an existing or new irrigation well.

Geographic portions of the district that are eligible to be considered for standard variances are areas that fall within the top three categories of the classification map.  A map of the eligible locations will be available at the LENRD office in Norfolk.

Excluded from consideration for this sign-up period will be any parcel of land located in any Quantity Management Subarea or Phase 3 Area located within the LENRD.

LENRD also approved the scoring sheets used by staff when processing applications and reauthorized use of the Conditions for Approval policy, which has accompanied approved variances each of the last two years.  In addition, a minimum soil score of 90 must be met for any standard variance to be considered for approval.

The board established a sign-up period to receive applications for Standard Variances between October 1st, 2019 and October 31st, 2019.  Contact the LENRD for more information or visit:  www.lenrd.org/latest-news/  Application forms will be available online and in the office beginning October 1st.

Oct
31
Thu
NRCS EWPP-Floodplain
Oct 31 all-day

In response to flooding in Nebraska, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing the availability of over $4 million to fund conservation easements in Nebraska counties damaged by flooding and other natural disasters.

Funds are available through the floodplain easement component of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program – Floodplain Easements. NRCS field offices are accepting applications through Oct. 31, 2019.

Through the Floodplain Easement Program, eligible applicants voluntarily agree to sell a permanent conservation easement to the United States through NRCS. Compensation is based on the value of the easement as determined by an appraisal or market analysis. These easements may occur on private agricultural land damaged by flooding and natural disasters. NRCS will work to restore the easement to its natural floodplain condition.

Nebraska landowners are encouraged to contact their local NRCS field offices to apply or learn more about floodplain easement opportunities. Visit the Floodplain Easement Program website at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/landscape/ewpp/?cid=nrcs143_008216 for more information.

Nov
1
Fri
NE Corn Board internships
Nov 1 all-day

Nebraska Corn Internships Announced

Each year, Nebraska Corn offers several internship opportunities. Two are located in the offices of the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, both in Lincoln, Nebraska. In the other six internships, students work directly with Nebraska Corn cooperating organizations including the U.S. Grains Council, the U.S. Meat Export Federation and the National Corn Growers Association. All eight opportunities are paid internship experiences. Applications for these internships are now available at www.nebraskacorn.gov

2020-2021 Internship Opportunities
Communications and Outreach Internship – Host: Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Lincoln, Nebraska – Duration: May 2020 – May 2021 – Application Due Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Communications and Market Development Internship – Host: Nebraska Corn Board: Lincoln, Nebraska – Duration: May 2020 – May 2021 – Application Due Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Marketing and Communications Internship – Host: National Corn Growers Association: St. Louis, Missouri – Duration: Summer 2020 – Application Due Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Public Policy Internship – Host: National Corn Growers Association: Washington, D.C. – Duration: Summer 2020 – Application Due Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Promotion and International Relations Internship – Host: U.S. Meat Export Federation: Denver, Colorado – Duration: Summer 2020 – Application Due Date: Nov. 1, 2019

International Relations Internship – Host: U.S. Grains Council: Washington, D.C. – Duration: Summer 2020 – Application Due Date: Nov. 1, 2019

International Agricultural Relations Internship – Host: U.S. Grains Council: Panama City, Panama – Duration: Summer 2020 – Application Due Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Nov
4
Mon
November business meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
Nov 4 @ 9:00 am

The November business meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District is scheduled for November 4, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the District Headquarters in Holdrege, NE. 

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

Nov
5
Tue
NA-BA Area Meetings
Nov 5 – Nov 7 all-day

The Nebraska Agri-Business Association invites you to one of three area meetings to be held across the state.  The schedule includes stops in…
  – Gothenberg on Nov 5
  – Grand Island on Nov 6
  – Norfolk on Nov 7

Join them for updates on the association, regulatory, legislative, and emerging issues, the Visioning Task Force update, and an industry affairs update.  Also, there will be group discussion session followed up by member feedback and topics of interest or concern to you.  Cost to attend the meeting is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.  Register at www.na-ba.com

Nov
7
Thu
Siouxland Ag Lenders Conf
Nov 7 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Agricultural lenders will receive useful, research-based information during the Siouxland Agricultural Lender’s Seminar Nov. 7 at The Triple Box, near Orange City.

The seminar will present current information to assist lenders and farm financial advisers in their portfolio management, which is especially important in this era of continued market variability.

Lenders who serve agricultural clients – especially those who work with dairy producers – in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are encouraged to attend, as the seminar will focus on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy, along with the issues of farm technology, new record data and reporting, plus tax laws affecting agriculture.

Seminar presentations and registration
On-site registration begins at 8:45 a.m. and the forum runs from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The list of nationally recognized presenters includes:
–    Doug Johnson, Moody’s Analytics: “Convergence of the Big Three in Agriculture: Ag Economy, Ag Technology and Ag Experience.”
–    Nathan Hulinksy, University of Minnesota: “Combining FINBIN and DHIA Data to Predict Expansion Success.”
–    Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison: “Dairy Market Outlook.”
–    Chad Hart, associate professor in economics and extension grain markets specialist with Iowa State University: “Agriculture Market Outlook.”
–    Tom Thaden, Iowa Farm Business Association: “Agriculture Tax Law Changes.”
–    Gary Vande Vegte, CPA, CMA, Van Bruggen & Vande Vegte CPAs and Financial Advisors: “How Dairies are Ramping Up Their Financial Reporting.”

The Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar is hosted through a partnership between the ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and the Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota Bankers Associations.

Registration is $85 for the first person from a business, and $60 for each additional person who has registered by Oct. 25. To register, use the online registration form  or download the flyer with mail-in form. After Oct. 25, all registrations, including at the door, will be $100 and will not guarantee lunch. For more information, contact Fred Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu.

The Triple Box is located at 4758 Ironwood Ave., Orange City, Iowa.  Here is the link for more information… https://www.extension.iastate.edu/sioux/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/sioux/2019%20Siouxland%20Lenders%20Seminar%20Trifold.pdf

Nov
13
Wed
Pig Welfare Symposium
Nov 13 – Nov 14 all-day

The National Pork Board has announced that its second Pig Welfare Symposium will take place Nov. 13-14 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The biennial forum, which debuted in 2017, is designed to help improve the well-being of pigs by disseminating recent research findings and recommendations, raising awareness of current and emerging issues and identifying potential solutions.

The symposium will provide presentations from experts on past, current and future animal welfare issues, including looking at the evolution of animal welfare in the supply chain and understanding consumer choices. The speakers will offer their perspectives on how the pork industry can continue to evolve to meet the needs of animals, producers and consumers.

Aside from the main speaker agenda, the two-day symposium also will offer optional hands-on interactive workshops for an additional fee. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about low-stress pig handling, foreign animal disease preparation, day-1 pig care and other topics. For the first time, a Spanish-only pre-event, Improving Pig Welfare on Farm, also will be offered.

Symposium attendees will have the chance to visit with experts at various technical exhibits and to interact with the professionals and students who will participate in the event’s poster sessions.

For an early-bird registration discount, register by Aug. 8. After that, the cost will increase from $150 to $200 per person. A reduced student rate and virtual attendance options also are being offered. For more information, go to pork.org/pws.

Dairy Field Day
Nov 13 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The I-29 Moo University will host two on-farm dairy field days in November. Topics will include managing forages and silage, crossbreeding, housing and parlor setup.  The field days are free to attend. Each will start at 12:30 p.m. and conclude around 3:30 p.m.

Summit Dairy, Nov. 13. Location: 5564 390th St., Primghar, Iowa.
Dairyman John Westra will lead participants through his Summit Dairy milking parlor, cattle housing, the commodity and mixing building, and also discuss the farm’s breeding program.

Westra and his family purchased Summit Dairy in 2012. They moved from California and immediately began caring for the 400 cows. Over the years, the Westras expanded the dairy to over 800 cows. The cows are housed in free-stalls and milked three times a day. As part of the expansion, Westra built a commodity and feed mixing building, which allows feed to be loaded and mixed indoors, which reduces waste and decreases moisture variability in the feedstuffs.

Hugo Ramirez, assistant professor and extension dairy specialist at Iowa State University, will discuss feeding this year’s silage, feeding issues he is seeing, and pile management.

Registration details
Register for one or both field days at https://z.umn.edu/I29Moo. For more information, contact Jim Salfer at salfe001@umn.edu, 612-360-4506, Fred Hall fredhall@iastate.edu, 712-737-4230, or Tracey Erickson at Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu, 605-882-5140.

The field days are hosted by I-29 Moo University, a collaboration of South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, North Dakota State, and University of Nebraska Extension Services; Iowa State Dairy Association; South Dakota Dairy Producers Association; Nebraska State Dairy Association and the MN Milk Producers Association.

Nov
14
Thu
NECC Precision Ag training
Nov 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

CROP SCOUTING TECHNOLOGIES.
In this course, we will discuss multiple technologies used to increase efficiency of in-season crop management. We will include the use of sensors to improve water and nitrogen management, pest management tools, and a few scouting apps to help you during the growing season.

TOPICS AND BENEFITS COVERED WILL INCLUDE:• Learn best scouting practices to support site-specific management
• Understand the benefits of using real-time sensing and aerial imagery for scouting
• Identify new tools used to increase scouting efficiencies

• Identify new mobile applications (apps) for plant and insect identification
Training Date Time Location | CRN | Cost

Norfolk Campus, LLLC | #60418 | $60 – November 14 9:00 am – 4:00 pmO’Neill Campus, ONEX 132 | #60419 | $60 – November 18 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

West Point Campus, WPEC 206 | #60420 | $60 – November 19 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Register Today! (402) 844-7000.

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

Nov
15
Fri
NAP Fall Seeded Crop Coverage 2020
Nov 15 all-day

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Nebraska reminds producers of approaching application deadlines for purchasing risk coverage for some crops through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).

NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass and more. Coverage varies by county and by crop, so producers who are interested should contact their FSA county office for more information.

Upcoming application deadlines for NAP coverage for the 2020 production season in Nebraska, include:
    Alfalfa, mixed forages and grass: Nov. 15, 2019
    Apples, aronia berries and grapes: Nov. 20, 2019

NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production. Buy-up coverage is available in some cases. NAP can protect against losses associated with lower yields, destroyed crops or prevented planting. The 2018 Farm Bill allows for buy-up levels of NAP coverage from 50 to 65 percent of expected production in 5 percent increments, at 100 percent of the average market price. Buy-up coverage is not available for crops intended for grazing.

For all coverage levels, the NAP service fee is the lesser of $325 per crop or $825 per producer per county, not to exceed a total of $1,950 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. Premiums apply for buy-up coverage.

Producers qualifying as beginning, underserved, or limited resource farmers or those who can meet eligibility requirements as a military veteran are eligible for the basic level of NAP coverage at no cost and have the potential for reduction in the cost of buy-up premiums.

To learn more about NAP visit fsa.usda.gov/nap or contact your local USDA Service Center.

Grow by FarmHer
Nov 15 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Grow by FarmHer will inspire, educate, and empower young ladies, ages 16-23, who are excited about their future in agriculture. This event will give the opportunity for young women to connect with peers, dynamic speakers, and industry leaders.

Fri, Nov 15, 2019 – 8:00 AM-2:30 PM
FFA Enrichment Center, 1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny, IA 50023

Agenda
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcome
9:00 a.m. ‘Generation YOU’ Experience
11:00 a.m. Lunch (sponsored by FMC)
11:30 a.m. STEM Keynote
12:30 p.m. Break
1:00 p.m. ‘Be Bold’ Young Entrepreneurs Panel presented by RFD-TV
2:00 p.m. Keynote
2:30 p.m. Conclude

Ticket price is $15 for students, advisors and chaperones. Tickets are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another individual.

Questions?  Please contact them at grow@farmher.com or visit the website www.farmher.com

Nov
19
Tue
NECC Precision Ag Training
Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

CROP SCOUTING TECHNOLOGIES.
In this course, we will discuss multiple technologies used to increase efficiency of in-season crop management. We will include the use of sensors to improve water and nitrogen management, pest management tools, and a few scouting apps to help you during the growing season.

TOPICS AND BENEFITS COVERED WILL INCLUDE:
• Learn best scouting practices to support site-specific management
• Understand the benefits of using real-time sensing and aerial imagery for scouting
• Identify new tools used to increase scouting efficiencies
• Identify new mobile applications (apps) for plant and insect identification

Training Date Time Location | CRN | Cost
West Point Campus, WPEC 206 | #60420 | $60 – November 19 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Register Today! (402) 844-7000.

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

Nov
20
Wed
Dairy Field Days
Nov 20 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The I-29 Moo University will host two on-farm dairy field days in November. Topics will include managing forages and silage, crossbreeding, housing and parlor setup.  The field days are free to attend. Each will start at 12:30 p.m. and conclude around 3:30 p.m.

Tri Cross Dairy, Nov. 20. Location: 45144 289th St., Viborg, S.D.
Owners Tom Koolhaas and Wes Bylsma, and farm manager Kris Vander Kooy will lead a tour of this 4,000-cow operation that includes a 1,200-foot cross-ventilated free-stall barn, and a 100-head rotary milking parlor.

The tour guides will share their experiences using crossbreeding within dairy to create a durable and productive cow herd. Amy Hazel, researcher with the University of Minnesota, will discuss reasons that interest in crossbreeding in dairy cattle is growing globally, explain the basics of rotational crossbreeding for dairy cattle, and present the detailed results of a 10-year study in high-performance Minnesota dairy herds where ProCROSS cows were found to be more profitable than their Holstein herd mates.

Brother-in-laws Wes Blysma and Tom Koolhaas founded Tri Cross Dairy in 2017. They both grew up on California dairies and wanted to expand their farms and landed in the I-29 Dairy Corridor, near Viborg, South Dakota. The dairy is named for its Tri-crossed, or Pro Cross breed of cattle, which are a combination of Holstein, Montbeliarde, and Swedish or Viking Red.

Registration details
Register for one or both field days at https://z.umn.edu/I29Moo. For more information, contact Jim Salfer at salfe001@umn.edu, 612-360-4506, Fred Hall fredhall@iastate.edu, 712-737-4230, or Tracey Erickson at Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu, 605-882-5140.

The field days are hosted by I-29 Moo University, a collaboration of South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, North Dakota State, and University of Nebraska Extension Services; Iowa State Dairy Association; South Dakota Dairy Producers Association; Nebraska State Dairy Association and the MN Milk Producers Association.

Nov
21
Thu
NE Beef Ind Scholars Summit
Nov 21 all-day

The 13th Annual Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Summit on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus will be held Thursday, November 21st in the Animal Science Complex.

The Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars senior class, in cooperation with Nebraska Cattlemen, has been working diligently to bring this Summit to you. A variety of topics will be discussed at this year’s event…..
–    Panel Discussion: Weather Patterns – Martha Shulski, Galen Erickson
–    Trade – Stan Garbacz
–    Breakout Session:
         – Transitioning Back to the Operation – Mark Goes
         – Genetic Management
–    Alternative Meats – Jessie Herrmann
–    Market Volatility – Charley Fezter
–    Carcass Evaluation & Checkoff – Chris Calkins

Space is limited, so please send us your registration form, https://nebraskacattlemen.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/summit-registration-form-2019.pdf, by November 14th to secure your place. The cost of this program is $50 and will cover lunch, speaker costs and other expenses for the event. After receiving your completed registration, we will send you additional event information. Parking permits are needed for lots on campus and will be provided at registration. They look forward to seeing you on November 21st.

NECC Variable Rate Irrigation Pt1
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 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.

Nov
22
Fri
NA-BA Research Symposium
Nov 22 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Nebraska Agri-Business Association annual Research Symposium, co-sponsored by the Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources, is set for Nov 22 in York.  There will be eight speakers presenting cutting edge research being performed in the agronomy and agriculture fields. Many of you will find this meeting to be very beneficial in your career.

Research Symposium is on Friday, November 22, 2019, at the Holthus Convention Center in York, NE.  Registration will begin at 8:00 am, with speakers starting at 8:30 am.

The speakers and topics are:
    Tyler Williams – 2019 Weather Recap and the Impact on Nebraska Agriculture
    Joe Luck – Crop Management
    Amit Jhala – Management of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Nebraska
    Amy Schmidt – Benefits and Barriers to Manure Use in Cropping Systems
    Jenny Rees – Cover Crops in Cropping Systems On-Farm Research Update
    Daran Rudnick – Overview of Irrigation scheduling Technologies
    Tom Clemente – Innovations in Agriculture
    Michael Kaiser – Effects of Soil Management on Soil Organic Characteristics

The cost of registration covers rolls & coffee, lunch, and all speaker handouts. A registration form is online at http://bit.ly/ResSym2019.  Please contact Sarah Skirry at sskirry@na-ba.com or (402) 476-1528 if you have any questions. 

Dec
3
Tue
IA Farm Bureau annual mtg
Dec 3 – Dec 4 all-day

Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2019 Annual Meeting
December 3, 2019 – December 4, 2019
The 101st annual meeting will celebrate the achievements of county Farm Bureaus and the state organization. The IFBF annual meeting will be held the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, formerly Vets Auditorium, in downtown Des Moines.

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

more info at www.nebraskacattlemen.org 

Cattle Risk Mgt wksp
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Nebraska Extension will be hosting risk management workshops for cattle producers at five locations throughout the state during November and December 2019. Join specialists and educators from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as they present vital information on strategies designed to reduce risk exposure associated with cattle marketing and forage production to achieve a profitable outcome in uncertain times. Topics covered during the workshop include marketing tools available to protect against unfavorable price declines, programs for protecting against weather related forage losses, and current issues facing the cattle industry.

Specific marketing tools covered during the workshop include futures and options as well as Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) Insurance. Programs covered to guard against weather related losses for grazing land and annual forages include Pasture, Range, and Forage (PRF) Insurance, Annual Forage Insurance, and FSA disaster programs. Current issues and opportunities facing the cattle industry will also be discussed as part of the meeting.

MANAGING CATTLE AND FORAGE PRODUCTION RISK: PROTECTING PROFITS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
Dates and times for these programs include:

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm CT
** Dairy focused livestock and forage meeting. **
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
265 33rd Ave, Columbus, NE 68601
Contact: Kimberly Clark at 402-472-6065

To register for the meetings please either call the contact listed above or go to the link:  http://go.unl.edu/cattlerisk.

These workshops do not have a cost for attending and a complementary meal will be provided, but registration is required 3 days prior to the day of the workshop to ensure an accurate meal count.

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
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
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.