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Mar
16
Mon
**NOW CONFERENCE CALLS** 2020 NeFU Spring District Meetings Schedule
Mar 16 @ 11:00 am – Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm

 Amended 2020 NeFU Spring District Meeting Conference Calls Schedule

 

*All meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m., and will be one hour long

 

Cards will be mailed out to the Districts that have not yet met.

 

Free Conference Calling: Call in number: (480) 660-5310 Access Code:  737 708

 

For everyone wanting the meeting handouts email us at:  info@nebraskafarmersunion.org

District 4 Spring Meeting Conference Call:  Tuesday, March 24, 2020.  7:00 p.m.

  • District 4 Director’s Report:  Vern Jantzen
  • NFU Convention report: Vern Jantzen and John Hansen
  • Federal & State issues updates:  John Hansen
  • “Train the Trainer” stress program report:  Vern Jantzen
  • GO Membership Program

For more information: Gayland Regier (402) 520-1094 Cell or Vern Jantzen (402) 230-0011 Cell

District 7 Spring Meeting Conference Call: Thursday, March 26, 2020. 7:00 p.m.

 

  • District 7 Director Report: Paul Theobald
  • NFU Convention report:  Paul Theobald & John Hansen
  • Federal & State issues updates: John Hansen
  • GO Membership Program

For more information: Paul Theobald (402) 369-3817 Cell or Art Tanderup (402-) 278-4627 Cell

District 3 & District 1 Spring Meeting Conference Call: Friday, March 27, 2020. 7:00 p.m.

  • District 3 Director’s Report: Mary Alice Corman
  • District 1 Director’s Report:  Al Davis
  • NFU Convention report:  John Hansen
  • Federal & State issues updates:  John Hansen
  • GO Membership Program

For more information: Richard Corman (402) 364-3080 or Mary Alice Corman (402) 364-3079

District 6 Spring Meeting Conference Call: Monday, March 30, 2020 7:00 p.m.

  • District 6 Director’s Report:  Graham Christensen
  • NFU Convention report: Bill Armbrust & John Hansen
  • Federal & State issues updates:  John Hansen
  • GO Membership Program

For more information: Paul Poppe (402) 380-4508 or Graham Christensen (402) 217-5217

 

District 5 Spring Meeting Conference Call:  Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  7:00 p.m.

  • District 5 Director’s Report:  Ben Gotschall
  • NFU Convention report: Ben Gotschall & John Hansen
  • Federal & State issues updates: John Hansen
  • “Train the Trainer” stress program report:  Ben Gotschall
  • GO Membership Program

For more information: Justin Orem (402) 570-8512 Cell or Ben Gotschall (402) 705-8679 Cell

Apr
1
Wed
CANCELLED: NeFU Dist. 6 Spring Mtg
Apr 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Because of the COVID-19 situation, this is now a conference call on March 30th.

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2020 NeFU Spring District Meetings Schedule
District 6 Spring Meeting: Jukes Ale Works, 20560 Elkhorn Drive, Elkhorn, Upstairs Room
Monday, April 1, 2020 6:30 pm supper on your own with meeting to follow.
· District 6 Director’s Report: Graham Christensen
· NFU Convention report: Bill Armbrust & John Hansen
· Federal & State issues updates: John Hansen
· GO Membership Program
Bring a friend, neighbor or family member.
For more information: Paul Poppe (402) 380-4508 or Graham Christensen (402) 217-5217

Apr
4
Sat
CANCELLED: Boone/Nance Co Cattlemen Banquet
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the board of directors of Boone Nance Co Cattlemen has decided to cancel this event.

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Boone Nance Cattlemen BanquetApril 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Boone County Fairgrounds, Albion, NE

PPD: Washington Co Cattlemen Banquet
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the board of directors has decided to postpone the banquet to a later date TBD.

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Washington County Cattlemen Banquet
April 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Two Rivers Bank Arena

Washington County Fairgrounds, Arlington.

Social hour at 6pm, Steak Dinner at 7pm, followed by announcing the scholarship recipients, silent auction winners, and the annual scholarship live auction.

Tickets are $30 each, but they can be combined with supporting memberships.
For more information, call any of the board of directors, or call Clark at 402-720-3323.

Apr
9
Thu
PPD: Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum 2020
Apr 9 – Apr 10 all-day

Because of the COVID-19 situation, this event has been moved to July 15-16.

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Join ethanol stakeholders and experts in Omaha for the 15th annual Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum 2020 at the La Vista Conference Center April 9-10. 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. Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to noon Friday, with multiple networking opportunities in between. Register at www.ethanol.nebraska.gov.
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.

Forum organizers Nebraska Ethanol Board and Renewable Fuels Nebraska expect more than 150 ethanol industry stakeholders to attend.

Apr
10
Fri
Midwest Dairy Scholarships
Apr 10 all-day

Call for Nebraska Division of Midwest Dairy Educational Scholarship Applications – April 10

Midwest Dairy seeks students to apply for the Nebraska Division of Midwest Dairy educational scholarship for the 2020/2021 academic school year. Full-time college students are invited to apply for the scholarship until April 10, 2020. Students can apply online at https://www.midwestdairy.com/young-dairy-leaders/dairy-scholarships/nebraska-scholarships/.

Students that are pursuing a degree to be used in the dairy industry are eligible for a $1500, $1000 and $500 scholarship. Students pursuing a degree outside of the dairy industry will be eligible for one of five $500 scholarships. The scholarship program is part of Midwest Dairy’s continued commitment to invest in creating dairy advocates as well as developing the next generation of dairy leaders.

For more information about the Nebraska Division of Midwest Dairy educational scholarship, please visit MidwestDairy.com.

Apr
14
Tue
NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
Apr 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

Apr
15
Wed
Applications Due For NAYI
Apr 15 all-day

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR NDA’S NEBRASKA AG YOUTH INSTITUTE – April 15

It’s application time for one of the biggest youth agriculture outreach events in the state—the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI). NAYI brings together high school juniors and seniors to learn more about Nebraska agriculture, network with agriculture leaders and discover the many careers available in agriculture. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) helps sponsor and coordinate NAYI every year.

NAYI will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus July 6–10, 2020. Approximately 200 students attend every year. Applications for NAYI are available at nda.nebraska.gov/nayi and must be submitted online. Current high school juniors and seniors interested in attending have until April 15, 2020, to apply.

NAYI is in its 49th year, making it the longest running agricultural youth program of its kind in the nation. This year’s theme is “Building Your Brand” and will feature motivational speakers, discussions on agricultural issues and career options, a farm management game, a formal banquet and awards presentation, and a street dance.

NAYI is coordinated by the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council, which is comprised of 21 college-aged students selected by NDA for their passion and interest in the ag industry. The Council’s purpose is to provide young Nebraskans with a better understanding of agriculture, including agricultural opportunities available to today’s youth.

NDA selects students to attend NAYI based on their leadership skills, interests and involvement in agriculture. Applications are available online at nda.nebraska.gov/nayi and must be submitted by April 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

NE Soybean Bd Candidacy deadline
Apr 15 all-day

This year, the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) will be seeking soybean farmers to represent fellow soybean farmers and the industry. Candidacy petition period began on December 1 and concludes on April 15.

How does the election work?
The election is conducted by mail-in ballot in July for District 5 and 7. Soybean farmers who reside in counties that are up for election for 2020 will receive ballots and candidate information regarding NSB’s election process via direct mail. The At-Large position on the Nebraska Soybean Board is open to all soybean farmers in Nebraska and will be elected by the sitting board members at the July board meeting.

What are the 2020 election districts and counties?
District 5: Cass, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson
District 7: Adams, Buffalo, Clay, Franklin, Hall, Kearney, Nuckolls and Webster
At-Large: All counties in Nebraska

Who can be a candidate for the NSB seats or At-Large position on the board?
Be a resident of Nebraska
Be a resident of the district in which the election is being held
Be a soybean farmer in Nebraska for at least the previous five years
Be at least 21 year of age
Have submitted a NSB candidacy petition

Roles and responsibilities for soybean board member representative:
Attend every NSB meeting – 8-day fiscal year commitment
Attend/participate in other educational events sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board
Receive no salary but are reimbursed for the expenses incurred carrying out board business
Serve a three-year term that would begin October 1, 2020

To apply for candidacy in District 5, 7 or the At-Large position you must:
Obtain a NSB Candidacy Petition by contacting NSB’s executive director, Victor Bohuslavsky, at 402-432-5720
Complete the petition and collect the signatures of 50 soybean farmers in their district
Return such petition to the NSB office on or before April 15, 2020

Apr
18
Sat
PPD: Cuming County Feeders Banquet
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The annual Cuming County Feeders Association banquet April 18th at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point has been postponed to a date TBD.

Apr
19
Sun
Star City BaconFest
Apr 19 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Star City Baconfest
April 19, 2020 – 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Embassy Suites, Lincoln, NE
1040 P St
Lincoln, NE 68508 
$25
Website:  http://starcitybaconfest.com/

May
1
Fri
Pioneer & Heritage Farm Award deadline
May 1 all-day

Each year, the Aksarben Foundation partners with the Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers to present the Pioneer Farm and Heritage Farm Awards. These awards recognize farm families in Nebraska whose land has been owned by members of the same family for 100 years (Pioneer Award) and 150 years (Heritage Award).

A family may receive one award at a time so apply for either the 100 year or the 150 year award.

The farm’s current minimum size required to submit an application is 40 acres, unless the original deed or homestead documents state the original homestead was less than 40 acres.

Application deadline to be recognized this year is May 1st.  Any applications received after that date will be awarded the following year.

To commemorate this milestone, each of these families will receive an engraved plaque and gatepost marker at the county fair in the county where their farm is located.

Click here to get more information and apply: https://www.aksarben.org/farm-family-awards/

May
12
Tue
Hemp Conference and Trade Show
May 12 all-day

Cultivate Your Future at the 2020 Inaugural Nebraska Hemp Conference and Trade Show

Through a collaborative effort, Nebraska’s agricultural growers and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers are hosting a conference in May to focus on growing the hemp industry in the Midwest. Organizers anticipate that 375 people will attend the 2020 Inaugural Nebraska Hemp Conference and Trade Show, a one-day conference held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the Innovation Campus, University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Organizers intend to make this an annual event.

The conference will bring together industry experts who will provide proven agronomic practices and insights to help growers make the best decisions for their farms. Several prominent speaker from around the country will be on hand to discuss different types of hemp (CBD/Floral, Fiber and Grain), trends across the US, growing practices, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest practices, nutrient management, and will also touch on supply-chain, marketing, legal and banking considerations, and policy news.

The conference is sponsored in part by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Midwest Hop Producers, LLC, Nebraska Hop Yards, LLC and Midwest Hop Yard Supplies, LLC. Conference proceeds will benefit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in support of Hemp Education.

To learn more or register for this event, visit www.grownebraskahemp.com.

NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
May 12 @ 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

May
15
Fri
Deadline to Apply for CRP Grasslands
May 15 all-day

USDA to Open Signup March 16 for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands

Farmers and ranchers may apply to enroll grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup beginning March 16. The signup runs through May 15.

Through CRP Grasslands, participants retain the right to conduct common grazing practices, such as haying, mowing or harvesting seed from the enrolled land. Timing of some activities may be restricted by the primary nesting season of birds.

Participants will receive an annual rental payment and may receive up to 50 percent cost-share for establishing approved conservation practices. The duration of the CRP contract is either 10 or 15 years. FSA will rank applications using a number of factors including existence of expiring CRP land, threat of conversion or development, existing grassland, and predominance of native species cover, and cost.

The 2018 Farm Bill set aside 2 million acres for CRP Grassland enrollment. CRP is one of the largest conservation programs at USDA. CRP marks its 35-year anniversary in 2020 with 22 million acres currently enrolled.

Deadline to Apply for Corn Board
May 15 @ 5:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Nebraska Corn Board Seeks Candidates for Vacancies – May 15

Notice is hereby given that the terms for three members of the Nebraska Corn Development, Utilization and Marketing Board will expire June 30, 2020, and Nebraska’s corn checkoff program is seeking candidates to petition for those districts. The open positions represent Districts 2, 3 and the board’s at large director.

District 2 – Includes the counties of Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Franklin, Webster, Nuckolls and Thayer (Note: John Greer, the current District 2 director, has indicated he will pursue reappointment).
District 3 – Includes the counties of Merrick, Polk, Hamilton and York (Note: Brandon Hunnicutt, the current District 3 director, has indicated he will pursue reappointment).
At large – The at large director represents all counties in Nebraska (Note: Jay Reiners, the current at large director, has indicated he will pursue reappointment).

Appointments to the board for Districts 2 and 3 are made by the Governor of Nebraska. The at large director appointment is made by the board. Any candidate seeking appointment may place his or her name on the candidacy list by filing a petition with the Nebraska Corn Board. Qualified candidates include those individuals who are citizens of Nebraska, are at least 21 years old, have been actively engaged in growing corn in Nebraska for a period of five years and derive a substantial portion of their income from growing corn. Board members who currently represent these districts are also eligible to re-petition.

Petitions may be obtained by writing the Nebraska Corn Board (P.O. Box 95107, Lincoln, NE 68509-5107), by calling 800-632-6761 or emailing nikki.bentzinger@nebraska.gov. A candidacy petition must carry the signatures of at least 50 corn producers from that district. All petitions must be received by the Nebraska Corn Board no later than 5:00 p.m. central time on Friday, May 15, 2020. Faxed copies do not qualify.

May
18
Mon
Deadline for Iowa Conservation Farmer of The Year Nominations
May 18 all-day

Nominations Now Open to Recognize the 2020 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year

Nominations are now being sought to find the 2020 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year. This is the 68th year this prestigious honor has been given to Iowa farmers who are committed to exceptional environmental stewardship.

The statewide and regional awards, co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honor Iowa farmers with distinguished track records of continuous commitment to soil conservation and water quality improvements. The grand prize winner will receive the use of a new John Deere 6E utility tractor for one year.

To nominate a farmer for the award, send a brief letter, 100 words or less, summarizing the nominee’s conservation efforts and commitment to improving soil and water, to your local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office. Nominations are due May 18, 2020.

One nominee will be selected by each of Iowa’s 99 SWCD offices. These individuals will be considered for regional conservation awards. Nine regional award winners will compete for the title of “Iowa’s Conservation Farmer of the Year.”

The winner will be announced during the Iowa State Fair and will receive the keys to their tractor during the Conservation Districts of Iowa annual meeting, August 10-11, in Ames. The 2020 Conservation Farmer of the Year winner will receive free use of a John Deere 6E Series utility tractor for up to 12 months or 200 hours of use. The prize, valued at more than $12,000, is once again donated by the Farm Bureau partner Van Wall Equipment of Perry and John Deere.

May
28
Thu
Tractor Safety Course
May 28 – May 29 all-day

UNMC, Nebraska Extension offer Tractor Safety Course to Teens Across Nebraska this Summer

Members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health will provide a tractor safety course in May and June of 2020 at 11 sites across Nebraska in partnership with Nebraska Extension. The course provides extensive training on tractor and all-terrain vehicle safety with a variety of hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of ‘making safety a priority’ and respect for agricultural equipment are primary goals of the course.

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 Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Course. Anyone under age 14 is 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.

Cost of the course is $60 and includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunch.

The first day of class will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, hands-on participation, concluding with a written test which students must pass to attend the second day of training.

The second day of training 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 will also offer education about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs, utility-task vehicles (UTVs), and other off-road vehicles (ORVs).

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

Classes begin at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m., depending on location, and end times vary depending on the number of participants. If classes do not fill to the minimum of 10 participants, an option will be offered to do Day 1 training online and Day 2 in person.

Dates, training site locations, and site coordinator phone numbers include:
May 28 & 29 – Wayne, Fairgrounds (402) 375-3310;
July 1 & 2 – Weeping Water, Fairgrounds, (402) 267-2205;

For more information or to register, contact the appropriate Extension office above. The registration form is located at kearney.unl.edu.

Jun
1
Mon
Deadline Applications for Century and Heritage Farms
Jun 1 all-day

Apply for Century and Heritage Farm Recognition – June 1

Eligible farm owners are encouraged to apply for the 2020 Century and Heritage Farm Program. The program was created by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation to recognize families that have owned their farm for 100 years and 150 years, respectively.

To apply, download the application on the Department’s website at iowaagriculture.gov/century-and-heritage-farm-program.

Applications may also be requested from Kelley Reece, Coordinator of the Century and Heritage Farm Program via phone at 515-281-3645, email at Kelley.Reece@IowaAgriculture.gov or by writing to Century or Heritage Farms Program, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319.

Farm families seeking to qualify for the Century or Heritage Farms Program must submit an application to the Department no later than June 1.

The ceremony to recognize the 2020 Century and Heritage Farm Award Winners is scheduled to be held at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 20 in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion.

Jun
3
Wed
World Pork Expo
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day

Registration is now open for the 2020 World Pork Expo presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). Attendees, media and exhibitors can complete their registration by visiting the World Pork Expo website. This year’s trade show will be hosted from June 3 to 5 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  With 360,000 square feet of exhibition space, more than 500 exhibitors are planned for the 2020 World Pork Expo.

Organizers plan to take advantage of all the space available in order to give attendees and exhibitors the best experience possible. Of the 500 plus companies attending the show, they will be displaying products and services from animal health, nutrition, build and equipment, financial marketing, genetics and more.

The Expo will be held in the Varied Industries Building and the Jacobson Exhibition Center, outdoors on Grand Avenue and the areas between the two main buildings. Attendees are encouraged to explore the fairground space to experience all the Expo’s offerings.

Company-sponsored hospitality tents will continue to be around throughout the fairgrounds. Organizers are expecting 60 plus tents this year, giving industry representatives an opportunity to network with producers and employees in a more relaxed setting.

The trade show will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 3-4, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 5.
 
The Expo is packed with three days of learning and networking opportunities, events and activities. More than 15 educational and informational seminars are free to attend. These seminars address innovative production and management strategies, and current issues and topics related to the pork industry.

Other activities you won’t want to miss include:
    MusicFest — Join us on Thursday evening to relax and enjoy free live music and refreshments. Stay tuned to find out who this year will feature!
    Big Grill — Stop by and enjoy a free pork lunch during all three days of the Expo. More than 10,000 lunches are served! Lunches are available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    NPPC Hospitality Tent — Visit one-on-one with NPPC board members and staff to learn about current legislation, regulation, and public policy issues that impact pork production.

Registration is now available online until May 28. Tickets include entry to the Expo for all three days. Discounted rates are available during pre-registration including $10 per adult (ages 12 and up) and $1 for children (6 to 11 years old). Registration on-site will be $20 per adult. There is an on-site Friday-only option for $10.  Registration and more information here at www.worldpork.org

Jun
5
Fri
BQA Awards nomination deadline
Jun 5 all-day

Nominations for the 14th annual National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards are now being accepted. Deadline for nominations is June 5, 2020.

The 2020 National BQA Awards recognize five winners in the areas of beef producer, dairy, marketing and education:
–    The beef producer honors include BQA Cow Calf and BQA Feedyard awards, which recognize producers who best demonstrate the implementation of BQA principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations;
–    The BQA / FARM (Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) award honors those dairy operations that demonstrate the best in animal care and handling while implementing the BQA and FARM programs at the highest levels;
–    The BQA Marketer Award acknowledges livestock markets, cattle buyers and supply-chain programs that promote BQA to their customers and offer them opportunities to get certified; and
–    The BQA Educator Award celebrates individuals or companies that provide high quality and innovative training to individuals that care and handle cattle throughout the industry chain.

For the application and nomination requirements, as well as more information about BQA, go here… www.bqa.org.  All nominations are due by June 5, 2020.

Jun
6
Sat
Cream of the Crop Dairy Show
Jun 6 all-day

The 21st annual Cream of the Crop Dairy Show is set for Saturday June 6th at the Cuming County Fairgrounds in West Point. The show is open to youth and adults, 4H and FFA members are encouraged to attend!. Breeds eligible are Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking shorthorn, and crossbred.

There will be a showmanship contest at the start of the show, divided into Senior, Intermediate, Junior, and Pee-wee divisions. Then there is a judging contest with Junior, Senior, and adult divisions.

There will be a lunch stand available.

There is no entry fee if the pre-entry is is sent in by Tuesday June 2nd. Late entries will be accepted up until 9am on Saturday with a $5 late fee. Check in is between 8am and 9am on the morning of the show.

Schedule for the day: Cattle in barns by 8am, check in and registration 8-9am, Showmanship at 10:30am, followed by the judging contest and judging of cattle, wrapping up with the final drives on heifers and cows.

For more information, contact Carl at 402-380-2465.

Jun
9
Tue
NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
Jun 9 @ 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
1
Wed
Tractor Safety Course
Jul 1 – Jul 2 all-day

UNMC, Nebraska Extension offer Tractor Safety Course to Teens Across Nebraska this Summer

Members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health will provide a tractor safety course in May and June of 2020 at 11 sites across Nebraska in partnership with Nebraska Extension. The course provides extensive training on tractor and all-terrain vehicle safety with a variety of hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of ‘making safety a priority’ and respect for agricultural equipment are primary goals of the course.

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 Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Course. Anyone under age 14 is 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.

Cost of the course is $60 and includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunch.

The first day of class will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, hands-on participation, concluding with a written test which students must pass to attend the second day of training.

The second day of training 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 will also offer education about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs, utility-task vehicles (UTVs), and other off-road vehicles (ORVs).

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

Classes begin at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m., depending on location, and end times vary depending on the number of participants. If classes do not fill to the minimum of 10 participants, an option will be offered to do Day 1 training online and Day 2 in person.

Dates, training site locations, and site coordinator phone numbers include:
May 28 & 29 – Wayne, Fairgrounds (402) 375-3310;
July 1 & 2 – Weeping Water, Fairgrounds, (402) 267-2205;

For more information or to register, contact the appropriate Extension office above. The registration form is located at 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
Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum
Jul 15 – Jul 16 all-day

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.

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

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.