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Jun
11
Tue
Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and Nebraska Extension Team Up to Host 2019 Generational Transition and Summer Grazing Tour Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11 and 12
Jun 11 – Jun 12 all-day

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition (NGLC) –Nebraska Extension joint Generational Transition and Summer Grazing Tour scheduled for June 11 and 12, 2019 in Southwest Nebraska.

Tuesday, June 11

  • Generational Transition Session at the UNL West Central Research Extension Center near North Platte, NE featuring ranch estate planning attorney, Pam Olsen and a panel discussion by ranchers that have successfully made the transition to the next generation. 10:00 AM- 2:30 PM (Central time). $15 Registration fee includes lunch payable upon arrival.

Wednesday, June 12

  • 2019 Summer Grazing Tour – The 2019 tour will feature three southwest Nebraska ranchers that manage very different grazing resources including intensively managed native range and range rescued from invasive Eastern Red Cedar. $20 Registration fee includes boxed lunch and evening steak fry at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, NE.

Shamrock Ranches

Owned and operated by Marlene Moore and Dwight Maseberg, Shamrock Ranches has been in Marlene’s family since 1949. Since Marlene took over in 1982, the ranch has transitioned from traditional grazing management with minimal pastures to intensive internal subdivision and water development. Today, the ranch includes 15 miles of pipeline, 37 watering points, 55 miles of electric fence and 73 paddocks ranging in size from 40 to 140 acres. Range improvement can be seen in the improved balance of cool and warm season grasses, increased percentage of forage harvested, uniformity and quality of forages available to cattle and increased carrying capacity (150%). Active participants in Ranching for Profit and the Executive Link for many years, Marlene and Dwight operate under the premise that “the cow works for us, we do not work for the cow”.

Deatrich Cattle Company

Todd and Tell Deatrich operate a small cow calf operation in the Loess Canyons south of North Platte Nebraska. The main portion of the ranch is contiguous acres leased from several landowners.  Several parcels of extra summer grass are also leased around the ranch for grazing yearlings.  The cows are run on grass from April until corn stalks are available in the fall.  A moderately intensive grazing system is used to manage forage for the cow herd.  The cows calve May and June. Weaned calves are run on cornstalks and rangeland, supplemented with hay and cake. The steers and replacement heifers are retained and run on grass as yearlings.

Prescribed fire and various mechanical means have been used to control invasive Eastern Red Cedar through cooperation with the Loess Canyons Rangeland Alliance since the very beginning, helping to start the group and conducting one of the first prescribed burns on the ranch.  Challenges associated with multiple landowners and prescribed fire are numerous. Deatrich Cattle Company is committed to working together, continually looking for more opportunities to expand efforts to restore the rangeland back to its productive state.

Mortensen Farm and Ranch

Mortensen Farm & Ranch is a family owned and operated ranch that was established in 1892.  It is now operated by the fourth and fifth generation.  The Mortensen’s have been involved in the Loess Canyon Rangeland Alliance burn group since the early 2000s.  They run in the neighborhood of 300 mama cows and are in the process of burning some of their ground for the second and third times since the LCRA originated.

Generational Transition Registration at the UNL West Central Research Extension Center south of North Platte, NE, Tuesday, June 11, 9:30 AM. Session begins at 10 AM. $15 Registration fee includes lunch payable upon arrival.

Summer Grazing Tour Registration aShamrock Ranches south of Wallace, NE, Wednesday, June 12, 7:30-8:30 AM. $20 per person payable on site. Tour begins at 8:30 AM.  Directions to tour registration site at Shamrock Ranches: Hwy 25 between Wallace and Hayes Center.  At MM 50, go 4 miles west. Do not follow the county road as it curses north. Instead continue west, crossing an autogate, then 3/4 mile on into the Shamrock Ranch Headquarters.

Preregister for each event required no later than Friday, June 7th by calling Randy Saner, Nebraska Beef Systems Extension Educator in Lincoln, Logan and McPherson Counties office 308-532- 2683 or e-mailing rsaner2@unl.edu. Specify which activities you plan to attend. For more information contact Ron Bolze, NGLC Coordinator, at 402-321-0067.

Tractor Safety Training
Jun 11 – Jun 12 all-day

The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Employing anyone uncertified under age 16 is a liability risk for farmers if those children operate such equipment.

Nebraska Extension’s Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses take place at 12 Nebraska locations this year for teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm. Anyone older than 15 is also welcome to attend, but those under age 14 are not eligible to take the class. Extensive training on tractor and ATV safety occurs during in-class lessons with hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of safety and a respect for agricultural equipment is the primary goal of the course.

The first day of classroom instruction includes hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Students are required to pass the test before taking the driving test on day two. The second day will include a physical driving test with equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. In most locations, instructors will offer an ATV simulator experience to learn about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs and UTVs. Students will also complete homework assignments for the second day.

Instructors for the course include staff members of Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, PhD, Ellen Duysen, Daniel Kent, and UNMC student Jill Oatman.

All on-site classes begin at 8:00 A.M. and end times will vary, depending on the number of participants. Training site locations, Site Coordinator contact numbers, and dates of training includes:
June 11 & 12 – Plains Equipment, O’Neill – (402) 336-2760
June 20 & 21 – Fairgrounds, Wayne – (402) 375-3310
July 1 & 2 – Fairgrounds, Weeping Water – (402) 267-2205

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

To register, print and complete a registration form and submit with payment to the appropriate Site Coordinator at least one week before the course (call the specific location number listed above for mailing address and instructions).

Jun
12
Wed
Farm & Ranch Clinic
Jun 12 all-day

Openings are available for one-on-one, confidential farm finance and ag law consultations being conducted across the state each month. An experienced ag law attorney and ag financial counselor will be available to address farm and ranch issues related to financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters. The clinics offer an opportunity to seek an experienced outside opinion on issues affecting your farm or ranch.

Clinic Sites and Dates
Norfolk — Wednesday, June 12
North Platte — Thursday, June 13
Lexington — Thursday, June 20
Norfolk — Thursday, June 27
Valentine — Friday, June 28

To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor these clinics.

Precision Ag Camp
Jun 12 – Jun 13 all-day

High school students will have the opportunity to explore the many advances in precision agriculture at a free camp being offered at Northeast Community College this summer.  Ag-Citing Precision Ag Camp will meet Wednesday, June 12, and Thursday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days on Northeast’s Norfolk campus.

Campers will learn to use the tools and gadgets in precision management, such as satellite imagery, auto-steer, sensors, drones and other technology. Workshops will explore precision equipment used in planting and harvest. Campers will also take an industry tour and meet professionals as they learn about careers in precision agriculture.

Registration is limited to the first 20 applicants and is available to students who will be in grades 9 through 12 for the 2019-20 school year.  The camp is offered free of charge.

To register, visit http://www.northeast.edu/2019/Ag-Citing-Camp. For more information, contact the Northeast Community College Agriculture, Math and Science division at (402) 844-7180 or email Debb Strate at debs@northeast.edu.

Jun
13
Thu
SW IA Cattle Feeders Day
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cattle producers can increase their knowledge of current feedlot issues and profitability during an educational program June 13 at the Wallace Foundation Learning Center, Lewis, IA. Researchers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide answers to producer questions related to animal health, nutrition and producing high quality, marketable beef.

The goal of the program is to connect cattle producers and stakeholders with the ongoing research at Iowa State, which Lundy said was inspired by the concerns and questions of producers.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the program starts at 10:30 a.m. An optional tour of the Iowa State Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm feedlot will be held at 2 p.m., and will feature the new individual-intake feeding system.

Program presentations
– “New Methods to Detect BRD in Feedlots,” by Terry Engelken, DVM, associate professor with ISU Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine.
– “Managing Mineral Nutrition to Optimize Growth Promotant Performance,” by Elizabeth Messersmith, Iowa State graduate student in animal science.
– “Stress in the Feedlot: Roles of Micronutrients,” by Erin Deters, Iowa State animal science graduate student.
– “Managing for High Quality Beef,” by Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center and ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist; and Erika Lundy, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist.

The meeting is free and includes lunch. Walk-ins are welcome. RSVP by contacting the ISU Extension and Outreach Cass County office at 712-243-1132, or the East Pottawattamie office at 712-482-6449. Erika Lundy can be reached at ellundy@iastate.edu.

Phil Vassar | Ashley McBryde | Luke Mills @ Comstock Windmill Festivall
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm
Jun
14
Fri
Jamey Johnson | Cassadee Pope | Trent Tomlinson @ Comstock Windmill Festivall
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm
Josh Ward with West Wind @ JD's, Kearney, Nebraska
Jun 14 @ 9:00 pm
Josh Ward with West Wind @ JD's, Kearney, Nebraska

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Jun
15
Sat
Explore Beekeeping classes
Jun 15 all-day

Those interested in beekeeping have a new learning opportunity.  The Center for Rural Affairs and University of Nebraska-Lincoln are partnering to offer Great Plains Master Beekeeping, a regional beekeeper training and certification program.

The program’s purpose is to increase the amount of well-educated beekeepers, to provide new and experienced beekeepers with resources to continue their education, and to help others become advocates for bees.

The Center for Rural Affairs is leading Exploratory Beekeeping classes, with four set for this summer:
  – June 15 in Schuyler,
  – June 22 in Grand Island, and
  – Aug. 28 in Crete.

Sessions in Schuyler, Grand Island, and Crete will be in English and translated into Spanish.

To participate in the program, contact unlbeelab@unl.edu or 402.472.8378, or visit gpmb.unl.edu. For more information or to RSVP to Exploratory Beekeeping classes, visit cfra.org or contact Bailey at 402.367.8989 or kirstinb@cfra.org.

LEAD Group 39 application deadline
Jun 15 all-day

Fellowship applications for Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Group 39 are now available for men and women involved in production agriculture or agribusiness.  Up to 30 motivated men and women with demonstrated leadership potential will be selected from five geographic districts across the state.

In addition to monthly three-day seminars throughout Nebraska from mid-September through early April, Nebraska LEAD fellows also participate in a 10-day national study/travel seminar and a two-week international study/travel seminar.

Seminar themes include leadership assessment and potential, natural resources and energy, agricultural policy, leadership through communication, Nebraska’s political process, global perspectives, nuclear energy, social issues, understanding and developing leadership skills, agribusiness and marketing, advances in health care, and the resources and people of Nebraska’s Panhandle.

The Nebraska LEAD Program is designed to prepare spokespersons, problem-solvers and decision-makers for Nebraska and its agricultural industry.

In its 38th year, the program is operated by the nonprofit Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nebraska colleges and universities, businesses and industry, and individuals throughout the state.

To request an application, email leadprogram@unl.edu or call 402-472-6810. Requests can also be sent to 104 ACB, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 68583-0940. Applications are due no later than June 15.

For information about the selection process, visit https://lead.unl.edu.

Veteran Farmer BBQ
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Veteran farmers in Nebraska are invited to meet and discuss agricultural issues in a free gathering hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs.

The Nebraska Veteran Farmer Barbecue is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Barreras Family Farm, 11564 County Road P30, near Blair, Nebraska. This event is for current or former active duty, guard, or reserve military service members and their families.

This is a potluck-style gathering with a main dish provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish.

To RSVP, visit cfra.org/events or contact Fox at 402.687.2100 ext. 1012 or coraf@cfra.org.

This event is funded in part by New Belgium Brewing Company.

Kip Moore | Lucas Hoge @ Comstock Windmill Festivall
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm
Jun
17
Mon
PVC Summer Tour
Jun 17 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Once again, it’s time for our annual Cattlemen’s tour. The date for our local tour is set for June 17, 2019. With this year’s tour being local, we will not need a bus so we ask everyone to drive on their own or set up a carpool with others who will be going on the tour.

This year, we are planning to make three stops. The first will be at RMS just two miles west of Leigh. Ryan recently built a bulk fertilizer plant here. He will walk us around his facility and show us his new and improved way of loading out fertilizer. Ryan’s address is 48303 115 Ave., Leigh, NE, two miles west of Leigh on Hwy. 91, then ½ mile south. We will begin at 1-2 p.m.

Second stop will be at Mark Olmer’s chicken barns north of Humphrey. With all the talk about these big barns going up, we thought it would be good to tour them before the chickens arrive. Mark’s site will hold over 300,000 chickens. Join us at 82236 552 Ave., Humphrey, or from 81/91 junction, go three miles north on 81, one mile west and ½ mile north. We will begin this tour at 2:30-3:30 p.m.

The third and final stop will be at Larson Dairy just north of Creston. Larsons recently put up a new robotic dairy barn. Come see how dairy barns have improved over the years. The Larson address is 50903 190 Avenue, Creston. From the Creston spur on Highway 91, go 1 ½ miles north. This tour is scheduled 4:00-5:00 p.m.

After the tour ends at Larson Dairy, we will go 2.5 miles south of Creston on 190th Avenue and will be eating at Scott Hellbusch’s shop. Come join us for steaks and refreshments sponsored by the businesses listed below and cooked by the Platte Valley Cattlemen.

We want to personally thank those who helped sponsor our tour:
· 3 Jand G Shade, Richland
· First National Bank
· Pinnacle Bank

We look forward to seeing you all on June 17th!

Jun
18
Tue
Beef Improvement Fed. Symposium
Jun 18 – Jun 21 all-day

Registration is now open for the 2019 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium. This year’s event will be June 18-21 at the University Comfort Suites and Convention Center in Brookings, South Dakota.

Early registration deadline is May 15. Attendees can save $100 by pre-registering. Online registration is available at http://www.beefimprovement.org.

This year’s BIF symposium features two and a half days of educational programming and a full day of tours. The first morning’s general session — “Applications of Technology” — will feature Mark Allan, Trans Ova Genetics director of genetic technology; Alison Van Eenennaam, U.C. Davis animal biotechnology and genomics extension specialist; and a producer panel including John Moes, Moes Feedlot, Watertown, South Dakota; Trey Patterson, Padlock Ranch, Ranchester, Wyoming; Tylor Braden, King Ranch, Kingsville, Texas; and John Maddux, Maddux Cattle Co., Wauneta, Nebraska.

The second day’s general session, “Utilization of Big Data” will include a presentation by Dr. Mark Trotter, Central Queensland University.

The afternoon breakout sessions both days will focus on a range of beef-production and genetic-improvement topics. The conference also features a Young Producer Symposium on Tuesday afternoon, designed for networking and to equip young cattle producers with essential knowledge as they grow their role in the business. Tuesday evening attendees will also enjoy an opening reception followed by the National Association of Annual Breeders Symposium at 7 p.m.

For more conference details, including registration information, complete schedule and lodging information visit http://www.beefimprovement.org.

Wheat, Pulse Crops & Double Crop Field Day
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

A more diverse crop rotation can play a fundamental role in managing yield limiting factors, increase resilience to extreme weather, and distribute workload. Join Nebraska Extension on Tuesday, June 18 for the Eastern Nebraska Wheat, Pulse, and Double Crop Field Day. The field day will be held at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead located at 1071 County Road G in Saunders County.

The program starts at 9:00 am and runs to 4:00 in the afternoon in Tuesday, June 18. Registration starts at 8:30 with coffee and donuts served. In the morning, there will be short presentations on winter wheat, pulses, and double crop production in eastern Nebraska including a panel discussion with some local producers. Lunch will be catered by Parker’s Smokehouse. In the afternoon, attendees will head out for plot tours and demos.

The event is free to attendee thanks to grants and sponsors. We do ask you pre-register by Friday, June 14, online at http://croptechcafe.org/wheatpulsefieldday/ or call the Dodge County Extension Office at 402-727-2775 to ensure we have enough food for all.

Speakers and topics for the first morning session on winter wheat include:
· Nebraska Wheat Board Update from Royce Schaneman, Executive Director of Nebraska Wheat
· The Word on Wheat with Dr. Nathan Mueller, Cropping System Educator
· UAV or Drone Work in Wheat with Dr. Yeyin Shi, Ag Information Systems Engineering Assistant Professor

Speakers and topics for the second morning session on pulses include:
· The Pulse on Peas by Alex Rosa and Sam Koeshall, UNL Graduate Students
· Double Cropping Short Season Crops and Forages after Field Peas with Dr. Mary Drewnoski and Alex Rosa
· Eating Wheat and Pulse Products: Health Benefits with Beth Nacke, Registered Dietician
· Eastern Nebraska wheat, pulse, and double crop grower panel

After lunch, plot tours and demonstrations run from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Tours and demonstrations include:
· Pulse crop variety trial walk-through and discussion
· Double crop Q and A
· Winter wheat variety trial walk-through and discussion
· Wheat diseases ID and discussion
· Nitrogen and sulfur fertilization study
· Drone and sensor demo in wheat

Again to get pre-registered for the Eastern Nebraska Wheat, Pulse Crop, and Double Crop Field Day this on Tuesday, June 18 near Mead, please call the Dodge County Extension Office at 402-727-2775 or pre-register online at http://croptechcafe.org/wheatpulsefieldday/ .

NE Ext. Pasture Walk
Jun 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This summer, Nebraska Extension is hosting series of pasture walks across northeast Nebraska the 3rd Tuesday of the month, June – September. The first event will be held June 18th at 4:00 PM at the Dave Hansen ranch, 51193 875 Rd. Orchard, NE. Dave will provide a tour of his cow/calf and grass finished operation as well as sharing his personal grazing approach.

Pasture walks provide an informal setting for attendees to learn about grazing principles, infrastructure options, and management practices from the host and through conversations with other participants.

Cost to attend is free. For those interested in staying a bit later a meal will be provided at a cost of $5 per person. If you are planning on attending please RSVP to the Cedar County Extension office at 402-254-6821 no later than Friday, June 14th.

ICGA Roundtalbe
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Policy development at the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a vital grassroots process. Each year, ICGA hosts roundtable meetings in local communities across the state to gather insight and feedback on priorities from members. The meetings, which will be held in June and July, allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at roundtable meetings go on to the annual ICGA Grassroots Summit on August 26-27 for the ICGA delegates to debate for adoption into the ICGA policy book. This process enables the organization to take action in lobbying for and supporting sound policy development and pro-farmer legislation. 

June 18 – Okoboji – Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 US-71 (6PM)
June 20 – Templeton – Templeton Center (3PM optional tour of Templeton Rye, 5PM Roundtable)
June 24 – Galva – Quad County Corn Processor Plant, (5PM optional tour of plant, 6PM Roundtable)
June 25 – Red Oak – AgriVision, (6PM)
July 9 – Ames – Johnny’s at Hilton Coliseum with ISU VIP guest appearance, (5PM)

Roundtables are FREE for ICGA members, but registration is requested. A meal will be included at each session. If you can’t attend a roundtable but wish to present a policy resolution for consideration, please contact your local ICGA Board member. Go to iowacorn.org/roundtables for more information.

Jun
19
Wed
ILF Webinar: Recycling Drainage Water for Irrigation
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar Wednesday, June 19 at 12 p.m. about drainage water recycling.

Drainage water recycling is a conservation practice during which subsurface drainage water is captured for use as supplemental irrigation water in the summer. In addition to the irrigation benefit, drainage water recycling reduces nitrogen and phosphorus loss by reusing the water in the field. Chris Hay, Senior Environmental Scientist with the Iowa Soybean Association, will discuss current drainage water recycling research that is taking place as part of the multi-state “Transforming Drainage” project, modeling work in Iowa and field research projects that are beginning in Iowa.

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for and is pending CCA board approval. For those who are able to watch the live webinar, information for submitting your CCA/CPAg/CPSS/CPSC number to earn the (pending) credit will be provided at the end of the presentation.

To watch, go to www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars and click the link to join the webinar shortly before 12:00 p.m. on June 19, to download the Zoom software and log in option. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for watching at any time at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

Jun
20
Thu
EXTENDED: USDA EWP program
Jun 20 all-day

Request USDA Assistance to Protect Infrastructure Damaged by March Blizzard/Flooding
Assistance Request Deadline Extended to June 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Nebraska is accepting requests for assistance through the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program to address watershed impairments resulting from the March “Bomb Cyclone” and associated flooding. Requests for assistance must be submitted to the NRCS State Conservationist in Nebraska by June 20, 2019.

NRCS Nebraska State Conservationist Craig Derickson said, “We have extended this sign up period to provide additional time for those impacted by the March severe weather to apply for this assistance.” Derickson explained, “EWP is designed to install recovery measures to safeguard lives and property as a result of a natural disaster. We have teams out now completing damage survey reports. These reports help us understand the extent of the damage and the amount of funding needed for recovery work.”

Watershed impairments that the EWP program addresses include debris-clogged stream channels, scoured or eroded bridges, and undermined and/or unstable streambanks that pose an imminent threat to public infrastructure (i.e.: bridges, county roads, etc.).

EWP work is completed through a local project sponsor. EWP project sponsors must be a legal subdivision of state government such as a city, county, state agency, town, or a federally-recognized American Indian tribe or tribal organization.

“Generally, NRCS will pay up to 75 percent of the restoration costs. The project sponsor is responsible for the remaining balance of funding needs, which can include in-kind support. It’s important to note that any recovery measures already implemented by the sponsor or in process by the sponsor would not be eligible for reimbursement,” Derickson said.

Potential sponsors seeking assistance through EWP should work with their local USDA service center, which can be found at http://offices.usda.gov. For more information about the EWP Program, contact Allen Gehring, at (402) 437-4037.

Tractor Safety Training
Jun 20 – Jun 21 all-day

The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Employing anyone uncertified under age 16 is a liability risk for farmers if those children operate such equipment.

Nebraska Extension’s Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses take place at 12 Nebraska locations this year for teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm. Anyone older than 15 is also welcome to attend, but those under age 14 are not eligible to take the class. Extensive training on tractor and ATV safety occurs during in-class lessons with hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of safety and a respect for agricultural equipment is the primary goal of the course.

The first day of classroom instruction includes hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Students are required to pass the test before taking the driving test on day two. The second day will include a physical driving test with equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. In most locations, instructors will offer an ATV simulator experience to learn about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs and UTVs. Students will also complete homework assignments for the second day.

Instructors for the course include staff members of Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, PhD, Ellen Duysen, Daniel Kent, and UNMC student Jill Oatman.

All on-site classes begin at 8:00 A.M. and end times will vary, depending on the number of participants. Training site locations, Site Coordinator contact numbers, and dates of training includes:
June 20 & 21 – Fairgrounds, Wayne – (402) 375-3310
July 1 & 2 – Fairgrounds, Weeping Water – (402) 267-2205

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

To register, print and complete a registration form and submit with payment to the appropriate Site Coordinator at least one week before the course (call the specific location number listed above for mailing address and instructions).

ICGA Roundtalbe
Jun 20 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Policy development at the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a vital grassroots process. Each year, ICGA hosts roundtable meetings in local communities across the state to gather insight and feedback on priorities from members. The meetings, which will be held in June and July, allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at roundtable meetings go on to the annual ICGA Grassroots Summit on August 26-27 for the ICGA delegates to debate for adoption into the ICGA policy book. This process enables the organization to take action in lobbying for and supporting sound policy development and pro-farmer legislation.

June 20 – Templeton – Templeton Center (3PM optional tour of Templeton Rye, 5PM Roundtable)
June 24 – Galva – Quad County Corn Processor Plant, (5PM optional tour of plant, 6PM Roundtable)
June 25 – Red Oak – AgriVision, (6PM)
July 9 – Ames – Johnny’s at Hilton Coliseum with ISU VIP guest appearance, (5PM)

Roundtables are FREE for ICGA members, but registration is requested. A meal will be included at each session. If you can’t attend a roundtable but wish to present a policy resolution for consideration, please contact your local ICGA Board member. Go to iowacorn.org/roundtables for more information.

ICGA Roundtalbe
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Policy development at the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a vital grassroots process. Each year, ICGA hosts roundtable meetings in local communities across the state to gather insight and feedback on priorities from members. The meetings, which will be held in June and July, allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at roundtable meetings go on to the annual ICGA Grassroots Summit on August 26-27 for the ICGA delegates to debate for adoption into the ICGA policy book. This process enables the organization to take action in lobbying for and supporting sound policy development and pro-farmer legislation. 

June 18 – Okoboji – Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 US-71 (6PM)
June 20 – Templeton – Templeton Center (3PM optional tour of Templeton Rye, 5PM Roundtable)
June 24 – Galva – Quad County Corn Processor Plant, (5PM optional tour of plant, 6PM Roundtable)
June 25 – Red Oak – AgriVision, (6PM)
July 9 – Ames – Johnny’s at Hilton Coliseum with ISU VIP guest appearance, (5PM)

Roundtables are FREE for ICGA members, but registration is requested. A meal will be included at each session. If you can’t attend a roundtable but wish to present a policy resolution for consideration, please contact your local ICGA Board member. Go to iowacorn.org/roundtables for more information.

Jun
21
Fri
ICON Annual Meeting
Jun 21 all-day

The Independant Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) will be hosting their 14th Annual Meeting & Convention in Broken Bow, Nebraska, on Friday June 21st, 2019, 1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (CST) at the Cobblestone Hotel.

At 1:30 p.m. Registration & Silent Auction benefiting the “Jim Hanna Memorial Scholarship” begins.

At 2:30 p.m. the ICON Annual Meeting, Legislative updates like property taxes; as well as new and proposed laws relating to the brand committee, fence law and artificial meat from featured legal counsel Rick Leonard for the Nebraska Agricultural Committee starts.

At 4:00 p.m. the first of our two dynamic and informative speakers – Brian O’Shaughnessy of New York, he is the Chairman of Revere Copper and the Vice Chairman of the Coalition for a Prosperous America and has testified before Congress and before the International Trade Commission. He will speak on “What You Don’t Know About Trade & It’s Impact on Your Country & Your Cattle”.

At 6:30 p.m. our second honored guest speaker from Nebraska, Michael B. Yanney, will speak. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Burlington Capital and has done business in 14 countries and served on a joint U.S.-Russia delegation. He will speak about “Nebraska is in a Crisis ~Time to make Changes.”

Supper will be catered by the Bonfire Grill at 6:15 p.m. with cocktails prior. End the evening relaxing & laughing with entertainment by humorist & cowboy poet R.P. Smith and mingle afterwards with fellow Cattle men & women.

Registration is $25.00 per person and includes the sirloin tip supper. Bring a first time attendee and both of you will get in free (some restrictions). If you have not paid your’ 2019 membership, get $10 off the $100 membership fee if paid with registration or at the event.

Register with Maureen by calling 308-880-1505 or e-mail her at IndependentCattlemen@gmail.com, or visit our website www.IndependentCattlemen.com for forms & mail to: 432 N. 10th Ave., Broken Bow, NE 68822.

Spend the night at the Cobblestone Hotel, (308-767-2060) with our special ICON block of room rates for $80.00/night (rates honored Thursday –Saturday). Saturday enjoy an informal round of golf at the Broken Bow Country Club.

Jake Owen with Casey Donahew @ Wild West Arena
Jun 21 all-day
NRCS Cover Crops program deadline
Jun 21 all-day

To help manage cropland damaged by Nebraska’s severe spring weather, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing funds to plant cover crops on cropland acres. Producers are encouraged to apply by June 21, 2019 at their local USDA Service Center.

This funding is available statewide in order to assist the widespread recovery work on cropland acres directly impacted by the severe weather in March.  The highest priority cropland includes land which is unable to be planted with a cash crop and/or harvested in 2019.

Cover crops prevent erosion, improve soil’s physical and biological properties, supply nutrients, suppress weeds, improve the availability of soil water, and break pest cycles along with various other benefits. Cover crops can also potentially be grazed.

Work currently being done to maintain conservation structures as well as sediment removal, debris removal or grading and reshaping can be stabilized and protected from further erosion and damage by planting a cover crop.

For more information, visit NRCS at a USDA Service Center, or visit www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.  

Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
Jun 21 @ 9:00 am

The Committee Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District will be held on June 21, 2019 at 9:00 AM (MST) at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center located at 1475 Hwy 61 N., Ogallala, NE 69153.

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

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Kane Brown with Lindsay Ell and Travis Denning @ Wild West Arena
Jun 22 all-day
Jun
23
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Child Ag Injury Prevention wksp
Jun 23 – Jun 24 all-day

A national workshop dedicated to childhood agricultural safety is scheduled for June 23-24 in the agricultural and insurance hub of Des Moines, Iowa.  The Child Agricultural Injury Prevention (CAIP) Workshop is designed for those who work in or with the agriculture industry, and want to establish and enhance child injury prevention strategies for their organizations.

Early-bird registration ($199) runs through Friday, May 10. The fee will then increase to $249. Scholarships are available to assist with the cost of registration. More information, including the registration link, is available at www.marshfieldresearch.org/CAIP-Workshop.

Co-hosts include the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (University of Iowa) and the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (University of Nebraska Medical Center), along with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. Sponsors include John Deere, Westfield Insurance and the National Farm Medicine Center.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
–    Understand the leading causes of injuries to children who are either working or playing on farms;
–    Describe interventions most likely to be effective in preventing childhood farm injuries; and
–    Identify their (and their organization’s) unique role in helping farm children grow up happy and healthy.

The workshop will be co-located with the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) annual conference, which begins June 24 and runs through June 27, https://vafb.swoogo.com/ISASH2019. Those who register for both the workshop and the ISASH Conference will save $50 on the combined registration fees. Both events will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown Des Moines.

For more workshop information, email nccrahs@marshfieldresearch.org or call 1-800-662-6900. The National Children’s Center is funded in part by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Carrie Underwood @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm
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24
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ICGA Roundtalbe
Jun 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Policy development at the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a vital grassroots process. Each year, ICGA hosts roundtable meetings in local communities across the state to gather insight and feedback on priorities from members. The meetings, which will be held in June and July, allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at roundtable meetings go on to the annual ICGA Grassroots Summit on August 26-27 for the ICGA delegates to debate for adoption into the ICGA policy book. This process enables the organization to take action in lobbying for and supporting sound policy development and pro-farmer legislation.

June 24 – Galva – Quad County Corn Processor Plant, (5PM optional tour of plant, 6PM Roundtable)
June 25 – Red Oak – AgriVision, (6PM)
July 9 – Ames – Johnny’s at Hilton Coliseum with ISU VIP guest appearance, (5PM)

Roundtables are FREE for ICGA members, but registration is requested. A meal will be included at each session. If you can’t attend a roundtable but wish to present a policy resolution for consideration, please contact your local ICGA Board member. Go to iowacorn.org/roundtables for more information.