NE Women in Ag Conference
Feb 22 – Feb 23 all-day

Risk management will be the focus of the 2018 Women in Agriculture (WIA) Conference February 22-23 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney.

The conference is an annual two-day event designed to educate and uplift women producers involved in any aspect of Nebraska’s agricultural industry. Through workshops and presentations, attendees will learn how to better manage risk, improve their farms and ranches, and become more successful operators and business partners.

This conference focuses on the five areas of agricultural risk management with more than 30 concurrent workshops on:
Production Risk
Market Risk
Financial Risk
Human Risk
Legal Risk

Keynote speaker Ruth Hambleton, founder of Annie’s Project, will empower and educate women producers. Hambleton counseled hundreds of farm families through the 1980s farm crisis and brings fresh hope for the current financial crunch.

Ann Finkner, Farm Credit Services of America Senior Vice President Chief Administrative Officer, will be the capstone speaker. Finkner understands the complexity, stress, and multiple roles women in agriculture face and will share resources to help women recharge.
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Early bird registration is $125; registrations after February 5 are $150. For more information about the conference, visit the Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference website….

Farmers & Ranchers College
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Now in its 17th year, the program provides educational workshops for producers in south central Nebraska through a collaborative effort of business, industry, and higher education leaders, said Brandy VanDeWalle, Extension Educator in Fillmore County. The Farmers and Ranchers College Committee consists of Fred Bruning of Bruning, Bryan Dohrman of Grafton, Sarah Miller of Carleton, Jennifer Engle of Fairmont, Ryne Norton of York, Jim Donovan of Geneva, Bryce Kassik of Geneva, Eric Kamler of Geneva, and VanDeWalle.

Program Schedule
– February 23, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: “Crop Insurance, Farm Bill Policy Update & More!” with Steve Johnson, Extension Farm Management Specialist, Iowa State University, and Brad Lubbben, Nebraska Extension Ag Policy Specialist, at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva. Registration at 9:30 a.m.

RSVPs Requested
Contributions and support from area businesses allow participants to attend at no cost; however, it is requested that people register online or by calling the Fillmore County Extension office (402-759-3712) at least one week in advance to provide an accurate meal count.

Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm
Farm Beginnings Program
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Individual Classes of Farm Beginnings Program Starts This Saturday

This year NE Extension is making individual sessions of the Farm Beginnings program available to the public if they are interested. Classes are being held on different Saturdays at the Douglas County Extension office on 8015 West Center Rd. in Omaha.

If you are interested in attending this program, the cost is $25 a session, payable with a check or cash at the door. To register contact John Porter, Extension Educator in Urban Ag from Douglas County at (402) 444-7804 or Gary Lesoing, Extension Educator in Nemaha County (402) 274-4755.

Future classes in Farm Beginnings in Douglas County this spring:
January 27, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Building Your Business Plan
• Farm Planning and Marketing – Paul Rohrbaugh, Natural Grass-fed Beef, Pasture Poultry and Egg Producer
• Travis Dunekacke – Niche Pork Producer and Marketer

February 3, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Marketing and Farm Planning & Farm Leases
• CSA Organic Vegetable Farm – Evrett Lundquist & Ruth Chantry (Common Good Farms)

February 9-10, 2018 – Healthy Farms Conference – Lincoln, NE

February 24, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Farming in Small Spaces
• Urban farming or space is limiting – John Porter – Extension Educator,UNL
• Farm Leases & other legal matters – Amy Swoboda – Legal Aid of Nebraska

March 3, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Financial Management
• Ralph Tate

March 17, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Farm Loan Opportunities and Crop Insurance
• Farm Loan Programs & Resources for Beginning Farmers – Karla Bahm from NE Department of Ag; NAP Crop Insurance, FSA Loans & Microloans, USDA Farm Service Agency Representatives – Wes Finkner or Gina Essink

March 24, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Marketing and Finances
• Organic Crops and Direct Market Poultry and Beef – Dave & Deb Welsch, West Blue Farms
• Enterprise Budgets for Entrepreneurs – Rex Nelson, Extension Educator-UNL

April 7, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Food Safety & Farmer’s Responsibility, Farming on an Acreage & SARE Resources
• Connie Fisk, Northwest Regional Extension Associate
• Gary Lesoing, Extension Educator Nemaha County & SARE State Coordinator

April 21, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – What Have We Learned?
• Farm Beginnings® Graduate Presentations

April 28, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• Presentations of Farm and Business Plans by Farm Beginnings® Participants

Here is the link to the remainder of the Farm Beginning Sessions:

Feb 24 @ 3:00 pm
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm
Crop Ins. and Farm Risk wksp
Feb 26 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Those looking to improve their understanding of agricultural production risks and crop insurance are encouraged to attend an upcoming crop insurance workshop hosted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. University experts, industry representatives and growers will lead the workshop scheduled for Feb. 26 at College Park, 3184 US-34 in Grand Island.

Crop insurance represents the cornerstone of risk management due to its ability to transfer large amounts of financial risk from producers to someone else. The workshop will provide guidance on how to select a crop insurance contract and how this decision interacts with other aspects of a farming operation.

Cory Walters, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Nebraska, will kick off the event with an overview of crop insurance in Nebraska. He will also share results of recent crop insurance research conducted at the university. Since crop insurance is closely tied to weather, Eric Hunt, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. staff scientist, will have an outlook of the upcoming season and what it may mean for your operation. Crop insurance industry representatives will discuss crop insurance contracts, and a panel of Nebraska farmers will share how they manage risk with crop insurance.

The workshop will start at 8:45 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included in the registration.

The workshop cost is $35 before Feb. 20 and $40 afterward. To register, visit Paper registration forms can be requested by calling Sandy Sterkel at 402-472-1742.

For questions regarding the workshop, contact Cory Walters at 402-472-0366 or

Land Applicaiton training
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Eight Nebraska Extension offices across the state will offer workshops in February providing livestock and crop farmers with information on how to turn manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment. Participants who attend the day-long event will receive NDEQ Land Application Training Certification.

Livestock producers with livestock waste control facility permits received or renewed since April 1998 must be certified, and farms must complete an approved training every five years. Re-certification will be held during the first two hours of the day-long land application training. Farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are encouraged to attend for either the initial or re-certification portion of the training.

The morning portion of the workshops will consist of a two-hour program including updates on changing regulations and other manure management topics, such as protecting herd health with biosecurity. Any farm staff responsible for implementing the farm’s nutrient plan are encouraged to attend.

Dates, times and locations:
COLUMBUS: Feb. 26, 9 a.m., Pinnacle Bank, 210 East 23rd St.
NELIGH: Feb. 28, 9 a.m., Courthouse meeting room, 501 M St.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. A $60 fee per operation (includes one representative) will be charged for the workshops plus a $15 fee for each additional participant to cover local costs including lunch. The re-certification portion of the workshop is $30 for each participant.

For additional information on the workshops and other resources for managing manure nutrients, visit – call 402-584-3818 – or email

Memorial Health Care Systems Auxiliary Meeting
Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Auxiliary meeting for MHCS Volunteers.