Calendar

May
21
Mon
NE Beef Council conference call
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Nebraska Beef Council will have a conference call on Monday, May 21, 2018 beginning at 12:00 p.m. CDT at the Nebraska Beef Council office at 1319 Central Ave. Kearney, NE. The NBC Board of Directors will discuss Nebraska Department of Ag. – Japan MWJA. Please contact Pam Esslinger at pam@nebeef.org

May
22
Tue
NNWMA Weed Mgt Wksp
May 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council in partnership with the Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area (NNWMA) is hosting an educational workshop and tour on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. This free event will be held at the Antelope County Courthouse basement meeting room, 501 Main St., from 9 a.m. until noon. No registration is required. Questions can be addressed to Bruce Ofe, Antelope County Weed Superintendent at 402-887-4659.

Landowners, County Board members, Natural Resource District Board members, and interested citizens are encouraged to attend this Weed Workshop. Topics will include the invasive Yellow Flag Iris, efforts with biocontrol agents in controlling noxious weeds, mechanical and chemical control of Salt Cedar, and accomplishments of the NNWMA. A tour to a site containing Yellow Flag Iris will complete the morning’s event which will then be followed by lunch.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. The NNWMA covers an eight-county area and 4,610,212 acres of private, public, and tribal land. NNWMA has technical support from the Northeast Nebraska RC&D, a local non-profit.

Utica Commercial Club Meeting
May 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
NCBA Sustainability update
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

NCBA Sustainability Update: Time to Engage webinar
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7 p.m. CT

Join the webinar to learn from fellow cattlemen about the recently released Sustainability Framework. Produced through a U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef working group process, the framework includes real world tools specific to farms, ranches and feedyards. Hear more about these resources and your opportunity to comment on how they could be improved. There will be Q&A with presenters at the end of the webinar. Click here to register…. http://www.beefusa.org/cattlemenswebinarseries.aspx.

May
23
Wed
CattleFax Trends+ webinar
May 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where do we go from here? With the magnitude of the breaks and rallies the entire cattle industry has experienced thus far, that question is on everyone’s mind. An upcoming free CattleFax webinar will address the question, as well as provide an outlook for the cow-calf and entire beef industry for the remainder of 2018.

The CattleFax Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar will be held May 23, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. MT. To participate in the webinar and access program details, producers and industry leaders simply need to register online at https://www.cattlefax.com/#!/about.

One of the most aggressive U.S. beef cowherd expansions in the last four decades has increased beef supplies and caused cow-calf profitability to be reduced back toward long-term levels. As profits have narrowed, well-informed producers can maintain healthy margins by adjusting production, marketing and risk management plans with increasing supplies in mind.

CattleFax analysts will discuss a variety of topics in the one-hour session, including:
–    Cattle and feedstuff market projections for the next 12 to 18 months
–    Outlook of the summer and fall calf markets for 2018
–    Review of the recent Cow-Calf Survey
                                                                                
The Trends+ webinar series informs cattle producers about current market conditions and provides providing decision-friendly advice regarding management decisions. The analysis and strategies shared through the webinar series has reached more than 5,000 producers, and sponsorship from Elanco Animal Health is making the seminar free for all attendees.

IA Sec. of Ag forum
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Harrison/Crawford County Corn Growers Association will host an Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Candidate Forum on May 23 from 7-9 p.m. at the Boulders Conference Center at 2507 Boulder Drive in Denison, Iowa. This event will provide a special opportunity for a question and answer panel discussion with all six of the candidates vying for the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture position.

Those six candidates in alphabetical order include:
– Ray Gaesser, a farmer and former President of the American Soybean Association
– Tim Gannon a farmer, crop insurance agent and a former USDA official for Tom Vilsack
– Chad Ingels, a farmer and former Iowa State University Extension Watershed Specialist
– Craig Lang, a farmer and former President of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
– Mike Naig, current Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, formerly the Deputy Sec. of Agriculture
– Dan Zumbach, a farmer, and current Iowa State Senator

The discussion will be moderated by veteran Farm Broadcaster and former Iowa Corn District 4 Field Manager Bruce Gaarder. This candidate forum is free and open to the public. It will provide a unique opportunity for the citizens of West Central Iowa to hear from all six candidates in one location, helping them decide who to vote for in the upcoming primary on June 5 and ultimately the general election this coming November.

For more information contact Harrison/Crawford County Corn Growers Association President Larry Buss (712) 269-2989, l-buss@windstream.net.

May
24
Thu
Military veteran farm tours
May 24 all-day

Veteran farmers have an opportunity to network and visit the farms of fellow military veterans during the Answering the Call: Veteran Farm Tour, on Thursday, May 24. The free bus tour will start outside of Lincoln and include three stops in the surrounding rural area. There is no cost to attend, and transportation and lunch are provided.

Veterans can see firsthand how others who have served have translated the duty and drive of military life into a second career on the farm.

The tour kicks off with a stop at Robinette Farms, south of Lincoln. Robinette Farms is a diversified, commercial, small-scale, family farm that grows over 80 varieties of vegetables for regional grocery stores, farmers’ markets and local customers.

Lunch will be provided on the second stop of the tour, Prairie Plate restaurant on the Lakehouse Farm. Prairie Plate is a farm-to-table restaurant that offers a seasonal menu based on products from the co-located Lakehouse Farm and regional providers. Both the restaurant and farm are veteran owned and operated.

Barreras Family Farm is the final stop on the tour, where Army values are woven into daily farm operations. Barreras Family Farm provides pasture raised, antibiotic and hormone free, sustainable farm products including chickens, eggs and goats milk via direct retail and wholesale customers in the surrounding areas.

Registration is requested by May 21. For more information and to register, call 402.687.2100 x1032 or visit cfra.org/events/answeringthecallfarmtour.

Sapp Bros. Biodiesel Blending Open House
May 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The new Sapp Bros. biodiesel blending facility will hold its grand opening in Columbus on May 24.

The new blending facility is located five miles from the Columbus NuStar terminal. Fuel suppliers can load diesel on their transport at the terminal, then load biodiesel at the Sapp Bros. terminal to the desired blend level. Fuel suppliers will have 24/7 access and loading upon approval. The biodiesel will be sourced from soybeans and BQ-9000 certified plants, assuring high-quality biodiesel.

Biodiesel is the only advanced biofuel that is commercially available and lowers greenhouse gases by more than 50 percent compared to petroleum.

Sapp Bros. opened a biodiesel blending terminal in August 2017 in Norfolk and will open another in Geneva this June. Funded by the Nebraska Soybean Board and with consulting services provided by MEG Corp Fuel Consulting, all of the blending facilities are within a five-mile radius of the diesel terminal.

The biodiesel blending facility grand opening in Columbus will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 307 13th St.

Find Your Way Home Cultural Festival Planning Meeting
May 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

FINAL meeting before the big event! We need to get all the details worked out.

Business After Hours with Pure Comfort Heating & Air
May 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Let’s network and connect at Business After Hours hosted by Pure Comfort Heating & Air!