Calendar

Jan
17
Wed
ICA Feedlot Forum
Jan 17 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Feedlot Forums, educational events for feedlot operators, will be held in Sioux Center and Carroll.

On January 17, another Feedlot Forum will be held in Carroll at the Carrollton Inn from 9:00 – 3:00. Topics there will also be timely and important to the future success of Iowa’s feedlot producers. Markets, trade, the beef checkoff, and cattle buildings will all be discussed, in addition to an ICA listening session. The Carroll event is free of charge and includes lunch. RSVP by Friday, January 13 to 515.296.2266 or tristen@iabeef.org.

Three State Beef Conference
Jan 17 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Opportunities for producers to visit with experts on cow-calf profit and loss and calculating breakevens, alternative cow-calf production systems, and using reproductive management and technologies to improve profitability are all on the agenda for the 33rd annual Three-State Beef Conference, to be held January 16, 17 and 18, 2018 at locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

Topics include…
– Cost of Production and cow-calf breakevens
– Confinement and alternative systems
– Beef Cattle Reproductive technologies

The conference is a traveling program, repeated three times in three different locations. At each site, registration will open at 5:30 p.m., and the program will start at 6:00 p.m. The first program will be on Tuesday, January 16 in Creston, Iowa at Southwestern Community College. The second program, on Wednesday, January 17, will be in Missouri at the MU Hundley-Whaley Learning Discovery Center in Albany. The final program will be Thursday, January 18 in Nebraska at the Gage County UNL Extension Center in Beatrice.

The registration fee is $25 per person and includes a meal and copies of the presentations. Registrations are appreciated by Friday, January 12 to help with meal planning and reducing costs.

To register for the program in Creston, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Union County at 641-782-8426 or kdowning@iastate.edu. Registrations for Beatrice can be directed to Nebraska Extension in Gage County at 402-223-1384 or kristen.ulmer@unl.edu.

For more information contact your local university extension office or visit our website at http://extension.iastate.edu/feci/3StBeef/.

Jan
18
Thu
NE Grower & Brewer Conf & Trade Show
Jan 18 – Jan 19 all-day

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has announced the dates for the second annual Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference and Trade Show. The two-day conference will be held Thursday and Friday, Jan. 18-19, 2018, at Embassy Suites Omaha – Downtown/Old Market, 555 S. 10th St., Omaha.

The two-day event will feature a variety of sessions for hop growers and craft brewers. Several prominent speakers from around the country will be on hand to discuss market outlook, horticultural practices of growing hops, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest practices, nutrient management, legal and regulatory topics, water sciences, marketing and branding, crop and brewery insurance and much more.

A networking reception featuring a Nebraska-hopped beer, brewed specifically for this conference, will be held Thursday evening, Jan. 18th and is open to all conference attendees.

This event is sponsored by the University’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nebraska Hop Growers Association, Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild and Midwest Hop Producers, LLC.

There will be a discount for those who register before December first.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.growbrewnebraska.com/. Follow along on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/negrowerbrewerconference/.

Crop Production Clinic
Jan 18 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Nebraska Extension Crop Production Clinics will be conducted at five sites this January to provide research updates and educational information focused on local agriculture. Programs for each of the clinics are customized, often featuring extension presenters from the area or who have conducted research in the area.

Topics will be in the areas of soil fertility, soil water and irrigation, insect pests, plant diseases, weeds, cropping systems, agribusiness management and marketing. View programs for topics offered at each location.

CPC 2018 Schedule
Jan. 10 – Gering:
Jan. 11 – North Platte:
Jan. 15, 16 – Norfolk: (Two one-day sessions)
Jan. 18 – Lincoln:
Jan. 24 & 25 – Kearney: (Two one-day sessions, part of the NCMC Conference)

Anyone attending the pesticide applicator license recertification sessions will also meet the requirements for dicamba applicator training. Dicamba is now a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) in Nebraska and additional training is required for its purchase and use. More here…. https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/crop-production-clinics-five-sites-january.

IA Forage & Grassland Conference
Jan 18 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The 2018 Iowa Forage and Grassland Council Conference will feature speakers and topics of interest to producers raising livestock on patures. The conference Jan. 18 will be held at the Iowa State University Alumni Center, just south of Stephens Auditorium, in Ames.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the morning speakers at 9 a.m. Lunch at noon includes the IFGC annual meeting and award recognition, and is followed by a producer panel and speakers. Starting at 3:15 there will be two breakout sessions, each with two options to choose from, and the day ends at 5 p.m. with a networking opportunity for speakers and attendees.

Joe Sellers, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist and IFGC past president, said Iowa Forage and Grassland Council is partnering with Practical Farmers of Iowa to offer the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. sessions presented by Kathy Voth and Rachel Gilker from On Pasture, an online source of science-based, easily understood and relevant information from research to help producers learn more about raising livestock on pasture in profitable and healthful ways.

Conference topics and speakers
– Establishing Alfalfa in Silage Corn – Dr. John H. Grabber, USDA-ARS, Dairy Forage Research Center, Madison, WI
– Corn Silage Quality: Before, During and After Storage – Dr. Hugo Ramirez, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy specialist
– When to Spend Your Money: Fake Science or Good Practice – Kathy Voth and Rachel Gilker, On Pasture
– Alternative Water Systems – Producer Panel: Ron Dunphy, Justin Rowe, Patrick Wall
– Will Grazing Save the Planet? – Voth and Gilker
– Grazing Management for Wildlife – Adam Janke, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist
– Iowa Fence Law – Christine Tidgren, Iowa State University Center for Ag Law and Taxation
– Using BRaNDS to Stretch Feed and Forage Supplies Following a Drought – Garland Dahlke, assistant scientist, Iowa Beef Center
– Soil Health – Doug Peterson, NRCS regional soil health specialist

IFGC and PFI members pay just $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Non-members pay $60 or $70 respectively. IFGC 2018 membership dues also can be paid at this time. Conference sponsors are from the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education – or SARE – program, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Farm Bureau, Natural Resources Conservation Service, PFI, Dow AgroSciences, Barenbrug and La Crosse Seed. For more information, call 641-203-1270 or by email at sellers@iastate.edu

NE Ethanol Board mtg
Jan 18 @ 8:30 am – 8:30 am

The Nebraska Ethanol Board will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. The meeting will be held in Lincoln at the downtown Hyatt Place Hotel (600 Q St.).

The board welcomes Doug Durante, executive director of Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC), as the keynote speaker at the meeting. Durante will review 2017, and give an outlook on what the ethanol industry might expect from Capitol Hill in the coming year.

Durante’s national ethanol advocacy efforts and his relationship with the Nebraska ethanol industry span more than 35 years. He frequently consults on international biofuel projects including initiatives that focus on the use of biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Durante will speak at approximately 9 a.m. The meeting agenda highlights include:
Keynote Presentation: Doug Durante
UNL Economic Impact Study Update
Industrial Training: Dr. Hunter Flodman
Marketing Programs
BIP Update
State and Federal Legislation
Ethanol Plant Reports

This agenda contains all items to come before the Board except those items of an emergency nature.

Beef Profitability wksp
Jan 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

During the winter of 2018 Nebraska Extension will host 17 Beef Profitability Workshops in Eastern Nebraska counties. To help beef producers evaluate their operations to make them more profitable through the latest research information. Extension Educators will present topics such as Composting Livestock Mortality Carcasses, Mineral Nutrition, Grass Production, Cover Crop Production, Hay Storage and Hay Waste, Fencing and Watering Options on Crop Residue, Nebraska Fence Laws and others. These workshops have been held across Nebraska for the pasts fifteen years. The cost is $15.00 but may vary from location depending on local sponsorship. Please register three days before the location you plan on to attending to the local Extension Office.

2018 LOCATIONS SITES ARE AS FOLLOWS: (NO MEALS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)

January 18, 2018 – Pierce County Extension Office at 1:00 p.m. @ Pierce, NE contact Ann Fenton 402-329-4821

January 30, 2018- Loup County Fair Grounds at 1:00 p.m. @ Taylor, NE contact Steve Niemeyer 308-346-4200

Three State Beef Conference
Jan 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Opportunities for producers to visit with experts on cow-calf profit and loss and calculating breakevens, alternative cow-calf production systems, and using reproductive management and technologies to improve profitability are all on the agenda for the 33rd annual Three-State Beef Conference, to be held January 16, 17 and 18, 2018 at locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

Topics include…
– Cost of Production and cow-calf breakevens
– Confinement and alternative systems
– Beef Cattle Reproductive technologies

The conference is a traveling program, repeated three times in three different locations. At each site, registration will open at 5:30 p.m., and the program will start at 6:00 p.m. The first program will be on Tuesday, January 16 in Creston, Iowa at Southwestern Community College. The second program, on Wednesday, January 17, will be in Missouri at the MU Hundley-Whaley Learning Discovery Center in Albany. The final program will be Thursday, January 18 in Nebraska at the Gage County UNL Extension Center in Beatrice.

The registration fee is $25 per person and includes a meal and copies of the presentations. Registrations are appreciated by Friday, January 12 to help with meal planning and reducing costs.

To register for the program in Creston, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Union County at 641-782-8426 or kdowning@iastate.edu. Registrations for Beatrice can be directed to Nebraska Extension in Gage County at 402-223-1384 or kristen.ulmer@unl.edu.

For more information contact your local university extension office or visit our website at http://extension.iastate.edu/feci/3StBeef/.

Jan
19
Fri
NeFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Conf.
Jan 19 – Jan 20 all-day

Registration is open for the 2018 Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Conference, Jan. 19-20 at the CoCo Key Water Resort in Omaha. The conference theme is “Waves of Opportunity” and is presented by Nebraska Farm Bureau, Douglas County Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of America, and the Aurora Cooperative.

The event features interesting tours of local agribusinesses, a dynamic keynote speaker, breakout sessions on leading issues facing agriculture in Nebraska, and a lot of fun and fellowship, including a casino night and the CoCo Key Water Resort.

The conference begins Jan. 19 with tours of local agribusinesses, including stops at: Claas, Valmont, Metropolitan Utilities District, Patriarch Distillers, and the Omaha Children’s Museum.

New to this year’s conference is a program called “Career Conversations,” a one-on-one visit with representatives from leading ag companies in Nebraska about potential career opportunities. It is also the start of the YF&R Discussion Meet that qualifies a young farmer or rancher to represent Nebraska at the 2019 American Farm Bureau Federation Discussion Meet.

Break-out sessions on Saturday, Jan 20 will cover topics including healthcare solutions, entrepreneurship, federal policy, family finances, and direct marketing.

For more information and to register visit www.nefb.org/yf-rconf. Registration includes a t-shirt, all meals, entertainment, tours, and breakout sessions. Registrants will be responsible for making their own hotel reservation and you don’t have to be a Farm Bureau member to attend.

Successful Farmer Series
Jan 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Agriculture is a challenging industry and farm owners and operators are inherently required to understand and make decisions based on a wide range of topics. There is not a single educational event that can prepare owners and operators for the decisions they need to make, thus the Successful Farmer Series was created.

This series is in it’s third year and consists of six, weekly workshops covering a variety of farm-related topics from UNL and industry experts. There events are held every Friday morning at the Lancaster Extension Office in Lincoln from January 5th through February 9th. Each session runs from 9am to 11:30am. Topics include:
– Jan 5 – Crops & Weather
– Jan 12 – Soil Fertility
– Jan 19 – Farm Economics
– Jan 26 – Corn
– Feb 2 – Wheat & Equipment
– Feb 9 – Soybeans

You can choose to come to one or come to them all, or you can even watch the live-stream from the comfort of your home or office. CCA credits available. Cost is $5 per session or $15 for all six. Pay at the door. Register at least 2 days prior to each session. Visit lancaster.unl.edu or call 402-441-7180 for more information.