Calendar

Nov
20
Mon
NE Corn Board meeting
Nov 20 – Nov 21 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Board will hold its next meeting, Monday, November 20, 2017 and Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at The Cornhusker Marriott, 333 South 13th Street in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Board will be hold a joint Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Corn Board meeting the afternoon of November 20, 2017. The following day, November 21st the Nebraska Corn Board will meet to address regular board business. The meeting is open to the public. A copy of the agenda is available by calling either 402/471-2676 or by emailing

Nov
21
Tue
Dodge Co Cattlemen Monthly Meeting
Nov 21 all-day

Dodge County Cattlemen will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 21st, at Z’s Bar & Grill in Scribner. Social begins at 6:30 p.m. with meal at 7:30 p.m. Social & Program are sponsored by Nutrient Advisors of West Point.

Pig Farmers of Tomorrow
Nov 21 all-day

The National Pork Board is searching for the next Pig Farmers of Tomorrow, with applications now open for the industry award through Nov. 21 at www.pigfarmersoftomorrow.com. The award, in its second year, is designed to recognize, inspire and connect with the next generation of American pig farmers.

This award recognizes future farm leaders, ages 18 to 29, who intend to make pig farming their life’s work and are committed to the U.S. pork industry and to raising pigs using the We CareSM ethical principles.

Up to three award recipients will be selected. Winners will be invited to speak at National Pork Board events, including the March 2018 National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City. They also will be responsible for providing content for the pork industry’s social media program, #RealPigFarming. To apply, applicants must be actively involved in raising pigs in the United States on a full- or part-time basis and be between the ages of 18 and 29 as of Jan. 1, 2018. Students currently enrolled in a college program also are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have a completed Common Swine Industry Audit or be willing to have one conducted and paid for by the National Pork Board. Applicants must submit up to five photos that represent them as a Pig Farmer of Tomorrow. The National Pork Board selection committee will name up to eight semi-finalists who will be interviewed by a panel of judges to select the finalists. Three winners will be chosen based on a combination of all application materials.

ISU Pro-Ag Outlook mtg
Nov 21 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has scheduled a series of Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Seminars to be held across the state in November and December.

The program is designed to provide agribusiness leaders a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential and management implications. Participants also will receive an overview of the agricultural industry and learn how changes may affect Iowa producers.

Speakers will vary by location but will include ISU Extension and Outreach state specialists Chad Hart, associate professor in economics and extension grain markets specialist; Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor and extension economist; Lee Schulz, assistant professor and livestock economist; and Wendong Zhang, assistant professor and extension economist. ISU Extension and Outreach field specialists will also be present at the meetings.

This program takes a deep look into the outlook for agriculture in 2018 and provides an opportunity to discuss the current Iowa economic situation with university experts.

Seminars locations and dates
Waterloo – Friday, Nov. 10 at 9:30 a.m. Hawkeye Community College, Tama Hall
Altoona – Monday, Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. Polk County Extension Office
Fort Dodge – Thursday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. Webster County Extension Office
Mason City – Friday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. Hardin County Extension Office
Carroll – Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. Carroll County Extension Office
Spencer – Friday, Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m. Spencer School Administrative Building
Greenfield – Monday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. Warren Cultural Center
Iowa City – Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 12:30 p.m. Johnson County Extension Office

Registration can be done on-site 30 minutes prior to the start of each program. There is a registration fee for the program. Additional registration information can be found at www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/info/meetings.html.

NE Ext. Land Ownership wksp
Nov 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

If you’ve inherited or received farmland and want to learn more about the best strategies for managing this asset, learn what it means to own agricultural land today at one of several Nebraska Extension programs being hosted this fall across the state.

Topics to be covered in the 2.5-hour workshop include:
– Am I keeping the farm or selling it?
– How do I manage a farm?
– If leasing, what are key lease provisions?
– What legal considerations do I have with this decision?
– And, how do we manage family communications and expectations when other family is involved?

Program Dates, Sites and Contact Info
Nov. 21 – Fire Hall Wayne 9:30 a.m. 402-375-3310
Dec. 4 – Cass County Extension Weeping Water 9:30 a.m. 402-267-2205
Dec. 14 – Northeast Community College South Sioux City 6:30 p.m. 402-987-2140

Pre-registration is requested by two days prior to the event. Advance registration is requested to ensure enough handouts for the program. For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension educator, farm succession, at 402-472-1771 or e-mail avyhnalek2@unl.edu, or contact Jim Jansen, Extension economist for northeast Nebraska at 402-261-7572 or e-mail jjansen4@unl.edu.

LENRD Hering/Meeting
Nov 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The public is invited to an open house public hearing concerning the Drought Management Plan for this area. The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) will hold the hearing on Tuesday, November 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center on the campus of Northeast Community College in Norfolk.

The Drought Management Plan defines drought locally and identifies processes to respond to and manage the impacts of future drought events. The open house public hearing will allow for public comment regarding the proposed integration of the Drought Management Plan into the LENRD’s Groundwater Management Plan. The public is encouraged to spend as much or as little time as they like at the open house public hearing and it is important to note that written or oral comments carry equal weight in the decision-making process. The hearing is the first in a multi-step decision process, and consideration of the adoption (or modification) of the proposed changes will be determined at a later date.

The full text of the proposed amendment is on page 105 of the Groundwater Management Plan, which is available at the LENRD office in Norfolk and on the district’s website at www.lenrd.org/latest-news/.

Individuals with disabilities may request auxiliary aids and service necessary for participation by contacting the LENRD by November 14, 2017. Testimony relevant to the purposes of the hearing may also be submitted in writing (prior to the close of the hearing) to the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District, 601 E. Benjamin Avenue, Suite 101, Norfolk, Nebraska 68701.

For more information on this planning effort, contact the LENRD at 402-371-7313 or lenrd@lenrd.org

The November board meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center on the campus of Northeast Community College in Norfolk.

Nov
24
Fri
Comment on EPA Lvst Air Emission Reporting requirements
Nov 24 all-day

EPA has released guidance to assist farmers in reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms. EPA is making this information available to provide time for farmers to review and prepare for the reporting deadline, currently set for November 15, 2017

On December 18, 2008, EPA published a final rule that exempted farms from reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste. On April 11, 2017, the DC Circuit Court vacated this final rule. In response to a request from EPA, the DC Circuit Court extended the date by which farms must begin reporting these releases to November 15, 2017. Unless the court further delays this date, all farms (including those previously exempted) that have releases of hazardous substances to air from animal wastes equal to or greater than the reportable quantities for those hazardous substances within any 24-hour period must provide notification of such releases.

The EPA guidance information includes links to resources that farmers can use to calculate emissions tailored to specific species of livestock. To view EPA’s guidance and Frequently Asked Questions on reporting air emissions from animal waste: https://www.epa.gov/epcra/cercla-and-epcra-reporting-requirements-air-releases-hazardous-substances-animal-waste-farms.

EPA will revise this guidance, as necessary, to reflect additional information to assist farm owners and operators to meet reporting obligations. Interested parties may submit comments or suggestions by November 24, 2017.

Nov
27
Mon
ISU Women in Ag Conf
Nov 27 – Nov 28 all-day

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference will be held Nov. 27-28 at the Iowa State Center – Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa. The cost to participate in the intensive leadership workshops on Monday evening is $20. The cost to participate in the full-day conference on Tuesday is $30 for students with college/university identification and $60 for all others. Online registration is now available.

Three intensive leadership workshops will be offered Monday evening, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner during the workshops is included in the cost of registration. The three-hour interactive sessions will give women practical leadership advice and tools as well as inspire women to lead successfully at all levels of experience.

Additional networking activities are also available on Monday. Conference attendees can sign up to take a free campus tour from 3 – 5 p.m. and enjoy a hospitality room at the Best Western University Park Inn and Suites from 8:30 – 10 p.m.

The full-day conference on Tuesday begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. Lunch as well as morning and afternoon refreshments are included in the registration cost. Keynote speaker Roxi Beck, member of the advisory board for Iowa State’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and past president of the National Agri-Marketing Association begins the day with her presentation, “Winning in Complex Conversations.”

Capstone speaker Jeanne Bernick, agricultural consultant and business specialist for the national accounting and finance firm K·Coe Isom, brings her expertise associated with 20 years as a Farm Journal Media editor to her presentation, “How Remarkable Women Lead with Confidence.”

Throughout the day, more than 20 general session and concurrent session speakers will enlighten and energize attendees with a variety of leadership topics ranging from establishing mentorships to starting new businesses to mapping your leadership journey.

Highlighting the conference will be the recognition of seven inspiring women from across Iowa who are being honored as the 2017 “Women Impacting Agriculture.”

A full conference agenda and other details is available at the ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag website…. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag/women-ag-conference-information.

Nov
28
Tue
ISU Sheep Grazing Cover Crops wksp
Nov 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sheep producers and agribusiness staff are invited to a field day featuring ewes and cover crops on Nov. 28 in Plymouth County. The field day is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Northwest Iowa Sheep Producers, Iowa Sheep Industry Association and the Iowa Sheep and Wool Promotion Board. ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist Beth Doran organized the event.

The field day will begin at 10 a.m. at the Tyler Meyer farm, located at 2465 500th Street, Ireton. Meyer aerial-seeded a cereal rye and radish mix for his mature ewes to graze. He will share lessons he’s learned with fall and spring grazing.

In the afternoon, Travis Hawkins of Le Mars will share his experience with ewes grazing a blend of cereal rye, radishes, rape and turnips. In late August he aerial-seeded this mix into standing corn. His farm is located at 11363 Nature Ave.

The field day includes a noon lunch at the Craig Cooperative in Craig, and updates from the Northwest Iowa Sheep Producers Association and ISU Extension and Outreach. Registration is $5 per person, and is due Nov. 21. Register by using the event flyer registration form or download form from the Iowa Beef Center website. Complete and send to ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County, 251 12th St. SE, Le Mars, Iowa 51031, or call that office at 712-546-7835.

Attendees are encouraged to dress for winter conditions as the morning and afternoon sessions will be outside. For biosecurity reasons, participants should wear clean clothes and footwear. For more details on the individual field day sites, see the event flyer or contact Beth Doran at doranb@iastate.edu or phone 712-737-4230.

Nov
29
Wed
NE Ext. Beef Feedlot webinar
Nov 29 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Nebraska Extension is offering a new way to get information on timely beef topics in a series of hosted webinars. The webinars will be on select Wednesdays for one hour, and will feature discussions from participants to determine educational needs on new topics, presentations by experts and updates on current activities.

The educational presentations will be recorded and posted at beef.unl.edu for use and viewing at later times.

Webinars will be held on Nov. 29 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

During the Nov. 29 webinar, Galen Erickson, Nebraska Extension beef feedlot specialist, will review nutrition highlights from the 2018 Nebraska Beef Report.

To view the webinars online visit, https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/s/751919398. To access the webinars using a telephone dial 408-638-0968 or 646-876-9923. The meeting id is 751-919-398.

For more information, contact Galen Erickson at 402-472-6402 or gerickson4@unl.edu.