Estate Planning wksp
Mar 20 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Nebraska Extension will host farm and ranch estate planning workshops at four locations across Nebraska in March. The workshops will offer information concerning how farm and ranch estates can be passed to ensure the financial stability of families.

Workshops will be held in Lexington, Mead, Neligh and Wilber. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m. at each location.

Workshop presentations are designed to provide basic information to individuals who haven’t yet started to think about succession or transition plans for their assets. Workshop topics will include: proper family communications; decision-making; concept of fair versus equal; preparing to meet with an attorney; and more. In addition, an agriculture attorney will offer information on planning for wills, trusts and other end of life documents.

Registration fees vary by each location. Fees include handouts, lunch, refreshments and presentations. To register, contact the location of interest.

Workshop dates and locations:
– LEXINGTON: March 14, Dawson County Extension Office, 1002 Plum Creek Pkwy. – Call 308-324-5501
– NEAR MEAD: March 15, Eastern NE Research and Ext. Cntr, 1071 Co. Rd. G. – Call 402-624-8030
– NELIGH: March 20, Antelope County Courthouse, 501 M. St. – Call 402-887-5414
– WILBER: March 23, Saline County Extension Office, 306 W. 3rd St. – Call 402-821-2151

For more information, contact Vyhnalek at 402-471-1771 or

ELD Mandate webinar
Mar 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

NE Cattlemen to Host ELD Webinar March 20th

Electronic Logging Device Mandate Webinar
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. Central

REGISTER AT:  After you register an email confirmation will be sent to you.

You are asked to submit any questions you have on this topic to be provided to the speaker in advance to:

How will the ELD impact you?
Wondering  about the upcoming ELD that is effective on March 18th, 2018 and how it may impact you? Here are two documents from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that may help answer your questions…..

WP Chamber Ag Appreciation dinner
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WP Chamber Hoste Ag Appreciation Dinner March 20

This year’s Ag Appreciation Dinner will be held on Tuesday, March 20th. This year’s entertainment will be provided by Eric Snodgrass, Meteorologist, Storm Chaser, and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The event will be held at the Nielsen Center beginning with a social at 6:00 p.m. and dinner and the program beginning at 7:00 p.m. The event is hosted by the West Point Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are available from sponsor business. More information at

Farm Finance Clinic
Mar 21 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
Grand Island — Thursday, March 1
Fairbury — Wednesday, March 7
North Platte — Thursday, March 8
Lexington — Thursday, March 15
Norfolk — Wednesday, March 21

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.

Chemigation training
Mar 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Nebraska Extension Chemigation Training has been scheduled at a number of sites for growers needing their chemigation certification in 2018. Training opportunities run from January into the first week of June. Online chemigation training is available for recertification only. Participants will receive educational materials and training so they can properly calibrate the chemical system injection pump for the amount of chemical and water they want to apply.

The training also will cover the evolution and application of chemigation from EPA’s initial approval in the late 1980s to the Nebraska Chemigation Act and chemigation rules and regulations as developed by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ). The Act allowed NDEQ to contract with the University of Nebraska to deliver training.

Training dates include:
Norfolk – Mar 22 – 9 a.m. – Lifelong Learning Center – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4044
Fremont – April 4 – 9 a.m. – Dodge County Ext. Office – Aaron Nygren/Nathan Mueller – 402-727-2775
O’Neill – April 11 – 1 p.m. – Holt County Courthouse Annex – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760

View the full Chemigation Training schedule for 2018 here…. For information on certification and recertification training opportunities, and study materials see the Nebraska Extension webpage: Using Chemigation Safely and Effectively….

National Ag Day kickoff celebration
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

American Agriculture is the foundation of our country. It’s the backbone of a healthy and prosperous nation made possible by the hard work of America’s farmers, ranchers, and their families. You’re invited to a National Ag Day kickoff celebration Friday March 23rd at the Wakefield Legion Hall. Cash Bar opens at 6pm, supper at 6:30pm. Special guest speaker is Sen. Deb Fischer. She will give the latest from DC, including the farm bill and more. Door prizes, too! Enjoy an evening of food, fun, and fellowship as we say Thank You for all you do to make agriculture the #1 industry in Nebraska. Brought to you in part by Farm Bureaus in Dixon, Dakota, Cuming, Cedar, Knox, and Wayne counties. RSVP with Jerry at 402-692-3019. Only 225 seats available!

Burt Co Cattlemen Ladies Night
Mar 24 all-day

Burt County Cattlemen Ladies Night is set for Saturday March 24th at the Tekamah City Auditorium. Mark your calendars now… more details to follow soon!

ISU Field Crop Scout School
Mar 24 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Field Crop Scout School Saturday, March 24, at the Field Extension Education Lab near Boone. The day-long course prepares beginning crop scouts to be successful in their field scouting work. Sessions on crop growth and development, weed, disease and insect identification, along with scouting methods and techniques are offered.

Registration is limited to 100 participants to ensure small, interactive groups. Students will rotate through hands-on, interactive experiences led by ISU Extension and Outreach specialists. Corn and soybean plant samples will be used to give students the opportunity to work with live plants rather than pictures.

An optional agricultural worker pesticide safety training session, as outlined by the Worker Protection Standard, is offered following the school. Certifications of completion will be provided.

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m., with sessions beginning at 9 a.m. and adjourning at 3:15 p.m. The optional agricultural worker pesticide safety training session will then continue until 4:20 p.m.

Online registration and downloadable registration forms are available at Pre-registration is required and must be completed before midnight, March 16. The registration fee of $100 includes field guides, course handouts, lunch and refreshments. FEEL is located at 1928 240th Street, Boone. Additional information and directions are available at

Farm Beginnings Program
Mar 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:

Central Plains Dairy Expo
Mar 27 – Mar 29 all-day

The Central Plains Dairy Expo, led by Central Plains Dairy Association, will be held at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mar. 27-29. The event, held annually in March, brings together dairy farmers from the top producing states in the Midwest to learn more about on-farm best practices, enhance their communications skills and collaborate to build a stronger dairy industry throughout the Central Plains region.

Session speakers Sarina Sharp, daily market analyst, Daily Dairy Report
Session: “When Will it End? Examining the Dairy Downturn.” Sponsored by Farm Credit

Mike Ballou, Ph.D., associate professor, ruminant nutrition and immunology, Texas Tech University
Session: “Strategies to Enhance Immunity and Health.” Sponsored by Kemin

Paul Fricke, Ph.D., professor, dairy science and extension specialist, dairy cattle reproduction, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Session: “Integration of Reproductive Programs and Technology to Maximize Fertility.” Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

Hugo Ramirez, Ph.D., assistant professor, dairy science, Iowa State University
Session: “Feeding Cows for Milk Production Efficiency: A Natural Approach.” Sponsored by MS Biotec

Michael Van Amburgh, Ph.D., professor, animal science, Cornell University
Session: “What’s Golden in Colostrum?” Sponsored by Golden Calf

For more information about the Expo, including a full schedule of events and sessions, visit