Calendar

Feb
26
Mon
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 agecon.unl.edu/cropinsurance. 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 cwalters7@unl.edu.

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 http://manure.unl.edu – call 402-584-3818 – or email ljohnson13@unl.edu.

Beef Profitability wksp
Feb 26 @ 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)

February 26, 2018- Saunders County Extension Office at 1:00 p.m. @ ENRE Mead, NE contact Kristen Ulmer 402-624-8030

February 27, 2018 – Johnson County- Meeting at Nemaha Natural Resource District room at 1:00 p.m. Contact Jessica Jones at 402-335-3669

February 28, 2018 – Saline County at 1:00 p.m. @ Lutheran Church in Wilber, NE contact Randy Pryor 402-821-2151

Inherited Farmland webinar
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Those who have inherited farmland or may do so in the future, are encouraged to register for an upcoming two-part online seminar series “So You’ve Inherited a Farm, Now What?” offered by Nebraska Extension. The seminar will cover topics such as: keeping or selling a farm; farm management; lease provisions; legal considerations; and managing family communication issues and expectations.

The free seminars will be held Feb. 19 and Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is requested. For more information and to register visit, agecon.unl.edu/succession.

The program is being provided by members of the Nebraska Extension Land Management Outreach Team. For more information or assistance, contact Allan Vyhnalek, extension educator, at avyhnalek2@unl.edu or 402-472-177 or Jim Jansen at jjansen4@unl.edu or 402-261-7571

Funding for the seminar is provided by the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Feb
27
Tue
NE Dairy Convention
Feb 27 all-day

Fourth generation California dairy farmer Brad Scott, whose 1,000-cow dairy farm Scott Brother’s Dairy was featured on the television show “Undercover Boss,” is among the featured speakers at the 2018 Nebraska Dairy Convention February 27 at the Ramada Inn, Columbus, Neb. Scott will discuss his experience being featured on the reality show at the convention’s evening banquet at 6:30 p.m. The convention, sponsored by the Nebraska State Dairy Association, includes sessions surrounding dairy production, a trade show and the association’s annual business meeting.

Bruce Anderson, an extension professor in agronomy and horticulture from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, will discuss recommendations for raising dairy quality forage in a beef state, and Maggie Faulkner, field representative from Acumen Detection will discuss the costs associated with mastitis. Their presentations are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively.

Nancy Huls, vice president of research and innovation with the Midwest Dairy Association, will be featured at the noon luncheon, providing an update on the organization’s work on dairy farmers’ behalf. Amber Pankonin, RD, a local nutrition communications consultant and Caryn Kusleika, RD of Midwest Dairy, will present a communications workshop from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dairy production awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m., with a Grow Nebraska Dairy update at 3:30, followed by the Nebraska State Dairy Association’s annual business session at 4 p.m. The trade show hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Award presentations and the coronation of the 2018 Nebraska Dairy Princess and Ambassadors will also take place during the evening banquet.

The Nebraska Dairy Convention is free to all Nebraska dairy farmers, families and guests. Pre-registrations are encouraged by February 20. Attendee and sponsorship registration forms are available at nebraskamilk.org. Questions about the convention can be directed to Rod Johnson, Nebraska State Dairy Association, at 402-853-2028 or rod@nebraskamilk.org.

Cover Crop Management conferences
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Are you interested in learning more about Cover Crop Management? There are two educational workshops coming up in Pierce and West Point, sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD).

The workshop in Pierce will be held at the Lied Public Library, 207 W. Court Street, on Tuesday, February 27th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The workshop in West Point will be held at the Cuming County Courthouse, 200 S. Lincoln Street, on Wednesday, February 28th from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

The workshops will begin with coffee and rolls at 9:00 a.m., followed by presentations on soil biology, cover crop management, and much more. Aaron Hird, NRCS State Soil Health Specialist, will visit about why the biology of our soil is so important. Dan Gillespie, NRCS No-till Specialist, will discuss cover crop management in corn/soybean rotations, what to seed, when to terminate, and what herbicides to use. Pam Polenske, Stanton County NRCS, will present information on Client Gateway and how to access your NRCS documents online.

Reserve your seat today by calling your local NRCS office or the LENRD in Norfolk.

Chemigation training
Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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:
Columbus – Febr 27 – 1 p.m. – Pinnacle Bank, 210 E. 23rd Street – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
O’Neill – March 1 – 1 p.m. – Holt County Courthouse Annex – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
Albion – March 5 – 1 p.m. – Casey’s Community Bldg, Fairgrounds – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
Neligh – Mar 8 – 9 a.m. – Antelope County Ext Meeting Room – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4044
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…. https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018-CW-News/2018-documents/Extension-Meetings/2018-CHEMIGATION-TRAINING-DATES-1-10-18.pdf. For information on certification and recertification training opportunities, and study materials see the Nebraska Extension water.unl.edu webpage: Using Chemigation Safely and Effectively…. https://water.unl.edu/article/agricultural-irrigation/chemigation.

Feb
28
Wed
Nat’l Pork Industry Forum
Feb 28 – Mar 2 all-day

Producer delegates from across the United States will gather in Kansas City Feb. 28 – March 2 for the annual National Pork Industry Forum.

The 15 producers who serve as members of the National Pork Board will hear directly from Pork Act Delegates appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Each year the delegates confer, vote on resolutions and advisements and provide valuable direction on the important issues facing pork producers and the industry. Delegates will learn about the aggressive promotions to grow consumer demand and plans to build consumer trust and drive sustainable production.

The theme for this year’s Pork Forum, We Care® – A Decade of Commitment, references the 10-year anniversary of the We Care ethical principles. Adopted in 2008, the ethical principles show pork producers’ commitment to producing safe food, protecting and promoting animal well-being, safeguarding natural resources, promoting public health, promoting a safe work environment and contributing to a better way of life in their communities.

Prior to the annual meeting, members of the National Pork Board also will convene their March board of directors meeting. The agenda will include updates on 2018 plans to enhance pork demand, increase market opportunities, improve pork production practices and invest in research priorities.

Included on the 2018 Pork Forum agenda will be opportunities for pork producers to become certified in the pork industry’s Pork Quality Assurance® Plus program, as well as learn more about other pork industry programs. The full agenda is available at www.porkindustryforum.com.

Triumph of Ag Expo
Feb 28 – Mar 1 all-day

One of the Midwest’s premier indoor farm events, the TRIUMPH OF AGRICULTURE EXPOSITION will be held Feb 28-March 1, 2018 at the CenturyLink Center – Omaha, 10th and Capitol Avenue, just off I-480. The 52nd Annual Farm and Ranch Machinery Show will once again be filled with the latest agricultural innovations, equipment and supplies with more than 900 exhibits for farmers, ranchers, and their wives to visit all on one level of over 200,000 square feet in the state-of-the-art CenturyLink Center – Omaha.

The Farm Show is open 9 AM to 4 PM on Wed and 9 AM to 3 PM on Thurs. Advance free admission tickets can be obtained from Exhibitors, County Extension agents, farm machinery and equipment dealers or at the CenturyLink Center – Omaha door. This is an ideal time for area Farm Operators to find ways to improve productivity and increase profits before spring field work begins.

The Expo has something for every kind of farm operation, including tillage equipment, planters, monitor and control systems, soil testing equipment, mowers, cattle chutes, augers, fertilizers, various seed hybrids, feeders, tanks and pumps, hay moving and handling equipment, plows, combines, computers and software, tractors, and many more agricultural products and services for today’s farmers and ranchers.

In addition to all of the latest equipment, products, and services – there will be seminars throughout the Show, craft items and displays, antique farm tractors and equipment, and special programs. The Triumph of Ag Expo is a charter member of the North American Farm Show Council – the Top 25 shows in North America!

THE TRIUMPH OF AGRICULTURE EXPOSITION FARM & RANCH MACHINERY SHOW is produced by Mid-America Expositions, Inc. and is sponsored by the Mid-America Farm & Ranch Machinery Council.

Cover Crop Management conferences
Feb 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Are you interested in learning more about Cover Crop Management? There are two educational workshops coming up in Pierce and West Point, sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD).

The workshop in Pierce will be held at the Lied Public Library, 207 W. Court Street, on Tuesday, February 27th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The workshop in West Point will be held at the Cuming County Courthouse, 200 S. Lincoln Street, on Wednesday, February 28th from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

The workshops will begin with coffee and rolls at 9:00 a.m., followed by presentations on soil biology, cover crop management, and much more. Aaron Hird, NRCS State Soil Health Specialist, will visit about why the biology of our soil is so important. Dan Gillespie, NRCS No-till Specialist, will discuss cover crop management in corn/soybean rotations, what to seed, when to terminate, and what herbicides to use. Pam Polenske, Stanton County NRCS, will present information on Client Gateway and how to access your NRCS documents online.

Reserve your seat today by calling your local NRCS office or the LENRD in Norfolk.