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.

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.

May
25
Fri
Renewable Fuels Month Promotion
May 25 all-day

Just in time for summer vacations and trips to the lake, Nebraska drivers will save on ethanol blends every Friday in May for Renewable Fuels Month.  Select retailers in Omaha, Grand Island and Bellevue are offering discounts on cleaner-burning American Ethanol and one location is discounting biodiesel!

·         Friday, May 4
o   Bucky’s – 3052 S. 84th St., Omaha
o   Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
o   Discount: $0.85 OFF per gallon of E85

·         Friday, May 11
o   Kum & Go – 14353 Q St., Omaha
o   Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
o   Discount: E15 and E85 for $0.99/gallon

·         Friday, May 18
o   Bosselman Travel Center – 3335 W Wood River Rd., Grand Island
o   Time: 4-7 p.m.
o   Discount: Clean 88 (E15) for $1.88/gallon, E85 for $0.85/gallon, and $1 OFF per gallon of automotive biodiesel

·         Friday, May 25
o   Pump & Pantry – 3605 Summit Plaza Dr., Bellevue
o   Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
o   Discount: Clean 88 (E15) for $1.88/gallon and E85 for $0.85/gallon

Find all the details for the fuel promotions at http://americanethanolne.org/renewable-fuels-promo/.

Renewable Fuels Month is coordinated through the Nebraska Ethanol Board, the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Soybean Board. Several promotional events are also being posted throughout the month on their social media platforms. Visit www.AmericanEthanolNE.org and www.BiodieselNE.com for more details.

May
30
Wed
NE Pesticide Container Recycling
May 30 all-day

When dropping off your clean agricultural pesticide containers for recycling at one of Nebraska’s 18 participating recycling collection sites, you can feel good knowing the containers will be recycled into useful products that stay in the U.S.  Now in its 27th year, the recycling program encourages producers to bring clean, dry, intact containers to a nearby collection site.  There is no charge to producers. They must, however, triple- or pressure-rinse containers and drain them before dropping them off.  Containers will be collected, ground up and reused in industry-approved products such as drain tile, underground utility conduit, pallets, landscape edging and nursery pots.  To see additional sites that may be added, a container preparation checklist and more, see http://pested.unl.edu/recycling.

YEAR-ROUND
    Buffalo: Kearney Recycling Center, Kearney, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Cass: Wiles Bros. Fertilizer, Plattsmouth, call 402-298-8550 to schedule, accepts drums
    Cuming: West Point Transfer Station, Mon thru Fri, 8am-5pm; Sat 8am-4pm, accepts drums
    Dawson: Country Partners Coop, Lexington, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., accepts drums
    Lincoln: ABC Recycling, North Platte, Mon thru Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sat by appt, accepts drums
    Sarpy: Farmers Union Coop, Gretna, call 402-332-3315
    Scotts Bluff: Gering Landfill, Gering, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., accepts drums
    Thurston: Papio MRNRD Shed, Walthill, Fridays only, accepts drums

MAY-AUGUST
    Antelope: Central Valley Ag, Royal, accepts drums
    Dawes: Solid Waste Assoc. of NW NE, Chadron, Mon through Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., accepts drums
    Kearney: Cooperative Producers Inc., Minden, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saunders: Reids Farmacy, Ashland, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., accepts drums

OPEN SPECIFIC DAYS
    Dakota: Central Valley Ag, S. Sioux City, June and July, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, accepts drums
    Lancaster: Midwest Farmers Co-op, Waverly, June 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Otoe: Midwest Farmers Co-op, Nebraska City, July 23-27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., accepts drums

BY APPOINTMENT
    Burt: Tekamah Transfer Station, Tekamah, year-round, by appointment, 402-374-1255
    Custer: Custer County Recycling, Broken Bow, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment, 308-870-0313, accepts drums
    Lincoln: North Platte Transfer Station, year-round, by appointment, 308-535-6700, accepts drums

For easy-to-follow instructions on triple-rinsing drums and pressure-rinsing, see G1736, “Rinsing Pesticide Containers,” http://extensionpubs.unl.edu/publication/9000016364796/rinsing-pesticide-containers/.  

This event has a Google Hangouts video call.
Join: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/apps.ruralradio.com/apps-ruralradio?hceid=YXBwcy5ydXJhbHJhZGlvLmNvbV9oc29uNjhhZHRxajVyNmJtajVpcHNlbmRlc0Bncm91cC5jYWxlbmRhci5nb29nbGUuY29t.36io6u0g3ko25dvn1po2ujtlbf&hs=121

NE Pork Youth Conference – Makin’ Bacon!
May 30 – Jun 1 all-day

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high-schools across Nebraska are encouraged to apply to participate in the 2018 Nebraska Pork Youth Conference: Makin’ Bacon … and a Whole Lot More! Applications will be reviewed and up to 32 students will be selected to participate.

The conference will be conducted May 30-June 1 at the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s East Campus. Other than the youth’s transportation to and from Lincoln, there will be no cost to participate. All lodging, meals, and conference materials are covered!

Participants will evaluate market animals, grade carcasses, fabricate carcasses into wholesale and retail cuts, and exercise basic culinary methods on a variety of different pork products. Additionally, lab activities include a hands-on genetics lab, a food safety lab, and a biosecurity and animal health activity. Not only will youth learn about pork as a wholesome food product, but they will also learn how the pork industry is using science to address many significant challenges, plus, throughout the conference, participants will discuss consumer issues.

Finally, participants will enjoy engaging life skills activities will be intermixed throughout the program that focus on development of communication, leadership, and networking skills.

The 2018 Nebraska Pork Youth Conference: Makin’ Bacon … and a Whole Lot More! is sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Soybean Board, Nebraska Pork Producers Association, as well as Nebraska Extension and the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Department of Animal Science.