North American Manure Expo
Aug 14 – Aug 15 all-day

North Dakota State University Extension has teamed up with South Dakota State University, SDSU Extension and regional partners to host the North American Manure Expo, which will be Aug. 15-16 at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, S.D.

The program will include a trade show; a manure agitation demonstration; a pump school; and educational sessions on topics including manure spreader calibration, manure-spreading equipment, water quality impacts of manure application during the winter, manure pit safety, spill prevention and response, and the economic value of manure as it relates to soil health. Participants also may take tours on moving manure on dairies, manure management systems and swine manure storage.

The expo is free of charge, but organizers encourage those planning to attend to preregister. The tours cost $20 and registration is required.  Details are here…

NE Pesticide Container Recycling
Aug 22 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

    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

    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

    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

    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,”  

This event has a Google Hangouts video call.

US Soy Global Trade Exchange
Aug 29 – Aug 31 all-day

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the Midwest Shippers Association (MSA) announced today that the sixth annual U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange and the 15th annual Midwest Specialty Grain Conference and Trade Show will be jointly held in Kansas City, Missouri from August 29 – 31, 2018, marking the sixth year that the two organizations will co-host this event.

USSEC’s portion of the conference is expected to draw more than 250 qualified soybean buyers from more than 50 countries.

This year’s event will feature a refined schedule that will spread out the trade team meetings between commodity and food soy and grain buyers and suppliers throughout two days, aimed at maximizing productive exchange meetings. Follow developments at

Midwest US-Japan Conference
Sep 9 – Sep 11 all-day

Registration is open until Aug. 29 for the 50th Annual Conference of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association (MWJA) being held Sept. 9-11 in Omaha.

MWJA and its partner organization — the Japan Midwest-U.S. Association — are the preeminent organizations dedicated to promoting economic relationships between the Midwestern U.S. and Japan. MWJA’s U.S. member states include Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The annual conference is considered to be the pinnacle forum for discussions about Japanese/Midwest economic relations. The conference alternates each year between Tokyo and a Midwestern city.

Registration for the conference can be accessed at

The conference is being held at the Hilton Omaha. Along with multiple speakers and plenary sessions, highlights will include a welcome luncheon at Kaneko — Omaha’s internationally renowned arts and cultural center, founded by Japanese ceramics artist Jun Kaneko — and a farm-to-table themed banquet featuring Nebraska beef and produce.

A 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner by Kawasaki Heavy Industries will be held at Durham Museum on Sept. 10, with an Anniversary Cocktail Reception featuring Heritage Railcars by Union Pacific.

The conference website, which includes a full event schedule, can be found at

More information about this year’s event can be obtained through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s (DED) Daniel Jackson at 402-802-5317 or For questions concerning registration, contact DED’s Lori Shaal at 402-471-3780 or

Husker Harvest Days
Sep 11 – Sep 13 all-day

Celebrating its 41st year, the world’s largest totally irrigated working farm show comes together once again in Grand Island, Nebraska. The show features the latest equipment, supplies and technologies available to today’s producers. Field demonstrations and crop technology exhibits are geared to Nebraska and western Corn Belt agriculture. View the newest tractors, combines and harvesters, grain-handling equipment, and irrigation technologies. Watch and even participate in live demonstrations of these as well as new models of pickups and ATVs. Livestock handling demonstrations round out the learning opportunities.

When you attend HHD this year, you will see the result of $7.5 million dollars in improvements to the grounds, including: 
• Pavement. The most noticeable upgrade will be the paved streets – all 5.5 miles of them. The paved streets are being shaped with inverted crowns, directing rainwater to the drains in the center. In addition, concrete will be poured in all of the Diversified Industries buildings and the Livestock Building.
• Fencing. A 6-foot-tall perimeter fence will surround the exhibitors’ field. While most don’t see the site outside of the three days of HHD, the fence will provide after-hours security.
• New plumbing. The restroom at the middle of the site will be renovated and doubled in size, while a new restroom will be added on the south side of the grounds.
• Light towers. There will now be 90-foot-tall light poles with security lights, as well as PA speakers 40 feet off the ground. These light poles will also be equipped with Wi-Fi receivers at a taller height to improve internet distribution.
• Smoother traffic. A new entrance and exit will be added to the exhibitors’ parking lot to improve traffic flow on the south side of the show site.
• New lot numbers and street names. With the expansion, street numbers will be flip-flopped. So, First Street becomes the northernmost street, and Tenth Street will be at the southern end of the site. Lot numbers will also be changed — although exhibitors will be in the same location they were in years past.

The show is set for September 11-13, 2018, at the grounds west of Grand Island, NE.  Show hours are Tuesday 8:00 – 5:00, Wednesday 8:00 – 5:00, and Thursday 8:00 – 4:00.  More info at