Calendar

Sep
23
Wed
Ag Law Seminar & Farm Tax wksp
Sep 23 – Sep 24 all-day

Farm consultants and tax preparers will have a two-day opportunity to expand their knowledge of current ag law and tax issues Sept. 23-24.

“Moving Forward, Equipping Your Clients for 2021 and Beyond” is an online training hosted by the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University, and begins with the Agricultural Law Seminar Sept. 23. Topics will include legal issues impacting livestock growers, the impact of COVID-19 on the farm economy and considerations when working with ag lenders, entity planning for farm program payments and tax matters, Iowa’s new partition law and more.

The Sept. 24 Farm Tax Workshop will address COVID-19 relief and legislation impacting agricultural producers, like-kind exchange issues, getting out of the business of farming, retirement issues for farmers and more.

Both programs will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Continuing education credits are available for attorneys, certified public accountants and other tax preparers, real estate and insurance professionals.

Register online by Sept. 16 for the best rate of $300 for both seminars, or $185 for one seminar. After Sept. 16, the rate is $335 for both or $210 for one seminar.

For more information, call 515-294-6365, or email ktidgren@iastate.edu.

Farm & Ranch Clinic
Sep 23 all-day

Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers across the state in September 2020. The clinics are one-on-one meetings with an agricultural law attorney and an agricultural financial counselor. These are not group sessions, and they are confidential.The attorney and financial advisor specialize in legal and financial issues related to farming and ranching, including financial and business planning, transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, debt structure and cash flow, agricultural disaster programs, and other relevant matters. Here is an opportunity to obtain an independent, outside perspective on issues that may be affecting your farm or ranch.



COVID-19: For the time being the clinics are being conducted as conference calls or as Zoom meetings. It is therefore possible to attend a clinic from any location in the state. In-person clinics are expected to resume in the near future, at which time locations will be announced.



Clinic Sites and Dates

Wednesday September 23



To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. Funding for this work is provided by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, and Legal Aid of Nebraska.

Sep
24
Thu
Aksarben Stock Show
Sep 24 – Sep 27 all-day

The Aksarben Stock Show presented by the Aksarben Foundation remains on schedule for September 24 – 27, 2020.  The stock show is managed and produced by the Nebraska State Fair.  While there are many uncertainties, the team is optimistic and continuing to prepare and plan. 

Show judge announcements were made for beef, swine, sheep and goat on social media.  Respectfully Chan Phillips from Oklahoma for beef; Kim Brock from Oklahoma for swine; Brent Jennings from North Carolina for sheep, and Nick Hammett from Missouri will judge goats.

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors and donors: Aksarben Foundation, American Foods Group, Farm Credit Services of America, Five Points Bank, First National Bank of Omaha, Nebraska State Fair, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation, Pinnacle Bank, and Valmont.  For more information on the state’s largest stock show, visit www.showaksarben.com.

Extension Suicide Prevention Program @ Panhandle Research and Extension Center
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am

An upcoming online training for agricultural professionals will teach individuals how to recognize and respond to potential signs of crisis and suicidal behavior.

Farming and ranching can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to a producer’s anxiety. And now Nebraska’s rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to this uncertainty, Nebraska Extension and the Panhandle Public Health District will be offering an online “Question. Persuade. Refer.” training. QPR is a suicide prevention program that teaches participants three steps to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.

This 90-minute training will be held online, via Zoom on Thursday September 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. MT. There is no cost to attend the training, but registration is required.

The class is limited to 35 participants

 

Nebraska Extension

Phone: 308-632-1230

4502 Avenue I

Scottsbluff, NE 69361-4972

 

UNL: Trouble in the Cattle Markets webinar
Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Trouble in the Cattle Markets: A Farm Organization’s Response
Webinar: Sept. 24, noon CDT

Over the past year, events have rocked the cattle industry and drove to the surface long-standing questions concerning the cattle markets and market structure. These concerns resulted in numerous policy proposals being offered in Washington D.C. In response, the Nebraska Farm Bureau created a Task Force of cattle producers to study current cattle markets and offer policy suggestions and recommendations. Jay Rempe, Senior Economist at Nebraska Farm Bureau, will discuss the recent market events, responses by producers, and the Task Force work and recommendations, and what it learned along the way about Nebraska’s cattle industry relative to the rest of the country.

Farm and Ranch Management Webinar Schedule
Join us on Thursdays at noon Central time. Essential information for essential decisions.
    Sept. 24: Troubles in the Cattle Markets: A Farm Organization’s Response. With Jay Rempe, Nebraska Farm Bureau.
    Oct. 1: The Economic Impact of Nebraska Agriculture. With Brad Lubben, Jeffrey Stokes and Eric Thompson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
    Oct. 8: 2020 Property Tax Changes. With Dave Aiken, Department of Agricultural Economics.
    Oct. 15: Update on Farm Income and Farm Program Payment Projects. With Brad Lubben, Department of Agricultural Economics.
    Oct. 22: Financial State of Ag for Nebraska Producers. With Tina Barrett, director and farm financial consultant, Nebraska Farm Business, Inc.
    Oct. 29: Ballot Initiatives: Election Day 2020. With Dave Aiken, Department of Agricultural Economics.

Register for the free presentations and view archived recordings on our webinar page at farm.unl.edu/webinars.

Explore Bee Keeping Webinar
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Are you curious about honey bees? Do you want
to know what it takes to get into beekeeping?
Learn about the role and importance of bees in
food production, and how they help shape our
natural landscapes and support other wildlife.
Learn about healthy pollinator communities,
the beekeeping industry, and beekeeping as
a farm business.

September 24th 2020
6 pm to 8 pm CT  5pm to 7pm MT
Zoom link provided
upon registration

To Register, contact Kirstin at kirstinb@cfra.org or register with the Butler County Extension office at 402-367-7410 or melissa.bartels@unl.edu

To register, contact Kirstin at kirstinb@cfra.org or call/text 402 870 2390

Participates can also register online at https://go.unl.edu/beekeeping

NE Ext. Beekeeping webinar
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Are you curious about honey bees? Do you want to know what it takes to get into beekeeping? Learn about the role and importance of bees in food production, and how they help shape our natural landscapes and support other wildlife during a webinar hosted by Nebraska Extension and the Center for Rural Affairs. Learn about healthy pollinator communities, the beekeeping industry, and beekeeping as a farm business.

After this class, you will have a better understanding of:
• What it takes to become a beekeeper, including time and labor;
• The role of beekeepers in farming systems;
• How to get started in beekeeping, including costs and resources;
• How to manage bees as a business; and
• Assets available for additional beekeeping training.

Beekeeping offers:
• Flexible hobby and/or business opportunities,
• Community and family engagement,
• Physical and intellectual activity,
• Connections to nature, and
• Further understanding of natural systems.

The webinar will be held on Thursday evening, September 24th, from 6pm to 8pm. Webinar link will be provided once you register. To register contact Kristin at kristinb@cfra.org, or register with the Butler County Extension office at 402-367-7410 or email melissa.bartels@unl.edu.

NeFU Dist 5 mtg
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

It is time for the NeFU Fall District Meetings.

Thanks, or no thanks to COVID-19, Farmers Union at the national and state level has transitioned all summer and fall in-person meetings to virtual events. Our summer NFU committee and board meetings were held by Zoom or conference call, as are our fall NFU committee and board meetings this week. Next week, our annual Fall Fly-In will also be held virtually.

In an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our members, our NeFU Fall District Meetings will all be held by conference call.

As of now, the plan is to make our December 4-5 State Convention a Zoom event. As you do your county meetings, and elect Delegates and Alternates, you will need to keep that in mind.

If you cannot make your District meeting, feel free to visit a neighboring District meeting. All meeting materials will be emailed out to members on our list serve. If you want to attend and want the materials, you can also call the state office at 402-476-8815. Or, the meeting materials will be available on our website at: www.nebraskafarmersunion.org.

The conference call information for all District meetings is: (425) 436-6383. The Access code is 261790#.

District 5 7:00 pm Thursday, September 24

· District’s 1 and 5 need to nominate candidates to serve on the NeFU Board of Directors. It is a 3 year term. Al Davis is the current District 1 Director and Ben Gotschall is the current District 5 Director.

· All Districts need to nominate one or two candidates to run for NFU Convention delegates from Nebraska. The top three vote getters will be delegates and the next three vote getters will be alternates ranked by the order of votes they received.

· President, Vice President, and Secretary District officers are elected at the Fall District meeting.

If you have questions or need information, call NE Farmers Union at (402) 476-8815.

Sep
25
Fri
ISU Stress on the Farm webinars
Sep 25 all-day

Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. And now Iowa’s rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the destruction from the derecho that swept through Iowa.

In response to this additional stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in collaboration with COVID Recovery Iowa, will offer 10 online “Stress on the Farm: Strategies That Help” programs beginning Friday, Aug. 28, said David Brown, behavioral health specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

ISU Extension and Outreach will offer Stress on the Farm: Strategies That Help at various dates and times to meet the busy schedules of those in the agricultural community. Each program will last for one-half hour on the following dates and times:
Friday, Aug. 28, 1:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 3, 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 25, 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m.

Agribusiness professionals, agriculture lenders and bankers, veterinarians, vet techs, commodity group members, producers and other concerned individuals can register at no cost for any of these programs. To register, go to https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/stress-farm. Participants will receive a unique URL prior to the program to access the Zoom hosted program.

For more information, contact David Brown at dnbrown@iastate.edu.

Yeutter Inst. Int’l Trade webinar series
Sep 25 all-day

Registration is open for a six-part webinar series titled “International Trade: Measuring and Managing Risk and Uncertainty,” hosted by the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with support from the CME Group Foundation.  The series runs from Sept. 14 through Oct. 9. All webinars are free and open to the public.

Sessions will feature leading experts from industry and academia, including former trade negotiators and recent White House advisers.  The full schedule is as follows:
> Sept. 14: “Uncertainty Shocks: Measuring the Implications for International Trade and Economic Growth”
> Sept. 16: “China’s Industrial Subsidies: What Can Be Done?”
> Sept. 21 (tentative): “Managing Risk in Agricultural Trade” 
> Sept. 25: “The Special (Trade) Relationship: U.S.-U.K. Negotiations”
> Sept. 29: “U.S. Trade Negotiations: Is the Phased Approach Here to Stay?” 
> Oct. 9: “WTO Dispute Settlement: Is There a Future for the Appellate Body?”

Webinar audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions. Advance registration for each webinar is required. All sessions will last 60 minutes. To view all events in this series and to register, visit https://yeutter-institute.unl.edu/2020-webinar.

Know your Numbers, Know your Options webinars
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The next session of “Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options,” Nebraska Extension’s four-part record-keeping course, will be held virtually on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon Central time, beginning Sept. 18.  Participants should plan on attending each of the four workshop dates, which also include Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9. The course requires participants to have an internet connection.

This course is designed to help farmers and ranchers understand their current financial position and how big decisions like large purchases, new leases or changes in production will affect their bottom line. Participants will work through the financial statements of a case study farm, watching pre-recorded videos, completing assignments, and participating in video chats. Upon completion of this program, participants will have a better understanding of how financial records can be used to make decisions and confidently discuss their financial position with their family, business partners, and lenders.

The course fee is $20 per participant and class size is limited to 20 people. Register by Sept. 15 at https://wia.unl.edu/know.

Sep
28
Mon
ISU Stress on the Farm webinars
Sep 28 all-day

Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. And now Iowa’s rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the destruction from the derecho that swept through Iowa.

In response to this additional stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in collaboration with COVID Recovery Iowa, will offer 10 online “Stress on the Farm: Strategies That Help” programs beginning Friday, Aug. 28, said David Brown, behavioral health specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

ISU Extension and Outreach will offer Stress on the Farm: Strategies That Help at various dates and times to meet the busy schedules of those in the agricultural community. Each program will last for one-half hour on the following dates and times:
Friday, Aug. 28, 1:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 3, 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 25, 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m.

Agribusiness professionals, agriculture lenders and bankers, veterinarians, vet techs, commodity group members, producers and other concerned individuals can register at no cost for any of these programs. To register, go to https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/stress-farm. Participants will receive a unique URL prior to the program to access the Zoom hosted program.

For more information, contact David Brown at dnbrown@iastate.edu.

Sep
30
Wed
ISU Stress on the Farm webinars
Sep 30 all-day

Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. And now Iowa’s rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the destruction from the derecho that swept through Iowa.

In response to this additional stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in collaboration with COVID Recovery Iowa, will offer 10 online “Stress on the Farm: Strategies That Help” programs beginning Friday, Aug. 28, said David Brown, behavioral health specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

ISU Extension and Outreach will offer Stress on the Farm: Strategies That Help at various dates and times to meet the busy schedules of those in the agricultural community. Each program will last for one-half hour on the following dates and times:
Friday, Aug. 28, 1:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 3, 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 25, 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m.

Agribusiness professionals, agriculture lenders and bankers, veterinarians, vet techs, commodity group members, producers and other concerned individuals can register at no cost for any of these programs. To register, go to https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/stress-farm. Participants will receive a unique URL prior to the program to access the Zoom hosted program.

For more information, contact David Brown at dnbrown@iastate.edu.

Oct
1
Thu
LENRD Irrigated Acres sign-up
Oct 1 all-day

Landowners within the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) boundaries, will have an opportunity to apply for new irrigated acres in some portions of the district this fall.

The LENRD board voted, at their August meeting, to allow up to 295 acre-feet of new stream water depletions for new groundwater irrigation development in the Hydrologically Connected or 10/50 Area.  This is in accordance with their Voluntary Integrated Management Plan.  They also voted to allow up to 2,500 acres of new groundwater irrigation development in the Non-Hydrologically Connected or Non 10/50 Area under the district’s standard variance process.  An approved variance is a requirement for any expansion of irrigated acres in the LENRD, whether from an existing or new irrigation well.

Geographic portions of the district that are eligible to be considered for standard variances are areas that fall within the top three categories of the classification map.  A map of the eligible locations will be available at the LENRD office in Norfolk by Friday, September 4th.  Excluded from consideration for this sign-up period will be any parcel of land located in any Quantity Management Subarea or Phase 3 Area located within the LENRD.

The board established a sign-up period to receive applications for Standard Variances between October 1st, 2020 and October 31st, 2020.  Contact the LENRD for more information or visit:  www.lenrd.org.  Application forms will be available online and at the LENRD office beginning October 1st.

Oct
2
Fri
Know your Numbers, Know your Options webinars
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The next session of “Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options,” Nebraska Extension’s four-part record-keeping course, will be held virtually on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon Central time, beginning Sept. 18.  Participants should plan on attending each of the four workshop dates, which also include Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9. The course requires participants to have an internet connection.

This course is designed to help farmers and ranchers understand their current financial position and how big decisions like large purchases, new leases or changes in production will affect their bottom line. Participants will work through the financial statements of a case study farm, watching pre-recorded videos, completing assignments, and participating in video chats. Upon completion of this program, participants will have a better understanding of how financial records can be used to make decisions and confidently discuss their financial position with their family, business partners, and lenders.

The course fee is $20 per participant and class size is limited to 20 people. Register by Sept. 15 at https://wia.unl.edu/know.

Oct
8
Thu
LENRD Irrigated Acres sign-up
Oct 8 all-day

Landowners within the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) boundaries, will have an opportunity to apply for new irrigated acres in some portions of the district this fall.

The LENRD board voted, at their August meeting, to allow up to 295 acre-feet of new stream water depletions for new groundwater irrigation development in the Hydrologically Connected or 10/50 Area.  This is in accordance with their Voluntary Integrated Management Plan.  They also voted to allow up to 2,500 acres of new groundwater irrigation development in the Non-Hydrologically Connected or Non 10/50 Area under the district’s standard variance process.  An approved variance is a requirement for any expansion of irrigated acres in the LENRD, whether from an existing or new irrigation well.

Geographic portions of the district that are eligible to be considered for standard variances are areas that fall within the top three categories of the classification map.  A map of the eligible locations will be available at the LENRD office in Norfolk by Friday, September 4th.  Excluded from consideration for this sign-up period will be any parcel of land located in any Quantity Management Subarea or Phase 3 Area located within the LENRD.

The board established a sign-up period to receive applications for Standard Variances between October 1st, 2020 and October 31st, 2020.  Contact the LENRD for more information or visit:  www.lenrd.org.  Application forms will be available online and at the LENRD office beginning October 1st.

Oct
9
Fri
Yeutter Inst. Int’l Trade webinar series
Oct 9 all-day

Registration is open for a six-part webinar series titled “International Trade: Measuring and Managing Risk and Uncertainty,” hosted by the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with support from the CME Group Foundation.  The series runs from Sept. 14 through Oct. 9. All webinars are free and open to the public.

Sessions will feature leading experts from industry and academia, including former trade negotiators and recent White House advisers.  The full schedule is as follows:
> Sept. 14: “Uncertainty Shocks: Measuring the Implications for International Trade and Economic Growth”
> Sept. 16: “China’s Industrial Subsidies: What Can Be Done?”
> Sept. 21 (tentative): “Managing Risk in Agricultural Trade” 
> Sept. 25: “The Special (Trade) Relationship: U.S.-U.K. Negotiations”
> Sept. 29: “U.S. Trade Negotiations: Is the Phased Approach Here to Stay?” 
> Oct. 9: “WTO Dispute Settlement: Is There a Future for the Appellate Body?”

Webinar audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions. Advance registration for each webinar is required. All sessions will last 60 minutes. To view all events in this series and to register, visit https://yeutter-institute.unl.edu/2020-webinar.

Know your Numbers, Know your Options webinars
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The next session of “Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options,” Nebraska Extension’s four-part record-keeping course, will be held virtually on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon Central time, beginning Sept. 18.  Participants should plan on attending each of the four workshop dates, which also include Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9. The course requires participants to have an internet connection.

This course is designed to help farmers and ranchers understand their current financial position and how big decisions like large purchases, new leases or changes in production will affect their bottom line. Participants will work through the financial statements of a case study farm, watching pre-recorded videos, completing assignments, and participating in video chats. Upon completion of this program, participants will have a better understanding of how financial records can be used to make decisions and confidently discuss their financial position with their family, business partners, and lenders.

The course fee is $20 per participant and class size is limited to 20 people. Register by Sept. 15 at https://wia.unl.edu/know.

Oct
10
Sat
On Location: The Heirloom Market in Bayard @ KOZY 101.3 FM
Oct 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Oct
12
Mon
Dairy Margin Coverage Begins
Oct 12 all-day

Signup for 2021 DMC Coverage to Begin Oct. 12

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency announces that Dairy Margin Coverage safety-net signup for 2021 coverage will begin Oct. 12 and will run through Dec. 11. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the program has already triggered payments for two months for producers who signed up for 2020 coverage.

As of June 15, FSA has issued more than $100 million in much-needed program benefits to dairy producers who purchased DMC coverage for this year.

Authorized by the 2018 farm bill, DMC is a voluntary risk management program that offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed price falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. Over 13,000 operations enrolled in the program for 2020.

For more information, visit farmers.gov DMC website or contact your local USDA service center.