Calendar

Nov
19
Mon
NE Corn Board meetings
Nov 19 – Nov 20 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Board will hold its next meeting Monday, November 19, 2018 and Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at The Cornhusker Marriott, 333 South 13th Street in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Board will hold a joint Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Corn Board meeting the afternoon of November 19, 2018. The following day, November 20th, the Nebraska Corn Board will meet to address regular board business. The meeting is open to the public and will provide an opportunity for public discussion. A copy of the agenda is available by writing to the Nebraska Corn Board, PO Box 95107, Lincoln, NE 68509, sending an email to nikki.bentzinger@nebraska.gov or by calling 402/471-2676.

Nov
20
Tue
Farm Finanace Clinic
Nov 20 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, November 1
North Platte — Thursday, November 15
Lexington — Thursday, November 15
Norfolk — Tuesday, November 20
Fairbury — Thursday, November 29

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.

Landlord Tenant Wksps
Nov 20 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Current and future landowners and tenants should make plans to attend free upcoming land management workshops sponsored by Nebraska Extension. The workshops will be held at nine sites across Nebraska this fall.  “Managing Agricultural Land for the 21st Century” will cover current trends in cash rental rates, lease provisions, and crop and grazing land considerations.  Presenters will address common agricultural landlord and tenant questions such as….
  – What does an equitable rental rate look like for my land?
  – How do I manage a farmland lease?
  – What should I expect for communications between the landlord and tenant?
  – What does a soil test tell me?
  – I hear about organic or natural production; how does that vary from what my farmer is currently doing?
  – If corn or soybeans are not making money, should something else be raised on my land?
  – What are key pasture leasing considerations including stocking rates?
  – Who is responsible for cedar tree removal from grazing land?

Workshop dates and locations:
    COLUMBUS: Nov. 20 at the Platte County Extension Office, 2715 13th St., 402-563-4901, attendees will be dismissed to have lunch off site
    NORFOLK: Dec. 3 at the Divots Convention Center, 4200 W Norfolk Ave. 402-370-4040, lunch will be sponsored

To ensure enough handouts please register at go.unl.edu/landlordtenant or call the phone number listed for each location. Lunch arrangements will be handled by each host location.  Registration at each location will start at 9:15 a.m., program starting at 9:30 a.m., and ending by 3:00 p.m. For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek at 402-472-1771 or avyhnalek2@unl.edu, or Jim Jansen, at 402-261-7572 or jjansen4@unl.edu.

Nov
26
Mon
IA Forage & Grasslands Conf.
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

 For the first time since 2014, the annual conference of the Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council will be held in Des Moines during November. The 2018 Iowa Forage and Grasslands Conference is set for Nov. 26-27 at the Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn. While plans are still being finalized, two featured speakers are sure to draw attention of IFGC members and others interested in forage, grazing and grasslands topics.

Jim Gerrish, renowned grazing consultant from American Grazinglands Services, and Byron Shelton, senior program director of the Savory Institute, are scheduled to speak during the Nov. 26 evening session and again in in-depth sessions on Nov. 27.

New this year, the event will begin with a bus tour of cover crop grazing farms in central Iowa. This tour is sponsored by the Fall Grazing Cover Crops project funded by the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Award Number 2015-49200-24226, and the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University. Following the tour, a producer panel will discuss cover crops, along with the presentations by Gerrish and Shelton.

The Tuesday agenda will include more in-depth sessions by Gerrish and Shelton as well as breakout sessions on grazing, wildlife and conservation and other production topics. Additional conference and registration information will be available soon on both the IFGC website http://iowaforage.org/ and the IBC website http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/.

For more details, contact either IFGC President Patrick Wall at patwall@iastate.edu or by phone at 515-450-7665, or IFGC annual meeting chairman Jeff Matthias at Jeff.Matthias@ia.usda.gov or phone at 515-323-2257. Wall is an extension beef specialist with IBC and ISU Extension and Outreach.

Nov
27
Tue
Midwest Rural Ag Safety & Health Conf
Nov 27 – Nov 29 all-day

Farm safety advocates will gather at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs Iowa for The Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference on November 27-29. The theme for the conference is “Stressing Resilience.”

The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center will co-host the conference along with two Iowa agricultural safety and health organizations.

Workshops include an Immigrant Worker Health and Safety program on Tuesday November 27 from 12-4 p.m. It will be presented by Mark Grey, director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration at the University of Northern Iowa. Registration is $10 and includes lunch.

Anhydrous ammonia safety training will be the focus of a workshop on Wednesday, November 28, from 6-9 p.m. at the Treynor Iowa Fire Department. This hands-on workshop includes training on an anhydrous tank simulator and is targeted to emergency responders including fire fighters and EMS. The workshop will be conducted by Dan Neenan, director of the National Education Center for Farm Safety (NECAS). This workshop is free to firefighters and EMS personnel and includes supper. Register by calling NECAS at 888-844-6322

Dan Neenan will also present Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Training targeted to farmers, elevator and co-op staff, and the public Thursday, November 29, from 12-2:30 pm. Registration is $10 and includes lunch.

Conference and registration information is available online or by contacting Ellen Duysen at ellen.duysen@unmc.edu. Discounted rates are available for farmers and students.

Farmers & Ranchers College
Nov 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

All are welcome to attend. Details will be forthcoming at go.unl.edu/farmersrancherscollege. Mark down the following dates if topics are of interest to you.

2018 -2019 Farmers & Ranchers College
  – November 27, 2018 –Agricultural Update & the Road Ahead. Featuring Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of AAEC, Virginia Tech. 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. at the Opera House in Bruning, NE.

  – January 21, 2019 – Partners In Progress – Beef Seminar at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., registration at 9:30 a.m.

  – February 12, 2019 – Managing Ag Land in the 21st Century at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with registration at 9:15 a.m.

  – March 14, 2019 – Connecting Gate to Plate. Featuring Michele Payn, Cause Matters corp. at Lazy Horse Vineyard near Ohiowa, NE at 6:00 p.m.

Nov
28
Wed
BQA Training
Nov 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Iowa Beef Center is cooperating with the Iowa Beef Industry Council to host a series of Beef Quality Assurance training and certification sessions across Iowa before the end of 2018. BQA is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

BQA certification is increasingly being encouraged, and in some cases required, by market outlets for finishing cattle and this trend is expected to increase. BQA is a voluntary program and the Iowa BQA Program is funded by the IBIC and the Beef Checkoff. The education component is delivered as a joint effort by IBC at Iowa State University and IBIC.

More sessions will be added so check the IBIC website for Iowa BQA Program and other upcoming certification trainings in your area. BQA certification also is offered online at the national level. Learn more about the BQA program and online certification option.

November
Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-noon. Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon. Preregister by Nov. 14 by calling 712-957-5045. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist
Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m. Dunlap Livestock Auction, 701 US-30, Dunlap. Meal to begin at 5 p.m. Preregister by Nov. 27 by calling Harrison County Extension Office at 712-644-2105. Contact: Chris Clark, Region 5 ISU Beef Specialist, or Erika Lundy, Region 4 ISU Beef Specialist

December
Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Sac County Extension Office, Sac City. Preregister by Dec. 2 by calling 712-662-7131. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist
Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-noon. Plymouth County Extension, Le Mars. Preregister by Dec. 9 by calling 712-546-7835. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

Nov
29
Thu
Anhydrous Ammonia Safety training
Nov 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

In an effort to improve safe handling of anhydrous ammonia, the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is working with Dan Neenan, paramedic and director of the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), to bring safety training to farmers, cooperative employees and the public.

A hands-on safety training, using an anhydrous tank simulator, will be held at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Thursday Nov. 29, from 1-2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 and includes a lunch that starts at noon. Information and registration can be found at www.i-cash.org/2018.mrash or by calling 800-551-9029.

To learn more, plan on joining the training at the Mid-America Center on Nov. 29.

BQA Training
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Iowa Beef Center is cooperating with the Iowa Beef Industry Council to host a series of Beef Quality Assurance training and certification sessions across Iowa before the end of 2018. BQA is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

BQA certification is increasingly being encouraged, and in some cases required, by market outlets for finishing cattle and this trend is expected to increase. BQA is a voluntary program and the Iowa BQA Program is funded by the IBIC and the Beef Checkoff. The education component is delivered as a joint effort by IBC at Iowa State University and IBIC.

More sessions will be added so check the IBIC website for Iowa BQA Program and other upcoming certification trainings in your area. BQA certification also is offered online at the national level. Learn more about the BQA program and online certification option.

November
Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m. Dunlap Livestock Auction, 701 US-30, Dunlap. Meal to begin at 5 p.m. Preregister by Nov. 27 by calling Harrison County Extension Office at 712-644-2105. Contact: Chris Clark, Region 5 ISU Beef Specialist, or Erika Lundy, Region 4 ISU Beef Specialist

December
Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Sac County Extension Office, Sac City. Preregister by Dec. 2 by calling 712-662-7131. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist
Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-noon. Plymouth County Extension, Le Mars. Preregister by Dec. 9 by calling 712-546-7835. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

Nov
30
Fri
ISU Fall Grazing of Cover Crops tour
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University will host six tours focused on fall grazing cover crops. Tours are scheduled for late November and early December across Iowa.The tours are part of a fall grazing cover crops risk management project funded through USDA-NIFA, and will be led by IBC beef specialists. Tour stops will include Iowa State research projects and producers who have successfully grazed cover crops in the fall and will share their tips for overcoming the challenges of adequate fall growth for grazing.

Bus transportation will be provided for all tours except the Newell tour, where producers will caravan. A registration fee of $5 will be charged to cover meal expenses and can be paid on the tour.

Participants should contact tour coordinators to preregister at least 3 days prior to the tour to aid in meal planning and ensure adequate bus seating. Remember the weather may be cold and participants will be out in fields, so dress accordingly for winter and being outdoors.

Tour dates, times and locations include
– Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., leaving from ISU Western Research and Demonstration Farm, 36515 Hwy E34, Castana. Preregister with Keith Baker at ISU Extension Monona County by phone 712-423-2175 or email kwbaker@iastate.edu. For more information, contact Beth Doran, doranb@iastate.edu, 712-737-4230.

Dec
1
Sat
Dairy Ambassador application deadline
Dec 1 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Midwest Dairy and Nebraska Dairy Extension are again partnering to offer a Dairy Ambassador program in 2019. This program is a year-long leadership program where students have the opportunity to learn about the dairy community and share their love for dairy with students, future leaders and consumers while learning and advancing their leadership skills.  Ambassadors will participate in a number of events throughout the year such as Ag Literacy Festivals, Moo at the Zoo, the Nebraska State Fair, dairy farm tours, agribusiness tours and other leadership programs.  At the end of the program, Ambassadors will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Midwest Dairy.  In addition to the scholarship, Ambassadors will receive a $75 per diem for each day they participate in events.

Applicant eligibility includes
    1) Applicant must be enrolled full-time in a Nebraska post-secondary school for the duration of the appointment.
    2) Applicant must provide their own transportation. Reimbursement for travel expenses (mileage and hotel) will be provided for all approved events.
    3) Applicant must communicate effectively through email, text messaging and in-person. 4) Applicant must have a passion for dairy.

 Applications are to be completed online at this link: https://www.midwestdairy.com/for-farmers/ambassadors/.  Applications are due December 1 and notices sent by January 1, 2019.

ISU Beef Blask wksp
Dec 1 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to attend Beef Blast at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames, Iowa. The workshop is hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa State Department of Animal Science, teaching participants about working with beef cattle.

The program begins at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 and will conclude at 3:30 p.m. Workshop presenters include beef faculty, staff and graduate students from Iowa State.

The focus of the program is general beef management with youth participating in a variety of hands-on workshops that cover meat science and selection. Participants will examine yield and quality grade beef, select animals for breed characteristics, develop a general health and management place and learn how to advocate for their industry.

The cost of the workshop is $40 and includes all materials and lunch. Registration is due by midnight, Nov. 20 and space is limited. To register visit www.ans.iastate.edu/4-h-beef-blast-0. Parents are also welcome to attend for a cost of $12 which covers meals.  For further information contact Powell at 515-294-3441 or ampowell@iastate.edu.

Dec
2
Sun
NE Farm Bureau Annual Convention
Dec 2 – Dec 4 all-day

www.nefb.org.

Dec
3
Mon
Iowa Farm Bureau annual mtg
Dec 3 – Dec 5 all-day

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), Iowa’s largest grassroots general farm organization, will celebrate a century of success December 3-5 in Des Moines during the 100th IFBF Annual Meeting.

IFBF’s ‘A Century Strong’ celebration officially kicks off Monday, Dec. 3, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in downtown Des Moines with a special centennial celebration on Monday evening featuring award-winning entertainment by Don Felder, renowned as former lead guitarist of the Eagles, one the of the most popular and influential rock groups of all time.

The educational sessions start Tuesday and continue Wednesday and will feature a wide variety of seminars and panels with timely updates on critical farm programs and opportunities for growth in rural Iowa.  Tuesday afternoon will also feature cyber security expert, Mark Lanterman’s presentation, ‘Don’t be Another Fish in the Dark Net,’ and how farmers need to secure sensitive information.

Trade and export markets are a top priority in agriculture with farmers closely following developments.  Ambassador Gregg Doud, U.S. Trade Representative, will lead a trade-focused panel session and will share the latest updates and outlook with members.  Paul Clayton, senior vice president of export services at the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), will also serve on the Farm Bill and U.S. Trade panels.

For more information, a detailed agenda or to register to attend the 2018 IFBF Annual Meeting, check out www.iowafarmbureau.org

ISU Pro Ag seminar
Dec 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach economists will offer valuable insight on key factors impacting 2019 operating decisions at 12 Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Seminars to be held across the state in November and December.  Each three-hour seminar includes information on grain price outlook and global factors to watch, livestock prices and margins, and farmland operating margins, outlook and trends.

Speakers line-up will vary by location but will include ISU Extension and Outreach state specialists Chad Hart, associate professor in economics and extension grain markets specialist; Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor and extension economist; Lee Schulz, assistant professor and livestock economist; Keri Jacobs, assistant professor and co-operatives economist; and Wendong Zhang, assistant professor and extension economist. ISU Extension and Outreach field specialists will also be present at the meetings.

Seminar locations and dates include:
    Greenfield – Monday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m., Warren Cultural Center Auditorium, 641-743-8412
    Sheldon – Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 9 a.m., NW IA Comm College, Bldg A-Room 117, 712-957-5045

The sessions are open to the public, however pre-registration is requested two days prior to the date of the event. Speakers, registration fees and provided meals vary by location. For locations, times and program information, contact the farm management field specialist in your area or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/info/meetings.html.

Landlord Tenant wksps
Dec 3 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Current and future landowners and tenants should make plans to attend free upcoming land management workshops sponsored by Nebraska Extension. The workshops will be held at nine sites across Nebraska this fall.  “Managing Agricultural Land for the 21st Century” will cover current trends in cash rental rates, lease provisions, and crop and grazing land considerations.  Presenters will address common agricultural landlord and tenant questions such as….
  – What does an equitable rental rate look like for my land?
  – How do I manage a farmland lease?
  – What should I expect for communications between the landlord and tenant?
  – What does a soil test tell me?
  – I hear about organic or natural production; how does that vary from what my farmer is currently doing?
  – If corn or soybeans are not making money, should something else be raised on my land?
  – What are key pasture leasing considerations including stocking rates?
  – Who is responsible for cedar tree removal from grazing land?

Workshop dates and locations:
    NORFOLK: Dec. 3 at the Divots Convention Center, 4200 W Norfolk Ave. 402-370-4040, lunch will be sponsored

To ensure enough handouts please register at go.unl.edu/landlordtenant or call the phone number listed for each location. Lunch arrangements will be handled by each host location.  Registration at each location will start at 9:15 a.m., program starting at 9:30 a.m., and ending by 3:00 p.m. For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek at 402-472-1771 or avyhnalek2@unl.edu, or Jim Jansen, at 402-261-7572 or jjansen4@unl.edu.

Dec
4
Tue
NE Cattlemen Convention
Dec 4 – Dec 7 all-day

Cattlemen’s College, trade show, breakout sessions, committee meetings, policy development, election of leadership. Details at www.nebraskacattlemen.org.

Nebraska Power Farming Show
Dec 4 – Dec 6 all-day

at the Lancaster Event Center on the east edge of Lincoln, NE.

ISU Dairy Discussions
Dec 4 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Dairy Discussions: Risk Management and Labor Issues program is set for Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in Orange City.

Dairy Discussions: Risk Management and Labor Issues grew out of concerns expressed by the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance board as to the hardships of finding qualified labor and keeping employees in a depressed milk market. Discussions will also include consistent labor management and how that relates to cow management, risk management tools and a market update.

The day’s second topic will be risk management education, especially information on the new United States Department of Agriculture Dairy Revenue Protection program, LGM, contracts and other risk management tools. Ron Mortensen from Dairy Gross Margin LLC will lead the discussion and answer questions.

Bob Naerebout, former executive director of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association, will discuss responsible immigration reform.

Fred M. Hall, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will discuss current trends in the milk market and offer useful benchmarks for dairy producers as they evaluate their enterprise.

The day will begin with registration at 9 a.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office located at 400 Central Avenue Northwest in Orange City, and will conclude around 2 p.m.

There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office at 712-737-4230. Deadline for registration is noon on Friday, Nov. 30.

BQA Training
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Iowa Beef Center is cooperating with the Iowa Beef Industry Council to host a series of Beef Quality Assurance training and certification sessions across Iowa before the end of 2018. BQA is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

BQA certification is increasingly being encouraged, and in some cases required, by market outlets for finishing cattle and this trend is expected to increase. BQA is a voluntary program and the Iowa BQA Program is funded by the IBIC and the Beef Checkoff. The education component is delivered as a joint effort by IBC at Iowa State University and IBIC.

More sessions will be added so check the IBIC website for Iowa BQA Program and other upcoming certification trainings in your area. BQA certification also is offered online at the national level. Learn more about the BQA program and online certification option.

December
Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Sac County Extension Office, Sac City. Preregister by Dec. 2 by calling 712-662-7131. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist
Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-noon. Plymouth County Extension, Le Mars. Preregister by Dec. 9 by calling 712-546-7835. Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist