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Sep
20
Fri
Annie’s Project begins soon in Sidney
Sep 20 all-day

Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets, and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. At Annie’s Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Annie’s Project is a six-week course that is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing, and the legal field. There’s plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It’s a relaxed, fun and dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other farm and ranch women.

Whether new or experienced, understanding the five areas of agricultural risk, knowing how to analyze agricultural spreadsheets and other necessary skills are vital.  Learning them in a friendly environment where questions and discussion are welcomed, allow the learning process to flourish.

Annie’s Project courses have successfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 33 states.  The next course begins on Oct. 1, from 6-9 p.m. MDT at the South Platte Natural Resources District Office, 551 Parkland Drive, in Sidney.

The cost for the course is $75 per person, which includes a workbook and support materials for all sessions. A light supper will be served before each class at 6 p.m. Course size is limited, so please register soon.

For more information contact Karen DeBoer, Cheyenne County Extension Educator at (308) 254-4455 or kdeboer1@unl.edu. More information can be found on the Annie’s Project website at www.AnniesProject.org.

 

Great Western Sugar Reunion @ Legacy of the Plains Museum
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Great Western Sugar, Holly Sugar and Current Western Sugar employees, former employees and friends of the Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming sugar producing areas are invited to a reunion at the Legacy of the Plains Museum.  There will be exhibits of artifacts pertaining to the regional sugar industry and video and power points of Great Western film and photos.  You are invited to bring your own artifacts.  There will be refreshments.   
 
The event will be held Friday, September 20th, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Legacy of the plains museum.  
 
Attendees will be able to visit the museum’s exhibit hall for free thanks to this year’s exhibit sponsors Inland Truck Parts, Horizon West Inc, WNCC, B&C Steel, Frank Implement Co., and Frank Parts Co.
Sep
22
Sun
Larson Dairy Open House
Sep 22 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Larson Dairy of Creston invites you to see a relatively new piece of technology in dairy production, milking robots as they are called. These are stand alone units where the individual cow chooses when to be milked, and she will walk herself to the robot, and the robot accomplishes the task of collecting the milk. There are only three herds in Nebraska that have installed the robot milkers. The open house will be on Sunday September 22 from 12-noon until 5pm at the Larson Dariy farm, 1 1/2 miles north of Creston on Meridian Road. There will be snacks and goodies, and informational displays. Hope to see you there!

Sep
23
Mon
2019 Ag Outlook Forum
Sep 23 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Don’t miss this chance to hear from top business and political leaders!  The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is pleased to present the 2019 Ag Outlook Forum on Sept. 23, 2019.

This year has already proven to be very challenging for farmers, agribusinesses and rural America. With trade wars, declining prices and tremendous uncertainty about the ag economy, this is a great time to connect with top-notch leaders across agriculture and rural America about their perspectives and insight. The Ag Outlook Forum will feature some of the top business and political leaders in the U.S., including:
  – Agri-Pulse Editor-in-Chief, Sara Wyant
  – USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky
  – USDA Deputy Chief Economist Warren Preston
  – Office of the United States Trade Representative, Chief Ag Trade Negotiator, Gregg Doud
  – John Deere Chief Economist Luke Chandler
  – Farmers National Company President Jim Farrell
  – USDA Economist Ashley Hungerford
  – Univ. of Missouri FAPRI Director Pat Westhoff
  – Agriculture Future of America President &CEO Mark Stewart
  – Director – Master in Agribusiness Program, Kansas State University, Dr. Allen Featherstone
  – Aligned President Torree Pederson
  – Dairy Farmers of America Senior Vice President Jackie Klippenstein
  – Corteva Agriscience Global Business Platform Communications Leader Sharyl Sauer

The event will be held at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, 200 West 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64105.  Registration starts at 8:00 a.m., the program begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes with a networking reception at 4:00 p.m.  Registration fees are $165 for Agricultural Business Council members or $195 for non-members.  Discounted event parking is available.  Register here…. http://www.agbizkc.com/agoutlookforum

Sep
24
Tue
Annie’s Project begins soon in Sidney
Sep 24 all-day

Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets, and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. At Annie’s Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Annie’s Project is a six-week course that is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing, and the legal field. There’s plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It’s a relaxed, fun and dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other farm and ranch women.

Whether new or experienced, understanding the five areas of agricultural risk, knowing how to analyze agricultural spreadsheets and other necessary skills are vital.  Learning them in a friendly environment where questions and discussion are welcomed, allow the learning process to flourish.

Annie’s Project courses have successfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 33 states.  The next course begins on Oct. 1, from 6-9 p.m. MDT at the South Platte Natural Resources District Office, 551 Parkland Drive, in Sidney.

The cost for the course is $75 per person, which includes a workbook and support materials for all sessions. A light supper will be served before each class at 6 p.m. Course size is limited, so please register soon.

For more information contact Karen DeBoer, Cheyenne County Extension Educator at (308) 254-4455 or kdeboer1@unl.edu. More information can be found on the Annie’s Project website at www.AnniesProject.org.

 

Sep
25
Wed
Farm Finance & Ag Law Clinic
Sep 25 all-day

Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at five sessions across the state in September. 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.

Clinic Sites and Dates
    Grand Island — Thursday, September 5
    North Platte — Thursday, September 12
    Lexington — Thursday, September 19
    Norfolk — Wednesday, September 25
    Valentine — Thursday, September 26

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, Legal Aid of Nebraska, North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center, and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Sep
26
Thu
Annie’s Project begins soon in Sidney
Sep 26 all-day

Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets, and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. At Annie’s Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Annie’s Project is a six-week course that is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing, and the legal field. There’s plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It’s a relaxed, fun and dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other farm and ranch women.

Whether new or experienced, understanding the five areas of agricultural risk, knowing how to analyze agricultural spreadsheets and other necessary skills are vital.  Learning them in a friendly environment where questions and discussion are welcomed, allow the learning process to flourish.

Annie’s Project courses have successfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 33 states.  The next course begins on Oct. 1, from 6-9 p.m. MDT at the South Platte Natural Resources District Office, 551 Parkland Drive, in Sidney.

The cost for the course is $75 per person, which includes a workbook and support materials for all sessions. A light supper will be served before each class at 6 p.m. Course size is limited, so please register soon.

For more information contact Karen DeBoer, Cheyenne County Extension Educator at (308) 254-4455 or kdeboer1@unl.edu. More information can be found on the Annie’s Project website at www.AnniesProject.org.

 

Sep
30
Mon
Annie’s Project begins soon in Sidney
Sep 30 all-day

Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets, and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. At Annie’s Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Annie’s Project is a six-week course that is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing, and the legal field. There’s plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It’s a relaxed, fun and dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other farm and ranch women.

Whether new or experienced, understanding the five areas of agricultural risk, knowing how to analyze agricultural spreadsheets and other necessary skills are vital.  Learning them in a friendly environment where questions and discussion are welcomed, allow the learning process to flourish.

Annie’s Project courses have successfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 33 states.  The next course begins on Oct. 1, from 6-9 p.m. MDT at the South Platte Natural Resources District Office, 551 Parkland Drive, in Sidney.

The cost for the course is $75 per person, which includes a workbook and support materials for all sessions. A light supper will be served before each class at 6 p.m. Course size is limited, so please register soon.

For more information contact Karen DeBoer, Cheyenne County Extension Educator at (308) 254-4455 or kdeboer1@unl.edu. More information can be found on the Annie’s Project website at www.AnniesProject.org.

 

Ag land transition & estate planning workshops @ Scottsbluff - Sidney - Ogallala
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Nebraska Extension is hosting Estate and Transition Planning workshops for ag landowners, ranchers and farmers in Scottsbluff, Sidney and Ogallala in late September and early October.

These workshops are designed to help anyone thinking about retiring, exiting, or transferring the farm or ranch business. They are free, and include lunch.  Registration is requested to ensure adequate handouts and meals for participants.

Times, locations and registration details:

Scottsbluff, Sept. 30 at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center (PREC), 4502 Avenue I, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register call PREC at 308-632-1276.

Sidney, Oct. 1 at the Cheyenne County Community Center, 627 Toledo St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register call Cheyenne County Extension at 308-254-4455.

Ogallala, Oct. 2 at the Mid-Plains Community College, 512 E. B St. S. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register call Keith County Extension at 308-284-6051.

Speakers will be Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator working in Farm Succession/Transfer, and lawyer Katie Samples Dean.

Oct
1
Tue
Ag land transition & estate planning workshops @ Scottsbluff - Sidney - Ogallala
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Nebraska Extension is hosting Estate and Transition Planning workshops for ag landowners, ranchers and farmers in Scottsbluff, Sidney and Ogallala in late September and early October.

These workshops are designed to help anyone thinking about retiring, exiting, or transferring the farm or ranch business. They are free, and include lunch.  Registration is requested to ensure adequate handouts and meals for participants.

Times, locations and registration details:

Scottsbluff, Sept. 30 at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center (PREC), 4502 Avenue I, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register call PREC at 308-632-1276.

Sidney, Oct. 1 at the Cheyenne County Community Center, 627 Toledo St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register call Cheyenne County Extension at 308-254-4455.

Ogallala, Oct. 2 at the Mid-Plains Community College, 512 E. B St. S. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register call Keith County Extension at 308-284-6051.

Speakers will be Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator working in Farm Succession/Transfer, and lawyer Katie Samples Dean.

Oct
2
Wed
Ag land transition & estate planning workshops @ Scottsbluff - Sidney - Ogallala
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Nebraska Extension is hosting Estate and Transition Planning workshops for ag landowners, ranchers and farmers in Scottsbluff, Sidney and Ogallala in late September and early October.

These workshops are designed to help anyone thinking about retiring, exiting, or transferring the farm or ranch business. They are free, and include lunch.  Registration is requested to ensure adequate handouts and meals for participants.

Times, locations and registration details:

Scottsbluff, Sept. 30 at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center (PREC), 4502 Avenue I, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register call PREC at 308-632-1276.

Sidney, Oct. 1 at the Cheyenne County Community Center, 627 Toledo St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register call Cheyenne County Extension at 308-254-4455.

Ogallala, Oct. 2 at the Mid-Plains Community College, 512 E. B St. S. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register call Keith County Extension at 308-284-6051.

Speakers will be Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator working in Farm Succession/Transfer, and lawyer Katie Samples Dean.

Oct
4
Fri
Workshop deadline: Communicating With Farmers Under Stress
Oct 4 all-day

Numerous factors may cause stress for farmers and ranchers. Many face financial problems, marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more.  When temporary stress turns into chronic stress, it can impact health and mental wellness.

Nebraska Extension, in partnership with Michigan State Extension, is offering a workshop in Scottsbluff Oct. 8 for individuals who work with farmers and ranchers on a regular basis, such as bank lenders, ag suppliers, healthcare professionals, and anyone involved with the lives of farmers and ranchers.

The Communicating with Farmers Under Stress Workshop, Oct. 8 in Scottsbluff at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center from 10 a.m. – noon with a free lunch to follow. Please register by Oct. 4, by contacting Carrie at 308-632-1276 or csummerford2@unl.edu.

Oct
5
Sat
Women in Agriculture conference @ Harms Center at WNCC
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Female agriculture landowners, farmers and ranchers, and industry professionals looking to connect with other women in agriculture, are encouraged to register for Stronger Together, a Women in Agriculture conference scheduled for Oct. 5 in Scottsbluff.

The conference will run from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Western Nebraska Community College Harms Center, 2620 College Park.

Leading family farm business consultant Jolene Brown will have participants laughing and commiserating with friends and neighbors as they discover that juggling farm or ranch life with a smile can save their sanity—and their marriage. Jolene will also share 10 ideas to relieve stress and bring renewal to farms and ranches and family life.

Visit https://wia.unl.edu/stronger to register and view a message from Jolene. Registration is limited; the $25 per person fee includes conference materials and lunch.

Stronger Together is hosted by Nebraska Extension and is inspired by Annie’s Project. It is supported by Farm Credit Services of America and Western Nebraska Community College.

Oct
10
Thu
UNL International Trade Conf
Oct 10 all-day

Registration is open for a one-day international trade conference hosted by the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, in collaboration with the Nebraska Farm Bureau.

“What’s on the Horizon for International Trade?” is Oct. 10 at the University of Nebraska College of Law, Hamann Auditorium, 1875 N. 42nd St. The conference is free and open to the public.

The conference will begin with a 30-minute primer on key legal and economic trade concepts to set the stage for subsequent discussions with leading experts and former trade policy officials. They will share insights on today’s fast-moving trade-policy dynamics, including the future of the World Trade Organization, how new trade agreements may reshape the competitive landscape, the impact of tariffs on supply chains, and the estimated economic implications of recent tariffs on Nebraska’s economy.

Edward Alden, Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Western Washington and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, will deliver the opening keynote.

A lunchtime panel will feature a discussion between former U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator Darci Vetter and current university students. Vetter serves as global lead for public affairs and vice chair for agriculture and food at Edelman.

Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, will provide closing remarks. A reception will follow.

Advance registration is required. To view the full agenda and to register, visit https://yeutter-institute.unl.edu. Conference sessions will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.

The program is approved for 4.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit. In-person attendance is required to receive credit.

Oct
15
Tue
NIAA Antibotic Symposium
Oct 15 – Oct 17 all-day

The 9th Annual NIAA Antibiotic Symposium will be in Ames, Iowa at Iowa State University, October 15–17, 2019. The theme of the Symposium will be Communicating the Science of Responsible Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture.

This year’s Symposium will be hosted by NIAA in collaboration with the prestigious National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE), which was competitively selected lead the collective efforts related to Antibiotics in animal, human and environmental health of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.

As misreported or inaccurate statistics continue to be repeated in negative media coverage of animal agriculture, and the public makes purchasing and family nutrition decisions based on distorted information, the Symposium will study how the industry can better communicate to the public in an effective and positive manner.

Presentations and a hands–on workshop developed in partnership with the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication will help attendees understand how to take science updates and new advances in research, technology and innovation and convey useful information to meet the needs of consumers, which may help shift the attitudes of the public and media in the future.

In addition to the communication segment, the Symposium will unpack science updates from across the industry and interact with industry representatives of new and evolving technologies to help meet the demands of responsible use of antibiotics.

The Symposium’s attendees and presenters will include beef, dairy, pork and poultry producers, processors, and retailers, private practice and state agency veterinarians, researchers and scientists from the FDA, USDA and CDC as well as University animal agriculture and veterinary program academia.

For more information or to register for the 9th Annual NIAA Antibiotics Symposium go to www.animalagriculture.org

Oct
28
Mon
NC Young Cattlemen’s Conf. deadline
Oct 28 all-day

Young Cattlemen’s Conference Nominees are now being accepted for the Class of 2020.  YCC has been a Nebraska Cattlemen tradition for many years. The Nebraska Cattlemen want to identify and educate leaders to help guide and strengthen the beef industry. This is important to the future of Nebraska’s agriculture to help ensure that Nebraska remains the global epicenter of the beef industry.

The conference helps emerging leaders understand the industry structure, issues management, product research and marketing and teaches them how to become effective communicators. Young Cattlemen’s Conference program is a two-year commitment. Dates for the 2020 class are January 21-23, 2020 (Lincoln) and January 26-28, 2021 (Lincoln) with a summer/fall meeting in each year.

Deadline for nominations is Monday, October 28. Nominee will be required to fill out an application that will be reviewed by the selection committee. https://nebraskacattlemen.org/ycc-nomination-form/.  The YCC Class of 2020 will be announced on November 15, 2019.

This program is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Farm Credit Services of America and Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation.

For more information contact Bonita Lederer, 402-450-0223 or blederer@necattlemen.org.

Oct
29
Tue
NE Wind & Solar Conference
Oct 29 – Oct 30 all-day

The 12th Annual Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference will be held Tuesday, October 29 to Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska and will feature experts from across the country and the state.

Sessions on Tuesday will begin with an update from the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy. Panels will highlight the State of Nebraska’s view of wind energy, how commercial and industry buyers are changing the renewables marketplace, and a policy and legislative update from Nebraska State Senators. Tuesday will also include a luncheon with Nebraska public power CEOs.

Wednesday’s programming will feature sessions regarding the state of the national solar industry, the changing economics of battery storage, and the usage of drones in renewable energy. In addition, there will be a breakout session on decommissioning & repowering, and a panel featuring UNL Renewable Energy researchers.

In addition to the scheduled programming, the conference will feature an exhibitors’ tradeshow including governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, vendors, developers, and more.

Conference Chair John Hansen urges attendees to take advantage of the October 1st Early Bird registration discount. Registration rates are as follows:
       Early Bird Registration (prior to October 1): $125.00
       Standard Registration (October 1-28): $175.00
       Day-of-Conference Registration (October 29-30): $200.00
       Student Registration (anytime): $65.00

The Wind & Solar Conference has a room block at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel. The deadline to reserve a room is October 1st, and the reservation includes a $114 per night room rate and free parking. Reservations can be made at Nebraska WSC Registration Information or by calling the Cornhusker Marriott at (402) 474-7474 and referencing the Wind & Solar Conference.

More information and past conference presentations are available on the conference website at Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference https://www.nebraskawsc.com/.

Nov
13
Wed
Pig Welfare Symposium
Nov 13 – Nov 14 all-day

The National Pork Board has announced that its second Pig Welfare Symposium will take place Nov. 13-14 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The biennial forum, which debuted in 2017, is designed to help improve the well-being of pigs by disseminating recent research findings and recommendations, raising awareness of current and emerging issues and identifying potential solutions.

The symposium will provide presentations from experts on past, current and future animal welfare issues, including looking at the evolution of animal welfare in the supply chain and understanding consumer choices. The speakers will offer their perspectives on how the pork industry can continue to evolve to meet the needs of animals, producers and consumers.

Aside from the main speaker agenda, the two-day symposium also will offer optional hands-on interactive workshops for an additional fee. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about low-stress pig handling, foreign animal disease preparation, day-1 pig care and other topics. For the first time, a Spanish-only pre-event, Improving Pig Welfare on Farm, also will be offered.

Symposium attendees will have the chance to visit with experts at various technical exhibits and to interact with the professionals and students who will participate in the event’s poster sessions.

For an early-bird registration discount, register by Aug. 8. After that, the cost will increase from $150 to $200 per person. A reduced student rate and virtual attendance options also are being offered. For more information, go to pork.org/pws.

Nov
15
Fri
Grow by FarmHer
Nov 15 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Grow by FarmHer will inspire, educate, and empower young ladies, ages 16-23, who are excited about their future in agriculture. This event will give the opportunity for young women to connect with peers, dynamic speakers, and industry leaders.

Fri, Nov 15, 2019 – 8:00 AM-2:30 PM
FFA Enrichment Center, 1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny, IA 50023

Agenda
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcome
9:00 a.m. ‘Generation YOU’ Experience
11:00 a.m. Lunch (sponsored by FMC)
11:30 a.m. STEM Keynote
12:30 p.m. Break
1:00 p.m. ‘Be Bold’ Young Entrepreneurs Panel presented by RFD-TV
2:00 p.m. Keynote
2:30 p.m. Conclude

Ticket price is $15 for students, advisors and chaperones. Tickets are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another individual.

Questions?  Please contact them at grow@farmher.com or visit the website www.farmher.com

Nov
18
Mon
2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium @ Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds - Mitchell
Nov 18 all-day

The 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium, the 26th iteration of this four-state educational event, will return to Nebraska with a Nov. 18-20 run at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds Events Center in Mitchell.

The Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) has been offered every other year since 1969, hosted by the University of Nebraska, the University of Wyoming, South Dakota State, and Colorado State. The event rotates among Colorado, western Nebraska, western South Dakota and Wyoming, and its focus is beef production issues in the western states.

Registration is open and available on-line at https://beef.unl.edu/range-beef-cow-symposium. The website allows people to register and pay online, as well as providing information and printable forms for mail-in participants

For more information, contact UNL Cow-calf/Stocker Specialist Karla Wilke at 308-632-1245 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center or kjenkins2@unl.edu.