Calendar

Jan
15
Tue
3 State Beef Conference
Jan 15 – Jan 17 all-day

Area beef producers should make plans to attend the fifth annual Three-State Beef Conference Jan. 15, 16, and 17, 2019 with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. The conference provides a forum of specialists from three of the United States’ leading beef cattle land-grant universities to discuss where one can reduce winter cow feed costs and improve management of those resources. The theme for this year’s conference is “Reducing Cow Feed Costs Using Cropland.”

Participants will be able to engage in learning about opportunities to help lower the need for hay, the most common feed resource in winter cattle rations through alternative feed sources off cropland.

Additional topics and speakers for the conference include: “Using Annual Forages to meet late fall and early spring forage needs,” and “Silage as the primary winter feed for cows”.

The same program will be delivered at each of the following locations:
JAN. 15: Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield, Iowa
JAN. 16: Andrew County Youth Building in Savannah, Missouri
JAN. 17: Otoe County Fair Center in Syracuse, Neb.

Registration will begin for each session at 5:30 p.m. with the program starting at 6 p.m. The registration fee is $25 per person, and it includes a meal and copy of the conference proceedings. Preregistration is requested by Jan. 11, 2019 for meal-planning purposes. To register for the Nebraska location, call Nebraska Extension in Otoe County at 402-269-2301 or email kristen.ulmer@unl.edu.

Jan
17
Thu
Farm Finance Clinic
Jan 17 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
Norfolk — Friday, January 4
York — Thursday, January 10
Norfolk — Thursday, January 17
Valentine — Friday, January 18
Fairbury — Wednesday, January 30

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.

Prescribed Burn wksp
Jan 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host prescribed burn training workshops across the state early in 2019.

These workshops will provide guidance and instruction for completing safe and effective prescribed fires. Landowners, resource professionals, volunteer fire departments and other interested persons are invited to attend. No prior burn experience is required. Most workshops are scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Basic workshops will be held
Jan. 17 in Grand Island and Wayne,
Jan. 23 in Alma,
Jan. 24 in Lincoln,
Jan. 28 in Rushville,
Jan. 29 in Scottsbluff, and
Feb. 28 in Sumner.

Advanced topics will be covered at workshops that will be held
Jan. 9 in Broken Bow,
Jan. 10 in Curtis,
Jan. 16 in Stockville,
Jan. 23 in Niobrara,
Jan. 30 in Imperial, and in
March or April in Wahoo.

The $10 workshop fee includes a meal and training materials. To register, visit NebraskaPF.com and then click on Events, or call 308-850-8395.

Ranching for Profitability meeting
Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

In January, Ranching for Profitability will be offered as a webinar that beef producers can join from any of 13 downlink locations across Nebraska, or from their home via the internet. The webinar will take place on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mountain Time (6:30-9:30 p.m. Central). Expert university and industry speakers will address genetic changes in cattle breeds; consumer preferences at the meat counter; and protecting herd health.

Dr. David Lalman from Oklahoma State University will lead off the evening on the topic “Genetic Trends for Maternal and Growth Traits in Major Cattle Breeds.” Lalman will explore the implications of the tremendous genetic change of the last 50 years to input costs and productivity for cow-calf producers.

Dr. Kim Stackhouse, Director of Sustainability at meat-processing company JBS, will give a beef processor’s perspective on the kind of product sought by grocers and the food-service industry to meet consumer demands for “sustainably produced” meat. Understanding consumer desires will help producers understand ways to effectively tell how they efficiently utilize resources to sustainably produce beef.

Dr. Brian Vander Ley, Nebraska Extension Veterinarian, will wrap up the evening discussing “(Re)Moving the Needle on Herd Health.”

To attend a webinar host site, please contact the local Nebraska Extension office where you plan to attend by Jan. 15 to insure enough program materials are available. Those who would like to attend from home can register for a remote webinar seat, by contacting their local Beef Extension Educator to receive program information and the webinar link. Cost is $10 per person. Those wishing to participate in the online meeting will need to pay their local Beef Extension Educator prior to receiving the webinar link. Those attending a downlink site can pay at the door.

Please call to register for the webinar meeting at one of these locations:
Columbus (Platte County Extension Office), (308)536-2691;
O’Neill (Holt County Courthouse Annex), 402-336-2760;
West Point (Cuming County Courthouse Meeting Room), 402-372-6006;

For questions about the “Ranching for Profitability” Meeting, please contact Extension Educator Aaron Berger at 308-235-3122 oraberger2@unl.edu.

Ranching for profitability meetings @ Scottsbluff and Sidney
Jan 17 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Ranching for Profitability will be offered as a webinar that beef producers can join from any of 13 downlink locations across Nebraska, or from their home via the internet. A list of sites and registration information follows.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mountain Time (6:30-9:30 p.m. Central). Expert university and industry speakers will address genetic changes in cattle breeds; consumer preferences at the meat counter; and protecting herd health.

Those who would like to attend from home can register for a remote webinar seat, by contacting their local Beef Extension Educator to receive program information and the webinar link.

Cost is $10 per person.  Those wishing to participate in the online meeting will need to pay their local Beef Extension Educator prior to receiving the webinar link.  Those attending a downlink site can pay at the door.

Please call to register for the webinar meeting at one of these locations:

Scottsbluff (Panhandle Research and Extension Center), 308-235-3122;

Sidney (South Platte NRD Meeting Room), 308-235-3122;

Jan
18
Fri
Successful Farmer Series
Jan 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County is hosting a Successful Farmer Program Series on Fridays from January 4 to February 8, featuring timely topics for today’s farmers. Multiple sessions and topics allow ag producers to pick the topics most relevant to them and their operation. All sessions will be 9-11:30 a.m. in Lincoln at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road. Sessions also will be livestreamed. To watch, register online at https://lancaster.unl.edu/ag.

Attendees at last year’s series estimated a $16 per acre value gained by participating.

Scheduled topics are:
    Friday, Jan. 4 – Cover Cropping 2.0 with Justin McMechan, Extension Cropping Systems Specialist and Paul Jasa, Extension Engineer
    Friday, Jan. 11 – Alternative Crops with Nathan Mueller, Extension Educator and Stephen Baenziger, Professor of Agronomy
    Friday, Jan. 18 – Spray Drift Management (featuring a mobile lab) with Greg Kreuger, Associate Professor
    Friday, Jan. 25 – Changes in Ag with Tyler Williams, Extension Educator and Hilary Maricle, Commonground Nebraska and an Ag Tech Panel with Joe Luck, Associate Professor, Kelly Maaske, Midwest Farmers Cooperative, and a local ag producer
    Friday, Feb. 1 – Diseases and Nutrient Deficiency ID with Kyle Broderick, Coordinator, UNL Plant & Pest Lab and Ellen Paparozzi, Professor of Agronomy
    Friday, Feb. 8 – Ag Marketing (All attendees will be given access to a computer to follow along.) with Austin Duerfeldt, Extension Educator & Cory Walters, Associate Professor

Presenters are experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Other experts will be available to address more specific questions or interact with attendees during the breaks.

Registrations are not required, but are appreciated two days prior to the session(s) you want to attend. Register by contacting Karen Wedding at kwedding2@unl.edu or 402-441-7180, or going to https://lancaster.unl.edu/ag. The cost is $5 per session or $15 for all six sessions. Pay at the door with cash or check. Debit/credit card payment available for an additional fee. Refreshments will be provided.

Moo-U Barn Benchmarks wksp
Jan 18 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

I-29 Moo University is hosting their annual Winter Workshop series, Barn Benchmarks, to be held in five locations throughout the region beginning January 14, 2019.

Wayne, Neb.: January 18, 2019 held at Wayne State College, Student Center Niobrara Room (E 14th Street).

Can’t make one of the workshop in-person?  Join us on Friday, January 18th via Zoom.  Use the Zoom link to join the workshop.  https://unl.zoom.us/meeting/register/c4a3aeb30907c3eb7c24e00bf0acd2b8

Registration details
Registration fees are waved due to generous sponsorships, however pre-registration is requested by January 10 to allow for meal counts and materials. To register, visit https://I-29winterworkshop.eventbrite.com.

Agenda
9:30 a.m. – Registration & Refreshments, visit sponsors
10 a.m. – Ventilation Benchmarks for Lactating Cows, led by Kevin Janni, U of M
10:30 a.m. – Ventilation Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion, led by I-29 Moo University faculty
11 a.m. – Bedding & Stall Benchmarks, led by Kim Clark, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
 11:30 a.m. – Bedding & Stall Benchmarks Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion, led by I-29 Moo University faculty
Noon – Lunch provided by event sponsors
1:15 p.m. – Barn & Pen Design Benchmarks, led by Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota
1:45 p.m. – Barn & Pen Design Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion led by I-29 Moo University faculty
2:15 p.m. – Hot Wash & Wrap-up

Jan
21
Mon
Registration open for 2019 Nebraska Extension Master Gardener program
Jan 21 all-day

Nebraska Extension is offering Master Gardener training throughout the state in 2019.

EMG volunteers are trained by Nebraska Extension faculty and staff in many horticulture-related topics. They then contribute time as volunteers, working through their local extension office, to provide horticulture-related information to their community.

Participants are required to complete 40 hours of training and 40 hours of volunteer service during the initial year of their involvement in the program.

EMG class times, location and cost vary across the state, but are generally offered February through May.

Volunteers need to be willing to commit to the training and volunteer process, and meet all requirements for yearly recertification.

To learn more and download a volunteer application form, visit mastergardener.unl.edu.

Or contact your local Nebraska Extension Office.

Farmers & Ranchers College
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 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
  – 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.

Platte Valley Cattlemen mtg
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The next Platte Valley Cattlemen meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 21st, at The American Legion in Columbus. The social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meal to follow at 7:00 p.m. Thank you to Agri-City Insurance, Chad Settje and Lindsay Coop for sponsoring our meal this year and thank you to Columbus Sales Pavilion and Travis Bock for sponsoring the social hour.

January could be one of the most important meetings of the year; the new membership meeting is something that keeps this organization alive and vibrant. No matter what age you are, the Platte Valley Cattlemen are always open to new members who are passionate about the Beef Industry! Mike Drinnin, President of Nebraska Cattlemen and Pete McClymont will be joining us as well to update us on the events taking place in the Unicameral. Also, Jim Pillen will update us on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

They look forward to seeing everyone on the 21st. Again, please note the change in location of our meeting to the American Legion, 2263 3rd Ave. Columbus, just across the street from Wunderlich’s.

Jan
22
Tue
Iowa Pork Congress
Jan 22 – Jan 24 all-day

The 2019 Iowa Pork Congress will be held Jan. 23 and 24 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. This event, organized by the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA), is North America’s largest winter swine trade show and conference. It features seminars, a keynote address each day, training sessions, social events and youth activities. Each day, Iowa Pork Congress opens at 9 a.m., and closes at 5 p.m. on Jan. 23 and at 4 p.m. on Jan. 24.

The trade show includes more than 300 exhibitors. There is also a strong lineup of business seminars. They include one on Iowa regulations by attorney Eldon McAfee; a price and profitability outlook by Dr. Steve Meyer and Joe Kerns; a panel in which producers share their experiences with environmental stewardship practices, another on solving ventilation issues, and a third about on-farm experiences with mycoplasma.

The keynote speaker on Wednesday, Jan. 23, is Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, an Extension Animal Science Specialist at the University of California-Davis. She runs the Animal Genomics and Biotechnology Laboratory there, and will talk about advancements in agriculture and the implications of using biotechnology to feed the world. Additionally, she will do a separate special presentation that day on the film Food Evolution, which explores the controversy surrounding developments in science and food production.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, the keynote speaker is consultant Mark Jewell, who will talk about ways producers can successfully handle uncertainty in both their business and personal lives.

Training sessions during the two-day conference will give pig farmers the opportunity to obtain or renew their PQA Plus® and TQA® certifications. A certification session for confinement site manure applicators is also being offered.

For youth, the annual Youth Swine Judging contest will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. There, registered 4-H and FFA members can learn more about the industry and compete for valuable scholarships.

Other activities and events will be held in association with Pork Congress. The association’s annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, followed by a reception and auction for the IPPA Scholarship Foundation. The Pork Congress Banquet is on Wednesday evening.

Pre-registration to attend Pork Congress is available through Jan. 7, 2019. IPPA members can attend the trade show and conference at no cost by registering by that deadline at www.iowaporkcongress.org, or by calling (800) 372-7675.

Non-IPPA members can save $5 off the normal $10 admission cost by registering by the deadline. Registrations will be accepted after the deadline, including through each day of the show, but the cost will be $10.

ISU Crop Advantage
Jan 22 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Crop Advantage meetings provide a solid foundation of current, research-based crop production information to help producers make informed decisions for the farming operation. The 2019 meetings are an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University.

Extension specialists will travel to 14 Iowa locations from Jan. 3-30, providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues. Meetings offer continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide safety recertification.

Program topics vary by location and are selected for regional concerns and issues. Topics on the agenda this year include: market outlook for 2019 and strategies for dealing with stress, weed management and herbicide resistance, soybean gall midge as a new Iowa pest, nitrogen management in variable environments, and soil pH and liming strategies with low crop prices.

2019 CAS Meeting Dates and Locations include:
Jan. 22 – Le Mars
Jan. 24 – Atlantic
Jan. 30 – Denison
For locations, times and program details visit www.cropadvantage.org.

Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made less than seven days prior to the meeting or on-site is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits. Online registration and additional information is available at www.cropadvantage.org. Contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu, or contact your regional Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist with questions.

Jan
23
Wed
NE Chemigation Certification
Jan 23 all-day

According to Nebraska law, if you plan to chemigate during 2019 and your chemigation certification has expired as of Dec 31, 2018, you will need to attend a training session and pass a written test to become recertified.  The NDEQ records for chemigation licenses are found at: http://go.unl.edu/ndeqchemigate.

Requirements for initial and recertification are the same with no charge for the training, manuals or certification.  One option for individuals needing Initial or Recertification training is to attend one of the Nebraska Extension meeting’s listed on the back page of this letter and pass a written exam.

Another option for those needing Recertification only is to complete an online training program and pass an online test after making an appointment at an exam testing location. The online course will take more time, but if interested, users can find information at: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.
 
If you plan to become certified, please pre-register at the Nebraska Extension Office whose training session you plan to attend. Phone numbers are listed on the back of this letter for your convenience.  Upon registration you will be asked if you want to receive the training manual and calibration workbook to review prior to the training session. You can also find these materials online at the bottom of this link: http://go.unl.edu/chemigation.

On the day of the training session, please bring your Chemigation Training Manual, Calibration Workbook, No. 2 pencil, and calculator (you are NOT allowed to use your cell phone as a calculator) along to use during the training and testing.  Cell phones are turned off during testing.  If you do not pre-register, as a walk-in you can receive a new copy of the training materials the day of the training.  Review of the material prior to the training session will be very helpful when taking the exam.  Training and testing will take approximately 3 hours.

January 23 – 1:00 p.m. CST – ENREC, Ithaca – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
January 29 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Madison Co. Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
February 15 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 20 – 6:00 p.m. CST – Club Room, Ag Park, Columbus – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
February 21 – 10:00 a.m. CST – Hartington City Auditorium – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
February 26 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 5 – 1:30 p.m. CST – American Legion Hall, Neligh – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 11 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Casey’s Building, Fairgrounds, Albion – Aaron Nygren – 402-352-3821
March 12 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
March 14 – 9:00 a.m. CST – Madison Co Ext Office, Norfolk – Wayne Ohnesorg – 402-370-4040
March 14 – 9:30 a.m. CST – Bloomfield Community Center – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760
April 11 – 1:30 p.m. CST – Holt Co Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – Amy Timmerman – 402-336-2760

You must attend the entire class and pass the 50 question multiple choice test to be certified.  Upon successful completion of the class, chemigators may renew individual injection site permits administered by the local NRD office before June 1st.  For questions or additional information, don’t hesitate to call the Extension Educator contact listed.

Registration Deadline: Seminar for Farm and Ranch Employers @ Scottsbluff
Jan 23 all-day

Finding, hiring and retaining quality employees is a major challenge for agricultural producers in western Nebraska. Competition for the available workforce comes from area industries, and the labor market is tight.

A seminar designed to help agricultural employers learn techniques and leadership practices to help motivate and empower employees will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff.  Dr. Bob Milligan, Senior Consultant with Dairy Strategies LLC and Professor Emeritus from Cornell University, will lead the seminar.

Cost is $50 per person and includes materials, breaks and the noon meal.  Registration is requested by Jan. 23 to insure pre-meeting preparation material is available to participants.

To register for the seminar or for more information, please contact Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Educator at 308-235-3122 or aberger2@unl.edu.

Crop Production Clinic
Jan 23 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Updates on university research on cover crops, cropping systems, crop residue removal, fertility and soil nutrition, irrigation, and pest management are among the topics to be featured at the 2019 Crop Production Clinics. Programs will be held at five sites across the state in January and include pesticide applicator recertification training.

Individual clinics will be customized to address topics specific to that area of the state, allowing growers to get research-based information on the issues they face locally.

Greg Kruger, extension weed science and application technology specialist, will present on dicamba drift and highlight the most current research and recommendations to reduce off-target movement at multiple locations. Other topics will include double-cropping field peas, marketing, farm management, and agribusiness.

Online registration is required for the clinics to provide meals and materials. To view topics and speakers at individual sites and register, go to http://agronomy.unl.edu/cpc. The cost for registration is $80, which includes the 2019 Guide for Weed, Disease and Insect Management in Nebraska, the 2019 crop production clinic proceedings with further information on the topics being discussed, a meal and refreshments.

A maximum of six Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available per day in these areas: crop production (two), nutrient management (one), integrated pest management (six), water management (one) and professional development (two).

Pesticide Applicator Recertification
The clinics will be the first opportunity of the year for commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators to renew their licenses in the following categories: ag plant and demonstration/research. The crop production clinics also will serve as a venue for private pesticide applicators to renew their licenses. Representatives from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will be present to verify attendance.

2019 Schedule
Check-in each day is from 8 to 8:30 a.m., with sessions from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jan. 23, 24 – Norfolk: Lifelong Learning Center, NECC, 601 E. Benjamin Ave.  (Two one-day sessions)
Nebraska Crop Management Conference, Jan. 24 & 25 – Kearney – Pesticide recertification and CCA credits are also available for this event, to be held at the Younes Conference Center, 416 W. Talmadge Road. View the Agenda and Register for NCMCs here…. https://agronomy.unl.edu/NCMC.

2019 Information and Innovation Conf.
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Nutrient Advisors, Summit Ag, and the Agronomic Consulting Group will host the 2i Conference, Information and Innovation on Wed Jan 23rd at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point. The trade show starts at 10am, lunch is from 10:30 to 11:30am. Guest Speakers include Dr. David Kohl, Gary Baise with OFW Law in Washington DC, and Eric Snodgrass, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Tickets are available at 2iconf.com, or call 402-372-2236. Make your reservation by Jan 18th.

Ag Estate Planning Wksp
Jan 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nebraska Extension is hosting two Estate Planning Workshops this January for landowners, ranchers, and farmers. The first will be Wednesday, January 16 at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point from 2 to 5 p.m. The second will be Wednesday, January 23 at the Public Library in Blair from 2 to 5 p.m.

Registration is requested to ensure proper handouts for participants. To register for the West Point meeting call the Nebraska Extension office in Cuming County at 402-372-6006 or stop by the office. To register for the Blair meeting call Nebraska Extension in Washington County at 402-426-9455 or stop by the office.

The event is free and designed to help anyone thinking about how they should proceed with plans to retire, exit, or transfer the farm or ranch business.

Presentations will be made by Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator working in farm succession/transfer, and Brandon Dirkschneider, certified financial planner and certified farm/ranch transition coordinator.

Workshop topics will include the importance of having a plan, proper family communications, proper family negotiations, needed end of life documentation, estate planning options using wills, trusts, and/or other business entities. A feature of this program will be to provide information about how insurance products can be used with estate planning.

Reactions from past participants can be summarized into one comment: Most participants wished that they had attended this workshop years earlier. Retiring or passing the farm to the next generation is difficult to think about and is an admission of your own impending demise; however, it is a necessary step and with good planning can be made as painless as possible.

For more information about the program, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, at 402-472-1771 or e-mail avyhnalek2@unl.edu. For registration questions contact the host office.

CattleFax Trends+ webinar
Jan 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Due to the magnitude of the rallies and breaks in the cattle business, there has never been a more critical time for market participants to be fully engaged in market and industry information. An upcoming free CattleFax webinar is an opportunity to become more informed, as the webinar will provide an outlook for the cow-calf and entire beef industry for 2019.

The CattleFax Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar, which is free to attendees thanks to sponsor Elanco Animal Health, will be held Jan. 23, 2019, 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.

Even though one of the most aggressive U.S. beef cowherd expansions in the last four decades has recently slowed its pace, the rapid expansion 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
    Supply expectations for the cattle and beef industry as well as competing meats
    Margin expectations for cow-calf producers
    Profitability and risk management strategies for cattle producers

The Trends+ webinar series updates cattle producers about current market conditions and provides decision-friendly advice regarding management decisions. To date the analysis and strategies shared through the webinar series has reached more than 6,000 producers.

Jan
24
Thu
Registration Deadline: Manure Land Application Training @ Alliance
Jan 24 all-day

Turning manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment will be the focus of eight Nebraska Extension workshops across the state in February, including one in Alliance.

The workshops begin at 9 a.m. Dates and locations include:

Alliance: Feb. 5, extension office, 415 Black Hills Ave.

Participants who attend the daylong event will receive NDEQ land application training certification. Livestock producers with livestock waste control facility permits received or renewed since April 1998 must be certified, and farms must complete an approved training every five years. Recertification will occur during the first two hours of the land application training. Farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are encouraged to attend either the initial or recertification portion of the training.

Pre-register at least eight business days before the workshop at http://go.unl.edu/lat or by using the form in the program brochure at https://go.unl.edu/lat-2019.

Crop Production Clinic
Jan 24 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Updates on university research on cover crops, cropping systems, crop residue removal, fertility and soil nutrition, irrigation, and pest management are among the topics to be featured at the 2019 Crop Production Clinics. Programs will be held at five sites across the state in January and include pesticide applicator recertification training.

Individual clinics will be customized to address topics specific to that area of the state, allowing growers to get research-based information on the issues they face locally.

Greg Kruger, extension weed science and application technology specialist, will present on dicamba drift and highlight the most current research and recommendations to reduce off-target movement at multiple locations. Other topics will include double-cropping field peas, marketing, farm management, and agribusiness.

Online registration is required for the clinics to provide meals and materials. To view topics and speakers at individual sites and register, go to http://agronomy.unl.edu/cpc. The cost for registration is $80, which includes the 2019 Guide for Weed, Disease and Insect Management in Nebraska, the 2019 crop production clinic proceedings with further information on the topics being discussed, a meal and refreshments.

A maximum of six Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available per day in these areas: crop production (two), nutrient management (one), integrated pest management (six), water management (one) and professional development (two).

Pesticide Applicator Recertification
The clinics will be the first opportunity of the year for commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators to renew their licenses in the following categories: ag plant and demonstration/research. The crop production clinics also will serve as a venue for private pesticide applicators to renew their licenses. Representatives from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will be present to verify attendance.

2019 Schedule
Check-in each day is from 8 to 8:30 a.m., with sessions from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jan. 23, 24 – Norfolk: Lifelong Learning Center, NECC, 601 E. Benjamin Ave.  (Two one-day sessions)
Nebraska Crop Management Conference, Jan. 24 & 25 – Kearney – Pesticide recertification and CCA credits are also available for this event, to be held at the Younes Conference Center, 416 W. Talmadge Road. View the Agenda and Register for NCMCs here…. https://agronomy.unl.edu/NCMC.