Due to historic flooding and farmland damage, Nebraska Extension will be providing a meeting for cattle producers with USDA and Crop Insurance Partners to discuss how to utilize annual forages this season to supplement loss of hay and pasture in flood affected areas.
Growing Annual Forages after a Flood Meeting will be held this Tuesday, April 9 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Dodge County Extension Office located at 1206 West 23rd Street in Fremont near the airport.
Speakers include Daren Redfearn and Kristen Ulmer from Nebraska Extension, Brach Johnson – USDA-NRCS personnel, and crop insurance company representatives.
Topics will include discussion of the UDSA-NRCS EQIP program, preventative planting, selecting annual forage species and mixes, growing two annual forage crops in a year instead of corn or soybeans, and other important information about growing annual forages on your farm to help supplement damaged pastures and stored hay loss. The meeting will be recorded and video posted at croptechcafe.org.
Sponsored by Nebraska Extension. No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to attend. Water, pop, and a snack will be provided. Please visit croptechcafe.org to view the flyer and share this digitally.
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, April 4
Norfolk — Wednesday, April 10
North Platte — Thursday, April 11
Fairbury — Wednesday, April 17
Lexington — Thursday, April 18
Norfolk — Wednesday, April 24
Valentine — Thursday, April 25
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.
The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) is partnering with the Pender High School FFA Chapter to host a free, public event to test the nitrate levels in private well water.
“Coffee & Conversation” will be held next Wednesday, April 10th from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at Welsh’s Pizza in Pender. Participants can bring samples of their private well water to be tested for nitrates. Samples should be about 1-2 cups and must be collected within 24 hours in a clean, sealed container and kept cool before testing. If a water treatment system is used, a sample should be taken before and after treatment. All test results are kept confidential. LENRD staff will be present to answer any questions you may have about nitrates in your water, the conservation tree program, or the recent flooding that has devastated many parts of Nebraska. Stop by and see them! Coffee and rolls will be provided.
Nebraska Farmers Union Spring 2019 District Meetings
District 7 Spring Meeting: Barnstormers Family Bar & Grill, 4100 S. 13th St., Norfolk
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 11:00 am Lunch on your own with meeting to follow
District 7 Director’s Report: Martin Kleinschmit
NFU Convention & national issues: John Hansen
Flood Relief efforts and Nebraska Legislature updates will be given
Special Guest: Josh Moenning-Mayor of Norfolk & Director of New Power Nebraska
Bring a friend, neighbor or family member. Donations will be accepted to the NeFU Foundation for flood relief at the meeting.
For more info, call Art Tanderup (402) 278-0942 or (402) 887-1396.
Nebraska Farmers Union Spring 2019 District Meetings
District 6 Spring Meeting: The Office bar & Grill, 121 N Main Street, Hooper, NE 68031
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 6:00 pm supper on your own with meeting to follow.
·District 6 Director’s Report: Graham Christensen
· NFU Convention report: Graham Christensen & John Hansen
Flood Relief efforts and Nebraska Legislature updates will be given.
LB227: Nuisance Law, LB729 Soil Health Productivvity
LB23 Soil Health Task Force, Property Tax Reform & Hemp
Updates on the Dist. 6 First Tree-Range Regenerative Poultry Farms
Bring a friend, neighbor or family member. Donations will be accepted to the NeFU Foundation for flood relief at the meeting.
For more information, call Paul Poppe (402) 380-4508.
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.
THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
Initial Commercial/Noncommercial Pesticide Training
Panhandle Research & Extension Center 4502 Ave I Scottsbluff 308-632-1480
Preregistration required at pested.unl.edu/initial-
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED AND WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED
The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a North Platte River Water Information Meeting in Torrington, Wyoming.
The meeting will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, April 11, in the Brand Room at the fairgrounds in Torrington. Please note the change in location and meeting start time.
The meeting is being held to inform water users and other interested parties of the reservoir storage and current water supply conditions. Information regarding snowmelt runoff and expected reservoir operations for water year 2019 will be presented.
2019 USDA and Nebraska Extension Flood Disaster Relief Meeting for Colfax County
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working to implement programs that may aid in flood recovery efforts in the agricultural community and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is leveraging its informational resources through Nebraska Extension, the outreach mission of the land-grant university.
In an effort to update farmers in Colfax County on assistance programs and current resources available, USDA and Nebraska Extension will be hosting a flood disaster relief informational meeting this Thursday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Oak Ballroom in Schuyler.
Short presentations will be given by Bruce Coffey—FSA, Brach Johnson – NRCS, Aaron Nygren—UNL Extension. Topics being covered included USDA programs for livestock losses, emergency loans, field damage and rehabilitation, and more. Nebraska Extension will share key publications and online resources at flood.unl.edu. During and following presentations, there will be time for questions. Sponsored by Nebraska Extension and USDA.
There is no fee to attend and water, pop, and a snack will be provided. Please visit croptechcafe.org to view and share this digitally.
“Keep Life Simple” is the theme of the annual Women in Agriculture Conference, which will feature information and advice about simplicity and excellence, making meals with a multi-cooker, forage production, youth loans, farming with disabilities, and more.
This year’s conference is scheduled for Friday, April 12, at Sidney. It will run from 8:15 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. at Buffalo Point Restaurant, 638 Cabela Drive.
The 2018 conference was canceled due to weather, but is being brought back in 2019.
The conference is intended to help women who are involved in agriculture improve their decision-making, increase understanding, and enhance their well-being in relation to their farm, ranch or agriculture-related business.
The $35 registration fee covers conference materials, breaks, and lunch. Advance registration is due by April 5, after which the fee is $45. Registration forms and more information are available at the Nebraska Extension office at 920 Jackson St. in Sidney; by phone (308) 254-4455; by email to Karen DeBoer, Extension Educator at firstname.lastname@example.org; or browse to http://ckb.unl.edu/.
UNL Agronomy and Horticulture seminars
Jan. 25 — Nevin Lawrence, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, integrated weed management specialist, “Integrated Weed Management in the Panhandle of Nebraska.”
Feb. 1 — Sabrina Ruis, postdoctoral research associate in agronomy and horticulture, “Cover Crops and Soil Ecosystem Services in the Great Plains.”
Feb. 8 — Justin McMechan, assistant professor, crop protection and cropping systems specialist, Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, “Cover Crop Management and Insect Interactions.”
Feb. 22 — Leah Sandall, distance education coordinator in agronomy and horticulture; McKinzie Sutter, distance education specialist in agronomy and horticulture; Grace Troupe, online instructor in agronomy and horticulture, “Online Teaching: You Can Do It Too!”
March 1 — Sally Clayshulte, Bayer Crop Science, adjunct associate professor of agronomy and horticulture.
March 8 — Marilyne Stains, associate professor of chemistry, “How is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics taught in North American Universities?”
March 15 — Marty Williams, ecologist in the USDA-ARS, adjunct professor, University of Illinois, “From Transcripts to the Tri-State: Exploiting Plant Density Tolerance to Improve an American Delicacy.”
March 29 — Daran Rudnick, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, irrigation management specialist, West Central Research and Extension Center, “Input Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability as Influenced by Management Practices.”
April 5 — Michael Grusak, center director of the USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, “Impacting People’s Lives — Strategies to Provide Nutrient-Enriched Staple Food Crops.”
April 12 — Michelle Graham, research geneticist in the USDA-ARS, Iowa State University.
April 19 — Tonya Haigh, project manager rural sociologist of natural resources, National Drought Mitigation Center, “Decision-Making during Drought: What Spurs a Range Manager to Take Action?”
Each talk is in Keim Hall, Room 150, UNL East Campus in Lincoln, and can also be watched online. All seminars are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.
Apply now to participate in the 2019 Nebraska Youth Pork Conference: Makin’ Bacon … and a Whole Lot More! sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, Nebraska Extension, and the UNL Department of Animal Science.
The conference will be conducted from Wednesday afternoon, May 29th through approximately noon, Friday, May 31st.
What Participants Experience
Participants will grade carcasses, fabricate carcasses into wholesale and retail cuts, and exercise basic culinary methods on a variety of different pork products.
Throughout the program youth will discuss important issues related for consumers and farmers too. Additional lab activities include a hands-on food safety lab, and a biosecurity/animal health and animal handling activity. Not only will youth learn about pork as a wholesome food product, but they will also learn how the pork industry is using science to address many significant challenges.
Finally, various and engaging life skills activities will be intermixed throughout the program that focus on development of communication, leadership, networking and agriculture advocacy skills. Upon conclusion of this workshop, our youth will have a more thorough understanding of the product we produce, the consumers who purchase those products, and will have greater confidence in their ability to effectively communicate with one another regarding the many issues and challenges facing the pork industry.
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high-school are encouraged to participate in the 2019 Nebraska Youth Pork Conference: Makin’ Bacon … and a Whole Lot More! Applications will be reviewed and up to 32 students will be selected to participate.
The deadline to apply is April 13th. A complete application includes a letter of recommendation from an advisor or educator. Details at www.nepork.org.
Remember, the conference will be conducted from Wednesday afternoon, May 29th through approximately noon, Friday, May 31st.
Other than the youth’s transportation to and from Lincoln, there will be NO COST to participate. All lodging, meals, and conference materials are covered!
This year, the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) will be seeking three soybean farmers to serve as a board member to represent fellow soybean farmers and the industry.
What are the 2019 Election districts and counties?
District 2: Counties of Burt, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Stanton, Thurston and Wayne
District 4: Counties of Boone, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk and York
District 8: Counties of Artur, Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Brown, Chase, Cherry, Cheyenne, Custer, Dawes, Dawson, Deuel, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Garden, Garfield, Gosper, Grant, Greeley, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Howard, Keith, Keya Paha, Kimball, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Morrill, Perkins, Phelps, Red Willow, Rock, Scottsbluff, Sheridan, Sherman, Sioux, Thomas, Valley and Wheeler
Who can be a candidate for the NSB seat on the board?
You are an eligible candidate if you are a:
• Nebraska resident
• District 2, 4 or 8 resident and a
• Soybean farmer for the past five consecutive years, aged 21 or older, and own or share ownership and risk of loss for such soybeans, by reason of being a partner in a partnership, or is a shareholder in a corporation, or is a member of a limited liability company.
To participate as an eligible candidate, a petition containing 50 valid soybean farmers’ signatures who reside in the election district must be submitted to the NSB office on or before April 15, 2019.
As an elected representative for NSB, you will help guide the Nebraska soybean industry in the areas of research, education, domestic and foreign markets, including new uses for soybeans and soybean products.
The election is conducted by mail-in ballot in July. If you have any questions regarding the election process, please contact NSB Executive Director, Victor Bohuslavsky, at (402) 432-5720. For more information about the Nebraska soybean checkoff, visit www.nebraskasoybeans.org.
The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) and numerous agricultural clubs on East Campus have teamed up to organize Husker Food Connection. The event helps students gain a better knowledge of general agriculture within the state of Nebraska.
The event will feature a free lunch catered by Skeeter Barnes, farm equipment displays, booths by Nebraska commodity groups, and an opportunity to interact with livestock at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln City Campus Union Plaza.
The 2019 Husker Food Connection theme is “Agriculture is Everything.” “It’s important to the agricultural community to share the story of food from production to consumption. Whether you realize it or not, you rely on a farmer three times a day and the agricultural students of our University are excited to engage with the public about our industry,” says Hannah Borg, a senior Agricultural Communications major from Wakefield, NE, and the Husker Food Connection Communications Coordinator.
HFC organizers look forward to answering questions and sharing personal experiences by engaging in one on one conversations. Students and faculty are encouraged to take part in the interactive event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.