With an over-abundance of caution in mind, NPPC has decided to cancel this year’s World Pork Expo in Des Moines. This is in an effort to help keep African Swine Fever out of the United States and out of the US pork herd. Since WPX is a destination for over 20,000 people, including visitors from regions of the world where ASF is active, it was felt that it would be best to forgo the risk and do what could be done domestically to protect the herd here on the home-front.
Details at www.worldpork.org.
Nominations for the 13th annual National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards are now being accepted. Deadline for nominations is June 7, 2019.
The 2019 National BQA Awards, funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, recognize five winners in the areas of beef producer, dairy, marketing and education:
· The beef producer honors include BQA Cow Calf and BQA Feedyard awards, which recognize producers who best demonstrate the implementation of BQA principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations.
· The BQA / FARM (Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) award honors those dairy operations that demonstrate the best in animal care and handling while implementing the BQA and FARM programs at the highest levels.
· The BQA Marketer Award acknowledges livestock markets, cattle buyers and supply-chain programs that promote BQA to their customers and offer them opportunities to get certified.
· The BQA Educator Award celebrates individuals or companies that provide high quality and innovative training to individuals that care and handle cattle throughout the industry chain.
The National BQA Awards are selected by a committee of BQA certified representatives from universities, state beef councils, sponsors and affiliated groups. Nominations may be submitted by organizations, groups or individuals on behalf of a U.S. beef producer, dairy producer, marketer or educator. Individuals and families may not nominate themselves, though the nominees are expected to be involved in the preparation of the application. Past nominees are encouraged to submit their application under the new nomination structure. Previous winners may not reapply.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association manages the BQA program as a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. Funding for the BQA Awards is made possible by the generosity of Cargill, which has supported the program since its inception, and Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, which sponsors the BQA educator award.
Find the application and nomination requirements here… www.bqa.org. All nominations are due by June 7, 2019.
The Northeast NE Cattlemen invite you to their annual Steak Fry on Sunday June 9th at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wayne. Social hour is at 6pm, the dinner at 7pm, and entertainment with the Amazing Arthur Fratelli to follow. Sponsors can choose from Corporate, Gold, or Silver level sponsorships. All ticket requests need to be into Joel Bruns by June 6th. Call Joel at 402-922-0112 for more information. Looking forward to seeing you there!
The Nebraska Corn Board will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Embassy Suites Omaha – Downtown/Old Market, 555 S 10th Street in Omaha, Nebraska.
The meeting is open to the public, providing the opportunity for public comment. The Board will conduct regular board business, consider funding requests and set the budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. A copy of the agenda is available by writing the Nebraska Corn Board, PO Box 95107, Lincoln, NE 68509, sending an email to email@example.com or calling 402/471-2676.
The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Employing anyone uncertified under age 16 is a liability risk for farmers if those children operate such equipment.
Nebraska Extension’s Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses take place at 12 Nebraska locations this year for teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm. Anyone older than 15 is also welcome to attend, but those under age 14 are not eligible to take the class. Extensive training on tractor and ATV safety occurs during in-class lessons with hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of safety and a respect for agricultural equipment is the primary goal of the course.
The first day of classroom instruction includes hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Students are required to pass the test before taking the driving test on day two. The second day will include a physical driving test with equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. In most locations, instructors will offer an ATV simulator experience to learn about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs and UTVs. Students will also complete homework assignments for the second day.
Instructors for the course include staff members of Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, PhD, Ellen Duysen, Daniel Kent, and UNMC student Jill Oatman.
All on-site classes begin at 8:00 A.M. and end times will vary, depending on the number of participants. Training site locations, Site Coordinator contact numbers, and dates of training includes:
June 11 & 12 – Plains Equipment, O’Neill – (402) 336-2760
June 20 & 21 – Fairgrounds, Wayne – (402) 375-3310
July 1 & 2 – Fairgrounds, Weeping Water – (402) 267-2205
Cost of the course is $60, which includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunches.
To register, print and complete a registration form and submit with payment to the appropriate Site Coordinator at least one week before the course (call the specific location number listed above for mailing address and instructions).
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will be holding five events around the state in June. This year’s BeefMeets will include education on policy and production topics, industry updates, a tradeshow and a meal. Not only will attendees learn more about topics affecting the beef business, but it’s a great opportunity to voice concerns and work towards solutions with ICA staff and leaders.
BeefMeets will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Each event will feature a keynote speaker followed by a farm tour or cover crops panel presentation. ICA staff will update the audience on policy priorities and the Iowa Beef Industry Council will also share key accomplishments and plans.
Cherokee – June 11
Chris Clayton, Keynote – As the Ag Policy Editor for DTN/The Progressive Farmer since 2005, Chris Clayton is up to speed on the policy issues that impact your cattle operation. In his presentation, Clayton will cover the latest updates on federal policy topics, including fake meat, WOTUS, China and USMCA.
Grant Breitkreutz, Cover Crops Panel – The Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association’s President-Elect, Breitkreutz has been planting and grazing triticale post-harvest for about twenty years on his southern Minnesota farm. As the winner of many awards, including NCBA’s Regional Environmental Stewardship Award, Breitkreutz is eager to share the lessons he’s learned in cover-cropping and grazing throughout the years.
Registration is free for students, $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Pre-registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Visit www.iacattlemen.org to register.
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 — Wednesday, June 12
North Platte — Thursday, June 13
Lexington — Thursday, June 20
Norfolk — Thursday, June 27
Valentine — Friday, June 28
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.
High school students will have the opportunity to explore the many advances in precision agriculture at a free camp being offered at Northeast Community College this summer. Ag-Citing Precision Ag Camp will meet Wednesday, June 12, and Thursday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days on Northeast’s Norfolk campus.
Campers will learn to use the tools and gadgets in precision management, such as satellite imagery, auto-steer, sensors, drones and other technology. Workshops will explore precision equipment used in planting and harvest. Campers will also take an industry tour and meet professionals as they learn about careers in precision agriculture.
Registration is limited to the first 20 applicants and is available to students who will be in grades 9 through 12 for the 2019-20 school year. The camp is offered free of charge.
To register, visit http://www.northeast.edu/2019/Ag-Citing-Camp. For more information, contact the Northeast Community College Agriculture, Math and Science division at (402) 844-7180 or email Debb Strate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowa Beef Center’s Cow Systems Project, a research project to characterize three cow-calf production management systems across Iowa, will be the focus of a June 12 webinar sponsored by Iowa Farm Bureau.
The webinar is set to begin at 1 p.m. and will include an overview of the project results. It was originally designed to identify costs, environmental impacts and best practices of three cow-calf systems: limited, traditional and extended grazed systems. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialists Denise Schwab and Erika Lundy will lead the webinar discussion.
The full results of the project can be found as Iowa Cow-calf Production – Exploring Different Management Systems on the Extension Store, https://store.extension.iastate.edu/. The publication can be downloaded at no cost as pdf documents in entirety and by individual chapter and appendix.
See all webinar details, including information on testing your computer’s ability to access the webinar site and preregistering, on the Iowa Farm Bureau website at https://tinyurl.com/iacowcalf. Preregistration is encouraged but not required. The webinar will be archived and available for later viewing on the Iowa Farm Bureau website.
The University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) near Mead is hosting an open house on Wednesday, June 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This is an informal and informative opportunity to come see how ENREC is making a difference. The event is for both rural and urban audiences – see firsthand what we are doing at ENREC and why it matters.
Join us at the August N. Christenson Building for…
· Christenson Annex Building Tours – Be one of the first to tour the Christenson Building annex.
· Demonstrations & Displays – * See how the University is learning and teaching with drones, a hail simulator machine, and beef and science mobile labs. * ENREC has been serving as a collection site for hay, fencing and livestock supply donations for Nebraska producers impacted by the March flood and blizzard events. Learn about the project and the University’s role in leading disaster relief. · Who works at ENREC and what do they do? Learn about the work we are doing & why it is important to Nebraska.
· Refreshments – Enjoy free refreshments, including “Nifty N150” ice cream.
· 3:15 or 4:15 Bus Tour – See where research projects and educational programs are taking place
More information online at: https://enrec.unl.edu/2019enrecopenhouse/.
Cattle producers can increase their knowledge of current feedlot issues and profitability during an educational program June 13 at the Wallace Foundation Learning Center, Lewis, IA. Researchers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide answers to producer questions related to animal health, nutrition and producing high quality, marketable beef.
The goal of the program is to connect cattle producers and stakeholders with the ongoing research at Iowa State, which Lundy said was inspired by the concerns and questions of producers.
Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the program starts at 10:30 a.m. An optional tour of the Iowa State Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm feedlot will be held at 2 p.m., and will feature the new individual-intake feeding system.
– “New Methods to Detect BRD in Feedlots,” by Terry Engelken, DVM, associate professor with ISU Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine.
– “Managing Mineral Nutrition to Optimize Growth Promotant Performance,” by Elizabeth Messersmith, Iowa State graduate student in animal science.
– “Stress in the Feedlot: Roles of Micronutrients,” by Erin Deters, Iowa State animal science graduate student.
– “Managing for High Quality Beef,” by Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center and ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist; and Erika Lundy, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist.
The meeting is free and includes lunch. Walk-ins are welcome. RSVP by contacting the ISU Extension and Outreach Cass County office at 712-243-1132, or the East Pottawattamie office at 712-482-6449. Erika Lundy can be reached at email@example.com.
Those interested in beekeeping have a new learning opportunity. The Center for Rural Affairs and University of Nebraska-Lincoln are partnering to offer Great Plains Master Beekeeping, a regional beekeeper training and certification program.
The program’s purpose is to increase the amount of well-educated beekeepers, to provide new and experienced beekeepers with resources to continue their education, and to help others become advocates for bees.
The Center for Rural Affairs is leading Exploratory Beekeeping classes, with four set for this summer:
– June 15 in Schuyler,
– June 22 in Grand Island, and
– Aug. 28 in Crete.
Sessions in Schuyler, Grand Island, and Crete will be in English and translated into Spanish.
To participate in the program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.472.8378, or visit gpmb.unl.edu. For more information or to RSVP to Exploratory Beekeeping classes, visit cfra.org or contact Bailey at 402.367.8989 or email@example.com.
Fellowship applications for Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Group 39 are now available for men and women involved in production agriculture or agribusiness. Up to 30 motivated men and women with demonstrated leadership potential will be selected from five geographic districts across the state.
In addition to monthly three-day seminars throughout Nebraska from mid-September through early April, Nebraska LEAD fellows also participate in a 10-day national study/travel seminar and a two-week international study/travel seminar.
Seminar themes include leadership assessment and potential, natural resources and energy, agricultural policy, leadership through communication, Nebraska’s political process, global perspectives, nuclear energy, social issues, understanding and developing leadership skills, agribusiness and marketing, advances in health care, and the resources and people of Nebraska’s Panhandle.
The Nebraska LEAD Program is designed to prepare spokespersons, problem-solvers and decision-makers for Nebraska and its agricultural industry.
In its 38th year, the program is operated by the nonprofit Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nebraska colleges and universities, businesses and industry, and individuals throughout the state.
To request an application, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-472-6810. Requests can also be sent to 104 ACB, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 68583-0940. Applications are due no later than June 15.
For information about the selection process, visit https://lead.unl.edu.
Veteran farmers in Nebraska are invited to meet and discuss agricultural issues in a free gathering hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs.
The Nebraska Veteran Farmer Barbecue is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Barreras Family Farm, 11564 County Road P30, near Blair, Nebraska. This event is for current or former active duty, guard, or reserve military service members and their families.
This is a potluck-style gathering with a main dish provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish.
To RSVP, visit cfra.org/events or contact Fox at 402.687.2100 ext. 1012 or email@example.com.
This event is funded in part by New Belgium Brewing Company.
Once again, it’s time for our annual Cattlemen’s tour. The date for our local tour is set for June 17, 2019. With this year’s tour being local, we will not need a bus so we ask everyone to drive on their own or set up a carpool with others who will be going on the tour.
This year, we are planning to make three stops. The first will be at RMS just two miles west of Leigh. Ryan recently built a bulk fertilizer plant here. He will walk us around his facility and show us his new and improved way of loading out fertilizer. Ryan’s address is 48303 115 Ave., Leigh, NE, two miles west of Leigh on Hwy. 91, then ½ mile south. We will begin at 1-2 p.m.
Second stop will be at Mark Olmer’s chicken barns north of Humphrey. With all the talk about these big barns going up, we thought it would be good to tour them before the chickens arrive. Mark’s site will hold over 300,000 chickens. Join us at 82236 552 Ave., Humphrey, or from 81/91 junction, go three miles north on 81, one mile west and ½ mile north. We will begin this tour at 2:30-3:30 p.m.
The third and final stop will be at Larson Dairy just north of Creston. Larsons recently put up a new robotic dairy barn. Come see how dairy barns have improved over the years. The Larson address is 50903 190 Avenue, Creston. From the Creston spur on Highway 91, go 1 ½ miles north. This tour is scheduled 4:00-5:00 p.m.
After the tour ends at Larson Dairy, we will go 2.5 miles south of Creston on 190th Avenue and will be eating at Scott Hellbusch’s shop. Come join us for steaks and refreshments sponsored by the businesses listed below and cooked by the Platte Valley Cattlemen.
We want to personally thank those who helped sponsor our tour:
· 3 Jand G Shade, Richland
· First National Bank
· Pinnacle Bank
We look forward to seeing you all on June 17th!