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).
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Registration is now open for the 2019 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium. This year’s event will be June 18-21 at the University Comfort Suites and Convention Center in Brookings, South Dakota.
Early registration deadline is May 15. Attendees can save $100 by pre-registering. Online registration is available at http://www.beefimprovement.org.
This year’s BIF symposium features two and a half days of educational programming and a full day of tours. The first morning’s general session — “Applications of Technology” — will feature Mark Allan, Trans Ova Genetics director of genetic technology; Alison Van Eenennaam, U.C. Davis animal biotechnology and genomics extension specialist; and a producer panel including John Moes, Moes Feedlot, Watertown, South Dakota; Trey Patterson, Padlock Ranch, Ranchester, Wyoming; Tylor Braden, King Ranch, Kingsville, Texas; and John Maddux, Maddux Cattle Co., Wauneta, Nebraska.
The second day’s general session, “Utilization of Big Data” will include a presentation by Dr. Mark Trotter, Central Queensland University.
The afternoon breakout sessions both days will focus on a range of beef-production and genetic-improvement topics. The conference also features a Young Producer Symposium on Tuesday afternoon, designed for networking and to equip young cattle producers with essential knowledge as they grow their role in the business. Tuesday evening attendees will also enjoy an opening reception followed by the National Association of Annual Breeders Symposium at 7 p.m.
For more conference details, including registration information, complete schedule and lodging information visit http://www.beefimprovement.org.
A tractor safety course for 14- and 15-year-old youths who
work on farms is scheduled for June 18 and 19 at Legacy of the
Plains Museum in Gering.
Cost of the course is $60 and includes educational materials and instruction, supplies and lunch.
To register, contact Scotts Bluff County Extension
office at 308-632-1480
A more diverse crop rotation can play a fundamental role in managing yield limiting factors, increase resilience to extreme weather, and distribute workload. Join Nebraska Extension on Tuesday, June 18 for the Eastern Nebraska Wheat, Pulse, and Double Crop Field Day. The field day will be held at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead located at 1071 County Road G in Saunders County.
The program starts at 9:00 am and runs to 4:00 in the afternoon in Tuesday, June 18. Registration starts at 8:30 with coffee and donuts served. In the morning, there will be short presentations on winter wheat, pulses, and double crop production in eastern Nebraska including a panel discussion with some local producers. Lunch will be catered by Parker’s Smokehouse. In the afternoon, attendees will head out for plot tours and demos.
The event is free to attendee thanks to grants and sponsors. We do ask you pre-register by Friday, June 14, online at http://croptechcafe.org/wheatpulsefieldday/ or call the Dodge County Extension Office at 402-727-2775 to ensure we have enough food for all.
Speakers and topics for the first morning session on winter wheat include:
· Nebraska Wheat Board Update from Royce Schaneman, Executive Director of Nebraska Wheat
· The Word on Wheat with Dr. Nathan Mueller, Cropping System Educator
· UAV or Drone Work in Wheat with Dr. Yeyin Shi, Ag Information Systems Engineering Assistant Professor
Speakers and topics for the second morning session on pulses include:
· The Pulse on Peas by Alex Rosa and Sam Koeshall, UNL Graduate Students
· Double Cropping Short Season Crops and Forages after Field Peas with Dr. Mary Drewnoski and Alex Rosa
· Eating Wheat and Pulse Products: Health Benefits with Beth Nacke, Registered Dietician
· Eastern Nebraska wheat, pulse, and double crop grower panel
After lunch, plot tours and demonstrations run from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Tours and demonstrations include:
· Pulse crop variety trial walk-through and discussion
· Double crop Q and A
· Winter wheat variety trial walk-through and discussion
· Wheat diseases ID and discussion
· Nitrogen and sulfur fertilization study
· Drone and sensor demo in wheat
Again to get pre-registered for the Eastern Nebraska Wheat, Pulse Crop, and Double Crop Field Day this on Tuesday, June 18 near Mead, please call the Dodge County Extension Office at 402-727-2775 or pre-register online at http://croptechcafe.org/wheatpulsefieldday/ .
This summer, Nebraska Extension is hosting series of pasture walks across northeast Nebraska the 3rd Tuesday of the month, June – September. The first event will be held June 18th at 4:00 PM at the Dave Hansen ranch, 51193 875 Rd. Orchard, NE. Dave will provide a tour of his cow/calf and grass finished operation as well as sharing his personal grazing approach.
Pasture walks provide an informal setting for attendees to learn about grazing principles, infrastructure options, and management practices from the host and through conversations with other participants.
Cost to attend is free. For those interested in staying a bit later a meal will be provided at a cost of $5 per person. If you are planning on attending please RSVP to the Cedar County Extension office at 402-254-6821 no later than Friday, June 14th.