Calendar

Jun
18
Tue
Beef Improvement Fed. Symposium
Jun 18 – Jun 21 all-day

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.

Jun
20
Thu
EXTENDED: USDA EWP program
Jun 20 all-day

Request USDA Assistance to Protect Infrastructure Damaged by March Blizzard/Flooding
Assistance Request Deadline Extended to June 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Nebraska is accepting requests for assistance through the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program to address watershed impairments resulting from the March “Bomb Cyclone” and associated flooding. Requests for assistance must be submitted to the NRCS State Conservationist in Nebraska by June 20, 2019.

NRCS Nebraska State Conservationist Craig Derickson said, “We have extended this sign up period to provide additional time for those impacted by the March severe weather to apply for this assistance.” Derickson explained, “EWP is designed to install recovery measures to safeguard lives and property as a result of a natural disaster. We have teams out now completing damage survey reports. These reports help us understand the extent of the damage and the amount of funding needed for recovery work.”

Watershed impairments that the EWP program addresses include debris-clogged stream channels, scoured or eroded bridges, and undermined and/or unstable streambanks that pose an imminent threat to public infrastructure (i.e.: bridges, county roads, etc.).

EWP work is completed through a local project sponsor. EWP project sponsors must be a legal subdivision of state government such as a city, county, state agency, town, or a federally-recognized American Indian tribe or tribal organization.

“Generally, NRCS will pay up to 75 percent of the restoration costs. The project sponsor is responsible for the remaining balance of funding needs, which can include in-kind support. It’s important to note that any recovery measures already implemented by the sponsor or in process by the sponsor would not be eligible for reimbursement,” Derickson said.

Potential sponsors seeking assistance through EWP should work with their local USDA service center, which can be found at http://offices.usda.gov. For more information about the EWP Program, contact Allen Gehring, at (402) 437-4037.

Panhandle June Wheat and Pea Field Days @ UN-L High Plains Ag Lab - Sidney
Jun 20 all-day

The UNL High Plains Ag Lab near Sidney will sponsor its annual June field day on June 20 this year. It’s an opportunity to hear updates on research going on at the ag lab and view the results from winter wheat and pea variety trials. In addition to HPAL, wheat and pea variety tours will be conducted June 20 and 21 at cooperators’ farms in the Panhandle.

The schedule of wheat tours:

June 20, High Plains Ag Lab, Sidney: During the HPAL field day, Morning field day featuring wheat on dryland crops, grazing systems, and integrated crop-livestock research.

June 20, Box Butte County: 4 p.m., irrigated wheat variety plot tour at Chris Cullan farm, Box Butte County. From Berea, ¾ mile north on Highway 385; plot is on west side of highway.

June 20, Box Butte County: 7 p.m., dryland wheat variety plot tour at Chris Cullan farm. From Berea, north on Highway 2 for 2.7 miles, then west on Hall Rd 0.65 miles. Plot is on the south side of the road.

 

Pea Field Days

Field pea plot tours are scheduled for June 20 in Cheyenne County and June 21 in Box Butte County.

June 20, 8 a.m., Cheyenne County at High Plains Ag Lab (Rainfed): From HPAL office, 0.25 miles east on CR 32N, then north on trial road.

June 21, 9 a.m., Box Butte County, Greg Hansen Farm: From Hemingford, 7 miles east on Dodge RD, 2 miles south on CR 62. Plot is on east side of road.

Tractor Safety Training
Jun 20 – Jun 21 all-day

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 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).

Jun
21
Fri
ICON Annual Meeting
Jun 21 all-day

The Independant Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) will be hosting their 14th Annual Meeting & Convention in Broken Bow, Nebraska, on Friday June 21st, 2019, 1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (CST) at the Cobblestone Hotel.

At 1:30 p.m. Registration & Silent Auction benefiting the “Jim Hanna Memorial Scholarship” begins.

At 2:30 p.m. the ICON Annual Meeting, Legislative updates like property taxes; as well as new and proposed laws relating to the brand committee, fence law and artificial meat from featured legal counsel Rick Leonard for the Nebraska Agricultural Committee starts.

At 4:00 p.m. the first of our two dynamic and informative speakers – Brian O’Shaughnessy of New York, he is the Chairman of Revere Copper and the Vice Chairman of the Coalition for a Prosperous America and has testified before Congress and before the International Trade Commission. He will speak on “What You Don’t Know About Trade & It’s Impact on Your Country & Your Cattle”.

At 6:30 p.m. our second honored guest speaker from Nebraska, Michael B. Yanney, will speak. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Burlington Capital and has done business in 14 countries and served on a joint U.S.-Russia delegation. He will speak about “Nebraska is in a Crisis ~Time to make Changes.”

Supper will be catered by the Bonfire Grill at 6:15 p.m. with cocktails prior. End the evening relaxing & laughing with entertainment by humorist & cowboy poet R.P. Smith and mingle afterwards with fellow Cattle men & women.

Registration is $25.00 per person and includes the sirloin tip supper. Bring a first time attendee and both of you will get in free (some restrictions). If you have not paid your’ 2019 membership, get $10 off the $100 membership fee if paid with registration or at the event.

Register with Maureen by calling 308-880-1505 or e-mail her at IndependentCattlemen@gmail.com, or visit our website www.IndependentCattlemen.com for forms & mail to: 432 N. 10th Ave., Broken Bow, NE 68822.

Spend the night at the Cobblestone Hotel, (308-767-2060) with our special ICON block of room rates for $80.00/night (rates honored Thursday –Saturday). Saturday enjoy an informal round of golf at the Broken Bow Country Club.

NRCS Cover Crops program deadline
Jun 21 all-day

To help manage cropland damaged by Nebraska’s severe spring weather, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing funds to plant cover crops on cropland acres. Producers are encouraged to apply by June 21, 2019 at their local USDA Service Center.

This funding is available statewide in order to assist the widespread recovery work on cropland acres directly impacted by the severe weather in March.  The highest priority cropland includes land which is unable to be planted with a cash crop and/or harvested in 2019.

Cover crops prevent erosion, improve soil’s physical and biological properties, supply nutrients, suppress weeds, improve the availability of soil water, and break pest cycles along with various other benefits. Cover crops can also potentially be grazed.

Work currently being done to maintain conservation structures as well as sediment removal, debris removal or grading and reshaping can be stabilized and protected from further erosion and damage by planting a cover crop.

For more information, visit NRCS at a USDA Service Center, or visit www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.  

Panhandle June Wheat and Pea Field Days @ UN-L High Plains Ag Lab - Sidney
Jun 21 all-day

The UNL High Plains Ag Lab near Sidney will sponsor its annual June field day on June 20 this year. It’s an opportunity to hear updates on research going on at the ag lab and view the results from winter wheat and pea variety trials. In addition to HPAL, wheat and pea variety tours will be conducted June 20 and 21 at cooperators’ farms in the Panhandle.

The schedule of wheat tours:

June 20, High Plains Ag Lab, Sidney: During the HPAL field day, Morning field day featuring wheat on dryland crops, grazing systems, and integrated crop-livestock research.

June 20, Box Butte County: 4 p.m., irrigated wheat variety plot tour at Chris Cullan farm, Box Butte County. From Berea, ¾ mile north on Highway 385; plot is on west side of highway.

June 20, Box Butte County: 7 p.m., dryland wheat variety plot tour at Chris Cullan farm. From Berea, north on Highway 2 for 2.7 miles, then west on Hall Rd 0.65 miles. Plot is on the south side of the road.

 

Pea Field Days

Field pea plot tours are scheduled for June 20 in Cheyenne County and June 21 in Box Butte County.

June 20, 8 a.m., Cheyenne County at High Plains Ag Lab (Rainfed): From HPAL office, 0.25 miles east on CR 32N, then north on trial road.

June 21, 9 a.m., Box Butte County, Greg Hansen Farm: From Hemingford, 7 miles east on Dodge RD, 2 miles south on CR 62. Plot is on east side of road.

BSB: Pioneers @ Fremont Moo @ KNEB 960AM/100.3FM
Jun 21 @ 11:45 am
Jun
22
Sat
Pepsi #CashWall Cash Stop @ Safety Safari at the Zoo
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
BSB: Pioneers @ Fremont Moo @ KNEB 960AM/100.3FM
Jun 22 @ 11:45 am
BSB: Hastings @ WESTCO (DH) @ 101.7 The Trail and KNEB.com
Jun 22 @ 3:45 pm
Retirement celebration for Dr. Dale Grotelueschen @ Schuler Red Angus Ranch
Jun 22 @ 5:00 pm

The community is invited to the retirement celebration
longtime Extension Veterinarian Dr. Dale Grotelueschen
Saturday, June 22nd at the Schuler Red Angus Ranch
near Reddington starting at 5pm.

Dr. Grotelueschen’s colleagues and friends are honoring Dale for his dedication to the profession of veterinary medicine and the beef industry.

No gifts please, but donations will be accepted for a
scholarship fund established by Dale and Liza Grotelueschen.

Schuler Red Angus Ranch, 7522 Road 74 in Morrill County.

BSB: Pioneers @ Fremont @ 960AM/100.3FM
Jun 22 @ 5:45 pm
Jun
23
Sun
Child Ag Injury Prevention wksp
Jun 23 – Jun 24 all-day

A national workshop dedicated to childhood agricultural safety is scheduled for June 23-24 in the agricultural and insurance hub of Des Moines, Iowa.  The Child Agricultural Injury Prevention (CAIP) Workshop is designed for those who work in or with the agriculture industry, and want to establish and enhance child injury prevention strategies for their organizations.

Early-bird registration ($199) runs through Friday, May 10. The fee will then increase to $249. Scholarships are available to assist with the cost of registration. More information, including the registration link, is available at www.marshfieldresearch.org/CAIP-Workshop.

Co-hosts include the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (University of Iowa) and the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (University of Nebraska Medical Center), along with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. Sponsors include John Deere, Westfield Insurance and the National Farm Medicine Center.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
–    Understand the leading causes of injuries to children who are either working or playing on farms;
–    Describe interventions most likely to be effective in preventing childhood farm injuries; and
–    Identify their (and their organization’s) unique role in helping farm children grow up happy and healthy.

The workshop will be co-located with the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) annual conference, which begins June 24 and runs through June 27, https://vafb.swoogo.com/ISASH2019. Those who register for both the workshop and the ISASH Conference will save $50 on the combined registration fees. Both events will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown Des Moines.

For more workshop information, email nccrahs@marshfieldresearch.org or call 1-800-662-6900. The National Children’s Center is funded in part by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

BSB: Pioneers @ Fremont Moo @ KNEB 960AM/100.3FM
Jun 23 @ 11:45 am
NASCAR: Toyota / Save Mart 350 (Sonoma – PRN)
Jun 23 @ 12:00 pm
Jun
24
Mon
ICGA Roundtalbe
Jun 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Policy development at the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a vital grassroots process. Each year, ICGA hosts roundtable meetings in local communities across the state to gather insight and feedback on priorities from members. The meetings, which will be held in June and July, allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at roundtable meetings go on to the annual ICGA Grassroots Summit on August 26-27 for the ICGA delegates to debate for adoption into the ICGA policy book. This process enables the organization to take action in lobbying for and supporting sound policy development and pro-farmer legislation.

June 24 – Galva – Quad County Corn Processor Plant, (5PM optional tour of plant, 6PM Roundtable)
June 25 – Red Oak – AgriVision, (6PM)
July 9 – Ames – Johnny’s at Hilton Coliseum with ISU VIP guest appearance, (5PM)

Roundtables are FREE for ICGA members, but registration is requested. A meal will be included at each session. If you can’t attend a roundtable but wish to present a policy resolution for consideration, please contact your local ICGA Board member. Go to iowacorn.org/roundtables for more information.

ICGA Roundtalbe
Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Policy development at the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a vital grassroots process. Each year, ICGA hosts roundtable meetings in local communities across the state to gather insight and feedback on priorities from members. The meetings, which will be held in June and July, allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at roundtable meetings go on to the annual ICGA Grassroots Summit on August 26-27 for the ICGA delegates to debate for adoption into the ICGA policy book. This process enables the organization to take action in lobbying for and supporting sound policy development and pro-farmer legislation. 

June 18 – Okoboji – Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 US-71 (6PM)
June 20 – Templeton – Templeton Center (3PM optional tour of Templeton Rye, 5PM Roundtable)
June 24 – Galva – Quad County Corn Processor Plant, (5PM optional tour of plant, 6PM Roundtable)
June 25 – Red Oak – AgriVision, (6PM)
July 9 – Ames – Johnny’s at Hilton Coliseum with ISU VIP guest appearance, (5PM)

Roundtables are FREE for ICGA members, but registration is requested. A meal will be included at each session. If you can’t attend a roundtable but wish to present a policy resolution for consideration, please contact your local ICGA Board member. Go to iowacorn.org/roundtables for more information.

Jun
25
Tue
IA Farm Env. Leader Award nomination deadline
Jun 25 all-day

Iowans are invited to nominate families in their communities for the Farm Environmental Leader Award. Farmers who voluntarily take actions, like planting cover crops or installing conservation infrastructure in their fields, are eligible for the award. The deadline to nominate a deserving farmer has been extended to June 25.

To qualify, individuals must make environmental stewardship a priority and incorporate best management practices into their operation. As true stewards of the land, they recognize that improved water quality and soil sustainability reaps benefits that extend beyond their fields to citizens of Iowa and residents even further downstream.

An appointed committee of representatives from both conservation and agricultural groups will review the nominations and select the winners. The recipients will be recognized on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Iowa State Fair.

Since the creation of the award in 2012, more than 500 farm families have been recognized. Winners are presented a certificate as well as a yard sign donated by Bayer. The nomination form, a list of previous awardees and other information can be found at iowaagriculture.gov/farm-environmental-leader-awards.

Tree Workshops @ Panhandle Research and Extension Center
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am

A Tree Pest Detector and Tree and Landscape Management Workshop will be held at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center.  Admission is free, attendance is optional for either session or if you wish to attend both.

The Tree Pest Detector Workshop is at 9:00am.

The Tree and Landscape Workshop is at 1:30pm

(Lunch is on your own at Noon)

The program is FREE, but registration is required!

NFS.UNL.EDU/Workshops