Calendar

May
9
Thu
Ag Solar Electric webinar series
May 9 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Photovoltaic (PV) panels are an increasingly common sight at homes, farms, and businesses across the Midwest.  Declining cost of PV solar installations makes installing a distributed solar electric system enticing for many farmers. Evaluating the financial investment in solar requires careful consideration of system costs, the value of production, and operation and maintenance costs. Unfortunately, some proposals are hard to understand making it difficult to make fully informed investment decisions.

This six part professional development webinar series will provide you with resources and tools to help consult farmers who are considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions.  Although the webinars are geared to an agricultural audience, the information that will be shared applies to anyone looking for information on making a wise solar energy investment.

WEBINAR SCHEDULE – NOTE: Times are Eastern.
Part 1: Estimating System Production – Date: May 7, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 2: Assessing System Cost – Date: May 9, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 3: Forecasting The Value Of Electricity – Date: May 14, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 4: Understanding Incentives – Date: May 16, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 5: Conducting A Financial Analysis – Date: May 21, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 6: Photovoltaic Solar Example – Date: May 23, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION DETAILS https://osu-cfaes.zoom.us/meeting/register/7710e82d1165e33766858a512be5123a.

CONTACT INFORMATION
F. John Hay:  jhay2@unl.edu
Eric Romich:  romich.2@osu.edu

This Webinar Series is Supported by the North Central Region SARE.

May
10
Fri
CSP ranking deadline
May 10 all-day

The deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding in fiscal year 2019 is May 10, 2019.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest up to $700 million for new enrollments and contract extensions in fiscal year 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes to this critical conservation program, which helps agricultural producers take the conservation activities on their farm or ranch to the next level.

While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by May 10, 2019, to ensure their applications are considered for 2019 funding.

Changes to the Program
The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments from now until 2023, and it makes some important improvements to the program. These updates include:
– NRCS now enrolls eligible, high ranking applications based on dollars rather than acres. For fiscal year 2019, NRCS can spend up to $700 million in the program, which covers part of the cost for producers implementing new conservation activities and maintaining their existing activities.
– Higher payment rates are now available for certain conservation activities, including cover crops and resource conserving crop rotations.
– CSP now provides specific support for organic and for transitioning to organic production activities and a special grassland conservation initiative for certain producers who have maintained cropland base acres.

For additional information about CSP, contact your local USDA service center.

On Location @ Viaero Wireless
May 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
On Location @ Bluffs Bar and Keno
May 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
May
11
Sat
On Location @ Summit to Summit
May 11 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
On Location
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
May
13
Mon
Governor’s Call-In Show @ 960AM/100.3FM
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
May
14
Tue
Ag Solar Electric webinar series
May 14 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Photovoltaic (PV) panels are an increasingly common sight at homes, farms, and businesses across the Midwest.  Declining cost of PV solar installations makes installing a distributed solar electric system enticing for many farmers. Evaluating the financial investment in solar requires careful consideration of system costs, the value of production, and operation and maintenance costs. Unfortunately, some proposals are hard to understand making it difficult to make fully informed investment decisions.

This six part professional development webinar series will provide you with resources and tools to help consult farmers who are considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions.  Although the webinars are geared to an agricultural audience, the information that will be shared applies to anyone looking for information on making a wise solar energy investment.

WEBINAR SCHEDULE – NOTE: Times are Eastern.
Part 1: Estimating System Production – Date: May 7, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 2: Assessing System Cost – Date: May 9, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 3: Forecasting The Value Of Electricity – Date: May 14, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 4: Understanding Incentives – Date: May 16, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 5: Conducting A Financial Analysis – Date: May 21, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 6: Photovoltaic Solar Example – Date: May 23, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION DETAILS https://osu-cfaes.zoom.us/meeting/register/7710e82d1165e33766858a512be5123a.

CONTACT INFORMATION
F. John Hay:  jhay2@unl.edu
Eric Romich:  romich.2@osu.edu

This Webinar Series is Supported by the North Central Region SARE.

NE Beef Council mtg
May 14 @ 12:00 pm – 11:59 pm

The Nebraska Beef Council Board of Director’s will have a zoom meeting at the NBC office located at 1319 Central Ave., Kearney, NE on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 beginning at 12:00 p.m. CDT. The NBC Board of Directors will discuss USMEF Foreign Marketing opportunities. For more information, please contact Pam Esslinger at pam@nebeef.org.

May
15
Wed
Farm & Ranch Clinic
May 15 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 — Wednesday, May 15
Lexington — Thursday, May 16
Norfolk — Wednesday, May 29

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.

Farmer’s Irrigation Water Orders
May 15 all-day

Farmers Irrigation will be accepting water orders through Friday the 17th of May.

This is to determine if there will be enough orders to turn the water on and when to put water in the canal system. All orders will need to be in by noon.

Call Kevin at 308-641-7402

May
16
Thu
Farmer’s Irrigation Water Orders
May 16 all-day

Farmers Irrigation will be accepting water orders through Friday the 17th of May.

This is to determine if there will be enough orders to turn the water on and when to put water in the canal system. All orders will need to be in by noon.

Call Kevin at 308-641-7402

Pinot, Pigs & Poets
May 16 all-day

Pinot, Pigs & Poets is celebrating its 10th year in 2019! The event is May 16th at Happy Hollow Club, 1701 S. 105th Street, Omaha, NE…. and will include attendee favorites of fine pinot noir wines and delectable pork dishes, as well as slam poetry by the Nebraska Writers Collective. Pinot, Pigs & Poets is a collaborative effort with the Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.  More information here…. www.nepork.org.

Event History
Pinot, Pigs & Poets was founded in 2010 as an effort to combat childhood hunger by directly benefiting the Completely KIDS weekend and after-school food programs. It raised $30,000 in its inaugural year. Over the past decade, the success of Pinot, Pigs & Poets has allowed Completely KIDS to increase the number of children enrolled in the program and the number of items sent home with the children each weekend. In recent years, the proceeds raised from Pinot, Pigs & Poets have consistently exceeded $275,000.

ISU Field Scouting Basics
May 16 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a Field Scouting Basics Workshop on May 16 at the Field Extension Education Lab, near Boone, Iowa. Designed for beginning-level crop scouts, as well as those looking to receive a refresher course on crop scouting principles, the course provides hands-on, in-field experience to crop scouts for the 2019 growing season. Participants will also have the opportunity to consult with extension specialists from various disciplines about crop issues to look for in 2019.

ISU Extension and Outreach specialists and field agronomists will provide instruction on weed, insect and crop disease identification in Iowa corn and soybean production. Participants will learn principles of integrated pest management and an overview of basic field scouting skills including sample collection, observation and documentation.

The Field Scouting Basics Workshop presentation topics and instructors include:
    Crop scouting tips and tricks – Angie Rieck-Hinz, extension field agronomist.
    Corn and soybean growth and development – Mark Licht, extension cropping systems specialist.
    Weed identification – Bob Hartzler, extension weed specialist.
    Crop plant disease identification – Alison Robertson, extension field crop plant pathologist.
    Insect pest identification – Erin Hodgson, extension entomologist.

Registration check-in opens at 9:30 a.m. The program starts at 9:50 a.m. and adjourns at 3:50 p.m. Registration is $100. Registration deadline is midnight, May 13 and pre-registration is required to attend. Additional workshop information and online registration is available at www.aep.iastate.edu/feel/scout

Ag Solar Electric webinar series
May 16 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Photovoltaic (PV) panels are an increasingly common sight at homes, farms, and businesses across the Midwest.  Declining cost of PV solar installations makes installing a distributed solar electric system enticing for many farmers. Evaluating the financial investment in solar requires careful consideration of system costs, the value of production, and operation and maintenance costs. Unfortunately, some proposals are hard to understand making it difficult to make fully informed investment decisions.

This six part professional development webinar series will provide you with resources and tools to help consult farmers who are considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions.  Although the webinars are geared to an agricultural audience, the information that will be shared applies to anyone looking for information on making a wise solar energy investment.

WEBINAR SCHEDULE – NOTE: Times are Eastern.
Part 1: Estimating System Production – Date: May 7, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 2: Assessing System Cost – Date: May 9, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 3: Forecasting The Value Of Electricity – Date: May 14, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 4: Understanding Incentives – Date: May 16, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 5: Conducting A Financial Analysis – Date: May 21, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)
Part 6: Photovoltaic Solar Example – Date: May 23, 2019 12:30 P.M. -1:30 P.M. (EDT)

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION DETAILS https://osu-cfaes.zoom.us/meeting/register/7710e82d1165e33766858a512be5123a.

CONTACT INFORMATION
F. John Hay:  jhay2@unl.edu
Eric Romich:  romich.2@osu.edu

This Webinar Series is Supported by the North Central Region SARE.

NCBA Cattlemen Webinar
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

NCBA Cattlemen Webinar Series: Is She Pregnant and Now What!?
May 16, 2019 @ 7pm Central

Everyone wants to know if their breeding season was a success or not. New technologies may allow you to know how successful you were much earlier. Now that you know she’s pregnant, research has shown that how the fetus is treated in utero can have an impact on the future performance of the calf. Join Dr. Ky Pohler and Dr. Reinaldo Cooke as their presentation discusses what technologies can get you the information you need to know the success of your breeding season and improve the overall management of your herd.

Ky Pohler, PhD. – Texas A&M University
Dr. Ky Pohler is an Assistant Professor and a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Animal Science. He grew up in Shiner, TX and received a B.S. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University.  He then received a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Ky’s research interest focus on understanding the physiological and molecular mechanisms that control reproductive efficiency in cattle. More specifically his lab is interested in the mechanisms that lead to embryonic and fetal mortality in cattle and development of management strategies to overcome these losses.

Reinaldo Cooke, PhD. – Texas A&M University
Dr. Reinaldo Cooke is an Associate Professor with the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science. Dr. Cooke developed an internationally-recognized academic program, resulting in methods to improve efficiency of beef operations in the US and across the globe. Highlights of Dr. Cooke’s research include: 1) impacts of cattle temperament on productive and reproductive traits, 2) management to alleviate stress-induced inflammation in receiving cattle, and 3) role of omega-6 fatty acids in early pregnancy establishment.

Click Here to Register Today!  https://www.ncba.org/cattlemenswebinarseries.aspx

You can also check out all the past Producer Education webinars… https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsDMBXSb2jYcUGaCNrQ09f0JxDJXJQu24.

Leading industry speakers from across the country presenting the latest information on topics ranging from tax strategy to genetic improvement. For those that can’t attend “live”, the sessions are recorded and “always on”!

May
17
Fri
EXTENDED: MFP crop prod certification
May 17 all-day

USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) extended the deadline because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests in many parts of the country, preventing producers from certifying acres.

Payments will be issued only if eligible producers certify before the updated May 17 deadline.

The MFP provides payments to producers of corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, dairy, hogs, fresh sweet cherries and shelled almonds. FSA will issue payments based on the producer’s certified total production of the MFP commodity multiplied by the MFP rate for that specific commodity.

Producers can certify production by contacting their local FSA office or through farmers.gov.

The MFP is established under the statutory authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act and is administered by FSA.

NE Corn Board Candidate deadline
May 17 all-day

Notice is hereby given that the terms for three members of the Nebraska Corn Development, Utilization and Marketing Board will expire June 30, 2019, and Nebraska’s corn checkoff program is seeking candidates to petition for those districts. The open positions represent Districts 1, 4 and 5.

District 1: Includes the counties of Butler, Cass, Douglas, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward and Richardson (Note: David Bruntz, the current District 1 director, has indicated he will pursue re-appointment).

District 4: Includes the counties of Burt, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Stanton, Thurston, Washington and Wayne (Note: Debbie Borg, the current District 4 director, has indicated she will pursue re-appointment).

District 5: Includes the counties of Buffalo, Dawson, Hall, Howard and Sherman (Note: Tim Scheer, the current District 5 director, has indicated that he will not pursue re-appointment).

Appointments to the board for Districts 1, 4 and 5 are made by the Governor of Nebraska. Any candidate for appointment may place his or her name on the candidacy list by filing a petition with the Nebraska Corn Board. Qualified candidates include those individuals who are citizens of Nebraska, are at least 21 years old, have been actively engaged in growing corn in Nebraska for a period of five years and derive a substantial portion of their income from growing corn. Board members who currently represent these districts are also eligible to re-petition.

Petitions may be obtained by writing the Nebraska Corn Board (P.O. Box 95107, Lincoln, NE 68509-5107), by calling 800-632-6761 or emailing nikki.bentzinger@nebraska.gov. A candidacy petition must carry the signatures of at least 50 corn producers from that district. All petitions must be received by the Nebraska Corn Board no later than 5:00 p.m. central time on Friday, May 17, 2019. Faxed copies do not qualify.

NRCS Cover Crops program deadline
May 17 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 May 17, 2019, or 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.  

Farmer’s Irrigation Water Orders
May 17 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am

Farmers Irrigation will be accepting water orders through Friday the 17th of May.

This is to determine if there will be enough orders to turn the water on and when to put water in the canal system. All orders will need to be in by noon.

Call Kevin at 308-641-7402