The National Pork Board is accepting applications through May 22 for the Agricultural Marketing Fellowship. Students who are accepted for full-time enrollment in a graduate/professional school program for the 2019-2020 academic year are encouraged to apply.
Up to three students will be selected for fellowships of $20,000 spread across two academic years. The fellowship requires students to pursue coursework and research in the livestock and meat marketing areas.
The guidelines and application form for the fellowship application can be found at https://library.pork.org/l/2408f6fb0ca9e94a/. Send all submission materials by May 22 to: National Pork Board, Attention Bill Winkelman, 1776 NW 114TH St., Clive, IA 50325.
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.
F. John Hay: email@example.com
Eric Romich: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Webinar Series is Supported by the North Central Region SARE.
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:
– May 29 in Macy,
– 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.
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 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.
Farmers planning to chemigate during the 2019 growing season must renew chemigation permits by June 1 to meet state deadline requirements. Chemigation is the application of any chemical, fertilizer or pesticide through an irrigation system. To legally chemigate in Nebraska, an operator must be certified to apply chemicals and obtain a chemigation permit from their local NRD.
An irrigation system that has not been renewed prior to the June 1 deadline cannot apply chemicals through the system until a new permit is obtained. Chemigation renewal permits cost $20. New chemigation permits cost $50, and the applicant cannot use the system until it passes a mandatory inspection. All permits must be submitted to the LENRD office at 1508 Square Turn Boulevard in Norfolk.
By renewing a permit by June 1, a producer may proceed with chemigation. An inspection does not have to be performed prior to chemigation for a renewal application. However, a random chemigation inspection may be necessary later in the season as part of the LENRD’s routine summer inspections as required by state law.
Approximately 2,016 chemigation permits were approved by the LENRD in 2018. For more information on renewing or obtaining chemigation permits, call the Lower Elkhorn NRD at 371-7313.
The Nebraska Ethanol Board will meet Friday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in Grand Island, Nebraska, in the community meeting room at Bosselman Enterprises Headquarters, 1607 S. Locust St.
The board meeting agenda highlights include:
Fuel Retailer Update
E30 Demonstration Update
State and Federal Legislation
Ethanol Plant Reports
This agenda contains all items to come before the Board except those items of an emergency nature.
The 20th annual Cream of the Crop dairy show will be held on Sat June 1 2019 at the Cuming Co Fairgrounds in West Point, NE. The show is open to everyone, youth and adults. Members of 4-H and FFA are encouraged to attend. Eligible breeds include Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, and crossbreds.
Registrations start at 8am the day of the show. There will be a showmanship contest to start the show. Divisions will be Senior, Intermediate, Junior, and Pee-wee. There is also a judging contest after showmanship. There will be three divisions…. Junior, Senior, and adult.
After the judging event, the dairy show will start.
There will be a lunch stand with food available in the morning and early afternoon. There is no entry fee. Preregistrations are due by May 28th. For more information, contact Carl Aschoff at 402-380-2465 or email email@example.com.
Applications are being accepted now for the 2019 Century and Heritage Farm Program. The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. It recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms.
Applications are available on the Department’s website at by clicking on the Century Farm or Heritage Farm link under “Programs”.
Applications may also be requested from Becky Lorenz, Coordinator of the Century and Heritage Farm Program via phone at 515-281-3645, email at Becky.Lorenz@IowaAgriculture.gov or by writing to Century or Heritage Farms Program, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319.
Farm families seeking to qualify for the Century or Heritage Farms Program must submit an application to the Department no later than June 1.
A full list of all past Century Farm recipients is available at www.iowacenturyfarms.com.
The ceremony to recognize the 2019 Century and Heritage Farms will be held at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 15 in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country’s largest conservation programs.
FSA stopped accepting applications last fall for the continuous CRP signup when 2014 Farm Bill authority expired. Since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill last December, FSA has carefully analyzed the language and determined that a limited signup prioritizing water-quality practices furthers conservation goals and makes sense for producers as FSA works to fully implement the program.
Continuous CRP Signup
This year’s signup will include such practices as grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others. Continuous signup enrollment contracts are 10 to 15 years in duration. Soil rental rates will be set at 90 percent of the existing rates. Incentive payments will not be offered for these contracts.
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Signup
FSA will also reopen signup for existing Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) agreements. Fact sheets on current CREP agreements are available on this webpage.
Other CRP Signup Options
FSA plans to open a CRP general signup in December 2019 and a CRP Grasslands signup later.
CRP Contract Extensions
A one-year extension will be offered to existing CRP participants who have expiring CRP contracts of 14 years or less. Producers eligible for an extension will receive a letter describing their options.
Alternatively, producers with expiring contracts may have the option to enroll in the Transition Incentives Program, which provides two additional annual rental payments on the condition the land is sold or rented to a beginning farmer or rancher or a member of a socially disadvantaged group.
Producers interested in applying for continuous CRP practices, including those under existing CREP agreements, or who need an extension, should contact their USDA service center beginning June 3. To locate your local FSA office, visit www.farmers.gov. More information on CRP can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.
NCW – Consumer Promotion Education Committee with Nebraska Cattlemen would like to announce the 2019 Nebraska Beef Ambassador Contest will be held June 4th at River’s Edge Convention Center in Columbus beginning at 1:00pm. The competition is targeted towards youth that are passionate about the beef industry.
The Nebraska Beef Ambassador Program provides an opportunity for youth, ages 14 – 24 years old, to become spokespersons and future leaders for the beef industry. The two divisions, senior and collegiate, are judged on three different areas of the industry consisting of a mock consumer promotional event, mock media interview and an issues response.
Along with a scholarship from the Nebraska Cattlemen Research and Education Foundation the collegiate winner will have the opportunity to go on and compete at the National level.
They are currently looking for contestants for the 2019 contest. Please share this information and help spread the word about the upcoming Beef Ambassador Contest.
For more information contact Bonita at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-450-0223 voice/text.
The 2019 Nebraska Cattlemen Midyear Meeting will be held in Columbus June 4-5. A great line-up of activities with an exciting slate of speakers is scheduled for the two-day event, including remarks by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President, Jennifer Houston.
Nebraska Cattlemen members are encouraged to make plans to attend the 2019 Midyear Meeting and take part in industry discussions during the six NC policy committee meetings addressing animal health and nutrition; brand and property rights; education and research; marketing and commerce; natural resources; and environment and taxation issues. Many issues affect Nebraska cattle producers, and this is your opportunity to shape policy and provide direction for leadership and staff.
The event’s activities will start the morning of Tuesday, June 4, with the annual Midyear golf tournament at Quail Run Golf Course. For those of you not golfing, a tour of some local businesses and attractions is being planned. Following the golf tournament and tours, all members are invited to attend the Welcome Reception at Quail Run Golf Course, enjoy an evening of food and drink and socialize with many NC members from across the state.
Wednesday, June 5, the NC Meetings will be held at the River’s Edge Convention Center. The first round of committee meetings will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a second round at 10:15 a.m. The annual Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Lunch will be Thursday at 12:30 p.m., when winners of the Retail Value Steer Challenge will be announced and Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation youth scholarships will be presented. After lunch, the third round of committee meetings will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the General Session at 4 p.m. NC hopes you will make plans to attend the Midyear Meeting. The link to register is here…. https://nebraskacattlemen.org/midyear-registration-form/.
“Global Economic Growth and Agricultural Trade: Prospects, Policies and Perspectives” is the focus of a symposium June 4 at the Graduate Hotel, 141 N. Ninth St. in Lincoln.
The symposium is jointly hosted by the Farm Foundation Food and Agricultural Trade Resource Center and the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. It is free and open to the public.
A keynote presentation by Luke Chandler, chief economist of Deere and Company, will be followed by a panel discussion with agricultural trade experts. Those experts are:
> Richard Crowder, former U.S. chief agricultural negotiator, and professor and Thornhill Endowed Chair in agricultural trade, Virginia Tech University
> Darci Vetter, former U.S. chief agricultural negotiator and global lead, public affairs, and vice chair for agriculture and food, Edelman
> John Beghin, Michael Yanney Chair of International Trade and Finance, Yeutter Institute and Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
A reception will start at 5 p.m. with the symposium scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The event will be streamed live at https://yeutter-institute.unl.edu.
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.
Malvern – June 4
Joe Leathers, Keynote – Since 2008, Joe Leathers has managed the historic 6666 (Four Sixes) Ranch which covers 275,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle. As a member of the NCBA Traceability Working Group, Leathers encourages producers to be proactive members of the discussion surrounding livestock traceability. The Four Sixes Ranch has been using EIDs since 2011, when their cows had to be moved across state lines due to drought. Since then, the individual IDs have helped to enhance management of cows across several states in several different ways.
Will Longinaker, Cover Crops Panel – Will Longinaker, cow/calf producer from Fremont County, has been planting and grazing cover crops including rye, canola and turnips for around 5 years. On the Longinaker farm, spring grazing helps offset hay costs, and allows pastures time to grow. At the Malvern BeefMeet, hear Will’s advice and lessons learned in cover crop grazing.
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.
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.
IPPA is accepting nominations for its 17th annual Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest, and will continue to take those nominations of your favorite pork tenderloin and restaurant that serves it until June 6.
Any Iowa restaurant, café, or tavern that has hand-breaded or battered pork tenderloins on its menu is eligible to be nominated. In order to win, the nominated business must be open year-round, however seasonal restaurants can be in the final top five.
It’s the first round where you, the tenderloin-lover, will have the biggest impact. Nominations can be made online at www.iowapork.org/tenderloin-form, or by mailing in a form from the May issue of the Iowa Pork Producer magazine to the IPPA office. Only one nomination per person, so you may have to try a few of your favorites out before sending in your selection! Also, your nomination could help you win some money. The people nominating the winning restaurant will be entered in a drawing for one $100 prize.
The nomination round will generate up to 40 restaurants that will get a bit more scrutiny over the summer. That’s when the restaurants with the most nominations from each of the eight IPPA districts will be selected for a review by IPPA’s restaurant and foodservice committee. Their reviews will determine which restaurants are turned over to a secret panel of judges who will score the tenderloins on the quality of the pork, taste, physical characteristics and eating experience. The winner will be named during October Pork Month.
The winning restaurant will receive $500, a plaque to display in their business, and statewide publicity that will bring in new business.