Calendar

Jun
22
Mon
NE DED Livestock Producer SBS Grants
Jun 22 – Jul 1 all-day

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced a brief pause on the application process for Small Business Stabilization Grants for Livestock Producers. Applications will not be accepted during this pause, which will provide DED necessary time to validate all applicants in a timely manner and avoid potential delays to serving grantees.

Applications will be accepted once again starting Monday, June 22, at 8:00 a.m. CST. To account for the scheduled delay, the application deadline has been extended from June 26 to July 1, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. CST.

Visit www.getnebraskagrowing.nebraska.gov in advance of Monday’s application re-opening for instructions on how to apply for a Small Business Stabilization Livestock Producer Grant. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the application guidelines and eligibility requirements, which are also available online, prior to applying.

Jun
30
Tue
ARC/PLC Signup deadline
Jun 30 all-day

Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2020 must do so by June 30. Although program elections for the 2020 crop year remain the same as elections made for 2019, all producers need to contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to sign a 2020 enrollment contract.

Producers who do not complete enrollment by close of business local time on Tuesday, June 30 will not be enrolled in ARC or PLC for the 2020 crop year and will be ineligible to receive a payment should one trigger for an eligible crop.

ARC and PLC contracts can be mailed or emailed to producers for signature depending on producer preference. Signed contracts can be mailed or emailed back to FSA or, arrangements can be made in advance with FSA to drop off signed contracts at the FSA county office – call ahead for local drop off and other options available for submitting signed contracts electronically.

Producers are eligible to enroll on farms with base acres for the following commodities: barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium- and short-grain rice, safflower seed, seed cotton, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat.

For more information on ARC and PLC including web-based decision tools, visit farmers.gov/arc-plc.

Jul
1
Wed
CHANGED: Tractor Safety Course
Jul 1 – Jul 2 all-day

Update:  There have been a few changes to this year’s tractor safety course… please see the details on the July 10th Farm Calendar entry…..

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UNMC, Nebraska Extension offer Tractor Safety Course to Teens Across Nebraska this Summer
Members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health will provide a tractor safety course in May and June of 2020 at 11 sites across Nebraska in partnership with Nebraska Extension. The course provides extensive training on tractor and all-terrain vehicle safety with a variety of hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of ‘making safety a priority’ and respect for agricultural equipment are primary goals of the course.

Teens 14 or 15 years of age who work on farms, or others who are interested in learning about safe farming practices, are encouraged to register for the Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Course. Anyone under age 14 is not eligible to take the class.

Federal law prohibits children under 16 years of age from using certain equipment on a farm unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm. However, certification received through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with certain mechanized equipment.

Cost of the course is $60 and includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunch.

The first day of class will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, hands-on participation, concluding with a written test which students must pass to attend the second day of training.

The second day of training will include a driving test and equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. Students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. Instructors will also offer education about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs, utility-task vehicles (UTVs), and other off-road vehicles (ORVs).

Instructors for the course are members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, Ph.D., Ellen Duysen, MPH; UNMC graduate student Alyssa Damke; and Nebraska Extension educators Troy Ingram, Randy Saner, Chandra Giles, and John Thomas.

Classes begin at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m., depending on location, and end times vary depending on the number of participants. If classes do not fill to the minimum of 10 participants, an option will be offered to do Day 1 training online and Day 2 in person.

Dates, training site locations, and site coordinator phone numbers include:
May 28 & 29 – Wayne, Fairgrounds (402) 375-3310;
July 1 & 2 – Weeping Water, Fairgrounds, (402) 267-2205;

For more information or to register, contact the appropriate Extension office above. The registration form is located at kearney.unl.edu.

ISU Youth Crop Scouting deadline
Jul 1 all-day

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Integrated Pest Management program will continue to host its annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth on July 30. While initial plans were to host the competition in person at the ISU Field Extension Education Laboratory, this year’s competition instead will be virtual.

The virtual form of the competition will function in two parts: individual video submissions and a virtual team conference, supervised by a judge. Specific directions and rules will be sent to registered teams on July 1. Team conferences with a judge will be held on July 30. The top four teams with the highest total points will be eligible to win cash prizes.

Due to the unexpected format change, two new opportunities are being made available to teams that register for this year’s competition. For teams that register by the deadline, each team member is eligible to receive a free package of study materials. When teams register, coordinators will send one package to every youth team member who provides an address. This is not a requirement to participate in the competition. Only youth who want to be mailed a package should provide an address. Study materials will include field guides and other scouting tools. In addition, the IPM program has developed a free crop scouting resources page, complete with videos, lessons and guides for those looking to increase their knowledge and skills.

Also, teams may be eligible for free virtual office hours with an ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist. Starting June 15, every Monday at 3 p.m. a different Iowa State agronomist will be available to share scouting tips, tricks and diagnostic tools, as well as answer teams’ questions. The virtual office hours will be open to all youth in grades 7-12. No registration is required. A link will be posted on the competition webpage on the day of the office hours that will direct you to a zoom meeting to participate. For more information, resources and to register, visit https://www.ipm.iastate.edu/crop-scouting-competition-iowa-youth-2020.

This event is sponsored by Iowa 4-H Youth Development, Corteva, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Independent Crop Consultants Association, Iowa Soybean Research Center, Iowa Certified Crop Advisors and Environmental Tillage Systems.

ISU CCA Advisor virtual training
Jul 1 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Certified Crop Advisers, agribusiness professionals, independent crop consultants, farmers and other interested parties are invited to participate in the Iowa State University Southeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm’s virtual CCA training being offered on July 1 from 8-11 a.m.

This year’s CCA training has a special emphasis in the area of soil and water management and will feature the following topics:
– Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy: Progress and tools for scaling up practice and adoption with Jamie Benning, water quality program manager with ISU Extension and Outreach.
– Tile Drainage: Reducing nitrogen fertilizer, increasing yield and implementing conservation practices with Mike Castellano, professor of agronomy at Iowa State.

There is a $25 registration fee for the webinar, which will be offered via ZOOM, and pre-registration is required by midnight June 29. To register for the training, go to www.aep.iastate.edu/serf-cca/. The link, password and instructions for joining will be emailed to participants after the registration is completed with payment and prior to the start of the session on July 1.

Participants may join through their web browser, mobile phone or tablet. Participants will need to download a free app prior to joining. Participants should join the webinar at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure connections and software is working correctly.

Certified Crop Advisers can earn 3.0 Soil and Water Management CEU’s by participating in this training.

For more information, questions or if you need assistance with registration please contact ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists Rebecca Vittetoe at 319-653-4811, or rka8@iastate.edu; Virgil Schmitt at 563-263-5701, or vschmitt@iastate.edu; or Josh Michel at 319-523-2371, or jmichel@iastate.edu.

Jul
2
Thu
ISU Swine Day webinars
Jul 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The ninth annual Iowa Swine Day, hosted by Iowa State Extension, will be available this year as a five-part webinar series of select speakers. Each weekly session will run from noon to 2:30 p.m. Central time and feature two speakers from the original lineup. Sessions are on consecutive Thursdays from June 25 to July 23. Thanks to Iowa Swine Day sponsors for the entire series and individual sessions, everyone can attend at no charge. See the updated agenda, list of sponsors and speakers, and registration information on the conference website http://www.aep.iastate.edu/iowaswineday/.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 – 12:00 PM CDT – 2:30 PM CDT
Global influences affecting the outlook for U.S. pork – Christine McCracken, executive director, animal protein, Rabobank
Battling ASFV in China: The challenges, risks, and rewards – Dr. Joseph Yaros, associate veterinarian, Pipestone Veterinary Services, Pipestone, MN

Thursday, July 2, 2020 – 12:00 PM CDT – 2:30 PM CDT
Prevention and treatment of stress isn’t just for pigs – Athena Diesch-Chham, clinical veterinary social worker, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN
Wild pigs in Canada and what it means for the US – Dr. Ryan Brook, associate professor, Animal and Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Thursday, July 9, 2020 – 12:00 PM CDT – 2:30 PM CDT
Are we going to keep “IT” out? Global status and trends of FADs – prevention, preparedness, and response – Dr. Paul Sundberg, executive director, Swine Health Information Center, Ames, IA
Host genetic response to PRRS vaccination and infection in sows – Dr. Nick Serão, assistant professor, Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Thursday, July 16, 2020 – 12:00 PM CDT – 2:30 PM CDT
10 ways to reduce wean-to-finish mortality and how to implement them – Drs. Ryan Strobel and Chris Sievers, veterinarians, Swine Vet Center, St Peter, MN
Dietary feed technologies to improve pig performance under stress – Dr. Nick Gabler, associate professor, Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Thursday, July 23, 2020 – 12:00 PM CDT – 2:30 PM CDTRegister
How Iowa is preparing for a foreign animal disease – Jamee Eggers, producer education director, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Clive, IA
Experiences in COVID-19 diagnostics, and their direct application on the US Pork Industry – Dr. Rodger Main, professor and director of operations, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

On Location: Discount Fireworks @ 94.1 The Brand, 101.3 KOZY, 93.3 KMOR
Jul 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jul
3
Fri
4th of July “Celebrate The USA” with Jon Pardi @ 94.1 The Brand
Jul 3 @ 6:00 am – 10:00 am
CBS Special “4th of July Special” @ 960AM/100.3FM and KNEB.com
Jul 3 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
ABC Holiday Special “Red, White, & ROCK” @ KMOR 93.3 FM and KMORfm.com
Jul 3 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
On Location: Camp Clarke Rodeo @ 94.1 The Brand, 106.9 The Trail
Jul 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
On Location: Alred Fireworks Show @ 94.1 The Brand, 93.3 KMOR, 106.9 The Trail
Jul 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jul
4
Sat
CBS Special “4th of July Special” @ 960AM/100.3FM and KNEB.com
Jul 4 @ 5:00 am – 8:00 am
4th of July “Celebrate the USA” with Jon Pardi @ 94.1 The Brand
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
ABC Holiday Special “Red, White, & ROCK” @ KMOR 93.3 FM and KMORfm.com
Jul 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jul
7
Tue
NC Local Beef Processing webinar
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Nebraska Cattlemen, Minnesota State Cattlemen and Kentucky Cattlemen are presenting the next Producer Education webinar on Tuesday, July 7, at 7:00 pm cdt.

Local Beef Processing – Inspection, Marketing and Branding.   Join them to learn more about the options that you have to selling your beef locally.  What you can expect when you work with small processors to harvest and retail beef products.

Dr. Ryan Cox with the University of Minnesota will be moderating our panel.  Ryan sits on the board Minnesota Association of Meat Processor and works with several local meat processors. He oversees the meat lab at the U of M so knows the ins and outs of inspection and running a small locker.

A few of our speakers will talk about:
    Kentucky Cattlemen’s Ground Beef – a  Kentucky ground beef product sold in Kroger stores in Kentucky, Tennesse, Indiana.
    Nebraska Dept of Ag and custom exempt lockers
    Nebraska Beef in Schools
  
Register today https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_97_ihQmzRR6LYsAw6_0I1Q.

For more information and to register:  https://nebraskacattlemen.org/event/webinar-local-beef-processing-inspection-marketing-and-branding.

Catch up on our past webinar series.  https://nebraskacattlemen.org/coronavirus/.
You can also listen to the four webinars on podcast via Herd it Here with Nebraska Cattlemen.    https://anchor.fm/nebraska-cattlemen/.

Mark your calendar:  They will be hosting a webinar each first Tuesday of the month.   

Jul
8
Wed
NE Pork Expo
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Anyone involved or interested in pork production is urged to attend the virtual Nebraska Pork Expo on Wednesday, July 8th.

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. online. This is a free webinar, but registration is required to get the link to join. Register online prior to July 8th at becomeafan.org. Again, registration is required.

Even though the expo will be online, attendees will have opportunities to submit questions and interact with speakers in real time. Session lengths allow for plenty of time for questions and answers.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Integrator/Contract Production Panel
Swine companies are looking for farmers to partner with them in finishing pigs.  Hear what each company has to offer, their business model and outlook for the coming years.

10:00 am- 11:00 am Finance Panel
Discussion from leading lenders and finance experts on how to pay for a new swine building and how adding a swine component could impact your overall farm income.

11:00 am – 11:10 am Break

11:10 am – 12:00 pm Secure Pork Supply – Dr. Patrick Webb, National Pork Board
The secure pork plan is an overall plan to guard and limit impacts to the swine industry. Disruptions or disease impacts can happen to any size operation so whether you are large or small, understanding this industry-wide initiative is critical to the overall success of the industry.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break – viewing of sponsor and vendor videos

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Work Force Panel
Whether you are a large operator or just need part-time help, finding and retaining quality employees can be a challenge. This panel will discuss how they manage their workforce for positive outcomes on all sides.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Permitting and local zoning regulations
Regulations and local rules can seem daunting, but they don’t have to be.  Experts will explain the processes and steps to get a new or expanding operation permitted at the state and local level.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Deep pit and Nutrient Management
Experts in manure management discuss how the manure in your pit becomes money saving fertilizer on your fields.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Niche Pork Production
Listen to producers who are raising pigs in a variety of innovative ways direct to consumer, into niche markets, and heritage breeding stock.

4:00 pm- 5:00 pm Generation Z: Meeting the Demands of a New Wave of Customers – Carrie Horazeck
As millennials push into middle age, the new class of consumer that will dominate the market are the Generation Z’ers. Who are they and what do they want? Carrie’s years of experience in innovation and foresight planning will help us to better understand what the future holds for the pork industry.

This event is sponsored by the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN), the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.

To register visit www.becomeafan.org.          

ILF Cover Crop Boot Camp
Jul 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

An Online Cover Crop Boot Camp will be held in July, provided by Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa. Billed as an event where ag retailers can learn to build a business case for cover crops, the program consists of three online sessions taking place July 8, 15 and 22, all at noon.

The series is designed to efficiently provide actionable agronomic information that can help independent and retail agronomists and crop consultants build their business through recommending and implementing cover crops.

The series incorporates speakers from manufacturing, research, services, production and consulting, offering a broad spectrum of perspectives and information.

Session details
July 8 – The Business of Cover Crops
Matt Carstens (president and CEO, Landus) and Lee Briese, (independent crop consultant with Centrol of Twin Valley)
Topics include: Cover crop benefits to consulting businesses; working with co-ops; client interactions and planning; and business case for conservation agriculture.

July 15 – Setup and Logistics for Cover Crop Success
Bert Strayer (cover crop lead, La Crosse Seed), James Holz (Greene County farmer and co-owner, Iowa Cover Crop), Dean Sponheim (co-owner, Sponheim Seeds and Services), and Nate LeVan (field agronomist, Pioneer)
Topics include: Fall and spring logistics; seeding preparation and process; coordination of services – termination, nutrient management, strip-tillage, crop scouting.

July 22 – Conservation Agronomy of Cover Crops: Start to Finish
Dave Schwartz (executive vice president of sales in plant nutrition for Verdesian Life Sciences), Meaghan Anderson (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist), and Eileen Kladivko (professor of agronomy at Purdue University)
Topics include: Managing pests, residuals and herbicides; nitrogen management; and agronomics of cover crop advising.

To register for the webinars, visit https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172. All sessions will be recorded and archived for later viewing. Only attendees of the live events will qualify to receive CCA continuing education credits for participating. This Cover Crop Boot Camp is based on work supported by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Additional partners include the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance and Iowa Soybean Association.

For information, contact Ripley at 515-294-5429, or ejuchems@iastate.edu.

Jul
9
Thu
ISU Swine Day webinars
Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The ninth annual Iowa Swine Day, hosted by Iowa State Extension, will be available this year as a five-part webinar series of select speakers. Each weekly session will run from noon to 2:30 p.m. Central time and feature two speakers from the original lineup. Sessions are on consecutive Thursdays from June 25 to July 23. Thanks to Iowa Swine Day sponsors for the entire series and individual sessions, everyone can attend at no charge. See the updated agenda, list of sponsors and speakers, and registration information on the conference website http://www.aep.iastate.edu/iowaswineday/.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 – 12:00 PM CDT – 2:30 PM CDT
Global influences affecting the outlook for U.S. pork – Christine McCracken, executive director, animal protein, Rabobank
Battling ASFV in China: The challenges, risks, and rewards – Dr. Joseph Yaros, associate veterinarian, Pipestone Veterinary Services, Pipestone, MN

Thursday, July 2, 2020 – 12:00 PM CDT – 2:30 PM CDT
Prevention and treatment of stress isn’t just for pigs – Athena Diesch-Chham, clinical veterinary social worker, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN
Wild pigs in Canada and what it means for the US – Dr. Ryan Brook, associate professor, Animal and Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Thursday, July 9, 2020 – 12:00 PM CDT – 2:30 PM CDT
Are we going to keep “IT” out? Global status and trends of FADs – prevention, preparedness, and response – Dr. Paul Sundberg, executive director, Swine Health Information Center, Ames, IA
Host genetic response to PRRS vaccination and infection in sows – Dr. Nick Serão, assistant professor, Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Thursday, July 16, 2020 – 12:00 PM CDT – 2:30 PM CDT
10 ways to reduce wean-to-finish mortality and how to implement them – Drs. Ryan Strobel and Chris Sievers, veterinarians, Swine Vet Center, St Peter, MN
Dietary feed technologies to improve pig performance under stress – Dr. Nick Gabler, associate professor, Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Thursday, July 23, 2020 – 12:00 PM CDT – 2:30 PM CDTRegister
How Iowa is preparing for a foreign animal disease – Jamee Eggers, producer education director, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Clive, IA
Experiences in COVID-19 diagnostics, and their direct application on the US Pork Industry – Dr. Rodger Main, professor and director of operations, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Jul
10
Fri
NE Ext. Tractor Safety Course 2020
Jul 10 all-day

NEW:  UNMC, Nebraska Extension announce changes to summer tractor safety course for teens, Moves to Online training, then in-person driving training in 5 Nebraska cities

The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health and Nebraska Extension will make changes to its tractor safety training courses. Training, which was originally scheduled for 12 sites, will be held online then in-person driving tests at five locations with safety precautions.

The new plans are designed to protect the health of the students and trainers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will take the first day of the course online through the extension Foundation Campus website. Students are asked to register for the course between now and no later than July 10. After successfully completing the online course and testing, the required driving test will be offered July 27-31 at five locations across Nebraska.

Teens 14 or 15 years of age who work on farms, or others who are interested in learning about safe farming practices, are encouraged to register for the course. Individuals under 14 years of age are not eligible to take the class.

Federal law prohibits children under 16 years of age from using certain equipment on a farm unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm. However, certification received through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with certain mechanized equipment.

The online course will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, including quizzes which students must pass to attend the driving portion of training. Once a student is registered, they will be sent a training manual, course paperwork and a link to the online course.

The onsite driving training and exam will include a driving test and equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. Students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. Instructors also will offer education about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs, utility-task vehicles and other off-road vehicles.

In order to protect students and trainers, the number of students on site will be limited to allow proper social distancing. Students and trainers will be required to wear a mask at all times during instruction and driving. Masks will be provided along with instructions for proper use. Equipment, steering wheels, control knobs and hitches will be disinfected before and after each student completes their testing. Students who have had a fever or persistent cough within 14 days of testing will be required to reschedule their driving test. Additional driving tests may be added in August to accommodate students who are unable to attend the scheduled trainings in July.

Instructors for the course are members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, Ellen Duysen; UNMC graduate student Alyssa Damke; and Nebraska Extension educators Troy Ingram, Randy Saner and John Thomas.

Cost of the modified course is $40 and includes educational materials, online learning link and supplies.

In-person driving training locations, dates and site coordinator contact information is below.
  – O’Neill — July 27, Akrs Equipment, contact Debra Walnofer, 402.336.2760, dwalnofer2@unl.edu
  – Grand Island — July 30, Hall Co. Ext., contact Nancy Usasz, 308.754.5422, nancy.usasz@unl.edu
  – Weeping Water — July 31, Cass Co. Fairgrounds, contact Sandy Prall, 402.267.2205, sprall2@unl.edu

For more information or to register, contact the staff member above, or visit  kearney.unl.edu.