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Aug
14
Fri
Soil Loss Workshop-DEADLINE Aug 5
Aug 14 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

RUSLE2 Soil Loss Workshop Sessions Will Be Offered Online – Aug 10-14 – deadline Aug 5

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, has scheduled a workshop to train livestock producers and service providers on how to use the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2) and the Iowa Phosphorus Index in nutrient management and manure management plans. RUSLE2 software calculates soil loss for a given field, which is needed to figure out the Iowa Phosphorus Index. 

The RUSLE2 workshop will be held online from Aug. 10-14. Each day, one session will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. using Zoom. Participants will need to pre-install the freely available Zoom Software Application to participate. A web link will be sent daily to the participants to join the zoom session online.

The sessions of this introductory level workshop will provide hands-on software orientation for RUSLE2, including an introduction to the operating parameters, selection of input values, and developing and saving management operations.

Additionally, real field examples will be used in the sessions to determine risk calculations of the Iowa Phosphorus Index and how to incorporate these numbers into manure and nutrient management planning requirements. Manure management planning, soil sampling requirements, common errors and the IDNR’s review process also will be discussed. An orientation into the new soil loss calculation software, WEPP – Water Erosion Prediction Project, will also be provided.

The workshop sessions will be taught by Don Corrington, U.S. Department of Agriculture-NRCS; Kapil Arora and Dan Andersen, agricultural and biosystems engineering specialists with ISU Extension and Outreach; and Jeremy Klatt, Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Cost of the five workshop sessions is $150 if registered by Aug. 5, and $175 after that date. Participants must have an MS Windows compatible laptop or desktop computer equipped with camera and audio speakers; Microsoft Excel software; and the administrator password to the computer in order to install software.

Workshop coordinators will work with the registered participants prior to the workshop to pre-install the needed software. The workshop is limited to 15 participants and all participants must pre-register. Crop Advisor Credits (6 SW, 1 NM) are available for this workshop.

The agenda for different daily sessions and registration instructions, and additional workshop details are available on the RUSLE2 Workshop website. Participants interested in attending the workshop can register online.

Aug
15
Sat
Governor’s Charity Steer Show
Aug 15 all-day

2020 Governor’s Charity Steer Show Comes to Iowa State University – Aug 15

For the first time in its 38 year history, the annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show (GCSS) will not be held at the Iowa State Fair. Due to the cancellation of this year’s fair, Iowa State University will host the event.

The event, which raises money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa, will be held on August 15, 2020. Organized by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council, the GCSS has raised over $3.8 million to help provide a home away from home for families of children who are being treated in nearby hospitals. Ronald McDonald Houses are located in Des Moines, Iowa City, and Sioux City.

Twenty-five steers from across the state will compete for the championship designation, showmanship honors, and the People’s Choice award. The steers have been raised by Iowa youth involved in the cattle industry, and celebrities will accompany the young steer owners in the ring. Immediately following the competition, the steers will be sold at auction with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. Last year’s auction raised more than $284,000.

The event will be invite-only, and participants will be encouraged to follow the university’s social distancing guidelines. The show and auction will be streamed live online, and fans can donate to the cause and vote for the People’s Choice award online.

UNL Record-keeping Course
Aug 15 all-day

NEBRASKA EXTENSION OFFERING FINANCIAL RECORD-KEEPING COURSE FOR AG PRODUCERS

A Nebraska Extension course designed to help farmers and ranchers improve their decision-making through a better understanding of their current financial position will begin Aug. 1.

Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options is a four-part record-keeping course that teaches producers how big decisions like large purchases, new leases or changes in production will affect their bottom line. Participants will work through the financial statements of a case study farm, while watching pre-recorded videos, completing assignments and participating in video chats. Upon completion of this program, participants will have a better understanding of how financial records can be used to make decisions and confidently discuss their financial position with their family, business partners and lenders.

Sessions will be held online, from 9 a.m. to noon (central), on Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 22.  Participants should have a good internet connection and plan to attend each of the four workshop dates.  The course fee is $20 per person and class size is limited to 20 people. Registration is at https://wia.unl.edu/know.

Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options is hosted by Nebraska Extension and made possible by Annie’s Project, which is supported by Farm Credit Services of America in Nebraska. 

Aug
17
Mon
NE Corn Grower Open
Aug 17 all-day

Nebraska Corn is excited to be able to host the 2020 Corn Grower Open this year on August 17th at Lochland Country Club in Hastings! Registration is now open and can be completed by filling out this form http://necga.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2020-CGO-Member-Flier-1.pdf and submitting it to mwrich@necga.org or by calling the Association office at (402) 438-6459. If circumstances change and the tournament has to be cancelled, all sponsorship and registration money will be returned, minus any fees incurred. We look forward to another great year on the course celebrating Nebraska’s corn industry.

If you are interested in sponsoring any part of the tournament, please see this form http://necga.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2020-CGO-Sponsor-Flier-1.pdf that outlines all of the opportunities we have available.

UNL Quarterly Ag Land Mgt webinar
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Agricultural Economics will continue its live webinar series, “Land Management Quarterly,” on Aug. 17 at noon.

Offered since 2019, the quarterly webinars address common management problems for Nebraska landowners, agricultural operators and related stakeholders interested in the latest insight on trends in real estate, managing agricultural land and solutions for addressing challenges in the upcoming growing season.

The August webinar will cover recent findings from the 2020 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Report on cash rental rates, land values and accounting for disaster in lease arrangements. The presentation will also include a special segment on terminating verbal lease arrangements, communicating crop progress on leased land and considerations for fall harvest. The session will conclude with an “Ask the Experts” session, offering participants the chance to get live answers to their land or lease questions.

The webinars are led by Jim Jansen and Allan Vyhnalek, who are both in the Department of Agricultural Economics. Jansen focuses on agricultural finance and land economics and directs the annual Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey and Report. Vyhnalek is a farm succession and farmland management extension educator.

Participants are encouraged to sign up to receive reminders each quarter and submit questions at agecon.unl.edu/landmanagement. Anyone can join the webinar from this page when it goes live at noon on Aug. 17.

Each webinar is free and will be recorded. Those can be viewed the day after each session, along with recordings from the entire series.

2020 Land Management Quarterly webinar dates are:
    Aug. 17, noon
    Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Aug
18
Tue
Animal Health in the Heartland symposium
Aug 18 – Aug 19 all-day

Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) and Bio Nebraska announced today that their Animal Health in the Heartland symposium will be hosted virtually on Wed., Aug. 18 and Thurs., Aug. 19. The symposium will be held via a Zoom format that will allow attendees to visit Tracks featuring presentations that support the symposium’s focus on whole animal health.

“To ensure the health and safety of our attendees during this time, we are grateful to have the opportunity to host our symposium completely virtually,” said Jessica Hyland, executive director of IowaBio. “While we may not be able to meet in person, the virtual format allowed us to add even more great presenters to our speaker lineup than we have in years past, allowing greater depth to the topic of whole animal health.” 

Animal Health in the Heartland Presentation Tracks:
    Vaccines: Collaborative Development, Manufacturing Strategies and Effective Uses
    Technology on Today’s Smart Farm
    Advancements in Probiotics and Animal Feed
    Overcoming Challenges: Regulatory Pathways, Facing Pandemics, and Making Rapid Decisions

Presentation Tracks will be available each morning and attendees can attend presentations from a single track or pick and choose between the various presentation options. In the afternoon of each day, attendees will be invited back to virtually meet with presenters, where they can pose questions and continue discussions of the presentation topics.

“There are extremely important and timely conversations happening in the animal health industry today and we are proud to be working with IowaBio to bring those conversations together in a two-day, virtual event,” said Rob Owen, executive director of Bio Nebraska. “We have included in our line-up a list of exceptional presenters who represent the definition of ‘whole animal health’.”

To get more information or to register for Animal Health in the Heartland, you can visit the event website here… http://www.iowabio.org/index.cfm?NodeID=95701

Rep. Smith’s Virtual Agriculture Summit
Aug 18 @ 6:30 am – 8:15 am

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will host a Virtual Agriculture Summit, with online sessions each morning from Tuesday, August 18, through Friday, August 21.

Those interested in attending must pre-register for each session individually at http://adriansmith.house.gov/AgSummit2020

 

Rural Housing & Rural Development Session

Tuesday, August 18

7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guest:  Tim Kenny, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, and Krista Mettscher, USDA Rural Development

USDA Programs & Ag Producers Session

Wednesday, August 19

7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guest: Richard Fordyce, Director, USDA Farm Service Agency, and Greg Ibach, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing & Regulatory Programs

Rural Broadband Session

Thursday, August 20

7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guests: State Senator Curt Friesen, and Zach Hunnicut, Nebraska Broadband Task Force Member

Trade Opportunities Session

Friday, August 21

8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guests: Ambassador Greg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Smith Virtual Ag Summits
Aug 18 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will host a Virtual Agriculture Summit, with online sessions each morning from Tuesday, August 18, through Friday, August 21. Those interested in attending must pre-register for each session individually at http://adriansmith.house.gov/AgSummit2020.  The Virtual Agriculture Summit provides Third District constituents an opportunity to hear from Smith and his special guests on the future of agriculture and rural development policy.

Rural Housing & Rural Development Session
Tuesday, August 18
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guest:  Tim Kenny, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, and Krista Mettscher, USDA Rural Development

USDA Programs & Ag Producers Session
Wednesday, August 19
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guest: Richard Fordyce, Director, USDA Farm Service Agency, and Greg Ibach, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing & Regulatory Programs

Rural Broadband Session
Thursday, August 20
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guests: State Senator Curt Friesen, and Zach Hunnicut, Nebraska Broadband Task Force Member

Trade Opportunities Session
Friday, August 21
8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guests: Ambassador Greg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

To pre-register for each session, please visit http://adriansmith.house.gov/AgSummit2020. For more information about these events, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.

Aug
19
Wed
NE Corn Board meeting
Aug 19 – Aug 20 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Board will hold its next meeting Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel & Conference Center located at 301 W. Hwy. 26, Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

The Board will conduct regular board business and hold election of officers. The meeting is open to the public and will provide an opportunity for public discussion. A copy of the agenda is available by writing to the Nebraska Corn Board, PO Box 95107, Lincoln, NE 68509, sending an email to nikki.bentzinger@nebraska.gov or by calling 402/471-2676.

Rep. Smith’s Virtual Agriculture Summit
Aug 19 @ 6:30 am – 8:15 am

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will host a Virtual Agriculture Summit, with online sessions each morning from Tuesday, August 18, through Friday, August 21.

Those interested in attending must pre-register for each session individually at http://adriansmith.house.gov/AgSummit2020

 

Rural Housing & Rural Development Session

Tuesday, August 18

7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guest:  Tim Kenny, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, and Krista Mettscher, USDA Rural Development

USDA Programs & Ag Producers Session

Wednesday, August 19

7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guest: Richard Fordyce, Director, USDA Farm Service Agency, and Greg Ibach, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing & Regulatory Programs

Rural Broadband Session

Thursday, August 20

7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guests: State Senator Curt Friesen, and Zach Hunnicut, Nebraska Broadband Task Force Member

Trade Opportunities Session

Friday, August 21

8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guests: Ambassador Greg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Smith Virtual Ag Summits
Aug 19 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will host a Virtual Agriculture Summit, with online sessions each morning from Tuesday, August 18, through Friday, August 21. Those interested in attending must pre-register for each session individually at http://adriansmith.house.gov/AgSummit2020.  The Virtual Agriculture Summit provides Third District constituents an opportunity to hear from Smith and his special guests on the future of agriculture and rural development policy.

Rural Housing & Rural Development Session
Tuesday, August 18
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guest:  Tim Kenny, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, and Krista Mettscher, USDA Rural Development

USDA Programs & Ag Producers Session
Wednesday, August 19
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guest: Richard Fordyce, Director, USDA Farm Service Agency, and Greg Ibach, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing & Regulatory Programs

Rural Broadband Session
Thursday, August 20
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guests: State Senator Curt Friesen, and Zach Hunnicut, Nebraska Broadband Task Force Member

Trade Opportunities Session
Friday, August 21
8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guests: Ambassador Greg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

To pre-register for each session, please visit http://adriansmith.house.gov/AgSummit2020. For more information about these events, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.

Aug
20
Thu
Rep. Smith’s Virtual Agriculture Summit
Aug 20 @ 6:30 am – 8:15 am

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will host a Virtual Agriculture Summit, with online sessions each morning from Tuesday, August 18, through Friday, August 21.

Those interested in attending must pre-register for each session individually at http://adriansmith.house.gov/AgSummit2020

 

Rural Housing & Rural Development Session

Tuesday, August 18

7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guest:  Tim Kenny, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, and Krista Mettscher, USDA Rural Development

USDA Programs & Ag Producers Session

Wednesday, August 19

7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guest: Richard Fordyce, Director, USDA Farm Service Agency, and Greg Ibach, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing & Regulatory Programs

Rural Broadband Session

Thursday, August 20

7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guests: State Senator Curt Friesen, and Zach Hunnicut, Nebraska Broadband Task Force Member

Trade Opportunities Session

Friday, August 21

8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guests: Ambassador Greg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Smith Virtual Ag Summits
Aug 20 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will host a Virtual Agriculture Summit, with online sessions each morning from Tuesday, August 18, through Friday, August 21. Those interested in attending must pre-register for each session individually at http://adriansmith.house.gov/AgSummit2020.  The Virtual Agriculture Summit provides Third District constituents an opportunity to hear from Smith and his special guests on the future of agriculture and rural development policy.

Rural Housing & Rural Development Session
Tuesday, August 18
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guest:  Tim Kenny, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, and Krista Mettscher, USDA Rural Development

USDA Programs & Ag Producers Session
Wednesday, August 19
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guest: Richard Fordyce, Director, USDA Farm Service Agency, and Greg Ibach, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing & Regulatory Programs

Rural Broadband Session
Thursday, August 20
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guests: State Senator Curt Friesen, and Zach Hunnicut, Nebraska Broadband Task Force Member

Trade Opportunities Session
Friday, August 21
8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guests: Ambassador Greg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

To pre-register for each session, please visit http://adriansmith.house.gov/AgSummit2020. For more information about these events, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.

Annual Field Day and Technology Tour @ Panhandle Research and Extension Center
Aug 20 @ 8:30 am

The University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center will partner with the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association on August 20 to host the annual field tour, Panhandle Agricultural Research and Technology Tour (PARTT). The in-person event will be conducted with social distancing and other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The 2020 event will highlight up-to-date research on dry beans, corn, sugarbeets, and alternative crops. Entry is free.

PARTT will include tours of crop research plots; lunch; afternoon presentations on timely topics under the main tent; and a chance to see new ag technology. Anybody who can’t come for the entire day is free to come for any part of the event and stay as long as they can.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Panhandle Center, 4502 Avenue I. At 9 a.m., speakers will address the group. The tentative speaker list includes Mike Boehm, Vice President and Vice Chancellor of  UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (schedule allowing). Plot tours begin at 9:30 a.m. and last until lunch. Trailers will take visitors on the plot tours. Each stop will last about 25 minutes.

The free noon lunch will be individually boxed, also to prevent the spread of COVID. After lunch several presentations until 2 p.m. under the tent will include these topics and speakers:

Ag Economics Update (Jessica Groskopf, Ag Economist)

Tour of Dry Bean Variety Plots (Carlos Urrea, Dry Edible Bean Breeding Specialist)

In addition to the in-person field day, Panhandle Center faculty and staff are also developing online content that will complement PARTT 2020.

Aug
21
Fri
Rep. Smith’s Virtual Agriculture Summit
Aug 21 @ 6:30 am – 8:15 am

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will host a Virtual Agriculture Summit, with online sessions each morning from Tuesday, August 18, through Friday, August 21.

Those interested in attending must pre-register for each session individually at http://adriansmith.house.gov/AgSummit2020

 

Rural Housing & Rural Development Session

Tuesday, August 18

7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guest:  Tim Kenny, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, and Krista Mettscher, USDA Rural Development

USDA Programs & Ag Producers Session

Wednesday, August 19

7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guest: Richard Fordyce, Director, USDA Farm Service Agency, and Greg Ibach, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing & Regulatory Programs

Rural Broadband Session

Thursday, August 20

7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guests: State Senator Curt Friesen, and Zach Hunnicut, Nebraska Broadband Task Force Member

Trade Opportunities Session

Friday, August 21

8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (MDT)

Special Guests: Ambassador Greg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Smith Virtual Ag Summits
Aug 21 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will host a Virtual Agriculture Summit, with online sessions each morning from Tuesday, August 18, through Friday, August 21. Those interested in attending must pre-register for each session individually at http://adriansmith.house.gov/AgSummit2020.  The Virtual Agriculture Summit provides Third District constituents an opportunity to hear from Smith and his special guests on the future of agriculture and rural development policy.

Rural Housing & Rural Development Session
Tuesday, August 18
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guest:  Tim Kenny, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, and Krista Mettscher, USDA Rural Development

USDA Programs & Ag Producers Session
Wednesday, August 19
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guest: Richard Fordyce, Director, USDA Farm Service Agency, and Greg Ibach, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing & Regulatory Programs

Rural Broadband Session
Thursday, August 20
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guests: State Senator Curt Friesen, and Zach Hunnicut, Nebraska Broadband Task Force Member

Trade Opportunities Session
Friday, August 21
8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (CDT)/ 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (MDT)
Special Guests: Ambassador Greg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

To pre-register for each session, please visit http://adriansmith.house.gov/AgSummit2020. For more information about these events, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.

Aug
22
Sat
UNL Record-keeping Course
Aug 22 all-day

NEBRASKA EXTENSION OFFERING FINANCIAL RECORD-KEEPING COURSE FOR AG PRODUCERS

A Nebraska Extension course designed to help farmers and ranchers improve their decision-making through a better understanding of their current financial position will begin Aug. 1.

Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options is a four-part record-keeping course that teaches producers how big decisions like large purchases, new leases or changes in production will affect their bottom line. Participants will work through the financial statements of a case study farm, while watching pre-recorded videos, completing assignments and participating in video chats. Upon completion of this program, participants will have a better understanding of how financial records can be used to make decisions and confidently discuss their financial position with their family, business partners and lenders.

Sessions will be held online, from 9 a.m. to noon (central), on Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 22.  Participants should have a good internet connection and plan to attend each of the four workshop dates.  The course fee is $20 per person and class size is limited to 20 people. Registration is at https://wia.unl.edu/know.

Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options is hosted by Nebraska Extension and made possible by Annie’s Project, which is supported by Farm Credit Services of America in Nebraska. 

Aug
24
Mon
2020 International Fuel Ethanol Wksp & Expo
Aug 24 – Aug 26 all-day

BBI International has announced this week that the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry’s largest conference, has been moved due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Originally scheduled for mid-June in Minneapolis, the FEW is now rescheduled to take place August 24th through August 26th, 2020 in Omaha, Nebraska.

BBI International also announced that all biofuels producers will be allowed to attend free of charge. “Previously, free registration was limited to two ethanol producers per facility,” said Joe Bryan, CEO of BBI International. “However, due to the state of events that have taken place this year, we are allowing free registration to all producers who work at ethanol facilities. No longer will we be limiting it to only two per facility.”

As announced earlier in the year, the FEW will be offering four tracks of comprehensive content designed for ethanol production. New this year, the program team is including a co-located event titled, “Biodiesel Production and Technology Summit.” Produced by Biodiesel Magazine, the co-located event is a new forum intended for biodiesel and renewable diesel producers to learn about cutting-edge process technologies, new techniques and equipment to optimize existing production, and efficiencies to save money while increasing throughput and fuel quality.

Visit www.FuelEthanolWorkshop.com to learn more.

Aug
26
Wed
BQA Trainings in NW Iowa
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

While COVID-19 has changed many things, major packers still require a current Beef Quality Assurance certificate from feedlot producers selling market-ready cattle. Beth Doran, beef specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said that’s why a set of certification workshops has been planned for northwest Iowa producers starting in early July.

The workshops are a collaborative effort of ISU Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Beef Center and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, and are scheduled for the following dates and locations.
    July 9, 7-9 p.m., Spencer, 4-H Exhibits Building, Clay County Fairgrounds; RSVP to 712-262-2264.
    Aug. 4, 1-3 p.m., Orange City, ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County, Basement Meeting Rooms 2 & 3; RSVP to 712-737-4230.
    Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-noon, Orange City, ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County, Basement Meeting Rooms 2 & 3; RSVP to 712-737-4230.
    Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-noon, Rock Rapids, Forster Community Center; RSVP to 712-472-2576.
    Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-noon, Le Mars, Convention Center (Lower Level); RSVP to 712-546-7835.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, preregistrations will be taken in the order received until room capacity is reached. Preregister no later than the Friday before the workshop you plan to attend. Walk-ins will not be allowed.

For more information, contact Doran by email at doranb@iastate.edu or phone at 712-737-4230. Registrants will be contacted should COVID-19 modify, change or cancel a workshop.

Those unable to attend an in-person workshop may complete their training online at https://bqa.beeflearningcenter.org/.

Aug
28
Fri
NE State Fair
Aug 28 – Sep 7 all-day

The Nebraska State Fair is on schedule for August 28 – September 7, 2020. While they are all facing many uncertainties, the team is optimistic and continuing to prepare and plan. Wearing masks is currently required inside the State Fair facilities whenever six-foot distancing cannot be maintained. For more information on the state’s largest event, visit statefair.org.