Calendar

Feb
26
Wed
ISU Conf. Site Manure App. wksp
Feb 26 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements.

A total of 62 counties will participate in the confinement site manure applicator workshops. In addition, a series of six dry/solid manure applicator certification meetings will be held in February. ISU Extension and Outreach county offices have a complete list of workshop dates and locations, which include:
  – Plymoth County Extension Office, LeMars, Feb 26 – 9:30am

The workshops serve as initial certification for those applicators who are not currently certified, recertification for those renewing licenses and continuing education for those applicators in their second or third year of their license.

Due to uniform certification deadlines, applicators are encouraged to attend workshops prior to March 1, to avoid being assessed a late fee of $12.50 for those who are re-certifying. Those unable to attend one of the workshops need to schedule time with their extension county office to watch the training video. Due to scheduling conflicts, many extension offices will no longer accept walk-in appointments to watch these videos but do offer scheduled dates and times to provide this training.

If you can’t attend training during one of the scheduled reshow dates at your county extension office, you will be charged a $10 fee to view the training at your convenience. If attending the workshops or watching the two-hour training video is not convenient, confinement site manure applicators may contact their local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam to meet certification requirements.

Applicators also have an online certification option, in which an applicator can take the training online at the DNR MAC eLearning site, https://elearning-dnr.iowa.gov/. The applicator will need to sign in and get an A&A account.

Contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office for more information about the Manure Applicator Certification Program, or visit http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html.

ISU Eye on Employees
Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Farm Labor Is Topic of Dairy Webinars

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host a five-session webinar called “Eye on Employees,” beginning Feb. 5 from noon to 1 p.m.  The webinars will address the main concerns that farm and dairy employers face.  This five-part webinar series will take an in-depth look at the questions – how to hire and maintain farm employees.

Each presenter will address a specific topic from noon to 1 p.m. on the following dates:
    Feb. 5 – Brett Stanley, special investigator with the Department of Homeland Security, will discuss what information is needed for I-9 Forms and what documentation options there are for immigrant employees to confirm they are legal to work in this country.
    Feb. 12 – Melissa O’Rourke, ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialist, will discuss how to begin the interview conversation and give tips to learn the most about the applicant while not breaking the law.
    Feb. 19 – Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will discuss how labor and robotic milkers are not an either-or option for producers, and he will explore the most recent research on the economics of automated milking systems.
    Feb. 26 – Hall will outline the importance of an employee handbook and give producers ideas on how to create a handbook for their dairy, as well as how to make it a part of their hiring process.
    March 4 – O’Rourke will return and outline how employees are often misclassified and the consequences of doing so; plus, other employment pitfalls.

At the end of each webinar there will be time allowed for a question and answer session.

There is no registration fee; however, registration is required to receive the link for the program. Register online at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/eye-on-employees. For more information or to register via phone, contact Hall at 712-737-4230.

Optimize Poultry Manure in Crops
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Optimizing Poultry Manure Value in Cropping Systems Workshop
Wednesday, February 26, 1-4pm, Hruska Memorial Public Library, David City
Hosted by Nebraska Extension

Is poultry manure right for your cropping operation? Learn more at the manure land application workshop presented by the UNL Manure Management team. Topic on the agenda include:
– Background on poultry facilities and raising poultry
– Utilizing poultry manure for crop production
– panel discussion with producers currently using manure in their cropping systems
– odor risk and land application regulations.

Pre-registration is requested by Monday, Feb 24. There is no registration fee, and meeting materials are available free of charge. Reserve a spot by calling the Butler County Extension office at 402-367-7410, or email melissa.bartels@unl.edu.

Feb
27
Thu
APHIS Poultry Health webinar
Feb 27 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) invites you to join poultry health experts for a webinar on Thursday, February 27, part of Bird Health Awareness Week, by helping anyone who owns or handles poultry learn about the importance of biosecurity and ways to prevent the spread of infectious poultry diseases.

Whether you are just starting out raising poultry or have years of experience, practicing good biosecurity is the best way to keep flocks disease free. The “Defend Your Flock from Poultry Disease: Know the Signs and How to Respond” webinar will take place on Thursday, February 27 from 2:30-3:30 PM EST. Register for this FREE webinar today at bit.ly/APHISWebinar.

Bull Genetic Selection Tools webinar
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cattlemen Webinar Series: Making the Best Use of Current Genetic Selection Tools
February 27, 2020 – 7 p.m. Central

Bull buying time is here for many producers and cattle selection tools and resources are constantly evolving. Join the Cattlemen’s Webinar Series as genetic selection experts Alison Van Eenennaam, PhD (UC Davis) and Matt Spangler, PhD (UNL) provide an overview of how best to understand changes in genetic evaluations and new or updated indexes from the major breed associations. The team will also evaluate and respond to results from a recent BEEF magazine producer survey on genetic selection.

Meet the Speakers
Matt Spangler, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, of Animal Science and Extension Beef Genetics Specialist
Matt Spangler grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in Kansas. He received degrees from Kansas State University (BS; 2001), Iowa State University (MS; 2003), and the University of Georgia (PhD; 2006) and is currently an Associate Professor and Extension Beef Genetics Specialist at the University of Nebraska. He works as part of a team with colleagues at UNL and US MARC to improve genetic/genomic selection tools and methods and is currently part of an effort funded by the USDA to develop genomic predictors for feed efficiency in beef cattle.
 
Alison Van Eenennaam, Ph.D. – Cooperative Extension Specialist, University of California-Davis
Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis.  She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne, and both an MS and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. A passionate advocate of science, Dr. Van Eenennaam has given over 650 invited presentations to audiences globally, and was the recipient of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) 2014 Borlaug Communication Award, and American Society of Animal Science 2019 Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics.

Register here:  https://www.ncba.org/cattlemenswebinarseries.aspx

LENRD Board Meeting
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LENRD Board Meeting – Feb 27

The next LENRD board meeting will be Thursday, February 27th at 7:30 p.m. at Wayne State College.

Feb
28
Fri
CRP Signup Deadline
Feb 28 all-day

USDA Reminds Producers of Feb. 28 Deadline for CRP General Signup – Feb 28

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds agricultural producers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 2020 general signup to enroll by February 28, 2020. This signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for another 10- to 15-year term.

Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive yearly rental payments for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”), which can control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands.

CRP has 22 million acres enrolled, but the 2018 Farm Bill lifted the cap to 27 million acres.

The CRP continuous signup is ongoing, which enables producers to enroll for certain practices. FSA plans to open the Soil Health and Income Protection Program, a CRP pilot program, in early 2020, and the 2020 CRP Grasslands signup runs from March 16, 2020 to May 15, 2020.

To enroll in CRP, contact your local FSA county office or visit fsa.usda.gov/crp.

FLAGShip Program deadline
Feb 28 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association is now accepting applications for the fifth class of the Future Leaders in Agriculture Scholarship (FLAGship) Program. The FLAGship Program is a scholarship program intended for future agricultural leaders in Nebraska. The Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) will award up to 5 $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors or college freshman who are continuing their education in the state of Nebraska. Three of the scholarships are set aside strictly for those students pursuing a degree directly related to agriculture. Two of the scholarships are open to non-agricultural degree seeking students.

To be eligible for this scholarship students must be a member of NeCGA or the son/daughter of an NeCGA member. The application for the FLAGship Program must include one letter of recommendation, a current resume (not to exceed one page), as well as proof that the student is continuing their education in state. Applicants are also asked to explain how they will advocate for agriculture in their future career as well as what issues they feel the ag industry is currently facing.

Applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2020. Packets can be mailed to 4435 O Street, Suite 210 Lincoln, NE 68510 ATTN: Director of Grower Services, or emailed to mwrich@necga.org. Recipients will be notified in March 2020 and scholarships will be distributed in December 2020. For more information about the scholarship and an application, please visit necga.org or call (402) 438-6459.

Mar
1
Sun
American Farm Bureau Ag Safety Awareness Week
Mar 1 – Mar 7 all-day

Farm Bureaus Gear up for Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 1-7

Farm Bureaus across the nation are mobilizing for Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, which takes place March 1-7. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting the week with its theme “20:20 Vision on Ag Safety.”

Farm Bureau and U.S. Ag Centers will focus on a different safety area each day of ASAP Week:
Monday, March 2 – Mental Health
Tuesday, March 3 – Transportation Safety
Wednesday, March 4 – Weather Disasters
Thursday, March 5 – Confined Spaces
Friday, March 6 – Farmer Wellness

The Agricultural Safety Awareness Program is a part of the Farm Bureau Health and Safety Network of professionals who share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks. For more information and resources, visit the ASAP webpage. https://www.fb.org/events/2020-ag-safety-awareness-program-week

NWB Annual Bake & Take Month
Mar 1 all-day

This March, the Nebraska Wheat Board (NWB) would like to invite you to share the gift of a homemade wheat treat with your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, or social groups. Many people also choose to enjoy their baked goods with assisted living centers, shelters, or community centers.

The Nebraska Wheat Board provides recipe cards to individuals or organizations free of charge to assist in the celebration of the event. Participants can try one of the recipes included on the card to
give away or use one of their family favorites.

You may view the recipe cards on our website, www.nebraskawheat.com, to preview the samples.
To request recipe cards, please contact the Nebraska Wheat Board at (402) 471-2358 or by email at wheat.board@nebraska.gov. Please include your name, organization, mailing address, and quantity desired. In the past, this has been a popular project for extension and 4-H clubs, scouts, church and youth groups, as well as individuals.

Mar
2
Mon
Deadline to Apply for NRC Funds Approaching
Mar 2 all-day

Farmers and ranchers interested in preventing erosion, improving soil health, conserving water and wildlife, or making any other natural resource conservation improvements to their property are encouraged to apply now for funding available from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Those interested in receiving funding should sign up before March. 13, 2020.

One of the most widely applied conservation programs in Nebraska is the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. 

Individuals interested in entering into an EQIP agreement may apply at any time, but the ranking of applications on hand to be considered for funding in 2020 will begin March. 13, 2020. The first step is to visit your local NRCS field office and complete an application.

For more information about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and other conservation programs, visit your local NRCS field office.

EPA Atrazine comment deadline
Mar 2 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association are urging farmers to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the Agency released its Preliminary Interim Decision (PID) regarding the herbicide atrazine.

Atrazine is an effective weed control herbicide that was almost banned in 2016. In 2019, EPA pledged to use credible, scientific evidence and economic benefits information in the atrazine registration review. However, studies found to be flawed – in which the errors were acknowledged by the EPA – continue to be included in the registration review while credible studies continue to be excluded.

The public comment period is now open and farmers can voice their support for atrazine at nebraskacorn.org. Farmers have until March 2, 2020 to submit their comments.

Livestock Indemnity Deadline
Mar 2 all-day

LIVESTOCK INDEMNITY PROGRAM DEADLINE – March 2

Nebraska USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding livestock producers of an approaching deadline for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). Producers who filed a LIP Notice of Loss with FSA for livestock losses due to natural disaster in 2019 have until Monday, March 2, to supply appropriate supporting paperwork and complete the application for payment, if they haven’t done so already.

In some cases the county FSA office may be waiting on the producer to supply documentation to support the application, such as records that show beginning or ending inventory figures or records that indicate number of head lost.

Producers with questions regarding the status of their 2019 LIP application should call their county FSA office as soon as possible for information.

NDA Poster Contest
Mar 2 all-day

As Nebraska’s number one industry, agriculture brings people together in many different ways. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is once again asking students to enter its annual poster contest highlighting the state’s ag industry. This year’s theme, “Nebraska Agriculture Brings People Together,” lets students show what they know about Nebraska agriculture while highlighting the many contributions agriculture makes to our state. NDA’s poster contest is open to all Nebraska students in grades 1-6.

NDA’s poster contest is divided into three age categories: first and second grade students; third and fourth grade students; and fifth and sixth grade students. Entries must be postmarked by the March 2, 2020, deadline. 

NDA will announce the winners of the poster contest during National Ag Week, March 22-28, 2020. National Ag Week highlights the diversity of agriculture and celebrates the food, feed and fuel that farmers and ranchers provide every day. NDA will feature winning entries from this year’s poster contest on its website and in promotional materials and publications.

Poster contest rules and official entry forms are available online at nda.nebraska.gov/kids. For more information, contact Christin Kamm at 402-471-6856 or by email at christin.kamm@nebraska.gov.

NE Leopold Conservation Award deadline
Mar 2 all-day

Know a Nebraska rancher, farmer or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2020 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award®.

Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 20 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In Nebraska, the $10,000 award is presented with Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN), Cargill and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. The application can be found at: https://www.sandcountyfoundation.org/uploads/NE-CFN-2020.pdf.

The application deadline is March 2, 2020. Applications can be emailed to judys@a-fan.org or postmarked by March 2, and mailed to:

Leopold Conservation Award
c/o AFAN
5225 S. 16th Street
Lincoln, NE 68512

Selected recipients must be available for an Earth Day press conference, summer video production, and fall award ceremony.

Nebraska Conservation Nominee Deadline
Mar 2 all-day

Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees – March 2

Know a Nebraska rancher, farmer or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2020 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award®.

Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 20 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In Nebraska, the $10,000 award is presented with Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN), Cargill and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. The application can be found at www.sandcountyfoundation.org/ApplyLCA.

The application deadline is March 2, 2020. Applications can be emailed to judys@a-fan.org or postmarked by March 2, and mailed to:
Leopold Conservation Award
c/o AFAN
5225 S. 16th Street
Lincoln, NE 68512

Selected recipients must be available for an Earth Day press conference, summer video production, and fall award ceremony.

The Leopold Conservation Award Program in Nebraska is made possible thanks to the generous support of Cargill, AFAN, Nebraska Environmental Trust, Sand County Foundation, Audubon Nebraska, Lyle Sittler Memorial Fund, McDonald’s, Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska Land Trust, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, Sandhills Task Force, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, World Wildlife Fund-Northern Great Plains, and Green Cover Seed.

Soybean Gall Midge Meeting
Mar 2 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Soybean Gall Midge Roundtable Meeting
Monday, March, 2nd, 2020 – 9:30 am – 3:00pm
University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center
1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE

Register now to make sure you have a spot at the table. Seating will be limited. Please register online at https://go.unl.edu/2020sgmroundtable

Do you want to get the latest research updates on soybean gall midge? This is your chance to share your observations and get access to critical tools for making management decisions. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in on-farm research opportunities for monitoring adult emergence as well as evaluating chemical and cultural strategies in 2020.

Extension educators and specialists want to know what you saw during the 2019 season with soybean gall midge. Did anything change for you in regards to soybean gall midge injury or pressure between 2018 and 2019? They also want to hear your thoughts on management (planting date, maturity group, insecticides, adjacent crop, tillage, etc.). Your input is critical to help guide our research efforts on this rapidly developing pest of soybean.

What you can expect:
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration, Coffee, Juice, and Donuts
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Soybean Gall Midge: Research Update
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion: Observations
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Roundtable Summaries / Research Opportunities
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Open Discussion and Comment Period

Annie’s Inspired wksp series
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Nebraska Extension is excited to offer four Annie’s inspired programs in Southeast Nebraska starting in January running through March. Annie’s Project is a nationwide program dedicated in providing educational programs designed in strengthening women’s roles in their farming operation. These programs give women the opportunity to learn from agricultural professionals and connect with other women in agriculture in a relaxed, fun and dynamic setting. Participants will interact with the speaker and join in hands on activities.

Session three, Mental Health and Stress Management will address how to recognize stress in yourself and others, whys to cope with stress and tips in caring for your own mental health. Tools and resources will be available to participate to help them and those they know care for their own mental health. Please join us for the Mental Health and Stress Management class on Monday March 2nd at the Seward Civic Center, 616 Bradford St., Seward, NE.

We will finish our Annie’s inspired series with a workshop on Crop Scouting. This class will cover basic crop scouting techniques, pest identification, disease diagnostics, and integrated pest management strategies. The Crop Scouting workshop will be held on March 16th at the York County Fairgrounds in the 4H building, 2345 N Nebraska Ave, York, NE.

All classes are held on Monday evening, running from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., beginning with a light meal and networking, followed by a presentation and hands-on activities. The registration fee is $5 per person, per class, covering the meal, handouts and additional resource for the class. Please RSVP one week prior to the class by contacting Butler County Extension office at 1-402-367-7410 or York County Extension office at 1-402-362-5508. Questions can be directed to Melissa Bartels mbartels@unl.edu or Jenny Rees jrees2@unl.edu. These courses are hosted by Nebraska Extension and are inspired by Annie’s Project. Annie’s Project is supported by Farm Credit Service of American in Nebraska.

Wash. Co. Cattlemen
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Washington County Cattlemen
March 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6pm social
7pm meal
Blair Marina, Blair, NE

Mar
3
Tue
Registration Open: Panhandle Soil Health Workshop @ Bridgeport
Mar 3 all-day

Attend the first Panhandle Soil Health Workshop, set for March 3, 2020, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Prairie Winds Community Center in Bridgeport.

The program will feature these topics and speakers:

Soil Quality Management versus Quality Soil Management – Salvador Ramirez, Doctor of Plant Health

Soil Health Indicators plus Lessons from historic Knorr Holden Plot: Bijesh Maharjan, Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist

Grazing Cover Crops: Daren Redfearn, Forage and Crop Residue Systems Specialist

What works in our area with respect to soil health: Panel discussion with producers and speakers of the day

ON-LINE REGISTRATION:

https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8cfc1C7W0oWLJ09