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Jun
3
Wed
CANCELLED – World Pork Expo
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day

UPDATED – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) today announced that its board of directors has decided to cancel the 2020 World Pork Expo in June due to COVID-19 human health concerns. World Pork Expo 2021 is scheduled for June 9-11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

“While deeply disappointed to cancel this year’s Expo, NPPC’s board of directors unanimously agreed it was prudent to make this decision now,” said NPPC President Howard “A.V.” Roth, a pork producer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin. “By eliminating COVID 19-related uncertainty surrounding the event, we allow producers and others across the industry to focus on the essential role we play in the nation’s food supply system at this critical time.”

“We will do our part to support the nation’s transition back to normalcy and look forward to making next year’s World Pork Expo better than ever,” added Roth.

World Pork Expo is the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, where more than 20,000 industry professionals gather for three days to showcase innovations, introduce new products and participate in training and educational programs.

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Registration is now open for the 2020 World Pork Expo presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). Attendees, media and exhibitors can complete their registration by visiting the World Pork Expo website. This year’s trade show will be hosted from June 3 to 5 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  With 360,000 square feet of exhibition space, more than 500 exhibitors are planned for the 2020 World Pork Expo.
Organizers plan to take advantage of all the space available in order to give attendees and exhibitors the best experience possible. Of the 500 plus companies attending the show, they will be displaying products and services from animal health, nutrition, build and equipment, financial marketing, genetics and more.

The Expo will be held in the Varied Industries Building and the Jacobson Exhibition Center, outdoors on Grand Avenue and the areas between the two main buildings. Attendees are encouraged to explore the fairground space to experience all the Expo’s offerings.

Company-sponsored hospitality tents will continue to be around throughout the fairgrounds. Organizers are expecting 60 plus tents this year, giving industry representatives an opportunity to network with producers and employees in a more relaxed setting.

The trade show will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 3-4, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 5.
 
The Expo is packed with three days of learning and networking opportunities, events and activities. More than 15 educational and informational seminars are free to attend. These seminars address innovative production and management strategies, and current issues and topics related to the pork industry.

Other activities you won’t want to miss include:
    MusicFest — Join us on Thursday evening to relax and enjoy free live music and refreshments. Stay tuned to find out who this year will feature!
    Big Grill — Stop by and enjoy a free pork lunch during all three days of the Expo. More than 10,000 lunches are served! Lunches are available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    NPPC Hospitality Tent — Visit one-on-one with NPPC board members and staff to learn about current legislation, regulation, and public policy issues that impact pork production.

Registration is now available online until May 28. Tickets include entry to the Expo for all three days. Discounted rates are available during pre-registration including $10 per adult (ages 12 and up) and $1 for children (6 to 11 years old). Registration on-site will be $20 per adult. There is an on-site Friday-only option for $10.  Registration and more information here at www.worldpork.org

Jun
5
Fri
BQA Awards nomination deadline
Jun 5 all-day

Nominations for the 14th annual National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards are now being accepted. Deadline for nominations is June 5, 2020.

The 2020 National BQA Awards recognize five winners in the areas of beef producer, dairy, marketing and education:
–    The beef producer honors include BQA Cow Calf and BQA Feedyard awards, which recognize producers who best demonstrate the implementation of BQA principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations;
–    The BQA / FARM (Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) award honors those dairy operations that demonstrate the best in animal care and handling while implementing the BQA and FARM programs at the highest levels;
–    The BQA Marketer Award acknowledges livestock markets, cattle buyers and supply-chain programs that promote BQA to their customers and offer them opportunities to get certified; and
–    The BQA Educator Award celebrates individuals or companies that provide high quality and innovative training to individuals that care and handle cattle throughout the industry chain.

For the application and nomination requirements, as well as more information about BQA, go here… www.bqa.org.  All nominations are due by June 5, 2020.

Jun
6
Sat
Cream of the Crop Dairy Show
Jun 6 all-day

The 21st annual Cream of the Crop Dairy Show is set for Saturday June 6th at the Cuming County Fairgrounds in West Point. The show is open to youth and adults, 4H and FFA members are encouraged to attend!. Breeds eligible are Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking shorthorn, and crossbred.

There will be a showmanship contest at the start of the show, divided into Senior, Intermediate, Junior, and Pee-wee divisions. Then there is a judging contest with Junior, Senior, and adult divisions.

There will be a lunch stand available.

There is no entry fee if the pre-entry is is sent in by Tuesday June 2nd. Late entries will be accepted up until 9am on Saturday with a $5 late fee. Check in is between 8am and 9am on the morning of the show.

Schedule for the day: Cattle in barns by 8am, check in and registration 8-9am, Showmanship at 10:30am, followed by the judging contest and judging of cattle, wrapping up with the final drives on heifers and cows.

For more information, contact Carl at 402-380-2465.

Jun
8
Mon
Beef Improvement Federation online symposium
Jun 8 – Jun 12 all-day

It was announced on April 2 the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) board of directors, along with the Florida 2020 BIF Research Symposium and Convention committee, made the decision to transition this year’s conference to an online format due to COVID-19.

BIF leadership is in the process of planning an updated symposium online. “Our BIF program committee working with the Florida group has honed the original schedule to work in the new online format,” says Joe Mushrush, BIF vice president and program chairman. “Our goal is to provide learning opportunities that will help producers continue to improve their bottom line focused on beef improvement. As our President Tommy Clark said last week, ‘Our mission as an organization is intact during this challenging time and we will continue to provide educational programing focused on how the beef industry can enhance value through genetic improvement.’”

The virtual event will be hosted online the week of June 8 starting at noon CDT each day. The conference will be hosted on the Zoom webinar platform. By mid-May, participants will be able to register for the event, find a detailed schedule and Zoom tutorials on the BIF website — BeefImprovement.org.

2020 BIF award winners, including Seedstock and Commercial Producers of the Year, Pioneer and Continuing Service award winners will be recognized during the online symposium.

Below is a tentative schedule for the 52nd Annual Beef Improvement Federation Symposium – Online (all times are CDT):
 
Monday, June 8
Noon – Welcome
12:15 p.m. – YOUNG PRODUCERS SYMPOSIUM – What Will the Purebred Cattle Industry Look Like in 20 years – Bill Rishel, Rishel Angus + Financial Planning for a New Generation of Producers – Adam Trott, Financial Analyst Manager, Rabo AgriFinance
1:45 p.m. – BIF Board/Officer election results – Scholarship award presentations — Roy Wallace, Baker/Cundiff – BIF Ambassador Award presentation
 
Tuesday, June 9
Noon – Tuesday Welcome
12:15 p.m. – GENERAL SESSION 1 – Consumer Market Research — What They Say They Need, and They Want – Shawn Darcy, Director of Market Research, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Market Research
1:15 p.m. – BIF Awards Program – Commercial Producer of the Year – Pioneer Awards
1:45 p.m. – Perspectives from End-User — What We Need and What We Want – Henry Zerby, VP of Protein Procurement and Innovation, Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-Op (QSCC) Inc.
 
Wednesday, June 10
Noon – Wednesday Welcome
12:15 p.m. – GENERAL SESSION 2 – Global Perspectives on Beef Sustainability – Don Close, Rabo AgriFinance
1:15 p.m. – BIF Awards Program – Seedstock Producer of the Year – BIF Continuing Service Awards
1:45 p.m. – Systems Approach to Beef Cattle Sustainability – Dr. Clay Mathis, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, Texas A & M University—Kingsville

Thursday, June 11
Noon – Technical Breakout – Advancement in End-product Improvement
2 p.m. – Technical Breakout – Advancement in Emerging Technology
4 p.m. – Technical Breakout – Advancement in Selection Decisions
 
Friday, June 12
Noon – Technical Breakout – Advancement in Efficiency and Adaptability
2 p.m. – Technical Breakout – Advancement in Producer Applications
4 p.m. – Technical Breakout – Genomic and Genetic Prediction

The BIF Board sends well wishes to our beef industry family during this global pandemic. While final details surrounding this transition are still taking shape, we are committed to providing an easily accessible, robust online conference experience that eliminates the health concerns that come with travel and face-to-face meetings at this time. We also wish to thank the Florida committee for their help planning this year’s event and look forward to having the symposium in Florida in future years.

For details regarding the online conference as they develop, visit http://www.beefimprovement.org. Prior to and during this year’s symposium, be sure to follow the event on social media channels using the hashtag #BIF2020.

Individuals who had already registered for the in-person event will be refunded their registration in the next couple of weeks. For those who booked flights, please contact your airline to check their refund policy for cancellations due to COVID-19.

Jun
9
Tue
IDALS Hog Disposal Assistance
Jun 9 all-day

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is launching a disposal assistance program to help pork producers who are unable to harvest pigs due to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions.

The Department is offering producers $40 per approved animal to help cover some of the disposal costs for market-ready hogs (weighing at least 225 pounds). Producers must provide documentation, including proof of proper disposal, and an affidavit from their herd veterinarian confirming impending welfare issues, to receive funding.

The disposal assistance funding will be made available to Iowa producers in at least three rounds. Each approved applicant will receive funding for at least 1,000 animals and up to 30,000 animals per round, depending on the number of applicants.

To qualify for the first round of funding, producers must submit their applications to the Iowa Department of Agriculture between May 26-29. The first round of applicants will be notified of approval on June 1. The first round of approved applicants must properly dispose of their animals by June 5. Disposal claims must be received by the Iowa Department of Agriculture by June 8.

The Department will begin accepting applications for the second and third rounds of disposal assistance on June 1 and June 9, respectively. The Department is also exploring options to assist producers who have conducted euthanasia and disposal between May 1-26, 2020.

To apply for the disposal assistance program, visit iowaagriculture.gov/idap. Questions about the program can be directed to (515) 281-5321 or IDAP@iowaagriculture.gov.

Intersection of Cattle & Beef webinar series
Jun 9 all-day

A trio of land grant universities including Texas A&M, North Dakota State University and West Virginia, have come together to host a series of webinars called “The Intersection of the Cattle and Beef Industries” to provide an accurate, science- and evidence-based overview of the U.S. beef industry from conception to consumption for cattle producers, consumers and decision makers. The topics include trade, packers, euthanization and local meats, just to name a few.

Webinars that have taken place, and are archived for viewing now…
Overview of MCOOL, Imports and Exports, Packer Profits, Local Meats, Protein Industry Euthanasia, and Beef Check Off
In depth perspective of MCOOL, Imports and Exports
In depth perspective of Packer Profits
In depth perspective:  Will we be euthanizing cattle like hogs and poultry?
In depth perspective of Local meats: Challenges and Opportunities

Upcoming webinars and topics….
May 26, 2020, In depth perspective of The Beef Checkoff
May 28, 2020, In-depth perspective of how cattle are priced: a discussion about price and value discovery, and the futures market
June 2, 2020, Virtual Packing Plant Tour
June 4, 2020, In depth perspective of Ground beef, heavy carcasses and imports
June 9, 2020, In depth perspective of Domestic and International supply and demand
June 11, 2020, In depth perspective of Historical Overview of the Beef Industry from the Jungle to Today
June 16, 2020, In depth perspective of Changes in how beef is supplied to grocery stores and restaurants
June 18, 2020, In depth perspective of Steer and Heifer Complex
June 23, 2020, In depth perspective of Cow and Bull Complex
June 25, In depth perspective of Drop credit, hide and offal

Pre-registration is required.  For more information, click here….  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/livestockextension/intersectionwebinars.

NE Cattlemen Midyear mtg
Jun 9 – Jun 10 all-day

The Nebraska Cattlemen Board of Directors decided due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic currently affecting Nebraska and the United States, to cancel the Nebraska Cattlemen 2020 Midyear Meeting in Clay Center and Hastings June 10 & 11.

Despite the cancellation, the Board of Directors realizes the business of the Association and our members needs to continue. Therefore the 6 Nebraska Cattlemen policy committees – Animal Health and Nutrition, Brand and Property Rights, Education and Research, Marketing and Commerce, Natural Resources and Environment and Taxation – will occur via webinar on June 9 & 10. Information on webinar registration and participation will be available soon.

Please find below the schedule for the NC Midyear Policy Committee Meeting Webinars. Agendas and details on participation are being developed and promotion of the webinars to the membership will begin in early May, stay tuned until then.

2020 Nebraska Cattlemen
Midyear Committee Meeting Webinars
June 9-11 – (All times CDT)

Tuesday, June 9           
             10:00 am – 12:00 pm Brand & Property Rights Committee Webinar
             1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Taxation Committee Webinar
             3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Marketing & Commerce Committee Webinar

Wednesday, June 10     
             10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education & Research Committee Webinar
             1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Animal Health & Nutrition Committee Webinar
             3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Natural Resources & Environment Committee Webinar

More details at www.nebraskacattlemen.org.  

NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraska Dairy Extension is hosting a no fee dairy webinar the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am CDT.

Agenda – Date – Topic – Presenter
April 14 – Feed Efficiencies – shrink, wind loss, spoilage, etc. – Mike Brouk, Kansas State University
May 12 – Preparing for the evaluation: FARM 4.0 – Kim Clark, UNL
June 9 – Improving Cropland Resiliency, Making Manure Part of Fertility Planning – Amy Schmidt, UNL
July 14 – Nutritional Energetics – Logan Morris, UNL
August 11 – Value of Manure – Rick Koelsch, UNL
Sept. 8 – Mindful Manure Mgt: 5 Tips for Staying Safe During Manure Appl. Season – Amy Schmidt, UNL
October 13 – Can a Weather Forecast Reduce Neighbor Odor Exposure? – Rick Koelsch, UNL
November 10 – Does pelleting affect digestibility? – Kirby Krogstad, UNL
December 8 – Feeding strategies with low quality and quantity forages – Paul Kononoff, UNL

No registration is required. To join the webinar visit: go.unl.edu/dairywebinar

Jun
10
Wed
NE Corn Board meeting
Jun 10 – Jun 11 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Board will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 and Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the Holthus Convention Center, 3130 Holen Ave., York, Nebraska.

The meeting is open to the public, providing the opportunity for public comment. The Board will conduct regular board business, consider funding requests and set the budget for fiscal year 2020-2021.

A copy of the agenda is available by writing the Nebraska Corn Board, PO Box 95107, Lincoln, NE 68509, sending an email to nikki.bentzinger@nebraska.gov or calling 402/471-2676.

The Nebraska Corn Board is funded through a producer checkoff investment of 1/2-cent-per-bushel checkoff on all corn marketed in the state and is managed by nine farmer directors. The mission of the Nebraska Corn Board is to promote the value of corn by creating opportunities.

Jun
15
Mon
NE Beef Ambassador Contest
Jun 15 all-day

NE Cattlewomen announces plans for the 2020 Beef Ambassador Contest

Monday, June 15, 2020
1:00 pm CDT
Via Zoom & Email Assignment
Registration deadline: Friday, June 10, 2020

The Competition – updated for 2020 contest
Both division of contestants will compete in two different areas.

Media Interview – Held Monday, June 15 via Zoom
Contestants will participate in a mock media interview. The interviewer will have pre-determined questions to ask each contestant with the option to ask follow-up questions to extrapolate additional knowledge or clarify a point. A panel of judges will observe the interaction for: knowledge, articulation, poise and the contestant’s ability to “tell the Beef Production Story” and present the industry in a positive light. Scoring will be done by the judges only. The contestants should be well-versed in all areas of beef production and the beef industry relating to consumers. Special attention should be paid to all current industry issues.

Issue Response – Via Email
Topic emailed Monday, June 15, following Media Interview. Email response deadline Wednesday, June 17, 9:00 AM Central.
Each contestant will be provided with a current beef industry topic. Contestants will be given time to write article and submit via email by the deadline. The article will be judged for accuracy, message, and ability to send the correct message for the industry.
Senior division to write 200-250 words. Collegiate division to write between 500-550 words.

For more information or to register for the contest, contact:
Gina Hudson – phone 402-469-3157 or email hudsonfarms_68315@yahoo.com
– or – email ncw@necattlemen.org – or call – 402-450-0223

NE LEAD Program deadline
Jun 15 all-day

Fellowship applications for Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Group 40 are now available for men and women involved in production agriculture or agribusiness.  Up to 30 motivated men and women with demonstrated leadership potential will be selected from five geographic districts across our state.

In addition to monthly three-day seminars throughout Nebraska from mid-September through early April, Nebraska LEAD fellows also participate in a 10-day national study/travel seminar and a two-week international study/travel seminar.

Seminar themes include leadership assessment and potential, natural resources and energy, agricultural policy, leadership through communication, Nebraska’s political process, global perspectives, nuclear energy, social issues, understanding and developing leadership skills, agribusiness and marketing, advances in health care, and the resources and people of Nebraska’s Panhandle.

The Nebraska LEAD Program is designed to prepare spokespersons, problem-solvers and decision-makers for Nebraska and its agricultural industry.

In its 39th year, the program is operated by the nonprofit Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nebraska colleges and universities, businesses and industry, and individuals throughout the state.

To request an application, email leadprogram@unl.edu or call 402-472-6810. Requests can also be sent to 104 ACB, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 68583-0940. Applications are due no later than June 15.

For information about the selection process, visit https://lead.unl.edu.

Jun
16
Tue
Intersection of Cattle & Beef webinar series
Jun 16 all-day

A trio of land grant universities including Texas A&M, North Dakota State University and West Virginia, have come together to host a series of webinars called “The Intersection of the Cattle and Beef Industries” to provide an accurate, science- and evidence-based overview of the U.S. beef industry from conception to consumption for cattle producers, consumers and decision makers. The topics include trade, packers, euthanization and local meats, just to name a few.

Webinars that have taken place, and are archived for viewing now…
Overview of MCOOL, Imports and Exports, Packer Profits, Local Meats, Protein Industry Euthanasia, and Beef Check Off
In depth perspective of MCOOL, Imports and Exports
In depth perspective of Packer Profits
In depth perspective:  Will we be euthanizing cattle like hogs and poultry?
In depth perspective of Local meats: Challenges and Opportunities

Upcoming webinars and topics….
May 26, 2020, In depth perspective of The Beef Checkoff
May 28, 2020, In-depth perspective of how cattle are priced: a discussion about price and value discovery, and the futures market
June 2, 2020, Virtual Packing Plant Tour
June 4, 2020, In depth perspective of Ground beef, heavy carcasses and imports
June 9, 2020, In depth perspective of Domestic and International supply and demand
June 11, 2020, In depth perspective of Historical Overview of the Beef Industry from the Jungle to Today
June 16, 2020, In depth perspective of Changes in how beef is supplied to grocery stores and restaurants
June 18, 2020, In depth perspective of Steer and Heifer Complex
June 23, 2020, In depth perspective of Cow and Bull Complex
June 25, In depth perspective of Drop credit, hide and offal

Pre-registration is required.  For more information, click here….  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/livestockextension/intersectionwebinars.

Jun
22
Mon
ICPB Elections
Jun 22 all-day

On July 14, 2020, corn farmers in crop reporting districts 1, 3 and 6 can vote at their local county ISU extension office for representation on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board for a 3-year term. The board’s primary priorities and responsibilities include domestic and foreign market development, research of new and value-added corn uses and education on corn and the farmers who grow it.

Corn farmers within districts 1, 3 and 6 who have produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous marketing year (September 1, 2018, to August 31, 2019) and are interested in running for a position may still file a petition with the ICPB. Petitions can be obtained by contacting the Iowa Corn office and must contain the signatures of 25 corn producers from the same district as the prospective candidate. Completed and notarized petitions must be delivered to the Iowa Corn office no later than 4:30 PM on April 24, 2020. Once all grower petitions have been received, a final list of candidates will be generated, and candidate names will be listed on the election ballots.

Current candidates are as follows:

USDA Crop Reporting District 1 (Northwest Iowa)
    Chad Harms, Dickinson County
    John Schott, Pocahontas County

Anyone who has produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous marketing year is eligible to vote in the election. Producers unable to visit the local ISU extension office on July 14 can vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested beginning May 27. Requests must be made no later than June 22 by contacting the Iowa Corn office at 515-225-9242 or on our website at www.iowacorn.org. Absentee ballots must be postmarked or returned to the Iowa Corn office no later than July 14. The results of the election are announced publicly on July 17.

Jun
23
Tue
Intersection of Cattle & Beef webinar series
Jun 23 all-day

A trio of land grant universities including Texas A&M, North Dakota State University and West Virginia, have come together to host a series of webinars called “The Intersection of the Cattle and Beef Industries” to provide an accurate, science- and evidence-based overview of the U.S. beef industry from conception to consumption for cattle producers, consumers and decision makers. The topics include trade, packers, euthanization and local meats, just to name a few.

Webinars that have taken place, and are archived for viewing now…
Overview of MCOOL, Imports and Exports, Packer Profits, Local Meats, Protein Industry Euthanasia, and Beef Check Off
In depth perspective of MCOOL, Imports and Exports
In depth perspective of Packer Profits
In depth perspective:  Will we be euthanizing cattle like hogs and poultry?
In depth perspective of Local meats: Challenges and Opportunities

Upcoming webinars and topics….
May 26, 2020, In depth perspective of The Beef Checkoff
May 28, 2020, In-depth perspective of how cattle are priced: a discussion about price and value discovery, and the futures market
June 2, 2020, Virtual Packing Plant Tour
June 4, 2020, In depth perspective of Ground beef, heavy carcasses and imports
June 9, 2020, In depth perspective of Domestic and International supply and demand
June 11, 2020, In depth perspective of Historical Overview of the Beef Industry from the Jungle to Today
June 16, 2020, In depth perspective of Changes in how beef is supplied to grocery stores and restaurants
June 18, 2020, In depth perspective of Steer and Heifer Complex
June 23, 2020, In depth perspective of Cow and Bull Complex
June 25, In depth perspective of Drop credit, hide and offal

Pre-registration is required.  For more information, click here….  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/livestockextension/intersectionwebinars.

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.

Jul
14
Tue
NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraska Dairy Extension is hosting a no fee dairy webinar the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am CDT.

Agenda – Date – Topic – Presenter
April 14 – Feed Efficiencies – shrink, wind loss, spoilage, etc. – Mike Brouk, Kansas State University
May 12 – Preparing for the evaluation: FARM 4.0 – Kim Clark, UNL
June 9 – Improving Cropland Resiliency, Making Manure Part of Fertility Planning – Amy Schmidt, UNL
July 14 – Nutritional Energetics – Logan Morris, UNL
August 11 – Value of Manure – Rick Koelsch, UNL
Sept. 8 – Mindful Manure Mgt: 5 Tips for Staying Safe During Manure Appl. Season – Amy Schmidt, UNL
October 13 – Can a Weather Forecast Reduce Neighbor Odor Exposure? – Rick Koelsch, UNL
November 10 – Does pelleting affect digestibility? – Kirby Krogstad, UNL
December 8 – Feeding strategies with low quality and quantity forages – Paul Kononoff, UNL

No registration is required. To join the webinar visit: go.unl.edu/dairywebinar

Jul
15
Wed
CANCELLED – Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum
Jul 15 – Jul 16 all-day

Update 5/12/20:  The Nebraska Ethanol Board has made the decision to cancel the Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum 2020 due to Coronavirus precautions.

But….. Plan to join them for the 2021 Forum on March 24-25 in LaVista (Omaha), Nebraska. More details and a link for registration will be made available at a later date.

This 16th annual event brings together ethanol producers and others integrally involved in production, technology, policymaking and marketing of biofuels and its co-products from across the country.

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Rescheduled dates of the conference.
Details at ethanol.nebraska.gov.

In light of the current health issues and precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), the Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB) and Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN) have rescheduled the Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum 2020 for July 15-16. The Forum will be held at the La Vista Conference Center in Greater Omaha if the threat of COVID-19 has subsided. A new registration link and details will be available soon at ethanol.nebraska.gov.

The Forum brings together ethanol producers and others from across the nation who are integrally involved in production, technology, policymaking, and marketing of ethanol and its co-products. The agenda runs from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 8:00 a.m. to noon Thursday, with multiple networking opportunities in between.

While the conference has been postponed, the hosts have been able to reconfirm many of the speaking engagements. Topics include an overview and discussion of the most pressing federal policies, regulatory and legal actions, and market trends from around the world. Speakers will also outline opportunities in emerging co-product markets from industry partners and remind attendees why they (and why the public should) fall in love with ethanol.

Other scheduled presentations include exploring the potential of future ethanol use in the electric vehicle market, fostering environmental relationships as agricultural and ethanol producers, as well as a discussion considering how ethanol and the petroleum industry can work together.

Jul
17
Fri
ICPB Elections
Jul 17 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

On July 14, 2020, corn farmers in crop reporting districts 1, 3 and 6 can vote at their local county ISU extension office for representation on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board for a 3-year term. The board’s primary priorities and responsibilities include domestic and foreign market development, research of new and value-added corn uses and education on corn and the farmers who grow it.

Corn farmers within districts 1, 3 and 6 who have produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous marketing year (September 1, 2018, to August 31, 2019) and are interested in running for a position may still file a petition with the ICPB. Petitions can be obtained by contacting the Iowa Corn office and must contain the signatures of 25 corn producers from the same district as the prospective candidate. Completed and notarized petitions must be delivered to the Iowa Corn office no later than 4:30 PM on April 24, 2020. Once all grower petitions have been received, a final list of candidates will be generated, and candidate names will be listed on the election ballots.

Current candidates are as follows:

USDA Crop Reporting District 1 (Northwest Iowa)
    Chad Harms, Dickinson County
    John Schott, Pocahontas County

Anyone who has produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous marketing year is eligible to vote in the election. Producers unable to visit the local ISU extension office on July 14 can vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested beginning May 27. Requests must be made no later than June 22 by contacting the Iowa Corn office at 515-225-9242 or on our website at www.iowacorn.org. Absentee ballots must be postmarked or returned to the Iowa Corn office no later than July 14. The results of the election are announced publicly on July 17.

Aug
11
Tue
NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
Aug 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraska Dairy Extension is hosting a no fee dairy webinar the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am CDT.

Agenda – Date – Topic – Presenter
April 14 – Feed Efficiencies – shrink, wind loss, spoilage, etc. – Mike Brouk, Kansas State University
May 12 – Preparing for the evaluation: FARM 4.0 – Kim Clark, UNL
June 9 – Improving Cropland Resiliency, Making Manure Part of Fertility Planning – Amy Schmidt, UNL
July 14 – Nutritional Energetics – Logan Morris, UNL
August 11 – Value of Manure – Rick Koelsch, UNL
Sept. 8 – Mindful Manure Mgt: 5 Tips for Staying Safe During Manure Appl. Season – Amy Schmidt, UNL
October 13 – Can a Weather Forecast Reduce Neighbor Odor Exposure? – Rick Koelsch, UNL
November 10 – Does pelleting affect digestibility? – Kirby Krogstad, UNL
December 8 – Feeding strategies with low quality and quantity forages – Paul Kononoff, UNL

No registration is required. To join the webinar visit: go.unl.edu/dairywebinar

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.