Calendar

Jun
15
Fri
ATV Training Offered @ Gering
Jun 15 all-day

The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Safety Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will present training sessions to adults and children in more than 50 cities across Nebraska.

Those interested in attending an ATV training class can contact Duysen at 402.552.3394ellen.duysen@unmc.edu. Though registration is preferred, drop-ins are welcome. For organizations who would like to host ATV training, contact Harris-Broomfield at 308.832.0645susan.harris@unl.edu.

 

Below is a list of upcoming ATV training in the Panhandle:

Legacy of the Plains Museum,  Gering, June 15

Gordon Fairgrounds, June 21

 

NE Beef Council Director deadline
Jun 15 all-day

Nebraska Beef Council directors volunteer their time to represent beef producers’ checkoff collections and investments on the state, national and international level. The board’s major responsibility is to oversee checkoff expenditures by determining promotion, research and education programs for checkoff investments. The term is four years and will begin on January 2, 2019.

Producers interested in becoming a beef council director are encouraged to visit with current and past directors to learn more about this valuable experience and its commitment.

Election packets are available beginning on April 2, 2018 and can be obtained by calling the Nebraska Beef Council office at 800-421-5326. All candidate materials contained in the election packet must be completed and mailed to the third party office, postmarked by June 15, 2018.

Districts hosting an election in 2018:
District 2- Cherry, Keya Paha, Brown, Rock, Grant, Hooker, Thomas, Blaine, Loup
District 4- Boyd, Holt, Knox, Antelope, Wheeler, Boone
District 6- Arthur, McPherson, Logan, Keith, Lincoln, Perkins, Chase, Hayes, Dundy, Hitchcock
District 8- Seward, Lancaster, Otoe, Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Saline, Gage, Johnson, Nemaha, Webster, Nuckolls, Thayer, Jefferson, Pawnee, Richardson

For additional information, visit www.nebeef.org or contact the Nebraska Beef Council office at 1-800-421-5326.

USDA-FSA County Committee nominations
Jun 15 all-day

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, June 15, 2018.

Producers across the country are already serving on committees where they play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA, making important decisions on programs dealing with disaster and conservation, emergencies, commodity price loan support, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Producers can nominate themselves or others. Check your local USDA service center to see if your local administrative area is up for election this year.  Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, may also nominate candidates to better serve their communities. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program and reside in the area where the election is being held.

To be considered, a producer must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2018 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2018. Visit farmers.gov for more information.

Jun
16
Sat
Kimball FFA Alumni Progress Show @ Kimball County Fairgrounds
Jun 16 @ 8:00 am

Kimball FFA Alumni and Supporters present the 16th Annual Jackpot Progress show June 16th and 17th.  The show is held at the Kimball County Fairgrounds and is open to all 4-H and FFA Youth.

Progress Beef, heifers, swine, lamb and goats plus showmanship.

Pee Wee age 7 and under, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior 16-21.

Show Contacts:

Sally Wheeler Kimball FFA Advisor 307-575-3286 swheeler@kpslonghorns.org

Byron Wilke Kimball FFA Alumni 308-235-8536 bawilke1987@hotmail.com

Sandy Lukassen Kimball FFA Alumni 308-235-5371 sjlukas@hughes.net

Pepsi Pit Stop @ Festival of Hope (Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds)
Jun 16 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Pepsi Pit Stop @ Father's Day Rock 'N Roll Car Show (Five Rocks Amphitheater)
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jun
17
Sun
Kimball FFA Alumni Progress Show @ Kimball County Fairgrounds
Jun 17 @ 8:00 am

Kimball FFA Alumni and Supporters present the 16th Annual Jackpot Progress show June 16th and 17th.  The show is held at the Kimball County Fairgrounds and is open to all 4-H and FFA Youth.

Progress Beef, heifers, swine, lamb and goats plus showmanship.

Pee Wee age 7 and under, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior 16-21.

Show Contacts:

Sally Wheeler Kimball FFA Advisor 307-575-3286 swheeler@kpslonghorns.org

Byron Wilke Kimball FFA Alumni 308-235-8536 bawilke1987@hotmail.com

Sandy Lukassen Kimball FFA Alumni 308-235-5371 sjlukas@hughes.net

Jun
18
Mon
Platte Valley Cattlemen Feedlot/Agribusiness tour
Jun 18 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

It is time once again for the annual feedlot/agri-business tour. This year’s tour will be held on Monday June 18th. We will be visiting the Tom Russkamp farm between Howells and Dodge, where they are using a cow/calf confinement barn. Then we will be moving on to West Point Design in West Point, where we will tour their manufacturing facility. Finally, we will head over to Knobbe Feedyard for a tour of their facility and have a steak supper.

This year we have a tour bus sponsored by First National Bank that will be departing from Wunderlich’s in Columbus at 12:30 pm. From there we will go to Creston to pick up any one that would like to meet there, the bus will be parking by Alice’s so please park accordingly. We will leave Creston at 1pm then we will make one more stop at Platte Valley Equipment of Clarkson for anyone who would like to meet us there. We will depart from Platte Valley Equipment at approximately 1:30 and head to the Russkamp Farm.

Please let Lucas or Boyd know if you will be riding the bus and what location you will be getting on at.
Lucas Luckey – 402-910-0373
Boyd Hellbusch – 402-920-0699

If you want to drive on your own or just join us at one or two stops here are the directions:

2:00 pm Russkamp Farm
Go 3 miles East of Howells on HWY 91 then turn North at the Olean Church sign. Go 2 miles north to the county correction line, go east a little ways then turn north again and go 1 mile. Turn west and go ½ mile and the Farm is on the south side of the road.

3:30 pm West Point Design
About a mile or so south of West Point on Hwy 275 east side of the road.

5:00 Knobbe Feedyard
From West Point go west on HWY 32 for 1½ miles then turn South on Road 15 (black top), go 1 mile south.

6:00 pm. Steak supper at Knobbe feedyard.

Please thank the following supporters of this year’s tour:
* Bank of the Valley (refreshments)
* First National Bank (bus transportation)
* Knobbe Feedyard (meal locations & side dishes)
* Tom Russkamp and West Point Design
* Cumming County Feeders (grill and labor)

We look forward to having you with us on the 18th!

CVA Horse Owner Wksp
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Starting June 18, CVA will be hosting 3 Horse Owner Workshops to educate horse owners on changes coming to Purina horse feeds. In June, Purina will be launching a new line of Strategy GX and Strategy Healthy Edge formulated with Outlast gastric support supplement. The Outlast product contains calcium and magnesium that function to create a buffer for stomach acid and raise pH levels. This is a top-dress supplement and can also be fed as a snack before a stressful event. The current Ultium product is also offered with the Outlast Gastric Care formula. It contains a full serving of the Outlast supplement in addition to having high-quality protein and fiber sources .

Gastric ulcers are directly correlated to stressful environmental factors such as intense exercise, performance events, trailering or lack of contact with other horses. Studies have found that approximately 60% of show horses and 90% of racehorses develop moderate to severe ulcers. Ulcers can also be attributed to diet-related issues such as receiving inadequate forage, being fed meals greater than 6 hours apart, living in a stall without turnout or eating a diet with a high starch content. When the pH of the stomach drops below normal levels and pressure is increased due to a stressful event, inflammation and erosion develop in the stomach and intestinal lining, creating discomfort.

To learn more about these and other Purina horse products we invite producers to attend a Horse Owners Workshop during our events taking place. The first is in Wisner featuring Cody Marx who will be doing a ground work/driving demonstration at the Wisner River Park Arena starting at 6pm along with Libby Michaud of Purina discussing Purina horse feed and supplements. The second workshop is June 25 in Leigh at the Colfax County Fairgrounds starting at 6pm featuring Brandi Salestrom and Cassidy Curtis who will be working with 4Hers to prepare for State Horse Show and local county fairs. Libby Michaud will also be present to visit about Purina horse feed. The final workshop is July 9th in Oakland at the Burt Co. Fairgrounds at 6pm where Brandi and Cassidy will also be working with 4Hers along with Libbys Purina horse feed presentation. For all 3 workshops supper will be provided and there will be feed specials and drawings throughout the evening. Contact Brandi at 402-870-1602 for more information.

Jun
19
Tue
Youth Tractor Safety training
Jun 19 – Jun 20 all-day

Youth Tractor Safety and Hazardous Occupations Courses will be held at 12 locations this year for 14- and 15-year-olds who will be working on a farm other than their own.  Anyone older than 15 years is also welcome to take the Nebraska Extension class, but those under age 14 are not eligible.

The class includes extensive training on tractor and ATV safety with classroom lessons and hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of safety and a respect for agricultural equipment are primary goals of the course.

The first day includes classroom instruction and hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Students are required to pass the written test before taking the driving test. Day two includes lessons on equipment operation and ATV safety and a physical driving test. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. Instructors will offer an ATV simulator experience to learn about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs and UTVs. Students will also need to complete homework assignments for the second day.

All on-site classes begin at 8 a.m.; end times will vary, depending on the number of participants.
Plains Equipment, O’Neill – (402) 336-2760 – June 7-8
Fairgrounds, Wayne – (402) 375-3310 – June 19-20
Fairgrounds, Weeping Water – (402) 267-2205 – June 29-30

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

Print and complete a registration found at kearney.unl.edu, and submit with payment to the appropriate Extension office for the site location at least one week before the course. (Call the number listed for the particular site for further registration details.)

IA BeefMeets
Jun 19 @ 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Iowa cattle producers will convene at five locations across the state in June for the third annual BeefMeets. In addition to several educational sessions, a full tradeshow and opportunities for networking, cattlemen will get a chance to share policy and industry issue concerns with ICA leaders.  Educational topics at this year’s BeefMeets will vary between the five locations. Each meeting will include a presentation on animal identification and traceability in the beef industry, and attendees will be asked to give input on the topic.

Other educational sessions include:

NORTHWEST IOWA BEEFMEET
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – 3:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Northwest Iowa Community College – Sheldon, IA
Feedlot Nutrition – Financial Planning Panel

WEST CENTRAL IOWA BEEFMEET
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – 3:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Webster County Fairgrounds – Fort Dodge, IA
Live Animal Handling Demonstration – Financial Planning Panel

REGISTRATION
  – ICA Members: $25 – Non ICA Members: $50 – Students: $0
  – Early Registration ends May 31, registration will increase $10.

Time has been set aside at each BeefMeet for ICA members to provide input to board members and staff, and the events will include a meal and tradeshow.

For more information or to register for BeefMeets, visit www.iacattlemen.org.

Jun
20
Wed
ILF Conservation Legacy-Farm Lease webinar
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

An Iowa Learning Farms webinar will cover how to leave a conservation legacy by writing conservation into farm leases and how to incorporate cover crops on acres with manure application. The webinar will air Wednesday, June 20 at 12 p.m.

Sara Berges, project coordinator with the Allamakee Soil and Water Conservation District, has worked for the Allamakee SWCD for eight years coordinating different watershed and county-wide projects. Berges is currently funded through a grant with the Leopold Center that allows her to work with landowners to add conservation in farm leases by updating conservation plans. As an extension of this work, she helps producers write legacy reports that document their conservation efforts and goals for their land.

The Iowa Learning Farms webinar series takes place on the third Wednesday of the month. To watch, go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ shortly before 12 p.m., June 20 and log in through the guest option. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for watching at any time at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

IA BeefMeets
Jun 20 @ 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Iowa cattle producers will convene at five locations across the state in June for the third annual BeefMeets. In addition to several educational sessions, a full tradeshow and opportunities for networking, cattlemen will get a chance to share policy and industry issue concerns with ICA leaders.  Educational topics at this year’s BeefMeets will vary between the five locations. Each meeting will include a presentation on animal identification and traceability in the beef industry, and attendees will be asked to give input on the topic.

Other educational sessions include:

WEST CENTRAL IOWA BEEFMEET
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – 3:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Webster County Fairgrounds – Fort Dodge, IA
Live Animal Handling Demonstration – Financial Planning Panel

REGISTRATION
  – ICA Members: $25 – Non ICA Members: $50 – Students: $0
  – Early Registration ends May 31, registration will increase $10.

Time has been set aside at each BeefMeet for ICA members to provide input to board members and staff, and the events will include a meal and tradeshow.

For more information or to register for BeefMeets, visit www.iacattlemen.org.

Jun
21
Thu
Panhandle UNL wheat and field pea plot tours
Jun 21 all-day

University of Nebraska winter wheat and field pea variety trial plot tours are scheduled for June 21 and 22 at several locations around western Nebraska, including Cheyenne, Deuel, Banner and Box Butte counties.

The tours provide an opportunity for farmers and others to learn more about new varieties and other topics relevant to wheat and pea.

Wheat Plot Tours

June 21, 8 a.m., Cheyenne County at High Plains Ag Lab (Rainfed): From HPAL office, 0.25 miles east on CR RD 32N, then north miles on trial road. Plot is on Field 25.

June 21, 4 p.m., Deuel County (Rainfed): From Chappell, 11 miles east Highway 30, 6 miles north on CR 189. Plot is on west side.

June 22, 9 a.m., Banner County (Rainfed): From Harrisburg, 1 mile east on RD 4A. Plot is on north side.

June 22, 3 p.m., Box Butte County (Irrigated): From Hemingford, 4 miles south on Highway 2, 0.5 miles east on Gage RD, 0.25 miles north on CR 67. Plot is on west side.

June 22, 5 p.m., Box Butte County (Rainfed): From Berea, 2 miles north and 0.5 mile west on Hall RD. Plot is on south side.

Pea Field Days

June 21, 8 a.m., Cheyenne County at High Plains Ag Lab (Rainfed): From HPAL office, 0.25 miles east on CR 32N, then north on trial road.

June 21, 4 p.m., Box Butte County: From Hemingford, 7 miles east on Dodge RD, 1.5 miles south on CR 62. Plot is on east side.

Jun
22
Fri
Panhandle UNL wheat and field pea plot tours
Jun 22 all-day

University of Nebraska winter wheat and field pea variety trial plot tours are scheduled for June 21 and 22 at several locations around western Nebraska, including Cheyenne, Deuel, Banner and Box Butte counties.

The tours provide an opportunity for farmers and others to learn more about new varieties and other topics relevant to wheat and pea.

Wheat Plot Tours

June 21, 8 a.m., Cheyenne County at High Plains Ag Lab (Rainfed): From HPAL office, 0.25 miles east on CR RD 32N, then north miles on trial road. Plot is on Field 25.

June 21, 4 p.m., Deuel County (Rainfed): From Chappell, 11 miles east Highway 30, 6 miles north on CR 189. Plot is on west side.

June 22, 9 a.m., Banner County (Rainfed): From Harrisburg, 1 mile east on RD 4A. Plot is on north side.

June 22, 3 p.m., Box Butte County (Irrigated): From Hemingford, 4 miles south on Highway 2, 0.5 miles east on Gage RD, 0.25 miles north on CR 67. Plot is on west side.

June 22, 5 p.m., Box Butte County (Rainfed): From Berea, 2 miles north and 0.5 mile west on Hall RD. Plot is on south side.

Pea Field Days

June 21, 8 a.m., Cheyenne County at High Plains Ag Lab (Rainfed): From HPAL office, 0.25 miles east on CR 32N, then north on trial road.

June 21, 4 p.m., Box Butte County: From Hemingford, 7 miles east on Dodge RD, 1.5 miles south on CR 62. Plot is on east side.

Jun
23
Sat
Mitchell Valley 4-H Progress Show @ Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds
Jun 23 @ 7:00 am
Get tuned up for County Fair at the Mitchell Valley 4-H Progress Show at the Scottsbluff County Fairgounds this Saturday and Sunday.
Entry fee is $20.00 per head.  Swine, Sheep, Goats, and Beef.  Market Classes and Showmanship
Cash prizes depending on size of class entered
up to 100 dollars for reserve and 200 dollars for grand champion.
Weigh ins at 7:00am, shows start at 10:00am both days.

Contact Taylor Russell at 308-765-4048 or Ashley Shultz at 308-631-0145 for information.

Pepsi Pit Stop @ Regional West Safety Safari (at Riverside Discovery Center)
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jun
24
Sun
Mitchell Valley 4-H Progress Show @ Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds
Jun 24 @ 7:00 am
Get tuned up for County Fair at the Mitchell Valley 4-H Progress Show at the Scottsbluff County Fairgounds this Saturday and Sunday.
Entry fee is $20.00 per head.  Swine, Sheep, Goats, and Beef.  Market Classes and Showmanship
Cash prizes depending on size of class entered
up to 100 dollars for reserve and 200 dollars for grand champion.
Weigh ins at 7:00am, shows start at 10:00am both days.

Contact Taylor Russell at 308-765-4048 or Ashley Shultz at 308-631-0145 for information.

Jun
25
Mon
IA Corn Policy Roundtables
Jun 25 – Jun 26 all-day

Policy development at the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a grassroots process. Each year, ICGA hosts roundtable meetings in local communities across the state to gather insight and feedback on priorities from farmer members. The meetings, which will be held on June 25 & 26 and July 11 & 12 this year, allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at roundtable meetings go on to the Annual ICGA Grassroots Summit on August 24-25 for the ICGA delegates to debate for adoption into the ICGA Policy Book. This process enables the organization to take-action in lobbying for and supporting sound policy development and pro-farmer legislation.

June 25
    Le Mars – Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor, 115 Central Ave. NW (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
    Ogden – The Lucky Pig, 113 W Walnut St. (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
    Sheffield –  Sukup Facility, 1555 255th St. (5:30-8:30 p.m.)

June 26
    Grinnell – Key Co-op, 330 West St. S (11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
    Red Oak –  Agrivision, 2405 N 4th St. (11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
    Oxford Junction – Willimack Farms, 1418 108th Ave. (5:30-8:30 p.m.)

Roundtables are FREE for ICGA members, but we encourage advance registration. Meals (lunch or dinner) will be included at each session. If you can’t attend a roundtable but wish to bring forth a policy resolution for consideration, please contact your local ICGA Board member. Go to iowacorn.org/roundtables for more information. 

Pepsi Pit Stop @ Discount Fireworks
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm