Monday, August 19, 2013

Sustainable Farming & Foods

Weekly Events & Opportunities

Flame Weeding - Workshop 

August 21. University of Nebraksa. Concord. Propane fueled Flame Weeding is an acceptable method of weed (pest) control in organic farming, which is also gaining interest among conventional producers due to increase in weed resistance and costs of GMO crop seeds.   We will present results from the 6-years of research conducted by the Teams of Dr. Stevan Knezevic (Weed Science) and Dr. George Gogos (Mechanical Engineering). This work is also documented in about 20 scientific publications, 100 abstracts presented at many Regional, National and International meetings, and a patent for flaming equipment. Click here to download more information.

RestorationAg 101: Keyline Farm Design - Perennial Food and Forage

August 23-25. Iowa City, IA. Restoration Ag 101 will be guided over its journey by Mark Shepard, a farmer and designer of world-class reputation and author of Restoration Agriculture.  Hosted at VersaLand Farm near Iowa City, you’ll be on-site of a developing perennial farmstead, implementing Keyline design, multi-species grazing, fruit and nut crops, vegetable alleycropping, and using electric tractor power.  Few people on the planet have the real project experience and track record that Mark Shepard brings to Restoration Agriculture, this course will spread that knowledge. Click here to download more information.

USDA NOP Organic Crop Standards
August 22 and 29. Online. This IOIA webinar will be given in two sessions, on two dates, each three hours long. This webinar is a 100-level course will prepare participants to verify compliance with the NOP Crop Standards. This webinar training course will focus on topics including the National List of allowed synthetic and prohibited natural inputs for crop production. Participants will also gain skill in understanding and navigating the NOP regulations. This course is geared to prepare those who intend to take further training to become organic inspectors or file reviewers. It is also highly recommended for organic producers, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff.

Predator Management with Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks Webinar

August 22. In this one-hour, evening Extension webinar, Dr. Thomas Barnes will discuss predator identification and means to minimize their impact. Dr. Barnes is the Kentucky state extension wildlife specialist and a full professor in the Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky.

Shipping Hay Outside the Fire Ant Quarantine area
August 19th. 6pm. Hay producers from fire ant infested counties may find themselves trying to ship hay outside the imported fire ant quarantine area.  People on the receiving end of hay shipments may not know what to do make sure they don't get fire ants along with the hay.  Join us on August 19, 2013 from 6-7 PM central time for this free webinar, which will explain the rules and regulations and talk about. best management practices. See more information at:

Assessing Pesticide Exposure to Honey Bees
August 20th. 7pm. The first of a five-part webinar series of presentations by the Environmental Protection Agency on pesticides effect to honey bees. This webinar will focus on routes of possible exposure for bees proposed in risk assessment and how they are estimated using mathematical models and/or measured residues from monitoring data.  Participants will have an opportunity to learn how different methods of application influence residues levels and how evaluations of pure chemicals may differ from evaluations of formulated products. Preregistration is required:

Why Eat Grass-Fed Dairy and Meat?
Thursday, August 22nd. 6:30 pm. Gratitude Cafe & Bakery, Lincoln. Saturday, August 24th. 1:00pm. Tomato Tomato, Omaha.Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska education and outreach program welcomes you to attend “Why Eat Grass-Fed Dairy and Meat?” presented by Robert Bernt of Clear Creek Organic Farms, a diversified livestock, vegetable and family dairy farm. His talk will be about the many attributes of grass fed for you and the animals and why so many of our Buy Fresh Buy Local farm and ranch members are pursuing this type of production. Join us for a taste of pasture raised, organic meat, cheese, butter and organic ice cream the Bernt family produces on farm.  Contact: Billene Nemec, 402-472-5273, 

Steamboat Trail Walk

August 24th. Save Saturday August 24 for a outing at the Steamboat trail south of Nebraska City.  The trail run along the east facing slope. We will be walking through and heavenly wood area on the west that used to be oak savanna and to the east Missouri river flood plain.The trail has been home to a Kudzu pueraria lobata. We will see if the plant has been successfully eliminated.On August 25 Sunday the Omaha Audubon Society will have their annual Prairie festival 12:00 to 4:30 PM.  The prairie is located on 6720 Bennington  road.!events/cord

Cover Crops - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly or Beautiful
Tuesday, August 20th. Webinar - Free to ASA and CCA members; $25 for others.  See for more info.

Field Day: Farming In Extreme Weather - Adapting Farm Practices

Tuesday, August 20. Near Grant. Sponsored by No Till on the Plains.  Registration is $45 for each site through August 16.  For more info and to register online, go to

Low Stress Cattle Presentations
Tuesday, August 20, West Point & Lexington. Thursday, August 22, Bridgeport. All producers are invited to attend this free educational event. There will also be a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training at each location. The BQA training begins at 4:00 p.m. with the meal and live cattle presentation to follow. It is only $20 if you wish to become BQA certified, which is good for a two year time period. For more information contact Bonita Lederer, Nebraska Cattlemen Director of Producer Education at 402.450.0223 or

Panhandle No-till Partnership Field Day
Wednesday, August 21. Bridgeport & Dalton. Thursday, August 22. Clinton & Alliance. Contact Mark Watson, 308-760-5259 or see for more info.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Thursday, August 22, Lexington. August 23rd. Fairbury. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.


Edible Omaha Opportunity

NSAS is offering farmers and business an opportunity to collaborate and show their support for local foods and sustainable agriculture. 
The Sustainable Agriculture Page will begin appearing this Fall in the Edible Omaha's Fall issue.  Edible Omaha's distribution is over 100,000 magazines per issue.  The Sustainable Agriculture Page will be highlighted on the back page cover of issues beginning this Fall through the Fall of 2014.  NSAS will be coordinating the farmers & businesses and their ads for the page. To be able to do this page there will need to be 40 farmers & businesses commit to a full year of advertising. Farms, individuals, businesses and organizations are invited to participate

Ad size: 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch 

NSAS Members, $65/issue for a total of $260 of advertising in Edible Omaha for the year
Non-NSAS Members, $75/issue for a total of $300 of advertising in Edible Omaha for the year
Farmers & Businesses interested in this project should contact . Still time to register!

Young Suffolk Breeding Ewes

My barn was destroyed in Tuesdays storm and I need to disperse most of my flock.  I have 5 ewes between 1 and 4 years old that are very nice and usually produce twins or triplets. I need to get them sold soon as I cannot get the barn taken down and replaced until they are gone.  I am offering them for $75 each to avoid taking them to the sale barn.  Myrna Brown 402-426-5349 or 402-620-8999.

Refrigerated Trailer

I need to purchase a small refrigerated trailer. Any suggestions on where to get one? Something small enough a small pickup/SUV could pull it without a problem.

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