Monday, October 7, 2013

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Follow Your Small-Farm Dreams Teleclass with Joel Salatin
7:00pm Central. On October 9th, sustainable small-farming superstar Joel Salatin will reveal his proven plan for successful small agro-preneuring! It’s all about “How to Make a Living as a Farmer,” and he’ll be covering topics like:practical how-to’s, from creative land acquisition to beyond-organic production principles…business principles for farming like an entrepreneur, becoming your own middleman, and marketing to a diverse for building a trained cadre of employees and creating a lasting, profitable legacy for your children and grandchildren….Simply enter your name & email to receive the details to access this FREE live event (and also to receive your recording!):

Reducing Labor at Lambing Time - Webinar 

October 8. Presenters Philip Berg and Mike Caskey, both of the Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program, will lead discussions about labor-saving watering, feeding and bedding systems as well as present layouts of warm lambing barns and sheep flow options. Click here for more information and to register.

IPM Practices to Do Now for Next Season

October 7. Jacob Wilson, Lincoln University, is the presenter. :

Burning on Private Lands with Consultants

October 9. 12:00 pm. Consultants play a large role in the amount of prescribed burning that is conducted on private lands. John Stivers will address the importance of planning, techniques, procedures and other issues he faces in conducting a large, successful burn program on private lands. He will also describe some of the obstacles he faces when burning on private lands.

Mid-Missouri Browsing Academy

October 7-8. Jefferson City, Missouri. Lincoln University Cooperative Extension presents a detailed, educational, hands-on, two-day seminar. A number of topics will be covered including low stress livestock handling, brush ecology and management, nutrition, reproduction, herd health, timber management, fencing and business management. Attendees will receive hands-on training and gain advanced information on land enhancement using goats to control invasive vegetation. Registration is limited.

GAP Workshops: Level 1

October 8. Dubuque or Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold GAP workshops this fall for farmers who sell directly to consumers and those considering sales to retail foodservices. The one-day workshops are offered as Level 1: KNOW and Level 2: SHOW. Level 1 is training for growers who provide food to consumers through community–supported agriculture or farmers’ markets, or are considering retail foodservice sales. Training covers good agriculture best practices and market considerations.

Taxes for Farmers 101 Webinar

October 8. This webinar is the first of two focusing on taxes for farmers, sponsored by Countryside Conservancy. In this first session, Mary Ann Burger, CPA and owner of The Number Manager Inc., will reinforce good record keeping and bookkeeping practices, give a comprehensive look at the forms most used in the agricultural industry, provide an understanding of definitions pertaining to farm income and expenses, and deliver a thorough explanation of Schedule F.

IOIA/OMRI NOP Crop Input Materials

October 9. IOIA/OMRI NOP Crop Input Materials webinar is an intermediate 200-level course. The course is geared for persons with an understanding of NOP Crop Standards and farm inspection or certification. This course is comprised of three components: pre-course self-study, the three-hour webinar, and post webinar evaluation.

The Livestock Conservancy Rare Breed Rabbit Conference

October 11. Lawrence, Kansas. Learn the ins and outs of raising rabbits on your homestead and marketing. This intensive workshop will be taught by experts from The Livestock Conservancy and the Rare Hare Barn. The full-day event is part of the Mother Earth News Fair.

Cover Crop Workshop

October 11. Ames or Fruitland, Iowa. The sustainable vegetable production lab in collaboration with researchers at Iowa State University, USDA-National Laboratory for Agriculture and Environment and USDA-SARE will offer cover crop workshops for commercial growers and those working with commercial growers. Iowa State University educators Ajay Nair, Andy Lenssen, Gail Nonnecke and Tom Kaspar will cover the topics of cover crop types, planting, management, benefits and issues associated with cover cropping in fruit and vegetable cropping systems.

Mother Earth News Fair

October 12-13. Lawrence, Kansas. Mother Earth News Fairs deliver practical, hands-on training and experience taught by leading experts in the areas of renewable energy, organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, green home building and more. An extensive workshop schedule includes presentations by Joel Salatin and Frank Reese, Jr.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Wednesday, October 9th. North Platte. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

“Variable Fire, Grazing and Climate Interactions Promote Habitat Heterogeneity and Biodiversity in Tallgrass Prairie.”

Fall 2013 Grassland Seminar Series. Monday, October 7th. 3:00 pm-4:00 pm. Anthony Joern, University Distinguished Professor of Biology and Co-Director, Institute of Grassland Studies, Kansas State University, will present “Variable Fire, Grazing and Climate Interactions Promote Habitat Heterogeneity and Biodiversity in Tallgrass Prairie.” Joern is this year's Frank and Margaret Leu Distinguished Lecturer. Free and open to the public.  

"Omega-3 DHA in Pregnancy and Lactation: Outcomes, Metabolism and Potential Mechanisms of Action"

Mary Harris -- Biochemistry & Redox Biology Seminar Series. Tuesday, October 8th. 4:00 pm-5:00 pm. Dr. Mary Harris, Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University. Is a professor of nutrition and director of the Dietetics Program at Colorado State University. She holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Rhode Island and a B.S. in Nutrition from Michigan State University. Her research area is fatty acid metabolism in pregnancy and lactation with particular reference to omega-3 DHA on pregnancy outcome and neurocognitive development. She is the author of numerous scientific journal articles and textbook chapters and is a reviewer for many nutrition and medical journals and serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Nutrition Education and Behavior and Vitamins and Trace Minerals. She is a consultant on n-3 fatty acids and seafood safety during pregnancy to the National Fisheries Institute and serves on the Perinatal Nutrition Research Group of the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies National Coalition. Beadle Center on the Lincoln campus of UNL. Contact, Carol Hegel,

"Good Water – A story of Great Plains water quality."

SNR Research Seminar. Wednesday, October 9th. 3:30 pm-4:30 pm. Dr. Dan Snow, Research Associate Professor and Water Chemist in the School of Natural Resources will present a seminar entitled "Good Water – A story of Great Plains water quality." Website:

“Plant immune signaling: The roles of calmodulin-binding proteins,”

Fall 2013 Biotechnology / Life Sciences Seminar Series. Dr. Jane Glazebrook, University of Minnesota. Wednesday, October 9th. 4:00 pm-5:00 pm. “Plant immune signaling: The roles of calmodulin-binding proteins,” will be presented by Dr. Jane Glazebrook, University of Minnesota. A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Composting Workshop

Wednesday, October 9th. 6:30 pm-7:30 pm. Learn how to be successful with composting by attending a composting workshop sponsored by University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln Recycling Office. Location: Charles H Gere Library, 2400 S. 56th St. Lincoln. 

School of Biological Sciences Seminar - Bin Yu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"RNA silencing in plants". Thursday, October 10th. 3:30 pm-4:30 pm. The School of Biological Sciences Seminar is a weekly series presented by invited speakers and UNL faculty to showcase current research advances in biological sciences. All School of Biological Sciences Seminars are free and open to the public.

Environmental Cognition and Education Seminar Series--Tony Murphy

Thursday, October 10th. 4:00 pm-5:00 pm. Environmental Literacy: What is it and do we know when we have it?

Composting Demonstration

Saturday, October 12th. 10:00 am-11:00 am. Learn how to be successful with composting by attending a composting demonstration sponsored by University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln Recycling Office. These demonstrations will show you how to be successful with backyard composting. You will see three types of composting bins and how to use them. At each composting demonstration two lucky participants will win a composting thermometer. Nature Center’s backyard composting demonstration area. Pioneers Park

Celebrating First Peoples

A Family Event Featuring Native American Activities. Saturday, October 12th. 1:30 pm-4:30 pm. Free admission to this event and to Morrill Hall October 11, 12 and 13. Free admission to planetarium shows Saturday, October 12 only. Free family activities will feature storytellers, dance, beading, games, music, flint knapping, art, poetry, language, and a full-sized tipi erected in Elephant Hall. Visitors are also encouraged to tour the First Peoples of the Plains gallery. Morrill Hall will offer free admission Friday through Sunday, October 11 through 13. Admission to shows in Mueller Planetarium will be free on Saturday only, regular Planetarium admission applies on Sunday. Both events are free and open to the public. Made possible by generous contributions from Dr. Anne M. Hubbard and the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation. Contact: Priscilla Grew, 402-472-3779,

Economic Benchmarks for Dairies: Eight Rules You Cannot Break

October 7th. 12pm Central. Presenter: Gary Sipiorski, Vita Plus dairy development manager. There are many financial benchmarks and ratios a lender will use to evaluate a dairy farm’s financial position and progress. Gary Sipiorski will sort out and discuss 8 key items that are critical for a dairy producer to monitor. Gary Sipiorski, Vita Plus , spent 17 years with Citizens State Bank of Loyal and worked his way up to president and CEO. In 2008, he transitioned to his current role at Vita Plus and continues to serve on the CSB board of directors. In addition, he served on the advisory committee on agriculture and industry for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He is also an adviser for the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.

Be My Friend: Utilizing Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to Engage and Interact with your Audience

October 7th. 1pm Central. Join eOrganic for a webinar on using social media for farmer and other audiences by Debbie Roos of North Carolina State University. Extension. The webinar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Attendees will be able to type in questions for the speaker. This webinar is part of the Excellence in Organic Extension Webinar Series, organized by Dr. Julie Grossman, Alan Meijer, and Thanwalee (JiJY) Sooksa-nguan of North Carolina State University. Register now at

Risk Management for Pesticides and Honey Bees

October 8th. 7pm. Central. Presenter: Tom Moriarty, Team Leader, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs' Pesticide Re-evaluation Division & Meredith Laws, Branch Chief, Registration Division. The third in a five-part series of presentations by the Environmental Protection Agency on pesticides risk to honey bees. This webinar will provide participants with an understanding of the EPA risk management process for pesticides and will discuss the factors considered by risk managers in making regulatory decisions. Participants will learn the difference between risk management and risk assessment and how one process informs the needs of the other. Topics will include management and protection goals and options available to risk managers for mitigating potential risks. The EPA Reduced Risk process will also be described. Preregistration is required:

Farm 2 School Webinar: Partnering with Cooperative Extension to Support Farm to School

October 9th. 12pm Central. Presenters: Julia Govis, Program Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension and Morgan Taggart, Program Specialist, Ohio State University Extension. Julia Govis from University of Illinois Extension will share information about how she is leading farm to school in Illinois through the development of educational resources and curriculum to support Extension work in its diverse program areas. Morgan Taggart from Ohio State University Extension will describe how OSU Extension has prioritized involvement in farm to school and how other Extension professionals in urban and suburban areas can be involved with farm to school related activities. Morgan will also share how she is currently involved with farm to school across the Cleveland area through school gardens, local food procurement, and local food and agriculture curriculum development/ instruction.

Affordable Care Act and Your Small Business

October 10th. 1pm Central. Join presenters Marilyn Schlake and Carol Welte, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension as they review what business owners need to know about the new Affordable Healthcare Act. Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) large employer (play or pay) mandate has been delayed until 2015, other ACA regulations are steadily moving forward, including opening of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) on October 1. There are many ACA regulations that have and will continue to impact small and large businesses. This webinar will highlight the different regulations and strategies businesses can use to manage the ACA. No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate.

Food Safety Modernization Act: Learn More and Speak Out!

October 10th. 3:30 Central. The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules this year that will have a huge impact on how fresh fruits and vegetables are grown and processed in the US.  This is a big deal for farmers and eaters! Everyone has a role in ensuring safe food from field to fork – but FDA’s new proposed rules as written will unfairly burden family farmers, target sustainable and organic farming, and reduce the availability of fresh, local food in our communities.  Right now, we have a chance to tell FDA that this is unacceptable – and we need your help to do it.  Whether you are a farmer, a concerned citizen, or represent an organization - sign up for this webinar today to learn more about the rules and how to speak out and spread the word!


Goat Bacon

Goats for sale!  10 billies and 10 does, born in April from a closed herd. Fed only grazing forages since being weaned.  50 to 70 pounds. Contact me soon before they head to the sale barn. Troy Kash-Brown, 402-476-9616, please leave message.

Cattle Load to Kearney

I have 5-6 yearlings (~400-500lbs) that I would like to take to Kearney sale barn in October (preferably 10/2 or 10/16). Just checking if there were any larger loads headed that way that had room for mine or smaller loads that we could group together to at least fill my/your stock trailer. I'd be coming from the Hebron, NE area in South Central/East Nebraska.

Sign-on Letter Opportunity

Dear Friends of Organic Farmers, Organic Farmers in Oregon need our help and they need it NOW. The farmers face the imminent prospect of losing the ability to protect themselves because out-of-state biotech interests are working behind the scenes to end local control and a local county's ability to establish protection for farmers including creating GE-Free zones. Ending local control is bad policy and the potential impact will adversely affect every American.

Heritage Breed Roosters

We have 5 Buckeye cockerels available, 4mo old. $10 ea or $30 for all 5. Contact Crystal at

Natural Fertilizer

If anyone is interested, I have quite a bit of wood shavings (pine) with lots of chicken manure, which has aged for about 5 weeks. This would be perfect for raspberry bushes, blueberry bushes, or any acid loving plants. Contact me if interested... I'm not charging anything for the natural fertilizer. Dan Hromas, 402-217-2797


NRCS EQIP Organic Initiative and Organic Dairy Farms Webinar

October 17. Join eOrganic for a webinar on NRCS programs for organic dairy farms with Oregon Tilth's Sarah Brown. The webinar is free and open to the public and advance registration is required. This webinar will provide information on the EQIP Organic Initiative and how organic dairy farmers can use this program on their operations.

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