Monday, October 28, 2013

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Causes of honey bee decline

Tuesday, October 29th. 4:00 pm-5:00 pm. "Causes of honey bee decline" by Dr. Yves Leconte, Director of INRA Honey Bee Research Laboratory, Avignon, France. Location, East Campus 

National Small Farm Trade Show and Conference

November 1-2. Columbia, Missouri. The National Small Farm Trade Show & Conference is the largest annual small farm show in the United States. The exhibition hall features 100+ vendors, with seminars, three-hour short courses and talks in the Farmers' Forum, demonstrations, exhibits, association meetings, and more. The conference again features successful farmers communicating their methods to fellow farmers. Both traditional and alternative farming enterprises are covered for full- and part-time farmers, ranchers, gardeners, and landowners.

Kansas Rural Center’s 2013 Farm & Food Conference

November 2. Newton, Kansas. This year's conference theme will be "Farming as if People Matter: How to Feed Ourselves, Build New Farms and Adapt to a Changing World." The conference will feature keynote speaker Wes Jackson. The day-long event will offer 14 workshop sessions that cover topics including family farm transitions; farming with limited access to land, credit and capital; pricing of farm products for local markets; encouraging pollinators; Farm to School; emerging policy issues in Kansas; building soil health; crop insurance for specialty crops and organic; establishing community gardens, and more.

Food Safety for Artisan Cheese Making

October 29. Northwood, Iowa. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Midwest Dairy Association are sponsoring a Food Safety for Artisan Cheese Making workshop. The one-day workshop will provide key information on food safety specifically designed for artisan/farmstead cheese makers. The workshop will include a review of the key aspects of micro-organisms most relevant to cheese safety; teach best practices to maintain, monitor and control cheese making operation to manage food safety concern; and use case studies to highlight specific practices important for artisan cheese making operations.

High Tunnel 101

October 29. Adel, Iowa. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting a series of meetings this fall for growers producing crops in high tunnels. "High Tunnel 101" workshop is offered for current commercial fruit or vegetable growers and traditional farmers interested in diversifying their production. Topics to be covered at the workshop include site and high tunnel selection, construction, soil management, irrigation, pest management, bed design, and cropping systems. A high tunnel manual also will be provided.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Thursday, October 31. Norfolk. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Nebraska Hop Growers Association

NHGA meeting November 3rd. Officers meeting from 12-12:45pm and from 12:45-3 meeting will be open to members/brewers, and potential members. The meeting will take place at Nebraska brewing company in Papillion. Please try to attend.

Roof Runoff Management: Planning and Design of Water Harvesting Systems

October 30. Online. This webinar will cover the basics of planning and design of a roof runoff system. Sizing of gutters and downspout system components will be discussed. Storage of roof runoff for useful purposes and trench drains will be discussed briefly. This webinar is sponsored by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center.

Fall Forage Tour: Converting Sunlight, Soil and Water into Beef

November 1 or 2. Courtland, Kansas. Every year agronomist Dale Strickland has a test plot of a very wide variety of forages used for grazing. Tour participants are able to walk out across the test plot, among his cattle, and visualize the grazing results. Cattle know what tastes best and vote accordingly with their consumption.

Don't Bug Me Webinar: Keep Ants off the Thanksgiving Table

November 6th. 1pm. Dr. Karen Vail, a Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Tennesee, will explain how to keep ants from getting into your house, and how to get rid of them once they are there. This webinar is part of the 2013 Don't Bug Me Webinar Series, brought to you by eXtension and its participating Cooperative Extension Institutions. The series is coordinated by the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Community of Practice. See

Growing Up WILD

Monday, October 28. 3:00-6:00pm. University of Nebraska - Lincoln, East Campus. To register, e-mail  All workshops are FREE to attend, pre-registration is required. Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature. This program invites children to explore wildlife and the world around them through a wide range of fun and engaging activities and experiences. Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive attitudes and behaviors about nature and life-long social and academic skills. Activities are designed for children ages 3-7 years old.

WEBINAR: Know What You Are Spending

November 7th. 8pm. Spending in the Dark  by Bill Taylor, Area Extension Educator. How much are you going to spend for Christmas gifts this year? How much do you have to spend? Without a spending record and prior planning, you will just be spending in the dark again this holiday season and then hoping you either have enough to cover it or take most of 2014 trying to get caught up, so you can do it all over again. Learn how to lay it out ahead of time and finish the holidays without extra bills. Join online meeting:

Doing Policy Relevant Research on Water, Food and Agriculture: Examples from India

Water for Food Policy Seminar: Aditi Mukherji. Monday, October 28th. 3:00 pm-4:00 pm. Nebraska East Union in Lincoln. Mukherji will talk about her experience doing policy relevant research on water, food and agriculture in India and discuss how one such piece of research led to changes in Groundwater Law and electricity policies in the state of West Bengal. She will first outline the challenges of managing water for food security in Asia and elsewhere and provide a short glimpse of her research in the Nile Basin, Central Asia and in Bangladesh. Much of this research was motivated by a simple question: ‘why do farmers do what they do’? And answers, she often found, lie in the arena of policies, institutions and markets. She will then focus on one particular thread of research she has been pursuing for the last decade. It looks at water, food and energy nexus in India in general and juxtaposes two opposite phenomena: one of groundwater over-exploitation in northern and southern India and that of groundwater underdevelopment in eastern India. Difference in regional intensity of groundwater use, she posits, is related to differences in energy policy and public discourses around water, food and the role of farmers. Using an example from her own state of West Bengal, she will show how policies governing groundwater use has had very little to do with groundwater resource conditions per se, but a lot more to do with politics and public perceptions about the resource. Mukherji will discuss how her research was able to identify some of the impediments faced by farmers in accessing groundwater, and how through direct interactions with highest level policy makers in the state, she was able to communicate her research results to them. This in turn led to changes in Groundwater Law and electricity policies in 2011. She will conclude the talk by giving a brief update on implementation of these changes on the ground and delineate areas for further research. Contact, Dana Ludvik,

The Importance of Common Bean in Human Health: Building the Case for Increased Emphasis in Dietary G

Wednesday, October 30th. 12:00 pm-1:00 pm. Dr. Henry Thompson, professor and director, Colorado State University, Cancer Prevention Laboratory, will present at the Nebraska Gateway to Nutrigenomics Fall Seminar Series at noon. His talk is entitled, "The Importance of Common Bean in Human Health: Building the Case for Increased Emphasis in Dietary Guidance." All interested faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend this free seminar. Additional Public Info: For additional information about the NGN Seminar Series, go to

SNR Research Seminar

Wednesday, October 30th. 3:30 pm-4:30 pm. Dr. Ulf Buentgen, Head of Dendroecology at the Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape will present a seminar entitled "Frontiers in tree-ring research at the interface of archaeology, climatology and ecology." Website:

The Angels' Share: Alcohol air pollution and fungal ecosystems

Fall 2013 Biotechnology / Life Sciences Seminar Series. Dr. James Scott, University of Toronto. Wednesday, October 30th. 4:00 pm-5:00 pm. “The Angels' Share: Alcohol air pollution and fungal ecosystems,” will be presented by Dr. James Scott, University of Toronto. A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Food Safety Education for Hispanic and Native American Audiences Using the Conceptual Change Model

STEM Education Seminar. Thursday, October 31st. 2:00 pm-3:00 pm. Dr. Julie Albrecht, Extension Specialist, will present a seminar titled: "Food Safety Education for Hispanic and Native American Audiences Using the Conceptual Change Model." The development of a food safety education program for Hispanic and Native American families with young children will be described and its effectiveness analyzed. For more information about the seminar series:

The biogeography of avian migration: towards a population-level perspective

Thursday, October 31st. 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.

Water for Food Policy Seminar: Challenges and Opportunities for Resilient Groundwater Management

Friday, November 1st. 10:00 am-11:00 am. Nebraska East Campus Union.  The links between groundwater, rural economies, streams and instream ecosystems have been the subject of extended litigation, media coverage, and academic and government study. Common themes include alarm over long-term groundwater depletion and drought-driven annual drawdowns, the impending transition from irrigated to dryland agriculture, and damages to surface water resources and groundwater-dependent ecosystems species from surface water-groundwater interaction. In response to concerns about water use, there has been localized, rapid innovation in groundwater management institutions. In the United States, changes have generally occurred as a result of either legal impositions on water management districts or a desire to preserve a rural way of life for future generations. For example, quantification, metering, and enforcement of groundwater pumping rights have been established in a few water districts in the United States, as well as elsewhere in the world. Nascent groundwater pumping permit markets are emerging, and voluntary reductions in agricultural groundwater pumping and major changes to water rights systems have been implemented. This seminar will discuss current challenges and opportunities – both theoretical and applied – for the analysis, development, and implementation of effective and robust groundwater management.


Seeking Land Options

As another growing season ends, two farmers are graduating from the Community CROPS' training farm at Prairie Pines. Both Carla Stormberg and Mohamed Jalloh have been farming for the last three years and are looking to find land to continue their operations on. Both grow vegetables for restaurants, grocery stores and other speciality markets in the Lincoln area.  Carla and Mohamed are interested in renting 1/4 an acre or more of crop land 10-20 minutes out side of Lincoln. They both live on the north-west side of town and are interested in places between Lincoln and Raymond, Emerald or Denton. Please contact them directly at their emails ( and if you know of land options that might be a good fit for them.

Guernsey Bull Calf for Sale

We have a healthy 2 week old Guernsey Bull Calf we are selling.  Call402-780-5287 if you are interested.  $150. Melissa

Non GMO Yellow Corn for Sale

I have approximately 9,000 bushels of Non GMO yellow corn for sale.  This should be ready to harvest the last week of October.  I don't have storage or a truck to haul it, so I need some buyers who can come and get it as it is harvested.  This field is south of Utica.  Email me, or call 402-617-1718.

Imants Spader Available

On behalf of George Myers.  He's looking to sell this 4' Imants spader.  Excellent low-impact tillage tool for vegetable production.  It needs at least a 40 HP tractor to run, preferably more.  George has expressed interest in selling to a group of smaller growers who could buy and use it collaboratively.  It's currently located just outside Lincoln.  Please reply with any questions or for more photos.  Thanks. Justin G. Jones,

Seed Garlic for Sale

We've planted our garlic and have extra to sell! The bulbs are already split and the cloves need to be planted ASAP. This seed garlic was purchased from Irish Eyes Garden Seeds. We've got: German Red Garlic (hardneck) - 12 lbs for $75, Spanish Roja Garlic (hardneck) - 7 lbs for $45. We are not interested in selling in small amounts, so please be prepared to buy all of one variety. We paid the shipping and we broke the bulbs, so this is at cost pricing. Chloe & Alex,

Spent Grains/Foods Desired

We are going to be over-wintering our first pigs this year in order to do our first on farm farrowing next spring.  To make this an economic possibility we are asking if you know of any sources of brewer’s grain, expired vegetables, post-Halloween pumpkins, apple-cider mash, or the like within 50 miles or so of Blair, NE. Michelle and Ben Godfrey, Paradise In Progress Farms,

Alfalfa & Straw Needed

I want to buy 18 alfalfa bales (4th cutting) and 12 straw bales. I also require delivery, because I don't have a trailer and thus couldn't pick them up. If anyone can help, please give me a call at 402-217-2797. Dan Hromas

Land Pride 1572 Disc

I have one for sale.  Little used and stored inside. Myrna Brown.

Head-gate & Mulch-Layer Needed

Friends:I am looking for a couple of items for our operation.  I'd appreciate if anyone knows of the following that might be for sale in the region, in good working order:1.  Head-gate for working cattle. 2.  Mulch-layer, towed behind tractor for laying plastic mulch for planting beds. Merlin Friesen,

Robinette Farms Draft Horse Power Fundraising Campaign

We have just launched a fundraising campaign to add draft horses to our farm with the goal of improving the sustainability of our farming operation and we need your help! We will soon be purchasing a team of draft horses and their harness, but we need to raise money to improve a barn and buy equipment.   Please visit our campaign by clicking this link, pledge if you are able, and please please please spread the word by sharing our posts on Facebook and retweeting on Twitter!

One-Cert Job Announcement

Full-time Organic Certification Specialist. To review crops, livestock and/or handling reports for compliance to the National Organic Program (NOP). This position offers the opportunity to work in office or remotely and may also include training for on-site inspection of facilities requesting certification. More information, contact Sam at  sam@onecert.comTo apply: Submit cover letter and resume to OneCert, 2219 C Street, Lincoln, NE 68502 or

UNL Wants Applicants for Chance to win $100,000 Ag. Prize

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is hosting information sessions about an agriculture competition with a $100,000 grand prize. The Ag Innovation Prize is seeking entries that will improve agriculture to change the world. The contest offers a $100,000 grand prize, four final prizes worth $25,000 each and an "audience favorite" prize of $15,000. The university's Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program is hosting the sessions to encourage people to enter. The sessions are scheduled on Oct. 23 at UNL's East and City Campuses, and Oct. 25 in the Sycamore Room of the Nebraska East Union, from noon to 1 p.m. A brainstorming session is scheduled on Oct. 30 in the Nebraska East Union, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Tom Field at

2014 Summer Intern

My name is Kenneth J Roche’ (Kenny) from Denver, Co.  and I am  2nd. yr. Doctoral student at UNL Doctor of Plant Health Program (DPH).  †DPH is a professional doctorate program with a comprehensive approach to plants and agriculture. The program emphasizes a broad interdisciplinary education across all plant-related disciplines, practical learning, experience through internships, and research. My focus and interest lies within small scale urban/peri-urban sustainable food production. I am particularly interested in urban homesteading that includes small livestock, vegetable production, hoophouse/greenhouse and aquaponics. In other words year around food production. I am currently looking for summer 2104 internship opportunities. I have attached my resume for interested parties. Kenny, devobrew@hotmail.com720/291/3074. Find the rest of the information from the list serv posting.


Cultivating Our Food, Farms and Future: 4th National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture

November 6-8. Holiday Inn Airport. Des Moines, IA. Gather with women farmers, advocates and landowners from across the US engaged in healthy food and farming for a unique mix of sharing, learning, field tours, and seasonal food from Midwest women farmers! Click here for more information.

Taxes for Farmers 201 Webinar

November 5. This second webinar from the Countryside Conservancy features Mary Ann Burger, CPA and owner of The Number Manager Inc. The webinar 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.

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