Monday, November 4, 2013

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

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.

Irrigation System Planning

November 4th. Irrigation System Planning for Horticulture Crops with Bob Schultheis, MU Extension Regional Ag and Natural Resources Engineer - 7-8:30 pm. Log in under guest with your own name at

A Novel Nutritional Approach to Rearing Organic Pastured Broiler Chickens

November 5. Join eOrganic for a webinar on a nutritional approach to rearing organic pastured broiler chickens by Michael Lilburn of the Ohio State University. Novel cereal grains produced on the farm, such as naked oats, could help reduce the cost of organic poultry feed. This webinar will discuss naked oats as an ingredient and the results from experiments in which pastured organic broilers have been fed diets containing 75% naked oats. Registration is free and open to the public and advance registration is required.

High Tunnel 101

November 5. Bettendorf, Iowa. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of meetings this fall for growers producing crops in high tunnels. High Tunnel 101 is 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.

Vegetable Grafting Symposium

November 6. Online. The 2nd Vegetable Grafting Symposium focuses on development of grafting technology to improve sustainability and competitiveness of the US fruiting vegetable industry. The event is being convened by a USDA SCRI-Supported University-USDA-Industry Team and is hosted by the Annual International Research Conference on Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Emissions Reductions(MBAO). The symposium will summarize the current status and expected future of grafting as a technology for enhancing U.S. vegetable production systems, examining profit, resource efficiency, and sustainability.

The Missing Piece and Field of Dreams

November 6th. 1pm. Kirsten Lackstrom, Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA), will provide an overview of drought impacts research, discussing “The Missing Piece,” the results of a workshop on drought impacts held in Tucson in March. Alison Meadow, Southwest Climate Science Center at the University of Arizona’s Institute for the Environment, will present an overview of her assessment of Arizona DroughtWatch, a drought impacts collection program, which is being published in an article in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society called “Field of Dreams or Dream Team?” Recommended by the EDEN CoP and Drought Resources team, this webinar is presented by the Engaging Preparedness Communities working group of the National Integrated Drought Information System. This is the first in a webinar series that will explore current research and applications on drought impacts. Understanding impacts helps planners, decision makers and resource managers reduce vulnerability to future droughts. Register here to gain access to the webinar.

Discovering Hidden Feed Costs for the Milking Herd

November 7th. 12pm Central. Presenter: Dr. Michael Brouk, Kansas State University. Unsure of where your dairy's feeding program might be leaking money? Dr. Brouk will help you do a little detective work to identify some common sources of unseen feed costs in a dairy herd. Just a few areas he plans to cover include commodity shrink, mixer errors, refusals, and expense of inventory. Note: After clicking the link to go to the meeting, you will need to select "Enter as a Guest" to join the online meeting. You will not need any login credentials to attend.

SNR Research Seminar - Steve Comfort

Wednesday, November 6th. 3:30 pm-4:30 pm. Dr. Steve Comfort, Professor and Soil Environmental Chemist in the School of Natural Resources will present a seminar entitled "My water is contaminated, now what? How UNL's Environmental Restoration Science program can help."

Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska Harvest Celebration

Harvest Celebration 2013. Thursday, November 7th. 5:00 pm-8:00 pm. We are celebrating the abundant harvest of local food! Food raised in season by our Nebraska small to mid-scale family farmers and ranchers. This seasonal celebration is held in recognition of those who raise our food and sell direct to the consumer. We also thank those who support our’ markets, restaurants & bakeries, grocers, specialty stores & co-ops, schools & institutions, Buy Fresh Buy Local Friends & sponsors. This year’s celebration will be held November 7th at East Campus Union Prairie Suite. Doors open at 5:00 pm, with heavy hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 and live auction to begin at 6:30. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for non-members, kids under 10 are free. The price of the ticket includes UNL parking pass ($6.00). Purchase your tickets by November 4, contact or call 402-472-5273.

Crop Insurance

November 5 – “Crop Insurance by Written Agreement for Apple Orchards in Iowa” – Phil Larabee. Learn the timelines to report and apply for insurance, and the recordkeeping and other requirements to gain crop loss protection. Phil Larabee’s mother-in-law, Diane Gravert, owns Gravert's Apple Basket Orchard near Sabula, Iowa, which is managed by Phil’s wife, Laura. The orchard lost 100 percent of its crop in 2005, and more than 50 percent in 2006, both due to late-spring freezes. Phil saw a need for risk management and applied his skills as a licensed insurance agent to successfully insure the orchard’s apple crop, which has been insured since 2009. While apples are federally insurable in the U.S., coverage is not available in Iowa – but Phil obtained insurance by Written Agreement, a USDA Risk Management Agency document designed to provide crop insurance for insurable crops when coverage or rates are unavailable.

Legal Financial Clinic

Thursday, November 7. Grand Island. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up

Holistic Management – Fall Grazing Plans

Friday, November 8. Hastings. Central Community College. $40 registration required, includes lunch and breaks.  For more information call 402-461-2441.

Ecology from the ground up

November 7th. 3:30 pm. School of Biological Sciences Seminar - Kabir Peay, Stanford University. “Ecology from the ground up: A roots-to-biomes look at mycorrhizal community structure & function”. All School of Biological Sciences Seminars are free and open to the public.

Optimal Surface Water-Groundwater Management: The Importance of Hydrology and Irrigation Technology

Department of Agricultural Economics Seminar Series. Optimal Surface Water-Groundwater Management: The Importance of Hydrology and Irrigation Technology. Friday, November 8th. 3:00 pm. Kelly Cobourn, Virginia Tech University


Finished Beef for Sale

We are taking 5 beef to the Cordova Locker tomorrow and we still need to find a home for 1 1/2 of them.  These beef have been raised on grass for most of their lives and then finished the last few months on organic alfalfa and transitional non-GMO corn.  We do not feed any antibiotics or growth hormones.  We’ve been direct marketing to the consumer for over 20 years. If you are interested please let us know as soon as possible.  The beef will hang at the locker for 2 weeks before being processed. Dave & Deb Welsch, 402-826-5361,,

Portable Grain Dryer

Does anyone have a portable grain dryer to sell or lease? I  found on the internet a grain chief dryer of about 250 bu capacity with LP heat. The ad was two years old.   Something like that.  I have 1300 bu of millet to dry down. Thanks.  Carl B. Engstrom 402-327-9936

Live Goose Wanted

I have a friend wanting a goose (no particular breed, preferably female) to join her male for a companion on her farm north of Denton. She has had the male for about 8 years (lost the 2 others that she had). Amber,

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

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 option that might be a good fit for them.

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.

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,

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

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.


13th Annual Iowa Organic Conference

November 17-18. Iowa City, Iowa. An event directed towards organic and conventional farmers, Extension staff, industry representatives, and students who want to learn more about science-based research in organic agriculture and practical applications for your farming system. There will be 15 workshop sessions, over 40 educational and industry exhibits on display, a film showing of “GMO-OMG” and a keynote presentation provided by Bob Quinn. Click here for more information.

Aquaponics Farming, Energy-Saving Lighting Discussed in Farm Energy Webinar

November 12. 12 p.m. A Minnesota gardener will discuss his indoor aquaponics vegetable gardening system that produces plants such as lettuce, leafy vegetables and herbs that are raised symbiotically with the fish. The fish provide fertilizer for the plants while the plants clean the water for the fish in a closed-loop system. For more information or to register, contact Jeff Beneke, working group coordinator, (319)

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