Monday, January 6, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Water Listening Session

Tuesday, January 7th. 
1:00 pm-5:00 pm.
A stakeholder listening session will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Great Plains Room of the Nebraska East Union on the UNL East Campus. This stakeholder listening session is organized by IANR and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute. The goal is to listen to stakeholders and clientele in Nebraska and learn more about their priorities for research, education, and extension projects related to agricultural water quantity and agricultural water quality. A copy of stakeholder comments will be available after the listening session at:
Jill Brown, 

Microsoft 2010 Excel Basics

January 7th. 12pm. Microsoft Excel is an extremely powerful tool when used correctly.  This is the first presentation of a series on Microsoft Excel and will cover the basics. With the basics under your belt, you will be able to create complex planning and tracking documents. Using examples such as expense reports and invoices, we will explore these basic features. This session will be held using Google+ Hangouts on Air.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Wednesday, January 8, 
Fairbury. Thursday, January 9th, North Platte. 
Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up

Will poplar bioenergy farms maintain soil and water quality?

January 8th. 12pm. To identify potential environmental impacts of poplar biofuel feedstock cropping system, Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest is monitoring a number of soil quality and environmental parameters. Studies include soil organic matter, biological activity, physical structure, and chemical balance as well as net carbon loss, soil erosion, greenhouse gas emissions, and nutrient leaching. In this webinar, researchers from the University of Idaho present approaches and initial findings from three sets of environmental impact measurements: nutrient leaching, greenhouse gas fluxes, and soil biology. Please register for this webinar at

Marketing for Profit: Tools for Success

January 8 or 9. 

Farmers' Market Federation of New York is offering a series of free webinars for direct marketing farmers. Each webinar is offered twice. The topic for this session is "Keeping An Eye On Your Customers: Business Assessment," with Lindsay Ott Wilcox, Marketing Director, Clear Channel Radio. 

Controlling internal parasites in small and backyard poultry flocks

January 9th. 6pm. Keeping happy chickens means keeping them healthy. Internal parasites can be a problem when chickens are allowed to roam. Dr. Donna Carver from North Carolina State University will discuss controlling internal parasites in backyard flocks.

Crafting A Consistent Marketing Message!

January 9th. 1pm. Getting the attention of customers is harder today than ever before.  Learning how to craft a marketing message that draws customers to your website where the information you provide benefits them personally.  Crafting the message involves understanding landing pages, call to action, and relating that to your marketing goals. Glenn Muske, North Dakota State University Small Business Specialist, and Connie Hancock, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator, will provide tips on how to Craft that Marketing Message.

Great Plains Growers Conference & Trade Show

January 9-11. St. Joseph, Missouri. The Great Plains Growers Conference is made possible by six land grant universities and Extension services from the states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. This event includes a keynote address by conservation tillage pioneer Steve Groff. There will be pre-conference, all-day workshops on beekeeping, high tunnels, tree fruit, soils, and farm to school. Link:

Managing Layers on Pastures Webinar

January 9. Online. The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community, providing practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. Webinars are held from 1:00 - 2:30 pm on Thursdays and are free. This first webinar in the three-month series is presented by Kyle Cecil, University of Illinois Extension Small Farms/Local Foods Educator. Link:

Minnesota Organic Farming Conference

January 10-11. St. Cloud, MN. Lots of great food and fun with your fellow Minnesota organic enthusiasts. Large trade show, dozens of workshops, delicious organic meals, and plenty of networking opportunities! Find more details out here.

No-Till Organic Crop Rotation Workshop

January 11. 1:30 – 4 p.m. Columbus. Randy Anderson, USDA-ARS, a weed ecologist, will discuss the goal of his research program to develop a continuous no-till cropping system for organic producers. He will present results on converting red clover fields to cropland without tillage and describe a no-till cultural system that suppresses weed growth in soybean more effectively than tillage-based management. Though this is focused on organic producers, any producer wanting to decrease input costs will find this information useful. Producers using no-till rotations can learn more about how synergistic crop sequences are improving land productivity, farm economics, soil health and resource-use-efficiency in the semiarid Great Plains. UNL will share an update on organic research results using crimper and flamer to manage weeds. Cost to attend is $15 at the door. For more information, contact Liz Sarno at or 402-309-0944


Farmer hosts needed for Producers Choice Chef Award Dinner

We are looking for a few more farmers to host tables at the Producers Choice Chef Award Dinner January 19th.  Please read the following invite and respond to chefaward@gmail.comApplications will be accepted on a first come / first serve basis.  If your application is accepted, you will receive a second email with payment instructions. Complete details about the event including purchasing tickets can be found at, 
 Thanks for all that you do!! 

Custom Grazing/Finishing Available

Hope this finds everyone well. We've been blessed with the opportunity to lease some additional ground and are looking to take in some cattle in 2014. We can take them in at anytime. We have  turnips, organic cornstalks, creek/timber ground and hay that are available now until the growing season. From there, we will have warm season pastures and annual forages for grazing/finishing. Depending on timing and a few other factors, we can take in, up to, an additional 30-60 AU's. Since we are building our herd, we will consider cash or cows as payment. Please feel free to call me on my cell if you'd like to discuss further, 402-309-4088. Thank You, Jon

Veggie Farm for Rent

Small house, shed, garage, 2.5? acres. West Burnham Street. Near Pioneers Park. Recently renovated house.  Perfect for starter veg farm. Call Jeff at 402-429-9507.

Looking for Equipment

Anyone have a single row transplanter for sale or rent, suitable for bare rooted raspberrries? Mike @


Webinar: Hosting On-Farm Events

January 13. On-farm events are a great way to build support in the community. And, they’re a lot of fun! But as the saying goes, it’s always fun until someone loses an eye. Make sure your farm isn’t left with the short end of the stick after a good-intentioned event goes bad. From zoning compliance to guest injuries and serving prepared food, we’ll work through a checklist of things a farm should address before hosting an event. Register and learn more here.

Webinar: Late Blight of Tomato and Potato: Recent Occurrences and Management Experiences

January 14. This devastating disease has been occurring more often in the USA recently, especially on tomatoes. Beginning and experienced growers need to understand changes in the pathogen that account for this change and other facts about recent occurrences in order to manage late blight effectively. Another objective is to share information among researchers and growers about managing late blight with copper, biofungicides, and resistant varieties, and utility of the USABlight monitoring program and the Decision Support System. Learn more and register here.

Small Acreage Conference 

Saturday January 18. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.  9:00 AM.  Fort Calhoun. “Acreage Survival Skills”  This is the theme of the conference which will include 
concurrent talks by local alternative agriculture entrepreneurs, 
 Cooperative Extension Specialists and state wide sustainable  Paul Rohrbaugh, former Executive Secretary of the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society and a renowned sustainable agriculture farmer in Nebraska will serve as the keynote speaker  Informational and vendor booths will also be a part of the Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.  For information contact Sandy & Jerry Grove, 

2014 Healthy Farms Conference

February 14th & 15th. Kearney.  Deadline to reserve lodging is quickly approaching. $89.95/night good for single/ double/ triple/quadruple occupancy. To reserve a room call, 308.237.4400 and reserve a room under The Healthy Farms Conference reservations.    Reserve by January 14th. 

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