Monday, January 13, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Basic Vaccinology: Why Vaccines Work or Don't Work

January 13th. 12pm. Vaccines are a vital part of maintaining the health and well-being of a dairy herd, but have you ever wondered about what makes them work? Dr. Dan Grooms will cover some of the basics of vaccinology, including basic immunology and how vaccines work, as well as the different types of vaccines and important considerations for designing and implementing a vaccine program for your farm.

Ranching for Profitability

January 13th, Broken Bow & Overton. January 14th, Stapleton & Kimball. 
 UNL specialists and educators will provide useful, research-backed information for producers who are still experiencing drought or wonder what to do in the next drought.  See more at or call 308-872-6831.

Webinar: Hosting On-Farm Events

January 13. 6 p.m. 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.

Tree Care Workshop

Tuesday, January 14. McCook. Wednesday January 15th, North Platte.  For public works employees, landscape managers, tree board volunteers, arborists, nursery and green industry professionals and landscape enthusiasts, these full-day workshops cover emerging issues in tree and landscape care.  See for more info.

Heuermann Lecture; Regaining the U.S. Lead in Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education

Tuesday, January 14th. 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Speaker/panelists Dan Glickman, former USDA Secretary of Agriculture; Philip G. Pardey, University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics and director of UNM International Science and Technology Practice and Policy Center; and Catherine Woteki, USDA under secretary for research, education and economics. Moderator is Ronnie Green, NU vice president and Harlan vice chancellor, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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

January 14. 1 p.m. 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.

Estate & Transition Workshops

Tuesday, January 14.  Ogallala. January 15th, Sidney. January 17th, Oshkosh. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

“Planning Your Diverse Crop and Livestock Farm Business” 

January 14th. Erin Wilson and Al Brudelie.  Hear farmers share their experiences creating and using the essential farm business plan, and learn to use FINPACK, software that can help crunch the numbers.

School for Organic Processing Entrepreneurs

January 14-April 22. Every Tuesday. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Building an organic food company? Get an advantage by getting informed at the early stages. These interactive classes will focus on business and operational issues, organic requirements and networking with professionals and other food entrepreneurs. The classes are hosted in Madison, Wis., but you can also participate online via interactive ‘real time’ streaming video. Take the entire short course or choose specific sessions. For more information and to register, click here.

2014 Western Tree Care Workshops

Tree Care Workshops for Western Nebraska - Winter 2014. Wednesday, January 15th. 8:30 am-5:30 pm. Developed specifically for public works employees, green industry professionals, and landscape enthusiasts, these full-day workshops cover emerging issues in tree and landscape care. West Central Research & Extension Center, 402 W State Farm Rd, North Platte NE 69101-7751

Water Seminar Series;  "Groundwater Quality in Nebraska"

Wednesday, January 15th. 3:30 pm-4:30 pm. Eight public lectures on a varied slate of state and regional water issues will form the University of Nebraska's spring semester water seminar series that begins Jan. 15 and runs through April. The seminars are free and open to the public. Location, Hardin Hall in Lincoln on UNL's East Campus. Contact: Steven Ress,

"Green Fire" Film Screening

W ednesday, January 15th. 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Join the UNL Wildlife Club for a screening of the award-winning film "Green Fire." A discussion of the film will take place with Dr. Scott Hygnstrom, professor and extension wildlife specialist at UNL's School of Natural Resources. The event is free and open to the public.  "Green Fire" is the first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold. The film highlights Leopold's extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land. Location: Hardin Hall in Lincoln. Contact: Scott Hygnstrom, 402-472-6822,

Webinar: NRCS EQIP Organic Initiative and Organic Dairy Farms

January 16 . Through the Environmental Quality Incentives (EQIP) Program’s Organic Initiative, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical assistance to certified organic, transitioning to organic, and exempt from certification producers. The Initiative also provides financial assistance for organic producers to address natural resource concerns related to organic production. This can include support developing a grazing plan, assistance with pollinator habitat and buffers, and manure management assistance. This webinar will provide information on the Organic Initiative and how organic dairy farmers can use this program on their operations. Learn more and register here.

Farm & Ranch Succession Series

Thursday, January 16. Gering. Workshop on Estate and Transition Planning, and use of the Limited Liability Company.  Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

An Experimental Case Study for Soil Health Webinar

January 16. The NRCS East National Technology Support Center launches its 2014 series of webinars on soil health with this free webinar. Join the webinar to learn about an experimental case study growing potatoes in Maine where improving soil health increased crop yield as much as supplemental irrigation. Status Quo, Soil Conserving, Soil Improving, and Disease Suppressive cropping systems were established and evaluated under both rainfed and irrigated management for their impacts on plant growth and yield, soil chemical-physical-biological properties, tuber diseases, soilborne diseases, foliar diseases, economics, and their interactions. Learn about the effects of the cropping systems on soil properties, how plant growth and yield responded to changes in soil health, and how management systems that improve soil health can reduce supplemental water needs.

An Overview of the Philosophy and History of Organic Agriculture

January 16. 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 webinar is presented by Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, University of Illinois Extension Small Farms/Local Foods Educator.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Thursday, January 16. Lexington. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Great Plains Winter Conference

January 16 – 17. Lincoln. Sponsored by the Nebraska Nursery & Landscape Association and the Nebraska Arborists Association.  See for more info.

Capturing Valuable Nutrients from Manure: Part 3

January 17th. 1:30pm. The next webcast is the last in a series of 3 webcasts that will focus on nutrient recovery from manure and will be held on January 17. The focus of part three will be on experiences with nutrient capture in New York, capture of nutrients from swine manure, and ammonia stripping.

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,


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!! Krista

FACT's Fund-a-Farmer Project - Call for Applications

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is now accepting grant applications from livestock farmers for its Fund-a-Farmer Project!   The Fund-a-Farmer Project provides grants to qualifying humane farmers who need assistance in improving the welfare of their farm animals. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded for projects that (1) help farms transition to pasture-based systems, (2) improve the marketing of their humane products, or (3) more generally enrich the conditions in which farm animals are raised. Working, independent family farmers that raise pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows and/or beef cattle are eligible to apply for any of the three types of grants.  Projects involving goats and sheep are only eligible for marketing grants.  Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by May 1, 2014 for awards made in August 2014. View guidelines and apply online at Contact Lisa at or 773-525-4952 with questions.  FACT will offer two online information sessions on the Fund-a-Farmer grant application process in February. Interested farmers can join us on February 11 @ 1pm CST/ 2pm EST or February 12 @ 6pm CST/ 7pm EST. Farmers can register online for either of these free sessions.

NRDC Growing Green Awards Requests Nominations

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Berkeley Food Institute have announced the 2014 Growing Green Awards to recognize leadership in the field of sustainable food systems. The 2014 national award categories are Sustainable Food and Farm Educator, Sustainable Livestock Producer, Pollinator Protector, and Regional Food Leader. Online applications accepted until January 31.

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 @


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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