Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

"Meeting Global Food and Fiber Demand Through Innovations in Agriculture: How do Entomologists in the Ag Biotech Industry Contribute to This Process?

Entomology Lecture. 
 Tuesday, January 21st. 
4:00 pm-5:00 pm. 
Contact: J
eri Cunningham, 

Basic Prescribed Burn Workshop

Tuesday, January 21st, 
 Chadron. Wednesday, January 22nd, Grand Island. Thursday, January 23rd, Lincoln & North Platte. 
Guidance and instructions for people with or without prescribed burning experience. See www.NebraskaPF.com for more info.

Estate and Transition Workshops

Tuesday, January 21. Norfolk. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Using Contans for White Mold Management on Organic Farms Webinar

January 21. Join eOrganic for a webinar on Using Contans (Coniothyrium minitans) for White Mold Management on Organic Farms, by Alex Stone of Oregon State University. She will discuss the life cycles of the biocontrol agent Contans and the white mold pathogen (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum). Farmers will learn how to incorporate Contans into an integrated white mold management program. http://www.extension.org/pages/69132


National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. January 22. 1:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern. Highlights of the AERC program area, eligibility requirements, and other aspects of the following five programs will be discussed along with questions and answers. http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/afri-aerc/

Online Invasive Plant Short Course

January 22 – 23. Online Invasive Plant Short Course, will provide in-depth learning about the topics you’d expect in a traditional invasive plants field course.  These include the principles of integrated weed management herbicide modes of action, mapping and spatial distribution analysis of invasive plant species population, restoration, and much more. Visit http://ipscourse.unl.edu/ for more course and registration information.

Water Seminar Series

Williams Lecture: Rural Private Wells: Concerns and Well Owner Responsibilities. Wednesday, January 22nd. 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. Hardin Hall in Lincoln. Contact: Steven Ress, 402-472-9549sress@nebraska.edu

Dr. Marion Ellis Retirement Reception

Thursday, January 23rd. All day. A retirement reception for Dr. Marion Ellis will be held from 3:00–5:00 p.m. with remarks at 3:30 p.m. Nebraska East Union

Webinar: New USDA Cover Crop Termination Policy

January 23. 2 p.m. More than ever before, farmers are planting cover crops because they retain soil moisture, reduce erosion, and maximize profitability.  Given these, and other, recognized conservation benefits of cover crops, USDA directed an interagency task force to put together cover crop termination guidelines so farmers who adopt this practice do not lose their crop insurance coverage.   This webinar will feature short presentations by experts in cover crops and crop insurance policy.  They will explain the new cover crop termination guidelines and then answer any questions from webinar participants about how these new guidelines will affect farmers on the ground. Learn more information and register here. https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/789127970

Introduction to Holistic Management Course

January 23-24. Ames, Iowa. A series of Holistic Management short courses will be held in the Iowa-southern Minnesota region during 2014. The workshops, which are being co-sponsored by the Land Stewardship Project and Practical Farmers of Iowa, will cover financial planning, planned grazing, and biological monitoring, among other things. http://landstewardshipproject.org/posts/542

Pumpkins and Gourds

January 23. 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 webinar is presented by Nathan Johanning, University of Illinois Extension Small Farms/Local Foods Educator. https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=8854

Legal and Financial Clinic

Friday, January 24. 
Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Climate Change: The Latest Findings and What We Must Do

Winter Lecture Series. Sunday, January 26th. 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Climate change is the focus of the 2014 Winter Lecture Series that will take place on several Sunday evenings at Hardin Hall auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public. Room: 107 (auditorium), Hardin Hall in Lincoln. 


Feeder Pigs Available

Hello All! --Due to a recent accident, Alex will not be working on the farm this summer and we are temporarily downsizing many of our operations. We have 8 feeder pigs available for sale.  They came to us in November from Larry and Lanette Stec at Erstwhile Farm, and we estimate their average current weight at 140 lbs. They have been fed with feed ground by Mike Ostry and Family at Wagon Wheel Farm in Bruno, NE that is based on their certified organic corn, peas, wheat, barley and oats. We are asking $250 each, but are open to other offers. Thanks! Alex & Chloe, Robinette Farms, 17675 SW 14th, Martell, NE  68404,402.794.4025robinettefarms.comfacebook.com/robinettefarms

Seeking Land for Veggie Production

Hello everyone. I am sending this out to begin the search for land for our farm, Cook Grow Sew, to continue our Vegetable production and possibly begin the expansion into raising animals. We have been renting a small plot of land (1 acre) for the last 2 years in Northeast Lincoln from Sunwest farms, and this year might be our last. We currently live in that part of Lincoln so it has been an ideal situation when it comes to managing the daily commute, but we are open to options. Ideally we would like to find a place we can be on for a longer period of time, as building soil is a time consuming and dedicated process. I have talked to a couple of folks and gotten some leads, but so far nothing has panned out.  We really appreciate any information that could help us to continue to grow local food for our community. Thanks, Jeremiah Picard, Cookgrowsew.com, 402.570.3746

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 @ mdl1356@gmail.com

Naturalist Position Available

The Nebraska Game & Parks Commission is now hiring for a naturalist to plan, coordinate and present a wide variety of environmental education and outdoor skills programs to a range of audiences. Programs may include: outdoor skills (fishing, etc.), natural history (bird watching, insects, mammals, etc.), other sciences (amateur astronomy, geology, paleontology), guide hikes, night programs and others. The position will be located in the Nebraska Panhandle and cover Fort Robinson State Park, Chadron State Park and Wildcat Hill State Recreation area. Closing date: February 7, 2014. For more information, please visit http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/admin/jobs for the official job announcement. To apply, please visit www.statejobs.nebraska.gov


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.  We have numerous opportunities to participate including young and beginning farmer rates, family packages, and member discounts. To register for the conference please visit, http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-healthy-farms-conference-tickets-8213056473  

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