Monday, February 3, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Food Safety in Organic Poultry Webinar

February 4. Online. Join eOrganic for a webinar on Food Safety in Organic Poultry Production by Irene Hanning-Jarquin and Sandra Diaz Lopez. The webinar will cover basic microbiology with respect to poultry production with a focus on foodborne pathogens. Pre-harvest, processing, and post-harvest intervention methods will be discussed. The objective is for the intended audience to gain familiarity with the aspects of food safety and an understanding of approaches that can be used as intervention practices. The webinar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

Insights from an Organic Certifier

February 4. Online. The NRCS East National Technology Support Center is launching its 2014 series of webinars on organic and sustainable agriculture with this free webinar.

Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network Webinar: Cooperative Interstate Shipment

February 4. Online. This Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar is presented in collaboration with USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Ohio and Wisconsin were the first two states to qualify for the new Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program, which allows state-inspected meats from qualifying plants to be shipped across state lines. On this webinar, state inspection program directors and plant operators from both Ohio and Wisconsin will tell us why their states signed up and how it's working out so far for the plants who are participating. The agencies will also describe the process they went through to qualify. An official from USDA-FSIS will provide background on the CIS program.

2014 Western Tree Care Workshops

North Platte. 
 Tuesday, February 4th. 
8:30 am-3:30 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. 
North Platte NRD Conference Room, 
100547 Airport Rd, 
Scottsbluff NE, C
Amy Seiler, 

Marketing for Profit: Tools for Success

February 4 or 5. Online. The Farmers' Market Federation of New York is offering a series of marketing webinars for direct marketing farmers. Each webinar is offered twice. This session is called "Drudgery that Pays Well! Maintaining Databases and Information," with Laura Biasillo, Ag Development Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County.

Harvesting Clean Energy

February 4-6. Helena, Montana. The 2014 Harvesting Clean Energy will draw participants from a diverse range of fields - from farmers, ranchers, and other rural land owners, to agriculture and forest-based businesses and organizations, facility managers and food processors, to rural utilities, lenders, economic development leaders and elected officials, and representatives of local, state, federal and tribal agencies and clean energy firms, consultants, and supporters. Hear from leading experts and practitioners about the steps to successful clean energy projects that can help you cut costs and diversify revenue for your business or facility operations—be it on the farm, in the forest or in the city. Learn how you can improve efficiencies and produce clean energy, feedstocks, and co-products for yourself and for market. The renewable energy opportunities addressed include biofuels, woody biomass, microhydro, geothermal, solar, wind and combined heat and power.

Consider Food Safety Requirements for GMOs Before Starting Development

Wednesday, February 5th. 

4:00 pm-5:00 pm. 
Presented by Dr. Richard Goodman, UNL Internal Speaker. 
 A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. 
Additional Public Info: Open to the public. Beadle Center, 
1901 Vine Street, Lincoln. 
Spring 2014 Biotechnology/Life Sciences Seminar Series (link)

Getting Started With Organic Vegetable Pest Control Webinar

February 5. Online. This evening webinar is part of the ongoing 2014 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series from Michigan State University Extension.

Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Organic Pest Management: Insects

February 6. 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 session is presented by Rick Weinzierl, University of Illinois Extension Specialist, Entomology, Department of Crop Sciences.

"925,000 Campsites: The Commodification of an American Experience"

Friday, February 7th. 4:30 pm. In conjunction with his exhibit at the College of Architecture, Martin Hogue, William Munsey Kennedy Jr. fellow at the State University of New York's Department of Landscape Architecture, will give a lecture on this and other research projects. A reception will follow immediately in the College of Architecture, 10th and R Streets. Using author-produced maps and diagrams, as well as a collection of archival materials, the exhibit examines how this cultural ideal of rugged American character came to be appropriated and transformed into widely replicated templates and generic spatial protocols. Location:  Room: Reception following at College of Architecture. Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

"The Maximilian-Bodmer Expedition"

Friday, February 7th. 

5:00 pm-7:00 pm. 
Karl Bodmer's vivid reflection of the landscapes, wildlife, frontier settlements, and American Indian peoples that he and Prince Maximilian of Wied encountered during their expedition of 2,500 miles along the upper Missouri River in 1832-1834. The exhibit is equipped with a mobile phone tour enabling visitors to learn about the expedition while they view the artwork. 
Free Admission. 
Great Plains Art Museum, 
1155 Q St., Hewit Place,

All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: If Flowers are Restaurants to Bees, Then What Are Bees to Flowers?

February, 7th. 1pm Central. Learn how bees help flowers and therefore help feed the world.  Find out what you can do to help encourage these valuable pollinators.  This webinar will be presented by Dr. John Skinner, a Professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee.  Moderated by Danielle Carroll, Regional Extension Agent, Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Click here to login as a guest and participate in the live event. For more webinars in this series, see All Bugs Good and Bad 2014 Webinar Series.  The  webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities of Practice: Imported Fire Ants, Urban IPM, Bee Health, Invasive Species and Gardens and Landscapes; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

A visit to Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal: The Giants of the Horticultural Arts

Friday, February 7th. 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. Seminar presented by Ellen Paparozzi, professor, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture. Department of Agronomy & Horticulture Seminar. Keim Hall on UNL's East Campus in Lincoln. 

Horsin Around 2014 

Featuring Tommy Sheets from New Albany, Indiana. Saturday, February 8th. In its 22nd year, UNL’s Horsin Around continues to treat the Midwest horse industry with some of the country’s elite trainers that are rarely available in the area. The 2014 edition of Horsin Around will be another rare opportunity to learn from one of the best coaches of youth and amateurs as Tommy Sheets, from New Albany, Indiana will be the feature trainer. Please visit the site below for more information:

Your Path from Farm to Fork: Choosing Humanely & Sustainably-Raised Foods

February 8th. Omaha. A seminar for consumers seeking alternatives to factory farmed food. Doors open at 10:00AM, presentations start at 10:30AM. A locally-sourced, gourmet buffet lunch will be provided! Fort Omaha Campus, Swanson Conference Center, Bldg 22. MCC Institute for the Culinary Arts (Campus entrance at 32nd & Sorensen Pkwy) . $25.00. Presentation topics include: the costs associated with buying humanely-raised food; why local farmers employ high animal welfare standards to provide sustainable food for Nebraska families; and what methods are easiest for making purchases of these products. Special guest speakers include: Chef Clayton Chapman, Owner of The Grey Plume—discussing humane options for dining out and what products will be offered at the grand opening of The Grey Plume Provisions, a retail complement to Chapman’s award-winning restaurant. Chef Brian O’Malley, Faculty Member, MCC Institute for the Culinary Arts—offering insight into how local chefs support eating with a conscience. Space is limited, RSVP is required! Contact with any questions.

Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop

February 8th. This workshop, part of the Amazing Grazing Series of Educational Events, will be offered February 8, 2014 at Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 1616 W. Crawford St. in Salina, KS. 785-823-1791. Dr Lynn Locatelli of Cattlexpressions is a student of renowned animal handling expert Bud Williams. Dr Lynn began her veterinary career in Benkelman, Nebraska after graduating from UC Davis, and has 19 years of experience in both large animal veterinary practice and consultation. She educates many by private consultation and as a national and international speaker at veterinary seminars and cattleman’s conferences. She resides in Watrous, New Mexico. Everyone has a little different opinion about what low stress animal handling means. Plan to attend this Low Stress Cattle Handling session to learn cattle handling techniques that will improve cattle health, well being, performance, handler safety and profitability in your operation. Registration for the day is $25.00 and can be done by going to You can register online or download a registration form and mail it to the address given. For questions or folks with no email to register: Call Mary Howell at 785-562-8726.

Nebraska Hop Growers Meeting

12pm. February 8th. Infusion Brewery, Omaha.


Sourcing items for the NSAS conference menu

Hello NSAS Farmer Friends, Hopefully this finds you all well.  We are getting close to the annual conference again!!  It's always such a nice time to catch up with old friends, learn something new, and enjoy some food that is sourced from our local food growers.   We are working to finalize the menu for the conference and would request that you check your stores and see what you could contribute (sell, discount or donate) for the three meals we put on.  Consider:  root crops, other veg you may have stored, apples, nuts, cheese, meat, eggs, flour, ??? No Item may be to small to be considered.  Garnishes, break items... Please see what you could offer and reply to   Our conference meals are always the best of any conference!  Help make it happen again!!

Land for Rent

For immediate rent--101 acres, 12 way cover crops for livestock grazing--2' tall--at Douglas, NE. Contact Mike at 402.314.1571, 

Veggie Producers

I have accepted a research gig (volunteer) to come up with a list of ag producers (not grain) who are selling produce and/or animal products into the Lincoln and/or Omaha markets, or have the capability and interest to do so. If you are such a person, please contact me off-list at the email address below and provide me with: Name, address, email address, and a very brief description of what you grow/raise.  Example below: Gene Gage, Heartland Organics, Martell,, sustainably grown veg and herbs. I will compile the list, organize it as best I can, and give it to the Lincoln Foodshed Working Group, a volunteer, non-profit group of Lincoln foodies. But I have to acknowledge that I have not a clue about what they intend to do with it.

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,, 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

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.  We have numerous opportunities  to participate including young and beginning farmer rates, family packages, and member discounts. To register for the conference please visit,  

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