Monday, February 17, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

February 17th. 7pm Central. Is free and will air online. A Chipolte original comedy series that explores outrageously twisted and utterly unsustainable world of industrial agriculture. parties available across the state including at NSAS. Contact William for details,

Sprouting Fodder Webinar

February 17. In this webinar from the Cornell Small Farms Program, John Stoltzfus, a dairy farmer in Whitesville, New York, who has produced fodder for his 50-cow dairy herd, will talk about his methods for sprouting barley, the problems he's encountered in his system over the past two years, and what he's learned since our previous webinar in 2012. Fay Benson, an educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, will discuss the topic of nutrient availability in sprouted seeds and how this process can benefit the animal, as well as minimizing nutrient losses to the environment. Romi Wilson, a graduate student in Horticulture at Cornell University, will talk about seed issues relating to sprouting fodder.

Forage Fermentation: How to Make Good Silage

February 17th. 12pm. Presenter: Dr. Limin Kung, Professor of Animal Science at University of Delaware. With so many variables affecting the quality of silage, it can be difficult to manage the fermentation process to produce an optimal feed. Dr. Kung will cover: the general factors which affect forage quality, the basic types of silage fermentation, factors that affect fermentation and silage stability, and some management practices to help in attaining high feeding value.
Hatching and brooding your own chicks

February 17th. 6pm Central. Interested in breeding your own chicks or having an incubation project in your classroom? Mr. Phil Clauer will be discussing what is involved in hatching and brooding your own chicks.

Urban Pest Management Conference

February 18 – 19. Lincoln. For more information see

Increasing production efficiency through reproductive management; Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Development Webinar

February 18.
12:00 PM. 

Webinar Description: Dr. Funston will discuss the importance of having a high percentage of beef calves born early in “your” calving season, whenever that is. This event coupled with overall reproductive rate is a major economic driver in cow/calf operations and has a profound impact on the profitability of any beef cattle operation. Many producers do not have the capital to increase land resources. Learn how calving distribution can impact output from any ranch operation and factors that influence when cows and heifers conceive during the breeding season.

Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation to Control Soil Borne Pathogens Webinar

February 18. Join eOrganic for a new webinar on Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation by Carol Shennan and Joji Muramoto of the University of California Santa Cruz. This webinar will briefly review the development and use of anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) techniques for control of soil borne pathogens in various crops and regions around the world, and then focus on the current state of knowledge and use of ASD in California primarily for strawberry production. Presenters will discuss the latest research findings relating to the efficacy of the technique, mechanisms underlying disease suppression, and our experience with growers using the technique in their own operations. The webinar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

“Making Niche Pork Work for You at Any Scale”

February 18th. 7pm. Ethan Book, Kate Edwards & Philip Kramer. Iowa farmers have fattened hogs on abundant grain from their farms for generations, and opportunities abound for direct-to-consumer and wholesale niche pork. Hear how other farmers have made niche pork work for them, explore how you can get started and learn about new growth opportunities in niche pork production.

Water Seminar Series

Nitrogen Impacts to Environment. Wednesday, February 19th. 10:30 am. Daniel Sobota, an ecologist and research associate at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Western Ecology Division in Corvallis, Ore., uses the latest in experimental, modeling and remote sensing research methods to investigate nitrogen's effects on nutrient cycling and organic matter dynamics in fragile stream and river ecosystems. Location: Nebraska East Union in Lincoln. 

Community Garden Webinars

February 19th   Beyond Raised Beds: How Cities and Towns Benefit from Community Gardens.
 Erin Sullivan White, Principal, Community Food Lab, Raleigh, NC.  
This webinar will present community gardens as important urban design and planning tools, and will suggest ways that proponents of community gardens can use recent research and urban design principles to raise support for their projects. By emphasizing the way gardens draw multiple disciplines and community opportunities together, the talk will explore the cross-cutting nature of garden benefits, and establish the significant role that community gardens can play in local food systems.

Getting Started with Selling at Farmers Markets Webinar

February 19. This evening webinar is part of the ongoing 2014 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series from Michigan State University Extension.

Beyond the Brand: Marketing your Mission for Improved Fundraising and Community Support

February 19. The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and the Farmers Market Coalition are partnering this winter to hold a series of three webinars designed to provide farmers market managers, vendors, and volunteers with information and guidance to understanding the characteristics of their customer base, learn how to build a brand worthy of community support, and stay competitive in a rapidly evolving local food scene. These webinars are free for Farmers Market Coalition members as well as all farmers markets and interested vendors in Pennsylvania. In this second webinar, learn about why and how to spend less energy promoting the market as just a great place to shop and more energy marketing your mission.

Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Organic Pest Management: Weeds

February 20. 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 Adam Davis, University of Illinois Associate Professor of the Department of Crop Sciences, Weed Science and Crop Management.

Growing Raspberries and Blackberries with IPM

Save the Date: Thursday, February 20, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM Central Time for an online Webinar especially for North Central Extension Master Gardeners and home gardeners entitled Growing Raspberries and Blackberries with Integrated Pest Management.
 This 90 minute webinar will feature Vaughn Hammond, Extension Horticulturist, University of Nebraska; Michelle Grabowski, Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Minnesota; Celeste Welty, Extension Entomologist, Ohio State University; and Mary Meyer, Extension Horticulturist, University of Minnesota. The webinar will begin with planting and management recommendations for growing raspberries and blackberries. The second section will cover diseases including viruses. The final section will cover insect pests of raspberries, and blackberries including the spotted winged drosophila.  Best management practices will be covered including minimizing pest problems and prevention of pests. The three, 20 minute presentations will each be followed by 10 minutes of questions and discussion.

Build, Prepare, Invest: Assessing Food Hub Businesses for Investment Readiness

February 20. This National Good Food Network webinar will introduce the Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit from Wholesome Wave. This toolkit provides a framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of food hubs in the areas of business model and strategy, impact potential, market overview, marketing and sales, operations, organization and management, risk mitigation, technology and systems, and finance. The webinar will provide an overview of the business assessment process and explore certain areas in depth, presenting Farm Fresh Rhode Island as a case study.

Department of Agronomy & Horticulture Seminar

Fire and Drought: Critical interations in rangeland management. Friday, February 21st. 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. Seminar presented by Dirac Twidwell, assistant professor, rangeland ecologist, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture. Refreshments served at 3:00 p.m. Location, Keim Hall on UNL's East Campus in Lincoln. 

Legal and Financial Clinic

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

Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 22. Nebraska City. Everything you need to know to succeed in apiculture. Registration and contact info can be seen at

Farming Smarter, Not Harder

February 22. Lawrence, Kansas. Do you wonder how to have more money in the bank at the end of the season? Does the business side of farming seem incomprehensible to you? Kansas Beginning Farmer Coalition is presenting a farm business management workshop featuring Richard Wiswall, author of The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook, to explain the keys to managing your farm as a business.

Winter Lecture Series

China's Water-Energy-Climate Conundrum. Sunday, February 23rd. 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. Hardin Hall in Lincoln. Directions: 33rd and Holdrege Streets on UNL's East Campus


NSAS Membership

February is NSAS Membership Month! Enjoy the Healthy Farms Conference? Like the information and conversations happening across the NSAS List Serv? Look forward to the Young Farmer Nights or Sustainability Happy Hour? These are but a few of the programs NSAS membership dues go to support.
 At the summer NSAS Board meeting the board decided due to the changes in bookkeeping and membership recordkeeping the membership year would be set with a fixed expiration date.  
Beginning this year, the membership year for the Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society begins on February 1st and concludes on January 31st of the following year.  Memberships purchased anytime during the current membership year will expire on January 31st. When registering for the annual conference members are able to purchase/renew their membership for the upcoming year, and are encouraged to do so in order to obtain a full year of membership benefits. Get the maximum benefits from your 2014 NSAS membership by joining by February 28th! Questions about memberships, and benefits, contact any NSAS board member,

Moses Conference Lodging

I will be attending the MOSES Conference and the Organic University. I will leave on Feb. 26 and return on March 2. I also have reserved a room. If there is there anyone who would like transportation and share a place to stay please contact me by February 20. Paul Swanson

Lost and Found from the Healthy Farms Conference

We have several items that people are missing.  Troy Kash-Brown is missing a Grain Place Basket of goodies including popcorn. We also have a small kleen kanteen drink containter and a travel coffee mug. If these are yours, or you have Troy's basket please contact me today at


Going Organic Gets Fulton Family Farm of the Year Award

The Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society presented its 2014 Farm Family of the Year Award Friday to Kevin Fulton of Litchfield. “I think it’s a reflection on everyone in this room,” Fulton said as he accepted the award during the opening of the NSAS Healthy Farms Conference in Kearney. Read the rest of the story
Healthy Farms Conference Promotes Sustainability

On Saturday the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society wrapped up their two day Healthy Farms Conference; promoting sustainable and organic local farms and farmers. Read the complete article. 


Panhandle No-till Partnership Winter Conference

February 26 – 27. Gering. More information about the Partnership, their educational activities, and the Winter Conference is at:

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