Monday, May 19, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture

Get the Dirt on Potato Breeding

May 20th. 12pm. This presentation is part of the "How to Breed New Plant Varieties: Imagining and Engineering Crops" series and describes the breeding of potato. Presented by Dr. Walter De Jong, Cornell University.

Landowner Habitat Tour

Tuesday, May 20. Fairbury. Habitat Management for Birds through CRP and Bird ID. See or call 308-850-8395

Selling Through a Distributor

May 20. Online. This half-day Local Food Business Seminar from the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program offers a discussion from local food producers that sell to distributors as well as a local food hub/aggregator. Find out which model would work best for you and your business.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Wednesday, May 21. Valentine. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Farm Bill Public Webinar

May 21, 10am – 12pm. The 2014 Farm Bill provides agricultural producers with a variety of different programs and opportunities to participate; however, the decisions facing them have never been more complex. This bill is designed to offer more of a risk management approach to the federal farm safety net as opposed to the more traditional price and yield support. It is important participants understand how the 2014 Farm Bill works and how these programs may affect their operations. Nebraska offers some unique challenges relative to variability in the type of commodities and the practices in which they grown. In the Spring and Summer of 2014, agricultural producers will be offered an opportunity to update their base acres and program yields. It is important that they understand how these decisions work, to make a well-informed decision. UNL Extension will be hosting a public webinar open to any interested party, to assist the producer with these decisions.  URL:

Community Gardens Webinar

Wednesday, May 21 at 11:30 am.
Friendship Gardens, Plots to Thicken Community. Learn how a network of school, faith, therapy, & community gardens work together to grow food for meals on wheels.

Silvopasture Development: Trees into Pasture

May 21. Online. Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice that sustainably produces timber, livestock, and forage on the same land. This one-hour webinar (held twice in a single day) will discuss considerations of site quality, species selection, establishment, and subsequent management of trees.

Legal and Financial Clinics

Thursday, May 22. Norfolk. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Small Fruits Beyond Raspberries and Strawberries.

May 22nd. Vaughn Hammond, Extension Educator at the Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City will present the webinar.  Vaughn's focus as an Extension Educator is Specialty Crops.  Vaughn spent almost a year in Afghanistan as an advisor teaching government agriculture advisors and farmers about growing fruit.  Vaughn brings a wealth of practical experience in growing fruits and vegetables, as he and his wife Beth currently grow produce in Nebraska City for the local market.  Vaughn also is an integral part of the local food industry in Nebraska as he is involved in assisting and advising growers and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Buy Fresh Buy Local organization.  Vaughn also serves on the Nebraska SARE Advisory Committee. Vaughn will discuss production of some of the not so common small fruits grown in Nebraska.

USDA Fresh Produce Inspection 101

May 22. Online. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will present this free interactive webinar. Harry Fisher, Agricultural Marketing Specialist Supervisor of the Specialty Crops Inspection Division, will introduce topics that range from requesting an inspection to interpreting the inspection certificate. He will also illustrate the value of an inspection and its role with PACA claims, as well as outlining some of the ways the inspection service is keeping up with changing industry needs. This informative webinar is designed for growers, packers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and others along the produce supply chain, domestically and worldwide.

Rangeland Drought Impact Webinar

Thursday, May 22. Learn about the importance of monitoring rangelands during and after drought, using photo points, and submitting drought impacts to the NDMC’s Drought Impact Reporter. Webinars will be recorded and may be viewed after the original broadcast. For more info and to register, see

Tractor Safety Certification Course

Thursday, May 22nd. 8:00 am-Friday, May 23rd 12:00 pm. Certification class targeted for 14-15-year-old youth in order to be employed in agriculture by someone other than their parents. Open to all ages. Registration Required. Contact Kerry Elsen, 308-236-1235 for registration materials. Buffalo County Extension Office, Kearney. 

Lighting Systems: Analysis, Performance, and Energy Conservation Opportunities

May 22. Online. Join the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for this free Science and Technology conservation webinar. This webinar is part of the energy series. Participate in this webinar to learn about lighting equipment and systems used in agricultural operations with a focus on: 1) system design; 2) effects on humans, plants, and animals; and 3) energy conservation opportunities. Participants will gain skills to work within the mix of NRCS staff, energy analysts, lighting designers, and landowners to more effectively identify and implement energy conservation opportunities.


Layers for Sale

I have 7 khaki Campbell laying hens from a late summer hatch from last year that I would like to sell. They are consistent layers. $12 per bird. Bob,

Compost for Community Gardens

My name is Jordan Hasselbalch and I am an AmeriCorps Member working for Community CROPS. Part of my role at CROPS is to source materials for the 11 community gardens that we manage. Last month we had our gardener orientations in preparation for the coming season. I introduced myself to the 270 some odd gardeners as the guy that would make available their requests for wood mulch, pallets, t-posts, city-compost, etc. The gardeners have made it clear to me what they would most like me to deliver, composted manure. I am happy to oblige them but I am going to need the help of some folks around the Lincoln area that have livestock and preferably equipment to help us load. Some of you have helped us in the past in this capacity and we thank you. Not wanting to be presumptuous of overwhelm any one operation I make this ask to all of you good people of the NSAS community.

Seeking Manure

The Clyde Malone Community Center, located in Lincoln, Nebraska is seeking a donation of livestock manure, preferably older than a year and fed non-GMO.  The Malone Center is an African-American Community Center that provides educational, cultural, and advocacy programs. The center hosts a Day-Care Program for low-income families in the community during the summer, and the children have voiced their desire to get dirty and learn in the garden!  We would like to fill one pick up truck bed full of manure for the garden project. We are willing to load and transport. The closer to Lincoln, the better.  You may reach me by e-mail: or by phone/text: (402)512-0066.  Thanks, Danny Martin

Solar Power for Habitat for Humanity Families

Nebraskans for Solar & Habitat for Humanity of Omaha are crowdfunding on Indiegogo to install solar hot water systems on five new or rehabilitated houses: If we reach our goal, five Omaha families will be able to reduce their monthly energy costs by harnessing power from the sun for the next 20 to 25 years! The money they save can be spent on food, healthcare, education, and other needs, benefiting their families and communities for a very long time.


Pasture egg production: Ameraucanas versus Delawares

Thursday, May 29 7pm. Trying to decide between which breed to raise for egg production on your farm can be difficult if there is not much information about the productivity of each breed.  This also becomes a problem if you are attempting to create a business plan.  Information about the productivity of Delaware hens and Ameraucana hens in a pastured management system will be discussed.  The length of time it takes to reach egg-laying maturity, feed consumed, body weights, egg sizes and numbers, as well as cost of egg production will be discussed for chickens raised on pasture in the Mid-Atlantic.

Aquaponics Production and Marketing Webinar

May 29. This event is part of a series of free monthly webinars offered by food and agriculture marketing experts from Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The webinars are designed to teach participants how to effectively use direct marketing as a way to improve their businesses' financial bottom line.

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