Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture

True Cost of Food

June 16th. 6pm. Omaha. Watch and discuss a great animated video. Hear from local farmers and food advocates. Learn about alternatives to industrial agriculture. Sample local foods and find out how to purchase them. FREE. Coffee and snack provided. RSVPjnickerson@humanesociety.org

Nebraska Young Farmer Night @ Common Good Farm

Join us for touring & conversation & potluck! Common Good Farm will host a Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society Nebraska Young Farmer Night on June 17, 2014 from 5:30p m - 7:30 pm at Common Good Farm. As we tour, we'll share a broader over-view of our farm: our long-running CSA, organic eggs from pasture-based flocks, spring plant sale, farmer's market, pastured pork, grass-fed beef, on-farm activities like workshops & tours, and wholesale. As we continue with a potluck meal, we'll talk about the broad range of outlets & tasks on& for a diversified family farm & open the conversation up about the sustainability of the farmer's life & do our best to share in light of some of the practical, driving questions that many new farmers growing diversified crops want to ask or talk about. We can also share about resources, soil, cover crops, pest the group has a need.

Free Lake/Farm Pond Management Workshop  (link)

Monday, June 16th. 6:00 pm. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality will present a lake/pond management introductory workshop. This workshop is free and open to everyone who makes decisions for and about lakes and ponds, and for anyone who wants to learn more about protecting them. Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office, 8015 West Center Road, Omaha. To register email or call 402.444.7804.

Dry Bean Breeding isn't a Dry Topic

Tuesday, June 17 at 12:00 pm. This presentation is part of the "How to Breed New Plant Varieties: Imagining and Engineering Crops" series and describes the breeding of dry beans. Presented by Dr. James Kelly, Michigan State University.

Grafting Vegetable Crops Webinar

June 19. Webinars featuring the state's leading authorities, and including a live question and answer session.

Targeted Grazing Online Workshop: Diet Selection Basics

June 19. This online workshop is part of an ongoing monthly series featuring experts in the topic of targeted grazing and made possible by the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. This presentation is by Dr. Karen Launchbaugh, University of Idaho. The workshops are free.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Thursday, June 19. Norfolk. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Landowner Habitat Tour

Thursday, June 19. Rosemont, Gering, Imperial. CRP Upgrades with High Diversity Seed Mixes, SAFEs and Pollinator Habitat. What is it supposed to look like? See or call 308-850-8395

Community-Based Food Business Financing Webinar

June 19. This National Good Food Network webinar will start with the basics of what a co-op is, how it works, and then will discuss accessing community-based capital through what is called a Member Investor Share Offering (MISO). Organizers of community-based food businesses will share what they believe to be the secrets to their success, and some suggestions on how you might consider financing your planned operation in this way.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Friday, June 20. Valentine. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

EPA’s Proposed Waters of the U.S. Regulations

Friday, June 20 at 1:30 pm CDT. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) released a proposed rule in March to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. In this webcast, Donna Downing of EPA’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, and Ken Kopocis, senior advisor in the EPA’s Office of Water, will explain the proposed rule and discuss what the proposal would mean to the agriculture sector. The proposed definitions of waters do not protect any new types of waters that have not historically been covered under the Clean Water Act and are consistent with the Supreme Court’s reading of Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

Holistic Biological Monitoring: Boots on the Ground:

June 20. 1-day workshop, 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. Location : To be determined.  All workshop fees include lunch and refreshments. For further information about the workshops contact Bob Shields at 308-379-1361 or

Organic Farm Demonstration

June 21st. 1:30pm. Organic Crop Improvement Association invites the public to Prairie Edge Organics : Dennis Wacker,  86288 540 Ave., Osmond, Nebraska.  Come and learn what certified organic production is about. They are a non-profit mentoring farm group who promotes and educates people about  organic agricultural production. There will be several demonstrations, including crop cultivation. There is no charge for the tour.  For more information on the tour and organic production/certification contact Kim @ 402-620-2701

Bee Fun Day, Sponsored by the Nebraska Beekeepers Association

Sunday, June 22. Seward. Topics to include marketing, commercial beekeeping, beekeeping in Afghanistan, top bar hives, laying workers, beekeeping at the prison, honey bee lotions, skin care products, farmer markets, and disease recognition/prevention. for more information.


CSA Inquiries

I ‘m hearing from some CSA farmers on the east coast who, thanks to generous spring rains, are overwhelmed with weeds. They could use some hands helping to pull the invaders, and wonder where should they turn – on the internet or elsewhere – to put the word out and located some people who are willing to work some hours for a share?  Any CSA operators have creative suggestions they can pass on to the list?


Gothic Style High Tunnel, 20’ X 11’ -5/8 X 48’, erected in 2008 on leased land located at 4000 W ”F” Street in Lincoln, NE.  Perfect for market farmer interested in extending the growing season to increase production. Price and terms negotiable; special consideration given to “Beginning Farmers.” Jim Caruso, Caruso-Rozzano Farms, 402.429.1141

Farm Help Needed

We are looking for part-time or occasional help on our organic farm near Omaha. Mowing weeds and general maintenance that requires some muscle. Also someone to help with vegetable planting, weeding, harvest. Experience preferred. We are located at the east edge of Papillion. Meristem Farm and Nursery, LLC. Tom Lundahl (402) 306-4500. Lucena Morse (402) 297-2324.,

Heritage Chickens

I am looking for heritage chicken producers in Nebraska that might be willing to sell me live birds that I can butcher myself.  I am looking to buy young heritage birds but would be most interested in buying a mix of young and old birds. I live in Kearney and am either looking to process in Grand Island or near North Platte so if I can find a farmer in central Nebraska that would be optimal. Jed,


On-Farm Health Audit Webinar

June 23. Led by OSU Extension veterinarian Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann, this webinar, "CSI for Dairy: On-Farm Audits to Assess Risk," will cover information on transition cow management with an emphasis on prevention of calving-related diseases and on-farm risk assessment. This webinar is conducted as part of a partnership between OEFFA, Ohio State University's Department of Preventative Veterinary Medicine, and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA), funded by a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) professional development grant.

NMPAN Webinar: The Business of Dry Curing

June 25. This webinar from the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network will cover the Business of Dry Curing: the growth of artisan cured meats, the basics of the business, and talking to two charcuterie processors about how they got started, their day-to-day operations and the costs and revenue for dry curing. This webinar will focus specifically on the business side of adding dry-cured processing to your operation: the economics of charcuterie. To attend this one-hour webinar, go to 5-10 minutes before start time 1pm Eastern (12 Central, 11am Mountain, 10am Pacific) and log in as a guest.

Using Diverse Cover Crop Mixes to Improve Soil Health and Livestock Nutrition on Grazing Lands

June 25. This webinar is part of an ongoing series of webinars presented by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service East National Technology Support Center. As a leader in livestock extension and a practitioner on his own farm, Matt Poore, Ph.D. will discuss early findings from using cover crop mixes planted and grazed on his and others' farms. Participate in this free one-hour webinar to learn the reasons behind choosing different cover crop mixes for soil health and livestock nutrition and the short term effects of these mixes on soil, plants, and livestock.

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