Monday, August 4, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Nebraska Young Farmer Night @ West Blue Farm!

August 5th beginning at 5:30pm. Join us in Milford as the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society visits West Blue Farm near Milford for a Nebraska Young Farmer Night. We'll begin at 5:30pm with a potluck and introduction to West Blue followed by a pasture walk and farm tour. West Blue Farm has been direct marketing farm fresh meat since 1990. Chickens and beef are raised on the farm for our customers. The beef has been raised from birth and the chickens are brought in at one day of age. The alfalfa and oats in the feed has been grown organically on our farm since 1993. For details and to rsvp please visit, 

Wheat Production Workshop

Monday, August 4th. Scottsbluff. The workshop will focus on the challenges facing wheat producers from wheat stem sawflies, kochia, virus and moisture. Speakers will be from UNL, USDA and Kansas St. University. CCU credits available. Registration is free and open to the first 80 people. Lunch will be provided. To register, contact Pat Martin at or 308-632-1276.

Planning For Growth: Webinar

August 5. In the local foods movement, everybody's talking about "scaling up" - but what does that mean for your farm's operations, business, and quality of life? Join veteran farmer and consultant Chris Blanchard for this exploration of the practical impacts of increasing your business size, and the factors to consider as you decide whether to get bigger. This free, one-hour webinar is part of a series presented by Countryside Conservancy.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Tuesday, August 5. Norfolk. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Pollination Conservation Workshop

Tuesday, August 5, 10am – 12pm. Mead. $35 Registration fee—pollinator seeds and other supplies will be included, lunch provided. Topics to be covered are pollinators, pollinator habitat, and landscape modification. * A special educator's tract will be offered for those interested in teaching pollination to youth. For more information, contact Natalia Bjorklund, Dodge County Extension 402-727-2775.

Weed Management in Organic Pastures Webinar

August 5. This free, one-hour webinar is part of a series of organic webinars presented by USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Participate in this training to learn about organic management of pasture weeds. Emphasis will be placed on cultural, mechanical, and biological control of pasture weeds with specific weed examples highlighted. Organically approved chemical control of pasture weeds will also be reviewed. The presenter is Dr. Sid Bosworth, Extension Agronomist with the University of Vermont.

USDA Grass Fed Program for Small and Very Small Producers Webinar

August 5. Online. USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced a webinar about the USDA Grass Fed Program for Small and Very Small Producers. The webinar will provide an overview of the USDA Grass Fed program, website, and detailed information about the application (including how to apply), and evaluation process for gaining approval for the livestock to the Grass Fed Standard. The presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer period. This is a one-hour, listen-only webinar. The webinar will be recorded, and a link will be posted online for those who would like to listen in at a later date.

Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI) Field Day

Wednesday, August 6. Colby, KS. The event is free and open to the public but preregistration is required for meal planning.  See brochure for topics and contact info, or contact Vicki at 785-462-6281 or

Landowner Habitat Tour

Thursday, August 7. Sargent. Sandhills Plant ID Tour. See or call 308-850-8395

Nebraska GREAT PLAINS Summer Field Day

Friday, August 8. Nebraska City. See for more info.

Feast on the Farm

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 5:00-8:30pm. Prairie Pines, 112th and Adams. Must be 21 or older to attend. Enjoy an evening on a beautiful, sustainable farm, and help Community Crops grow! For details and tickets visit,


Bean Walkers

I am trying to find bean walkers to weed about 100 acres of transitioning soy bean fields. It will be 2 or 3 weeks before I need them because the beans were replanted on about June 24th after 2 hails.The fields are just south of Utica. I can be emailed or called at 402-617-1718, .  Thanks, Cheryl Richter

2014 Organic Farmer Seed Survey

The purpose of this survey is to better assess certified organic crop producers’ attitudes and perceptions regarding organic seed. The purpose is also to understand producers’ current use of organic seed and any obstacles that restrict organic seed sourcing. Producers should be prepared to offer best estimates on their organic seed usage or have their seed records on hand. The survey also asks which crops and traits should be prioritized through organic plant breeding programs. If you are a certified organic crop producer, please take ten minutes to respond to this survey. Your responses are voluntary and will be held confidential. Your responses will not be identified by individual or farm. All responses will be compiled and analyzed as a group.

Seedlings Needed

We recently lost about 150 (total) cabbage and cauliflower seedlings that were planted for fall harvest. User error I am sure. I am asking around to see if anyone has some extra cauliflower, cabbage or even broccoli seedlings they are interested in getting rid of at a fair price. We have broccoli, kale and kohlrabi in already. If you have any other ideas, I would welcome suggestions. We grow in Waverly and Omaha, so anything in either vicinity would be helpful. Alton,

Human Resource Needs of Small Farms

Fellow NSAS Members, I am working with a couple other Extension Educators on developing educational materials/programs to help small to medium sized farmers/ranchers manage their human resource risks. We are seeking to better understand the human resource education needs of Nebraska’s growing small and medium scale agricultural businesses in order to develop programming and materials to meet these needs. To do this we are conducting an online survey to determine what human resource topics are important to Nebraska’s farmers/ranchers and to learn what delivery methods (in person, online, etc.) are preferred. We would greatly appreciate it if you took a few minutes to complete the online survey at: The survey should take approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete, you must be at least 19 years old to participate, and participation is entirely voluntary. If you have any questions regarding this questionnaire please feel free to contact me Jessica, ( or 402-335-3669).

Exchange student interested in sustainability

My name is Andrea Lundberg, and I work with a  non-profit called the Aspect Foundation. As part of the State Department’s public diplomacy mission, we place exchange students with host families. I’m the local coordinator for the Lincoln/Omaha area. I was hoping you might know of a family who might be interested in hosting a young lady from Belgium, Nora. Nora is very active with an organization called Projet Comenius, which works on fair trade and sustainability initiatives. Hosts provide three meals a day and transportation to the local high school. Please feel free to call me at 402-499-9031 or email me with any questions! Below is a lInk to Nora’s profile:


Managing for Soil Health on an Organic Farm – A Farmer’s Perspective

August 12. This free, one-hour webinar is part of the Soil Health webinar series presented by NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Presenter Klaas Martens, of Penn Yan, New York, uses a diverse crop rotation to farm over 1,400 acres of organic corn, soybeans, small grains, a variety of peas, and cover crops. By adhering to one simple principle - every crop follows a suitable predecessor - Martens has improved soil health and function to cycle nutrients, increase water infiltration and availability, and eliminate both weed and disease pest problems. In this presentation, Martens will focus on the use of plants to change the soil and how soil biology can perform the services that are expected from tillage. He will also cover relay cropping, or starting one crop before the previous crop is harvested, and how this practice allows him to maintain a living root and cover on the soil all year.

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