Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Young Farmer Night with No More Empty Pots || Truck Farm Omaha

Join us for a farmer hangout at the SMALLEST urban farm in Omaha, Nebraska: Truck Farm Omaha. We will give a tour of the Truck Farm, talk about the history and making of the education program and our partnership with No More Empty Pots. *No More Empty Pots will also give a tour of our new office space in Florence and future Commercial Kitchen space. The event is potluck style. Please bring a dish to share, reusable plates and cups. Support local farmers when purchasing your food items. 8511 North 30th Street --> Next to North Star Bar and Mouth of the South Restaurant. Farmers, friend, food lovers--all are invited! Details and to rsvp,

Young Farmer Night @ Ficke Cattle Company

Saturday August 23. 873 182 Road- Pleasant Dale. Come see all the exciting things happening at Ficke Cattle Company! Farm Tour starting at 5:30p.m. With supper served at 6:30. Directions to Ficke Cattle Co. from Crete/Pleasant Dale exit, go south to roundabout (HWY6 & 103), 2 miles West on HWY 6 to 182 road, turn South 1⁄4 mile. Contact Del at 402-499-0329 for more information. More details at,

Local Food Production Tour

Monday, August 18. Lincoln. Local food production is alive and well in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, in and around Metro Omaha/Council Bluffs.  Nebraska SARE is sponsoring this tour to 5 farms/sites where you will have an opportunity to see diverse farming operations.  Please register by August 14th for an accurate lunch count. Contact Nemaha County Extension at 402-274-4755 or to register or get more info.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Monday, August 18. Fairbury. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Your Body, Your Tools

Tuesday, August 19 at 11:00 am CDT. Women's bodies are different from men's. The tools women use should be different too! Learn more about how the ergonomics of farming and how the right moves and tools can help women farmers avoid injuries and pain.  Ann Adams and Liz Brensinger of Green Heron Farms in New Tripoli, PA, are avid gardeners-turned-market-growers with a passion for sustainability, heirloom varieties and great food. After 13+ years “growing” Green Heron Farms – and meeting lots of other women who, like them, were in search of tools and equipment that fit their bodies and their needs – they formed Green Heron Tools in 2008. Green Heron Tools is a company dedicated to providing gardening and farming tools and equipment specially designed for women.

Bioenergy Feedstock Field Days

August 19 or 20. Beaver Crossing or Dawson. These free field days will provide information on the agronomics, economics, and sustainability of biomass production of switchgrass and other perennial energy grasses. The field days are sponsored by CenUSA Bioenergy, a multi-state USDA-sponsored research project, focusing on the use of perennial bioenergy crops in the Midwest. Topics at the field days are pest and disease management; genetics establishment/ management/economics; harvest/marketing/commercialization; biomass – biofuel conversion process; alternative uses – livestock; and environmental benefits – soil/water/wildlife. The field days will include drill and harvest demonstrations and discussion, as well as the opportunity to see various grass varieties.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Wednesday, August 20. Norfolk. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

How to Be a Better Boss on the Market Farm: Webinar

August 20. Employees make it possible to get more done, but managing workers and their work takes dedicated time, energy, and processes. Veteran farmer and consultant Chris Blanchard turned his work environment from "The Yelling Farm" into a positive, supportive, and effective workplace. In this free, one-hour online workshop from Countryside Conservancy, Chris shares his principles for being a better boss to get better results from one of your most valuable assets - your employees.

Landowner Habitat Tour

Thursday, August 21. Broken Bow. Rangeland Management. See or call 308-850-8395

Legal and Financial Clinic

Thursday, August 21. Valentine or Lexington. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Webinar on Organic Certification: What's in an Organic Farm Plan?

August 21. In this free, one-hour webinar from the National Center for Appropriate Technology, learn what information is needed when submitting your farm plan to an organic certifying agent. The presentation features Mary Ellen Holliman, Coordinator for Organic Certification, Texas Department of Agriculture, and Skip Connett of Green Gate Farms in Austin, Texas. Space is limited.

Exploring the Movement to Healthy School Meals Through Farm to School

Thursday, August 21 at 1:00 pm. In addition to describing the movement to include local and regional foods in school meal programs, cultivate school gardens, and provide students with agricultural and food related experiential learning opportunities, this webinar will make the case as to why farm to school programs are an emerging best practice for healthy school meal programs. As part of the presentation, the presenter will summarize how USDA and other diverse partners including schools, state and local government agencies, Cooperative Extension Systems, and non-profit organizations are working to scale up farm to school efforts through training and technical assistance, grants, research and evaluation, and state and national policy initiatives. Key resources for helping you engage in farm to school through your work and programming efforts will also be provided. Join the webinar for an engaging discussion!

National Good Food Network Webinar: Ins-TRUCK-tion Manual: Lease, Buy, or Other?

August 21. Online. One major expense of food hubs (and many other Good Food businesses, including farms) is vehicles. How do you decide whether to lease or own? Farm Credit of the Virginias and Farm Credit Council have created a new tool that will give you a definitive financial answer to that question. This free National Good Food Network webinar will illustrate how to use this tool with an engaging example so that you may apply it to your unique business situation.

From Ginseng to Mushrooms: Goodies from Your Woods

August 21. Online. This one-hour webinar is the first in a series of eight on non-timber forest products. It is presented by Jeanine Davis of NC State University, who will go over the wide world of non-timber forest products and explain how many can be profitable.

Avian anatomy and how to perform a necropsy

Thursday, August 21 at 6:00 pm. If you have a chicken die, you can perform your own necropsy (animal version of an autopsy). Dr. David Frame will be discussing avian anatomy so you know what the insides should look like and how to perform your own necropsy. David D. Frame is an associate professor in the Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Department at Utah State University, specializing in poultry diseases and production management. Dr. Frame currently serves as the USU Extension Poultry Specialist with an additional assignment as poultry diagnostician for the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. He also actively participates in providing community education classes in backyard poultry raising. Before beginning a professional career in poultry, Dr. Frame extensively bred and showed exhibition chickens.

Maximizing Crop Production Using Humus Technology

Presented by Edwin Blosser, President & Founder Midwest Bio-Systems, Tampico, IL. Friday, August 22. 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Day's Schedule. 9:00 a.m. “Edwin’s Journey” Humus-based vs Conventional Agriculture. Nutrient Management. Different ways to reach the goal: compost, tea, biologicals, etc. Penn Valley Farm Story. 12:00 noon – Lunch. 12:30 p.m. Life in the Soil Video. 1:00 p.m. Reading Your Soil & Crops. Field Visit. 3:00 Adjourn. Location: Christian Resource Center, 603 S K Rd., Giltner. Cost: $50 single; $60 with spouse. Cost includes coffee & rolls, plus noon meal. RSVP: Paul Huenefeld 402-631-9317 (to guarantee meal). Directions to location: From I-80/Giltner Exit (#324), South 31⁄2 miles to Giltner School (stop sign), North on K Road 1⁄4 mile to CRC (West side of road), East (6 Road) 2 miles to K Road. 


Farm Job Available in Kansas

We at Heartland Farm, a 25 year old organic Farm in central Kansas are seeking a full time, live-in farmer to run all aspects of our 80 A. (not all in farm acreage) sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.  Sister Jane Belanger, OP. Heartland Farm, 1049 CR 390, Pawnee Rock, KS 67567.

Farm Job Wanted

I am currently looking for a farm job. I would like to stay close to Blair, Omaha, Fremont, or even across the border in Iowa.  Brenda Ruenholl,  Washington County, brrr@juno.com402-533-2541402-203-0850

Black Astrolop Roosters

I have a couple of extra black australorp roos that I would like to sell.  These are from hatchery chicks I received this spring so they are around 5 months old. Asking $10.  Could bring to Lincoln. Robert, Quail Acres Farm,

Cows for Sale

I've decided that there is such a thing as too much diversity, at least when it comes to my cow herd. I have quite the mix of cattle right now and I'd like to at least narrow it down to a few breeds. So I've decided to sell the Scottish Highland and Longhorn cattle. Here are links to the ad's if you are interested:  Scottish Highland, .  Longhorns, .  I'd make any NSAS member a heck of a deal if they wanted them all. Thanks,  Jon,

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.


Introduction to Cut Flowers

August 25. Kansas City. Looking for a way to complement your market offerings throughout the season? Cut flowers could be one way to diversify and increase profitability. This workshop in the Growing Growers series will cover the basics of growing and marketing cut flowers.
Systems for Accountability and Efficiency on the Market Farm: Webinar

August 27. Whether you manage one seasonal worker or a large year-round crew, good management can make the difference between making headway on your farm's work, or just creating headaches. Consultant and veteran farmer Chris Blanchard has worked with farmers throughout the Midwest to develop systems that make it easy to achieve reliable results throughout your farming operation. Learn about them in this free, one-hour webinar from Countryside Conservancy.

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