Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Considerations for designing supplemental programs for forage-fed growing cattle

Grassland Studies 2014 Fall Seminar Series. September 29. 3:00 pm–4:00 pm. UNL's East Campus Union. Presented by Mary Drewnoski, Dept. of Animal Science, UNL, “Considerations for designing supplemental programs for forage-fed growing cattle.” Free and open to the public. Ctr for Grassland Studies, 402-472-4101grassland@unl.eduhttp://grassland.unl.edu/upcoming-seminars

Legal and Financial Clinic

Tuesday, September 30. Fairbury. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

NaturePalooza 2014

September 30. 3:00 pm–8:00 pm. Lincoln. Lisa Pennisi, 402-472-5875lpennisi2@unl.edu. See wildlife up close, browse the exhibits, cast for bass, call for turkeys, sing and dance with the String Beans, dare to venture down to the snake pit and bone yard, learn to make your yard a wildlife habitat, and sample Lincoln’s hottest food trend: food truck cuisine. Free prizes and gifts.http://snr.unl.edu/event/naturepalooza2014/

Long-term Agro-ecosystem Research - Sustainably Intensifying Production to Meet Future Demands for Agricultural Products

SNR Fall Research Seminar. October 1. 3:30 pm. Lincoln, UNL's East Campus in Hardin Hall. Mark Walbridge, National Program Leader of the Water Availability and Watershed Management Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems at the Office of National Programs (USDA/ARS), will present “Long-term Agro-ecosystem Research - Sustainably Intensifying Production to Meet Future Demands for Agricultural Products.” The seminar is free and open to the public.

Livestock Inputs Webinar

October 1. This webinar presented by IOIA and the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) will introduce commonly used organic materials, what organic inspectors look for during an inspection, and how OMRI evaluates livestock inputs. It will include pre-course self-study; in-class discussion, examples, exercises, and the opportunity for questions and answers; and a post-course evaluation. Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI NOP Livestock Input Materials Certificate of Completion. 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. The project is designed to provide educational programming for veterinarians, Extension educators, and other professionals who routinely work with organic livestock herds and flocks.http://www.oeffa.org/events.php

Legal and Financial Clinic

Thursday, October 2. Grand Island. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Showy Plants for the Late Season Garden
 
October 2.  12:00 pm. Karma Larsen, 402-472-7923klarsen1@unl.edu. Community Forestry Specialist Graham Herbst and UNL Extension Horticulturist Kathleen Cue will talk about perennials that bloom far into fall, native plants that offer winter food source as well as color and woody plants like paperbark maple, goldenraintree and hickory for late season interest. This presentation is part of a brown-bag series on “all things green” sponsored by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, UNL Department of Agronomy/Horticulture, UNL Garden Friends and Friends of Maxwell Arboretum. Event sponsors hope to bring together a community of on- and off-campus people who care about the environment. There will be time for discussion at each session and, when weather permits, time to walk through the campus landscape. For more information about the brown-bag series, call the Arboretum at 402-472-2971, emailarboretum@unl.edu or visit arboretum.unl.edu/brown-bag-series.

Studying the Role of Geography in shaping genetic diversity

School of Biological Sciences Seminar - Graham Coop, University of California-Davis. October 2. 3:30 pm–4:30 pm. Lincoln. Contact,402-472-2720biology@unl.edu. All seminars are free and open to the public. 

Tunnel to Table Workshop

October 5. Clay Center, Kansas. The Kansas Rural Center's "Tunnel to Table" workshops will offer experienced and beginning vegetable and fruit growers critical information on applying polytunnels--such as high tunnels and low tunnels--as strategic tools for Kansas farms. Topics of each workshop's presentations and round-table discussions featuring area growers will include Kansas-specific polytunnel structure considerations, production and marketing strategies, economics of tunnel production, and solutions to common region-specific challenges. http://kansasruralcenter.org/low-tunnel-giveaway-and-registration-open-for-krc-high-tunnel-workshops/

Raise the Roots

October 5th. Omaha. Harvesting the desire for a vibrant local food system and a bright green Omaha, Raise the Roots combines live music, local bites and multi-media experiences to create sustainable community. Following in the footsteps of predecessor event “Hootenanny” (founded by Lori Tatreau), Raise the Roots will launch its inaugural happening on October 5th from 5:00 to 8:00pm at the Waiting Room, 6212 Maple Street in Benson. https://www.facebook.com/events/1476858159265622/


Opportunity

FarmTable Delivery is hiring

We really need a driver ASAP. Qualifications include: - Experience driving an 18ft vehicle - Experience driving a diesel vehicle - Good driving record - Familiar with driving in Omaha, Des Moines, Lincoln a plus! - Detailed orientated - good time management skills - a people person. Right now, 10-15 hours a week. Will increase as company grows. Will Train! SEND RESUMES with REFERENCES TO farmtabledelivery@gmail.com 

Spent Brewing Grains Available, Omaha

There is a new brewery opening up in Omaha that has an immediate need to get rid of spent brewing grains. They would much rather get them to a farmer or into a composting program, or both. John Fahrer , jrfahrer@gmail.com,  402-321-0416

Carbon Sequestration

I am trying to find out how much carbon is sequestered each year under ground on a tallgrass prairie that has not reached its peak storage capacity.   Looking for the amount sequestered per acre , ha per year. I am also looking for graph of the capacity of carbon storage over time in a recreated tall grass prairie.  I attend a lecture were the presenter had a graph that showed that a tallgrass praire reached its peak of storage at 100 years. I can not find or remember the name of the presenter other than that it was a young women not from Iowa or Nebraska.  Thanks Glenn, pollockg@cox.net, home 4025716230.

Looking for Grazing Goats

I am looking for someone who has a herd of goats that would be interested in grazing them in Jefferson County for a while.  I have a number of young mulberry, red cedar, and Chinese elm trees in need of “management”.  The pasture is contained with high-tensile electric wire. Ralph & Carolyn Tate, All Things Natural, 

Job Opportunity

OneCert is expanding our staff. We are looking for two Certification Specialists: one will primarily focus on crops (and livestock) and the other will primarily work with handling operations. Contact Sam Welsch for more information, 402-420-6080

Yeoman Keyline Shank For Sale

If you are into restorative farmscale agriculture, this is a necessary tool.  I will show you how to build an implement for way under the cost of what you can buy commercially and I will even teach you how to use it.  You can use this tool for regenerating pasture, implementing keyline systems, planting trees, root pruning and making mini swales. I live in Papillion just outside of Omaha.  Call if you are interested at the number below. Jonathan Dodd, Keipos, Inc. & New Earth Farm & Goods, 321.544.2851





Upcoming

Effective Management of Farm Employees

Monday, October 6 at 12:00 pm CDT.  Durst and Moore will discuss the results of phone interviews with 158 employees from 11 dairy farms, including: Employee turnover rate and employee engagement, Management makes a difference, Focus employees on achieving performance standards, Providing opportunities to learn and develop, Language and cultural barriers. https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/dairexnetwebinar/

Organic Farming and Soil Health Webinar

October 7. In partnership with Oregon Tilth, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's East and West National Technology Support Centers are pleased to present "Understanding Organic and Sustainable Agriculture" webinars in 2014. This discussion with Kris Nichols will feature new research on soil health from the Rodale Institute, a leader in organic agriculture which hosts the longest-running side-by-side U.S. study comparing conventional chemical agriculture with organic methods. http://conservationwebinars.net/

Natural Legacy Conference

October 8 – 9. Gering. For natural resource professionals and conservationists to gather to learn about important actions taking place in the state for wildlife habitat and at-risk species.  A conference flyer is available here, and free registration can be completed here. http://shopoutdoornebraska.ne.gov/Events/

Life Cycle Assessment of Foods Conference

October 8-10. San Francisco, California. The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment will host the ninth international conference, LCA Foods 2014, which unites the scientific community with food industry professionals, researchers, academics, and policymakers. This will be the first time the conference is held outside Europe and it is an opportunity to enhance U.S. agriculture through sustainability. The event combines a scientific academic focus with a food expo to demonstrate that sustainability is measurable and therefore doable. http://lcafood2014.org/

Insect Management in High Tunnels

October 9. Online. Purdue Extension is offering a series of free webinars and workshops providing essential how-to and background information on topics related to year-round growing. For this one-hour webinar, the presenter will be Rick Foster, Purdue professor of pest management, vegetable and fruit crops, and Extension coordinator. http://www.indianaagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=770&yr=2014

Organic Inputs: Options and Opportunities for Improving Crop Health and Productivity Webinar

October 9. OEFFA and the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy have partnered to offer this webinar and other educational opportunities designed to address the business and production aspects of managing successful specialty crop operations. This webinar will review key concepts and principles involved in choosing organically acceptable inputs. Details that will help growers make sound and profitable choices for their operations will be provided. This webinar will be presented by Brian McSpadden Gardener, Ph.D. He is a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the Ohio State University. http://www.oeffa.org/events.php

Manage Your Forest for Pine Straw and Rake in the Profits

October 9. Online. This event is part of an eight-session series of webinars on non-timber forest products during fall 2014. In this free, hour-long session, Becky Barlow, Alabama Cooperative Extension Forestry Specialist, will present on harvesting pine straw and will cover other decorative non-timber forest products. https://www.extension.org/sites/default/files/Webinar%20Line%20Up%20.pdf

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Scaling Up Your Business and Packaging & Grading Produce

September 22. Lawrence, Kansas. This workshop is part of the Growing Growers workshop series. The classes address skills required to run a local farm. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well. http://www.growinggrowers.org/workshops.html

Cover Crop Workshop for vegetable growers.

Monday, September 22. Sioux City, IA.  This workshop is geared toward fruit and vegetable growers, commercial horticulture, field extension specialists, county extension horticulturists, regional food systems working group members, local food organizations, and others.  Registration is free but required.  Contact Laurie Taylor, regional foods coordinator, by phone at 712-276-2157 or via email at lltaylor@iastate.edu.

National Bioenergy and Environment Summit

September 23-25. Ames, Iowa. The 2014 National Bioenergy and Environment Summit will provide a forum for the exchange of biorenewables and sustainability research findings and educational ideas, methods, and techniques for Extension Educators, NGO’s and outreach and policy professionals with agriculture, energy, and natural resource interests and/or appointments.http://www.2014e3.org/

Alternative Market Certifications and Mobile Processing

September 24th. Lincoln. Producer workshop on some options for alternative marketing: Humane Certification, Grass Fed Certification, Mobile Processing. Speakers include: Certified Humane, American Grassfed Association, Global Animal Partnership, Socially Responsible Agriculture Project. Local farmers who have been certified with Animal Welfare Approved and more. 
Please RSVP to: Lori Tatreau at lonetreefoodsnetwork@gmail.com

Seed Saving

September 24th. Omaha. Seed Saving is a skill that has been utilized for many centuries and sustains communities through food cultivation. Join us, with Betsy Goodman of Blooms Organics and the Common Soil Seed Library, to talk more about seed saving a local resilience. Soup with Substance is a recurring potluck and discussion series, hosted monthly on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm at City Sprouts Community Garden. We will provide soup and a thought provoking presentation on some aspect of gardening and community, and encourage participants to bring a dish to share. Following each presentation, we will have time for dialogue on the topic. Soup with Substance is free and open to the public. https://www.facebook.com/events/330751240382879/

10 things to know before starting your small business

September 24th. Thinking of starting your own business. Glenn Muske, rural and agribusiness enterprise development specialist with NDSU Extension will provide a checklist of the 10 things you need to know before you start your own farm enterprise. https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/8371460892596823298

SNR Fall Research Seminar

“North American Deserts: Ecological Surprises”.  September 24.  3:30 pm. UNL's East Campus  Hardin Hall Room: 107 (Auditorium). Jed Sparks, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the Cornell Isotope Laboratory (COIL) at Cornell University, will present “North American Deserts: Ecological Surprises.” The seminar is free and open to the public.

Basics of Pump and Pipeline Design and Selection in Irrigation Systems

September 24th. 1pm Central. Participants will learn the basics of pumps and pipelines that include types, hydraulics, characteristic curves, and selection, as well as power units, energy considerations, and economics and safety. http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/basics-of-pump-and-pipeline-design-and-selection-in-irrigation-systems

Fall 2014 Biotechnology / Life Sciences Seminar Series

September 24.  4:00 pm–5:00 pm. Lincoln. Beadle Center Room, 1901 Vine Street. Lisa Vonfeldt, 402-472-2635,BiotechPSIOffice@unl.edu. “Open algae pond ecology,” will be presented by Dr. Rob McBride, Sapphire Energy. A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Climate Change Implications for Nebraska: Managing Resources in a Changing Climate

September 25, 3:30pm – 5:00pm. Lincoln. Live Webcast: http://heuermannlectures.unl.edu\ (high-speed internet access required – dialup will NOT work). Web Rebroadcast: 7:00 p.m. at http://heuermannlectures.unl.edu\ (high-speed internet access required) 

Winter care of backyard poultry flocks

Thursday, September 25. Fall is the time to prepare your flocks and coops for the toils of winter. Dr. Brigid McCrea from Delaware State University will cover the activities that are recommended for such preparations.  Whether this is your first  or fortieth flock, take the time to learn about changes to your management and biosecurity routines so that your flock stays happy and healthy all winter long. https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/poultry

NGFN Webinar: Food Hub Benchmarking Study

September 25. The NGFN Food Hub Collaboration, with partners at Farm Credit East, Farm Credit Council, and Morse Marketing Connections, has collected and analyzed financial and operational data from dozens of hubs across the country, creating the second food hub benchmarking study. This webinar describes the lessons learned from the recent benchmarking study of food hub financial and operational characteristics. The presentation highlights how successful food hubs across the nation have achieved their mission and goals through financial and business metrics. Farmers who attend the webinar will gain a better understanding of their ability to access new markets through food hubs, and researchers and local food advocacy organizations will benefit from this webinar's business-based analysis of food hub functions and operational issues. https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/388854594

ATFS Webinar - Forest Brews

September 25th. Your forest may contain the key ingredients to make all-natural foods and beverages of all kinds. Learn how to tap into some non-traditional forest products. Learn about how to make your own brews and just expand your understanding of what can be made from the forest. https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=t3npz05k2r3g

Legal and Financial Clinic

Friday, September 26. Norfolk, NE. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Composting Demonstration 

September 27.  10:00 am. Lincoln. Pioneers Park Room: Backyard composting demonstration area near Nature Center. Sarah Browning, UNL Extension in Lancaster County, 402-441-7180sbrowning2@unl.edu. Learn how to be successful with composting by attending a composting demonstration sponsored by University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln Recycling Office.  At each composting program, two lucky participants will win either a composting thermometer or a composting bin. http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/



Opportunity

Job Opportunity

OneCert is expanding our staff. We are looking for two Certification Specialists: one will primarily focus on crops (and livestock) and the other will primarily work with handling operations. Contact Sam Welsch for more information, 402-420-6080

Yeoman Keyline Shank For Sale

If you are into restorative farmscale agriculture, this is a necessary tool.  I will show you how to build an implement for way under the cost of what you can buy commercially and I will even teach you how to use it.  You can use this tool for regenerating pasture, implementing keyline systems, planting trees, root pruning and making mini swales. I live in Papillion just outside of Omaha.  Call if you are interested at the number below. Jonathan Dodd, Keipos, Inc. & New Earth Farm & Goods, 321.544.2851





Upcoming

Livestock Inputs Webinar

October 1. This webinar presented by IOIA and the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) will introduce commonly used organic materials, what organic inspectors look for during an inspection, and how OMRI evaluates livestock inputs. It will include pre-course self-study; in-class discussion, examples, exercises, and the opportunity for questions and answers; and a post-course evaluation. Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI NOP Livestock Input Materials Certificate of Completion. 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. The project is designed to provide educational programming for veterinarians, Extension educators, and other professionals who routinely work with organic livestock herds and flocks.http://www.oeffa.org/events.php

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Sustainable Small Farms & Backyards Online Course

September 15 - October 31, 2014. Online. Clemson Extension's Livestock & Forages team and the Home & Garden Information Center will offer six classes online from September 15 to October 31, 2014. The course is geared toward teaching people with very small farms (under 10 acres) the basics on how to care for livestock and honeybees and how to grow your own fruits and vegetables. County/Area Extension Agents and State Extension Specialist deliver information on beekeeping basics, livestock (goats, pigs and chickens), forages, small fruit and vegetable gardening, and state guidelines for selling direct to consumers. http://calendar.clemson.edu/event/sustainable_small_farms_backyards_online_course

Ramping Up to Forest Farm Culinary Delights

September 16. Online. This one-hour webinar is the second in a series of eight on non-timber forest products. It will be presented by Jim Chamberlain, Research Forest Products Technologist with the USDA Forest Service, who will focus on forest farming wild onions, also known as ramps. https://www.extension.org/sites/default/files/Webinar%20Line%20Up%20.pdf

Preventing Storm Damage to Trees

September 16th. PA Urban & Community Forestry Webinar: Preventing Storm Damage to Trees. https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry

Direct Marketing Meats

September 16. Online. During this webinar, brought to you by the Women in Ag Learning Network, presented in collaboration with the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, participants will hear from a meat processor and a farmer about how to increase profitability from your direct market meat sales. Presenters will talk about how to fill out a cut sheet, marketing tips for selling the whole animal and what works (and what doesn't!) in direct marketing meats. https://learn.extension.org/events/1694

DIY Kimchi

Tuesday, September 16, 6pm-8pm. Did you know that Kimchi can be eaten fresh or fermented? Learn how to create a tasty Kimchi from great produce. This traditional Korean dish will present you with endless possibilites in the kitchen! https://communitycrops.z2systems.com/np/clients/communitycrops/event.jsp?event=71&

Alternate Market Opportunities for Bioenergy Feedstock

September 16. Northeast Woody/Warm-Season Biomass Consortium Webinar. https://meeting.psu.edu/bioenergy

Giving Your Horse the Best Chance During Disasters

Tuesday, September 16. 6pm Central. Participants in this webcast will learn practical things a horse owner should know, and can do, that will reduce risks to horses during fires, floods and storms. This webcast is presented by My Horse University, Michigan State University Extension and the Extension Disaster Education Network. You must register for this FREE webinar to access the session URL. http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=MHUWebcast

Insecticide Resistance Management

Entomology Seminar. September 16.  4:00 pm–5:00 pm. UNL's East Campus Union. Jeri Cunningham, 402-472-8678,jcunningham1@unl.edu. “Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM): Negative Cross-Resistance in Focus” presented by Matheus Ribeiro, Entomology Graduate Student

Cover Crop Field Day

September 16, 5pm – 8pm. Bladen. Free Cover Crop Field Day, with meal to follow.  We will be looking at double cropped sunflowers planted with a high diversity companion covers, planted in mid-July after a triticale crop.  We also will be looking at covers flown-on to hailed corn as well as other summer planted cover crop plots.  No RSVP required but let us know ahead of time if you want to pickup any seed.  More information at https://greencoverseed.com/ or call 402-469-6784.

NOP Livestock Standards Webinar

September 16 and 19. Online. This IOIA webinar will be given in two sessions, on two dates, each three hours long. This webinar is a 100-level course will prepare participants to verify compliance with the NOP Livestock Standards. This webinar training course will focus on topics including the National List of allowed synthetic and prohibited natural inputs for livestock production. Participants will also gain skill in understanding and navigating the NOP regulations. This course is geared to prepare those who intend to take further training to become organic inspectors or file reviewers. This course is comprised of four components: pre-course self-study, mid-course exercises, the webinar, and post-webinar evaluation. http://www.ioia.net/schedule_web.html#sept16

Evaluating Investments and Operational Changes

September 16. Online. MOSES is offering free webinars help you manage your farm's finances. Presenters are two of the co-authors of the book Fearless Farm Finances. This free webinar with Chris Blanchard will show you the tools you need to evaluate your options. You'll get a down-to-earth approach to help you better understand the economic and other impacts of investments and operational changes. http://mosesorganic.org/events/webinars/

Pressure Canning :: Tomatoes

Wednesday, September 17th at 6pm. All workshops are hosted at City Sprouts, 4002 Seward Street. There is a  $5 participation fee. 

Oiling with Miranda Bitz

September 17th. Curious about the latest “oiling” craze. Learn about the potential of oils from seed to seal with Miranda Bitz and Tanya Schoessow. https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/9092833978906219266

Farmer Veteran Coalition Presents: 
A Celebration of our American Heroes

We are having a huge celebration to honor everyone who has served our nation. We want to connect with veterans who are already involved in agriculture and those who have the dream to do so.  Thursday, September 18. 6:30 PM-10:30 PM.  Music Begins 7:30 PM Seward Ag Pavilion, Seward. Doors open 6 PM. Dinner by Chances R 6:30 PM.  Featuring a Special Live Performance by Jason Earl Band www.jasonearlmusic.comwww.farmvetco.org. For more information contact: Chet Bennetts- Director of Farm Business, Development/Farmer Veteran Coalition, (402) 890-0797 or chet@farmvetco.org

Legal and Financial Clinic

Thursday, September 18. Valentine or Lexington. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

How the Wind did Human Work on the Farm

September 18th. Paul A. Olson Seminar in Great Plains Studies. 3:30 pm. Center For Great Plains Studies, 1155 Q St. Lincoln. Presented by T. Lindsay Baker, director, W.K. Gordon Center for the Industrial History of Texas and professor at Tarleton State University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Energy Upgrades: Steps to Implement Energy Conservation Opportunities

September 18. Online. This webinar is part of a series of agricultural energy webinars presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. http://www.conservationwebinars.net/

Webinar: Composting 101 and Five Strategies for Success n Nebraska

September 18, 12:00pm – 1:30pm. Composting has great potential to stimulate rural economies, protect our food supply, conserve water and reduce waste. And news keeps getting better: Nebraska is well-positioned to reap these myriad benefits with an existing network of local composting facilities.  National composting expert Brenda Platt will start us off with a primer on what is composting, why it matters, an overview of the infrastructure needs, and a look at where things stand in the U.S.  To register:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5286878877248346370

Agroforestry Workshop

September 19. Emmetsburg, Iowa. This workshop hosted by Trees Forever will introduce property owners and natural resource professionals to the benefits of agroforestry practices, including perennial crops and more. Topics include alley cropping, or growing annuals and other crops between rows of trees; silvopasture, which involves grazing animals in forested areas or orchards; and riparian forest buffers — trees and shrubs planted next to streams and rivers — and other agroforestry practices.http://www.treesforever.org/Events

Landowner Habitat Tour

Friday, September 19. Nebraska City. The Critical Role of Pollinators. See NebraskaPF.com or call 308-850-8395

World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute
 
September 19.  9:00 am–3:00 pm. UNL's East Campus Union. Jennifer Greenlee, 472-2807, jgreenlee2@unl.edu. World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute—ALEC/CASNR

Chicory - A new crop for Nebraska

September 19. 3:30 pm–5:00 pm. Keim Hall on UNL's East Campus. Dept. of Agronomy & Horticulture, 402-472-2811,agrohort@unl.edu. Presented by Robert Wilson, UNL Professor & Extension Weed Specialist, Panhandle Research & Extension Center. In 1995 Dr. Wilson began exploring the possibilities of showing farmers how to successfully grow industrial chicory. This seminar will give the background and what has been accomplished with chicory in the past 20 years.

Livestock Mortality Composting – Beyond the Basics Part 2

Friday, September 19 at 1:30 pm CDT. As the popularity of composting as an option for managing livestock mortalities increases, innovative research has recently emerged regarding drug and prion persistence in mortality compost piles. A related issue is the consideration of worker safety during composting. This webcast will feature presentations by national experts who participated in Langston University’s Livestock Mortality Composting – Beyond the Basics Conference held earlier this year.   Topics for this webcast include: fate of euthanasia drugs during composting; can composting destroy prions; and mortality composting worker safety considerations. New mortality composting resources will also be covered.  https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/lpelc

The Farmers Daughter: A Women in Agriculture Series

September 19. Olathe, Kansas. The "Farmers Daughter" educational series is designed to provide information and training on a wide variety of farm management topics that will be catered directly to farm women. Women with any level of experience in farm management or with any degree of farm involvement are invited to attend. The first hour-and-a-half-long program will focus on a recap of the current wheat harvest, a look at farm income levels over the past year and finish up with some brainstorming for future meeting dates, topics and times. This free program is made possible with support from Johnson County Farm Bureau, K-State Research and Extension, and Frontier Farm Credit. http://www.johnson.ksu.edu/p.aspx?tabid=1494

Grow Local! Workshop for Local Food Growers & Producers

September 20. Council Bluffs, Iowa. Golden Hills RC&D - Southwest Iowa Food & Farm Initiative presents this workshop for people in the business of locally grown food. Hear stories and get advice from successful local growers and specialty crop producers, learn how to market your agri-business, find funds to launch your speciality crop, and leave with resources and information to help your business grow. http://bit.ly/XxElCE



Opportunity

Job Opportunity

OneCert is expanding our staff. We are looking for two Certification Specialists: one will primarily focus on crops (and livestock) and the other will primarily work with handling operations. Contact Sam Welsch for more information, 402-420-6080

Yeoman Keyline Shank For Sale

If you are into restorative farmscale agriculture, this is a necessary tool.  I will show you how to build an implement for way under the cost of what you can buy commercially and I will even teach you how to use it.  You can use this tool for regenerating pasture, implementing keyline systems, planting trees, root pruning and making mini swales. I live in Papillion just outside of Omaha.  Call if you are interested at the number below. Jonathan Dodd, Keipos, Inc. & New Earth Farm & Goods, 321.544.2851

Ram lambs, yearling ewes for sale

Hello, folks. For sale, 2 Romney ram lambs, 6 months old, white wool but carry natural color gene. Tested RR for scrapie resistance. Also 4 yearling ewes, Romney cross, black wool. Romney is medium-size, dual purpose wool & meat breed, this flock is used for handspinning wool. All these are totally grass raised in northeast Nebraska, an hour north of Norfolk. Call Jeanie at 402 283-4802, or email to fraas@nntc.net.

Organic Hens for Adoption!

We are replacing some of our flock and need to find home for our older hens (1.5years old). You are welcome to buy as many as you can care for. We are asking that you pay $4 for each hen. Our hens enjoy vegetable scraps, grit, oyster shell, bugs, fresh water and organic feed. They are locked up every night to keep them safe from critters. We recommend that you bring a large box or a pet carrier to bring your hens home. Our farm is located at 1240 Ironwood Road, Harlan, Iowa. Please let us know if you need directions. We are offering pick up times this week. Please let us know what day and time will work for your pick up this week. We need to find homes for these ladies ASAP. Ellen Walsh-Rosmann, 712-579-1933,www.pinoakplace.com/

For Sale

We have a few things for sale.  John Deere 24 T  twine Baler $1000. New Holland 116 windrower, needs hydraulic pump, otherwise works great $3500.  King Kutter Shredder  6ft.  $500. Give us a call if you are interested 402-780-5287. Melissa




Upcoming


Scaling Up Your Business and Packaging & Grading Produce

September 22. Lawrence, Kansas. This workshop is part of the Growing Growers workshop series. The classes address skills required to run a local farm. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well. http://www.growinggrowers.org/workshops.html

National Bioenergy and Environment Summit

September 23-25. Ames, Iowa. The 2014 National Bioenergy and Environment Summit will provide a forum for the exchange of biorenewables and sustainability research findings and educational ideas, methods, and techniques for Extension Educators, NGO’s and outreach and policy professionals with agriculture, energy, and natural resource interests and/or appointments.http://www.2014e3.org/

Climate Change Implications for Nebraska: Managing Resources in a Changing Climate

September 25, 3:30pm – 5:00pm. Lincoln. Live Webcast: http://heuermannlectures.unl.edu\ (high-speed internet access required – dialup will NOT work). Web Rebroadcast: 7:00 p.m. at http://heuermannlectures.unl.edu\ (high-speed internet access required) 

Winter care of backyard poultry flocks

Thursday, September 25. Fall is the time to prepare your flocks and coops for the toils of winter. Dr. Brigid McCrea from Delaware State University will cover the activities that are recommended for such preparations.  Whether this is your first  or fortieth flock, take the time to learn about changes to your management and biosecurity routines so that your flock stays happy and healthy all winter long. https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/poultry

NGFN Webinar: Food Hub Benchmarking Study

September 25. The NGFN Food Hub Collaboration, with partners at Farm Credit East, Farm Credit Council, and Morse Marketing Connections, has collected and analyzed financial and operational data from dozens of hubs across the country, creating the second food hub benchmarking study. This webinar describes the lessons learned from the recent benchmarking study of food hub financial and operational characteristics. The presentation highlights how successful food hubs across the nation have achieved their mission and goals through financial and business metrics. Farmers who attend the webinar will gain a better understanding of their ability to access new markets through food hubs, and researchers and local food advocacy organizations will benefit from this webinar's business-based analysis of food hub functions and operational issues. https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/388854594

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Profitable Poultry 6-week Online Course

September 2, 2014
Greetings!

Many small farms integrate a poultry enterprise--and many new farmers get started with poultry--because chickens, eggs, turkeys, and ducks are popular with customers, low-investment, quick-turnaround enterprises. But there's a lot to know, from getting breed selection right, to maintaining flock health, understanding marketing regulations, and optimizing feed rations. Profit margins can be slim, and making good decisions about these things means the difference between profit and loss!

BF 130: Poultry Production - Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys, and Ducks is a 6-week online course that will help you improve your existing poultry operation or set up a new poultry enterprise. The course consists of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting.

The course runs Wed. Oct 15 - Nov. 19, 2014, with webinars Wed. evenings from6:30-8pm EST. The cost is $200, but multiple people from the same farm may participate without paying extra. See the course description page for more on the course learning objectives, instructors, and outline.

BF 130: Poultry Production is part of the line-up of 12 online courses offered this Fall, Winter and Spring by the Cornell Small Farms Program. Learn which courses would be best for you, read about our team of experienced instructors, see answers toFrequently Asked Questions, and  view the calendar of course offerings for 2013-2014.

Courses often fill very quickly, so don't miss your chance to sign up today!