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.edu

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, 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.

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.

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, 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, or visit

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, 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.

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.


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 

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 ,,  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,, 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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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