Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Nebraska Young Farmer Night @ Darby Springs Farm

September 10th. 5:30pm. Ceresco. Join us for the final Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society Young Farmer Night of the season! All ages and interests welcome! Bring a potluck main or side to share. We will be treating you with our heritage ice cream & caramel sauce - provided by our heritage breed cows and chickens. Followed by a pasture walk & bonfire. Come hear our passions & plans and share yours! Potluck will be at 5:30 so bring your favorite dish to share! Questions email us at Details and to rsvp visit,

Financial Analysis Using Your Schedule F

September 9. 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 webinar will help you determine your farm's financial strength or vulnerability. You'll learn how to use your tax return in combination with an annual balance sheet to analyze your farm's profitability and cash flow.

Meat Processing Plant Management Strategies to Reduce Fall Season Stress

September 9. Online. In this free Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar, Nick McCann will share real-life examples and proven strategies for solving common problems in meat plant management: excessive overtime, stressed-out employees, customer complaints, and quality problems that often occur during the busy fall season. Nick will share examples from plants he has worked with and answer your questions about how to make the most of your fall season. Processors are asked to pre-register and submit their challenges for the presenter to address.

Plant Defense & Insect Counter-Defense: UNderstanding Complex Interactions

September 9. 4:00 pm. UNL's City Campus in Lincoln at the Beadle Center Room. Maize, a major cereal crop grown worldwide, is attacked by several insects, including chewing and piercing-sucking insects. However, little is known about maize defense responses to different feeding guilds of insect pests. The major goal of our research is to understand maize defense signaling mechanisms against insect attack and the role of insect salivary components in altering maize defenses. Contact 

Asian Longhorned Beetle: Raising Awareness of Forest Pests

September 9th. PA Forest Stewardship Webinar: Asian Longhorned Beetle: Raising Awareness of Forest Pests. Follow this link to register for the webinar (register as guest).

National Heirloom Exposition

September 9-11. Santa Rosa, California. Billed as "The World's Pure Food Fair," The National Heirloom Exposition is a not-for-profit event centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. The event includes speaker presentations and more than 300 natural vendors from across the country and beyond, offering food, plants, farm equipment, and more.

National Summit on Herbicide Resistance

September 10. Washington, DC. Building on the insights and perspectives that were established from the 2012 Herbicide Resistance Summit, one of the outcomes expected from Herbicide Resistance Summit II will include a more unified understanding of the issues across the country, understanding of differences of viewpoints, and approaches to solutions. This event is sponsored by the Weed Science Society of America and hosted by the National Research Council. Everyone participating in the Herbicide Resistance Summit II should walk away understanding their role in addressing and solving the evolution of herbicide resistance in weeds. The Herbicide Resistance Summit II will end with the question "What will you do?"

Water Sustainability

SNR Fall Research Seminar. September 10. 3:30 pm. UNL's East Campus at Hardin Hall. Francisco Munoz-Arriola, assistant professor of hydroinformatics and integrated hydrology, will present “Water Sustainability.” The seminar is free and open to the public.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Wednesday, September 10. Norfolk. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Canning Workshops

City Sprouts. Water Bath Canning :: Pickles :: Tuesday, September 9th at 6pm. Water Bath Canning :: Salsa :: Wednesday, September 10th at 6pm. All workshops are hosted at City Sprouts, 4002 Seward Street. There is a  $5 participation fee. 

Eastern Kansas Grazing School

September 10-11. Blaine, Kansas. Pottawatomie County Extension Office hosts a two-day workshop on Management Intensive Grazing (MiG) for beginning and experienced graziers.

Making More than Cow Revenue: Adding Enterprises to your Ranch

Wednesday, September 10. Taylor. Ranch owners can learn ways to share their wildlife with others.  Learn about ranch enterprises that rely on more than cows, such as hunting and birding. Topics will include birding, habitat and grazing, and outdoor sessions.  Pre-registration is due to the Central Sandhills Area Extension Office by September 3. Call 308-645-2267 or 800-657-2113.  Registration is limited to the first 60.  More information can be found at

In/out balances, Traceability Tests and Recipe Verification for Processing Inspection under NOP & COR

September 10 & 17. Online. The In/out balances, Traceability test and Recipe Verification for Processing inspection under NOP & COR webinar is a 200-level course from IOIA. The course will be delivered in two, two-hour sessions. This course is designed for persons with at least two years of experience in organic inspection or certification review experience. This webinar will allow inspectors and certifiers to further their understanding of the requirements of the NOP and COR standards as they pertain to recordkeeping in the processing environment, with an emphasis on methodology, practical applications and standardized reporting.

Promoting High Quality Conservation on Organic Farms

September 10. Online. In this webinar from the National Center for Appropriate Technology, conservation professionals and landowners will learn how NRCS conservation practices and enhancements can provide high value production and biodiversity benefits while at the same time aiding producers to obtain or maintain their USDA organic status. Presenters are Jo Ann Baumgartner, Director of the Wild Farm Alliance, and Harriet Behar, MOSES Organic Specialist.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Thursday, September 11. North Platte. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Arboretum Plant Sale in Omaha

September 13. 9:00 am–12:00 pm. Douglas/sarpy County Extension Office. Omaha. One of the garden seasons that tends to be overlooked is late summer when plants are beginning to wind down. Many of the plants at a Sept. 13 plant sale from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum can fill in that gap. The Omaha plant sale will run from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 at Douglas/Sarpy County Extension, 8015 W. Center Road in Omaha. For more information, go to or call 402-472-2971.

Farm Aid 2014

September 13. Raleigh, North Carolina. Each year, Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp & Dave Matthews headline a Farm Aid concert to bring together a wide variety of musicians, farmers & fans for one mission: keeping family farmers on their land. Farm Aid 2014 is an all-day music & food festival, & will feature a unique lineup of artists & genres.


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

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,

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

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


Urban agriculture is where vegetables, and cities, thrive

On a recent Saturday, some four dozen children in my neighborhood picked tomatoes and pulled potatoes. They ladled homemade tomato sauce onto homemade potato crusts and topped it with homemade cheese. The bravest among them added okra, corn, squash, beets and basil. Then they chased chickens, caught butterflies and sweated in the humid sunshine until it was time to enjoy the fruits of their summer long labors in this inner-city Eden.  Read the rest!


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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 For more information contact: Chet Bennetts- Director of Farm Business, Development/Farmer Veteran Coalition, (402) 890-0797 or

Landowner Habitat Tour

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

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

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

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