Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

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.

Grassland Studies 2014 Fall Seminar Series
October 6.  3:00 pm–4:00 pm. Ctr for Grassland Studies, Presented by David Bohnert, Ruminant Nutritionist and Extension Beef Cattle Specialist at Oregon State University and Director of the Eastern Oregon Agriculture Research Center, Burns, OR, “Nutritional management: Strategies for efficient beef production in a rangeland environment.” Free and open to the public.

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.

Entomology Seminar on Invasion Biology and Management of the Coconut Leaf Beetle
October 7. 4:00 pm–5:00 pm. UNL's East Campus Union. Contact: Jeri Cunningham, “Invasion Biology and Management of the Coconut Leaf Beetle, Brontispa longissima Gestro (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)” presented by Jelfina Alouw, Entomology Graduate Student

Composting Workshop - Lincoln, NE
October 7.  6:00 pm. Charles H. Gere Library, 2400 S. 56th St. Lincoln. Contact: Sarah Browning, UNL Extension in Lancaster County,

Ideas for Enhancing Sheep Production

Wednesday, October 8. Learn about designing sheep production systems to match animals to resources to markets. Joe will briefly cover breeds, breeding programs, nutrition/health, reproduction, and product quality (meat and wool). If time allows, he will also touch on facilities and pasture management. Raised on a small family farm in Pennsylvania, Joe’s experience with livestock includes managing sheep farms in New York, butchering, genetic evaluation, teaching, and judging. He seeks to help Vermont's diversified livestock farms improve their efficiency, product quality, and marketing.

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.

SNR Fall Research Seminar

Assessment of simulated crop yeilds by considering soil uncertainty. October 8.  3:30 pm. UNL's East Campus,  Hardin Hall Room: 107 (Auditorium). The seminar is free and open to the public.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Thursday, October 9. North Platte. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Webinar: Local Food Systems in Nebraska-Successes, Challenges and Barriers

Thursday, October 9, 1:30pm – 3:30pm. This webinar will provide information from interviews with residents involved in developing local and regional food systems throughout Nebraska. Interviews and case studies resulting from the interviews will focus on successes, best practices, challenges, and barriers to local and regional food systems in Nebraska.  It will be part of a long-term effort to develop local and regional food systems in rural Nebraska communities and develop food systems in the state that benefit farmers, ranchers and rural communities.  View the webinar at:

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.


Farm for Sale in Western Nebraska

We have operated a pastured poultry (including processing) operation and a direct beef operation.  This would be an excellent opportunity for someone who would like to start a small scale sustainable agricultural business. We are having an auction on October 21st which will have all of our equipment for the pastured poultry operation (including processing equipment) and livestock equipment. The link for the auction is:
(check back often as we are still adding items). We also have our cattle herd for sale.  We will only sell them all to one buyer to keep the herd together.  The herd consists of approximately 40 cows and 3 bulls.  The herd is comprised of Angus and Angus/Lowline cross. If you have any questions, please call or email myself or my husband Dan. Dan's cell phone is 308-631-6849. Email 

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 

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, 


Using Cover Crop Mixtures Webinar

October 14. Online. Join eOrganic for the first webinar of the fall 2014 season. A team of researchers from Penn State University will discuss the use of cover crop "cocktails" or mixtures to achieve weed suppression, nitrogen scavenging, nitrogen provisioning, and attracting beneficial insects and pollinators. Results from a study of winter cover crops in a grain and forage research project at the Penn State Rock Springs Research Farm and from several Pennsylvania farms will be shown. They will also review issues of cover crop timing, termination, and general management to aid in farmer insight and adoption of cover crop mixes. The presentation will last an hour. The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.
Bioneers Summit Conference

October 17-19. San Rafael, California. The theme for this 25th anniversary conference is "Growing the Movement: The world we want and how to get there." This year the conference includes a track on Food and Farming, a pre-conference workshop on "Indigenous Women, Plants and Foodways," and a post-conference workshop on "Food System Resilience."

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