Monday, May 11, 2015

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

Managing natural resources with the challenge of climate change

Monday, May 11 at 12:00 pm. This talk will introduce the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and share experiences assisting land managers to develop and implement conservation and management actions to help ecosystems respond to climate change.

Perennial Fruits and Vegetables Perennial Crops; Fruit and Vegetables

May 13th. Vaughn Hammond will present on area perennial fruits and vegetables. Register for this class here.

Creating a Social Media Plan for Your Business

Wednesday, May 13 at 11:00 am. Webinar. Social Media is not a miracle worker. It is just one layer of communication, one tool to let the public know what your business is about. To do it right takes planning.  What should you be doing? How to strategize your content, develop a plan, and study who’s doing it right. Designed for existing businesses. Not for personal social media. For more information: To register:

Getting Oily With Soybeans: Plant Breeding Webinar

Wednesday, May 13 at 1:00 pm. Join the National Association of Plant Breeding and the Plant Breeding and Genomics Community of Practice for a webinar on soybean breeding by Istvan Rajcan of the University of Guelph. The webinar takes place on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time). The webinar is free and advanced registration is required. Register now at

Using Case Studies to Facilitate Farmer Conservation Decisions

May 14. Online. This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Participants in this webinar will learn how to use case studies of producer experiences to facilitate conservation decision-making.

Crop Insurance for Small Farms: A Crash Course

May 14. Online. This National Good Food Network webinar offers an opportunity to learn about crop insurance options, find out about what it means to be in an insurance contract, and learn how to think about the best options for your farm or the farms that you advise and work with.

2-Day Intensive Regenerative Land and Plant Propagation Course

May 15th and 16th. Papillion. In this course you will learn how to read landscapes, identify patterns, and harness the land for profitable gain while investing in the long-term fertility and health of the soil at the same time. You will also be given the knowledge, basic skills and tools necessary to create your own profitable plant propagation property, lifestyle and/or business. The Regenerative Land and Plant Course will give you the inspiration, information and hands-on skills you need to create a business or just feed your family and friends.

IOIA Webinar: On-Farm Food Safety Training

May 15. Online. The Independent Organic Inspectors Association offers this on-farm food safety training online in two 3.5-hour sessions.

Solar Energy Day!

May 16th. Between 9am and 5pm, anytime. Fullerton at Jim Knopiks FarmSee a working 15 KW solar panel system. This will be a one on one informational day about solar panels, net metering, estimated costs, incentive grants and tax credits. Martin Kleinschmit, who helped us design several units and understands the incentives and hookups to the grid will be on hand to answer questions. Jim Knopik (308-550-0288), Nick Cook (308-550-0845), Martin Kleinschmit ( 402-254-7310)

Composting Demonstration
May. 16.  10:00 am.  Pioneers Park Nature Center’s backyard composting demonstration area. Contact, Sarah Browning, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, 402-441-7180sbrowning2@unl.edu

Sunday with a Scientist; Soil

May 17th. NRCS. Lincoln.  The University of Nebraska State Museum’s May Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families will celebrate the "International Year of Soils". The program will take place on May 17 from 1:30-4:30pm at Morrill Hall. Soil scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service will help visitors explore the world of soils. Children and families will learn how soils clean and capture water, support buildings, sustain life, plus more through hands-on activities.


Farmer/Apprentice/Intern Wanted

I am looking for a late May - October veg farm helper/intern/apprentice. Will participate in every aspect of planting, raising, harvesting, marketing and delivering fresh, naturally grown veg, herbs and fruit to Lincoln and Omaha restaurants.  24-32 hrs per week. Hrs somewhat flexible. F/T for the right person. I can also make land available at no cost for the employee to grow and sell his/her own stuff.  Please send one-page resume and contact info ggg

For Sale by Owner

Tekamah. (40+/- Acre farm with house & buildings). We have decided that we must downsize and are going to sell the farm. Please share with anyone you may know who is 
interested.  Northwest of Tekamah, Nebraska. Includes 5 
bedroom/3.5 bath raised ranch with walk-out basement house, Has two kitchens, oversized shower and whirlpool tub in 
master bath, plus walk-in closet. Property has been farmed organically for over 9 years, includes Morton machine shed, 
Butler livestock building and other small buildings. This farm has been ran to be self sufficient for several years. Farm 
does have underground wiring and a battery shed for solar power, solar panels do not go with farm, but all the 
underground wiring and permanent solar infrastructure stays. 
Call Rebecka Fleischman at 402-687-4149 for more information. 
More pictures available upon request. Schedule your tour today.

Egg Cartons for sale

I have 20 bundles of generic, never used, still in plastic wrapping, recyclable pulp egg cartons available - 120 [dozen] cartons each bundle - at 25 cents per carton.  I have switched packaging and don't need these anymore. Dan Hromas, Prairie Pride Poultry, 

Organic Prairie Hay

I'll be cutting and baling 130 acres of Certified Organic Prairie Hay later this year. I was wondering if anyone can help me get it sold. Obviously, big round bales would be easier but I could do small squares, if need be. Any suggestions on buyers/markets would be greatly appreciated. 
Thank you, 
Jon Yoachim, 

Seeking Straw Bales for the Malone Center

I'm looking for 6-8 bales and I'm able to pick them up. The Malone Center is located in Lincoln, so the closer to Lincoln the better. Just let me know if you're able to help. Danny Martin,

Looking for Mentorship in Shelton/Grand Island/Kearney Area.

My family and I are returning to Shelton, NE in order to re-establish her family's farm. It is 160 acres but hasn't been used in nearly 30 years. We are going to be establishing a Joel Salatin Polyface Farm type farm. Where we will raise a multi specie critical and threatened heritage breed livestock as determined by the Livestock Conservancy Organization. All livestock will be pastured raised. We are also going to establish seasonal vegetable gardens. Looking for mentorship opportunities in the Shelton/Grand Island/Kearney area that would be willing to help us learn the does and don'ts of pasture based all natural farming. Michael Peña,

2014 Farm Bill - Conservation Compliance Changes | NRCS

The 2014 Farm Bill re-established the applicability of the Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation provisions to crop insurance subsidies, but the Farm Bill did not change how these were implemented in conservation programs. USDA is seeking comments on an Interim Final Rule, which would make official this change to conservation compliance provisions. Submit comments on

Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions aim to reduce soil loss on erosion-prone lands and to protect wetlands for the multiple benefits they provide. HELC and WC provisions apply to all land that is considered highly erodible or a wetland, and that is owned or farmed by persons voluntarily participating in USDA programs, unless USDA determines an exemption applies. 
Producers, and any affiliated individuals or entities who participate in most programs administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) are required to comply with these provisions. Farmers seeking federal crop insurance premium subsidies for the 2016 reinsurance year must comply by June 1 by filing form AD-1026. The 2016 reinsurance year runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

Farm Family Placement Opportunity

'We are a family of four (with two kids), we are looking for any possibility that can lead us to live in the country (no more than one hour and a half driving from the farm to the city of Lincoln). We are specially looking for a farm/ house with a piece of land that is organic oriented .  Please do not hesitate to contact us for any queries (Cell phone; 402-4059195). Thanks. Troy Van Horn".

OneCert Hiring

Administrative Specialists. This is a full-time position in our Lincoln office. For more details, Sam Welsch, President, OneCert, Inc., 2219 C Street, Lincoln, NE  68502,

FarmTable Delivery is Hiring

We're HIRING! Office Manager, Vendor/Producer Relations, Accounts Receivable. Effective Immediately. (This is one single position, perfect for the well rounded person). Location: Harlan, Iowa. For more information contact, 

Veg Farmland for Rent

Close in farmland for rent. About 1 acre 200 yards outside city limits in SW Corner of Lincoln. Organically maintained for at least 30 years. Bearing aronia bushes on part of the land. I know the owner and the land, as does Justin G Jones, and I think Ingrid Kirst at CROPS knows it too. If interested, call Jeff at 402-429-9507. In my opinion, it would make a good "training plot" for a couple of young veg farmers.  I tried to buy the property myself 15-16 years ago but I have no financial interest in the property or a possible rental; just doing an old friend a favor.

Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Survey 

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is working with the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) to better understand experiences with crop insurance and with a new crop insurance product called Whole-Farm Revenue Protection. Whole-Farm Revenue Protection is a pilot crop insurance policy available for the 2015 crop insurance year. The policy provides crop insurance coverage based on a farm’s 5-year revenue history, and it enables a farm to insure more than one crop with one policy. The link to the survey is about this survey can be directed to James Robinson at 919-542-1396 ext. 209 or

Mother Earth News Survey

Later this year, Mother Earth News will publish an article about the growing evidence of the vital importance of getting the right balance of fatty acids in our diet. Some researchers now believe that the shift away from beneficial fatty acids in modern diets is leading to health consequences that are as serious as the problems we face with climate change. As you probably know, grass-fed products are better sources of fatty acids than industrial products. We plan to help raise public awareness of this fact by conducting a large-scale survey to measure the fatty acid profiles of samples of grass-fed meat, eggs and dairy products from across the continent. We will publish the results of the survey in conjunction with our article. We are recruiting producers to join in this nutrient-testing project and hope that you will choose to participate.


National Heritage Breeds Week and Day

May 17-23. National. The first annual National Heritage Breeds Week sponsored by The Livestock Conservancy will be held May 17-23, 2015 across the United States to raise awareness about nearly 200 endangered heritage breeds of livestock and poultry. Heritage breed farmers, enthusiasts, and the public are encouraged to spread the word throughout their networks. The week of awareness will culminate on Saturday, May 23 with National Heritage Breeds Day where many farms and ranches will choose to hold local events such as farm tours, workshops, or lectures to raise awareness in their communities.

National Value Added Agriculture Conference

May 18-20. Austin, Texas. This conference addresses food security, rural development, and value added agriculture. The theme is “The Future of the U.S. Food System: Providing Nutritious, Sustainable, and Healthy Food for All Americans.” The conference will include breakout sessions and tours and will feature innovative businesses. The recent farm bill, food waste, labor issues, functional foods, technology and big data, the adaptability and resilience of the food and agricultural system in the new century are among the topics to be discussed toward the goal of designing and building a sustainable regional food network and agricultural systems.

Ag Safety for Women

Tuesday, May 19 at 11:00 am. Join us for a webinar on agricultural safety and its impact on women in agriculture. Farm Safety For Just Kids Education Director Shari Burgus will share some ideas on promoting a safe environment for farm families. Starting with the organization in 1991, Shari initiated the first chapter system. She now develops educational material and programs that include brochures, fact sheets, demonstrations, displays, curriculum, activity ideas, lesson plans, and more. Shari has past teaching experience in both middle and high schools in rural and urban settings.

Automated Calf Feeders on US farms: How do They Work?

Tuesday, May 19 at 12:00 pm. Presenter: Dr. Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota. During this webinar Dr. Endres will summarize some results of a field study with 38 farms that use automated calf feeders. She will also address some key housing and management practices used on these farms and how they might influence calf health and welfare.

Virtual Reality, A New Kind of Experiential Learning for Ag Safety

Tuesday, May 19 at 1:00. A powerful teaching tool is on the horizon, and the SAY project is shaping how to use it for farm safety training that sticks. We’re talking about virtual reality. Advances in technology will bring immersive 360-degree experiences out of the laboratory and into the hands of consumers in 2015.  These virtual reality headsets, such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, are initially focused on gaming and entertainment, but also afford a new kind of experiential learning for students in many disciplines. Simulations in 3D can model both good and bad practices in production agriculture, and in particular, things not possible in real life. Through risk-taking in a safe virtual environment, learners can experience for themselves the consequences of unsafe actions. Get a glimpse into the future of immersive learning, and the science and pedagogy that supports it. Find out how you can contribute to bringing farm safety into 3D through the SAY project. If you need assistance, please contact Linda Fetzer at

AgroForestry Workshop

May 20-21. Topeka. This workshop will provide farmers, ranchers, landowners and natural resource professionals the opportunity to learn science-based information regarding the design, function, management, and benefits of a variety of agroforestry practices. Examples include silvopasture, alley cropping, windbreaks, riparian buffers, and forest farming. For more information:  http://www.kansasfarmersunion/events/amazing-grazing-events/   also A workshop brochure is also 
available on line at by clicking on News and Events.

Breeding Peanuts: The Story of a Lowly Groundnut

Wednesday, May 20 at 1:00 pm. Join the National Association of Plant Breeding and the Plant Breeding and Genomics Community of Practice for a webinar on peanut breeding by Barry Tillman of the University of Florida. The webinar takes place on Wednesday, May 20 2015 at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time). The webinar is free and advanced registration is required. Register now at

Tools for Transitioning to Organic Dairy Webinar

May 19. Online. The New York Organic Dairy Initiative will offer this webinar featuring presenters with the Northeast Organic Farming Association, USDA Farm Services Agency, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service covering the requirements for organic certification, tools to adjust conventional farming practices to meet those requirements, and the types of federal loans and Environmental Quality Incentives Program Organic Initiative resources that can help with transition costs. How to develop an Organic System Plan, spreadsheets and other tools for transitioning into organic dairy crops production, and return on investment data will be covered in the webinar session.

Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Energy and Climate Change

May 21. Online. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. It is the first in a four-part series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture. This session will present scientific research examining the energy and climate change benefits of organic farming practices. Presenters are Erin Silva and Betsy Rakola.

The Benefits of Diversity: Another Look at Whole Farm Revenue Protection

May 21. Online. This National Center for Appropriate Technology webinar focuses on how the new Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance may improve coverage and lower insurance costs for diverse field-crop farms or farms that are contemplating adding greater diversity to their cropping systems -- or even considering new livestock production.

Targeted Grazing Online Workshops: Monitoring for Success

May 21. Online. This is the final event in a series of online presentations led by experts on the topic of targeted grazing and made possible by the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. The free, one-hour presentation is by Dr. Marc Horney, California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo.

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