Thursday, August 6, 2015

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

Webinar on NOP Organic Integrity Database

August 4. Online. AMS National Organic Program and Information Technology Service will host an interactive webinar updating the organic community about the development of the Organic Integrity Database. The webinar will include an overview of the capabilities planned for the first release of the database, review of categories, and discussion of how stakeholder feedback and the certifier user group has informed this first release. The webinar begins at 2 pm Eastern.

Opportunities for Conservation in Organic Livestock Systems

August 4. Online. Join this webinar to learn about the wide range of opportunities for NRCS support in organically-managed livestock operations. The presenters will discuss opportunities for conservation in organic livestock systems from both the NRCS and producer perspectives. They will present common organic management practices and National Organic Program (NOP) regulations relevant to livestock, including pasture and outdoor access, feed management, and pasture management. The presentation will highlight NRCS practices that can fit well in organic systems, such as rotational grazing, fencing, and pasture management.

Revisiting Organic Agriculture Webinar Series: Nutrient Sources

August 4. Online. American Society of Agronomy is offering a monthly series of webinars that will examine several issues associated with organic production and management. Cost for each individual webinar is $25 for members and certified professionals and $40 for non-members. Cost for the series is $113 for members and certified professionals and $180 for non-members.

HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Stigge & Sons Ag Day

August 5th. Washington, Kansas. The Open Gate Learning Series from Holistic Management International consists of farm/ranch days held on the land and hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner. Attendees have the opportunity to identify common challenges and discuss creative solutions in a friendly atmosphere. The goal of the day is to create a forum for sharing practices, ideas, advice, and solutions. This event focuses on Integrating Livestock & Cover Cropping for Profit.

“Biofuels, the Renewable Fuels Standard, and Invasive Plants: What's All the Fuss About?”

Wednesday, August 5 at 11:00 am CDT. In June 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a supple­mental final rule associated with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. This rule contains a lifecycle greenhouse gas analysis for renewable fuels made from giant reed (Arundo donax) and napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum), and a regulatory determi­nation that such fuels qualify as cellulosic renewable fuel under the RFS program. As Arundo donax is a notorious invasive weed in several states, EPA’s decision has raised concerns that the biofuel industry will become a new pathway for the introduction of invasive species. This webinar will provide an overview of the invasive species concerns associated with the biofuels industry and discuss the legislative and regulatory efforts of state and federal regulators to address these concerns.

Brown-bag on a Kids’ Eye View of the Landscape

 August 6.  12:00 pm–1:00 pm. UNL's East Campus,  Keim Hall. Contact, Karma Larsen, Christina Hoyt will talk about ways to involve kids in gardening and talk about plants and landscape ideas that encourage interest and activity. Anyone wishing to listen in can take part online at: The presentations are also available afterwards at This is part of a brown-bag series on “all things green” sponsored by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, UNL Garden Friends and Friends of Maxwell Arboretum. 

Manure as a Solid Waste and Clean Air Issues in Animal Agriculture Webinar

August 6. Online. Dr. Shannon Ferrell, associate professor of agricultural economics, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University, will discuss the implications of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Clean Air Act (CAA) on animal agriculture, recent litigation, and other legal issues. This webinar is open to livestock producers, Extension educators, agricultural service professionals, and anyone else interested in learning more about the potential impacts of RCRA and the CAA on livestock operations. The one-hour webinar is free to attend and begins at noon Eastern Time.

2015 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Management of Japanese Beetles and Other White Grubs

Friday, August 7 at 1:00 pm CDT. Japanese beetles and other white grubs attack the roots of lawns and other turf grass areas.  Then, as adults, they can eat your favorite plants in the garden and landscape. This webinar presented by Dr. J. C. Chong from Clemson University will provide the information you need to understand and control these pests.   Moderated by Bethany O'Rear and Ken Creel, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Clear Creeks Organic Farm Tour/Appreciation Supper & Dance

We would like to invite everyone to our farm tour on Aug 8th starting at 4 pm. We will tour the dairy facility including the cheese, butter and ice cream plant.  You will also see the future meat processing plant and kitchen along with the beef, goat, pork and the poultry.  We will also take a look at the crops and the garden.  We will eat supper around 6:30 and then dance to the Lonesome Walker Band.  Check it out on Facebook, . We know this is a busy time but we hope to see some of you then! Robert Bernt and family


Biodynamics encourages plant health

On a bright sunny day early this spring Evrett Lunquist and Ruth Chantry were busy moving flats full of vegetable plants from their greenhouse to outdoor gardens for transplanting. 

Common Good Farm, Lincoln, Nebraska, grows over 45 different vegetables and herbs for their Community Supported Agriculture customers. How they grow them is what really makes them special. Lunquist and Chantry follow biodynamic principles in growing their wide variety of crops.

Before moving to Nebraska 19 years ago to start his own CSA, Lunquist did a comparison of a conventional farm and a CSA farm that was practicing some biodynamic principles. “At first I thought there was no difference, that the biodynamic folks were just speaking a different language to explain the same things,” Lunquist said. “Then it occurred to me that it was a completely different perspective in an effort to work with the life of the plant.”


Bull for Sale

Summary info and pics here on Craigslist link: Happy to provide additional information – call or email offline. Bloodlines are known: Dam:  Radiance Dairy (Francis Thicke), Fairfield IA. Sire: Holt Creek Jerseys (Ben Gotschall). Randy Wattermann, Wattermann Family Enterprises, Inc. wattermann@skyww.net402-372-5005

OneCert Inc is hiring

OneCert an Accredited Organic Certification Agency based in Lincoln, Nebraska. We have an open position for a full-time Administrative Specialist. Inquiries can be sent to Thanks! Margaret Milligan, Certification Specialist, OneCert Inc. (402) 420-6080Email:

Organic Prairie Hay

We currently have 75 tons in big round bales and should have another 75 tons ready next week. With an additional 50 tons ready in the next 45 days. They are located near Fairbury and the price is $115/ton.  We might get a second cutting on some of that. If you buy the first cutting, you'll get first shot at the second cutting. I'd like to market nationally as well. If you know of someone who can help me, please let me know. 402-309-4088. Thank you, Jon. 402-309-4088

Adjustable Hay Straw Bale Stacker

I have an adjustable hay/straw stacker, good for square bales or loose straw; available to the first respectable offer.  Slider works and the fourteen spears are intact.  Must be able to pick up.  Feel free to contact me with any questions; pictures available upon request.  Thanks! Dan Hromas, 4022172797

Farm Hand Position Available

I am writing to announce an open position for a part time farm hand. This position involves approximately 30 hours a week in exchange for room and board. Additional paid work is available now and then. This individual would have their own living quarters separate from the main house. This position would be great for a single person, maybe a recent retiree who still has plenty of gusto for farm chores and gardening help. This position will be physically demanding and involve outdoor work in all weather conditions, so please keep that in mind. We will require a background check and references. This position will require some fixit know how. If you know anyone who may be interested in this position, please have them contact me at:  serenasaurus09@yahoo.comSerena Bourne

Dual Purpose, Grass-fed Shorthorn/Devon Herd for sale

We're looking to sell some/all of our wonderful Shorthorn/Devon herd. They have not been given any antibiotics, hormones, vaccinations or grain in the 4+ years we have owned them. We do not baby these cows and they do very well. They are dual purpose. Which means they work very well in our grass-fed beef operation but they also produce a lot of milk. I was told that the older cows had been milked at least once by the previous owners but we haven't actually milked any. We're more interested in developing our beef herd so some of the younger ones will have more of a beef influence.  We have 15 cows/heifers total that are available. Two of those have a strong Longhorn influence, though. About half are going to be in the 7-9 year old range. From there it goes to 5 year-olds and on down. We've been culling about 2-3 cows a year and adding 2-3 replacement heifers. We can be flexible on the timing. They are almost done calving so you can buy them as pairs or we can wait until the calves can be weaned and the cows are re-bred. My intent is to base the pricing on the Huss Livestock Market in Kearney. Ultimately, the pricing will depend on how many you want and how/when you want them (bred cows or pairs). The cattle are located in south-central/eastern Nebraska, in Thayer County, near Reynolds. Delivery is possible. Jon Yoachim,

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".

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.

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,

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


Basics of the Endangered Species Act

Wednesday, August 12 at 11:00 am CDT. The Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) protects species identified as endangered or threatened with extinction and attempts to protect the habitat on which they depend.  It does so by preventing the “take” of listed species, as well as the ensuring that the species’ critical habitat is protected from modification or degradation. Because there are no specific agricultural exemptions to the law, and because agriculture is such a land-dependent occupation, the ESA can have significant impacts on producers.  This webinar will provide a basic overview of the ESA, outline the species listing and critical habitat designations, and discuss its effect on both public and private land.

Edge-of-Field Monitoring Experience: Perspectives and Lessons Learned

August 12th. Online. This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Central National Technology Support Center. Participants will learn how field conditions and the timing of field-management activities affect the quantity and quality of runoff from agricultural fields. The presenters will share their experiences from more than a decade of small-scale field-edge monitoring in Wisconsin and neighboring states.

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