Monday, September 28, 2015

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

NaturePalooza 2015

September 29.  3:00 pm–8:00 pm. UNL's East Campus,  Hardin Hall. See wildlife up close, test your outdoors skills with Campus Rec, 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.

Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference

September 29th - 30th. Join us in celebrating a decade of the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project at Natural Legacy Conference 2015! Come learn what is new with mountain lions, river otters, owls, grassland birds, amphibians, pollinators, native oak tree regeneration, and more! The Natural Legacy Project invites natural resource professionals, conservationists, Natural Resource and Biological Science students, and land managers and owners to gather in central Nebraska to learn about important actions taking place in the state for wildlife habitat and at-risk species.

Entomology Seminar on host-plant resistance and insects

September 29.  4:00 pm. UNL's East Campus Union. Contact, Jeri Cunningham,“An overview of host-plant resistance and insects” will be presented by Dawn Sikora, graduate student in the Entomology Department.

Validation of Dried and Fermented Meats: Tools for Small Processors

Wednesday, September 30 at 12:00 pm CDT. Specialty fermented and dried meat products, from jerky to biltong, are growing in popularity, and an increasing number of small meat processors are making these products for their own sales or on a co-packing basis. HACCP regulations require these processors to use "validated" processes -- that is, processes scientifically proven to kill dangerous pathogens. That kind of scientific support can be hard to track down. On this webinar, we will learn about tools that small processors can use to assure their products are safe and in compliance with regulations. This webinar is an online version of a recent symposium by these speakers at the 2015 International Association for Food Protection Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Reading & Weeding

September 30th. The garden is a great place for learning, especially for curious little ones! Play in the garden and join us for a book reading -- fun for the whole family! Free, ages 3+ and open to the public. This program is part of our Growing Gardeners Workshop Series, which is a collaboration between City Sprouts and the Big Garden. Our purpose is to offer four seasons of hands-on workshops that feature skills and techniques for every gardener and urban farmer: growing, cooking, preserving and eating healthy local food. All workshops are free or low-cost, all ages, and no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Agroforestry for Climate Change Adaptation


Irrigation Water Management Plan - An Overview


Ag Literacy Festival

 October 1.  10:00 am.  Agricultural Research & Development Center, near Mead.  UNL ARDC, Ag Awareness Coalition and Festivals. With continued urban growth, many youth do not have as much exposure to agriculture as in the past. Many communities are losing touch with Nebraska’s greatest resource - agriculture. The Agricultural Literacy Festival provides an opportunity for youth to take a close-up look at agriculture. The Ag Literacy Festival is sponsored by the Agricultural Awareness Coalition of Nebraska. The goal of the Agricultural Awareness Coalition is to help youth (predominantly urban) become aware of agriculture. The group develops resources and opportunities that will increase youth understanding and awareness about agriculture concepts.

Growing Strawberries for Home Gardeners Using Integrated Pest Management

Thursday, October 1 at 11:30 am CDT. Growing Strawberries for Homeowners Using IPM is a 90-minute webinar designed for Extension Master Gardeners and Extension Educators to learn more about integrated pest management, IPM, with home strawberry plantings. The webinar features Dr. Eric Hanson, Professor Michigan State University, on Selecting and Managing Strawberries followed by questions and answers; South Dakota State University Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist Dr. Rhoda Burrows, who will discuss Managing Strawberry Diseases using IPM followed by questions and answers; and Jeff Hahn, Extension Entomologist from the University of Minnesota, on Managing Strawberry Insects using IPM. Webinar host is Dr. Mary Meyer professor from the University of Minnesota. Participants are asked to preregister at the url above, and complete a PRE test or survey on their knowledge of IPM, here: For more information.

Agronomy & Horticulture Seminar - Marco Cristancho

"Keep Enjoying Your Morning Coffee: Research can maintain healthy beans in times of Climate Change." October 2. UNL's East Campus Union. 3:30 pm–4:30 pm. Marco Cristancho – Scientific Director, Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Parque los Yarumos, Manizales, Caldas, Colombia, will talk about how climate change has caused major reductions in coffee production due to increased incidence of insect pests and diseases, as well as abiotic stresses that are threatening sustainable coffee production around the world. Join us in person or online at

Pasture Walk

Sunday October 4, 2015, from 3 PM to 5 PM.  Doug and Sheila Garrison invite you to a walk in our pasture.  Meet in pasture located one-quarter mile North of US HWY 34 and NW 140th Street, Lancaster County Nebraska (east side of road).  NW 140th Street is the Lancaster – Seward County line. Street Address: 7650 NW 140th Street, Malcolm, NE. Pasture Walk Topics: View pasture raised, 100% grass-fed beef herd, low stress nose ring weaning, eastern gamagrass planting, warm season CRP grass grazing, solar powered fence and water, automatic time controlled Batt-Latch gate release, native grass, forb, flower identification, pollinator, bird, wildlife observations, monitoring forages and soil carbon.Dress for walking in a tall grass prairie.  Bring your ideas and questions.  Let's learn together.  Share our successes and mistakes. If questionable weather on the day of the walk or further information:

Seminar Series - Department of Agricultural Economics

October 2.  3:00 pm–4:30 pm. UNL's East Campus, Filley Hall. Contact,  Jane Witte, Presented by David Just, Cornell University.


NSAS Membership Month!

During the month of September NSAS will be celebrating membership month! Look for testimonials from board, staff and members throughout the month highlighting the vibrancy of the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society. To maintain the financial sustainability of our organization, I invite you to renew your memberships or if you aren't a member to join!!  In just a few easy clicks, you can show support for the sustainable agriculture movement right here in Nebraska!! 

Here are a few dates to keep in mind of upcoming activities NSAS has is store for you:

November 1st:  NSAS is partnering with No More Empty Pots this year to host the third Producers Choice Chef Award fundraising dinner.  This will again be in Omaha at Metro's Institute for Culinary Arts and this year's theme is collaboration.  We have five great chefs from the Omaha, Lincoln and Waverly area who will be putting on a great meal for us!

January 28-30:  NSAS will be celebrating 35 years!!  Plan to join us for our conference in Nebraska City at the Lied Lodge.  The "Back to the Roots" theme will be the backbone for great breakout sessions and as always the conference is a great way to catch up with your friends.


Solar Fencer for Sale

Survey seeks opinions of women livestock farmers

USDA Small Business Innovation Research grant to study the tool- and equipment-related needs of women livestock farmers. To assist Green Heron in designing better tools and equipment, women who raise or care for livestock of any kind are invited to complete a brief survey.   The survey will be open through September, and respondents who complete it will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Green Heron Tools gift certificate. Begun by two small-scale farmers with backgrounds in nursing and public health, Green Heron is the first company in the world to focus on scientifically designing agricultural tools and equipment that work well for women. For more information please visit Complete the survey at


I'm looking to buy conventional soybeans with out Herbicides pesticides spray. In need of 10 Bushel   Rich, richvernon7@yahoo.com402-443-6762

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".

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


Climate Change and Organic Agriculture

October 6. Online. Participate in this webinar in the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology, to learn about farming practices that can sequester carbon. Dr. Kris Nichols will discuss the Rodale Institute's white paper: Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming. This paper discusses the positive impacts of organically managed soils on climate change. She will present data from farming systems and pasture trials around the world that show the carbon sequestration impact of organic management practices. The presentation will describe the farming practices that can be implemented to meet this objective.

Raising guinea fowl

Tuesday, October 6 at 2:00 pm CDT. Guinea fowl are becoming popular for controlling ticks and other insects. If you are interested, or thinking about, raising guinea fowl, this is the webinar for you. Dr. Sam Nahashon from the University of Tennessee ( will be discussing what is involved in raising guinea fowl.

Yields: More or Less

October 6. Online. This webinar is part of the monthly Revisiting Organic Agriculture series offered by the American Society of Agronomy. The speaker for this session is Kathleen Delate of Iowa State University. Online registration is available.

Good Agricultural Practices Webinar Series

October 7 - October 28. Online. University of Illinois Extension presents this webinar series, held Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The webinar is designed to provide information to growers on how to keep produce safe from production to the market. Topics of this webinar will include the following: What is GAPs, Water quality and testing, Soil management, Record keeping, and Traceback. Each registered participant will be sent webinar instructions, handouts, and a GAPs manual prior to the first webinar and webinar instructions before each subsequent session.

NOP Livestock Standards Webinar

October 8. Online. OEFFA will offer a 90-minute webinar introducing the National Organic Program's livestock standards. Gain a better understanding of the history and meaning of organic, the certification process, and the standards governing organic crop and livestock production. Come prepared to learn, having completed a brief, pre-course self-study assignment prior to the webinar. Be ready to engage in livestock discussion and examine real-world examples facing producers, veterinarians, and certifiers each day. The session is geared toward veterinarians, Extension educators, farmers, and other animal health professionals who work with certified organic livestock. There is no cost to attend the webinar, but pre-registration is required.

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