Monday, June 13, 2016

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

Managing Soil Quality in Forests

June 14. Online. This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. Join in for an overview of forest soil management problems and solutions. The webinar by Eunice Padley, National Forester, Ecological Sciences Division, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will provide an overview of forest soil management issues and an introduction to practices that limit or mitigate impacts.

Animals and Animal Agriculture in Radiological Emergencies

Tuesday, June 14 at 12:00 pm CDT. Location: What do you do with your animals in a radiological emergency? Dr. Julie Smith, University of Vermont Extension, and Curt Emanuel, Purdue Extension, will discuss the potential impacts and what you can do to prepared. Andrea Higdon, University of Kentucky, will moderate. Click here to join the live webinar as a guest.

Effects of a Custom-Made Roller Crimper on Rye Cover

June 15. Churdan, Iowa. Billy, who farms at FC Hunter IRRV Trust near Churdan, along with George Naylor, a neighbor who also farms, will showcase the results of their own experiment with using a roller-crimper ahead of planting soybeans. The event is free to attend, and will feature a lunch provided by local chefs Tony Pille and Chris Place. RSVPs are requested for the meal.

Nonstop: Two Approaches to Direct Store Delivery to Retail

June 16. Online. This National Good Food Network webinar explores how farmers can get food fastest from field to retail, exploring two examples. One program is managed by a food hub, working with a retailer with whom they have built a strong relationship. The other program is managed by the retail chain itself. Learn many of the details of these projects, including each company's thinking about whether Direct Store Delivery (DSD) is worth the complexity. You will also learn some of the challenges that these programs have overcome, and some that still remain.

Labeling Your Organic Produce

June 16. Online. This webinar will demonstrate various ways to market your product with the organic label while meeting regulatory requirements. Labeling methods will cover both wholesale and direct-to-consumer approaches. Farmer Veteran Coalition's Matt Smiley will share his experience with organic labeling at Jacobs Farm, an organic vegetable, fresh herb, and edible flower farm in the central coast of California.

Prairie Pines Skill Session - Bats For Your Farm! 

Saturday June 18th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Come join Community Crops and Kimberly Stuhr to learn how to build a structure that any bat would love to call home. We will discuss bat behavior, benefits of bats in the landscape and best location to place your bat house. At least half of the skill session will be dedicated to constructing your own bat house from materials and tools provided by Community Crops. At the end of this class participants will have a finished bat house ready to be set up on their own farm!

Women's Learning Circle

June 18th. From 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Women’s Learning Circle at Robinette Farms, 17675 SW 14th, Martell, NE. Soil Health and Post Harvest Handling. Join us for light refreshments and snacks after the learning circle. Feel free to bring something to share! You may contact Kirstin at or402.367.8989 with questions.


Large stacking agricultural crates for producers for sale

FarmTable Delivery is selling large stacking agricultural crates for producers.  They measure 23.75 x 15.75 x 7.25 inches, have ventilation holes and are asymmetrical so they can either nest or stack with a 180 degree turn.  A great product - food grade, freezer and dishwasher safe, some producers use them for deliveries and have customers dishwash and return them!
Or order by email,

Poultry Processing Job

We have added pastured poultry to our farm, and will be processing them on-farm, so we're looking to fill one or two more positions for very part-time work.  We will slaughter and process once every two weeks beginning Monday, June 6th and continuing through September.  Pay is hourly, and subject to employment taxes. Our farm is a 20 minute drive southwest of Lincoln, so if you're in our area and interested in gaining experience processing poultry, please shoot us an email! Alex McKiernan, Robinette Farms, 

Boar for Sale

One" tried" old style spot boar. Pre-breeding shots. Just over 1 year old. Lanette A Stec, Erstwhile Farm, LLC. Columbus. 402-897-4065

Omaha area gardens sought for milkweed/monarch research project

I am studying monarch caterpillar survivability in conservation areas compared to residential gardens. I am asking for help in locating people with gardens that could be part of my study. I would need to visit a garden once every four days throughout the summer. An ideal garden should have at least ten milkweed plants from two species. We will have small quantities of milkweed (swamp milkweed & common milkweed) that we can provide to help bring the garden’s total milkweed to the number needed. ​​My name is Emily, and I am a master’s student at UNO. Please contact me for more information. Thank you!

​New Farm Storage Facility Loan

​T​he Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) Program administered by the FSA has expanded to include some new eligible commodities. The new commodities eligible for facility loans include floriculture, hops, rye, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, meat and poultry (unprocessed), eggs, and aquaculture (excluding systems that maintain live animals through uptake and discharge of water). Commodities already eligible for the loans include corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, oats, peanuts, wheat, barley, minor oilseeds harvested as whole grain, pulse crops (lentils, chickpeas and dry peas), hay, honey, renewable biomass, and fruits, nuts and vegetables for cold storage facilities.​ ​Loan applications should be filed in the administra-
tive FSA office that maintains the farm’s records.​ ​For more information about Farm Storage​ Facility Loans, visit ​ ​, or contact your local FSA office. To find your local FSA office, visit

Fund a Truck, Fund Local Foods!

Nebraska Food Cooperative is asking for your help to raise capital for loan repayment and truck repairs.  Our delivery trucks put on a lot of miles to deliver fresh food across our state.  We had to replace one of our vehicles and make extensive repairs on another. As a grassroots community to help small farms and build local economies, we are asking for your contribution so that the money tied up in these expenses can be freed to go toward running the co-op and making our network stronger.  We believe in the value of the co-op, and we believe in you, our community of co-op members! Read more, and support NFC today!


National Pollinator Week

June 20-26. National Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership. National Pollinator Week highlights and shares the importance of pollinators including bees, birds, butterflies, and bats. Pollinator Week is a week to get the importance of pollinators message out to as many people as possible. An interactive map of events across the country is available online.

Introduction to the Organic Seed Webinar Series

June 21. Online. A six-webinar series on organic seed production will provide training for seed growers and seed production interns throughout the 2016 growing season (June - November). This series, offered by Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), will cover a range of topics, from planting to harvest to the economics of seed production. The series is delivered as part of a new seed internship program offered by OSA and MESA with support from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The webinars are open to the public and appropriate for farmers, interns, students, and other agricultural professionals. They will take place on the third Tuesday of each month. This is the first webinar in the series.

Farm Finance Tools to Help You Manage Risk

June 22
Join CCOF and California FarmLink for a webinar on tools to help you manage the financial risks associated with farming. By the end of the webinar, you will understand the basics of credit scores and how to improve or establish credit history; different types of agricultural loans, and how a loan might work for you; cash-flow management to manage financial risk; how to use farm balance sheets and income statements to manage debt; the benefits of diversification; and business structures and their implications for debt and building equity.

Managing Stock Density for Better Soil Health & Production, Featuring Doug Peterson

June 23rd & 24th. Knights of Columbus Hall in Steinauer, Nebraska. Presentation will focus on: Fundamentals of managing stock density to improve soil health & production. Four principles behind optimizing soil health: Minimize disturbance, Promote living roots, Keep the soil covered, and Add diversity. Management. Grazing and Holistic High. Density Grazing to improve soil health. How to eliminate the need for most purchased fertilizer. How to limit hay producers. Pre registration by June 15th. Questions? Contact Five Rivers RC&D:

Support Sustainable Agriculture in Nebraska~! 

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