Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

Farm to School Training

Monday, June 27, 2016 we are offering a farm to school training in Kearney as a pre-conference session to the Nebraska Student Nutrition Association conference. School food service staff and fruit and vegetable growers are both invited to attend. There will be separate trainings for the groups, and then a combined opportunity to network and share with the school, detailing what it is that your farm offers. An optional lunch will be provided for free within the larger conference at 11:45. Mileage reimbursement is available for food producers. Advanced workshop and lunch registration is requested. Holiday Inn, 110 S. Second Ave., Kearney. RSVP in advance to Sarah Smith, or 402.783.1183.

Filter Feeding is Cool: Aquaculture in NRCS

June 28. Online. National experts from Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences will discuss various aquaculture operational types, focusing primarily on fresh water applications. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the Science and Technology Deputy Area of NRCS.

Webinar: Profitable Urban Farming on Leased Land

June 28. This free webinar features Curtis Stone of Green City Acres in Kewlona, BC. This workshop will include some growing techniques and some business strategies used by Curtis on his farm, which grows $80,000 worth of produce on less than an acre of land each year.

Record Keeping for Grazing Systems--It's Not Just Spreadsheets Anymore

June 29. Online. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the East National Technology Support Center of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The webinar's purpose is to help NRCS staff realize that there are several record keeping systems available to livestock producers, several of them by apps through the producer's smart phone, tablets, or laptop computers. These 'other' record keeping systems have been developed by farmers and ranchers themselves, as well as some land grant universities. Take a look at some of these systems and how NRCS and other technical advisors can use the data from this diversity of record keeping systems to obtain the information they need to administer technical assistance and documentation of implementation of grazing management.

Hops Seminar

June 30th, Lincoln. The University of Nebraska Department of Agronomy and Horticulture is offering a free informational seminar on the production of hops for hobbyists and those interested in the potential for growing this specialty crop for profit. Presented by University researchers, this program will provide background information on hop growth and development, cultivation, and harvesting, as well as discussion on challenges with the production, handling, and marketing of this crop specific to Nebraska.

Agritourism Conversations: The Community: Powerful Promotions through Partners

June 30. Online. Join California Agritourism Group for their series of free, one-hour, lunchtime webinars and online conversations. This session features Tiffany Dozier, Yolo County Visitors Bureau, and Evan Oakes, Ag Venture Tours and Consulting. Webinar registration is required.


Nuc Honeybee Hive

We have a 4 frame nuc hive located in Hastings ready to be sold. The nuc has 4 frames and a 2016 queen which was grafted on our farm from one of our overwintered queens. Located in Hastings ready to leave the farm anytime. We recommend bringing your equipment and we will transfer the frames into your equipment for the ride home. Contact Hannah via please

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


Operating a small-scale poultry hatchery

Wednesday, July 6 at 2:00 pm CDT. There is an increased interest in urban poultry flocks. This has lead to an increased need for chicks. Dr. Tony Pescatore of the University of Kentucky will give a presentation on running a small-scale poultry hatchery.

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