Monday, October 3, 2016

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

Entomology Seminar on impacts on pollinator health

October 4.  4:00 pm–5:00 pm. UNL's  Nebraska East Union. Contact, Jeri Cunningham, 402-472-8678jcunningham1@unl.eduKatie Lamke, a graduate student in the Department of Entomology, will present the seminar, “Making National Impacts on Pollinator Health through Plant-Pollinator Interaction Surveys Among Various Landscape Management Practices in Nebraska Prairies.”

SARE Webinar

October 4. 10am. Aunt Bea’s Apiary is a group of educators and beekeepers dedicated to inspiring people to make the changes necessary for the survival of the honeybee population, as well as other pollinating insects, through workshops, presentations, and hands on activities at their  southeast Nebraska farm. On their farm, Nikki and Danny Hayes have created an educational center for hosting field trips, community groups, and families who wish to learn more about how they can help the environment.  You can learn more about Aunt Bea’s Apiary by going to their website at:     
During this webinar, Nikki will talk about their story, their mission, and some of the things they do when people visit the apiary. 

Residue and Tillage Management in Organic Farming Systems: Central States

October 4. Online. In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Several Iowa organic producers will be interviewed about their management practices to maximize soil health and reduce erosion. Join this webinar for a discussion of these challenges and opportunities in the context of organic farms in Central states.

How to Implement and Verify Biodiversity Conservation Activities in Organic Agricultural Systems

October 5
Join eOrganic for a free, one-hour webinar on biodiversity conservation on organic farms. Organic producers will learn how to implement conservation practices, and certification personnel will become skilled on how to observe and verify organic operations' biodiversity conservation practices

Certified Organic Survey Results

October 6. Online. From 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern time, the USDA Organic Working Group will host a webinar on the 2015 Certified Organic Survey results. To access the webinar, go to, and enter passcode 720 6000. For audio, dial 1-866-740-1260, passcode 720 6000.

Local & Regional Foods: Connecting Regional Efforts

October 7. Online. This webinar is part of a series offered by the Southern Rural Development Center. The South has seen significant activity around local and regional foods systems in the recent months. As a result, a team of Extension and research professionals have come together to create a process for connecting these efforts and growing the work across states and disciplines. Come see what is planned and learn how you can be involved in the initiative. Presenters are Dave Lamie, Clemson University, and Elizabeth Gregory North, Mississippi State University.

Seed industry globalization, consolidation and ownership changes—what are the implications?

October 7. 3:30 pm–4:30 pm. UNL's  Keim Hall Room: 150. Contact, Judy Fredrick,
Joe Keaschall, plant breeding professor of practice, UNL agronomy and horticulture will present, “Seed industry globalization, consolidation and ownership changes—what are the implications?” He will summarize some of the completed and proposed changes in large multinational seed company ownership. What are some of the potential impacts on research investment, crop improvement and competition for the leadership position? Join us in person or online at

2016 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Don’t use too much pesticide or fertilizer – learn how to calibrate your home grounds and garden sprayers and spreaders

Friday, October 7 at 1:00 pm CDT
Concerns for the preservation of our environment and conservation of resources, as well as the costs associated with pesticides and fertilizers, make it imperative that pesticides and fertilizers be applied correctly. Learn practical tips for calibrating home garden sprayers and spreaders by Dr. Ples Spradley, Associate Professor – Pesticide Safety Education, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture Little Rock, Arkansas.


Transition Yellow Corn

We will have approximately 2,000 bushels of newly harvested transition yellow corn available for sale.  Anyone interested can reply directly to me. Thank you, Ken Thiltges,

Certified Organic Rye

​We have 700 bushels of organic rye​. Contact Terry at 402-338-5321 if interested.​

Job Opportunity

Resident Farmer, The Grain Place. The Grain Place Farm is a privately held corporation and is a 280 acre pioneering organic farm that has been in the same family since 1953. Ownership is being transitioned from family members to the Grain Place Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit private operating educational and scientific foundation. The farm is also home to Grain Place Foods a separate corporation that processes and packages organic grains and grain products. As members of the family retire and the foundation assumes majority ownership of the farm, we are searching for a farmer to take over operation of the farm. More information contact,

For Sale

We have new: geese 6 packs; duck 6 packs; chicken egg 6 packs; paper jumbo cartons for duck eggs; foam large chicken carton; paper chicken cartons. Sold at our cost. Can buy two or more boxes for discounts. Free: gazillions of clean used cartons. Email: lil-nipper-ranch@msn.comPlease place in Subject line: Egg Cartons.  On farm pick up, will consider delivery. 

For Sale

Turkeys. Started on Purina Game Bird Startena, non medicated, 30%. Three weeks ago switched to Soy Free, Non GMO layer ration 19-20%. Also after 8 weeks, free choice organic wheat. Free ranging.  Can do on farm pick up or by possible delivery. Email:  lil-nipper-ranch@msn.comPlease place "Turkeys" on the subject line.  

For Sale

Good Boer breeding bucks for sale.  They are 100% grass fed. Also have a couple nice pastured X- bred (Hereford/large black) boars for sale. If interested call 308-750-1086Bob Bernt 

For Sale

Round alfalfa bales.  First cutting.  Good cure.  $60 ea.  200 available.  Can load. Please call George Oamek at 402-980-9770Sharon Oamek, Honey Creek Creamery, Inc. 

Equipment for Sale

BCS 749 walk behind tractor with 30" tiller, rotary plow, and potato/root digger blade for sale. Tractor features 13 HP Honda GX390 gas engine, 3 forward and 3 reverse speeds, individual wheel brakes, power safe clutch, pull start (always starts on first pull). This thing is a beast with a great warranty. Used 2.5 seasons. This is a package deal. Rotary plow essential in making and maintaining raised beds, hilling potatoes, etc. Tiller will go deep and create great fine tilled beds and the root digger is great for rolling the taters out. Available for pick up in southeast Nebraska. Thanks, Robert White,

For Sale

I have a 1967 John Deere 2510 for sale. It's diesal. I am the third owner. The last owner rebuilt the engine. It handles well, turns good and you can clearly see what you're doing from the seat. It has six implements, 2 cultivators, a chisel, a disk, a 3 bottom plow and a 5' land pride reverse tiller. The tiller makes a fine seed bed on level ground but isn't appropraite for sloped ground as it will drag to soil to the bottom. The tiller was only used for two years. If you're interested please send me an e-mail and I can send you pictures. Thanks, Maria Stewart, Lebanon, Ks, 

Osage Orange Posts

Over the years several NSAS members, especially organic producers , have bought osage orange posts from my son Chris Rohrbaugh.  He still offers posts but is also producing for Crete Lumber in Crete.  Crete Lumber has always been a great supporter of sustainable agriculture. Paul & Cyndie Rohrbaugh, Pawnee Pride Meats

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,

​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


Safe handling of eggs from small and backyard flocks

Tuesday, October 11 at 2:00 pm CDT. There has been an expansion of local egg production. Eggs are considered a hazardous food and must be handled carefully. Safe handling of eggs from production to the consumer will be discussed by Dr. Ken Anderson from North Carolina State University. One hot topic to be covered will be whether or not you should wash your eggs.

Soil Health in High Tunnel Production

October 11. Online. This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. This webinar will discuss the challenges that high tunnel producers face in sustaining soil health, and discuss potential solutions for providing crops the nutrients they need while still maintaining high standards of soil health. Participants in this webinar will learn what is currently understood about how high tunnel production affects soil quality and health, including critical plant nutrient availability, salinity, and organic matter management, microbial functioning, and also about soil-health oriented high tunnel management strategies.

Targeted Sheep Grazing in Organic Dryland Systems

October 11. Online. Join eOrganic for a webinar on targeted sheep grazing in organic dryland systems, presented by Fabian Menalled, Patrick Hatfield, and Perry Miller of Montana State University. In this webinar, they will summarize their experience regarding agronomic and economic performance, weed management challenges, and animal husbandry of integrated crop-sheep organic system. The webinar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

Live Streaming and Direct Marketing Webinar

Wednesday, October 12 at 11:00 am CDT. Live Streaming for Advocating and Direct Marketing - Live streaming video is the hottest technique in social media. Meerkat and Periscope were early favorites, and now Facebook has gotten in on the act! with much success. Live streaming is an in-the-moment, authentic way of communicating. Learn what equipment you need and the basic guidelines for sharing your interests, cause or business to a wider audience, perhaps global one!

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