Monday, October 10, 2016

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

NIFA Data Summit: Changing the Face, Place, and Space of Agriculture

Monday, October 10/ 
8:00am - 5:00pm (CDT). Online, Live Streaming. Registration required. Free.

Heuermann Lecture

October 10. 3:30 pm–5:00 pm. UNL's  Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center Room: Auditorium. Contact, Jessie Brophy, 402-472-7080,jbrophy3@unl.eduMark Lynas is the author of three previous books. High Tide: News from a Warming World was published in 2004; Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet was published in 2007 and was made into an hour-long documentary by NatGeo and broadcast worldwide in 2008, with voiceover by Alec Baldwin. The God Species was published in 2011. As a pro-science campaigner and commentor he is a frequent speaker worldwide, particularly in the U.S. and Canada. He is on the board of the UK campaign group Sense About Science, and (though still a resident in Oxford, UK) is currently a visiting fellow at the Cornell Alliance for Science, based at Cornell University and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has written extensively in world media on the GMO issue as well as climate change and science in society.

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.

Adaptive grazing management to optimize cattle performance & rangeland bird diversity and abundance

October 12.  2:30 pm–3:30 pm. UNL's Hardin Hall. Contact, Katie Pekarek, kpekarek2@unl.eduDr. David Augustine is a research ecologist with the Rangeland Resources Research Unit within the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, based in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

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!

Composting Demonstration

October 15.  10:00 am.  Pioneers Park Nature Center’s backyard composting demonstration area. Contact,  Sarah Browning, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, Learn how to be successful with composting by attending a free composting demonstration sponsored by Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln Recycling Office. Demonstrations are presented by Extension Master Gardeners. You will see three types of composting bins and how to use them. Two lucky participants will win either a composting thermometer or a composting bin.


Organic Oats

I have 636 bu of organic oats for sale in Kimball county.  32# TW. You can call me at402 327 9936 or 402-560-1385.  Carl Engstrom.

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

​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.​ ​FSA has expanded the FSFL program to include portable equipment and storage and handling trucks.  These items can be new or used.  Along with these changes in equipment eligibility, the FSFL program now has a Microloan option for producers that have $50,000 or less in FSFL loans.  The FSFL Microloan reduces the down payment requirement from 15% to 5% and offers an abbreviated application by allowing the producer to self-certify their storage need. Loan applications should be filed in the administrative 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


Forage Adaptation, Management, and Mixtures

October 18. Online. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the NRCS Science and Technology Deputy Area. This webinar will look at various forage species, their adaptability on different soils and climates, and their preference by different livestock types. Also discussed will be the ability to mix many of these species to provide diversity. Finally, there will be a review of the role management plays, both positive and negative, in species selection and persistence.

Organic Seed Production Webinar Series #5: Cleaning and Record Keeping, Case Study

October 18. Online. Join OSA, Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), and other organic seed experts for the fifth of this six-webinar series on organic seed production providing training for seed growers and seed production interns. The free webinars are open to the public and appropriate for farmers, interns, students, and other agricultural professionals.

Viral Diseases in Cucurbits: Identification and Management Strategies

October 19. Online. Join eOrganic for a free, one-hour webinar about viral diseases in cucurbits and organic management strategies. Presented by Dr. John Murphy of Auburn University, this presentation will focus on four commonly occurring aphid-borne viruses that infect cucurbits. Presenters will describe these viruses, how they spread in the field, and why they are particularly difficult to manage. The webinar will discuss approaches to diagnose their occurrence in cucurbits and various approaches used to reduce losses caused by these viruses, for example genetic resistance and integration of various production practices such as use of UV-reflective plastic mulch and inter-row living ground covers.

Connecting Organic with Hospitals Webinar

October 20
Join the CCOF Foundation for a webinar on how organic producers can connect with the hospital market. Learn different approaches to entering the market and key considerations involved when selling to health institutions. Hear from a farmer, a hospital administrator, and a local-food procurement specialist, all involved with successful farm-to-hospital marketing programs.

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