Monday, October 17, 2016

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

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.

Prairie STRIPS: From research to action

October 19.  3:30 pm. UNL's  Hardin Hall. Contact, Katie Pekarek,kpekarek2@unl.eduDr. Lisa Schulte Moore, Iowa State University professor in the Natural Resource Ecology and Management department, conducts research and teaches in the areas of agriculture, ecology, forestry and human-landscape interactions. Her current research addresses the strategic integration of perennials into agricultural landscapes to meet societal goals for clean water, healthy soils, abundant wildlife and inspiring recreational opportunities. 

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.

Farm to School and the Role of Cooperatives--Producer and Buyer Perspectives

October 19. Online. As part of October's celebration of National Co-op Month, USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is holding a series of training and informational webinars to showcase the many important ways cooperatives empower our daily lives. This webinar looks at the impact of cooperatives in local food sourcing at schools, with speakers providing perspectives from both the supply side and demand side of the equation.

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.


For sale

We are selling our 6 year old ¾ Red Angus, ¼ Devon Grassfed Bull. Contact Doug Garrison if interested/photos (

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

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. 

Osage Orange Posts

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, 

​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


Growing Your Market with Grant Funding

October 25. Online. Illinois Farmers Market Association offers a free webinar led by Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant. This introductory 90-minute webinar will help you learn more about grant writing basics and available grant opportunities. The program will also include an opportunity to hear from farm market managers about their grant writing and grant management experiences.

Restoring Native Plant Communities: Soil and Hydrology Suited Planning Tools

October 25. Online. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. The webinar will highlight resources that can aid in the identification and selection of native plant communities adapted to the ecological conditions of a restoration site. An example of how such resources were used to develop Iowa native plant community restoration planning tools will be discussed along with a cursory introduction to appropriate native plant material selection. The presenter is Jennifer Anderson-Cruz, State Biologist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Georgia State Office, Athens, Georgia.

Buying and Selling Farmland

Wednesday, October 26 at 11:00 am CDT. Understanding Buying and Selling Farmland - Learn about every aspect of a typical real estate transaction.  Understand the roles of the players involved- the real estate agents, the title company and the lawyers. Understand the meaning of the legalese in a typical farmland purchase contract, deed, mortgage and title insurance policy. Don’t go through another settlement signing paperwork you don’t understand! This webinar will make you a smarter buyer and seller of farmland.

Buying Seed: Not a Leap of Faith

October 26. Online. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Presenter Ramona Garner, Ph.D., Plant Materials Specialist, USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center, will discusses the physical, physiological, health, and genetic qualities that determine seed quality. In addition, explore what it means to purchase certified seed and how it ensures seed quality. The webinar will also look at various ways to calculate seeding rates.

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