Monday, October 24, 2016

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

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.

The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity Conservation

October 25th. Dr. Robin Kimmerer will present “The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity Conservation.” Dr. Kimmerer is a SUNY Distiguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Her talk examines traditional indigenous approaches to the environment and the valuable lessons it teaches. Public Reception at 6 PM. Lecture begins at 7 PM. Event is free and open to the public, thanks to generous contributions from Anne M. Hubbard, M.D., and The Claire M. Hubbard Foundation. Great Plains Art Musuem, Lincoln. 

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.

Webinar on Organic Integrity Database

NOP will host an interactive webinar updating the organic community about the development of the Organic Integrity Database at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ET). The webinar will feature demos of updates to the public facing search and reporting capabilities. It will also review tips on using data from the system and, based on stakeholder feedback, capabilities scheduled for release this year. Pre-registration is not required for this webinar session. To participate, dial 866-740-1260 and enter access code: 7202000. Also access the Web at and on the left side of the screen, enter Participant Access Code: 7202000

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.

Alternative crops for semi-arid High Plains of western Nebraska

October 28th. Dipak Santra, associate professor, alternative crops breeding specialist, UNL agronomy and horticulture, Panhandle Research and Extension Center, will present “Alternative crops for semi-arid High Plains of western Nebraska.” The rainfed crop production system in western Nebraska is dominated by the traditional wheat-fallow crop rotation. Replacing fallow in traditional crop rotations is imperative for sustainability. Proso millet is the best alternative crop and field pea is the emerging new alternative crop. This presentation will cover current progress of proso millet breeding and genomics, development grain legume crops field pea and fenugreek, and oil seed crops like winter canola. Join us in person or online at


Cereal Rye Bales

I have 25 large round bales of cereal rye grass for sale. This grass contains the cereal rye as well as the grass. It was grown as transition crop under organic conditions. It was planted as a cover crop, but a crop was not planted because it was always too wet last spring. This should be able to be ground and used for feed. We can load it for you. Call Cheryl at 402-617-1718. Thanks

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.

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


Soil Ecology and the Microscope: A Closer Look at Soil Health

Soil chemistry is a familiar way to measure soil health, but the frontier of creating and predicting abundance from soils lies in Biology. This webinar is a primer on the soil microbiome. We will follow the flow of energy and nutrients through the soil foodweb to understand the broad interactions between the organism groups in soil, especially the microscopic ones: bacteria, fungi, nematodes and protozoa. See these under the microscope, and become inspired to make them your allies in management. Ben Samuelson's mission is to show the importance of soil microbes in truly regenerative agricultural systems and promote biological management that builds soil, protects water supply, and produces nutrient dense foods.  In pursuit of this goal he studied and worked under Dr. Elaine Ingham practicing composting and light microscopy at her research farm in California.  He is enrolled to begin graduate studies this January with UNL - Dept. of Horticulture investigating factors influencing decomposition of a novel biodegradable mulch cloth that is potentially allowable for organic growers.  Check out his website To join the webinar on Zoom, go to the URL: The webinar will be recorded if you are unable to participate.   If you have questions, feel free to contact me or (402) 274-4755.

Understanding and meeting your market: Conducting a local customer survey

Thursday, November 3 at 2:00 pm CDT. Location: is a growing interest in niche poultry production. Before considering starting or expanding a production enterprises, it is crucial to know that you will have a market for what you want to produce. You could sell 'local', 'pasture-raised', etc. Andy Larson, Extension educator in local food systems and small farms at the University of Illinois, will be discussing how to conduct market research.

Women, Food & Ag Network Annual Conference

November 4-5. Nebraska City, Nebraska. "Women and Permaculture: Making a Living in Harmony with the Land" is the conference theme. Keynote speaker Karryn Olson-Ramanujan, workshops, and field tours will focus on trees and permaculture, as well as women's leadership, small-scale diversified agriculture, conservation for women landowners, and more.

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