Monday, November 7, 2016

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

Cover Crop Management in Vegetable Systems

November 8. Online. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. In this session with Eero Ruuttila, Research Farm Manager for Johnny's Selected Seeds, participants will look at windows of opportunity for fitting cover crops into vegetable crop rotations, while minimizing tillage and the use of plastic mulches. The webinar will highlight the biological characteristics of Northeastern cover crop species with suggested seeding rates, equipment for establishing and maintaining good cover crop stands, and suggestions on when to incorporate cover crops to benefit later cash crops. Focus will be placed on using the right cover crops prior to the planned vegetable crop to be planted and use of cover crops during the traditional summer fallow period.

Improved Grazing Management Online Course

November 9 - December 14, 2016, Wednesday evenings. Northeast Beginning Farmers Project offers this online course. As a participant, you will learn the key concepts of successful grazing operations that can be adapted and successfully implemented on your own farm. Focus will be on grazing ruminant livestock. This course is designed for livestock producers who have already initiated grazing practices on their farm, and who have at least a basic knowledge of the grazing behavior of their animals and of their pasture ecosystems.

Agronomy and Horticulture Seminar – Julie Peterson

3:30 pm–4:30 pm. UNL's Keim Hall. Julie Peterson, assistant professor and Extension Specialist, UNL Department of Entomology, West Central Research and Extension Center, will present “Integrating biological control into crop pest management—a little help from beneficial fungi, nematodes, and ladybeetles.”

Farm to Market Conference

November 11-1
Cheyenne, Wyoming
The Wyoming Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops division and the University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension are hosting a Farm to Market Conference developed to help you have garden to table-safe vegetables, process vegetables safely, have a better farmers market, and even save a few of your favorite seeds along the way. On Friday attendees have a choice of full-day workshops. On Saturday there will be four tracks with multiple programs.

SEED: The Untold Story

​November 13th. 
A discussion and seed swap following the film SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY.
Please join us for a movie talk and seed swap following a screening of SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY. The discussion will focus on sustainability in Nebraska and what locals can do to become more sustainable producers/consumers. Bring some of your favorite seed stock to share and trade with other gardeners and growers during the seed swap following the movie talk. 
SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.  As many irreplaceable seeds near extinction, SEED reveals the harrowing and heartening story of passionate seed keepers as they wage a David and Goliath battle against chemical seed companies, defending a 12,000-year food legacy.


FSMA Survey

The North Central Region Center for FSMA Training, Extension and Technical Assistance team would like to reach as many producers as possible in our region. This survey is anonymous and the information gathered will help them identify and meet small scale fruit and vegetable farmer’s educational needs with regards to compliance with FSMA.  The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and will help individuals/farms determine if they will be required to comply with the FSMA Produce Rules. It will also help the team determine fruit and vegetable producers' level of knowledge on food safety and determine their top education needs in our region. They need producer input so that they can start developing appropriate and targeted training materials ASAP.  The deadline for completing the survey is November 30, 2016. The survey can be found on the NCR FSMA website

Hay for Sale

I have Organic White Wonder Millet Hay and Grass Hay for Sale.  Large round Bales.  Will Deliver if need be. Snyder Organic Farms, Larry Snyder. Kimball, NE. 

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

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,

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
Steinauer, NE. 

​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


Organic Seed Production Six Webinar Series Part 6: Seed Contracting, Economics and Policy

Tuesday, November 15 at 1:00 pm CST. A new six-webinar series on organic seed production will provide training for seed growers and seed production interns throughout the 2016 growing season (June - November). This series, offered by Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), will cover a range of topics, from planting to harvest to the economics of seed production. The series is delivered as part of a new seed internship program offered by OSA and MESA with support from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The free webinars are open to the public and appropriate for farmers, interns, students, and other agricultural professionals. Register in advance at

Livestock Diseases and Prevention

Tuesday, November 15 at 12:00 pm CST. Wondering what you can do to reduce the risk of disease to your livestock? Prevention is ALWAYS much better than response! Dr. Susan Kerr, Washington State University Extension, will discuss practical steps to take to keep animals healthy and diseases at bay. Scott Cotton will moderate.

Grazing Management to Promote Small Ruminant Health

November 16​. Online​. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Participants will gain a better understanding of how using sound grazing management practices can lead to improved small ruminant health. Practices and techniques that can sustain or improve sheep and goat health and production will be presented and discussed.​

Explore Farming - Learn More About What It Takes To Start Your Farm

Nov 16th 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Join Community Crops for a free workshop to help you examine your farm dreams and assess the steps needed to make them a reality. In addition to learning about opportunities available through the Community Crops Growing Farmers Program, this workshop will feature group discussions, activities to help refine your farm vision, a presentation on the daily requirements of running a farm
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business and a panel discussion with seasoned farmers who can answer the burning questions you have about what it takes to go after your farm dreams.
This class is free and will take place on November 16th from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at The Non-Profit Hub, 211 N 14th St, Lincoln, NE.

Agroforestry in Action Webinar: Community Food Forests in the USA

November 16​. Online​. Speaker Catherine Bukowski will present an overview and discuss implications for Urban Agroforestry. Bukowski is a PhD student at Virginia Tech, currently researching the agroecological and community development factors influencing the design and management of community food forests with a focus on social dimensions. This is a free, one-hour webinar.​

Biodynamic Conference

November 16-20​. Santa Fe, New Mexico​. The 2016 Biodynamic Conference, "Terra Viva: Farming the Living Earth," features a range of inspiring speakers. Discover how a living approach to agriculture can help us consciously collaborate with our planet to create healthy, living, vibrant landscapes and nourishing food. Numerous workshops offer an opportunity to learn practical skills in biodynamic and regenerative practices and explore biodynamic principles and philosophy, whether you are new to biodynamics or have been practicing for decades.​

A Nutrient Management Training Course for Farmers

Friday, November 18 at 1:30 pm CST
The webinar will first be focused on the farmer nutrient management course, goals, design, and curricula, second part of the webinar will be focused on the outcomes of the course, and 3rd part will be focused on the tools we have developed for the course that include the web and mobile apps called goGrop. 

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