Organic Farming Roundtables
February 20. 6:00 pm–9:00 pm. UNL's East Campus in the Plant Sciences Hall Room: 280 – Goodding Learning Center. Contact, Chuck Francis,402-472-1581, cfrancis
firstname.lastname@example.org. The public is invited to attend and participate in this 14-week series led by Chuck Francis, professor of agronomy and horticulture. The series runs every Monday, Jan. 9 to April 24.
Controlling resistant and troublesome weeds
Growers, consultants and agribusiness professionals are invited to participate in a series of seven online programs addressing field crop production and pest management in 2017. Participants will learn how to enhance their corn, soybean, small grain, forage and potato production systems in the coming season, and have an opportunity to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. These live webinar programs can be viewed independently online. Registration is $15.00 for the full series of seven webinars or $5.00 per individual webinar session. One MDARD Pesticide Recertification Credit will be available through each event for application to one of the following categories: Private Core, Commercial Core, or Field Crops.
Doing the Impossible: Making the Global Food System Sustainable, One Burger at a Time
February 20. 3:30 pm–5:00 pm. UNL's Food Innovation Center, 1901 N 21 ST. Lincoln. Contact, Dr. Devin Rose, 402-472-2802, email@example.com. The Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will welcome Patrick O. Brown, founder and CEO of Impossible Foods, to campus to deliver his thoughts on, “Doing the Impossible: Making the Global Food System Sustainable, One Burger at a Time.”
Nebraska On-Farm Research Update
More Opportunities for Cover Crops
February 21. If you’re looking for innovative ways to get more from your cover crops, why not learn from others’ successes and failures? Two southwest Iowa farmers will share their experiences pursuing the next frontier of cover crops on their farms. Jon Bakehouse will discuss how he has been trying to better accommodate fall-seeded cover crops by using early-maturing varieties of corn and soybeans. Steve McGrew will talk about another way to create opportunities for cover crops: seeding in the early spring ahead of soybeans. http://www.
Where has all the farmland gone?
February 21. 6:00 pm–9:00 pm. UNL's East Campus in the Plant Sciences Hall Room: 280 – Goodding Learning Center. Contact, Chuck Francis,402-472-1581, cfrancis
firstname.lastname@example.org. How to deal with the urbanization and conversion of productive farmland will be the topic of discussion in a 15-week series of courses taking place on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. The series will be led by Chuck Francis, professor of agronomy and horticulture, and Amy Swoboda, farm and ranch staff attorney at Legal Aid of Nebraska.
High Plains Organic Farming Conference
February 21. Cheyenne, Wyoming. University of Wyoming presents this fourth annual event. Day one features an organic certification workshop. A series of speakers will give talks on NOP regulations, electronic tools for organic farmers, as well as financial and technical assistance. On day two there will be speakers, researcher talks, and a poster session. A range of topics within the themes of organic livestock, organic crop, and organic forage production will be presented by selected growers, researchers, and NOP experts. https://www.
eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual- high-plains-organic-farming- conference-tickets-28969774375
"Brewing Up Business." February 21-23. Broken Bow. Registration Now Open! Featuring the Beekman Boys, and Kinkaider Brewing. Details and to register, http://visitnebraska
Entomology Seminar on Decision Making in Honey Bees
Whole Farm Revenue Protection
February 22. Norfolk. Here's what you'll learn by attending: Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) is new, offered in every county and rewards on-farm diversity. Instead of relying on specific policies for their crops, producers can insure the revenue for several crops all at once. For more information, contact Glen Ready, 402.687.2100 ext 1011.
Women in Agriculture Webinar- Creating Effective Videos Using iMovie via an iOS device
Wednesday, February 22 at 11:00 am. Learn how to do basic video editing from your iPad or iPhone using iMovie. We will cover how to add a title, edit out unwanted footage and add and edit sound. Although this is geared for iOS devices, the principles are similar to other apps. For more information and to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/
Successful Buffer Restoration: Initial Establishment Methods and Post-Planting Care
February 22. Online. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. This webinar focuses on riparian forested buffer restoration in the context of Pennsylvania’s rural landscape, particularly the agricultural context. Participants will learn proven successful methods for establishing riparian forest buffers at a landscape scale and the critical post-planting care details needed for success.http://www.conservatio
Food Safety Needs for Midwest Produce Growers
February 23. Online. University of Illinois Extension's Small Farms Winter Webinar Series features practical, lunch-hour presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies. Log in every Thursday at noon for the free, one-hour webinars. The series runs through March 30. This session features Angela Shaw, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Food Safety Specialist. http://news.aces.i
MOSES Organic Farming Conference
February 23-25. La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) runs this event, which is the country's largest conference about organic and sustainable agriculture, with more than 3,500 participants. Innovative farmers, experienced educators, and farming professionals will present 65 workshops offering practical information about field crops, livestock, dairy, vegetables and specialty crops. Additional workshops will focus on soil health, farming issues, and strategies to help farmers manage and grow their business. Farmers can take a deeper dive into a farming topic through an all-day Organic University course February 23. Keynote speakers for the 2017 MOSES Conference are Mas Masumoto and Liz Carlisle. https://mosesorganic
Manure and Soil Erosion, Runoff, and Losses Roundtable
Thursday, February 23 at 11:00 am CST. In the Manure and Soil Erosion, Runoff, and Losses roundtable, we hope to discover the influence of manure on soil and runoff. We’ll discuss if certain fields will produce more environmental benefits than others and whether timing of application affects these benefits. Finally, we’ll debate whether we can derive an economic and environmental value for manure beyond its nutrient value, due to improved moisture retention and decreased erosion. We’ll also talk about field experiences and observations related to the value of manure as well as what farmers still need related to soil building with manure. This roundtable is the third in a four part series discussing the current state of our knowledge relative to manure’s impact on soil health. https://msu.zoom.us/
A Gathering of Friends
February 26. 1:30 pm–4:30 pm. Nebraska Union, Lincoln. Contact, Susan Budler, 402-472-1229, email@example.com. Dave Titterington and Dan Wheeler will talk about birds that typically can be found in the Lincoln area and how you can create welcoming spaces for birds through types of plants, plant placement, water features and other garden techniques.
Opportunity in Certified Organic Vegetable Production
Meristem Farm & Nursery is offering a unique opportunity to head up our certified organic vegetable operation. Depending on experience and commitment, this could lead to a long-term contractual arrangement. Our 1900’s era farm (5 acres total) adjoins Papillion, Nebraska. The Aksarben Farmers Market in Omaha is just 8 miles away. For the right person, we can offer housing in the upstairs of our farmhouse, with separate entrance, kitchen, and bath. Our soil is ideal for vegetables, including ¾ acre protected by fencing. The nursery and vegetable operations share 2 greenhouses: a large gutter-connect with solar-heated benches for propagating aronia berry cuttings (our primary business) and in-ground beds for vegetables; and a passive solar house for succulents and bedding plants. Tom Lundahl, (402) 306-4500, Tom@MeristemFarmAndNursery.com
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New Farm Storage Facility Loan
The 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 www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport
, or contact your local FSA office. To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
Soybean SDS & Wheat Stripe Rust Management
Monday, February 27 at 6:00 pm. Growers, consultants and agribusiness professionals are invited to participate in a series of seven online programs addressing field crop production and pest management in 2017. Participants will learn how to enhance their corn, soybean, small grain, forage and potato production systems in the coming season, and have an opportunity to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. These live webinar programs can be viewed independently online. Location: events.anr.msu.edu/
Getting started with maple syrup
Monday, February 27 at 6:00 pm CST. For those interested in entering the maple syrup business, this webinar will provide an overview of what it takes to produce and market quality maple products. Bob is an Michigan State University Extension field crops educator and operates Battel’s Sugar Bush with wife Sue and other family members as a private enterprise. Location: https://events.anr.msu.edu/
Sprinkler Irrigation - History and Basics
February 28. Online. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Throughout the years, many technological advancements in irrigation systems have been introduced to enhance performance, ease management, and reduce energy use, or to meet other specific needs. Recent advances include enhanced system operation and management made possible via readily available GPS and affordable remote communications and real-time data availability. Participate to become familiar with a brief history of irrigation, focusing on a historical presentation of sprinkler irrigation systems dating back to the late 1800s to present-day era center pivot systems. http://www.
conservationwebinars.net/ webinars/sprinkler-irrigation- history-and-basics
On-farm pollinator habitat benefits for watermelon pollination
Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00 pm. This webinar will provide an overview of strategies to promote pollinators within annual rotational croplands in California. The focus will be on recent advances to establish native wildflower plantings and how these can positively contribute to promoting bees and crop pollination. Although examples will primarily be for watermelon many aspects are likely to apply to row crops more generally. The webinar will include a discussion of pollination benefits and also consider potential benefits and risks associated with pest management. https://extension.zoom.us/j/
Growing Your Hobby Farm into a Business
March 2. Online. University of Illinois Extension's Small Farms Winter Webinar Series features practical, lunch-hour presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies. Log in every Thursday at noon for the free, one-hour webinars. The series runs through March 30. This session features Andy Larson, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator. http://news.aces.
illinois.edu/news/learn-small- farming-skills-your-desk- winter
Protect Your Veggie Harvest From Hungry Insects!
Friday, March 3 at 1:00 pm. Many vegetables never make it to the table because hungry insects reach them first. Understanding the different types of insect pest management is key to bringing their populations under control. In this webinar, Zack Snipes, Horticulture Extension Agent, Clemson Cooperative Extension will teach Integrated Pest Management skills for all levels of growers. Moderated by Dani Carroll and Mallory Kelley, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Extension. Click here to login as a guest and participate in the live event. Note: on March 3, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/