Upcoming Educational Opportunities

Now that harvest is winding down, I guess it’s becoming that time of year for educational meetings. This week I SoilTrianglewant to remind area producers of several upcoming meeting.

Soil Health Meeting

I know that this is short notice, but Greg Whitmore is hosting a Meeting on Soil Health. It’s a project to make agriculture more productive and sustainable through improved soil health.

This meeting will be Wednesday November 12th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Central Valley Ag,
340 Oak St., Shelby, NE 68662.

Featured Topics Include:
• Cover crop integration in corn systems
• Benefits of soil health and advanced nutrient management
• Local resources for improving soil health on Eastern Nebraska farms

The draft program is:
8:30 – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 – 9:40am – Introduction to Greg Whitmore and the Soil Health Partnership
9:40 – 10:10am – Nebraska Corn Growers Association research and program update and Q & A
9:40 – 10:10am – NRCS Programming efforts across the Nebraska Landscape and Q & A
10:10 – 10:30am – Travel to Field•
10:30 – 11:00am – Soil Health on your farm – productivity, profitability & environmental outcomes
11:00 – 11:20am – Seeding Technologies for Cover Crops and Q & A
1:20 – 11:45am – Central Valley Ag Research and Programming Efforts & Q & A
11:45 – 12:00am – Travel to lunch
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch and Field day conclusions – All presenters

Breakfast and lunch will be provided — event will be held rain or shine.

Looks like they have a great program planned!

Cornhusker Economics Outlook Meetings

The second educational opportunity is a series of five Cornhusker Economics Outlook Meetings planned for November 17-November 25th in Beatrice, Columbus, Gering, Curtis and Hastings.

Topics will include:
Crops—What are the markets telling us?
Livestock — Excitement and uncertainty?
Policy — Should I sign up for ARC or PLC?
Finance – Managing cost of production through a time of “minimizing losses”.

The meetings go from 9:00 a.m. to noon at all the locations except Curtis which goes from 5:00 pm. to 8:00 p.m. No cost for registration, however it’s important to contact the host educators so that adequate materials can be on hand. Complete details and registration information can be found at: http://york.unl.edu/crops-future. Then click on the Outlook link. I hope you’ll have a chance to attend one of these meetings.

Midwest Corn Bean Expo

Dave Dickerson wanted me to remind area producers about the Midwest Corn Bean Expo planned for November 19th and 20th in Lincoln at the Lancaster Event Center. The Expo runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each of the two days and has educational presentations for 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. Topics and more information can be found at: http://www.midwestcornbeanexpo.com/.

Dave has asked me to make a presentation on a summary of twelve years of on-farm research results. It’s been kind of interesting looking back of the results we’ve found.

York County Corn Growers Annual Banquet

The York County Corn Growers Annual Banquet is planned for Friday November 21st at Chances R Restaurant, I want to remind those involved in corn production that the annual York County Corn Grower Banquet is planned for Friday November 21st at here in York. Tickets are available for $10.00 from any of the York County Corn Growers Board of Directors as well as at our office. Social at 6:30 p.m., meal at 7:00 p.m.

They have a great program planned, with an excellent LEAD trip presentation, updates from both the Corn Growers and Corn board and I’m working on a short presentation related to the history of irrigation in York County. It should be a fun evening, so if you’re interested, get those ticket purchased by November 19th!

Farm Bill Education Meetings

As I mentioned last week, we are hosting one of several Farm Bill Education Meetings planned. Our meeting will be December 9th from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cornerstone Ag Event Center here in York. The University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension and the Farm Service Agency (FSA), are teaming up to provide educational meetings about the 2014 Farm Bill.
All farm operators and land owners are invited to attend. FSA will inform participants about the sign-up process for the Farm Bill including the documentation needed and the deadlines for sign-up. UNL Extension will provide information about the decisions that will need to be made for base acre reallocation, yield updates, and for the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) vs. Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program selection.

It should be helpful to attend one of the meetings to get insight on the options everyone has with the 2014 Farm Bill. Farm Operators and Land Owners will have three main steps to signing up. One is to review their current base acre allocations which is occurring at this time. Secondly, a decision about re-allocation of base acres will need to be made. Finally, the program selection will involve the ARC or PLC program. ARC is the revenue safety net program similar to the recent ACRE program and PLC is the price safety net program. With ARC, the options will be an Individual ARC coverage vs. a County ARC coverage. With PLC, the available Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) will be discussed. Decisions made for this Farm Bill sometime in 2015 will be final for the duration of the Bill.

If you cannot make the Dec. 9th informational meeting, others planned in our area include:
Nov. 21 – Saline county — (Saline Center) – 9:00 a.m.
Nov. 25 – Hamilton county – Leadership Center (Aurora) – 9:00 a.m.
Nov. 25 — Hall county – Central Community College (Grand Island) –1:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 — Seward county — Fairgrounds (Seward) – 9:00 a.m.
Dec. 8 – Hamilton county – Leadership Center (Aurora) – 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 16 – Fillmore County Fairgrounds (Geneva) – 9:00 a.m.
Dec. 16 – Clay County Fairgrounds (Clay Center) – 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 19 – Polk county Fairgrounds (Osceola) – 1:00 p.m.

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I'm a UNL Extension Educator located in York Nebrasksa. I work primarily in the area of irrigated cropping systems. Water and nitrogen management are areas of importance so that we maintain water quality and quantity.
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