Holli Weber, with the Clay County Extension Office, had one task for the young entrepreneurs at Sandy Creek and Harvard—make something that made a difference. At Sandy Creek, she told the kids to invent a product that could be used for a game in which two players had broken arms. At Harvard, she told the kids to invent a product that could be used by any animal so that the pet could get exercise.
During the annual Sutton FFA Appreciation Night, Sunday, Feb. 19, Colt Pope, standing far left, auctions off a cake FFA member Logan Majors, right, shows off to potential buyers at the conclusion of the meal. All proceeds from the auction will go toward fixing the sidewalk in front of the Sutton Historical Society. Also pictured is Sam Nuss, center, and Maddie Nuss, behind the podium.
The Nebraska Beginning Farmer and Rancher Network Farm Succession Series. A workshop on Farm and Ranch Business Succession and Estate Planning.
You are welcome to attend a free workshop on business succession and estate planning for farm and ranch owners, families and beginners. The workshop will be held in St. Paul, Feb. 23, 2017, at the St. Paul Civic Center.
Nebraska women will learn how to plan and make better business decisions for farms, ranches, communities, families and themselves at the 32nd Women in Agriculture Conference, Feb. 23-24, at the Kearney Holiday Inn Conference Center, 110 S. Second Ave., in Kearney.
The Women in Agriculture Conference is one of the longest-running women’s conferences of its kind in the country. The theme of the 2017 conference is “Women in Agriculture: The Heart of the Farm,” and features a variety of workshops and speakers.
Conference keynote speaker Ron Hanson, emeritus professor of agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will discuss “Continuing the Nebraska Legacy of Family Farming and Ranching” on Feb. 23. The talk will explore the importance and urgency of developing and implementing a succession plan for family farm and ranch operations. The talk is sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.
Sutton’s FFA Alumni Winter Extravaganza hosted a number of people for food, wine, beer and music Friday, Jan. 27. The funds raised from the event will be given to FFA members in the form of scholarships to attend Washington Leadership Camp. The event was catered by the Sutton FFA Alumni and refreshments were provided by Red Path Gallery and Tasting Room of Seward.
As I drove into town this morning, I saw three trucks hauling tree branches out of town. When the ice storm was over, we had lots of branches of our own at our house that fell down and have to deal with. I asked Nicole Stoner, Extension horticulturist covering our region on information impacting the trees, so this week I’ve included her information in my column.
Many people do not like winter due to cold weather and the bad driving conditions such as snow and ice. Our plants are not much different in this respect; snow and ice can cause problems to our plants. The recent ice storm we saw covered our trees and shrubs in a thick layer of ice.
Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College at USMARC Jan. 31:
The annual Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College “Partners in Progress–Beef Seminar” will be held at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and Great Plains Veterinary Education Center near Clay Center on Jan. 31, 2017, with registration, coffee and donuts starting at 9 a.m.
The program will run from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. This program is sponsored by Nebraska Extension’s Farmers and Ranchers College and will feature several outstanding speakers discussing issues and management strategies that can affect the profitability of all beef producers. There is no cost for the event and the public is invited. It does include a noon meal, which means that early registration is necessary to reserve materials and the meal.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest about $8 million in the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative this fiscal year to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water annually while strengthening agricultural operations. Interested producers have until Jan. 20, 2017, to apply for Fiscal year 2017 funds. NRCS launched the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative in 2011 to reduce aquifer water use, improve water quality and enhance the economic viability of croplands and rangelands in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Training dates are set for Nebraska’s commercial and noncommercial pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification of their license to buy or use restricted-use pesticides in 2017. The statewide training is coordinated through the Nebraska Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).
Again this year, the training is offered at a variety of locations from January through April. Commercial and noncommercial applicators whose certifications expire in April, are to be mailed a schedule booklet showing certification information and dates. The booklet also is available at local extension offices; by phoning PSEP at 800-627-7216 or 402-472-1632; or by visiting http://pested.unl. edu/commercialschedule.
In 2017, approximately 3,700 commercial and noncommercial applicators will need to be recertified. They include fumigators, ornamental and turf applicators, exterminators and others.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement today on the Farm Income and Financial Forecasts for 2016, released by USDA’s Economic Research Service. “Today’s forecast continues to show that the health of the overall farm economy is strong in the face of challenging markets. After reaching record highs in 2012-2014, net farm income declined in 2015, and is forecast to decline in 2016, but the bigger picture shows that farm income over the last five-year period reflects the highest average five-year period on record. The comprehensive farm safety net provided by the 2014 Farm Bill will continue to help America’s farmers and ranchers respond to market conditions and provide financial stability for producers. Farm Bill program payments are forecast to increase over 19 percent to $12.9 billion in 2016, primarily through Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments.