Agriculture

Wed
20
Feb
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Rumsey earns certificate at Weed Control Conference

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Rod Stolcpart, president of the Nebraska Weed Control Association, right, presents Bruce Rumsey with a certificate for serving 15 years as the Clay County Weed Superintendent, during the annual weed control conference in Nebraska City.

Clay County Weed Superintendent Bruce Rumsey recently attended the 72nd annual Nebraska Weed Control Conference at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, Feb. 11-13, where he earned a Superintendent Years of Service Certificate for 15 years.

Following the Education Committee and Board of Director’s meetings on Monday afternoon, the conference kicked off with The President’s Reception on Monday evening. The 2019 Officers for the NWCA are President, Rod Stolcpart, Rock County; Vice President, John Bebout, Otoe County; Executive Director, Rob Schultz, Hall/Howard Counties, and Secretary/Treasurer, Marty Craig, Dawson/Gosper Counties.

Wed
13
Feb
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4-H Innovative Youth Corn Challenge winners announced

VIEWS FROM VANDEWALLE INNOVATIVE YOUTH CORN CHALLENGE CONTEST 2018 RESULTS

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers are in high demand and will continue to be in future years. To engage youth in crop science based education, the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge (IYCC) was created as a partnership between the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Extension.

Since the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge program’s inception in 2012, 46 teams have participated in the program with 27 teams successfully harvesting and analysing their plot data.

A total of 138 youth have participated. This contest, open to 4-H members or FFA members, guided participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.

Wed
06
Feb
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Aurora Cooperative to host 2-day ACE Summit

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Aurora Cooperative will be hosting a two-day ACE Summit and the 2019 annual meeting Feb. 12-13, at the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

Aurora Cooperative will be hosting its ACE Summit and 2019 Annual Meeting on Feb. 12 and 13, at the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

The two-day event will include owner profitability workshops on Tuesday and the government panel along with featured speaker Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander and Buck Commander, on Wednesday.

On Feb. 12, registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the day will be kicked off by Darci Vetter, Former Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative.

Then after lunch Kevin Saunders, grain bin explosion survivor and Paralympic athlete, will give his safety message, “There is Always a Way.”

The owner profitability workshops in the afternoon will feature Minnesota Millennial Farmer Zach Johnson speaking on ag advocacy and literacy through social media.

Wed
30
Jan
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Sandy Creek, Sutton FFA compete in LDEs

COURTESY PHOTO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

From left to right, front row: Lexie League, Jake Shuck, Jason Brockman, John Brodrick, Rami Hinrichs, and Neika Buschkoetter. Middle row: Kristen Rohrer, Kynnzie Skalka, Caitlin Rempe, Chase DeVries, Connor Crumbliss, Hayden Shuck, and Josh Shaw. Back row: Sam VonSpreckelsen, Micah Biltoft, and Noah Shackelford.

FFA students from Sandy Creek and Sutton garnered placings at the Leadership Development Events in Aurora Wednesday, Jan. 23.

SANDY CREEK: Jason Brockman, second, purple, Cooperative Speaking; Sam VonSpreckelsen, third, blue, Extemporaneous Speaking; Noah Shackelford, fifth, blue, Extemporaneous Speaking; Neika Buschkoetter, fifth, blue, Natural Resources Speaking; Conduct of Chapter Meetings, eighth, red; Parliamentary Procedure, ninth, red; Rami Hinrichs, 10th, purple, Employment Skills; and Kynnzie Skalka, 12th, blue, Creed Speaking.

 

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Wed
23
Jan
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Ag land management is Feb. 12

By Brandy VanDeWalle

VIEWS FROM VANDEWALLE

Current and future landowners and tenants should make plans to attend a free land management workshop sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. “Managing Agricultural Land for the 21st Century” will cover current trends in cash rental rates, lease provisions, and crop and grazing land considerations.

This meeting is being held in Geneva at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds on Feb. 12. Registration is at 9:15 a.m., program starting at 9:30 a.m., and ending by 3 p.m. The meeting is free due to the generous contributions of the Farmers and Ranchers College donors. For an accurate meal count, please, please register by calling 402-759-3712 by Feb. 5.

 

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Wed
23
Jan
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Students learn about biofuel in 4-H after school workshop

Students attending the monthly after school 4-H workshop learned how organic materials are converted to fuel to supply energy by mixing sugars and yeast to release carbon dioxide gas and ethanol. 

 

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Wed
16
Jan
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Sutton FFA Alumni event raises $10K at auction

HANNAH COLLINS | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Dancers spin around the dance floor during a song performed by the West Wind Band at Sutton’s FFA Alumni Winter Extravaganza Jan. 12.

Friday-into-Saturday’s brief winter storm fit well into the Sutton FFA Alumni Winter Extravaganza, which hosted hundreds of people Saturday evening at the Sutton Community Center.

In between the entertainment, a dessert auction took place, with Colt Pope serving as the auctioneer and Sutton FFA members carrying the desserts around the room.

Money raised from the auction was to be donated to two Suttonites—Pam Hofmann and Jade Schoneberg—to help with medical expenses as they fight cancer.

A huge $10,600 was raised within the 30-minute auction, with many of the delicious items going for more than $500 a piece.

Among the desserts were also two decorated coolers, one sporting the breast cancer ribbon, and the other showing a lung cancer ribbon.

Along with a prime rib dinner, guests were also exposed to the light-hearted humor and sometimes deep poems, as told by cowboy poet Andy Nelson.

Wed
09
Jan
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Outlining upcoming clinics, workshops

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FROM VANDEWALLE
Brandy VanDeWalle
UNL Extension Educator Clay County & Fillmore County

CROP PRODUCTION

CLINIC - YORK

The 2019 Nebraska Crop Production Clinics will feature research updates and information tailored to regional crop issues and grower interests. Session topics will include cover crops, cropping systems, crop residue removal, soil nutrition, irrigation, pest management and marketing. Sponsored by Nebraska Extension, the programs will be at five sites in January and include pesticide applicator recertification training at each. The closest program location for our area is scheduled for Jan. 16, at the Holthus Convention Center, 3130 Holen Ave., York.

“Individual clinics will be customized to address topics specific to that area of the state, allowing growers to get research-based information on the issues they face locally,” Chris Proctor, weed management extension educator and clinic coordinator, said.

 

Wed
09
Jan
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Apps being accepted for NE WIFE Cynthia Thomsen scholarship

Nebraska Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) is sponsoring three $1,000 scholarships in 2019. WIFE is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving profitability in production agriculture.

The one-year scholarships are available to any woman living in Nebraska who will begin their SECOND YEAR OR ABOVE at a college or technical school in a field related to agriculture.

Courses may include but are not limited to: Agronomy, Agriculture Economics, Agriculture Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, and Extension Educator.

 

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Wed
02
Jan
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New Farm Bill is good news for conservation in Nebraska

LINCOLN–The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, more widely known as the Farm Bill, will increase overall funding for conservation programs in Nebraska.

“In Nebraska, almost all wildlife habitat–and therefore almost all habitat improvement work–is located on privately owned lands,” Jim Douglas, director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, said.

“The Agricultural Improvement Act will help us do even more work with landowners, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency, and our partner organizations to provide habitat essential for maintaining healthy wildlife populations in Nebraska.”

The act, which was passed by Congress earlier this month and was signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 20, includes the following provisions that will help Game and Parks and partner organizations implement programs working with USDA and private landowners to benefit wildlife conservation:

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