Agriculture

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:

Wed
26
Dec
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LBNRD Certification of acres, training coming up

Water Quality Subarea Reports are currently being sent out to operators within the subareas of our district. These reports offer valuable insight to our staff and board of directors on farm management practices and the impacts they have on our aquifer. You might notice these forms have changed from previous years.

If you have any questions on how to fill out these forms, please contact Donnie Engelhardt, assistant manager of the Little Blue NRD, and he will walk you through the steps.

If you are a more tech-savvy person and would like to utilize the pdf fillable form, you can access that form on our website under fillable forms.

Please note you will need to download the form to submit it to our office via email. Don’t forget to submit your soil testing reports as well!

Wed
19
Dec
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Ong couple brings home state young farmers award

RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Ryan and Amy Musgrave were honored with the 2018 Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award by the Nebraska Farm Bureau in early December.

Big news came to the quiet community of Ong earlier this month when Ryan and Amy Musgrave brought home a top agricultural honor.

The couple received the 2018 Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award from the Nebraska Farm Bureau’s annual convention on Dec. 2-4 in Kearney.

“It was nice to win,” Ryan said.

The award recognizes Farm Bureau members ages 18-35 who are involved in agricultural production but have not earned the majority of their income from the farm for the past three years. Candidates are evaluated on their understanding of agricultural issues, leadership experiences, and ability to tell their agricultural story.

On the farm, the Musgraves manage a 40-head cow/calf herd consisting of registered Simmental, as well as commercial Simmental-Angus. They also run 15 head of commercial Suffolk-Hampshire sheep and have recently added commercial Boer goats to their diversified operation.

 

Wed
05
Dec
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‘Project GROW’ Field Day to feature national keynote speaker

Nationally acclaimed soil scientist and farmer, Ray Archuleta, “The Soils Guy,” will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural “Project GROW” Field Day in York on Dec. 12, at the Holthus Convention Center. This event is hosted by the Upper Big Blue NRD.

Archuleta is a farmer from Seymour, MO. He teaches Biomimicry Strategies and Agroecology principles on a national scale for improving soil function. He has over 30 years of work experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, Soil Health Specialist and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He has worked in the following states: New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon and North Carolina.

 

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