Nebraska Extension in Cheyenne, Kimball & Banner Counties

Women in Agriculture Conference is April 7 at Sidney

Information, inspiration, and advice are on tap at the Women’s Conference: Improving Agriculture, Improving Lives scheduled for Friday, April 7 at Sidney.

The event will run from 8:15 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Country Inn & Suites, 664 Chase Blvd., Sidney.

Women who are involved in day-to-day farm and ranch business decisions; who want to learn more about farm and ranch management; who are landowners; or who want to broaden their knowledge of agribusiness will want to attend.

Topics include:

Stress, Overload and the Road Back to Balance – 10 Ways to Stop, Reset and Reclaim Your Life – Kim Wolinski, “Dr. DeClutter”, the author of “Letting Go With All Your Might” has been a speaker, trainer and Priority Coach for over 35 years. Kim brings a wealth of Nebraska farm girl wisdom, and down to earth solutions to help you reach your best vision, dreams, and outcomes. GOT STRESS? Whether in your everyday personal life or at work, stress is a constant companion. There is good stress; we need that, but the effects of unhealthy and negative stress cause more problems than most realize.

Grain Marketing App – Jessica Groskopf, UNL Associate Extension Educator, Agricultural Economics. Today’s farmers manage their operations in a rapidly changing price environment. To assist producers in developing and implementing grain marketing plans, Nebraska Extension has paired traditional grain marketing workshops with the newly released Grain Marketing Plan smartphone application.

From Garden to Table – Jamie Goffena, UNL Extension Educator, Food, Nutrition & Health. Preserving nutritious, safe food from the garden is one way to stretch your food dollar. Jamie will share helpful tips on how to preserve your homegrown produce.

Creating a Landscape that will Thirst No More – Amy Seiler is the Western Nebraska Community Forestry Specialist with the Nebraska Forest Service. You can create a beautiful landscape with less water. Learn key design principals and plants that will enhance your landscape efforts.

Life is Bigger than a Bus! Create the Life You Really Want – Kim Wolinski. Learning the keys to listen to and follow your ideas, dreams, and yearnings even in the smallest things help to gain momentum to focus on the big things in life. You never know where life will take you – if you just show up!

Farm Finance Update and Outlook – Tina Barrett, Nebraska Farm Business, Inc. Tina will reveal preliminary data from the 2016 Farm Average study and give insight on how the results affect the state as a whole.  In addition, she will give ideas on how you can look at your operation’s numbers and prepare for 2017.

Preparing Yourself and Your Business for Disaster – Ashley Mueller, UNL Extension Educator. Mueller’s focus area is disaster education, and she helps Nebraskans prepare for and recover from disasters. Emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere, no matter the time of year. Whether natural or manmade, these events can affect the way we produce our food, how our families function, and how our businesses operate. The key to resilience – the capacity to recover quickly – is preparedness. Ashley will focus on easy-to-implement, low-cost strategies to ready yourself and your business for a disaster.

The $35 registration fee covers conference materials, breaks, and lunch. Advance registration is due by March 31, after which the fee is $45. Registration forms and more information are available at the Nebraska Extension office at 920 Jackson St. in Sidney; by phone (308) 254-4455; by email to Karen DeBoer, Extension Educator at

Master Gardener Training in Sidney

The Nebraska Master Gardener Program is offering classes for those interested in horticulture on Tuesday nights, from Feb. 7 through Mar. 21.

Nebraska Extension is providing the classes at Western Nebraska Community College, 371 College Drive in Sidney from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Class topics include: plant diagnostics, turf basics, small fruit production, soil basics, landscape design and insect pollinators.

Nebraska Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who provide horticulture information to people in their communities. In return for the knowledge they receive through the classes, Master Gardeners volunteer 40 hours of their time to their community through various means such as helping with horticulture exhibits at the county fair, teaching youth about gardening, working in community gardens and other community related projects.

Participants must pre-register for the classes. For more information on the Master Gardener program, contact the Nebraska Extension Office in Cheyenne County at (308) 254-4455 or see the Master Gardener brochure.

Pesticide applicator training in western Nebraska

Nebraska Extension will be offering training throughout western Nebraska in early 2017, from late January through April, for licensed pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification of their license for 2017.

A license is required to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides. Extension provides training for several classes of certification, including commercial, non-commercial (such as local government or research purposes) and private applicators (such as ag producers).

Private pesticide applicators with licenses expiring in 2017, and anyone seeking first-time private applicator certification, can attend upcoming training sessions. See the complete article for dates, locations and times.

Chemigation Certification Training Set for Sidney

Nebraska Extension will conduct a chemigation certification training session in Sidney on Wednesday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the South Platte Natural Resources District Office.

Producers who plan to apply crop nutrients and pesticides through irrigation systems during 2017, including those whose 2016 permits expired Dec. 31, are required to attend a training session and pass the test administered afterward. Attendees are asked to pre-register at the extension office at 920 Jackson Street. They will receive a training manual and calibration workbook to review before the training session.

On the day of the session, they are asked to bring the manual, calibration workbook, No. 2 pencil, and a calculator. There is no charge. Training and testing will take approximately 2 to 3 hours.

Additional training dates for Nebraska can be found at:

 For more information, call the Nebraska Extension Office in Cheyenne County at 308-254-4455.   

Field Assessment to Improve Efficiency Worskhop February 24 in Sidney

Nebraska Extension is hosting a free workshop for farmers interested in field sustainability and continuous improvement. Using the Field to Market Fieldprint calculator, farmers can document sustainability of a given field or farm. Farmers enter management and production information which will allow them to compare fields with national, state, and local averages for the metrics of yield, erosion, irrigation efficiency, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Data and production information is confidential. It is expected that in the future some grain markets will require such documentation. Find out about the new world of sustainability metrics and why farmers will be thinking in terms of carbon equivalents per bushel in the near future.

 The free workshop will be Friday, Feb. 24, 9:00 a.m. - noon, at the South Platte Natural Resources District Office, 551 Parkland Drive in Sidney. Please preregister for this workshop by Feb. 21 by calling the Cheyenne County Extension Office at 308-254-4455. Participants are asked to complete a Field Print Calculator data sheet in advance to speed up data entry into the tool during the workshop. See the Field to Market Flyer for more information.

Financial Health Check Workshops

Are you ready to renew your farm or ranch operating note? Nebraska Extension is offering a Financial Health Check program in Sidney. This program will help farmers, ranchers, and their spouses develop a financial plan for their farm or ranch during this period of low income. Upon completion of the program, participants will have a better understanding of how financial records help them make management decisions and how to discuss their financial position with their family, business partners, and lenders confidently.

 Topics include

1.         Basics of Balance Sheet Construction and Analysis

2.         Cash Flow and Keeping Farm/Ranch Financial Records

3.         Income Statements for Measuring Profitability

The class is limited to 20 participants. The cost to attend is $20 per person.

 Feb. 28 in Sidney at the South Platte Natural Resources District, 551 Parkland Drive, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. To register call Karen DeBoer, Extension Educator, (308) 254-4455.



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