Nebraska Extension in Cheyenne, Kimball & Banner Counties

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.

Financial Health Check Workshops

 Are you ready to renew your farm or rancher operating note? Nebraska Extension is offering a Financial Health Check program in Sidney. This program consists of three, two hour classes designed to help farmers, ranchers, and their spouses develop a financial plan for their farm or ranch during this period of low income. Upon completion of this 6-hour program, participants will have a better understanding of how financial records can be used to make management decisions and confidently discuss their financial position with their family, business partners, and lenders.

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. Classes are held once per week. The cost to attend all three classes is $20 per person.

Jan. 10, 17, 24 in Sidney at Western Nebraska Community College, 6 - 8 p.m. and to register call Karen DeBoer, Extension Educator, (308) 254-4455

Quicken for Farm and Ranch Record Keeping

 When prices go down, it’s important to keep financial books on the farm or ranch for more than just tax time.

 Nebraska Extension Educators will teach how to use Quicken, a popular commercial record-keeping package that is user friendly, inexpensive and easy to find. Quicken is flexible for ag and non-ag business enterprises and separates out family living expenses.

 Quicken’s checkbook register makes for a familiar environment to begin computerized record-keeping. Quicken comes with home and general business income and expense categories, but Educators will show how to easily import farm categories to match the tax Schedule F.

Quicken allows organization of finances by category and subclasses, but also a tag feature that is useful for splitting enterprises, by partnership share, or by farm or ranch. Quicken allows users to split transactions, so one check written at a local gas station can be divided among several expenses: fast food, oil for the tractor, and farm fuel for the feed pickup.

Reports such as transactions, cash flow, account balances, balance sheet, comparison, and tax summary, can easily be generated, information filtered and layout modified. Quicken files can also be exported to QuickBooks®, used by many tax accountants.

The hands-on training will include computer time with Quicken. Educators will also show how to run reports helpful for financial decisions. This workshop is limited to 10 participants. The cost to attend is $20 per person.

Jan. 10, 1 - 4 p.m., Western Nebraska Community College, Sidney, to register call Karen DeBoer, Extension Educator 308-254-4455

Feb. 2, 6 - 9 p.m., Kimball-Banner Counties Extension Office, Kimball, to register call Aaron Berger, Extension Educator 308-235-3122

“Ranching for Profitability” Meetings Held Across Nebraska

What are pillars to beef productivity?  Grazing, reproduction, economics, and cattle health are key to beef profitability and will be covered in half-day workshops across Nebraska by beef specialists and educators. 

“Ranching for Profitability” meetings will be held from 10 am to 2 pm (local time) and 5 pm to 9 pm (local time).  Locations include O’Neill, Ainsworth on Jan. 17; Valentine, Brewster on Jan. 18; Gordon, Kimball on Jan. 19; Burwell, Broken Bow on Jan. 24; Lexington, and Brady on Jan. 25.  Contact the local Extension Office one week prior for a meal count.  Please note: speakers and topics may vary by location- contact the local extension office for a list of topics and speakers.

Nebraska Extension beef specialist, Rick Funston, will discuss “Estrous Synchronization and Considerations”.  Dennis Bauer, extension educator, and Jerry Volesky, Range & Forage specialist, will cover grazing.  Meadow renovation, grazing irrigated annuals as part of a year-long grazing plan, and annual forages for fall and winter grazing will be reviewed.  Looking into the economics of a beef operation, Aaron Berger, extension educator, will examine “Points of Leverage on the Ranch to Improve Profit”.  Cattle health is greatly influenced by fly populations, according to Dave Boxler, livestock entomologist educator, who will cover “Pasture Fly Control on Cattle”.

Pre-registration required for a meal count (one week prior).  All times are local.

 *January 17 - O’Neill (Holt County Courthouse Annex 10 am–2 pm), 402-336-2760;
*January 17 - Ainsworth (Zion Lutheran Church 4-10 pm), 402-387-2213;
*January 18 – Valentine (Peppermill Restaurant 10 am–2 pm) 402-376-1850;
*January 18 - Brewster (Uncle Bucks 5 pm–9 pm) 308-645-2267;
*January 19 – Gordon (Gordon City Hall 10 am–2 pm) 308-327-2312;
*January 19 - Kimball (4-H Building 5 pm–9 pm) 308-235-3122;
*January 24 – Burwell (Burwell Legion Club 10 am–2 pm) 308-346-4200;
*January 24 - Broken Bow (Country Club 5 pm–9 pm) 308-872-6831;
*January 25 – Lexington (Dawson County Extension Office 10 am–2 pm), 308-324-5501;
*January 25 - Brady (Brady Community Center 5 pm–9 pm) 308-532-2683;

Please call the office one week prior if you plan to attend.  Cost is $15/person.  Brought to you by Nebraska Extension, and local sponsors.

Grain Marketing Workshop

 A free grain marketing workshop will be held on Feb. 1 at the Cheyenne County Community Center in Sidney from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop will help grain producers minimize losses during this time of low prices.

Workshops are funded by the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Soybean Board. Complimentary lunch is sponsored by Crossroads Cooperative Association. The workshop is limited to 40 participants. 

 Nebraska Extension Educators will present location and commodity specific marketing information. Topics include developing a written marketing plan, and understanding basis and carrying charges. The workshops feature the Marketing in a New Era simulator and the Grain Marketing Plan smartphone application. 

 Register by visiting or by calling Karen DeBoer, Extension Educator at 308-254-4455.


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