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. Please see the Women In Ag Brochure for the schedule and registration information.

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.

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 kdeboer1@unl.edu

Drones in Ag Discussion and Demonstration in Harrisburg April 6.

A roundtable discussion and demonstration designed to inform agriculture producers of the opportunities to utilize drone technology in their operations is scheduled for April 6 at Harrisburg

The program will be held  from 1-3 p.m. at the Banner County Museum in Harrisburg.

Speakers and topics will include:   

·         Two area producers will share how they have used drones in their operation for cattle and crop management.

·         Justin Reinmuth from Gering High School, along with his electronics class, will share their state- winning “Samsung Solve for Tomorrow” project that explores the use of drones in spot application of herbicides in agriculture.

·         Dr. Bijeish Maharjan, Soil Scientist from the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, will discuss his interest and ideas for the use of drones from a research perspective.

    UNL Extension Educator Aaron Berger is facilitating the event.

    The discussion and demonstration program is free to attend. Registration is requested.  To register, call the Nebraska Extension Office in Kimball-Banner Counties at 308-235-3122.  Register by April 5, to ensure that there are enough handouts.

UNL Extension Tractor Safety Classes Offered Across Nebraska

Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses will take place at nine Nebraska locations this year. Teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm should plan to attend.

 Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from working on a farm for anyone other than parents or legal guardians. Certification received through this course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with specific mechanized equipment.

The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Extensive training on Tractor and ATV safety occurs during in-class lessons with hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of ‘safety first’ and respect for agricultural equipment are primary goals of the course.

The course consists of two days of instruction plus homework assignments. The first day of classroom instruction includes hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test.  Students are required to pass the test before taking the driving test on day two. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Students will complete homework assignments that will be due on day two. The second day will include a driving test, equipment operation, and ATV safety lessons. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course.

Two locations, Gordon and McCook, will offer online course instruction to replace the first day of the two-day course. Students complete this at their convenience before attending the driving component of the course on-site.

 All on-site classes begin at 8:00 A.M. and end times will vary, depending on the number of participants. Dates, locations, and Site Coordinator phone numbers are as follows:  May 30 & 31 - Kearney Fairgrounds (308) 236-1235; June 1 & 2 – Auburn Fairgrounds (402) 245-4324; June 6 & 7 – Valentine Fairgrounds (402) 376-1850; June 13 & 14 – North Platte West Central Research and Extension Center (308) 532-2683; June 15 & 16 – Gering Legacy Museum (308) 632-1480; June 19 & 20 – Wayne Fairgrounds (402) 584-2234; June 22 – Gordon Fairgrounds (308) 327-2312; June 23 – McCook Fairgrounds (308) 345-3390; July 10 & 11 – Grand Island College Park (308) 385-5088.    

Participants must submit registration forms to the location they will attend at least one week before the course.  The registration form is available online:  kearney.unl.edu. Cost of the course is $60, which includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunches. For more information, contact the Extension Office of the location where student will attend.

Extension is a division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.

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.


 

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