Local Interest

By Jessica Groskopf, Regional Ag Economist, Cory Walters, Associate Professor, Ag Economics

Rising fertilizer and input prices are the hot topic of conversation in rural coffee shops across the corn belt. However, there seems to be little banter about how to make crop-input purchase decisions heading into 2022. So what should savvy farmers be discussing, in addition to rising costs, to make the best purchase decision?

Have you ever wanted to join the Master Gardener program, only to realize that the training program was over when you decided to inquire? See how to become a Master Gardener in a new video created just for people like you. You will learn about the Master Gardener program and hear from experienced Master Gardeners on why they love to learn and participate in the program. Master Gardener training will start across Nebraska in mid-January 2022. The video explains the sign-up process, fees, and class structure.

For more information about the Extension Master Gardener Program, contact Gary Stone, Extension Educator, at the Nebraska Extension Office in Scottsbluff, by calling (308) 632-1230.

The Returning to the Farm workshop series is being taught for families that have the next generation of farmers and ranchers coming back to their operations.  The workshop helps multi-generations traverse the challenges of successfully succeeding the operation to the next generation. See the Returning to the Farm flyer additional information.

Anyone who performs any kind of custom machine hire or contracts for specified farm services is encouraged to participate in the Nebraska Farm Custom Rates Survey. If you provide services for neighbors covering just a few acres or if custom work is a major part of your business, your input is needed. The more participants providing current market information on custom services, the more useful the report is to everyone that uses the information. The Nebraska Farm Custom Rates Survey will be distributed by the end of the year 2021. The new report will be published during the first half of 2022.  

Have you ever wanted to join the Master Gardener program, only to realize that the training program was over when you decided to inquire? Join Extension Master Gardeners and Nebraska Extension educators Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 5:30 p.m. MDT, at the Bluestem Room at Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I in Scottsbluff to learn more about the program.

This hour-long program will be a great way for people to learn about the Master Gardener program and hear from experienced Master Gardeners on why they love to learn and participate in the program. Master Gardener training will start across Nebraska in mid-January 2022, and this meeting will explain the sign up process, fees and class structure.

Eight video episodes have been released and available to view online in the Farm Sci-Ed video series, which highlights the “science and education behind farming” and integrated pest management research. 

The YouTube series, launched in August, follows three researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center – Entomologist Jeff Bradshaw, Integrated Weed Management Specialist Nevin Lawrence, and Plant Pathologist Bob Harveson – throughout the growing season. They discuss research projects focusing on entomology, weed science and plant pathology, along with updates on what is happening within the field. 

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Principles for Attracting and Retaining Quality Ag Employees webinar - a panel discussion

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Help- wanted signs are everywhere. Hiring is so difficult that many are calling this the "Great Resignation." Agricultural businesses in Nebraska are not exempt from this challenge; competition for available workers comes from area industries, and the labor market is tight.

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Beef Quality Assurance certification offered in December across Nebraska

November 29, 2021
Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance will be offering Beef Quality Assurance Certification across the state from Dec. 13-15.

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Panhandle Perspectives: Suggestions for planning for rising fertilizer prices and bull markets

November 26, 2021
Rising fertilizer and input prices are the hot topic of conversation in rural coffee shops across the corn belt.

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Dec. 15 Extension workshop to cover crop inputs, cost of production

November 22, 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —Nebraska Extension will present a live workshop covering 2022 inputs and cost of production for crop producers on Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Panhandle Research, Extension, and Education Center, 4502 Avenue I, Scottsbluff.

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