Agriculture & Livestock Programs

Grazing Cover Crop Field Day

Friday, September 15 9:00AM-1:00PM Jerry & Cindy Glaser's, Spalding

Join Steve Niemeyer, Beef Systems Extension Educator, for Grazing Cover Crop Field Day in Spalding on September 15, 2017 from 9Am to 1PM. This program will cover soil health improvement, organic crop production, grass finishing cattle and grazing irrigated cover crop. Please RSVP by September 11th for the free lunch to Cindy Glaser at 308-750-2879. For more information, contact Steve Niemeyer at 308-346-4200, Ron Bolze at 402-321-0067 or Jerry Glaser at 308-750-9578. The program is a partnership between Nebraska Extension, Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

Farm & Ranch Business Succession Planning Workshop

Thursday, May 18 5:00PM Burwell Legion Club

Featured speaker, Dr. Ron Hanson, will provide valuable knowledge and insight on the topics of:

  • Understanding the importance of ownership succession within a family business
  • Overcoming family challenges of farm and ranch business succession planning
  • Starting the process of developing a succession plan

Check-in for this program will begin at 5:00PM and the meal will follow at 5:30PM. Sponsor presentations will take place at 6:15PM and the main event, Dr. Hanson's presention, will take place from 6:30PM-9:00PM. Limited seating will be available for this program. RSVP by 5:00PM on May 10th by calling the Burwell Chamber at 308-346-5210.

To register for any of our upcoming agriculture programs, please contact the Nebraska Extension in GLW Office at 308-346-4200. Please be ready with your name and telephone number.

2017 Pesticide Training Locations

February 6 7:00PM Garfield County Courthouse, Burwell

February 9 1:00PM Wheeler County Fairgrounds, Bartlett

February 13 1:00PM Taylor Community Building, Taylor

Please bring your letter from the state to recertify. For more information about pesticide training, please contact Steve Niemeyer at 308-346-4200 or

Beef Profit Tips

February 15 1:00PM Loup Co. Fair Building, Taylor

February 15 7:00PM Ericson Methodist Church, Ericson

Speakers: Dennis Bauer, Gary Stauffer & Steve Niemeyer

During the winter of 2017, Nebraska Extension will host 17 beef profitability workshops to help beef producers evaluate their operations to make them more profitable through the latest research information. The combination of low commodity prices and high input costs has left cattle producers struggling to reach breakeven levels. These workshops are sponsored by Nebraska Extension. The cost is $15.00, but may vary by location depending on local sponsorship. Pre-register by calling the local Extension office in the host county at least three days before the workshop to ensure there are enough handouts and refreshments. For more dates, locations or information, please contact Steve Niemeyer at 308-346-4200 or

Do You Know What It Cost You to Produce a Calf Last Year?

With the drop in cattle prices, there is power in knowing your Unit Cost of Production (UCOP). For cow-calf producers, UCOP is figured as cost per pound of weaned calf.

It takes time to set up and calculate a UCOP, but the benefits are:

  • Knowing what your current costs are
  • Projecting what unit cost of production will be going forward
  • Identifying opportunities to improve profitability
  • Using information to make management and marketing decisions

A two-day workshop will be held 8:30AM-4:30PM on February 20th and 21st at Calamus Lodge near Burwell. The workshop will provide a hands-on learning experience for producers to learn how to calculate a unit cost of production for cow-calf.

Why bother learning how to calculate UCOP? Costs for cow-calf producers have shot up over the last 15 years. From 2001 to 2015, the Livestock Market Information Center reports annual cow costs increased from $400 to $875 per cow. Cow-calf producers who know their UCOP and understand the interaction between costs and production can implement strategies to manage resources to meet business and personal goals.

To register, please contact Nebraska Extension in GLW at 308-346-4200. Cost is $35 per person and covers meals for both days. Please pre-register one week prior for the meal count. Workshops are limited to 30 people per location.

Nebraska BQA & the Veterinary Feed Directive Program

February 16 1:00PM Community Building, Scotia - To register, please call 308-872-6831

February 16 7:00PM Garfield Co. Courthouse, Burwell - To register, please call 308-346-4200

Rob Eirich, Nebraska Director of Beef Quality Assurance and local Nebraska Extension Beef Educators will be presenting BQA Best Management Practices, Animal Health Stewardship and the new Veterinary Feed Directive. Beef cattle producers are committed to producing a quality, wholesome and safe beef product for consumers. These meetings will update producers  on implementing BQA practices and complying with the VFD regulations.

All producers are invited to attend these meetings. This will serve as a Beef Quality Assurance Certification training for those producers needing certification or recertification. If certifying or recertifying, there is a $20 fee. This certification is valid for two years.

Additional dates and locations are available throughout the state. For more information, please contact Steve Niemeyer at 308-346-4200 or or Rob Eirich at 308-632-1230 or

2017 Chemigation Training

February 14 9:00AM Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk - To register, call 402-370-4044

February 15 1:00PM College Park, Grand Island - To register, call 308-745-5422

February 23 9:00AM American Legion Hall, Neligh - To register, please call 402-370-4044

February 24 4:00PM Valley Co. Ag Complex, Ord - To register, please call 308-754-5422

February 25 9:00AM Valley Co. Ag Complex, Ord - To register, please call 308-754-5422

February 27 1:00PM Custer Co. Fairgrounds, Broken Bow - To register, call 308-754-5422

February 28 1:30PM Lutheran Church, Ainsworth - To register, call 402-336-2760

March 1 1:30PM Holt Co. Courthouse Annex, O'Neill - To register, call 402-336-2760

March 6 1:00PM Casey's Community Building, Albion - To register, call 402-352-3821

March 28 9:00AM Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk - To register, call 402-370-4044

March 28 1:30PM Holt Co. Courthouse Annex, O'Neill - To register, call 402-336-2760

April 12 1:30PM Holt Co. Courthouse Annex, O'Neill - To register, call 402-336-2760

For a full list of dates and locations, please contact the Nebraska Extension in GLW office at 308-346-4200.

For more information:

For the latest beef information from Nebraska Extension and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, please visit or contact Steve Niemeyer, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator in Garfield, Loup and Wheeler Counties at 308-346-4200 or