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LINCOLN — An upcoming Nebraska Extension workshop will help farmers develop marketing plans for 2020.

“Risk and Reward: Using Crop Insurance and Marketing to Manage Farm Survival” will be presented in Scottsbluff, North Platte, West Point and Clay Center in January and February.

Extension economists will discuss the role of farm location and yield/price relations in making informed grain marketing and crop insurance decisions.

“This is a unique opportunity to think about grain marketing differently,” said Jessica Groskopf, a regional economist with Nebraska Extension.  “Often, we think of marketing and crop insurance as two separate decisions. This workshop will show the importance of how these tools work together to help farms survive.”

Nebraska Extension will be offering training throughout western Nebraska, from January through April 2020, for licensed pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification of their license for 2020.

A license is required to use or purchase or apply 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).

Complete information for local training can be found on the Panhandle Research & Extension  Center website

The University of Nebraska Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska will host Farm Bill education meetings in Scottsbluff and Grant in January to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions.

 The 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law last December, reauthorized the existing Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill; however producers will need to make new program enrollment decisions over the coming months

Meeting times and locations:

Prepare to Compete at the 4-H District and State Horse Shows

Participants will complete all Level 2 requirements (except for the riding skills test) by the end of the workshop!! Have expert help in finishing your demonstration, written report, feed chart, and written examination.

By Tammie Ostdiek
Extension Educator – Food, Nutrition and Health

Holidays can be filled with overindulgence. But it’s possible to avoid added calories and the pang of guilt – as well as adverse health effects – with some thoughtful planning and preparation.

Consider making little changes to create healthier meals, increase physical activity and feel your best during the busy holiday season. Here are some simple steps:

Dave Ostdiek Communication/Technology Associate

The Panhandle Research and Extension Center has embarked on a partnership with a family farm corporation in Scotts Bluff County, Western Farms LLC, to conduct scientific research on growing industrial hemp for seed production in the Panhandle.

The public-private joint venture will take place in Scottsbluff and is titled “Evaluation of Hemp Seed Production in Greenhouse Environment in Western Nebraska.”

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