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The difference between a good farmer and a great manager often comes down to knowing the true financial position of a farm. Good records make it possible to track an operation’s true financial position. Inaccurate records can lead to misguided management decisions.

A “Good Farmer to Great Manager” record-keeping class, designed to teach farmers and ranchers to keep accurate records for their operations, will be held July 25-26, 2019 at the Prairie Winds Community Center (428 N Main St) in Bridgeport. It will run from 1-5 p.m. the first day, and 8 a.m. until noon the second day.

Numerous factors may cause stress for farmers and ranchers. Many face financial problems, marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more.  When temporary stress turns into chronic stress, it can impact health and mental wellness.

Nebraska Extension, in partnership with Michigan State Extension, is offering workshops in Scottsbluff and Chadron in July for individuals who work with farmers and ranchers on a regular basis, such as bank lenders, ag suppliers, healthcare professionals, and anyone involved with the lives of farmers and ranchers. These workshops offer four objectives:

* Build awareness around potentially stressful conditions affecting some farmers and ranchers.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln High Plains Ag Lab Field Day, scheduled for Thursday, June 20,2019 will highlight UNL research on dryland crops, especially field pea and winter wheat, as well as grazing and forages.

The field day will consist of a three-part tour. The first field tour will focus on field peas. The second part of the field tour will showcase wheat research. Then, an indoor session prior to lunch will include updates on wheat fertility trials, entomology topics, annual forages, pasture research and markets.

Attendees can attend any of the tours without missing any topics. The event will conclude with lunch by mid-day.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center will host a field tour on cheatgrass management research on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

The tour will take place from 9 a.m. until noon at the Panhandle Experimental Rangeland approximately 10 miles north of Scottsbluff on Highway 71. The tour will begin in the east parking lot at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center (4502 Avenue I, Scottsbluff).

This informal tour will be a follow-up to the 2018 tour and include visits to multi-year test plots with research trials on new herbicide options, discussion on the preliminary results of these trials, and a question-and-answer session.

Research trials include:

By Aaron Berger
Nebraska Beef Extension Educator

For agricultural producers committed to lifelong learning, podcasts are a good way to expand their knowledge base while using time effectively.

Most people involved in production ag spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel of a vehicle or piece of equipment. This “drive time” can be an opportunity to listen to podcasts on their smartphones.

David Lott, Horticulture Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in North Platte

Storms inflict significant damage to gardens and landscapes across Nebraska each year. Initial reactions to storm damage can be overwhelming when trying to decide what steps to take to start the recovery process. Here are some simple tips to help find a place to start in the recovery process to reduce further damage to the landscape and anyone who is helping in the process.

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Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference is Feb. 20-21

January 3, 2020
The annual Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference will celebrate 35 years Feb. 20 and 21 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney.

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2020 Master Gardener training

November 7, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska Extension is offering Master Gardener training throughout the state in 2020. The Nebraska EMG program is a horticulture-related volunteer training program based in many counties and has been part of Nebraska Extension since 1976.

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