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The Landlord/Tenant Cash Rent Workshop for 2020 and Beyond workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 2:00 p.m., at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Ave. I, in Scottsbluff.  Nebraska Extension’s upcoming workshop will provide the latest leasing, real estate and management information to operators, tenants and landowners in Scotts Bluff County.    

Extension educators Austin Duerfeldt, Jim Jansen and Allan Vyhnalek have collaborated to develop a program that will address agricultural finance and the real estate market, negotiation skills and considerations for leases and strategies for farmland succession and communication.

Nebraska has one of the highest summer pasture rental rates in the nation for cow-calf pairs or stocker/yearlings, on a price-per-pair-per-month or price-per-head basis. Prices remain historically quite strong, although they have moderated after the rapid run-up that occurred after 2014 and 2015. Reported pasture rental rates are documented in a survey published annually by Nebraska Extension titled “Nebraska Farm Real Estate Report,” which can be found at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Ag Economics website at agecon.unl.edu. This all points to the importance, for ranchers, of understanding good management of their pastures. A number of factors contribute to the strong pasture rental rates found in Nebraska, including these three:

The Livestock Classic will be following the same basic schedule as least year. The show will be separated into two days, with the Breeding Heifers showing on Friday, November 29, and the Market Animals on Saturday, November 30. The Specific Schedule is as follows:

- Doors will open at the Ag Complex at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 28.

- Breeding Heifer check-in will be from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 28, and 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 29. The show will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday with showmanship, with the breed classes to follow.

The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers will award a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H male and a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H female who are graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education. The scholarship will be awarded at the annual NAFM convention in January. Winners will be notified by January 4, 2020. Return your completed application to the Extension Office by December 2, 2019. 

Applications are available through the Extension Office or in a PDF fillable file here.

 

Much of the state has already seen some snow. To better help us prepare, the National Weather Service has put together a packet of information to help spread the word. 

The packet includes information on:
*Probability of winter weather
*Explanation of winter storm indexes
*Winter storm precipitation definitions
*Forecasting snowfall amounts
*Winter weather dangers
*Safety tips - be prepared before a storm hits
*Travel tips and where to get road reports
*Winter preparedness for schools
*2018-2019 State snowfall map
*2018-2019 weather summary by Nebraska region

The University of Nebraska Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska will host a series of Farm Bill education meetings over the next two months to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions. The sites include Alliance, Scottsbluff and Bridgeport.

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.

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