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Katie Pekarek - Extension Educator

In 2023, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB1014.  This bill took 4 million dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act and allocated it to treating nitrate issues in Nebraska.  1.2 million dollars of that is dedicated to a Reverse Osmosis Rebate Program that is dedicated to private well owners. The general idea of the program is that any individual private drinking water well owner can test their water AND if the nitrate concentration comes back above 10 ppm, they might be eligible for UP TO $4,000 support to get a reverse osmosis system to treat their nitrate.

Eligibility

Knowing annual cow costs is the foundation for evaluating and making management decisions that can improve profitability for a cow-calf enterprise. Significant increases in input costs are challenging producers to examine cost of production and identify where there may be opportunities to adjust the production system. Calculating costs and breaking them into categories gives understanding into where there may be opportunity to make changes.

Nebraska Extension will be hosting a 2023 webinar series on Thursday evenings at 7:30-8:30pm CT on January 19, 26 and February 2, 9, 16 and 23. The series will explain the fundamentals of knowing and calculating annual cow costs.

Topics to be covered will include:

The 2023 Beef Feedlot Roundtable Series is an event that you won’t want to miss! We encourage feedlot owners, managers, employees, and allied industry to join Nebraska Extension February 7-9th as we dive into a series of timely topics covering feedlot management. Highlights from the program include the use of roller compacted concrete, implications of increasing hot carcass weight, and new requirements on implanting with speakers from UNL Extension and producers. This year’s program offers a new hands-on component targeted toward feedlot employees, including processing equipment maintenance, euthanasia considerations, and pregnancy management in the feedlot covered by UNL veterinarians from Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center.

The 2023 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will be an in-person event this February, featuring the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association’s annual meeting and updates on bean-related research in Nebraska. There is an option to view this event virtually if you choose. To receive the Zoom address, contact the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association at 308-633-1387 or email, nebeangrower@allophone.com

Dry Edible Bean Day is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Gering Civic Center in Gering NE. 

A newly designed Nebraska Soil Health School — a one-day workshop — will cover many aspects of the science related to soil health, including the value of the foundational soil health principles, the evaluation of soil health management practices, and many hands-on soil health investigations and demonstrations. We will offer CCA CEUs for those who attend. The goal of this collaborative effort between the UNL and USDA-NRCS is to enhance the technical soil-related knowledge of Nebraska farmers, ag professionals, UNL faculty/students and USDA NRCS employees. Making connections between each of the participants with leading scientists, local conservationists and others attending the Soil Health School, is also a top priority. 

The 2023 private pesticide applicator training dates, times, and locations have been set. Notification letters will be sent out by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to applicators whose license will expire in 2023.

First, applicators’ new licenses will be tan in color and have the words “General Agriculture” and the code 00 printed on it. 

Second, applicators who wish to use soil fumigants will be required to pass the commercial Soil Fumigation (category 01A) exam to receive this certification. Also, if the applicator wishes to use non-soil, structural, or rodent burrow fumigants, they will be required to pass the commercial Non-Soil / Structural Fumigation (category 11) exam to receive this certification.

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