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The Aspiring Farmer Virtual Course is a 6-week long interactive online course for aspiring and beginning farmers interested in starting a, or improving their, small- to mid-scale produce, livestock or other diversified operations. From dreaming and creating a vision to developing a sound business and marketing plan, course participants will be well equipped to take the next steps in starting their farm operation. Course work will include weekly presentations, and discussions and interactions with peers, instructors, and farmers in the region.

The Partnership Grant program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture.

 This week, September 20th through September 26th is National Farm Safety Week. The theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week 2020 is “Every Farmer Counts”.  The theme is to acknowledge, celebrate, and uplift America’s farmers and ranchers who have encountered many challenges over the past couple of years, yet continue to work hard to provide the food, fiber, and fuel that we need. Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. With fall harvest just beginning, safety needs to be an important focus for farmers and others in our rural community.  

An on-line webinar is scheduled for Friday October, 9th 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM CDT. An on-line webinar is scheduled for Friday October, 9th 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM CDT. The seminar will focus on landowners’ considerations related to leasing land for utility scale solar development. Farmers, landowners, and their families have much to consider when considering long term land leases. This webinar will give an overview of solar development and touch on major issues to consider when negotiating a solar lease agreement.

So have you seen that purple topped grass growing in the ditches, in pastures, along fields and in waterways recently?  This grass is called just what it looks like, “Purpletop”.  Another name for this grass is greasegrass.  This year I have just seen some of it showing up in pastures and along roads.  When we had the drought in 2012, it didn’t show up much.  If you are concerned about it being a problem weedy grass, it shouldn’t be a problem.  It has shown up this time of year the past few years, especially when we get some good rains during the summer.  

Late summer, fall and harvest are good times to check out where you may have a problem with specific weeds or where a new weed is invading or possibly even herbicide resistance is developing.  By identifying the weed, extent of any infestations and locations of weed problems, you will have a better strategy for managing these weeds in the future, maybe even this fall.  Marestail or maybe more specifically, glyphosate resistant marestail has become a major problem in Nebraska.  In traveling around southeast Nebraska, marestail control and weed control in general appears to be much better overall this summer compared to previous years.

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Rural Fellows accepting 200 students, 100 host communities for 2021

September 24, 2020
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is seeking college students and community leaders from across Nebraska to participate in the 2021 Rural Fellows program.

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