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When times are tight, one key to keeping the farm is managing income by having an effective grain- marketing plan that accounts for an individual farmer’s cost of production, balance sheet and cash flow.

A two-day, in-depth, hands-on workshop called “Grain Marketing: Dollar and Cents” will help row-crop farmers create effective grain marketing plans specific to their operation and financial condition.

The workshop will be offered Feb. 5-6, 2019 in Scottsbluff at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I. To register call 308-632-1230. The cost to participate is $100 per person.

Private pesticide applicators, such as agricultural producers, can renew their certificate or get initial certification by attending training sessions throughout western Nebraska in upcoming weeks. The training is provided by Nebraska Extension.

After completing the training, farmers and ranchers can buy and use restricted-use pesticides in their own farming operations.

A Quicken for Farm & Ranch Record Keeping workshops will be held Feb. 15, 2019 at Scottsbluff, running from 9 a.m. until noon at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Ave. I. To register call 308- 632-1230.

Nebraska Extension Educators will teach how to use Quicken, a popular commercial record-keeping package that is user friendly, inexpensive and easy to find. Quicken is flexible for ag and non-ag business enterprises and separates out family living expenses.

Quicken’s checkbook register makes for a familiar environment to begin computerized record-keeping. Quicken comes with home and general business income and expense categories, but Educators will show how to easily import farm categories to match the federal income tax Schedule F.

A QuickBooks Desktop for Farm and Ranch Record Keeping workshops will be held Feb. 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The cost to attend is $65 per person. To register call 308-632-1230.

Jerry Terwilliger teaches the basics of QuickBooks Desktop in this hands-on workshop, focusing on the record-keeping needs of farmers and ranchers. Participants will learn how to input transactions, use accounts, categories, inventories, invoices, and run common reports.

Classes are limited to seven participants each, so please register soon.

A QuickBooks Desktop for Farm & Ranch Record Keeping workshops will be held Jan. 16, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The cost to attend is $65 per person.  To register call 308-632-1230.

Jerry Terwilliger teaches the basics of QuickBooks Desktop in this hands-on workshop, focusing on the record-keeping needs of farmers and ranchers. Participants will learn how to input transactions, use accounts, categories, inventories, invoices, and run common reports.

Classes are limited to seven participants each, so please register soon.

Finding, hiring and retaining quality employees is a major challenge for agricultural producers in western Nebraska. Competition for the available workforce comes from area industries, and the labor market is tight.

A seminar designed to help agricultural employers learn techniques and leadership practices to help motivate and empower employees will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff.  Dr. Bob Milligan, Senior Consultant with Dairy Strategies LLC and Professor Emeritus from Cornell University, will lead the seminar.

Topics will include:

• Identifying the future direction of the operation and its workforce needs

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