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The Women in Agriculture Conference:  Improving Agriculture, Improving Lives, will feature information and advice about a wide range of subjects: coping with stress, preserving food, creating sustainable landscapes, setting priorities, and preparing for disasters.

This year’s conference is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2017 at Sidney. It will run from 8:15 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Country Inn & Suites, 664 Chase Blvd., Sidney.

The conference is intended for women who are involved in agriculture improve their decision-making, increase understanding, and enhance their well-being in relation to their farm, ranch or agriculture-related business.

Nebraska Extension will conduct chemigation certification training sessions beginning in February through early April at Scottsbluff, Sidney, Bridgeport, Alliance and Valentine, as well as other sites around Nebraska, such as Ogallala, North Platte and Ainsworth.

Producers who plan to apply crop nutrients and pesticides through irrigation systems during 2017, including those whose 2016 permits expired Dec. 31, are required to attend a training session and pass the test administered afterward. Attendees are asked to pre-register at the extension office whose session they plan to attend. They will receive a training manual and calibration workbook to review before the training session.

The 2017 Women in Ag Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23-24 at the Kearney Holiday Inn Conference Center. This year the theme is Women in Agriculture: The Heart of the Farm! and we have a tremendous amount of content planned for attendees. To see what is planned for this two day event go to http://wia.unl.edu. The registration book will be updated as new information comes in.

Nebraska Extension is offering the Master Gardener Training Program beginning in February at Scottsbluff, Alliance and Sidney.

Weekly sessions in February and March will provide research-based horticulture education, preparing Master Gardener volunteers to share their knowledge with others in the community.

In exchange for the training, Master Gardeners are asked to volunteer to their communities, working with local Extension educators, solving problems or giving information. Some give talks or workshops to the public or write news articles about topics such as house plants, flowers, vegetable gardening or other horticulture-related subjects.

Beef feedlot managers, owners, employees and supporting personnel will learn the latest in feedlot nutrition, health, and marketing at the 2017 Beef Feedlot Roundtable Feb. 7 in Scottsbluff.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Roundtables will be offered Feb. 7 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. Other locations in Nebraska will include Feb. 8 at the Dawson County Extension office by the fairgrounds in Lexington, and Feb. 9 at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point.

The 2017 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will feature advice for producers, the latest research, and reports from the state commission and U.S. Dry Bean Council.

Dry Edible Bean Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Gering Civic Center, sponsored by the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association (NDBGA). This year’s event will take place in the afternoon, instead of the morning as has been the custom. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the growers’ association annual meeting begins at 1 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m., University of Nebraska researchers will provide updates on the following research conducted at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center:

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