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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:

Karla H. Jenkins, Cow/calf, Range Management Specialist
Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff

Any Google search will reveal plenty of articles on how cattle are bad for the environment. Some will say they emit too many greenhouse gases, while others will lament that they compete with humans for food resources. However, consumers may be surprised to learn that cattle are actually able to eat many things that are actually considered waste and are not allowed in the human consumption markets.

Reports of stripe rust in wheat, caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, were noted this fall throughout Panhandle wheat fields, particularly in Kimball and Banner counties.

Now, reports of additional epidemics ranging from Garden County in the east to the Wyoming border in the west and to northern Box Butte County near Hemingford have come in, since we requested local reports via the news media.

A pair of workshops will be presented Jan. 25, 2017 at Bridgeport and Chadron on business succession and estate planning for farm and ranch owners, families and beginners.

The Bridgeport workshop will take place from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Prairie Winds Community Center. The Chadron workshop will take place from 5-8 p.m. at Chadron State College.

There is no charge. To register (and for questions) call the Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.

These workshops will include a discussion of beginning farmer programs that can aid in succession planning. They should be useful for established farm and ranch owners, for their successors, and for beginners.

Nebraska Extension will offer a workshop Jan. 31, 2017 in Scottsbluff providing livestock and crop farmers with information on how to turn manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment.

The workshop begins at 9 a.m. at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. It is one of eight training sessions scheduled across Nebraska.

Livestock producers with livestock waste control facility permits received or renewed since April 1998 must be certified. A farm must complete an approved training every five years, and farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are also encouraged to attend. Re-certification will be held during the first two hours of the day-long land application training.

When commodity prices go down, it’s important to keep financial books on the ranch for more than just tax time. A Quicken for Farm & Ranch Record Keeping workshop will be held Jan. 16, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. in Bridgeport at the Morrill County Extension Office Board Room.

To register call Jessica Groskopf 308-632-1247. This workshop is limited to 10 participants. The cost to attend is $20 per person.

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.

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