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The 2020 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will feature an appearance by the Nebraska Secretary of State and Director of Agriculture, as well as updates on research, and reports from the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.

Nebraska Extension will conduct chemigation certification training sessions beginning in February through early June 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 2020, including those whose 2019 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 basics of QuickBooks financial software for farmers and ranchers will be taught Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The course will run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Jerry Terwilliger teaches the basics of desktop QuickBooks, 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.

Cost is $75 per participant, and the classes are limited to seven participants. To register call the Panhandle Research & Extension Center at 308-632-1230. Additional classes will be scheduled as needed.

A “Healthy Food Fast” multi-cooker class will be offered in January 2020 in Gering. It’s for anyone who received a multi-cooker as a gift, but doesn’t know how to use it – or anyone who already owns one of these appliances and wants to learn more about it – or anyone who doesn’t have one yet, but wants to learn more before deciding whether to get one.

The class will be offered twice: Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. until noon, and Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Legacy of the Plains Museum, 2930 Old Oregon Trail, Gering.

The class is sponsored by the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission and is FREE to participants. Please register for either date by Jan. 22, by calling the Scotts Bluff County Extension Office at 308-632-1480. There is a limit of 20 participants.

Nutrition, profitability, and health are the themes of the 2020 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Beef Roundup hosted by Nebraska Extension on Tuesday, January 21, and Tuesday, January 28, at 6pm MST (7pm CST). This series features topic experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University. Each evening features two presentations that can be viewed from any location with internet access or at several locations across Nebraska. Sites and registration information is listed below.

LINCOLN — An upcoming Nebraska Extension workshop will help farmers develop marketing plans for 2020.

“Risk and Reward: Using Crop Insurance and Marketing to Manage Farm Survival” will be presented in Scottsbluff, North Platte, West Point and Clay Center in January and February.

Extension economists will discuss the role of farm location and yield/price relations in making informed grain marketing and crop insurance decisions.

“This is a unique opportunity to think about grain marketing differently,” said Jessica Groskopf, a regional economist with Nebraska Extension.  “Often, we think of marketing and crop insurance as two separate decisions. This workshop will show the importance of how these tools work together to help farms survive.”

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