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The 2019 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will feature an appearance by the Nebraska Director of Agriculture, as well as presentations from dry bean processors updates on research, and reports from the state commission.

Dry Edible Bean Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 at the Gering Civic Center, sponsored by the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association (NDBGA). Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. After welcome messages from Bean Growers President Paul Pieper, Panhandle Research and Extension Center Director Jack Whittier, and Nebraska Dry Bean Commission Chair Courtney Schuler, the growers’ association annual meeting will start at 1 p.m.

Seven Nebraska 4-H members were among the top finishers in the National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf Contest completed recently in Denver.

The youth dedicated a year’s worth of effort to raise animals they caught at the 2018 stock show from calves to market steers. According to the National Western’s website, 4-Hers from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming compete in National Western Stock Show’s (NWSS) longest running program of practical beef cattle management. In just over 80 years, the Catch-A-Calf Contest has awarded nearly 3,000 steers to 4-H members hailing from the western United States.

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.

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

Efficiency and sustainability are important topics to beef consumers and the future success of the beef industry. These topics are also the theme of Nebraska Extension’s Ranching for Profitability session in 2019.

In January, Ranching for Profitability will be offered as a webinar that beef producers can join from any of 13 downlink locations across Nebraska, or from their home via the internet. A list of sites and registration information follows.

 The webinar will take place on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mountain Time (6:30-9:30 p.m. Central). Expert university and industry speakers will address genetic changes in cattle breeds; consumer preferences at the meat counter; and protecting herd health.

By Jessica Groskopf, Ag Economics Educator, Nebraska Extension

December pre-tax planning meetings are right around the corner, so farmers and ranchers might want to spend a little time at their computers get their Quicken bookkeeping file in order.

It has been a few months since most farmers and ranchers have entered transactions. When inputting several months of entries, anyone is likely to make a few mistakes. Here are tips to tackle two common problems faced when entering transactions into Quicken:  

Missing transactions

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