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UPCOMING EVENTS:  

Jan. 5:  Fremont Corn Expo, 8am-3pm, Christensen Field, Fremont,nathan.mueller@unl.edu
Jan. 6:
  Crop Production Clinic, Holthus Convention Center in York,http://agronomy.unl.edu/cpc
Jan. 9:  Estate Planning Workshop, York County Club, RSVP jrees2@unl.edu or 402-362-5508
Jan. 10-11:  Precision Ag Data Management Workshop, Lincoln, http://agronomy.unl.edu/precisionag
Jan. 11:  Crop Production Clinic, Adams County Fairgrounds in Hastings, http://agronomy.unl.edu/cpc
Jan. 11-12:  York Ag Expo, Holthus Convention Center in York
Jan. 12-13:  Precision Ag Data Management Workshop, 4-H Building York, http://agronomy.unl.edu/precisionag
Jan. 18:  LBNRD Nitrogen Mgmt Training, 9 a.m., Hastings, 402-364-2145
Jan. 18:  UBBNRD Nitrogen Mgmt Training, 1:30 p.m., Aurora Leadership Center, 402-362-6601
Jan. 19:  Chemigation, 1 p.m., Younes Conference Center, Kearney, cburr1@unl.edu
Jan. 19: Financial Literacy Training, 9am, Fairgrounds in Clay Center,brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu or (402) 762-3644
Jan. 19-20:
  NEW 2-day Crop Production Clinic, Younes Convention Center in Kearney, http://agronomy.unl.edu/cpc
Jan. 23:  Pesticide Training, 9am, York Fairgrounds, jrees2@unl.edu or 402-362-5508
Jan. 23:  Pesticide Training, 6:30pm, Harvest Hall at Seward Fairgrounds, jrees2@unl.edu
Jan. 24:  Pesticide Training, 9am, American Legion in Sutton, jrees2@unl.edu or 402-762-3644
Jan. 24:  Pesticide Training, 1:30 p.m., Webster Co. Museum, Red Cloud, ron.seymour@unl.edu
Jan. 24:  Pesticide Training, 2pm, Davenport Community Center, jrees2@unl.edu
Jan. 25:  Land Application Training, York Extension Office.  RSVP to jrees2@unl.edu or 402-362-5508
Jan. 26:  Nebraska Grain Sorghum Symposium, Grand Island
Jan. 31:  Farmers/Ranchers Cow-Calf College, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., USMARC near Clay Center, RSVP  (402) 759-3712
Jan. 31:  Pesticide Training, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Fairgrounds Central City,smelvin1@unl.edu
Feb. 1:  Pesticide Training, 9am, Adams Co. Fairgrounds, Hastings, ron.seymour@unl.edu
Feb. 1:  Pesticide Training, 9am, Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, Wilber,rpryor1@unl.edu
Feb. 1-2:  Nebraska Ag Technologies Association (NeATA), Nebraska Innovation Campus
Feb. 1-2:  KZ-100 Farm and Life Expo, Columbus
Feb. 2:  Pesticide Training, 1:30 p.m., Senior Center, Kenesaw, ron.seymour@unl.edu
Feb. 3:  Pesticide Training, 9am, St. Joseph Fellowship Hall, Friend, rpryor1@unl.edu
Feb. 6:  Pesticide Training, 9am, Hebron Activity Center (downtown), jrees2@unl.edu
Feb. 6:  Pesticide Training, 2pm, Nelson, jrees2@unl.edu
Feb. 7:  Pesticide Training, 9am, 4-H Building in York, jrees2@unl.edu 402-362-5508
Feb. 7:  Pesticide Training, 2pm, 4-H Building in York, jrees2@unl.edu 402-362-5508
Feb. 7:  Pesticide Training, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., Hruska Library, David City,mrethwisch2@unl.edu
Feb. 7:  Pesticide Training, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., Ag Building Fairgrounds, Aurora,smelvin1@unl.edu
Feb. 8:  LBNRD Nitrogen Training, 9am, Hebron Community Center, 402-364-2145
Feb. 8:  UBBNRD Nitrogen Training, 1:30 p.m., Holthus Convention Center, 402-362-6601
Feb. 9:  Pesticide Training, 9 am, Hall Co. Extension, Grand Island,
Feb. 9:  Pesticide Training, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., Fairgrounds Central City,smelvin1@unl.edu
Feb. 9:  Pesticide Training, 6:30 p.m., Community Center, Blue Hill, ron.seymour@unl.edu
Feb. 12-14:  Great Plains Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference, Missouri Western State University, St Joseph, MO
Feb. 13:  Pesticide Training, 9am, Nelson jrees2@unl.edu
Feb. 13:  Pesticide Training, 6:30pm, Fairgrounds in Clay Center, jrees2@unl.edu 402-762-3644
Feb. 14:  Hamilton County Ag Day, Fairgrounds, Aurora
Feb. 14:  Pesticide Training, 1:30 p.m., Dick’s Place, Lawrence, ron.seymour@unl.edu
Feb. 15:  Pesticide Training, 9am, Harvest Hall Fairgrounds Seward, jrees2@unl.edu
Feb. 15:  Pesticide Training, 9 am, Hall Co. Extension, Grand Island
Feb. 15:  Pesticide Training, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Fairgrounds, Aurora,mrethwisch2@unl.edu
Feb. 15:  Chemigation, 1 p.m., Hall Co. Extension Office, Grand Island, troy.ingram@unl.edu
Feb. 15:  Pesticide Training, 2pm, Harvest Hall Fairgrounds Seward, jrees2@unl.edu
Feb. 15:  Pesticide Training, 6:30 p.m.,  Saline Center Hall, Western, rpryor1@unl.edu
Feb. 16:  LBNRD Nitrogen Training, 1:30 p.m., Fairgrounds in Clay Center 402-364-2145
Feb. 16:  Pesticide Training, 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Fairgrounds Geneva, bvandewalle2@unl.edu
Feb. 17:  Pesticide Training, 9am, DeWitt Community Center, DeWitt, rpryor1@unl.edu
Feb. 20:  Nebraska On-Farm Research Update, ARDC near Mead, http://cropwatch.unl.edu/farmresearch
Feb. 21:  Pesticide Training, 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Fillmore Co. Fairgrounds, Geneva,bvandewalle2@unl.edu
Feb. 21:  Pesticide Training, 9 a.m., Webster Co. Fairgrounds, Bladen, ron.seymour@unl.edu
Feb. 21:  Chemigation, 2 p.m., Franklin Co. Fairgrounds, ron.seymour@unl.edu
Feb. 22:  Farmers/Ranchers College:  Managing for Difficult Times, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Fairgrounds in Geneva, RSVP  (402) 759-3712
Feb. 22:  Pesticide Training, 1:00 p.m., Firehall Meeting Room, Tobias, rpryor1@unl.edu
Feb. 23-24:  Women in Agriculture Conference, Holiday Inn Kearney, http://wia.unl.edu
Feb. 27:  Nebraska On-Farm Research Update, Hall Co. Extension Office, Grand Island, http://cropwatch.unl.edu/farmresearch
Feb. 27:  Farmers/Ranchers College:  Tips and Tricks for Women in Ag, 6:00 p.m., Lazy Horse Winery in Ohiowa, RSVP  (402) 759-3712
Feb. 28:  LBNRD Nitrogen Training, 9am, Shickley Community Center 402-364-2145
Feb. 28:  Pesticide Training, 1:30 p.m., Fairgrounds Osceola, mrethwisch2@unl.edu
Feb. 28:  Beef Profitability Meeting, 10am, Fairgrounds, Osceola
Mar. 1:  Chemigation, 1 p.m., 4-H Building, York, smelvin1@unl.edu
Mar. 1:  Chemigation, 1 pm, Pinnacle Bank, Columbus, anygren2@unl.edu
Mar. 2:  Pesticide Training, 9am, United Church of Christ, Crete, rpyror1@unl.edu
Mar. 2:  Pesticide Training, 1:30 p.m., Ag Building Fairgrounds, Aurora, smelvin1@unl.edu
Mar. 2:  Pesticide Training, 6 p.m., Bruning Opera House, Bruning, bvandewalle2@unl.edu
Mar. 6:  Pesticide Training, 2pm, Harvest Hall Fairgrounds Seward, jrees2@unl.edu
Mar. 6:  Pesticide Training, 6:30pm, 4-H Building Fairgrounds York, jrees2@unl.edu402-362-5508
Mar. 8:  Pesticide Training, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Fairgrounds Osceola,mrethwisch2@unl.edu
Mar. 9:  Pesticide Training, 9 am, Hall Co. Extension, Grand Island
Mar. 9:  Pesticide Training, 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Hruska Library, David City,mrethwisch2@unl.edu
Mar. 16:  Chemigation, 1:30 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds, Hastings, ron.seymour@unl.edu
Mar. 22:  Pesticide Training, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., Adams Co. Fairgrounds, Hastings,ron.seymour@unl.edu
Mar. 23:  Pesticide Training, 9 am, Hall Co. Extension, Grand Island
Apr. 11:  Pesticide Training, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., Hruska Library, David City, mrethwisch2@unl.edu

Master Gardener Training:  Tuesday evenings 6-9 p.m. from February 7-March 21 at York and Clay County Extension Offices.  Please RSVP to jrees2@unl.edu or 402-362-5508 for attending in York or Deanna Peshek at 402-762-3644 to attend in Clay.

Farm Finance Clinic Sites and Dates To sign up for a clinic or to get more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.

Pesticide Training Options:  This is the big year for pesticide recertification and we have numerous pesticide trainings scheduled.  If your pesticide license is due for renewal, you should have received a bar-coded letter from the Nebraska Department of Ag this past month.  A focus this year will be on herbicide and other pest/pathogen resistance and worker protection standard.

For commercial/non-commercial applicators receiving payment for applying pesticides, recertification can be done through the Crop Production Clinics and you can register for them at http://agronomy.unl.edu/cpc.  Other categories of initial and recertification training can be found at:  http://pested.unl.edu/2017%20Training%20Schedule%20Booklet.pdf.  

For private pesticide applicators applying pesticides on your own farms, there are several options for certification and recertification.  The least expensive option is by attending a face to face training at a number of locations available throughout the area.  These are advertised in winter program brochures which will be mailed out the week between Christmas and New Year’s.  You may also attend a Crop Production Clinic and I will share more about these later in this column.  Other options include obtaining a self-study booklet from the local Extension Office or doing the training online at:  https://marketplace.unl.edu/pested/private-pesticide-certification.

Crop Production Clinics:  This year’s Nebraska Crop Production Clinics feature agronomic, pest management, and farm management information to help growers make smart research-based decisions to improve their bottom line. Clinics will be held at nine sites across the state with the closest in this area being January 6th at the Holthus Convention Center in York; January 10th at the Country Club in Beatrice; January 11th at the Fairgrounds in Hastings; and January 12th at the former ARDC near Mead.  New this year is a two-day conference option in Kearney January 19-20 with more in-depth information the second day.  Topics include:  What’s New in Plant Pathology, Weed Science, and Entomology; Weed Resistance and Management; Improving Pesticide Efficacy and Managing Spray Drift; Fungicide Application Timing and Disease Control; Farm Programs: Expected Payments and Safety Net Support Through 2018; Trends in Nebraska Cropland Markets and Rental Considerations; What Does it Take to Produce 80 bu/ac Soybean Routinely?; Soil Water Sensors for Irrigation Management; Discovering Answers! The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network; Cover Crop Truths: Ignoring Fiction and “Rural” Legends; Pesticide Laws and Regulations; Climate Information and Decision-Making. 

Registration forms and programs for each site are available at http://agronomy.unl.edu/cpc. Registration for each site closes at 3 p.m. the day prior to the clinic. Check-in for each site is from 8 to 8:30 a.m., with sessions from 8:45 to 4 p.m. The cost for on-line pre-registration is $65 and includes a noon meal, refreshments, the 2017 Guide for Weed Management in Nebraska, and the 2017 Crop Production Clinic Proceedings. Registration at the door is $80.  Six CCA credits are available. 

Precision Ag Data Management Workshops:  Reminder of these hands-on workshop experiences to demonstrate methods for extracting more information from your precision ag data.  The closest location is in York at the 4-H Building on January 12-13 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day (registration at 8:30 a.m.).  The workshop contains presentations and hands-on exercises for producers, consultants, government personnel, retailers, and other ag professionals and you may choose to attend either or both days.  Six hours of CCA CEUs have been applied for.  We’re also limited to 20 attendees per session so please register early!  Online pre-registration is required and can be done by going to the following site:  http://agronomy.unl.edu/precisionag.  Reduced rates are available for those desiring a second person from an operation to attend as well.

Day One topics include:  Creating field-based profitability with yield data and partial budgets, Soil sampling and development of grid and zone based maps, On-Farm Research 1: Setting up variable rate field trials, On-Farm Research 2: Analyzing yield versus as-applied data.   Day Two topics include:  Aerial imagery, available datasets and utilization, Profitability with multiple operations (as-applied data plus yield maps), Management Zones 1: Development using Ag Leader SMS Software, Management Zones 2: USDA Management Zone Analyst exercise.

Farm and Ranch Business Succession and Estate Planning:  Reminder this will be on January 9th at the York Country Club from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.).  Please RSVP by calling the Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.  The workshop is about farm and ranch business succession and family estate planning.  It will include a discussion of beginning farmer programs that can aid in succession planning and is useful for established farm and ranch owners, for their successors, and for beginners.  Presenters include:  Joe Hawbaker, Agricultural Law attorney, with Hawbaker Law Office, Omaha and Dave Goeller, Deputy Director, Northeast Center for Risk Management Education, UNL. 

There is no charge for this workshop and it is made possible by the Nebraska Network for Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, the Farm and Ranch Project of Legal Aid of Nebraska, the Risk Management Agency of the USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s Farm Mediation, Nebraska Extension York Co, and Meal Sponsors:  Cornerstone Bank, Henderson State Bank, Midwest Bank, and York State Bank.  Please be sure to thank our sponsors and hope to see you there!

York-Hamilton County Cattlemen’s Banquet:  Gerald Peterson, Cattlemen’s Secretary, asked me to pass along that the 69th Annual York-Hamilton County Cattlemen’s Banquet has been scheduled for Monday, January 23, 2017 at the Holthus Convention Center in York.  The Banquet will feature Damian Mason, a nationally known speaker comedian and noted as “America’s Funniest Agricultural Humorist”.

The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with a cash bar, a Prime Rib meal at 7:00 with entertainment and recognition of honored guests to follow.  Cattlemen’s Banquet tickets are $25 per person, or sponsorships are available for $150.  Cattlemen’s Banquet tickets can be purchased from any of the York-Hamilton County Cattlemen’s Directors or at the Extension Offices in Hamilton and York Counties.

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