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Extension Update from Jenny Rees

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Upcoming Events

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.edu 402-362-5508
Mar. 7:  Beef Profit Tips, 1:00 p.m., Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, Wilber, RSVP 402-821-2151
Mar. 7:  Master Gardener Training, 6:30-9 p.m., Extension Offices York 402-362-5508 and Clay 402-762-3644
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. 14:  Crop Scout Training for Pest Managers, 9am-5pm, ARDC near Mead, http://go.unl.edu/58kb
Mar. 14:  Nebraska Plant Breeding Symposium, 8:30am-4:30pm, Nebraska Innovation Campus, http://go.unl.edu/mix2
Mar. 14:  Master Gardener Training, 6:30-9 p.m., Extension Offices York 402-362-5508 and Clay 402-762-3644
Mar. 15:  Beef Profit Tips, 1:30 p.m., Activity Center in Nelson, RSVP 402-225-2381
Mar. 16:  Beef Profit Tips, 1:30 p.m., Stasny Center in Hebron, RSVP 402-768-7212
Mar. 16:  Chemigation, 1:30 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds, Hastings, ron.seymour@unl.edu
Mar. 16:  Emerald Ash Borer Workshop, 5:30-7:00 p.m., 4-H Bldg Fairgrounds, York, no charge, RSVP to 402-362-5508
Mar. 21:  Master Gardener Training, 6:30-9 p.m., Extension Offices York 402-362-5508 and Clay 402-762-3644
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
Mar. 23:  Farming with Beneficial Insects, 9am-4pm, ARDC near Mead, http://go.unl.edu/w2jt
Mar. 23:  Emerald Ash Borer Workshop, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Civic Center, Seward, no charge, RSVP to 402-643-2981
Mar. 25: Dewey Lienemann Retirement Event, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, BBQ and Dance 5:00 pm– ??? Webster Co Fairgrounds, Bladen, NE
Mar. 30:  Emerald Ash Borer Workshop, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Fairgrounds, Clay Center, no charge, RSVP to 402-762-3644
Apr. 10-12:  Water for Food Conference, Nebraska Innovation Campus, http://go.unl.edu/p9rd
Apr. 11:  Pesticide Training, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., Hruska Library, David City,mrethwisch2@unl.edu
Apr. 12:  Heuermann Lecture “Water and Global Issues”, 4:00 p.m., Nebraska Innovation Campus or live-stream:  http://heuermannlectures.unl.edu/

Master Gardener Training:  Tuesday evenings 6:30-9 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.

Chemigation:  I spoke more to this last week.  Just wanted to share that resources including an online spreadsheet for calculations can be found at http://water.unl.edu/cropswater/chemigation.  Chemigation certification is good for 4 years.  If you’re unsure if yours needs to be renewed, you can check your information at:  http://deq-iis.ne.gov/zs/chemigation/main_search_chemigation.php.   

Remaining certification/recertification trainings include:  Wilber-Mar. 8, 1:00 PM, First Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall; Hastings-Mar. 16, 1:30 PM, Adams Co. Fairgrounds; York-Mar. 22, 1:00 PM, 4-H Bldg at Fairgrounds; and ARDC near Mead-Mar. 23, 9:00 AM.  To view all the chemigation sites State-wide, please go to the following website:  http://go.unl.edu/f9re.

Crop Science Investigation:  Are you a youth ages 8-18 interested in science, plants, or agriculture?  Crop Science Investigation (CSI) may be of interest to you!  We will meet Monday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the York County Extension Office.  Each meeting, youth will become detectives to solve a real farmer or home-owner problem while having fun and learning.  Youth do not have to be 4-H members and youth outside of York County are also welcome.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend by calling 402-362-5008.  Questions can be directed to Jenny at jrees2@unl.edu.

Ag Recognition Banquet in Seward:  Recognizing Excellence in Agriculture, the 49th Annual Kiwanis and Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership (SCCDP) Agricultural Recognition Banquet will be held Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Seward County Ag Pavilion at the fairgrounds in Seward, NE.  The banquet is held during this time in honor of National Ag Week, March 19-25, 2017. 

The event kicks off with a social hour of wine and cheese beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Prime Rib Dinner beginning at 6:30 and Awards Presentation beginning at 7:00.  Jon Vanderford with 10/11’s ‘Pure Nebraska’ will be the evening’s emcee. 

Receiving recognition for the 2017 Kiwanis Outstanding Farm Family are the Larry and Doug Tonniges families.  The Tonniges Brothers started farming in 1982 and have strived to be good stewards of the land.  Their operations involve growing corn, soybeans, seed corn, and cattle. 

Doug Brand will be recognized as the 2017 SCCDP Agribusiness Award Winner.  Brand is the Vice President of Jones National Bank and Trust where he started in 1975.  He is described as “a leader of the Seward County community” as he seeks to outreach all areas of the County through his work with the bank, support of 4-H and FFA, and in welcoming new businesses. 

Tickets cost $25.00 and can be obtained by contacting Shelly Hansen at 402-643-3636.  Please direct any questions to Shelly. 

York County Farm Service Agency Open House:  Mark your calendar for the Ag Week Open House, March 20-23, 2017 at the York Service Center, 419 W 6th St, York NE. This Open House is a small way of recognizing and thanking the area farmers for their contribution to our county, our state, our nation, and the entire world.

Cookies, tea and coffee will be served 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day. Several door prizes will be awarded. This is a joint event with York County Farm Service Agency, York County Natural Resource Conservation Service, Nebraska Extension, and Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District.

This event is open to the public. Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this open house should contact Leann Nelson at 402-362-5700 extension 2 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

Tractor Safety Classes:  Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses will take place at nine Nebraska locations this year. Teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm should plan to attend.  Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from working on a farm for anyone other than parents or legal guardians. Certification received through this course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with specific mechanized equipment.

The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Extensive training on Tractor and ATV safety occurs during in-class lessons with hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of ‘safety first’ and respect for agricultural equipment are primary goals of the course.

The course consists of two days of instruction plus homework assignments. The first day of classroom instruction includes hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test.  Students are required to pass the test before taking the driving test on day two. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course.

All on-site classes begin at 8:00 A.M. and end times will vary, depending on the number of participants. Dates, locations, and Site Coordinator phone numbers are as follows:  May 30 & 31 – Kearney Fairgrounds (308) 236-1235; June 1 & 2 – Auburn Fairgrounds (402) 245-4324; June 6 & 7 – Valentine Fairgrounds (402) 376-1850; June 13 & 14 – North Platte West Central Research and Extension Center (308) 532-2683; June 15 & 16 – Gering Legacy Museum (308) 632-1480; June 19 & 20 – Wayne Fairgrounds (402) 584-2234; June 22 – Gordon Fairgrounds (308) 327-2312; June 23 – McCook Fairgrounds (308) 345-3390; July 10 & 11 – Grand Island College Park (308) 385-5088.

Participants must submit registration forms to the location they will attend at least one week before the course. The registration form is available online: http://kearney.unl.edu. Cost of the course is $60, which includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunches. For more information, contact the Extension Office of the location where student will attend.

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