Sustainable Ag Tour Scheduled for August 15th in Eastern Nebraska

ITS NOT TOO LATE TO SIGNUP AND REGISTER FOR THE ANNUAL SARE TOUR! 

A SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) sponsored sustainable ag tour is scheduled for August 15th in eastern Nebraska.  An air-conditioned coach bus will leave the East Campus near 40th and Holdrege in Lincoln, NE at 7:30 a.m. for the tour.  This year the tour will travel west and north of Lincoln in eastern Nebraska, touring a variety of farm stops.  We hope to return to Lincoln at about 5:30 p.m.

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Our first stop is at Dave and Deb Welsch’s “West Blue Farm” near Milford, NE.  West Blue Farm has been Certified Organic for their crops for many years. They produce corn, soybeans and alfalfa annually and have been rotationally grazing, (mob) grazing their cow herd.
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The Welsch’s have direct marketed several hundred broilers locally in eastern Nebraska for several years.
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They also direct market several beef from their cowherd each year. They are currently transitioning their crop and livestock farming enterprises to a couple of young producers and will discuss this process at our visit.
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The second stop on our tour is Pekarek Produce near Dwight, NE.  Pekareks grow several different vegetables sustainably for various farmers markets and grocery stores, and they have also marketed to the University Good Fresh Local Program for many years.
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The Pekarek’s utilize several several high tunnels and greenhouses in their production system. Crops grown in the high tunnels include broccoli and tomatoes. 
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We will then travel to District 10, a renovated old school house near Abie, NE.  It is owned and operated by Mary Sohl.  Mary hosts many events at this facility and caters meals which are prepared at a certified kitchen at another site.  Mary will be serving the tour group lunch and will explain about her rural entrepreneurial business enterprise she has started in Butler County.  
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The next farm stop on the tour is Larry Stanislav’s organic farm. Stanislav, a certified organic farmer, has an extensive crop rotation with spring wheat, corn, soybeans and cover crops used to control weeds and increase fertility.  Stanislav has conducted on-farm research studies with the University of Nebraska on the use of different cover crops.  
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Stanislav has conducted on-farm research studies with the University of Nebraska on the use of a crimper for cover crop termination on his organic farm.
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The University of Nebraska evaluated the use of flaming for weed management on Stanislav’s organic farm. 
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We will then travel up the hill to Liz Sarno’s organic certified grass farm.  Liz has developed organically certified pastures and utilizes rotational grazing with her Grass-Finished Devon Cattle.
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Liz Sarno also has a Boer Goat Herd and has received a SARE Farmer/Rancher Grant in the past.
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Our final stop of the day will be at Mark Roh’s farm, “Abie Vegetable People”.  Mark is a market gardener.
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Mark will discuss his operation and the various crop rotations, pest control methods, on-farm processing, mechanization and the storage facility on his farm. 

For more information visit the SARE Sustainable Ag Tour webpage at:  http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/nemaha/sare-sponsored-sustainable-ag-tour-august-15/. The cost of this tour is $25 a person. Please contact the Nebraska Extension in Nemaha County at (402) 274-4755 or email gary.lesoing@unl.edu  or glesoing2@unl.edu for questions or to register by August 11th.  We hope many of you will be able to participate in this excellent sustainable ag tour sponsored by Nebraska SARE!

Opportunities for Growing and Grazing Cover Crops

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Many farmers are growing cover crops to prevent erosion and improve soil health.  Why not graze cover crops on your farm and gain some added income?

                    Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

                              11 am – 5:30 pm

Lancaster Event Center – Exhibit Hall 

84th & Havelock Lincoln, NE 

You can still register up until tomorrow August 4th. Register by going to:

http://lancaster.unl.edu/ag/covercrops or calling 402-441-7180

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Learn how farmers and ranchers are currently making cover crops a part of their farming systems in Nebraska and elsewhere.

                              Agenda

11 – 11:15 am — Registration – Highlight Videos: Making Cover Crop Work Advice from NE Producers

11:15 am – 12:15 pm — Free Lunch and Tradeshow

12:15 – 12:45 pm — What Every Farmer Needs to Understand About Soil Health. Presenter: Jacob Ness, Soil Health Partnership

12:45 – 1:30 pm — Opportunities for Incorporating Cover Crops and Grazing into Cropping Systems. Presenter: Daren Redfearn, UNL Forage Specialist

1:30 – 2 pm — Impacts of Cattle on Cropland. Presenter: Mary Drewnoski, UNL Beef Systems Specialist

2 – 2:30 pm — Tradeshow

2:30 – 3:15 pm — Integrated Crop-Cattle Production: One Farmer’s Journey. Presenter: Mike Buis, Chatham, Ontario, Canada

3:15 – 4 pm — Pricing Cover Crop Grazing and Developing Rental Agreements. Presenter: Jay Parsons, UNL Agricultural Economics Professor

4 – 5 pm — Partnering for Profit: Producer Panel Keys to Successful Farmer-Cattlemen Partnerships. Panel Members: Chad Dane, Gary Bader, Burdette Piening, Rodney Wiese, Mike Buis

5 – 6 pm — Tradeshow/Networking
Reception to follow sponsored by Polansky Seed

You can go to http://lancaster.unl.edu/ag/covercrops  to view the speaker profiles.

HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT!!!