If you are interested in learning more about FSMA and Food Safety Regulations that may impact you if you are selling local food, feel free to attend our class tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. at the Douglas County Extension office at 8015 West Center Rd. Cost of the class is $25 a person and includes lunch. No pre-registration is required. Following Connie Fisk’s presentation, Amy Swoboda, an attorney with Legal Aid of Nebraska will discuss Farm Leases and other legal issues. The program will conclude at about 2:00 p.m.
If you are interested in learning about developing cash flows and budgets for your farming enterprises, come to the Farm Beginnings® class at the Douglas County Extension Office at 8015 West Center Road at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24th. Dave and Deb Welsch have raised several hundred broiler chickens each summer for several years and have direct marketed them to people in southeast Nebraska. Dave and Deb have also direct marketed beef from their farm for several years. Dave will discuss the financial records he keeps with these operations.
If you are interested in attending the class this week, you can just show up at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24th at the Douglas County Extension at 8015 West Center Road in Omaha. Cost for this program is $25 per person payable at the door with a check or cash. The class will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., lunch included. If you have questions contact John Porter at (402) 444-7804.
A webinar is scheduled for Friday, March 16th at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. as part of the Nebraska SARE Webinar Series. The webinar title is, “A Visit to Slow Foods Nation, Denver 2017”. This past summer Jerry and Renee Cornett of Prairie Plate Restaurant near Waverly, NE received a SARE Travel Scholarship to participate in this event. This event focuses on a number of food issues and there are several opportunities to participate in different discussions and programs. More than 10,000 chefs, policymakers, farmers and food lovers from all over the world will be talking about food justice, sustainability and management. There was discussion over agricultural issues and all kinds of food were there as well. Jerry and Renee will talk about their experience at this event during the webinar. The link to the webinar is: https://unl.zoom.us/j/193166489 . This webinar will be recorded if you are unable to participate at this time. If you have questions, contact me at (402) 274-4755.
At the Farm Beginnings® class tomorrow, March 10th at the Douglas County Extension office at 8015 West Center Rd. John Porter, Extension Educator in Douglas/Sarpy County will discuss urban farming, where space is limiting. Gary Lesoing, Extension Educator in Nemaha County and Nebraska State SARE Coordinator will explain the SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) program and some of the resources they have and he will also talk about farming on an acreage and show some of the Nebraska farmers that are farming on small areas of land and growing food locally, contributing to the local food system.
If you are interested in coming to the Farm Beginnings program tomorrow, it will be held held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost of the program is $25 per person and this includes lunch. For more information contact John at 402-444-7804 or Gary at 402-274-4755.
John Porter will discuss how vegetables can be grown in areas with very limited space and how you can make your area as productive as possible.
Gary Lesoing will talk about these and other farmers in Nebraska and how they are contributing to the local food system here in Nebraska. If you are interested in coming to the Farm Beginnings program tomorrow, it will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
If applying pesticides, it is important to do the best job as possible and reduce the potential for spray drift, especially on sensitive crops in the area where you will be spaying pesticides. Nebraska Extension is conducting a spray clinic at the Kimmel Ag Expo Building at 198 Plum St. in Syracuse on March 6th. The program will start at 11:30 a.m., with lunch being provided by area sponsors. By attending this spray clinic, you will be a better prepared spray applicator according to Greg Kruger, Weed Science and Pesticide Application Technology Specialist from North Platte, NE, who will be conducting this clinic. Greg runs the Pesticide Application Technology Laboratory at the University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center where pesticides and spray adjuvants are tested and evaluated for drift in a wind tunnel. The mobile pesticide application laboratory will be set up in Syracuse for use at the clinic.
Participants at the clinic will:
- Learn about enhanced stewardship needed
with Dicamba and 2,4‐D.
- New spray nozzles recommendations and
better control of Marestail, Waterhemp and
- Hands‐on demonstrations with a miniature
wind tunnel, a spray table equipped with
lighting, pulse width modulation and other
current technologies (depending on group
- Gain a better understanding of the importance of wind speed, wind direction, boom
height, droplet size, and distance to sensitive areas with a particular nozzle selection.
- Learn simple things that can be done to mitigate drift incidences.
- How to manage tank mixtures and spray adjuvants that can change droplet size.
A clinic was held last year in Crete, NE in Saline County and participants were so impressed with the clinic that they are having a more advanced clinic this year.
Please register by Friday, March 2, 2018 by contacting
Nebraska Extension in Nemaha County, phone (402) 274‐4755.
Cost of the clinic is $20/person.
Make checks payable to: University of Nebraska‐Lincoln
Mail to: Nemaha County Extension, 1824 N St, Ste 102, Auburn NE 68305
On March 3rd the Farm Beginnings class will focus on Financial Management. The session will be held at the Douglas County Extension office at 8015 West Center Road in Omaha, NE. The session will be taught by Ralph Tate, Certified Holistic Management Instructor. The class will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This class is open to the public for people interested in financial management from a holistic management perspective. Learn about managing your agricultural enterprises sustainably. If you are interested in attending this class, come to the Douglas County Extension Office at 9:00 a.m. The cost of the class will be $20 a person. This includes lunch and handouts. If you have questions, contact John Porter, Extension Educator in Douglas County at 402-444-7804 or me, Gary Lesoing, Extension Educator at (402) 274-4755.
March 3, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Financial Management Ralph Tate
The Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference is scheduled for Monday, March 5th at the Kimmel Ag Expo Center at 198 Plum St. in Syracuse. We have an excellent program lined up. Registration, coffee and donuts will be at 8:30 a.m., with the program starting at 9:00 a.m.
The day will conclude with a farmer panel of regional farmers that have been addressing soil health on their farms in different ways for several years. Farmers are utilizing no-till, applying manure as a soil amendment, utilizing cover crop crops and also grazing cover crops.
While the program is free, pre-registration is required by Tuesday, February 27th so we can have an accurate meal count. To register please call the Nemaha County Extension office at (402) 274-4755 or go online at http://go.unl.edu/senebsoilhealth.