Hamilton County's Ag Day, held through the University of Nebraska (UNL) Extension office, has been scheduled at the fairgrounds Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will be offered an array of different topics relating to agriculture and natural resources affecting Nebraska farmers. Troy Ingram is the Extension educator for Merrick County, but also shares duties in Hamilton County since former educator Todd Whitney took up another position late last year. “We hope anyone who's interested will try and show up,” Ingram explained as he went into detail about the upcoming event. “It's here to provide research based information to growers in Hamilton and surrounding counties.” Like most of the other ag days, there will be live talks, demonstrations, a lunch and booths scattered around the auditorium to showcase their wares. “We'll start with our private pesticide and applicator training,” Ingram said. “That will be for anyone who needs a license in 2016.”
The Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC), located in neighboring Clay County played host to the Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College 2016 Partners in Research Beef Seminar Jan. 20 highlighting the many issues livestock producers face in today’s society.
The Nebraska League of Conservation Voters (NLCV) and the Nebraska Conservation Education Fund (NCEF) hosted the second annual Nebraska Conservation Summit to discuss the topic of water conservation in the state just over a month ago. As one of the many topics covered during the conference, agricultural concerns became the focus at the top of everyone's list. A panel of Nebraska experts was set up to discuss the effects of water conservation and the combined efforts in research for crop, livestock and utility production.
Cover crops were a topic of discussion during the Upper Big Blue NRD’s annual Crop-tip meeting held in early December in York. Paul Jasa, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension engineer, discussed with producers the general management of cover crops which included which ones to choose and their benefits. “This is a fairly new topic to some of you and then some of you have probably been using them for a number of years,” he said.
Kim Morrow, climate change resource specialist at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, presented her climate change report at the 2015 Nebraska Conservation Summit held at the beginning of December. Morrow’s goal during her presentation was to remove the topic of climate change as a partisan issue.
The issues of nitrogen haven’t subsided. The topic was a main point of discussion during the NRD Upper Big Blue’s 12th annual Crop-Tip field day held Dec. 9 in York. Dr. Ray Ward of Ward Laboratories in Kearney told producers nitrates are still a serious problem.
The Nebraska League of Conservation Voters (NLCV) and the Nebraska Conservation Education Fund (NCEF) hosted their second annual Nebraska Conservation Summit Dec. 6 to discuss the topic of water conservation in the state. Executive director of the NLCV, Eliot Bostar explained why his organization has been taking steps to provide a public discussion on this important topic.
The Nebraska Corn Growers Association and the Nebraska Soybean Association held their annual board meetings Thursday in Grand Island at the Raising Nebraska Building. After the groups’ meetings, they listened to chief meteorologist and broker from Indiana, Ryan Martin, give a presentation on -- no surprise here -- weather and the markets.
With 30 goats to choose from it can be quite the challenge for Delaney Schmer when it comes to picking only one to take into the ring with her during the national dairy goat shows. “We take about 15 head when we go to a show,” Schmer said.
The new owner of the two local ethanol plants brought its entire board of directors and senior management team to town last week both to see its new Aurora assets in operation and to reach out to the community.
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