Ag Day lineup promises diverse discussions

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.”
Ingram stated that anyone taking up the training class will have time before lunch to get a chance to peruse the various vendors scattered around the building.
During lunch, Marie Krausnick from the Upper Big Blue NRD will be coming in to give a brief talk about changes her organization has seen as well as going over the rules and regulations needing to be followed.
“We've got Jim Jansen coming down to talk about cash rents and pasture rents,” Ingram reported. “As commodity prices continue to dip lower we've got landlords who don't want to budge on rent and tenants who need them to come down so they can stay profitable.”
Ingram also added that the state climatologist, Al Dutcher, will be in attendance to talk about the weather trends he is seeing and how it will affect Nebraska agriculture. Other speakers included in the daily itinerary are Kathy Jennings, Kaitlynn Steckman, William Gilg and Paul Jasa.

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