Farm Management and Ag Policy

Tuesday March 7, 2017
IANR Update
Leaders with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln began a statewide tour, both talking about the university and hearing from Nebraskans. The goal is to travel to all 93 counties in the state. Mike Boehm, IANR Harlan Vice Chancellor and University of Nebraska vice president for agriculture and natural resources.MP3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBmFvzX3UVc&feature=youtu.be

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Monday February 27, 2017
Property Tax Reform
Nebraska's agriculture sector had become the heavy lifter of local government services. The legislature will begin debates on agricultural property tax reform and how that will affect state and local budgets. Brad Lubben, Nebraska Extension Public Policy Specialist.MP3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K373lCo-YGI&feature=youtu.be

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Friday February 10, 2017
Nebraska’s Ag Economy
Ag producers have seen a downturn in the economy due to low commodity and livestock prices. To help during hard times Nebraska extension is rolling out a new multi pronged education program to assist producers with profitability and efficiency strategies. Rick Rasby, Nebraska Extension Associate Dean.MP3
http://beef.unl.edu

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Wednesday February 1, 2017
Keystone XL Pipeline
President Donald Trump signed orders on January 24th smoothing the path for the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines in a move to expand energy infrastructure and roll back key Obama administration environmental actions. The pipelines route through Nebraska will again be open for debate. Dave Aiken, Nebraska Extension Ag Law Specialist.MP3
http://agecon.unl.edu/cornhusker-economics

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Monday January 30, 2017
32nd Women in Ag Conference
"The Heart of the Farm" is the theme for the 2017 Women in Agriculture conference that will celebrate 32 years of education and recognition of women in agriculture. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney, February 23-24. Cheryl Griffith, Nebraska Extension Women in Ag Conference Coordinator.MP3
http://wia.unl.edu

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Monday January 23, 2017
Solar Lease Considerations in Nebraska
Solar projects typically require, 7 acres to produce a megawatt of electricity, depending on equipment. Because of the amount of land required, farmland and open space are ideal for these solar projects. Current low commodity prices may make lease offers from solar developers attractive to many farmers and landlords. John Hay, Nebraska Extension Educator-Energy.MP3
http://go.unl.edu/solarfarm

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Monday January 16, 2017
Tax Portability Rule
A 2013 tax law change is now in affect and can simplify farm and ranch estate planning. This means both spouse’s unified credits will be available to protect the marital estate even in the absence of advance planning. Dave Aiken, Nebraska Extension Ag and Water Law Specialist.MP3

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Monday January 9, 2017
Storing Excess Pesticides Over Winter
Farms need to have a plan in place for proper pesticide storage. When pesticides are not properly stored during the winter there is a chance that products could freeze, containers could be compromised and chemical efficacy could be affected. Clyde Ogg, Nebraska Extension Pesticide Safety Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/winter-pesticide-storage

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Thursday January 5, 2017
Ag Policy Update
The current agricultural policy outlook is mixed. The new administrations efforts to address the current farm income situation are likely limited, short of starting debate on the new farm bill. Developments in trade and regulatory policies will certainly affect agriculture in 2017. Brad Lubben, Nebraska Extension Public Policy Specialist.MP3
http://agecon.unl.edu/cornhusker-economics

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Tuesday January 3, 2017
Agriculture Worker Protection Standard
Updates to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) will increase protection of the nation’s two million farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure. WPS will now impact all companies that sell agricultural use products, as well as growers and farm workers. Clyde Ogg, Nebraska Extension Pesticide Safety Educator. MP3
http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/ec3006.pdf

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Thursday December 29, 2016
Farm-Ranch Recordkeeping
When commodity prices go down, it’s important to keep financial books on the ranch for more than just tax time. The recordkeeping workshop will be held Jan. 10th in Sidney, Jan. 12th in Scottsbluff and Feb. 2nd in Kimball. Jessica Groskopf, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://events.unl.edu/extension/2017/01/10/115983/

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Thursday December 15, 2016
Successful Farmer Series
Agriculture is a challenging and complex industry requiring farm owners and operators to understand and make decisions on a wide range of topics. The Successful Farmer Series will focus on several of these timely topics with workshops to be held every other Friday from December 16 through March 3. Tyler Williams, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/southeast-nebraska-successful-farmer-series-starts-dec-16

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Thursday December 8, 2016
Nebraska Soybean Day
The 2016 Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo on Dec. 15 will assist soybean producers in planning for next year's growing season. The expo, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., will be in the pavilion at the Saunders County Fairgrounds in Wahoo. Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://ianrnews.unl.edu/nebraska-soybean-day

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Wednesday November 30, 2016
Farmers and Ranchers College
The Farmers and Ranchers College will return on December 14th. The lecture series was formed in January 2000 to provide high quality, dynamic, up-to-date educational workshops for agricultural producers in Nebraska. The programs provide tools to help agricultural producers respond positively to changes using a profitable decision-making process. Brandy VanDeWalle, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/farmers-ranchers-college-returns-dec-14

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Friday November 25, 2016
Market Journal Roadshow
Market Journal Roadshow will focus on ag outlook and management decisions for farmers and ranchers at four locations across Nebraska November 28 - December 2. The meetings will be a valuable opportunity to gather information on the current ag outlook and apply it to management decisions for 2017 and beyond. Jeff Wilkerson, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Market Journal Host.MP3
http://marketjournal.unl.edu/roadshow

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Tuesday November 22, 2016
Nebraska LEAD Update
The Nebraska LEAD Program began 35 years ago to develop agricultural leaders from Nebraska's future generations. The constant changes that occur in agricultural policy, marketing, economics and technology point to the need for strong leaders to advocate for the heart of Nebraska's economy—agriculture. LEAD is now accepting applications for LEAD class 37. Terry Hejny, Director, Nebraska LEAD Program.MP3
https://lead.unl.edu

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Monday November 21, 2016
Farm Finances
The outlook for farm finances is not as strong as years past. Producers need to find sustainable ways to streamline operations. This topic and more will be part of the Market Journal roadshow November 28 – December 2. Tina Barrett, Executive Director, Nebraska Farm Business Inc.MP3
http://marketjournal.unl.edu/roadshow

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Monday November 14, 2016
Farm Management Decisions for 2017
With down turns in the market, decision analysis, risk management and marketing objectives are critical for producers in 2017. This topic will be part of UNL’s Market Journal road show, November 28 – December 2. Parsons, Nebraska Extension Economist.MP3
http://marketjournal.unl.edu/roadshow

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Friday November 4, 2016
Ag Land Lease Workshops
The Landlord/Tenant Cash Lease Workshops will be offered across Nebraska this November and December. These workshops are designed to help landlords and tenants develop a lease that is right for both parties while maintaining positive farm leasing relations. Allan Vyhnalek, Nebraska Extension Educator. MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/ag-land-lease-workshops-set-fall

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Tuesday November 1, 2016
Market Journal Roadshow
The Roadshow will focus on Ag outlooks and management decisions for farmers and ranchers at four locations across Nebraska November 28 - December 2. The meetings will be a valuable opportunity to gather information on the current Ag outlook and apply it to management decisions for 2017 and beyond. Brad Lubben, Nebraska Extension Public Policy Specialist.MP3
http://marketjournal.unl.edu/roadshow

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Monday October 31, 2016
Solar Energy In Agriculture Workshops
Nebraska Extension will be hosting workshops on Solar Energy in Agriculture at three locations: North Platte, York, and Norfolk. These workshops will feature discussions on the feasibility and economics of such systems for farms, ranches, and small businesses. John Hay, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/solar-energy-agriculture-workshops-fall

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Monday October 10, 2016
Lagoon Closure Demonstration
On Tuesday November 1st, the 2016 Lagoon Closure Demonstration will be held at the Haskell Ag Lab in Concord, Nebraska. This event will provide attendees with the knowledge and resources necessary to plan and conduct a lagoon closure to mitigate environmental risk. Charles Shapiro, Nebraska Extension Soil Scientist.MP3
https://go.unl.edu/lagoon2016

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Thursday September 22, 2016
Trade Update
International trade is important for Nebraska and U.S. agriculture, export sales account for about 27 percent of gross farm receipts in Nebraska. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are two trade deals that could impact Nebraska’s global sales. Brad Lubben, Nebraska Extension Public Policy Specialist.MP3
http://agecon.unl.edu/cornhusker-economics/2016/update-agricultural-trade-tpa-tpp-and-ttip

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Wednesday September 7, 2016
Pressure Regulator Testing
Nebraska Extension is offering free testing of center pivot irrigation pressure regulators at the IANR building all three days of Husker Harvest Days September 13-15 in Grand Island. Irrigators are encouraged to bring two regulators per pivot span for testing. They can be dropped off at the IANR building in the morning and picked up, along with a report, later in the day. Chuck Burr, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/pivot-pressure-regulator-testing-be-offered-hhd

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Monday September 5, 2016
Technologies for Irrigation Management Field Day
Nebraska Extension and MidPlains Ag are collaborating on a Technologies for Irrigation Management Field Day near Elgin on Thursday, Sept. 8. Discussions will address management zone maps, soil water sensor technologies, energy conservation and weather forecasting tools. Demonstrations will include pivot pressure regulator testing and electric power safety. Bill Kranz, Nebraska Extension Irrigation Specialist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/technologies-irrigation-management-field-day-sept-8

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Tuesday August 30, 2016
Ag Leases For Hunting
Landowners in Nebraska are seeking to make additional income off of their property outside of the traditional agricultural. Many landowners are leasing the right to exclusively hunt certain types of wild game to a third party. Jim Jansen, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://agecon.unl.edu/realestate/2016-farm-real-estate-report

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Monday August 22, 2016
Land Value Expectations for 2017
The outlook on land values for 2016 is considerably more negative. Current crop and livestock prices, property tax levels and future property tax policies rank among the top factors weighing down agricultural land values in Nebraska. Jim Jansen, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://agecon.unl.edu/realestate/2016-farm-real-estate-report

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Thursday August 4, 2016
Agricultural Real Estate Trends
Active farmers and ranchers led the type of buyers’ actively purchasing agricultural real estate in Nebraska during 2015. Farmers and ranchers, local non-farmers, non-local Nebraska residents, and out-of-state buyers accounted for 82, 9, 6, and 3 percent, respectively, of the type of buyers purchasing agricultural real estate. Jim Jansen, Nebraska Extension Educator. MP3
http://agecon.unl.edu/realestate/2016-farm-real-estate-report

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Wednesday July 27, 2016
Farm Real Estate Survey
The statewide all-land value fell $135 dollars to $3,115 per acre in 2016. Declines in land value average varied across Nebraska, the Northwest, North, Central, Southwest, and Southeast Districts averaged around 5 percent lower, whereas the Northeast, East, and Southwest declined at 3, 2, and 8 percent, respectively. Jim Jansen, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://agecon.unl.edu/realestate/2016-farm-real-estate-report

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Monday July 11, 2016
Nebraska Farm Custom Rates
Every two years a survey of Nebraska custom operators is conducted to determine the current rates for specific machinery operations. Custom rates reported include charges for the use of necessary equipment, fuel and supplies such as baling wire or twine provided by the custom operator, and labor Jim Jansen, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/economics/customrates

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Wednesday July 6, 2016
UNL’s Commodity Trading Room
The agriculture economics commodity trading room is designed to give students real-time marketing experience and advanced training in markets, merchandising, futures and options. Students are able to develop and test trading strategies, merchandise commodities and develop risk management plans in a dynamic real-time learning environment. Larry Van Tassell, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Department Head, Agriculture Economics.MP3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E937FnNUqGs

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Monday June 27, 2016
Farm Programs
Farmers received almost 600 million dollars in farm program payments and protection under ARC and PLC for the 2014 crop. These along with the upcoming 2015 payments have helped buffer low commodity prices. Brad Lubben, Nebraska Extension Public Policy Specialist.MP3
http://agecon.unl.edu/cornhusker-economics

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Monday May 23, 2016
Nebraska LEAD Program
The Nebraska LEAD Program began 35 years ago to develop agricultural leaders from Nebraska's future generations. The program is now recruiting for LEAD class 36, applications are due June 15. Terry Henjy, Director of the Nebraska LEAD Program.MP3
https://lead.unl.edu

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Friday May 13, 2016
Legislative Wrap up
Several major agricultural bills were pasted in the unicameral this year. They included LB176 - pack feeding, Niobrara river legislation and agriculture property tax relief. Dave Aiken, Nebraska Extension Ag and Water Law Specialist.MP3
http://agecon.unl.edu/cornhuskereconomics

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Tuesday April 5, 2016
Real Estate Survey
Agricultural commodity markets continue to decline as producers across Nebraska face lower prices for crops and livestock. As a result, land vales and rental rates for dryland and irrigated cropland declined for the second year in a row across Nebraska. Jim Jansen, University of Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://agecon.unl.edu/2016-trends-nebraska-farmland-markets-farming-and-ranching-margin

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