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Ag Land Management, Back to the Basics

By Brandy
VanDeWalle

 

Anyone who owns or leases farm ground or leases it to someone else will want to attend this day-long seminar providing information and education about that ownership. Learn management strategies for this asset by attending this seminar at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore Ave, Hastings, NE. The event will be held Thursday, August 31st with registration starting at 9:00 a.m., program starting at 9:30 and ending around 3:00 p.m.
Participants can use this seminar to learn about: Am I keeping the farm, or selling it? How do I manage a farm? If leasing, what are key lease provisions? What legal considerations do I have with this decision? And, how do we manage family communications and expectations when other family is involved? What does a soil test tell me? I hear about organic or natural production; how does that vary from what my farmer is currently doing? If corn and soybeans aren’t making money why don’t we raise other crops? What should I expect for communications between the landlord and tenant? What are key pasture leasing considerations?
“I am contacted monthly from citizens who have had their parents pass away, and now they are managing a farm for the first time in their lives,” said Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator and event speaker. “They may have even grown up there, but haven’t been around for 30 or 40 years, and need to understand that farming practices and management concepts have changed,” Vyhnalek continued.  
The workshop is designed to provide primer education for those that haven’t been on the farm much, or on the farm much recently. It is also designed to be a refresher course for those that would like to have the latest information on land management and rental.  
Pre-registration is requested by Monday, August 28, 2017. Registration fee is $20 per person or $30 per couple. The fee covers handouts, refreshments and lunch. Contact Twila Bankson at the Adams County Extension Office, P.O. Box 30, Hastings, NE 68901, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 402-461-7209 to register.  
The program is being provided by Allan Vyhnalek, Aaron Nygren, and Jim Jansen, Extension Educators from Nebraska Extension. They provide the farm land management and agronomy education in eastern Nebraska.
Nebraska State Fair
The 148th Nebraska State Fair will be August 25 to September 4 in Grand Island and celebrate the people, products and talent of the state. Thousands of youth who participate in Nebraska 4-H – sponsored by Nebraska Extension will share what they’ve learned throughout the year.
A new display at Raising Nebraska this year is “The Amazing Egg,” an interactive experience in which visitors can discover the intricate structure of an egg, get an extreme close-up look at the surface of a shell and manipulate a virtual yolk. Visitors will learn how often a chicken lays an egg, how many eggs a chicken lays in a year and why some eggs are brown and others are white.
Visitors can download the 4-H at Nebraska State Fair app to keep track of events, results and exhibit maps. The app can also be used to play the Seek and Scan game, which allows visitors to scan symbols on signs next to static exhibits to display videos.  
For more information on the Nebraska State Fair, including schedules, visit http://4h.unl.edu or http://statefair.org.
I wish all 4-H and FFA exhibitors the best of luck!