Ag education events planned this month in central Nebraska

There will be three agriculture education events in central Nebraska over the next several weeks with topics ranging from technical topics to life enrichments and agribusiness workshops.

The Advanced Topics Agronomy Short Course will be Jan. 30-31 at the Quality Inn & Conference Center in Grand Island, with registration starting at 9 a.m. Jan. 30.

The two-day course will cover advanced topics related to soils, fertilizer management, residue management, sensors, soil microbes and cover crop research.

Continuing education credits are available for certified crop advisers.

Details, including the full agenda and registration information, are posted at https://na-ba.com/member-resources/calendar/ under January 30-31, 2019, Agronomy Shortcourse.

Registration can be completed online or by sending a completed form to: Nebraska Agri-Business Association, 8700 Executive Woods Drive, Suite 400, Lincoln, NE 68512-9612.

The cost is $290 for Nebraska Agri-Business Association members and $390 for nonmembers.

For more information, contact Sarah Skirry at [email protected] or 402-476-1528.

Ag tech conference

The 2019 Nebraska Ag Tech Association Conference and Trade Show will be Jan. 31 at the Kearney Holiday Inn.

It will highlight precision ag topics that include economics, nutrient management, data collection, equipment, variable rate applications and sprayer technology.

Learn more about this conference and registration details at https://neata.org/ or by or contacting Wendy Morrissey at [email protected] or 402-472-5636.

Women in Agriculture

The annual Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference hosted by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension will be Feb. 21-22 at the Kearney Holiday Inn.

The theme for the two-day event designed to educate and uplift women involved in Nebraska agriculture is “Take Charge of Change.”

The five focus topics are production, market, financial, human and legal risks.

General session speakers include Marji Guyler-Alaniz of Iowa, who will discuss the inspiration for and evolution of FarmHer, an enterprise to update the image of agriculture, particularly the roles of women in agriculture.

The four other session speakers will be Tim Hammerich of Ag Grad, a website promoting ag-related careers; Joan Ruskamp of Dodge, chairwoman of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Board; Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center; and Giannella Alvarez of Beanitos, an Austin, Texas-based company that makes snack chips from beans.

The WIA program also features more than 30 workshops.

Full registrations are $125 if made by Feb. 12 and $150 thereafter. There are two-day and one-day registration options.

See the full schedule and registration information at https://wia.unl.edu/.

Registrations can be completed online or forms can be printed, completed and mailed to: Women in Ag Conference, 4502 Ave. I, Scottsbluff, NE 69631. Checks should be made out to: University of Nebraska.

For more information, contact Eric Buck at 402-472-1576 or [email protected]

Scholarships covering all or half of the registration fee are available to UNL College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources students, 4-H and FFA members, and community college students.

Applicants must include essays about why they want to attend the WIA conference and how they will use the information for future studies or careers.

Scholarships also are available for ag producers.

The deadline is midnight Feb. 1 for all scholarship applications. Recipients will be notified by Feb. 8.

More information is posted at https://wia.unl.edu/scholarships.

Questions about the conference, individual workshops or student scholarships can be directed to Jessica Groskopf at 308-632-1247 or [email protected]

Sarah Sivits is a Dawson County-based University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator whose focus area also includes Buffalo and Hall counties.

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