Ranching for Profitability Meeting 2015

Last year was one for the recordbooks!  Many a sale barn broke record cattle prices.  Mother Nature, as usual, was unpredictable.  Input prices also continued to creep upward and forage was no exception.

As a cattle producer, you may have questions about what to do next in 2015.  Eight Ranching for Profitability meetings will be held across Nebraska focusing on the changing beef industry.  The meeting in Valentine will be January 13 at 4 PM CT at the Peppermill Restaurant.

"To stock or not to stock?" is a current question.  From buying cows, retaining heifers to breed, or keeping cows longer, can you afford to rebuild your herd?  Matt Stockton, Nebraska Extension Ag Economist, will discuss "Restocking and Replacing- The Economics of Moving Forward on the Ranch."

Congratulations, beef producers, you made money this year!  High income from cattle and payments from disaster programs may have bumped you up to an unheard-of tax bracket.  Tina Barrett, Director of the Nebraska Farm Business, Inc., will talk about planning options for these high income years.  She will recommend some ways to reduce taxes, but also notes "Making money and paying taxes isn't always a bad thing." 

Forage has become a valuable commodity!  With variable weather, forage production can tank and leave you without grass or hay for your cattle.  Learn how you can cope with forage losses with risk management programs.  Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Educator, will discuss the kinds, costs, and how these forage programs work, including PRF and LFP.

Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range Specialist, has been through drought, hail, excessive rains, and blizzards.  Volesky understands how variable the production of your pastures can be from one year to the next.  He will present "Managing for Variable Range & Pasture Production."

"New Weeds to Watch Out for in Cherry County"  will be the topic presented by Jay Jenkins, Nebraska Extension Educator.

Please pre-register for the meal count by calling the Cherry County Extension Office at 402-376-1850.  Sponsorship is provided by the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Nebraska Extension, and Security First Bank.  To obtain information on scheduled meetings at other locations, please contact the Extension Office.   

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Disaster Recovery Resources

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Marketing 2014 Calves

With current price levels, cow/calf producers could see good profits when selling 2014 calves. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, outlines a few options to consider when thinking about marketing this year's calf crop. UNL's Beef website features more information on Livestock Risk Protection Insurance and determining costs of production.

Storing Distillers Grains

Distillers grains have become much cheaper, compared with earlier in the year. Aaron Stalker, UNL Extension beef range systems specialist, explains why using distillers grains could benefit producers – if they can properly store the product. More resources on storing distillers grains can be found here.

UNL Extension's Hort Update for August 18, 2014

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An email newsletter designed to assist horticulture professionals and Extension staff with seasonal environmental topics for lawns, trees and shrubs, landscape ornamentals, fruits and vegetables, and miscellaneous items.  Share with your colleagues and friends Hort Update,  Visit our web site for archived issues .

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UNL Extension cropping system experts discuss the latest updates on cropping issues in Nebraska such as appearance of Pythium in corn and soybeans, wheat disease updates, and a new UNL climate app. During the growing season, each weeks CropWatch newsletter is posted on Fridays at http://cropwatch.unl.edu/

Acreage Insights e-News for September 2014


The Acreage Insights e-News, published by UNL Extension Acreage team, is a monthly electronic newsletter providing acreage owners with timely information to better manage their rural living environment. Click here to subscribe to this newsletter or check out the team's Acreage Insight web resources (http://acreage.unl.edu/).

UNL Extension's BeefWatch for September 2014

Check out the latest issue of UNL BeefWatch Newsletter. newsletter, designed to assist Beef producers and professionals. You may subscribe to receive this newsletter in your email and view the latest summaries on beef industry issues at http://Beef.UNL.edu 

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As a leader in your community, often you are asked to present a program to club meetings, civic groups or professional organizations. Finding information for such a program and then organizing it can be challenging and time consuming. Look no further!

Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are providing you research-based, educational program resources free-of-charge. Information in each program is based on research from educational institutions around the world. The programs listed reflect the variety of topics which our clientele cite as issues within their communities. Congratulations on leading your organization to a greater understanding of these priorities!  For lessons....

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