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September 2021
Agri 042 Intro to Production Ag class offers Digital Badge
If you are in Nebraska, it is nearly impossible to evade a connection to the state’s most important industry, agriculture.  But if you don’t have a background or direct exposure to ag or only have experience with a certain area, grasping the complexities of production ag can be daunting for some or overlooked by others.
A new digital badge course, Agri 042 kicked off at ENREEC and seeks to provide an overview of the production methods and systems involved in bringing food, fiber and fuel to consumers. The course introduces the multi-faceted side of the production agriculture.
In August, the Agri 042 Introduction to Production Ag in Nebraska class focused on crop production.  Two-day courses are designed for those with limited or no understanding of Nebraska production agriculture. The focus encompasses decision-making, production processes, conservation and economics of modern agriculture.
Comments from the class included: "Understanding that farming is more than putting a seed in the ground allows us to gain an appreciation for our farmers and for our state as a whole." Also, " I think the exercise revealed that my oversimplification of agriculture may have impacted how I thought about conservation decisions should be made in human-modified environments.  With the new knowledge, I can now make more informed opinions and better management decisions."

Agri 042 (Section 951) will focus of livestock production Oct. 18-19, 2021. 
Nebraska LEAD Program
The Nebraska LEAD Program made a stop at PREEC to learn about the dry edible bean industry, sugar beet and the Panhandle Research Feedlot.  Researchers and Extension Educators along with local and state businesses explained dryland cropping systems, ranching and cattle feedlots, water and irrigation and business opportunities in the Panhandle.

The Nebraska LEAD Program began 40 years ago to develop agricultural leaders from Nebraska's future generations.  The program is recognized both statewide and nationally as an innovative organization that has improved Nebraska in many ways.  Members of each lead class are from commodity boards, extension boards, local school boards, or local church councils.

Applications and more information regarding Nebraska LEAD are now available at LEAD Application Request 
Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory Open House 
The UNL Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory held the 22nd Annual Open House on August 25, 2021.   Participants were able to attend the in-person open house at GSL or watch the online sessions in the morning.  Topics covered cattle markets, early calf immunity, immunologic memory for long-term protection, sustainability and direct marketing. Recordings can be found at UNL | MediaHub | Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory
Leah Beyer, Senior Advisor for Digital Communications at Elanco Animal Health spoke on sustainability and the media's influence, what consumers are searching for when they are asking about beef production. Listen to Leah's interview of her presentation.  Leah's full presentation can be viewed at Beef & Environment: Do people really care? | MediaHub | University of Nebraska-Lincoln (


Each month we will describe one of the Statewide Strategic Directions.  This month we will look at 
Statewide Strategic Direction #4: Precision agriculture for both crops and livestock.

The Goals:
  1. Develop farming and livestock precision management technologies with improved data collection systems.
  2. Develop research and disseminate information on precision management systems to producers.
The Intended Outcomes:
  1. REEC's will use infrastructure to conduct precision management, will utilize and test new technology.
  2. Producers will be more inclined to utilize precision management tools to increase efficiency.
The University of Nebraska Testing Ag Performance Solutions (UNL-TAPS) is an innovative program developed by University of Nebraska research and extension specialists and educators. Rather than the typical teacher and student paradigm, the program facilitates a number of interactive real-life farm management competitions. These competitions bring together UNL scientists and extension professionals, producers, industry leaders, agriculture students, government regulators and agency personnel to become part of a highly engaged network focused on evolving profitability and input-use efficiency. This low-risk environment offers participants the ability to test a large variety of strategies and technologies.

The farm management competitions hosted in North Platte have competitors from across Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas. Thirty teams are competing in the sprinkler corn competition, sixteen teams are competing in the subsurface drip irrigated corn competition, and sixteen teams are competing in the sprinkler sorghum competition.  The TAPS competition will announce winners in each category at the annual winner banquet in Kearney on January 15, 2022.


NS&GP Goat AI Clinic, North Platte - September 18-19, 2021
Nebraska Crop Management Conference, Kearney - December 21, 2021
Crop Production Clinics have been scheduled for 2022!
Gering -  Gering Civic Center - January 5, 2022
North Platte - Mid-Plains Community College - January 6, 2022
Norfolk - Northeast Community College - January 11, 2022
Beatrice - Holiday Inn Express - January 13, 2022
Hastings - C3 Hotel & Convention Center - January 19, 2022
ENREC - ENREC, Ithaca - January 21, 2022
Kearney - Younes Conference Center - January 25, 2022
York - Holthus Convention Center - January 26, 2022 
More details will be coming!
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