UNL CropWatch Feb. 1, 2011: Cornhusker Economics Conferences Across the State in February and March

UNL CropWatch Feb. 1, 2011: Cornhusker Economics Conferences Across the State in February and March

Feb. 1, 2011

A series of management and outlook conferences will be offered by UNL Extension across the state in February and early March.

Program Sites & Details

For registration or further information about the program at each site, see the program brochure, contact the extension educators or offices listed below, or contact Brad Lubben, UNL Extension specialist and program organizer, at (402) 472-2235.

Geneva, Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fillmore County Fairgrounds, Fifth and K streets
Contact: Brandy VanDeWalle, (402) 759-3712, bvandewalle2@unl.edu
Geneva program brochure

Lincoln, Feb. 24, 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Lancaster Event Center, 4100 N. 84th Street
Contact: Brad Lubben, (402) 472-2235, blubben2@unl.edu, or Tom Dorn, (402) 441-7180, tdorn1@unl.edut
Lincoln program brochure

Norfolk, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Lifelong Learning Center, 601 E. Benjamin
Contact: Tim Lemmons, (402) 370-4043, tlemmons2@unl.edu
Norfolk program brochure

Kearney, Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Buffalo County Extension Office, 1400 East 34th St. Contact: Brent Plugge, (308) 236-1235, bplugge1@unl.edu
Kearney program brochure

North Platte, Feb. 28, 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 5015 West Hwy 30; Contact: Randy Saner, (308) 532-2683, rsaner2@unl.edu
North Platte program brochure

Scottsbluff, March 1, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I
Contact: Tom Holman, (308) 632-1480, tholman1@unl.edu, or Paul Burgener, (308) 632-1230, pburgener2@unl.edu
Scottsbluff program brochure


"The conferences will cover a number of key topics affecting farm management and production decisions for 2011," said Brad Lubben, UNL Extension policy specialist and conference organizer. The conferences are delivered in part through the financial support of the Nebraska Soybean Board and the USDA Risk Management Agency.

This year's conferences will feature several specialists from UNL Extension and the Department of Agricultural Economics discussing relevant outlook and management topics.

In addition, the conference will continue to expand the collaboration on extension programming between UNL and Kansas State University. Dan O'Brien, Kevin Dhuyvetter, and Terry Kastens, KSU Extension agricultural economists, will share their insights on grain marketing and crop production decisions for producers.

The opening session at each meeting will focus on the agricultural outlook, covering livestock, crops, inputs, land and policy. Darrell Mark, livestock marketing specialist, will present the livestock market outlook while O'Brien will provide the crop market outlook. Mark and O’Brien also will discuss the changing structure and performance of the livestock and crop markets with implications for price risk and producer risk management decisions.

Paul Burgener, agricultural economics research analyst, will cover the outlook for input costs and their impact on crop production decisions. A team of extension educators from across the state will present an update on land markets, cash rents and leasing arrangements. Brad Lubben, policy specialist, will discuss the policy outlook in Washington and the major policy developments that could affect agriculture in 2011.

The closing session will focus on management decisions to prepare for 2011 and beyond. Larry Van Tassell, head of UNL's agricultural economics department, will share his management and leadership insights for success.

A team of extension educators from across the state will discuss the changes in crop insurance for 2011 and the decisions ahead for producers. Kevin Dhuyvetter and Terry Kastens will discuss current research and analysis on crop production economics to improve machinery costs, efficiency, and management. Paul Burgener will close out the conference in Scottsbluff with a focus on the Panhandle's specialty crop economics.

More Information

For further details see the conference Web page at agecon.unl.edu/cemoc.

The $25 registration fee covers a meal and "take-home" materials. Special pricing is available for the Geneva conference thanks to local support from the Farmers and Ranchers College committee. Advance registration is necessary to confirm meeting meals and materials.

Dan Moser
Coordinator, IANR News