Monday Extension Report – August 18, 2014

August 18, 2014

Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory’s annual Open House, Wednesday, August 20 at the ranch north of Whitman

Registration starts at 8:30 am Mountain Time, and the program lasts until 3:30 PM Mountain Time.

This year’s agenda again kicks off with an always informative cattle market situation and outlook presentation by Jim Robb, Director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center.

Jim will be followed by a panel discussing the beef industry and Nebraska’s rural future. UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Harlan Vice Chancellor Ronnie Green, Tom Field, Director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship program at UNL, and Chuck Schroeder, Executive Director of the Rural Futures Institute, will make up the panel.

Then will be a panel of young producers, Brock Terrell, Jeremy Martin and Dan Kelly, discussing the future of the beef industry in Nebraska.

Following the always-excellent lunch will be breakout sessions.

At 1:30 you will have the option of hearing Bethany Johnston discuss the new GrassSnap rangeland photomonitoring App for Android and Apple smartphones and tablets. Or, you can hear Rick Funston discussing the importance of early conception and early detection of pregnancy.

At 2:10 your choices are Karla Jenkins discussing opportunities to reduce grazed forage needs, and Troy Walz with getting to know your range plants.

The options for the final session at 2:50 are pasture turnout dates and diet quality with Aaron Stalker, and range recovery after drought with Jerry Volesky.

If you plan to attend, it is important that you RSVP by calling 1-800-657-2133.

As always, you can call the extension office at 402-376-1850 for more information.


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