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BeeCheck can save valuable pollinators

The majority of Americans pay little attention to pollinators – bees, butterflies, wasps, moths, and other insects – in their day-to-day activities. However, without pollinators, many crops simply would not grow. A large variety of fruits and vegetables would become scarce or incredibly expensive, and the cost of other products, including clothing (as cotton is bee-pollinated), would also be impacted.

Free crop insurance workshops set

Are you a Nebraska farmer or rancher who can’t get crop insurance for all of your crops?  Are you a new Nebraska farmer and don’t know much about how crop insurance works and whether it can work for you?  

We have a workshop for you.

You might have heard of a program called Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP).  It is crop insurance offered by USDA that covers the revenue of a farm operation, and it encourages on-farm diversity.  

Beginning Farmers: I want to start farming. Is it feasible?

I just graduated college and I want to start farming, is it feasible? What are my options?

This is a time of tremendous opportunity in farming and ranching. Commodity production (undifferentiated crops and livestock sold into “commodity markets”) has minimal profit margin, unpredictable price swings, and many risks for a small, uncapitalized, inexperienced farmer. That type of farming is best entered with substantial farming-family support.

Sign up now for the Conservation Stewardship Program

We’d like to let you know about an open funding opportunity for conservation. The signup process for the updated Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is now open and applications are being accepted.

Your initial application is due Feb. 3, 2017. To enroll in the 2017 program, submit an application to the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) by Feb. 3. For this application, you don’t have to know all of the details about the conservation practices that will be the best fit for you and your operation. Those details are worked out with NRCS later on the process.  

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