Veteran Learning Circle series set

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Kirstin Bailey, project organizer,, 402.367.8989; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager,, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

YORK, NEBRASKA – Veteran farmers, landowners, and land managers are invited to attend a free conservation workshop series, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs. The events are designed to help broaden farmers’ understanding of farming practices under changing weather patterns.

Five classroom sessions are included in this series, starting Monday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This “Veteran Learning Circle” workshop series continues at the same time on Aug. 6, 13, 20, and 27, all at Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District, 319 E 25th St., in York.

“As modern agriculture works to maximize production, stewardship is often overlooked,” said Kirstin Bailey, project organizer for the Center for Rural Affairs. “However, conservation practices are critical for farmers and the public, and it is vitally important that farmers learn about, understand, and select the best conservation practices based on a solid understanding of climate and soil science.”

The workshop series will include field tours at local farms, and demonstrations by experts in Nebraska cropping systems, conservation, and climate change.

Presenting the workshop is Martha Shulski, state climatologist and director of the Nebraska State Climate Office at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources. Shulski translates climate data and conditions.

“High Plains states experience what is considered a ‘highly continental climate’ when it comes to weather and climate,” Shulski said. “This means it’s highly variable and mitigating impacts is even more relevant in ever-changing conditions. A lot of opportunity exists to take what we’ve learned in the past and apply it to the future. We learn how to better prepare.”

This program is made possible with funding from a Conservation Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Lunch will be provided. Registration is required by July 27. Contact Kirstin Bailey at or 402.367.8989. Visit for more information.