Farm Management and Ag Policy

Friday April 19, 2019
Precision Ag
Technology has been a part of farming for decades, but precision ag tools continue to expand beyond the GPS integrations of the 1990’s. Nebraska Extension Educator Laura Thompson tells us about some of the more recent advancements in precision agriculture.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/ssm

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Tuesday April 9, 2019
Ag Lease Flood Adjustments
On this followup to a recent Nebraska Extension Almanac interview, Educator Allan Vyhnalek talks about the impact of crop insurance and the availability of federal funds for land owners and renters.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2019/flooded-cropland-lease-adjustments

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Friday April 5, 2019
Ag Lease Flood Adjustments
Flooded croplands across the state will certainly take a long time to recover, in the meantime landlords and renters will need to come together to figure out how the damage will affect their lease agreements. MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2019/flooded-cropland-lease-adjustments

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Tuesday April 2, 2019
2Agricultural Health Study Summary
Data collected by researchers show some interesting findings when it comes to health trends amongst agricultural pesticide applicators. Nebraska Extension Pesticide Safety Educator Clyde Ogg talks about the findings and what they mean for ag applicators in the state.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2019/key-findings-agricultural-health-study-2015

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Wednesday March 20, 2019
Cash Rent Trends
Ag land rentals are being negotiated around the state for the upcoming growing season. Nebraska Extension Ag Economist Jim Jansen says there are several factors land owners and renters need to consider during negotiations.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2019/nebraska-cropland-rental-rates-and-financial-trends-2019

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Tuesday March 19, 2019
Personal Protection When Applying Pesticides
Exposure to pesticide chemicals can be dangerous and hazardous to your health. UNL Pesticide Safety Education Coordinator Clyde Ogg talks about taking precautions when applying chemicals by wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2019/reduce-pesticide-exposure-proper-gloves-other-ppe

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Friday March 8, 2019
Nebraska Ag Finance Outlook
Increasing lending, interest rates and operating rates for ag land in Nebraska are a few items examined in a recent survey by the Kansas City Federal Reserve. Nebraska Extension Ag Economist Jim Jansen talks about what that means for farmers in the state. MP3
https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/saunders/farm-management-economics/

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Friday March 1, 2019
Ag Cropland Leases
Cropland rental agreements were the focus of a recent survey here in Nebraska. Extension Ag Economist Jim Jansen says cash rental rates on average trended down across Nebraska for the 2018 production year. MP3
http://agecon.unl.edu/cornhuskereconomics

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Friday February 22, 2019
Farm Employment Data
The Federal Reserve in Kansas City issues periodic information and statistics about the Nebraska economy including information on agriculture. Nebraska Ag Economist Jim Jansen talks about the findings of the most recent report. MP3
https://www.kansascityfed.org/~/media/files/publicat/research/indicatorsdata/regionaldatabook/2019/01-2019/2019-01-18-nerdb.pdf

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Tuesday February 12, 2019
Trends in Nebraska Agricultural Land Ownership
64% of agricultural land in Nebraska is owned by farmers 60 years of age and older. Nebraska Extension Ag Economist Jim Jansen says ownership trends are changing and talks about some of the factors that will affect these tendencies.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2019/trends-nebraska-agricultural-land-ownership-and-rental-patterns

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Tuesday February 5, 2019
Agricultural Land Management Webinars
Nebraska Extension will be offering four land management webinars to help guide farmers with financial decisions, rental agreements and estate planning. Jim Jansen, Nebraska Extension Ag Economist, says these webinars will be recorded to offer flexibility so farmers and ranchers can view them on their own time.MP3
https://agecon.unl.edu

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Monday February 4, 2019
Property Taxes in Nebraska
One of the most controversial issues for farmers in Nebraska is property tax. Nebraska Extension Ag Law Specialist Dave Aiken talks about the higher than average property taxes and what possible solutions are in store for landowners.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/tags/taxes?page=0%2C1

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Wednesday January 16, 2019
Farm Beginnings
Nebraska Extension is offering courses for those interested in getting a start in the farm business. Gary Lesoing, Nebraska Extension Educator says the Farm Beginnings program helps educate beginning farmers as well as offers education and skills for those who are interested in diversifying their current operations.MP3
https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/nemaha/farm-beginnings/

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Tuesday January 15, 2019
Ag Estate Planning
Estate planning for the family farm operation might seem like something you could put off till later, but Nebraska Extension Educator Allan Vyhnalek says having a firm plan set down early in a farm operation will save a lot of headaches for the farm family later.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/ag-estate-planning-1-19

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Wednesday December 12, 2018
Grain Marketing Workshops
Nebraska Extension will be offering grain marketing workshops in January and February. Nebraska Ag Economics Extension Educator Jessica Groskopf says the workshops will focus on helping farmers understand their financial situation and how to farm during unstable times.MP3
https://events.unl.edu/cropwatch/2019/01/30/135430/

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Tuesday November 13, 2018
Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference
Safety on the farm should be a top priority for all agricultural operations. It’s also the focus for the Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference being held November 27th-29th in Council Bluffs. Ellen Duysen, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health Coordinator, tells us more.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/midwest-rural-ag-safety-and-health-conference-nov-27-29

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Monday November 12, 2018
What is your product?
Knowing the value of your product is a key consideration for successful farm operation. Nebraska Extension Ag Economist Austin Duerfeldt says that might seem like a simple question but there are several underlying considerations.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/running-your-business-what-your-product

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Friday November 9, 2018
Risk Management
Risk management is crucial to the success of any farm operation. Jay Parsons, Nebraska Extension Risk Management Specialist talks about why risk management should be at the forefront no matter where the markets are.MP3
http://extensionrme.org

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Tuesday November 6, 2018
Irrigated Cropland Rental Rates
Irrigated cropland rental rates on average declined between two and five percent across Nebraska. Jim Jansen, Nebraska Extension Ag Economist says the division of annual maintenance and upkeep expenses associated with irrigation equipment remains a major consideration during rental negotiations between landlords and tenants.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/2018-cash-lease-adjustments-irrigation-equipment-cropland-rental-arrangements-nebraska

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Friday October 26, 2018
Nebraska Cash Rents
Several mitigating factors in next year’s agriculture land come into play when landlords and tenants negotiate their cash rents for next season. Nebraska Extension Ag Economist Jim Jansen said any agreements should be beneficial to both the landowners and the renters.MP3
https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cedar/nebraska-land-values-cash-rental-rates-farm-lease-forms/

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Wednesday October 24, 2018
Farm Transition: Fair vs. Equal Part 2
Early planning, family input and communication are key things to keep in mind when farmers are getting ready to pass on the operation to children. There are several other mitigating factors that should come into play however. Nebraska Extension Farm Succession Educator Allan Vyhnalek discusses how farm families should be preparing for when a farmer passes away or retires.MP3
https://agecon.unl.edu/succession/succession-fairness-estate-planning.pdf

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Monday October 22, 2018
Farm Transition: Fair vs. Equal Part 1
Nebraska Extension Farm Succession Educator Allan Vyhnalek stresses communication, early planning and documentation when it comes to farm transitions. Making difficult decisions is much easier and avoids any misunderstandings when it comes to older generation farmers retiring or passing away.MP3
https://agecon.unl.edu/succession/succession-fairness-estate-planning.pdf

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