Farmers and Ranchers College dates are set |

Farmers and Ranchers College dates are set

LINCOLN, Neb. – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension’s Farmers and Ranchers College will start with its first program Dec. 2.

The educational workshops geared toward south central Nebraska agricultural producers offer up-to-date information and necessary tools to help producers respond positively and profitably during the decision making process.

The 2009-10 Farmers and Ranchers College workshop dates, times, locations and topics are:

– Dec. 2, 1-4 p.m. Bruning Opera House, Bruning, Neb., “The Pulse of the Ag and General Economy,” featuring David Kohl, professor emeritus, agricultural and applied economics, Virginia Tech University.

– Jan. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., registration at 9:30 a.m., U.S. Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center, Neb., “Partners In Progress – Beef Seminar.”

– March 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 8:45 a.m. registration, Fillmore County Fairgrounds, Geneva, Neb., “Managing Crop Revenue Risk,” featuring Steve Johnson, field specialist, farm management, Iowa State University and Tim Lemmons, extension educator, UNL Extension.

Please register at least one week in advance. For more information or to register, call (402) 759-3712, e-mail or visit the Fillmore County Extension Web site at

The Farmers and Ranchers College was formed in January 2000 with the purpose of providing high quality, dynamic, up-to-date educational workshops for area agricultural producers in south central Nebraska through a collaborative effort between business, industry and higher education leaders.

During the 2008-09 programs, around 95 percent of participants said they probably or definitely will make changes based on what they learned from the programs.

Producers attending last year’s workshops managed over 55,000 acres. Survey results indicate that on average producers estimated the value of the workshops at $19/acre, for a potential impact of over $1 million. Cow/Calf College participants managed over 102,000 head of cattle indicating an average value of $20/head from attending the program for a potential impact of over $2 million.

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