The Farmers and Ranchers College was formed in January 2000 with the purpose of providing high quality, dynamic, timely educational workshops for agricultural producers in south central Nebraska, says Brandy VanDeWalle, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator in Fillmore County.
"It was developed and is supported through a collaborative effort of business, industry and higher education leaders," she says.
Last year nearly 400 producers from 14 Nebraska counties and two Kansas counties participated in the programs. Participants responding to a survey said the information they gained provided about $21 of benefit per acre.
Following is the schedule of upcoming programs:
- Nov. 20--Land Leasing Workshop*, Shickley Community Building, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with registration at 8:45 a.m. (Information for young or new farmers will follow the leasing discussion.)
- Dec. 9--"Positioning Your Business for Agriculture's Next Decade," featuring David Kohl, Virginia Tech professor emeritus in agricultural economics, at the Bruning Opera House, Bruning, at 1 p.m.
- Jan. 28--Partners In Progress, a Beef Seminar* at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with registration at 9:30 a.m.
- March 18--Agricultural Water Update* at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration at 9:45 a.m.
The programs with the exception of the Dec. 9 workshop are free, but registration is appreciated for a meal count. Please call the Fillmore County Extension office at 402-759-3712 one week prior to the program.