CRP Enrollment Deadline Friday, August 17, 2018.

Friday, August 17th is the last day to enroll in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). This program is for eligible producers who agree to take sensitive land out of production. In return, the producer will receive an annual rental payment and cost-share assistance for installing practices from the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Land must be eligible and suitable for certain conservation practices which include, but not limited to, riparian buffer, wetland restoration on flood plain, filter strips, and grass waterways. Contracts for this program can last 10-15 years and payments will reflect the updated soil rental rates. For more information, please visit the CRP Continuous Enrollment Period. Or contact your local Farm Service Agency Office.

If you have any questions regarding various programs available from the Farm Service Agency, please send them to us.

Women’s Learning Circle Opportunity

IMG_20180725_201655_062Who: Women non-operator landowners who are working with beginning farmers, and own more than 40 acres, may have inherited farmland, or are feeling overwhelmed with all of the decisions of farmland management.

When: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, 9 a.m. (to beat the heat!)

Where: West Blue Farm, 146 Co. Rd. 1900, Milford, Nebraska

West Blue Farm has sold direct market fresh meat since 1990, and the operation has recently transitioned to a beginning farmer couple.

Attendees will learn about how to look at areas of risk, learn to communicate with their operators, and will be able to ask questions about the operation. Topics include financial risk management, grazing, and farm diversification.

In addition, attendees have an opportunity to pick up a risk management planning guide and join in a learning circle-style discussion on conservation, land transitions, multi-generational management structures, and long-term business goals.

There is no charge to attend, however registration is requested to make sure we have enough materials and refreshments available. 

August Farm Finance Clinics

Farmers and ranchers are invited to attend a FREE clinic.  The clinics are one-on-one, not group sessions, and are confidential.  The Farm Finance clinic gives you a chance to meet with an experienced Ag law attorney and Ag financial counselor.  These clinic staff specialize in legal and financial issues related to farming and ranching, including financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters.  Here is an opportunity to obtain an experienced outside opinion on issues that may be affecting your farm or ranch.  Bring your questions!

The FREE farm and ranch clinics will be in these locations:

  • Fairbury – Thursday, August 2nd
  • Grand Island – Thursday, August 2nd
  • North Platte – Thursday, August 9th
  • Lexington, Thursday, August 16th
  • Norfolk – Wednesday, August 22nd
  • Valentine – Thursday, August 23rd

To sign up for a clinic or for more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline:  1-800-464-0258.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor the farm finance clinics.

July Farm Finance Clinic Dates

Farmers and ranchers are invited to attend a FREE clinic.  The clinics are one-on-one, not group sessions, and are confidential.  The Farm Finance clinic gives you a chance to meet with an experienced Ag law attorney and Ag financial counselor.  These clinic staff specialize in legal and financial issues related to farming and ranching, including financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters.  Here is an opportunity to obtain an experienced outside opinion on issues that may be affecting your farm or ranch.  Bring your questions!

The FREE farm and ranch clinics will be in these locations:

  • Grand Island – Thursday, July 5th
  • North Platte – Thursday, July 12th
  • Valentine – Monday, July 16th
  • Lexington – Thursday, July 19th
  • Norfolk – Friday, July 20th
  • Fairbury – Thursday, August 2nd

To sign up for a clinic or for more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline:  1-800-464-0258.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor the farm finance clinics.

South Dakota Farm and Ranch Succession and USDA Program Workshops

Two separate free workshops will be offered to farmers and ranchers in western South Dakota. The workshops are from 9am-12pm. These workshops are not limited to Beginning Farmers and Ranchers and are open to the public. To register (and for questions) call the Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.

Wednesday, July 11th 2018

Sturgis, South Dakota

Sturgis Community Center

1401 Lazelle Street

Thursday, July 12th 2018

Belle Fourche, South Dakota

First Interstate Bank

41 5th Street

Each workshop will address farm and ranch estate and succession planning, including transfer tools (wills, titling & trusts), incapacity planning, taxes, co-ownership of assets, direct and indirect forms of ownership, legal tools for balancing the interests of on-farm and off-farm heirs, asset protection, and examples of planning.  The workshops will also cover USDA/Farm Service Agency loan programs for beginning and established farmers and ranchers, including direct and guaranteed loans, beginning farmer loans, microloans, and storage facility loans.

These workshops are made available through The Nebraska Network for Beginning Ranchers and Farmers, which includes services in South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado, and the Farm Law Project of Legal Aid of Nebraska.

Presenters:  Joe Hawbaker, Agricultural Law Attorney with Hawbaker Law Office, Omaha, Nebraska. Amy Swoboda, Farm and Food Attorney with Legal Aid of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.

June Farm Finance Clinic Dates

Farmers and ranchers are invited to attend a FREE clinic.  The clinics are one-on-one, not group sessions, and are confidential.  The Farm Finance clinic gives you a chance to meet with an experienced Ag law attorney and Ag financial counselor.  These clinic staff specialize in legal and financial issues related to farming and ranching, including financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters.  Here is an opportunity to obtain an experienced outside opinion on issues that may be affecting your farm or ranch.  Bring your questions!

The FREE farm and ranch clinics will be in these locations:

  • Fairbury – Wednesday, June 6th
  • Grand Island – Thursday, June 7th
  • North Platte – Tuesday, June 12th
  • Lexington – Thursday, June 21st
  • Valentine – Thursday, June 21st
  • Norfolk – Wednesday, June 27th

To sign up for a clinic or for more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline:  1-800-464-0258.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor the farm finance clinics.

 

May Farm and Ranch Financial Clinics

Farmers and ranchers are invited to attend a FREE clinic.  The clinics are one-on-one, not group sessions, and are confidential.  The Farm Finance clinic gives you a chance to meet with an experienced Ag law attorney and Ag financial counselor.  These clinic staff specialize in legal and financial issues related to farming and ranching, including financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters.  Here is an opportunity to obtain an experienced outside opinion on issues that may be affecting your farm or ranch.  Bring your questions!

The FREE farm and ranch clinics will be in these locations:

Grand Island – Thursday, May 3rd

Norfolk – Tuesday, May 8th

North Platte – Thursday, May 10th

Lexington – Thursday, May 17th

Fairbury – Thursday, May 24th

Norfolk – Tuesday, May 29th

Valentine – Wednesday, May 30th

To sign up for a clinic or for more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline:  1-800-464-0258.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor the farm finance clinics.

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Free Workshop on Farm and Ranch Business Succession & Estate Planning in Harrison, NE, April 26th

You are welcome to attend a free workshop on business succession and estate planning for farm and ranch owners, families and beginners.   The workshop will be held at the Harrison Fire Hall on April 26th.  The workshop runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  There is no charge for the workshop.  To register (and for questions) call the Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.  A lunch will be provided.

The workshop is about farm and ranch business succession and family estate planning.  It will include a discussion of beginning farmer programs that can aid in succession planning.  The workshop should be useful for established farm and ranch owners, for their successors, and for beginners.   Topics include:  stages of succession planning, contribution & compensation, balancing the interests of on-farm and off-farm heirs; the importance of communication, setting goals, assessing feasibility, and balancing intergenerational expectations and needs; beginning farmer loan and tax credit programs; estate planning goals and issues (incapacity, taxes, asset protection, long term care, feasibility); forms of ownership; transfer tools (wills, titling, trusts); succession planning tools and examples (installment sales, lease and ownership options, preemptive rights, use of entities, buy-sell planning). 

Joe Hawbaker, Agricultural Law attorney, with Hawbaker Law Office, Omaha

Dave Goeller, Agricultural Finance and Transition Specialist

This workshop is made possible by the Nebraska Network for Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, the Farm and Ranch Project of Legal Aid of Nebraska, North Central Risk Management Education, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s Next Gen Program, UNL Extension – Panhandle area.  There will be a meal sponsored.

Free Workshop April 25 in Chadron

You are welcome to attend a free workshop on Ag Liens, Loans, and Leases.   The workshop will be held in Chadron, April 25th at Chadron State College Student Center, Scottsbluff Room.  A light dinner will be provided.  The workshop runs from 4:30 pm am to 8:30 pm.  There is no charge for the workshop.  To register (and for questions) call the Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.

What the workshop is about?  Liens (Hawbaker) – Nebraska’s statutory agricultural liens, from the producer’s perspective:  What are they?  How do they work? These are liens that give creditors rights in certain property, such as crops, feed and livestock, to secure payment of obligations for goods or services, such as seed, fertilizer, ag chemicals, petroleum products, veterinary assistance, cattle care, harvest work and machine repair.  The discussion will focus on identifying the liens and understanding how they work from the producer’s perspective.

Loans (Goeller) – The presentation will provide producers with an inside look at “What your lender is looking for.”  The impact of Collateral, Cash Flow, Credit Score, Character and Trends on loan applications.  A brief overview of Balance Sheets, Trend Sheets and Ratio Analysis will also be included.

Leases (Goeller) – The importance of lease communications between the landlord and tenant and useful lease provisions will be discussed, along with highlights of current lease rates and trends in Nebraska.

Joe Hawbaker, Agricultural Law attorney, with Hawbaker Law Office, Omaha

Dave Goeller, Agricultural Finance and Transition Specialist

This workshop is made possible by the North Central Risk Management Education, Nebraska Network for Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, the Farm and Ranch Project of Legal Aid of Nebraska, , National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s Next Gen, Nebraska Farmers Union Foundation, UNL Extension – Panhandle area, and Chadron State College.  There will be a meal sponsored.

April Clinic Dates

Farmers and ranchers are invited to attend a FREE clinic.  The clinics are one-on-one, not group sessions, and are confidential.  The Farm Finance clinic gives you a chance to meet with an experienced Ag law attorney and Ag financial counselor.  These clinic staff specialize in legal and financial issues related to farming and ranching, including financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters.  Here is an opportunity to obtain an experienced outside opinion on issues that may be affecting your farm or ranch.  Bring your questions!

The FREE farm and ranch clinics will be in these locations:

Grand Island – Thursday, April 5

Fairbury, Thursday, April 5

Norfolk – Tuesday, April 10

North Platte – Thursday, April 12

Lexington – Thursday, April 19

Valentine – Wednesday, April 25

To sign up for a clinic or for more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline:  1-800-464-0258.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor the farm finance clinics.

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