March 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!

These FREE farm and ranch clinics are being held in:

March Clinics:

Norfolk clinic – Friday, March 3rd

Norfolk clinic – Thursday, March 16th

Fairbury clinic – Monday, March 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.

Farm mediation                  Legal Aid of Nebraska

Nebraska Agri-Tourism Limitation of Liability

Nebraska recently passed LB329, providing a bevy of benefits for those individuals involved with agri-tourism.  The bill exempts property owners from lawsuits for injury or death caused by an “inherent risk” on the property.  An inherent risk includes conditions, dangers, or hazards that are an integral part of the land or waters used for agri-tourism, the behavior of wild or domestic animals, the ordinary dangers of structures or equipment on the site, or the negligence of a paying participant.

The exemption does not apply if the property owner is negligent.  Additionally, the property must display signs with the exemption.

Covered activities at working farms and ranches include hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, water sports, camping, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, bicycling, horseback riding, nature study, birding, farm ranch and vineyard tours and activities, harvest-your-own activities, water skiing, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, visiting and viewing historical, ecological, archaeological, scenic, or scientific sites, and similar activities.

LB329 is an interesting step towards limitation of liability for those interested in starting or expanding their agri-tourism operation.  If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us — we’re happy to help!


Nebraska DriftWatch 2015 Renewal Now Open

DriftWatch is an online map that shows specialty and pesticide sensitive crops for pesticide applicators.  For Nebraska producers and pesticide applicators, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture is the data steward.

What crops are eligible for inclusion on DriftWatch?  First, the crops must be commercial, meaning they are sold in some manner and not strictly for personal use.  Second, eligible crops are:

  • Grapes
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Beehives
  • Greenhouse — high tunnel
  • Nursery Crops
  • Orchards
  • Fish Farms
  • Non-specialty certified organic
  • Other (plants grown for seed, cut flowers, flowers for scented products, woody florals, hops, and certain non-herbicide resistant crops)

Certified organic crops, including alfalfa, pasture, and native prairie, are considered eligible if they are part of a commercial operation.

DriftWatch does require annual renewal, which is currently open for 2015.  If you do not renew, your crop locations will not show on the map and pesticide applicators will not see your locations.

While DriftWatch is a voluntary program, it may be a program that is of use to you.  Look into it if you it is a ‘new-to-you’ program or renew if you are already a member and find it useful!


Grass Fed Small and Very Small Producer Program

Do you market 49 or less grass-fed cattle per year?  If so, you may be interested in the Grass Fed Program for Small and Very Small Producers.  The Program is a verification tool for producers to certify that animals meet the requirements of the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Grass (Forage) Fed Marketing Claim Standard.

The purpose of the Program is to allow small and very small producers a means to market their calves or market ready cattle as USDA Certified grass-fed.  The Agricultural Marketing Service will review the documentation and plan submitted by the producer and, if sufficient, will approve the producer and the cattle at that location as meeting the requirements of the Grass (Forage) Fed Marketing Claim Standard.

The Program is a less costly application process for small and very small producers.  The application costs $108.00 and certification is for a two-year period.  After certification, marketing as USDA Certified grass-fed beef is possible, along with the marketing advantages that come with the certification.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or leave a comment below!