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Farmers reminded to attend cropping profitability seminars

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The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association and Grain Sorghum Board want to remind farmers about the upcoming Sorghum Cropping Profitability Seminars to be held at three locations Jan. 20 to 22. The program each day will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meetings, supported by the University of Nebraska and Kansas State University Extension Service, will be held the following dates and locations: Jan. 20 at the Saline Center at Hwy 15 and County Road M; Jan. 21 at the 4-H Building in Deshler; and Jan. 22 at the Ag Center at the Franklin County Fair Grounds in Franklin, Neb.

"This program will help farmers analyze their cost of production, risk and price variability," says Gerald Simonsen of Ruskin, NeGSPA President. "We're all looking for ways to reduce costs and production risk while achieving top yields."

"The program will provide a good look at the sorghum checkoff program and give farmers a chance to provide input on how they'd like to see the money invested," adds John Dvoracek of Farwell, Chairman of the Grain Sorghum Board. "Bill Greving, a Kansas sorghum producer, who was recently elected to chair the newly-established United Sorghum Checkoff Program, will be on the program to explain how the national checkoff will operate. Here, again, it's a great opportunity for farmers to offer input to the industry leaders appointed to direct this new program."

Program presentations include Al Dutcher, UNL climatologist, to provide a weather outlook and Jay O'Neil, senior agricultural economist with the International Grains Program at Kansas State University to provide information on the importance and impact of international demand to U.S. grain prices. Brian Strauch, UNL Extension educator at Red Willow County, will address the economics of grain sorghum production along with managing risk and variability. Also on the program is Dr. Kassim Al-Khatib, professor of weed physiology at Kansas State University and DuPont Crop Protection representatives, to share information on the development of herbicide resistance in grain sorghum. Brian and Keith Berns of Bladen, Neb., will discuss their on-farm research with no-till cover crops. Randy Pryor and Duane Lienemann, UNL Extension educators will address the Farm Bill--The New Safety Net.

The noon meal will feature the traditional sorghum pancake feed with all the fixings. Agribusiness representatives will have exhibits to showcase new products and production/management information.

Registration at the door is $5; however, members of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association will be admitted free.

Simonsen stated that application has been made to the Nebraska Certified Crop Advisor Program for continuing education credits. "Previous programs have been assigned up to 3.5 CEU's by the CCA Review Committee," he said. "We're equally excited about this year's program with the strong line-up of experts."

Producers wanting more information are encouraged to contact their local Cooperative Extension Education Coordinator or the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board/NeGSPA office at 402/471-4276 or e-mail: sorghum.board@nebraska.gov.

1/26/09
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Date: 1/21/09



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