University of Nebraska Corn-Soybean Expos 2000 will be offered at eight locations across the state in January and February to help producers enhance their production and marketing-risk management skills.

The workshops will be offered in a two-part series this year to add emphasis on marketing and risk management, said Robert Klein, cropping systems specialist, at NU's West Central Research and Extension Center, in North Platte.

"Marketing and risk management are very important. Farmers need more information to reduce their risk. Production and marketing are needed to make an operation profitable," Klein said.

The first workshop series will emphasize production. Topics covered in the first sessions include improving yields, variety and hybrid selection, weed management with and without herbicide-resistant crops, insects, diseases, new developments, fertility and water management, the most profitable crop rotations, costs of production and marketing.

Presenters at the first workshop include, Roy Smith, a Plattsmouth producer, who works with the Nebraska Soybean Board to provide market research information; and Dale Flowerday, Dalmar Consulting, Lincoln, formerly an agronomist with Pioneer Hi-Bred and NU.

The second workshop will feature marketing and risk management, and will build on the introduction to marketing concepts Smith presented in the first session. It will help participants evaluate what to produce and provide marketing tips for genetically modified organisms, commodity grains and specialty corn and soybeans. This workshop will help producers determine realistic price expectations, assess their risk management needs and benefits of crop insurance and forward pricing, explore alternatives for using loan and Loan Deficiency Program provisions and develop and follow through with a plan.

Presenters for the second workshop are Smith and NU Farm management Specialists Doug Jose and Roger Selley.

Clinic registration begins at 9 a.m., with programs starting at 9:15. Dates, locations and Extension educator contacts for the clinics are:

--Jan. 31 and Feb. 7: Fairgrounds Community Building, McCook, Kent Been, 308-345-3390.

--Feb. 1 and 8: Buffalo County Extension office, 1400 East 34th St., Kearney, Ralph Anderson, 308-236-1235.

--Feb. 2 and 9: Uncle Ed's Steak House, Broken Bow, Troy Walz, 308-872-6831.

--Feb. 3 and 10: Allison's Restaurant, downtown, O'Neill, Ralph Kulm, 402-336-2760.

--Feb. 14 and 21: Chances "R," 124 West 5th St., York, Gary Zoubek, 402-362-5508.

--Feb. 15 and 22: Community Building, Cook, Ken Burgert, 402-563-4901.

--Feb. 16 and 23: City Hall, Humphrey, Brady Kappler, 402-563-4901.

--Feb. 17 and 24: First Nebraska Bank, Emerson, Jill Heemstra, 402-375-3310.

Certified Crop Advisors credits also are available for 2.5 in crop management, one in pest management and one-half in nutrient management for the production meetings and 4.5 in crop management for the marketing meetings.

Advance registration isn't needed. However, to speed registration, bring a completed registration form and cash or check for $15 each day of the expos. Make checks payable to Nebraska Corn-Soybean Expo. Registration includes 12 noon meal, refreshments and materials.

For more information or to receive a registration form, contact Klein, at 308-532-3611, ext. 144. Or contact the Cooperative Extension staff at the site a person wishes to attend.

The 2000 Corn-Soybean Expos are sponsored by Cooperative Extension, in NU's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency and Farm Credit Service of America, in cooperation with the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Soybean Board, Nebraska Corn Growers Association and the Nebraska Soybean Association.

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