Sorghum initiative

Governor Pete Ricketts recently announced a new volunteer initiative, “Sorghum Cares: Preserving Our Heritage. Building Our Future,” to collect and preserve the stories of Nebraska veterans. The Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association (NeSPA) and Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs (NDVA) have partnered to launch the initiative, with key support from Humanities Nebraska.

EPA approval

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a long-term approval for the insecticide sulfoxaflor.

After conducting an extensive risk analysis, including the review of one of the agency’s largest datasets on the effects of a pesticide on bees, the EPA is approving the use of sulfoxaflor on alfalfa, corn, cacao, grains (millet, oats), pineapple, sorghum, teff, teosinte, tree plantations, citrus, cotton, cucurbits (squash, cucumbers, watermelons, some gourds), soybeans and strawberries.

Nate Blum, Executive Director of the Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association, said in a statement that the decision is welcome news to producers.

Haskell field day

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Haskell Agricultural Laboratory near Concord will host a science and agriculture family field day on July 24.

All ages are welcome to attend the field day which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Attendees can come and go throughout the event.

Fair deadlines

4-H members are reminded that the entry deadline for all livestock except horse (this includes large animals as well as dogs, cats, small animals and rabbits) for Cuming County Fair is due by 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2 to the Cuming County Extension Office. The deadline for Horse entries is 4 p.m., Monday, July 29.

State fair livestock entries are required to be done on-line at the Nebraska State Fair site this year at statefair.org/4-h-ffa-exhibitors. State Fair entries are due Saturday Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.

Norfolk Beef Expo entries are due, Thursday, Aug. 22.

In other news

LINCOLN — As combines pop up in fields across the Midwest, the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers Association encourage farmers, as well as local residents and visitors, to take a second for safety in rural areas this harvest season.

LINCOLN — Rylee Stoltz of Lincoln is a fan of agriculture. A 2016 graduate of Northeast Community College, she utilized the associate degree she earned through the college to further her education, leading her where she is today: advocating for agriculture.

Nebraska Farm Bureau has offered the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) a series of recommendations to reform the way beef cattle are marketed.

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation awarded 10 teachers with funds in support of agricultural education and FFA programs in Nebraska — including one from Northeast and North Central Nebraska.

The Nebraska State Range Judging Contest was held south of Emmet on Sept. 25. The contest had its second largest participation in contest history since its founding in 1954 with 513 individuals participating from 38 FFA chapters throughout the state.

Registration is currently underway for the 11th annual Northeast Community College AG-ceptional Women’s Conference – a day-long event to be held on Friday, Nov. 22, in the Lifelong Learning Center on the Northeast campus in Norfolk. This year’s conference theme is “Strong.”