the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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pesticides show up in rainwater in four agricultural watersheds


Image from Wikipedia.

Read this 2008 study on the University of Nebraska’s Digital Commons. The study publishes research supported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program done in 2003 and 2004, which found statistically significant levels of herbicides and insecticides in rainwater in Maryland, Indiana, Nebraska, and California. We’d like to know how these levels are changing over time as high pesticides continue to be sprayed around the country.

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meadowlark hearth internships

in vegetable seed growing  and grass based dairying.

scarlet nantes flowering 2011 for seed

We are a 492 acre certified organic and Demeter certified Biodynamic farm in Scottsbluff Nebraska located in western Nebraska, on the North Platte river along the Oregon Trail.. We do intensive horticultural production on 5 acres with a focus on vegetable seed production integrated into a CSA/Market vegetable garden. We have a raw milk dairy with intensive grazing for a small herd of Ayrshire/Shorthorn cows.

Farmers/Instructors: Lawrence and Ursula Holmes, biodynamic and organic farmers for over 30 years each in Germany, Colorado and now Nebraska. Beth and Nathan Corymb, biodynamic and organic farmers for over 30 years each trained in vegetable seed production and founders of Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seed Initiative. Continue reading

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women caring for the land is an important series: nebraska, iowa

to support women landowners making good decisions about stewardship.

Check out the series, particularly if you know a woman landowner who could use a sustainably minded posse.
Join us at an
upcoming WFAN event!

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Women Caring for the LandSM Meeting: Risk Management
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
United Methodist Church
509 4th St.
Silver Creek, NE

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apprentice + crew leader positions

Some great opportunities on this Nebraska farm:
Robinette Farms Apprenticeship Program
Robinette Farms Crew Leader Position

Robinette Farms is a small scale family farm in Martell, Nebraska. We grow 5 acres of vegetables without the use of chemicals and raise sheep, pigs, chickens and honeybees without the use of chemicals, hormones or antibiotics. Each summer we have a 125 member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program, sell at the Old Cheney Road Farmers’ Market and to a handful of local restaurants

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truck farm position, Omaha

Growing Cities is seeking a part-time, spring/summer Truck Farm Education Coordinator to begin in mid/late April.  All details below.
Position Title: Truck Farm Education Coordinator
Date(s): May – September 2012
Wage: 25-30 hrs/week, $10.25 per hour
Program overview:  Truck Farm is an edible education project which will bring farm experiences to Omaha area youth.  It is a garden planted in the back of a pick-up truck that will travel around Omaha and the surrounding area showing kids how food is grown through hands-on experiences and expose them to healthy food choices.

General Job Description: Growing Cities is seeking a responsible, passionate and experienced individual with a background in youth education and an understanding of sustainable agricultural methods.  Continue reading

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awesome internship in nebraska

Organizing Internship

The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking an intern to work with our organizing staff to support rural communities, small business owners, family farmers and rancher. This position will primarily focus on issues related to health care, renewable energy and clean energy transmission.

The position is located in our office in Lyons, Nebraska. We are seeking applicants able to join us for a period of at least three months during the fall of 2011. Starting dates are flexible, though preference will be given to those who can start between August 15 and September 15. The position is paid, and we will help locate housing if needed. Continue reading

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Beginning Farmer Internship – Center for Rural Affairs

The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking an intern to work with staff to create an online database of information for beginning farmers and ranchers.  The intern will create a database of information on our Land Link program, which matches beginning farmers with landowners and retiring farmers and ranchers. The intern will also compile information on training programs, lending institutions, non-profit organizations and Farm Bill programs that provide assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers and other opportunities for beginning farmers in specific regions.  This position is located in our office in Lyons, Nebraska and lasts for 3 months.  Starting dates are flexible.

Intern must have:
– A passion for rural areas
– The desire to help beginning farmers and ranchers succeed
– The ability to organize information in an easy to understand and concise form
– Some knowledge of agriculture
– Strong writing and organization skills

If you are interested in the position, submit a resume and short cover letter that addresses your interest in the position and what you desire to gain from the experience.  Interns receive a stipend of $10/hour.

Send resumes or additional questions to Virginia Wolking, Learn more about
the Center for Rural Affairs on our website

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women in agriculture conference – nebraska

Taking Charge of Our Future, the 2011 Women in Agriculture Conference

February 17 and 18 at the Holiday Inn in Kearney, NE

Nebraska Women in Agriculture (WIA) is designed to assist women in their agricultural businesses or who are in businesses tied to agriculture.  The Department of Agricultural Economics recognizes the vital role that women play in the agricultural industry and is committed to bringing Nebraskans relevant management education.  WIA focuses on educating women on these topics.  Whether the information is business, family focused or just fun – we strive to provide women the knowledge they need to make informed decisions.

Information on registering, lodging, scholarships & agenda can be found on the UNL website.

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100 beef cows

check out this program from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.  Read an article about the program, published in the High Plains Journal, HERE

NCTA’s new 100 Beef Cow Ownership Advantage program has been created to provide a forum where students, parents, employers, and agencies can come together to create successful business plans and ranch transfer programs. For the past two decades, state and federal agencies, legislatures, and commodity groups have worked hard to develop programs that encourage the transfer of agricultural enterprises to the next generation.

The problem is there have been few, if any, programs focused on higher education students studying agriculture. These students have been taught research based science and technology related to production and marketing, but little time has been spent on actual farm and ranch transfer techniques. Continue reading