UNL Great Plains Drought Symposium, April 1-4
"Drought in the Life, Cultures and Landscapes of the Great Plains" is the topic of the 2014 Center for Great Plains Studies symposium.More than 40 speakers will discuss the ramifications of drought. Topics will include:
- Impacts on livestock, drought risk management
- Changing climate and climate extremes
- Drought and mental health
- Global context for drought in similar environments
- The enduring impact of the Dust Bowl
- Drought in literature
The symposium will be held at the Holiday Inn–Downtown in Lincoln, Neb. For detailed information and to register, visit the symposium website.
The 2014 symposium is a collaboration of the Center for Great Plains Studies, the National Drought Mitigation Center, and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute.
Free Farm Clinics Set for February
One-on-one, confidential Farm Finance Clinics are held across the state each month. An experienced ag law attorney and ag financial counselor will be available to address farm and ranch issues related to financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters.
To sign up for a clinic or to get more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor these clinics.
Clinic Sites and Dates
- Norfolk – Thursday, Feb. 2
- North Platte – Thursday, Feb. 13
- Fairbury – Friday, Feb. 14
- Norfolk – Friday, Feb. 21
- Valentine – Friday, Feb. 28
Webinar: Pasture and Range Weeds
The severe drought in 2012 coupled with favorable environmental conditions this year have led to an explosion of weedy species in many pastures and rangelands.
Extension Range and Forage Specialist Jerry Volesky presented a webinar on this topic and discussed some of the different weed responses that were observed this year along with when, and if, control measures should be applied.
Water Conservation Materials Help Nebraskans Become Water Wise
Many Nebraska communities have instituted water restrictions again this summer after one of the worst droughts in the state's history in 2012. Even where restrictions haven't been imposed, Nebraskans are being encouraged to conserve water whenever possible as drought conditions persist in many parts of the state.
Visit the 2013 Public Water Supply Restrictions page to get the latest list of communities that have issued mandatory or voluntary water use restrictions. The page will be updated regularly throughout the summer.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln experts also have gathered ready-to-use information to help people conserve water, including three newly revised "Make Every Drop Count" publications, new "Water Wise" NebGuides, concise water-wise news articles, water-wise audio recordings, and a 100-Gallon Challenge.
Recycle Graywater to Conserve Water
Conserving water becomes all the more important when supplies are low due to drought.
Graywater — water saved from baths, showers, lavatories and laundering — can be used for irrigating lawns and gardens if treatment regulations to eliminate contaminants are followed.
Watch this video produced by UNL Extension Educators Sharon Skipton and Jan Hygnstrom to learn more about graywater irrigation systems.
Utilizing CRP for Grazing in Drought Conditions
Eligible producers interested in grazing CRP under the emergency authorization, and current CRP participants who choose to provide land for grazing to an eligible livestock producer must first request approval through the USDA Farm Service Agency, and obtain from the Natural Resources Conservation Service a modified conservation plan that includes grazing requirements.
Utilizing CRP for grazing provides both some challenges and opportunities. The following are some things to think through when deciding whether or not to use CRP for grazing. Continue reading
Facing Family Finances During Drought
Families can help reduce the natural stress that comes with reduced income by encouraging open discussion about family finance issues. Bring your family together to discuss your values and attitudes toward money. Do your expenditures reflect your priorities? Which priorities need to be met in the short-term and which can be delayed slightly? More
Also see the Family Finances section for more tips for your family.
More Nebraska Drought News
Market Journal Videos
Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, gives his forecast for the week.
The National Drought Mitigation Center, housed at UNL, helps people and institutions understand and prepare for drought.