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Make Good Use of Winter Farm Meetings and Shows

Make Good Use of Winter Farm Meetings and Shows
Get in from the cold and take in winter farm meetings to prepare for the New Year.

With the New Year dawning, and the cold of winter settling in around our part of the world, it’s a good time to take stock of 2014. A little reflection on what went well and what didn’t go so well helps us in planning for the next season.

If you are already tired of doing chores out in the cold, you might be looking for an excuse to go someplace warm. Of course, if you are like me, that might mean sitting in on a great number of junior high and high school basketball games.  But, it could also mean looking for farm meetings in your region to attend and learn from.

If you look at the January and February calendar in Nebraska Farmer, you will see that there is no shortage of meetings to attend, from ranch profitability clinics, to crop production clinics and weed meetings. No matter your concern coming into the New Year, it seems that there will be workshops and meetings that can help you in your decision making process.

There are going to be challenges in 2015. Weather will most likely continue to be interesting and to keep us on our toes. Markets will be volatile and will need constant attention, to make the most of opportunities that come up.

As 2015 rolls in, it’s time to get your game on. To be at the top of your farming game, I would encourage you to take opportunities that arise through the University of Nebraska Extension, through your local bank and Farm Service Agency, your local veterinarian and through other sources to learn more about your business and what might work in your operation.

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Indoor farm shows and farm and ranch meetings this time of year are a fun way to network with other farmers and ag professionals, and to prepare for 2015 and whatever it might bring.

Here is this week's discussion question. What is your New Year's resolution for your farm or ranch? You can leave your thoughts and observations here.

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