Moosletter: December 2017

Moosletter: December 2017
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December 2017                                                Volume: 3 Issue: 11
Teamwork makes family
dairy farm thrive
Published in Growing Magazine Fall 2017
by Linda Ulrich
Ben Steffen, dairy producer, with calfThe most important part of Ben Steffen's dairy farm is the people.

The cows and crops are, of course, essential in his diversified dairy and crop production farm near Humboldt, but it's the relationships and teamwork with his wife, Paula Sue, and their employees that he values most.
The Steffens have four full-time and two part-time employees and five or six family members working with them. "In our operation we're a team. No job is unimportant," said Steffen, a 1984 University of Nebraska–Lincoln ag honors graduate. "We're a group of people who enjoy working together who find ways to grow the business, survive and thrive." Continue...

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is granting agricultural haulers (livestock and/or commodities) a 90-day waiver (delay) of ELD compliance.  This brings the compliance date for livestock haulers to March 18, 2018.  This will allow the agency to analyze a long-term delay and to review comments relating to industry's long-term ELD waiver petition.  The agency will also be publishing guidance to help clarify the 150-air mile ag exemption. Through NC's efforts, it has been made very clear to FMCSA that the agency is not prepared for this rollout, and more outreach is needed to agricultural stakeholders AND carrier enforcement on the 150-air mile ag exemption. 

 While we are very grateful to the agency for this 90-day delay, we still intend to pursue our congressional policy rider fully exempting livestock haulers from the ELD mandate while we pursue a fix to hours-of-service.

A few spaces are still open for the QuickBooks workshop. Register today

QuickBooks 101 (December 6):

This introductory course covers the basics of setting up a company, creating customers, receiving payments, and making deposits into your bank accounts. We will work with and create vendors and pay bills, create and edit a chart of accounts for your company, run reports, and reconcile bank accounts. 

 QuickBooks 201 (December 7):

This course covers creating inventory, dealing with items, and adjusting inventory.  Learn about Sales Tax and Sales Tax groups, paying your sales tax, running payroll, and paying your payroll liabilities. We will create capital assets and loan accounts and discuss dealing with bad debt.

QuickBooks flyer
Mark Your Calendars!
NSDA Annual Convention

February 27, 2018
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
Columbus, NE
See agenda below..

Watch your email for more information.
NSDA2018 Convention agenda
I29 Dairy Winter Workshop postcard front
2018 WinterWorkshop agenda
If you have a child in college or know someone in college that would be interested in earning up to a $1,000 scholarship, have them apply for the Nebraska Dairy Ambassador program.  Applications are due December.

Click here for details.
2018 Dairy Ambassador flyer
In this Issue:
Calendar of Events
Quickbooks 101
December 6, Norfolk, NE
       Click here for details.

Quickbooks 201
December 7, Norfolk, NE
      Click here for details.

I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop
From Field to Bunk: Growing & Feeding Dairy Quality Forages
     January 12, 2018
     Lifelong Learning Center at NECC
     Click here for agenda and registration information

NSDA Annual Convention
February 27, 2018
        Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
        Columbus, NE
Nebraska State Dairy Association logo
Rod Johnson, Executive Director
Phone: (402) 853-2028
Nebraska Extension logo
Kim Clark, Dairy Ext Educator
Phone: (402) 472-6065
Cell: (402) 350-5003
Thank you to our sponsors

Grain States Soya, Inc./SoyBest           Midwest Dairy Association       Nebraska Corn Board

Elanco     Farm Credit Services of America     Frontier Mills, Inc.     Nebraska Soybean Board    
Nebraska Vet Services     Nutrient Advisors     West Point Dairy Products

Ag Processing, Inc.     Aschoff Construction     Automated Dairy Specialists     Cappel Sales, Inc.     Midwest Livestock Systems     Zoetis

Agri-King Nutrition, Inc.     Animal Health International     Bill's Volume Sales     Central Dairy Supply     Central Confinement Services     Dehaan, Grabs and Associates     Depend-A-Bull Sires and Service     Heartland Builders Co.     Hotsy Equipment Co.     IDEXX     Lala US     LG Pumping, LLC    
Nebraska Dairy Systems/Lely     Nebraska Dairy Systems     Peterson Ag Systems, Inc.    
Puck Custom Enterprises     Schumacher Irrigation, Inc. Select Sires MidAmerica     TechMix, LLC     USDA/NASS

Agropur     Associated Milk Producers, Inc.     CMP Dairy Consulting     Dairy Farmers of America     Dean Foods     Hiland Dairy     Nebraska Public Power District     Nebraska Cattleman    
Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation     Phibro Animal Health Corp.     Rabo Agri Finance    
Settje Agri-Services & Engineering, Inc.     XFE Products

A-FAN     Grow Nebraska Dairy     Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture    
Nebraska Department of Agriculture     Nebraska Extension     We Support Agriculture
Nebraska State Dairy Association Mission: The purpose of the Nebraska State Dairy Association is for the promotion of dairy interests in the state of Nebraska.


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