NWC to Host August 3 Mini-Conference

NWC to Host August 3 Mini-Conference

Water canal running beside field

In lieu of a full-day, in-person event, the Nebraska Water Center hosted a 2020 Mini-Conference – from 2-4 p.m. CDT on August 3 – with two virtual sessions on the hydrogeology and sociology of water resources in western Nebraska.

Together with partners at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, the first session features Nebraska researchers Steve Sibray and Troy Gilmore who presented western Nebraska’s unique hydrogeology. The second session features the Water for Agriculture Project, a USDA-NIFA-funded effort focused on stakeholder engagement for addressing critical issues at the nexus of water and agriculture. Presenters included Nebraska team members Mark Burbach and Jessica Groskopf, and collaborators Wes Eaton, Penn State University, and Jason Farnsworth, Platte River Recovery & Implementation Program.

Please see below for more details, including session abstracts and speaker information. Both sessions will be posted to NWC’s YouTube channel.

Conference Video Recording


Whole Farm Revenue Protection Insurance workshop for sugarbeet growers, lenders, insurers on Feb. 13


CONTACT: Jessica Groskopf, Ag Economist, 308-632-1247

Nebraska Extension will sponsor a workshop on Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) insurance policies on Thursday (Feb. 13) at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. The workshop will focus on how WFRP policies relate to sugarbeet producers.

The workshop will start at 9 a.m. in the Bluestem Room and will also be available as a live internet stream for those interested. Presenter will be Cory Walters, UNL Associate Professor of Ag Economics.

There is no fee, and it is expected to last about an hour. Bankers, sugarbeet producers, and insurance agents are welcome.

“There are been several questions from producers regarding WFRP policies,” said event organizer Jessica Groskopf, Ag Economist based at the Panhandle Center. “This is an opportunity for those with questions to get some clarification on how these policies work from unbiased crop insurance experts.”

Anybody who wants to stream the workshop via the internet should contact Groskopf at 308-632-1247, or email her at jgroskopf2@unl.edu to receive a link. Streaming the event will require a computer with a web browser and an internet connection with enough bandwidth to transmit streaming video.