Weather Ready Farms
Farmers deal with weather extremes, disasters and problems caused by national and world events. University of Nebraska Extension is working with producers to protect farms for the next generation. A family farm near Prague, Nebraska is part of the pilot program. Dylan and Dani Spatz say it’s an investment for their children.
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[00:00:03.860]Farming is more than a career
[00:00:05.610]for Dylan and Dani Spatz
[00:00:09.260]You know, it's seeing baby calves in the spring.
[00:00:11.860]It's putting seed in the ground,
[00:00:14.360]harvesting your own crop,
[00:00:17.620]being your own business leader.
[00:00:19.600]It really is very, very, very rewarding.
[00:00:23.320]And they want to make sure
[00:00:24.570]the farm survives for their teenage daughter
[00:00:27.080]and her baby sister.
[00:00:28.870]We wanna have a contingency plan in place
[00:00:31.530]to be good stewards of the ground that we have,
[00:00:35.160]but also that it'll be usable for when our daughters,
[00:00:39.970]if they want to farm that they will have the opportunity to.
[00:00:43.240]Dani and Dylan are part of Weather Ready Farms,
[00:00:46.060]a pilot program from Nebraska Extension
[00:00:48.410]designed to improve farm resilience.
[00:00:51.500]We're trying to make sure that our farmers
[00:00:53.640]have a farm to give to the next generation.
[00:00:56.090]So really focusing on that sustainable ag.
[00:00:59.130]Extension professionals collaborate
[00:01:01.120]with farmers to assess readiness and identify goals.
[00:01:04.380]They participate in events
[00:01:05.930]and programs that provide information
[00:01:07.900]on everything from soil management to emergency planning.
[00:01:11.620]There's financial planning for disaster.
[00:01:14.400]There's continuity of operations plans.
[00:01:17.230]There's first aid training.
[00:01:20.290]There's crop production strategies that you can do
[00:01:23.690]that improve natural resource management
[00:01:27.060]and the overall sustainability of your farm.
[00:01:29.800]The need for disaster planning came
[00:01:31.530]into focus with the floods of 2019
[00:01:34.010]and the pandemic that disrupted the food supply chain.
[00:01:37.180]With drought in the forecast,
[00:01:38.850]planning is just good business.
[00:01:41.380]Farmers are small business owners.
[00:01:43.690]So, making key decisions that focus on profitability,
[00:01:48.960]but also minimize downside or potential risks as well.
[00:01:53.340]Earning a Weather Ready Farm's certification
[00:01:55.880]takes about two years.
[00:01:57.390]For Dylan and Dani Spatz, it's an investment in the future.
[00:02:01.780]'Cause we feel it's important for producers to understand
[00:02:06.210]the weather challenges that we face
[00:02:08.670]and we will face going forward.
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