Nebraska Extension in Box Butte County

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Learning Child Educator Position (located in Alliance) - PDF

High Plains Advanced  Cropping School:  Wheat and Field Peas - PDF

2016 Wheat Field Days in Panhandle

UNL Extension Tractor Safety Courses Offered Across Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety/Hazardous Occupations Courses will be offered at seven locations in Nebraska during May and June.  Any 14 or 15-year-old teen who plans to work on a farm other than his/her parents’ should plan to attend.

Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from working on a farm for anyone other than their parents or guardian.   Certification through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with mechanized equipment.

The most common cause of death in agriculture accidents in Nebraska is overturn from tractors and all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs), according to farm fatality surveillance data.  Tractor and ATV overturn prevention are featured in the class work.

 Instilling an attitude of ‘safety first’ is a primary goal of the course, according to class instructors, where youth have the chance to learn respect for agricultural jobs and the tools involved.

Classes consist of two days of instruction plus homework assignments. Classes are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. Dates and locations include:
-- May 23-24, Fairgrounds, Kearney
-- May 26-27, Fairgrounds, McCook
-- June 2-3, Fairgrounds, Valentine
-- June 13-14, West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte
-- June 16-17, Legacy of the Plains Museum, Gering 
-- June 20-21, Fairgrounds, Wayne
-- June 23-24, College Park, Grand Island
-- July 6-7, Fairgrounds, Gordon

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at least one week before a location's start date to the Extension Office at the course site. Cost is $60, which includes educational materials, testing, supplies, lunches and breaks.  For more information, contact your local Extension Office or Aaron Yoder at (402) 552-7240, or Ellen Duysen at (402) 552-3394,       

The first day of class will consist of intensive classroom instruction with hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test that must be completed satisfactorily before students may continue driving tests the next day.   Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program.  Homework will be assigned to turn in the next day.  

The second day will include testing, driving and operating machinery.  Students must demonstrate competence in hitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course as well as hitching PTO and hydraulic systems.  Tractor Safety Course Registration Form - PDF

Get on the Bean Bandwagon!  2016 is International Year of Pulses - PDF

Medicare Assistance June 13
Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) volunteer, Jeanne Murray, will be in Alliance at the University of Nebraska Box Butte County Extension Office, 415 Black Hills Ave, on June 13, 2016 to help persons new to Medicare in 2016, Medicaid beneficiaries with Prescription Drug Plans and answer questions.  To schedule an appointment, call Jeanne at 308-632-6554.

A Quick, Easy Method to Measure Harvest Loss in Pinto or Great Northern Bean Fields - PDF 

Social Security Office Phone Number
The phone number for the Social Security Office in Scottsbluff is 1-800-297-4291. You will need to use this number when you have questions about Social Security, redetermination information for Low Income Subsidy, for enrolling in Social Security and Medicare, and anything else concerning Social Security.

Farm Land Leasing Agreements, Reports, and Land Market Information

AgrAbility Helps Keep Farmers, Ranchers with Disabilities on the Farm
Nebraska Extension and Easter Seals Nebraska are partners in a program that helps farmers and ranchers with disabling injuries or other health-related conditions become independent enough to carry on and succeed at their profession. For more information, please see the High Plains Journal article on AgrAbility.


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