Nebraska Extension in Greeley, Howard, Sherman, Valley

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The 1st Annual Young Archer Essay Contest to benefit St. Jude Children Research Hospital is now in full swing and is open to all kids 8-18. While it will be a perfect way for us to gather enough stories for the 2017 magazine season, it became obvious that it could also be a great fundraiser. We contacted St. Jude's and all proceeds from the $5 entry fee will now go directly to them.  It is a fun way for them to share their experiences and not only will some of the stories make the magazine, we have over $6000.00 worth of prizes to give away. Top prize being a 4 Day archery hunt in Illinois.

The first ever ESI Capitol Contest will be held at the Nebraska State Capitol on January 11, 2017. This is a wonderful opportunity for our young entrepreneurs to share what business ideas they have developed, talk with legislative officials, tour the capitol, receive special recognition from the legislative body and perhaps go home with a cash price from the competitive event. Due to space limitation, only 14 students/teams will be accepted to compete. The application deadline is December 16 and is available online at

Are you looking for ideas to make your holiday meals festive and healthy without added stress?  Discover many helpful hints at the links below.

November 2016: Healthier Bites for the Holidays by Lisa Franzen-Castle, PhD, RD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Nutrition Specialist.

Thanksgiving Food Preparation and Food Safety Tips by Alice Henneman, MS, RD, UNL Extension in Lancaster County

The Farm Service Agency makes loans to youth to establish and operate agricultural income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience. The maximum loan amount is $5,000 and minimum age requirement is 10. Contact your local FSA office if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.

Need FREE continuing education hours? Don’t want to travel? Pull up a comfortable chair and join us on the web! 8:00-9:00 p.m. CST 

November 7, 2016-Tuning in and Embracing the Challenging Toddler December 5, 2016- Nature Around Us January 9, 2017- Mobile Learning with Young Children February 6, 2017- Using the Temperament Toolbox to Scaffold Children’s Growing Compassion March 6, 2017- Family Style Dining

To register go to:

Questions? Email Cami Wells at or call her at (308) 385-5088 

4-H Online enrollment for the 2017 Fair Season is now open.

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CEO of National FFA Organization to present Heuermann Lecture
Dec 12 – Mark Poeschl, chief executive officer of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation, will speak at the next Heuermann Lecture on Jan. 10. Poeschl will present "Sustainability and Survivability: The Balancing Act to Feed the World." Read more
Farm Beginnings Program to begin Jan. 7 in Nebraska City
Dec 12 – Nebraska Extension will begin its 9th Farm Beginnings® Program Jan. 7 at the Kimmel Education and Research Center at 5985 G Road in Nebraska City. Read more