Nebraska Extension in Greeley, Howard, Sherman, Valley

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THE NEBRASKA BEGINNING FARMER & RANCHER NETWORK Farm Succession Series A Workshop on Farm and Ranch Business Succession & Estate Planning

You are welcome to attend a free workshop on business succession and estate planning for farm and ranch owners, families and beginners.   The workshop will be held in St. Paul, February 23, 2017 at the St. Paul Civic Center.  The workshop runs from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.  There is no charge for the workshop.  To register (and for questions) call the Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.

Below are the scheduled 4-H market beef weigh days for the Central IV area. To be eligible for county fair, market beef must weigh in at one of these locations. If you know of any new market beef project members, please pass the information along to them.

The recent storms have dumped a load of ice across Nebraska, but the warm temperatures have been welcomed with open arms.  Take advantage of the warm temperatures to scout for potential issues in your landscape. 

Heavy snow and ice build-up on plants can cause some problems.  Enough build up can lead to limb breakage or even splits on limbs and trunks.  Ideally, allow the ice and snow to melt naturally from the limbs.  Do not hit a branch to knock off the snow or ice, it can cause more damage to the plants. 

Eventually, somewhere along the line, it is unavoidable that there will be some storm damage to trees.  The Nebraska Forest Service has a few tips for homeowners who are caring for storm damaged trees:

All State Fair and/or AkSarBen livestock families are required to obtain a premise ID in order to enter and show at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair or AkSarBen (beef exhibitors April 1 deadline and feeder calves, goats, sheep and swine June 1 deadline). Families showing livestock only at county fair do not need a premise ID. 

To Obtain a Premise ID visit the Nebraska Department of Agriculture website and apply.

If you have questions please call your local Central IV office or the NDA.

Do you enjoy plants and gardening?  Looking to learn more and hone your skills?  The Extension Master Gardener (EMG) program offers education on a variety of horticulture-related topics annually. Classes will be presented on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. from February 7 through March 21, 2017. If at least 10 people commit to regular attendance, these classes will be offered locally at the Nebraska Extension office in Valley County (at the fairgrounds in Ord). The cost of registration will be $25 unless the participant wishes to become a certified Master Gardener, in which case there is an additional fee to cover the cost of print materials.

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.

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