Nebraska Extension in Cherry County

Welcome to Nebraska Extension in Cherry County

365 N. Main St., Suite 3  (red brick Courthouse at corner of 4th and Main St.)
Valentine, NE  69201
402-376-1850                                                    Cherry County old courthouse

Ranch Transition When You Aren’t In Control

Often ranch transition and transfer falls to the generation caught in the middle- between parents who still own the land, and children who might want to join the operation.  The needs of this “sandwich generation” were the focus of half day workshops held in October by Nebraska Extension.  Points of successful transition that were presented were effective communication, legal strategies, and transfer of the land as well as the business. 

 A follow up meeting addressing “Taking Control of Your Own Destiny” is going to be offered.  Topics will include: elements of a good entity, how to navigate less than ideal situations, key financial and management skills, and communication as the transition continues.  Dave Goeller, Joe Hawbaker, and Keith Niemann will deliver this additional information on how to continue your ranch/farm transition.

The meeting in Valentine will be held on January 11 at the Niobrara Lodge with registration beginning at 9:30 AM CT.

 In addition to the participants of the first meeting, this session is open to others who would like to obtain information and ideas they can utilize to begin the process of opening up the lines of communication with their parents as to their plans for the succession of the ranch operation and also with their children who might want to return to, or remain on, the ranch.  Materials, videos, and communication assistance can be made available to those who did not attend the October workshop.

Pre-registration is needed by January 6 to facilitate planning for the meal.  Please call the Cherry County Extension office at 402-376-1850 to register or to obtain more information about this workshop or obtaining materials from the October workshop.  The meeting will also be held on January 10 in North Platte and January 12 in Scottsbluff.  

2107 Ranching for Profitability Meeting

The 2017 Nebraska Extension Ranching for Profitability meeting will offer area beef producers the opportunity to hear some very timely industry information presented by Nebraska Extension specialists.  The meeting in Valentine will be January 18 at the Peppermill Restaurant beginning at 10 AM CT.  Topics included are:

* Estrus Synchronization & Considerations
* Finding Points of Leverage on the Ranch to Improve Profit
* Fly control in Cattle
* Meadow Renovation

Please pre-register for the meal count by January 13 by calling 402-376-1850 or e-mailing

"Managing Risk in a Down Cattle Market" Workshop

Specialists and educators from Nebraska Extension will present vital information concerning cattle management strategies during “Managing Risk in a Down Cattle Market” workshops in January.  Cattle producers will learn how to reduce risk exposure associated with cattle marketing and forage production to achieve a profitable outcome in uncertain times.

 Topics covered during the workshop will include determining your cost production, marketing tools to protect against price declines, and programs for protecting against weather related forage losses.  Specific marketing tools covered during the workshop include futures and options, as well as Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) Insurance.  Programs that are available to guard against weather related losses for grazing land and annual forages, including Pasture, Range, and Forage (PRF) and Annual Forage Insurance will be discussed. Additionally, FSA disaster programs that will be reviewed as part of the workshop will include the Livestock Forage Disaster Program and Livestock Indemnity Program.

 There is no cost to attend the workshop.  NOTE CHANGE IN DATES FROM ORIGINAL PUBLICITY.  The workshop in Valentine will be Febr. 3 at the Cherry County Extension Office from 1-5 PM CT.  Please call 402-376-1850 to register or for more information.  The same workshop will be held in Mullen at the Library from 1-5 PM MT on Febr. 2    Call 308-645-2267 to register for that location. 

Monday Extension Report

Nebraska Extension in Cherry County prepares a report that airs  each Monday on KVSH radio. Read the Monday Extension Report here.

BeefWatch Podcast

The BeefWatch Podcast provides timely information to help beef cattle producers improve the sustainability and profitability of their operations. Listen to recent episodes at

BeefWatch is provided by the Nebraska Extension Beef Systems team and is the audio companion to the UNL BeefWatch Newsletter.

Ranchers often have limited time to read, but have time in the pickup or tractor cab when they can listen. The BeefWatch Podcast brings you the information you need in a format you can use.

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