Nebraska Extension in Dodge County

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The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens.  Last year over 2600 packets of zinnia seeds were distributed across the state.  4-H members told us what they wanted to grow and this year the Special Garden Project is focused on the tasty, Sunburst Summer Squash.  Sunburst squash has yellow, scalloped shaped fruits with bright-green blossom ends.  The plants are very productive and are an All-America Selection winner for its early fruit production and for producing a large number of fruits per plant.  On average it will take about 52 days from seeding date until the squash is ready to harvest.

4-H Members enrolled in the Special Garden Project will:

The Dodge County 4-H Achievement Celebration was held on Sunday, November 16.  "4-H Grows Here" was the theme for the event which highlighted 4-H individual ackomplishments and the 4-H Leaders years of service.  

Results from the celebration are listed below.  


Printer Ready Results


          JUNIOR                    Toby Oelkers


Your opportunity to compare your prescriptions to the 2016 Medicare Health and Drug Plans.  Volunteers are available on November 21 & 22 at the Dodge County Extension Office to help you review your opptions.  Please call 402-727-2775 to make your appointment today.

Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15 and runs through December 7. This is your opportunity to see if another Medicare health or drug plan will fit your needs and your billfold for the next year. FREE - Pre-registration required. 

The Healthy Food Retail Recognition Program in Dodge, Saunders and Washington County — Choose Healthy Here — has been selected as one of 50 members of the HealthyCommunity50 in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge to receive a $10,000 Community Seed Award.

By participating in the Challenge, the Nebraska Extension office in Dodge County is in the running to receive additional funds that would support its local program.

The HealthyCommunity50 were chosen based on plans to improve the health of their communities in at least one of five domains: healthy behaviors, community safety, built environment, social/economic factors and environmental exposures.

  The Nutrition Education Program (NEP) helps families on a limited budget make healthier food choices and choose physically active lifestyles by acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior changes necessary to improve their health. NEP is free to all participants who meet income guidelines. Additionally, NEP participates in Policies, Systems and Environmental (PSE) strategies that impact communities. 

Nutrition Education Program

Nebraska Extension in Dodge County has partnered with the Fremont Tribune to help support producing a new weekend Agriculture Page including timely and locally relevant feature articles, weekly USDA Crop Progress & Condition Report, Local Ag Fact of the Week, and more.

Check out the first three Ag Page highlights posted on Crop Tech Cafe

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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