Nebraska Extension in Kearney County

Kearney County Fair -- July 16-21

Open Class Fair Tent     OPEN CLASS Premium Book (pdf, 20 pages, 825 KB)

4-H Clover   4-H Premium Book (pdf, 566KB)
   4-H Contest & Activities Guide pdf, 3.58MB)

UNL Tractor Safety Course Offered Across Nebraska

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.  (Learn More)


Animals Inside & Out

Section 1: Introduction (PDF,  37 pages, 2.11MB )

Section 2: Management, Skeletal, Muscular, Digestive, Circulatory (PDF,  29 pages, 795KB)

Section 3: Reproduction, By-Products, Animals Close-Up (PDF,  30 pages, 1.66MB)

Field Day Resources: Flyer, Teacher Letter, Schedule, Evaluations (PDF,  9 pages, 682KB)

PowerPoint: Management - Symptoms of a Sick or Injured Animal (PPTX, 10 Slides, 5.51MB)

PowerPoint: NAE4HA Presentation (PPTX, 25 Slides, 25.5MB)

Field Day Schedule  (XLSX, 1 page, 13.02KB)

Customizable Field Day Schedule (XLSX, 1 page, 12.39KB)


Pain in the BACK:  Preventing Back Pain in Agriculture

Back pain is the most common cause of job related disability. On average, health care costs for individuals with low back pain are 60% higher than individuals without back pain. These ailments not only impact older adults, but also impact youth as well. Due to the physical demands of the job, back pain and injury are common conditions that impact farmers and ranchers.

  • 37-41% of farmers report low back pain
  • In a study of 2536 high school students, 19.1% of teen farmworkers reported back pain compared to 12.4% of their non-farmworker peers


There are many things farmers and ranchers can do to prevent and decrease back pain while working on the farm. Taking rest breaks, stretching, exercise, maintaining good posture, and demonstrating safe lifting techniques are all simple steps that farmers and ranchers can take while working on the farm to prevent back injury. For more information on the management and prevention of back pain click on the link below.

Managing and Preventing Back Pain in Agriculture (PDF, 4 Pages, 798KB)


Nebraska Farmland Values, Rental Rates & Custom Rates

Nebraska Farmland Values & Rental Rates

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Nebraska Extension issues recommended practices for emergency holding pond management during wet weather
May 5 – Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality would like to remind producers and landowners to be vigilant in monitoring lagoon and runoff holding pond levels to avoid discharges from these storages. Read more
UNL receives grants to evaluate land conservation stewardship
May 5 – Simanti Banerjee, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has received a four-year $498,641 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study the effectiveness of conservation auction policies. Read more