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Cost: $30 at training plus $25 billed from NE Dept. of Ag

Licensed private pesticide applicators can buy and use restricted-use pesticides in their farming operations after completing this training. Private applicators needing recertification in 2017 should have or will receive a letter notifying them from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and their local Nebraska Extension Office. The Department of Ag letter includes a bar code, which eliminates the need to complete the standard NDA application form for those wanting to recertify.


With increasing concerns about bedbugs, the number of insects brought into Extension offices for identification has increased.

Only a few bedbugs have been brought into my office this past year. Some of the insects brought in are bat bugs. These are almost identical in appearance to bed bugs and I can only distinguish between the two by using a microscope.

On warm winter days, questions about Asian lady beetles, boxelder bugs or cluster flies can arise. And pantry pests, like Dermestid beetles and flour beetles, are brought in year round.

Extension has long been a resource for insect identification. It is one example of our being the front door to your land grant university.

2017 4-H On-line Enrollment is Open!  Please use Google Chrome web browser to enroll in 4-H On-line. 

Effective January 1, 2017, all livestock producers that use antibiotic medicated feeds to prevent, treat or control animal health issues will be required to get a written order or Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) from a Veterinarian to purchase and feed these feeds.  The regulation will only affect antibiotics administered in feed or water for livestock.

Antibiotics are important to both human medicine and animal health, to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance in both areas; producer must follow the FDA Approved Labels.  These labels determine what animal health issues can be treated with that specific antibiotic, dosage and proper administration.

Chocolate will be the topic of this week’s article. That’s right, your food, nutrition, and health educator is going to talk about the nutritional benefits of CHOCOLATE! Not all chocolates are created equal (nutritionally that is). Milk chocolate, white chocolate, sweet chocolate, and semi-sweet chocolates all have some nutritional benefits, but dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health.

Dark chocolate is made from the seeds of the cocoa tree. High quality dark chocolate is packed full of antioxidants and minerals. Iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and potassium are vital nutrients that make dark chocolate a healthy snacking option.

              Do you rent pasture?  What happens if drought lowers pasture production below expectations?  Specifically, what does your pasture lease say about drought?

               It’s hard to think about drought in mid-winter but drought can play havoc on pasture leases.  All too often, pasture leases fail to include an appropriate plan to adjust to this problem.

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4-H celebrates Nebraska’s 150th birthday with 4-H Clover Chase
Feb 2 – Nebraska 4-H youth and volunteers in all 93 counties will have the opportunity to join the Nebraska 150 Celebration by participating in the 4-H Clover Chase developed by Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development, in partnership with the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Read more
Precision ag makes farming more sustainable, profitable
Feb 2 – Farmers have numerous sources of technology and data available to use in their operations, but many producers struggle with what kind and how much technology they need. Read more