Nebraska Extension in Scotts Bluff & Morrill Counties

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The Applebee/Hall Scholarship Fund, Inc. is offering one $300 scholarship to an outstanding student who has been in 4-H in Scotts Bluff County within the last four years and who is interested in continuing their education. 

Payments will be made directly to the school of the recipient’s choice. 

The deadline for the application will be April 20 of the current year. 

Applebee/Hall Scholarship Application

For questions contact the Extension Office (308-632-1480) or Anita Gall (308-632-3007).

The Morrill County Public Speaking Contest will be held April 12, 2017 at 5:30 PM at the Prairie Winds Community Center. Pre-registration is do by March 29, 2017.

By Gary Stone, Extension Educator, Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff

Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is a concept to identify potential invasive species prior to or just as the invasive is becoming established. An integrated pest management plan can be developed to manage, contain and eradicate the invasive species before it can spread further, avoiding costly, long-term control efforts.

Two invasive grasses, Ventenata and Medusahead, have been identified in parts of Wyoming. Both are slowly spreading east. While neither have been identified in Nebraska, it’s important to be aware of what these grasses look like, how they spread and be ready to deal with them should they show up in Nebraska.

      Are you wondering if the emerald ash borer (EAB) is here, in your yard, perhaps in your community in western Nebraska? Have neighbors or other persons told you it is already here?

      EAB was found in an Omaha park and in Cass County in June 2016. But it has not been confirmed nor identified in western Nebraska by the Nebraska Forest Service or the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Any reports that EAB is in western Nebraska are not correct, according to Rachel Allison, western forest health specialist with the Nebraska Forest Service.

The Women in Agriculture Conference:  Improving Agriculture, Improving Lives, will feature information and advice about a wide range of subjects: coping with stress, preserving food, creating sustainable landscapes, setting priorities, and preparing for disasters.

This year’s conference is scheduled for Friday, April 7, at Sidney. It will run from 8:15 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Country Inn & Suites, 664 Chase Blvd., Sidney.

The conference is intended for women who are involved in agriculture improve their decision-making, increase understanding, and enhance their well-being in relation to their farm, ranch or agriculture-related business.

 Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses will take place at nine Nebraska locations this year. Teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm should plan to attend.

 Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from working on a farm for anyone other than parents or legal guardians. Certification received through this course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with specific mechanized equipment.



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