Nebraska Extension in Scotts Bluff & Morrill Counties

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The Morrill County 4-H/Extension Office will be open regular hours on July 3, 2017. Previously it had been reported that the office would be closed.

The University of Nebraska and the University of Wyoming will be hosting a hops workshop July 19 at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff.

The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is free and open to the public, and pre-registration is required for the meal count. To register, call the Center at 308-632-1230 before July 14.

Scottsbluff is one of five sites in Nebraska where hops varieties are being evaluated. At the hops yard at the Panhandle Center, eight varieties are being evaluated for potential use by craft beer brewers and hobbyists. The project is overseen Stacy Adams, UNL Associate Professor of Practice in Horticulture Specialty Crops, with Extension Educator Gary Stone in charge of the local hops yard.

       A pair of Scottsbluff High School Students, one who graduated in 2017 and one who will be a senior in the fall, are exchanging roles this summer, becoming teachers to younger students at a Scottsbluff elementary school.

      Teens as Teachers is a pilot program that Nebraska Extension is trying in Scotts Bluff, Hall, Madison and Colfax counties. According to local coordinator Leo Sierra, Teens as Teachers is aimed at providing positive learning experiences to under-served audiences by youthful teachers who look like them.

        The University of Nebraska-Lincoln High Plains Ag Lab Field Day, scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, will highlight UNL research on dryland crops, especially field pea, winter wheat, and forages.

        Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. at the High Plains Ag Lab shop. Tour trailers will depart for the field at 8:30 a.m. Following the field tours, lunch will be served. Tour topics and speakers include:

Jackie Guzman, Extension Educator
Scotts Bluff County

Now that children are home from school on summer break, parents can spend the next three months just keeping them busy, or else they can seize an opportunity to build a stronger family and maybe create new traditions.

Many families have their own traditions. As long as I can remember, every December my family’s tradition has been to make tamales together – a very labor intensive process.  Regardless, we all look forward to our annual family gathering.

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 (IPM) plan can be developed to manage, contain and eradicate the invasive species before it can spread further, avoiding costly, long-term control efforts.

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