Southeast Research & Extension Center - Food Production
The Southeast District accounts for about 20% of Nebraska's land mass. Approximately 40% of Nebraska farms are in the Southeast District. The average farm size is approximately 500 acres. Southeast Nebraska contains 32% of Nebraska's cropland, of which 36% is irrigated, representing 34% of Nebraska's irrigated cropland.
The number of operators who need to work off of the farm to earn a sufficent income is increasing. Agricultural risk management strategies will be an important part of Extension educational efforts as Farm Bill subsidies may be reduced and production input costs continue to increase. Livestock production and other diversified agriculture endeavors are key to retaining current producers, helping prospective producers begin their agricultural careers, and making production agriculture a family sustaining business. By creating and sustaining a positive environment for crop and livestock producers at all levels, we can improve the prospects for rural communities -- and Nebraska as a whole.
Population dynamics are an important consideration when evaluating the educational efforts necessary for southeast Nebraska clientele. This area contains 71% of the State's population. The opportunity for growing new markets needs to be pursued with both rural and urban interests in mind. Extension can play a role in connecting agriculture with the urban population in a positive manner that benefits all Nebraskans.
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