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Rural Prosperity Nebraska has 72 educators in all regions of the state. And they’re ready to help you and your community.

No matter the plan you want to develop, the grant you want to apply for, the idea you want to execute, the project you want to complete, the downtown you want to revitalize, the business you want to bring in, or even the advice you want to hear, our educators have the expertise and experience to bring prosperity and vitality to your community.

Nonirrigated Cropland Values Reflect Strength of Commodity Markets in 2021

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 21:26
USDA/Flickr Nebraska agricultural economists review the factors driving nonirrigated cropland values in 2021 and discuss their outlook for farm real estate values in 2022.

Digging into Extension: The Right Path for Jenny Rees

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 14:21
Jenny Rees, York/Seward water and integrated cropping systems extension educator, takes samples from a corn field for her research. Jenny Rees has been a Nebraska Extension educator since 2004, but working for extension wasn't always a part of her plan. Find out how she discovered her ag career path and what it means to her today.

2021 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Trial Results Available

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 13:56
Dry Bean Breeding Specialist Carlos Urrea and his crew worked both outside and indoors to carry out variety trials in 2021. (Left photo) Barbara Pieper (foreground), Aymslee Mathis and Karrisa Neal, summer interns, at work in the greenhouse scouting and clipping young bean plants. (Right photo) Urrea checks variety plots at the Mitchell Ag Lab in mid-summer 2021.

Soils School to Feature Soil, Water, Nutrient Management Concepts

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 11:15
(Clockwise, from top left) Bijesh Maharjan, Laila Puntel, Humberto Blanco, Javed Iqbal, Rhae Drijber, Michael Kaiser, Aaron Hird, Nathan Mueller and Katie Pekarek will present at 2022 Soils School. This two-day course, which focuses on the basic principles of soils, water and nutrient management, will highlight the latest information and research findings on soil chemistry and microbiology, manure nutrient management, nitrogen, phosphorus and more.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Reducing Hay Losses, Year in Review

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 01/04/2022 - 16:59
Brad Schick shares key strategies for preventing hay loss, and Ben Beckman discusses the importance of conducting a year-end analysis of your operation.

Extension to Offer Succession Planning Workshop in Scottsbluff

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 01/04/2022 - 14:52
Lance Cheung/USDA (Flickr/Public Domain)

Nebraska 4-H'ers participated in the 100th National 4-H Congress

Latest Updates from Statewide 4-H - Mon, 01/03/2022 - 08:35

Nineteen Nebraska 4-H members traveled to the 100th National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, GA, held November 26 to 30. This year’s conference theme — “A Century of Empowering Youth” — focused on leadership, citizenship, global awareness, and inclusion.

National 4-H Congress is the premier leadership event for 4-H members between the ages of 15 and 19 years of age. Nebraska delegates are selected for the trip to National 4-H Congress by submitting an Achievement Application for state competition.

Nebraska 4-H members joined youth from 37 other states which brought together over 800 4-Hers from across the country. Youth participated in service-learning projects, international education, and a variety of workshops to expand their skills while being inspired to make an impact on their club, community, and country.

“It was amazing to learn what an impact 4-H can have on the clubs, communities, surrounding countries, and the world. Leadership may be declining statistically, but seeing over 800 other leaders in Atlanta really gives me hope that we can change those numbers,” Aleyna Cuttlers of Lancaster County said. “Being able to experience the National 4-H Congress is a moment in my life I will treasure for a very long time, whether it was the friends I made from all over the states or the leaderships skills I was able to gain from this truly amazing experience.”

The group, made up of high school students and a few college freshmen, attended numerous educational workshops, cultural events, and completed service-learning projects while in Atlanta. Attendees heard nationally known speakers, including Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau, and Dr. Carrie Castille, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture among others. Each speaker challenged the 4-Hers to continue to be leaders and to be a catalyst for change within their communities.

“I had an amazing time at congress making new friends and I learned a lot! I plan to take things that I learned back to my county to inspire and empower youth to become the best leaders and people that they can be,” Paige Wood from Nance County said. “I plan to do so through teaching fun workshops and speaking at 4-H club meetings.”

Hunter Wiese of Dodge County shared about the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and how the National 4-H Congress empowered him to be more confident while building new skills.

“I learned to get out of my comfort zone because the faster you do that the more you get to know people. This has been the best experience I have ever had.”

Highlights of the five-day trip included a tour of Atlanta, visits to the Atlanta History Center, Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitor Center, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Zoo, World of Coke, the College Football Hall of Fame, and other attractions.

Youth were accompanied by Nebraska 4-H Extension Educator, Dawn Lindsley, along with Julie Kreikemeier, Colfax County 4-H Extension Educator; Lindsay Shearer, Nebraska 4-H Foundation; and Martin Wiese, a 4-H volunteer from Dodge County.

For more information National 4-H Congress, please visit 4h.unl.edu/congress.

Updated Nebraska Cow Herd System Budgets Available Now

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 12/29/2021 - 11:32
Saturday, January 1, 2022

Practices, conditions, and prices change. Therefore, enterprise budgets must be updated at least annually. Several of the geographically representative Nebraska cow herd budgets produced by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln were updated over the past several months. Primarily, feed and cattle prices were updated, with three additional budgets completed.


Current Drivers and Atypical Seasonal Patterns in the Cull Cow Cutout

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 12/29/2021 - 11:19
Saturday, January 1, 2022

This article was first published by In the Cattle Markets on Dec. 7, 2021


The Impact of Price and Management on Culling Decisions

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 12/29/2021 - 10:49
Saturday, January 1, 2022

The following is a summary of the webinar “The Impact of Price and Management on Culling Decisions” given on November 4, 2021, as part of the Center for Agriculture Profitability weekly webinar series housed in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. This webinar can be viewed here, with an accompanying podcast above.