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Volunteer recognition nominations are now open

Latest Updates from Statewide 4-H - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 11:11

We are pleased to offer new statewide volunteer recognition opportunities in 2021! The Nebraska 4-H volunteer recognition program is designed to complement the tradition of recognizing outstanding volunteers and provide a standard and consistent approach to volunteer recognition across Nebraska. The purpose is to provide a base for Extension staff to sustain volunteers, build leadership potential, and offer recognition and praise for the great work of volunteers. Volunteer categories include:

  • Outstanding Adult Volunteer Awards
  • Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award
  • Multi-Generation Family Volunteer Award


  • Nomination Form Opens - March 2, 2021
  • Nomination Form Closes - April 1, 2021
  • Award Winners Announcement - Week of the Volunteer, April 19-23, 2021
  • Awards Presentation - Nebraska State Fair (date TBD)

Nominations can be submitted by any 4-H member, family, supporter, or Extension staff member. Nominees must fit the award categories and can be a volunteer for any Nebraska 4-H experience. Some examples may include 4-H club leader, project leader, junior leader, county or State Fair volunteers, special interest volunteers, such as robotics or shooting sports, afterschool club volunteer, 4-H camp volunteers, etc.

Nominate a Volunteer

How have the cold February temperatures affected insect overwintering in Nebraska?

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 08:54
The recent temperature extremes will not provide adequate control of pests such as this overwintering sawfly larva.

Extension Study Seeks Ranchers’ Input on Grassland Conservation Programs

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 02/24/2021 - 14:49
Monday, March 1, 2021

A newly launched survey by Nebraska Extension seeks ranchers’ input on the design of grassland conservation programs in the state. The survey, a partnership among Nebraska Extension, Nebraska Cattlemen's, Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and the University of Nebraska, is a targeted effort to get feedback directly from the ranchers in the state.  


Registration Opens for 2021 Nebraska Ranch Practicum

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 02/24/2021 - 09:59
Monday, March 1, 2021

Ranchers interested in learning about the latest cutting-edge research in range livestock production from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are encouraged to register for the 2021 Nebraska Ranch Practicum offered by Nebraska Extension.


Federal Livestock Insurance Market Performance and Use in Nebraska

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Tue, 02/23/2021 - 15:02
Monday, March 1, 2021

This article was first published by The Nebraska Cattleman magazine.


New Extension Land Link Program Connects Land Seekers with Retiring Landowners

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Tue, 02/23/2021 - 13:57
Monday, March 1, 2021

A new Nebraska Extension program will work to connect new and beginning farmers and ranchers with retiring landowners who are interested in transitioning their land to a new owner.

Nebraska Land Link is now accepting applications from interested land seekers and landowners, with the goal of providing land access using lease agreements, lease-to-own arrangements, buy-sell arrangements or other creative methods that are mutually beneficial for both parties.


Nebraska Extension to Host Beefwatch Webinar Series on Drought Management

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Tue, 02/23/2021 - 10:32
Monday, March 1, 2021

In March, the BeefWatch Webinar series will focus on planning for and managing during a drought. Each session will feature industry experts and plenty of opportunity to interact to get your questions answered. More information about the BeefWatch Webinar Series can be found on our webpage: https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch-webinar-series

Each webinar is free and will begin at 8:00 PM Central Time.


Managing Postpartum Anestrus in Beef Cows for a Successful Breeding Season

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 16:55
Monday, March 1, 2021

As calving season is kicking off for many producers, we need to start thinking about how to manage cows during the early postpartum phase for a successful breeding season. Due to calving distribution, one thing to worry about is late calving cows and how limited breeding season lengths can be challenging for them. Therefore, effective planning for reproductive health and limiting the impact of anestrus will ensure that cows are set up for the breeding season.


Will Record Cold Temperatures Bring Bigger Calf Birthweights?

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 14:44
Monday, March 1, 2021

The relationship between average daily air temperatures during the last trimester a cow is pregnant and calf birthweights has been documented in research done by the University of Nebraska from 1992-1998 (Climate Affects Calf Birth Weights and Calving Difficulty).


Cinnamon Crunch Snack Mix

Latest Updates from food.unl.edu - Fri, 02/19/2021 - 10:00
Nutrition Software Used: Esha Food ProcessorNewsletter/Program:  Family Fun on the Run Archive Link: https://food.unl.edu/free-resources/newsletters/family-fun-on-the-run/archiveSubscribe Link: https://food.unl.edu/subscribe-family-fun-run-newsletterContact Info: Cami WellsTaxonomy Term Description: 

Family Fun on the Run is a monthly newsletter designed to help families add physical activity to their already hectic schedules.


  • 6 cups of popped popcorn
  • 1/2 of a large box of animal crackers (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 (13 ounce) box of cinnamon-flavored square cereal
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  1. Wash hands with water and soap.
  2. Combine all ingredients.
  3. Store in an airtight container.
Category:  Snacks Yield: 20 cups Serving Size: 1 cupCalories: 150 Total Fat: 3Saturated Fat: 1Potassium: 2Total Sugars: 9Iron: 33Vitamin D: 0Calcium: 6Protein: 3Fiber: 3Added Sugars: 5Total Carbohydrates: 29Sodium: 140Cholesterol: 5Photo provided by Cami Wells.

Grain Marketing Lingo: Common Phrases

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 02/18/2021 - 17:04
Michael Trimble, Unsplash Nebraska Extension educators break down the meaning of common phrases in commodity marketing for a simpler approach to selling your crops.

Free Farm and Ag Law Clinics Set for March

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 02/18/2021 - 16:20
Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers across the state in March 2021, providing one-on-one meetings with an agricultural law attorney and an agricultural financial counselor.

Eastern Nebraska Producers Invited to Participate in Weather Ready Farms

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 14:31
The Weather Ready Farms Designation Program is currently searching for participants in Eastern Nebraska to engage in the expanded pilot.

Nebraska Land Link Now Accepting Applications

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 13:24
A new application period is now open for Nebraska Land Link — a program that aims to connect new and beginning farmers and ranchers with retiring landowners.

2021 Feedlot Roundtable Webinars

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 11:45
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Beef feedlot managers, owners, employees and allied industries will learn new information related to feedlot management at Nebraska Extension’s 2021 Beef Feedlot Roundtables via webinar in February and March.

“We are hoping feedyard employees and managers find useful information here to use in their own operations and can find a flexible time one of these two weeks to join us,” said Galen Erickson, beef feedlot nutrition specialist. “These will replace our in-person meetings we normally provide across the state annually in February.”


2021 Crop Insurance Coverage for Those Affected by the Irrigation Canal Tunnel Collapse

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 02/16/2021 - 16:21
Water flows through Goshen Irrigation District Tunnel No. 2 on June 15, 2020. (Gary Stone Photo) O