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Food safety is in the news and on the minds of many people. Numerous foodborne illnesses have occurred in Nebraska during the last year. Most of the reported foodborne illness outbreaks have occurred from food eaten away from the home. The ServSafe® Food Safety Program is developed by the National Restaurant Association to address the growing food safety concerns of consumers for the food service staff that serve them.

Master Gardener training will be virtual in 2021.  Here is the 2021 brochure and application  for interested clients from the Central Nebraska Region. Here is a press release with more information.


Fees are $20 for returning Master Gardeners. New Master Gardeners will pay $175, which includes the manuals, shirts, name badge, etc. Make checks out to the “University of Nebraska” and mail to the Hall County Extension Office at 3180 W. Hwy 34, Grand Island NE 68801 with the application.


Wellness in Tough Times Chats are held each Thursday now through December 12.

Neighbor - to - Neighbor uses a grassroots approach, using community gatherings to help rural communities learn about mental wellness, building community unity, and encourage conversations to reduce the stigma of mental health.

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Stay up to date with what's happening with 4-H in Buffalo County.  Information on this page is continually being updated.  2021 Buffalo County 4-H Calendar

Thank you for your interest in joining 4-H in Buffalo County. 

4-H is open to ALL YOUTH, of ALL ABILITIES ages 5 to 18.  Youth can join 4-H at any time of the year.  However, in order to enter exhibits at the Buffalo County Fair, the deadline is June 15 of each year. 

The enrollment process is done online and needs to be done every year for both, Youth and Volunteers.  Please see the links below to help guide your way.  If you have any questions, please call the Buffalo County Extension Office, 308-236-1235.

Feb. 27 Market Beef Weigh-Ins – The market beef weigh-ins will not be required and there will no longer be a rate of gain minimum to be first or second in any class at the Buffalo County Fair.  To be eligible for the Rate of Gain contest, the market beef will need to be weighed at an official 4-H weigh in which can be at any other county 4-H weigh in day.  Buffalo County 4-H weigh in date is set for Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This is subject to change.  Anyone showing at State Fair will still need to get DNA and BVD pulled.  If you don’t wish to participate in the Rate of Gain contest, you may pick up your ear tag(s) at any time.  They will be $3 each. 


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Virtual Nebraska Crop Management Conference set for January 27

January 22, 2021
The virtual 2021 Nebraska Crop Management Conference will feature research updates and information tailored to Nebraska crop issues and grower interests.

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Upcoming Communicating with Farmers Under Stress webinar workshop to build farmer stress awareness

January 22, 2021
Stress seems to be prevalent in the agriculture sector, with even more concerns arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Third annual Nebraska Regional Foods Systems Initiative Food Systems Summit to be virtual

January 14, 2021
The third annual Nebraska Regional Food Systems Summit will take place via Zoom Feb. 8-11.

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2021 western lambing and kidding school Feb. 6 near Bayard

January 13, 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —The 2021 Western Lambing and Kidding School on Saturday, Feb. 6, near Bayard, will feature a farm tour, hands-on demonstrations, and presentations by expert speakers.

The school, sponsored by the Nebraska Sheep & Goat Producers and Nebraska Extension, will run from 9:15 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Julie Kappen Farm, 10803 Rd 89, Bayard, and Bobby Jo’s Branding Iron, 533 Main, Bayard.

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