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Federal law prohibits children under 16 years of age from using certain equipment on a farm unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm.  However, certification received through this course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with certain mechanized equipment. 

Thank you for your interest in Buffalo County 4-H!

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

The enrollment process is done online and Youth and Volunteers need to enroll each year.  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.

Springtime is here!  Looking for healthy meal ideas? - Visit food.unl.edu for healthy tips and recipes for the whole family!

Food Preservation - Need tips on successful water bath canning?  The Preserve it Fresh and Preserve it Safe Newsletter will guide you step by step!  Check out our canning, freezing, and drying resources for preserving food safely at home at https://food.unl.edu/food-preservation

Stay up to date on what's happening with Buffalo County 4-H.  Information on this page is continually being updated.  2024 Buffalo County 4-H Calendar

Enjoy articles from our local Horticulturist, Elizabeth Exstrom.  Visit https://hles.unl.edu/update09202023 for Horticulture Update Newsletter.

New - Starting Seeds.  Read Elizabeth's latest article on starting plants indoors.

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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