University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension in Buffalo County

Nebraska Extension in Buffalo County delivers research-based education and information to citizens throughout the county. These educational programs, delivered via a variety of methods, are offered through a federal, state and county partnership arrangement. Our objective is to provide programs and other educational resources locally.

Our staff of extension personnel have access to extension educators, extension specialists, technicians, and support personnel who specialize in providing programs throughout all of Nebraska's 93 counties. We contribute to more than 1.5 million educational contacts each year with Nebraska citizens. Our 4-H Youth Development Program, for example, reaches more than 640 youth in Buffalo County alone. Statewide, 4-H touches the lives of more than 90,000 youth each year.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension is built to provide practical education that focuses on issues which influence daily life that helps to keep Nebraska competitive in a global society. Extension Specialists and Extension Educators are committed to a theme of excellence with educational programs customized to meet the needs of Nebraskans.


Buffalo County Extension Office

1400 E 34 Street
Kearney, NE 68847
Phone: (308)236-1235
Fax: (308)234-6319
Hours: 8:00am -5:00pm M-F
Closed on Federal Holidays

Resident Staff

Brent Plugge, Extension Educator
Livestock Systems

Kerry Elsen, Extension Educator, Unit Leader
4-H Youth Development

Jordan Wilbur, Extension Assistant
4-H Youth Development

Heidi Darby, Extension Assistant
4-H Youth Development

Jada Ruff, Extension Educator
Food, Nutrition and Health

Jenny Kreikemeier, Support Staff

Kathy Andrews, Support Staff

Regional Staff

Elizabeth Exstrom, Extension Educator
Horticulture, Landscape, and Environmental Systems

Sarah Sivits, Extension Educator
Innovative Cropping & Water Systems

Lynn DeVries, Extension Educator
Early Childhood

Sandra Barrera
Community Vitality