Local Interest

April 11, 2019

Is Now Medicare Time for You?

By Mary Loftis, Nebraska SHIIP Counselor

If the magic milestone of turning 65 is in your not-so-distant future you may be

wondering if now is the time to enroll in Medicare. The answer varies with each individual.

Do you or your spouse have work insurance and do you/they plan to continue to work? Are

you contributing to a Health Saving Account? Are you currently on a Healthcare

Marketplace plan or are you paying directly for your own insurance? These questions and

many, many more will be covered at the New to Medicare/Medicare Basics educational


On Thursday evening, May 2nd I will be offering a Medicare Basic Program in Blair

April 11, 2019

What the Heck is a Bomb Cyclone?

This term has been used a lot lately, but if you’re like me, you didn’t have a clue exactly what it meant… other than it wasn’t good. I thought it was a term meteorologists (remember when they used to be weather men or weather women?) made up to make their reporting on a storm sound more dramatic than the next meteorologist… kind of like the names they use to describe their “Super Duper, Almighty, My-Doppler-Is-Bigger-Than-Your-Doppler” weather radars!?!

April 10, 2019

Outstanding 4-H Presentation Contest!

            Random, interesting topics, shared by a record breaking number of 4-H members made the 4-H Presentation Contest a great success on Saturday, April 6th.

April 8, 2019

Be Mindful of Flooded Areas When Hunting Morels

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator


As morel mushroom hunting season approaches, be mindful of food safety.   It’s important to remember flood waters don’t carry just water.  There is a host of unsavory things that are downright dangerous—

                ▪Human disease pathogens from raw sewage,

April 3, 2019


Drone Workshop Open to 4-H Families

4-H Families are invited to attend a Drone Workshop at Infinite 8 in Fremont on Wednesday, April 10th at 5:30 pm. This workshop will have presentations from a licensed drone pilot and an opportunity for Q&A. The workshop will cover the basics, such as how to become a drone pilot. Additional content will be formulated through the Q&A.

If you are interested in Drone Technology and would like to experience and learn from the professionals, please plan to attend.

April 4, 2019

Flooding and Cropland Lease Questions

Now that the flood waters have receded and the things that needed to be addressed immediately have been taken care of, folks are moving on to what I’d call the secondary concerns. Understandably, one of those deals with farm leases. The following information regarding leases was taken from an article by Allan Vyhnalek, Agricultural Economics Extension Educator with Nebraska Extension.


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2020 Master Gardener training

November 7, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska Extension is offering Master Gardener training throughout the state in 2020. The Nebraska EMG program is a horticulture-related volunteer training program based in many counties and has been part of Nebraska Extension since 1976.

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4th annual Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference & Trade Show

November 6, 2019

November 6, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has announced the dates for the fourth annual Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference and Trade Show. The two-day conference will be held Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 27-28, 2020, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, Nebraska.

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