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Calling all friends of 4-H!  Douglas Sarpy Extension and Nebraska 4-H Camps have partnered to bring you: 4-H Fall Adventure Days! There is still time to register for our final Adventure Day of the season!!! Grab your costume and join us for a spooktacular day at Schramm State Park! We’d love to see you there! All youth ages 6-14 are welcome – you do not need to be in 4-H to participate! For more information, full camp descriptions and online registration visit: https://4h.unl.edu/camps-centers/school-year-camps

 Scholarships Available: https://4h.unl.edu/camps-centers/summer-camp/scholarship


Hello everyone! My name is Connor Biehler and I am the new Beef Extension Educator with adult education responsibilities for Cass County and 14 other counties in southeast Nebraska. I am a native of south-central Illinois where I developed a passion for agriculture through my family’s operation as well as 4-H beef projects. My degrees include an Associates of Science in agriculture from Lake Land College, Bachelor of Science in animal science from Oklahoma State University, and Master of Science with a focus in cow/calf and sire nutrition from University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Prior to pursuing my master’s, I worked as a feed salesman in Oklahoma.

Annie’s Project classes for women in agriculture will take place this November and December across Nebraska. This hybrid event will be comprised of virtual and in-person components to bring farm and ranch women together to learn from experts about agricultural risk management. There will be time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with presenters and fellow participants in a relaxed, fun and dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other farm and ranch women.

The live portion of Annie’s Project classes will take place from 6:30—8 p.m. Central time (5:30—7 p.m. Mountain time) on Thursday evenings starting Nov. 5. Classes will be in-person in the following locations Nov. 5 and Dec. 17. The remaining courses will be hosted via Zoom, Nov. 12, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, and Dec. 10.

The Aspiring Farmer Virtual Course is a 6-week long interactive online course for aspiring and beginning farmers interested in starting a, or improving their, small- to mid-scale produce, livestock or other diversified operations. From dreaming and creating a vision to developing a sound business and marketing plan, course participants will be well equipped to take the next steps in starting their farm operation. Course work will include weekly presentations, and discussions and interactions with peers, instructors, and farmers in the region. The anticipated time commitment for this course is 3-4 hours per week (one 90 minute evening session per week, plus one highly encouraged weekly lunch hour discussion, and no more than one hour of pre-work before each weekly evening session). Instructors for this course are individuals from Nebraska Extension and Center for Rural Affairs. The course will be housed through Google Classroom. Registration is required. $65, scholarships are available upon request. Course Dates: October 6th - November 10th (Class on Nov. 3 will be rescheduled based on class participants' choice). It is highly recommended that you have access to a computer, however, we are able to make individual accommodations. Please contact Katie Kreuser at katie.kreuser@unl.edu for more information. To register, please visit: https://go.unl.edu/aspiringfarmer


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Porter receives Distinguished Service Award from NACAA

October 27, 2020

Lincoln, Neb. —John Porter, Nebraska Extension Educator, received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during the 2020 Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference.

Porter was one of several honorees who represent the top 2 percent of the membership selected by their peers and the director of Extension. He is the Nebraska Extension urban agriculture educator in the Omaha metro area and previously worked as a West Virginia University Extension county agent. 

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Extension webinar for ag professionals to focus on communicating with farmers under stress

October 27, 2020
Nebraska Extension, in partnership with Michigan State University Extension, will present a free webinar, “Communicating with Farmers Under Stress,” on Nov. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, CST.

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