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If you, or you know of a farmer that has been discussing applying for one of the SARE Farmer/Rancher Grant, there may be an opportunity to receive some funding to investigate an idea they have for their farm or ranch. Funding has increased to $15,000 for a single farmer or farm and up to $30,000 for two or more separate farmers or farms that are working together or experimenting together on a project. If someone has been thinking of a project or has an idea, there is still time for them to submit for this grant - the deadline to apply is December 2, 2021. The success rate for these type of grants is about 25%.

 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

Nebraska Extension in Cass, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Otoe, and Richardson counties, together with their respective 4-H Councils are again sponsoring a Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) experience in 2023.  

For over 50 years, CWF has enriched young people’s lives by providing opportunities for them to:

 Broaden appreciation and practice respect for themselves and others in the world.  Increase individual commitment to citizen involvement.

Lawn Tips for Late Winter 

Wow, it’s great to see the sun, feel the warmth and lose the heaps of snow in my front yard! Although 70 plus degrees in early March could result in problems later this spring, if plants come out of dormancy too soon. But, since there isn’t a great deal we can do about the weather, let’s focus instead on a few questions I’ve been getting from you in the last week. I can tell many of you are excited to get outside! Let’s start with the lawn.  

Too Early for Grub Control

Helpful, interesting, and timely articles written by our very own Sarah Browning, UNL Extension Educator:

2020 - The Year of Iris ... February 23, 2020

2020 The Year of Lanta ... February 16, 2020

2020 CSU Flower Trials ... February 2, 2020

Growing Onions - Sets, Plants or Seeds? ... January 26, 2020

  Nebraska 4-H requires all youth enrolled in livestock projects to complete annual quality assurance training through Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA).

Nebraska Extension offers excellent classes, workshops and educational information on a variety of topics at the local Extension Office.  Take a look at our current options:

Pesticide Training Information and the Coronavirus Pamdenic ... new directives for on-line certification.

Ag Land Management Webinars ... a series of videotaped webinars regarding real estate & financial trends, the latest cash rent information, leasing issues and considerations, best practices for negotiating, farm succession and more.  

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