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Use moisture meters to determine when structures are dried out and ready for rebuilding.  Nebraska Extension is pleased to announce that they have moisture meters available for homeowners to borrow to determine if their structures are dried out enough and ready for rebuilding.  Renovating too soon could trap moisture in wood, leading to rotting and promoting growth of mold.  Contact the Cedar County Extension Office at 402-254-6821 to borrow a moisture meter before completing your flood renovations.  Instructions for moisture meter use.

The National 4-H Council Raise Your Hand promotion has begun! Now through May 15, vote for Nebraska 4-H to give kids the hands-on learning experiences and skills they need to take on life's challenges and succeed in life. Go to https://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ to vote for Nebraska.
Nebraska Extension is your trusted source for flood-related information. Visit https://flood.unl.edu as a resource for information in coping with a flood disaster for families, homeowners, businesses & communities, and agriculture. Also, Haskell Ag Lab near Concord is serving as a collection location for Hay donations and fencing materials for livestock owners impacted by the flooding.
As the flood waters recede and we are able to get back in to our farms and ranchers it is important to think about drinking water safety. It is common for private wells to be immersed with the flood waters. The flood waters commonly contain high levels of bacteria such as fecal coliforms and E. coli. These microbes can cause short-term health effects such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. Until your well water has tested negative for bacteria, it is recommend to boil your water at a vigorous boil for 1 minute prior to use.

The market value of agricultural land in Nebraska declined by three percent over the prior year to an average of $2,650 per acre according to the 2019 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey. This marks the fifth consecutive year of downward pressure as market values have dropped. Visit https://agecon.unl.edu/cornhusker-economics/2019/nebraska-farm-real-estate-values to see preliminary results reported in the March Cornhusker Economics Report.

There are many things on our checklist as we recover from these historic floods and blizzards from the past several days. As we move forward, producers need to know the basics of the Livestock Indemnity Program and how this program may provide financial assistance to help cover livestock losses.


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EPA-required paraquat training among additional use restrictions
Apr 15 – New, federally required training now is available for certified applicators who use products that contain paraquat as an active ingredient. Read more
Crop scout training is May 8
Apr 10 – Agriculture industry representatives and corn and soybean growers wanting to learn how to better manage corn and soybean pests are encouraged to attend a crop scout training course May 8 at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, 1071 County Road G. Read more