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Cedar County Beef weigh-in will be held in Laurel at the Laurel Veterinary Clinic on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 4-H or FFA members planning to participate in the Market Beef Rate of Gain Contest at the Cedar County Fair, Nebraska State Fair, or Ak-Sar-Ben, are required to weigh-in, tag and identify their beef. Please contact Extension Office if you plan to participate.
Cedar County's Private Pesticide Applicator Training date is scheduled for Monday, February 10 at the Hartington City Auditorium Basement with training sessions at 1:30 or 6:00 pm. If you are unable to attend an in-person training you can take an online training. Read more for a list of other training dates scheduled within the state.
Nutrition, profitability, and health are the themes of the 2020 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Beef Roundup hosted by Nebraska Extension on Tuesday, January 21, and Tuesday, January 28, at 7:00 pm CST (6:00 pm MST). Each evening can be viewed from any location with internet access or at several on-site viewing locations across Nebraska. On Tuesday, January 21, the webinar will cover meeting the mineral requirements of your cow herd and how to adapt cow-calf nutrition to environmental conditions. On Tuesday, January 28, discussions will cover drivers of cow-calf profitability and how to build health resilience into cow-calf systems. Cedar County will host an on-site viewing location at the Extension Office in Hartington. Please contact Ben Beckman at 402-254-6821 for a webinar link or to register for the Hartington on-site viewing of the programs. Please register by January 17. For more information read more.
Hay put up too wet can lead to a number of issues, most notably mold and heat. Since hay is not protected from oxygen like most of our anaerobic fermented feed stuffs (silage, haylage, etc.) high temperatures, moisture, and oxygen allow aerobic bacteria to grow, using plant protein and sugars for growth and producing carbon dioxide, water, and heat. Too much of this and temperatures can rise high enough to kick off a process called the Maillard reaction. The Maillard reaction takes normal proteins and sugars and changes them through a series of chemical reactions into something called the Maillard polymer. The problem is that the resulting Maillard polymer, while tasty to our animals, isn’t great nutritionally. The chemical reactions actually have tied up proteins and lowered the forage’s true crude protein content. Luckily, the solution is fairly simple.
Radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. It is an oderless, naturally occurring, radioactive gas that rises through the soil and can leak into your home through unsealed cracks and holes in your foundation. Cedar County has some of the highest levels of radon in Nebraska. During the winter when your doors and window are closed is the best time to test for radon. Radon test kits are available at the Nebraska Extension Office in Cedar County. Cost is $5 per kit.

On March 13, 2019 northeast Nebraska was struck with one of the worst floods in over 50 years. Many people were effected, and much damage was done. The Cedar County Fair grounds took on the most damage it has ever received in its 100 plus year history. For two days the grounds were under water damaging buildings, destroying roads and fences, and destroying a 56 stall livestock building. Your gift will help continue Cedar County Fair history and commitment to giving educational opportunities to our youth, thank you for your gift and supporting Cedar County's youth.  Brick/Stall Donation Form


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Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference is Feb. 20-21

January 3, 2020
The annual Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference will celebrate 35 years Feb. 20 and 21 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney.

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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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