Private Pesticide Applicator Training dates are set for 2022. Cedar County training dates will be January 6, February 8 and March 18 in Hartington, and January 20 in Fordyce. If you have your Nebraska Department of Agriculture letter please bring it with you to the training along with a photo identification, and $50 training fee. This letter will have a barcode that is needed for recertification. If you are unable to attend an in-person training you can participate in an online or self-study training. Read more for more information and options for private pesticide certification/recertification trainings.
Cedar County 4-H ProgramSee what Cedar County 4-H has to offer for you!
Virtual & At Home LearningNebraska 4-H is now offering a variety of virtual learning experiences, such as Living Room Learning, Boredom Buster Challenges, Virtual Field Trips, A Beautiful Day, and many more. There are several hands on activity guides and videos youth can participate in within the subjects of STEM, healthy living, and more. Something for all ages.
Stoltenow named dean and director of Nebraska ExtensionCharles Stoltenow will be the next dean and director of Nebraska Extension.
American Rescue Eyes Next-Gen AgWith an eye to the future of agriculture and technology, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is seeking federal relief dollars to fund two projects that could work in tandem to grow innovation and feed economic growth statewide.
Rural Prosperity Nebraska offers $50,000 in grants to boost communities
The Cedar County enrollment is now open for the 2022 4-H year. Join Cedar County 4-H now and take advantage of the fun activities being planned early in addition to the activities planned for this summer!
Cedar County Beef weigh-in will be held in Laurel at the Laurel Veterinary Clinic on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 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 to set-up a weigh time.
Winter tetany is something we need to keep an eye on just as closely as we do grass tetany in the spring, especially for fall calving cows. During the winter months, a low magnesium diet can be just as big of an issue as in the spring. Properly testing hay and adjusting mineral and diets to balance out magnesium, calcium, and potassium can keep this nutritional problem at bay.
When animals can’t forage, hay is often the feed of choice to get our animals through. While an invaluable feed resource, the cost of getting a herd through the winter can be substantial. One of the easiest ways to overspend feeding is by providing animals more than they need. On the flip side, underfeeding can lead to thin cows and down the road calving issues and low conception rates. Feeding animals what they need can keep the heard happy and healthy and your pocket book full.
One of the biggest threats facing pasture and rangeland across Nebraska is the encroachment of the Eastern Red Cedar. Although a native tree, and very useful in a number of circumstances, its slow takeover of what used to be grassland has put much of the state in a difficult situation.