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This summer, Nebraska Extension is hosting series of pasture walks across northeast Nebraska the 3rd Tuesday of the month, June – September.  The first event will be held June 18th at 4:00 PM at the Dave Hansen ranch, 51193 875 Rd. Orchard, NE.  Dave will provide a tour of his cow/calf and grass finished operation as well as sharing his personal approach to grazing. 

 Pasture walks provide an informal setting for attendees to learn about grazing principles and practices from the host and through conversations with other participants. 

Numerous factors may cause stress for farmers.  Many farmers face financial problems, marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more.  You may know farmers and ranchers who struggle with stress, anxiety, depressions, burnout, indecision or suicidal thoughts.  This workshop is specifically for agricultural professionals, such as bank lenders or ag suppliers, to help you recognize and respond when you suspect a farmer, rancher, or rural family member might need help.  Learn how you can help at a free program on Friday, July 19 from 9:00-11:00 am at the ENREC near Mead.  Flyer

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.

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.

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Science and agriculture family field day in northeast Nebraska
Jun 19 – The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Haskell Agricultural Laboratory near Concord will host a science and agriculture family field day on July 24. Read more
Nebraska Extension field day for management of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth in soybean
May 30 – Growers, crop consultants and extension educators interested in management of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth are encouraged to attend Nebraska Extension's field day, supported by the Nebraska Soybean Board, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 10 near Carleton. Read more