Nebraska Extension in Greeley, Howard, Sherman, Valley

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Portions of Howard and Sherman counties in central Nebraska received rainfall totals of over 4 inches in a matter of a few hours Thursday morning (May 30). In some areas, specifically low-lying areas and along waterways - flash flooding was an issue. Many communities are also dealing with completely covered roads and flooded fields.

With many farmers finished or close to finishing planting, there are lots of questions regarding how germinating and emerging crops will do. Crop survival will depend on crop growth stage, duration of flooding, air-soil temperature, and how well the field can drain.

Nebraska Extension in Greeley, Howard, Sherman and Valley Counties reminds area residents that this is a good time to enroll in 4-H. Young people, ages 5-18, join 4-H to learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills through a learn-by-doing approach. In Nebraska, 4-H is present in ALL 93 counties across the state! 

Traditional clubs, individual membership, camps, school enrichment, and programs/events are all ways youth across Nebraska can be involved with the 4-H Program. Projects in the area of robotics, computers, healthy eating, fitness, meal preparation, rocketry, clothing care and construction, first aid, woodworking, animals, plants, gardening, public speaking, and many others, develop skills needed for a positive and successful future.

Family-owned farm and ranch operations make up 96% of U. S. agriculture. Transitioning the operation from one generation to the next, or even from one operator to another can be complicated. The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and Nebraska Extension will host a Generational Transition Workshop on Thursday, June 6th in Ord. This workshop will be held from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Valley County Fairgrounds Technology Center, 801 S Street.

Central NE Farm Safety 4 Just Kids is pleased to announce the return of their annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®.  The event is planned for Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at the Valley County Fairgrounds.  Registration forms have been sent to area schools and parents should look for the forms being sent home with their children.  Forms are also available at local UNL Extension Offices, and the Ord NRCS office.  Parents may download and print a form or may use our fillable form. The fillable form can be saved with a unique name and emailed to Watch for a confirmation email.

Nebraska Extension offers free webinars via Zoom on a variety of lawn, garden and landscape topics. Programs are held from Noon to 1:00 p.m. CT on the second Wednesday of each month. Participants may ask questions during these live webinars. Topics include:

Stay informed this 4-H season with reminders from You can now sign up for your county class on and get reminders specific to your county. Click below for instructions on how to enroll in your county class. 

Greeley County 4-H

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Sherman County 4-H

Valley County 4-H

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