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Nebraska Extension will offer private pesticide applicator trainings by Zoom in March and April.

Preregistration is required. Contact Nebraska Extension in Valley County at 308-728-5071 to request a registration link. Dates and times of Zoom sessions are:

Nebraska Extension will offer several local pesticide safety education training sessions in 2021. Attendance at any of the following meetings will renew your certification to apply and purchase Restricted Use Pesticides for three years. Initial certification may also be accomplished at the training sessions. The training sessions last about three hours.

Cost for the training is $50.00 per individual for recertification or initial certification if attending an in-person training.  Initial and recertification may also be completed online for a cost of $75.00 per applicator by going to

Nebraska Extension is committed to offering safe and valuable services, events, and learning opportunities for everyone. The Nebraska Extension DHM Phase/Covid-19 Risk Dial Guidance is a great resource. Please follow the guidance when holding and attending activities and events. (Example 4-H Club Meetings)

Nebraska Extension’s The Learning Child team is pleased to offer live, interactive, online professional development opportunities for parents, educators and child care providers. These classes are FREE and offer NDE APPROVED in-service hours! Complete schedule at


Accredited food safety training is required for Nebraska cottage food producers. Nebraska Extension offers an online course, “Selling Safe Food.” Cost is $25. Register and pay at

Winter can be a beautiful time of the year. The gracefully falling snow or frost on the plants in the morning sun can be an attractive sight to some. To others, it just means more work outside. Regardless of how you feel, these winter conditions should remind everyone to think about their turf. That’s right, I said turf. While the frost and snow are pretty, there are some steps that you can take now to ensure a beautiful looking lawn come spring.

A bowl of homemade soup is a great way to warm up on a cold night. A hearty soup can be made with veggies, meat, fish, dried beans and more, it can be the main dish for your meal.  Add some crackers or bread sticks on the side and perhaps fruit for dessert and you are ready to eat! 

Make a large pot of soup and freeze portion size containers for later.  Many soups, with one exception of seafood soups, may taste better the next day! 

Create a tasty soup with simple ingredients you already have in your kitchen.  Just choose an item from each of the following categories and follow the directions.  Use your imagination. 


Category 1:  Choose one fat

Category 2:  Add 1 medium chopped onion.


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