Nebraska Extension in Greeley, Howard, Sherman, Valley

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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.

Fall is not only a great time to enjoy a pumpkin spice latte, it’s also a great time to plant trees. Severe weather, drought, poor planting practices or species selection, insects, disease and an aging tree population all have contributed to the decline in the number of community trees across the state. Planting new trees is an essential part of maintaining Nebraska's community forest, and fall planting offers important benefits.

Nebraska Extension has hired a new Extension employee, Kayla Safarik, to fill a Water and Cropping Systems position in central Nebraska. She will serve Blaine, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Howard, Loup, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler Counties. Producers with cropping questions are welcome to contact her at the Ord office, 308-728-5071.

Safarik grew up on her family’s farm near Farwell, Nebraska, where she was a 10-year 4-H member in Howard County. In 2021, she earned a Bachelor of Science in plant biology with a minor in agronomy from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Safarik plans to complete her Master of Science in agronomy with a minor in agricultural leadership, education, and communication also from the University of Nebraska in December 2023.

Announcing the GROBigRed Virtual Learning Series programs for October. These free webinars via Zoom are an opportunity to join experts from Nebraska Extension to learn and ask questions! Topics include:

October 10th- Solutions Gardening with Sarah Browning October 17th- Shade Tree Pruning with Elizabeth Exstrom

Sessions will run from 7-8 pm CST. Register at

Solutions Gardening, with Sarah Browning, Nebraska Extension Educator, Lancaster County – October 10, 7 - 8 pm

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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