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The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens. The 2022 Special Garden Project is focused on the lovely Rubenza Cosmos. The flowers of the Rubenza are unique; the petals change color as they age. Pollinators and beneficial insects are attracted to the blooms all summer long. These cosmos make great cut flowers. Be sure to enjoy a bouquet of Rubenza indoors and enter stems at the county fair.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Agricultural Profitability has scheduled a series of land management workshops to address the financial resiliency necessary for agricultural operations to sustain risk while remaining profitable.

“Building Farm and Ranch Resiliency in the Age of Financial Uncertainty” will be presented at 19 locations across Nebraska between December and February. The workshops will cover cash rental rates, land values, leasing strategies, landlord-tenant communication, farm and ranch succession planning and an overview of farm programs for landowners.

It is not uncommon for head lice to be shared at schools and child care facilities this time of year. Nebraska Extension has excellent educational resources for combating the spread of these tiny pests. You can learn how they spread, how to determine if head lice are present and how to treat them. We also recommend teaching children how to prevent the spread by showing them a short YouTube video.

Pies are an all–time favorite dessert and a feature of our winter holiday celebrations. Cooking and storing pies safely is important because bacteria that cause foodborne illness can grow in certain pies kept at room temperature, especially when the ingredients include milk, other dairy products, and eggs. 

Food Safety for Pies Containing Dairy Ingredients or Eggs

The GRO Big Red team provides educational resources for gardeners including live online sessions and on-demand recordings of past sessions on their webpage. Learn about edible plants, houseplants, landscapes, trees and insects! You can also subscribe to the GRO Big Red blog

A family walk is a great way to connect while being physically active. Like any routine, though, you may feel the need to spice it up. If your family is in a walking rut, try the four tips in this month's Family Fun on the Run Newsletter to boost the fun for everyone. 



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Digging into Extension: The Right Path for Jenny Rees

January 13, 2022
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Student scholarships available for 2022 Women in Agriculture conference

January 12, 2022
The Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference will award up to 15 scholarships to students to attend the 2022 Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference, Feb. 24 and 25 in Kearney.

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Registration open for ServSafe® training Feb. 15-16 in Scottsbluff

January 7, 2022

Lincoln, Neb. —Nebraska Extension will offer ServSafe Manager Training Program for food service managers and employees Feb. 15-16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Scottsbluff, at the Bluestem Room at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I. 

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Panhandle Perspectives: 2021 Nebraska dry edible bean trial results on CropWatch website

January 6, 2022
Results of the 2020 variety trials for dry edible beans conducted by the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center have been posted on the Nebraska Extension CropWatch website.

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