Nebraska Extension in Greeley, Howard, Sherman, Valley

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Nominations are due by June 9thfor any livestock you plan to show at The 2019 State Fair. Visit to nominate your animals. Step by step Instructions are available here.

ID Sheets for County Only and State Fair Animals are due to the County Extension Office by June 3rd. Forms can be printed from our website at: under Animal Ownership Affidavits (ID Sheets) and Other Animal/Livestock Forms.

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® will be held in Ord on Tuesday, June 4 at the Valley County Fairgrounds in Ord. Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade may attend to learn ways to stay safe and healthy at home and on the farm. Each participant will take home valuable resources, a goodie bag and a t-shirt. 

Safety Day is presented by Central Nebraska Farm Safety 4 Just Kids at low or no cost with the help of many local donors including Cargill and Green Plains-Ord. Registration forms should be returned to the NRCS or Nebraska Extension offices in Ord. Enrollment is limited and fills up early. Register soon so your student won’t miss out.

Have you thought about babysitting to earn extra money? Be better prepared to prove competent, professional child care by attending Babysitter Boot Camp

Howard County Medical Center will host Babysitter Boot Camp July 1, 2019 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. There is a $10 fee to attend. Class size limited to 20 participants. Optional Heartsaver CPR will be offered from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. for an additional cost of $5. Class size Limited to 6 participants.

Nebraska Extension is partnering with a number of state agencies and organizations to help people in our communities on the road to recovery. Those affected by the flood might be unsure where to begin the cleanup process. Safety is a priority whether it be entering a damaged structure, food safety concerns, drinking water contamination or cleaning up. Resources for families and individuals, home and business owners, and the agriculture sector are available at the latest flood resources from Nebraska Extension at

Report Damages For Howard County 

By: Amy Timmerman – Extension Educator

As the flood waters recede and we are able to get back in to our farms and ranches 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.  Infants and young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems may be more susceptible.

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