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The Center for Agricultural Profitability at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will present Returning to the Farm, a workshop series for families who are in the transition process of bringing members back to the farm or ranch. It will begin with a two-day workshop in Grand Island for multi-generational families on Dec. 8 and 9 in Grand Island at the Bosselman Convention Center located at Fonner Park, 700 E. Stolley Park Road. 

 The workshop fee is $75 per person, which includes dinner on Dec. 8 and lunch on Dec. 9. It also includes two follow-up workshops, to be held virtually, in the evenings on Jan. 11 and Feb. 8. Hotel accommodations are not included. Register online at

The opening date for statewide 4-H enrollment was October 16th.

Starting in the 2023-2024 program year, project selection is now optional. By successfully completing the 4-H member enrollment by the June 15th deadline, youth will be eligible to participate and exhibit in any project area, contest, county and state fairs. While project selection is optional, it is encouraged for youth to select projects they are interested in exploring.

Please note:

A private pesticide applicator is anyone who uses restricted use pesticide (RUP) for the purpose of producing agricultural commodities on their own property, or on property they rent. Private applicators are generally ranchers who do their own spraying. Those needing to recertify or get certified for the first time can attend in-person trainings or study on-line. Dates are still getting scheduled for our area in January and early February. To learn more about pesticide safety and training, please visit or you can contact T.L. Meyer at 308-645-2267 or

The Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program is designed to promote all educational aspects of 4-H livestock projects, including selection, production, leadership, and exhibition, by recognizing youth striving to improve their livestock project knowledge and leadership. 

Members of Excellence are recognized within each 4-H livestock project area, including:

The Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge is an opportunity for youth interested in learning more about the cattle industry and is designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders in the Nebraska cattle industry.

The goal of the Fed Steer Challenge is to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H beef projects by providing an affordable option that rewards production merit and carcass value of the market animal, along with accurate and complete record-keeping, industry knowledge, and producer engagement by the 4-H member.

If you would like to view the presentations from this year’s (and recent years) Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory Open House, you can view them at

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