Nebraska Extension in the Central Sandhills

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Office Manager Job Opening

Full-time Office Manager for the Central Sandhills Extension Office located in Thedford. Organized, good communication skills, and positive people person needed.  Computer skills, bookkeeping, and professional attitude a must. Salary based on experience and qualifications.  Retirement, sick and vacation available. Complete job description available below. Submit cover letter, resume, and names and addresses of three references by Friday, July 24 to: Central Sandhills Area Extension Office, Attn: T. L. Meyer, P.O. Box 148, Thedford, NE 69166 or call 308-645-2267. Central Sandhills Area Extension is an equal opportunity employer.

Nebraska Gardener Quick and Simple Garden Hints

Memorial Weekend is now over, and the garden season is actively kicking into gear. Click on the heading above for quick and simple garden hints. This is a time to rejoice for gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts as warm weather has arrived, blooming plants and shrubs are showing off their beauty and the threat of frost is hopefully gone until this coming Fall. Now is the time to get out and enjoy our gardens and landscapes, tending to them with a great sense of pride.

2020 Fair Book

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New/Updated Classes & Project Areas:

General Animal - Accessory/Item made for animal science project. Designed/created by 4-H’er. Any medium can be used. Ex. Braided halter, show stick, blanket, leatherwork, etc. **Item must be checked in on static item judging day for evaluation.

Portfolio Pathways - Original mixed media accessory

Aerospace - Drone video

Rockets – Changes in class requirements

Robotics –3D printed robotic parts

County 4-H Speaking Contest Information

Due to COVID-19, previously planned in-person County 4-H Speaking Contests had to be canceled.  I am excited to notify you that youth now have the option to participate in a virtual (pre-recorded) county speaking contest!  Those participating will be able to load their recorded speech to our submission link, posted below, now through May 20th.  After that date, all video recording submissions will be judged and considered for the (virtual) State 4-H Speaking Contest, which will also be held following the same format as the county contests as instructed below.  

Please view the attached document for age divisions/speech requirements/etc.   

Extension Office Remains Open in Non-Traditional Ways

THEDFORD, Neb. – The Central Sandhills Area Extension office, which serves Blaine, Grant, Hooker, and Thomas counties, is now serving the public primarily through phone and email. The office located in the Thomas County Courthouse, is now closed to walk-in traffic. Beginning Monday, March 23, all University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) employees will be working from home. The satellite office in the Hooker County Courthouse, Mullen, will not be open until further notice. Here is a rundown of how to reach us.

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Panhandle Perspectives: Teen teacher for elementary students

July 13, 2020
Cassandra Rodriguez, a senior-to-be at Scottsbluff High School, is expanding her horizons this summer in the Teens as Teachers program at the Scotts Bluff County Extension office.

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Nebraska State Fair to focus on youth development, including 4-H events

June 30, 2020
Nebraska 4-H events will be front and center at the 2020 Nebraska State Fair.

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