Nebraska Extension in the Central Sandhills

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Christmas is a wonderful time of year to sit down and celebrate the end of another momentous year and the holidays with our loved ones. In my family, we love to gather around a table full of food with our holiday tradition of oyster stew and chili on Christmas Eve. Christmas day, the family will come over, bringing with them desserts and salads, usually all old family recipes that have been enjoyed year after year. Food is a tradition that brings us together for every holiday or big event in our lives.

This opportunity is designed for youth to highlight work they are doing in human development through leading experiences for other young people. These experiences may be through their role as a camp counselor, intern or teens as teacher, workshop teacher, babysitter or day care employee, junior leader, or simply as an older 4-H member coaching those younger in their club or project area.

 Youth are highly encouraged to apply on their own behalf but they may also be nominated.

 Through this showcase of their experience,

Youth will show evidence of skill development working with other young people.

Trainng will be held December 14, 5:00 PM, at the Sandhills Corral in Thedford.  Certification fee is $20 per person or a flat fee of $100 for operations who bring 5+ people.  RSVP & register online at or by calling 308-632-1230.

By becoming or staying BQA certified you are an integral part of beef's positive story.  A story that can increase their understanding - and confidence - in how you and your operation are raising a safe, wholesome, and healthy beef supply.

Many commercial beef packing facilities require producers who sell fed cattle to them to be BQAT certified.  If you have question on how this may affect you, call Nebraska BQA.

4-H Camp @ Chadron

June 5-9

Get ready for a week of epic adventure! We’ll explore the modern wilderness of Nebraska on horseback and by foot with a hike through the trees you’ve learned to identify while searching for tracks of native wildlife. We’ll also travel to the Agate Fossil Beds and explore what animals existed in prehistoric Nebraska 23 million years ago! Test your aim with an archery challenge course in the morning and cool off in the afternoon with a trip down the Super Slide!

 4-H Camp @ Cozad

June 16-20

2023 West Central Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Program.

Educational Classes In-Person or Via Zoom January - April, and September - October Classes Taught by Nebraska Extension Horticulturalists

Three Ways to Participate:

New Master Gardener Volunteer Trainees - $180 Returning or Lapsed Master Gardeners - $20 Class Participant ONLY - $25

Registration Link- Due by Friday, January 6, 2023  


David Lott, Horticulture Educator - North Platte 

308-532-2683 or 

Nebraska Extension offers free, self-paced QuickBooks and Quicken training for ranchers and farmers.

Registration is required for access. A URL and password will be emailed to you when you submit the registration form.

QuickBooks training:

Quicken training:

Questions? Email Jessica Groskopf, extension educator, at

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