Nebraska Extension in the Central Sandhills

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Central Sandhills Area 4-H Enrollment

4HOnline is now open for 2018-19 4-H enrollment! 

There is a $10.00 enrollment fee for all 4-Hers including Clover Kids. To pay on-line you must use GOOGLE CHROME! To pay by check please send it to Central Sandhills Area Extension, PO Box 148, Thedford NE 69166.  Checks should be made out to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  

2019 NATIONAL WESTERN 4-H CATCH-A-CALF APPLICANTS WANTED 4-H members from Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas are eligible to submit applications. However, any 4-H member who has previously caught a calf in the 4-H Catch-A-Calf Contest is not eligible to apply. 4-H members may apply online at: or check with your Nebraska Extension Office.

Capturing the Sun’s Energy to Power your Home or Ranch

 More and more are using solar energy for homes, ranches, and small businesses.  With declining solar panel costs and available incentives, the number of homes, ranches, and businesses utilizing solar energy is growing.  Join John Hay, UNL biosystems engineer, to discuss the application of solar photovoltaic (PV) for ranches, residences, and rural businesses on Thursday, May 31 at 9 am MT at the Hooker County Library basement in Mullen.

 There are many questions about solar energy:

How many solar panels are needed to run a house?

What size solar panel system do I need?

How much does it cost to install solar panels?

Is it cost effective to install solar panels?

Do you manage your ranch as business?  Do you have the information you need to do so?

Having information to make effective business decisions is important for ranch success.  Enterprise analysis and unit cost of production (UCOP) are tools that can help ranchers identify where value is being created on the ranch, where costs are occurring, and what changes could be made to improve profit.  For cow-calf producers, UCOP is figured as cost per pound of weaned calf.  Knowing what it costs to develop a bred heifer, harvest a ton of hay or put a pound of gain on a stocker or a yearling are valuable information as well for the ranch business manager.

 It takes time to set up and calculate a UCOP, but the benefits are:

The new QA Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is now active!

With Spring around the corner it's time to start planning for your lawn and garden. 

You have direct access to two University of Nebraska Extension horticulture experts for all your tree, lawn, garden and other horticulture questions! David Lott is located in the West Central Extension office in North Platte can be contacted at,  (308) 696-6781 or and Elizabeth Killinger in Hall County at, (308)-385-5088. 


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Extension Risk Management Education Center announces funding of projects
Apr 24 – The North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center (NCERMEC) recently awarded over $597,000 in funding for 13 project directors to develop extension risk management education programs for producers. Read more
EPA-required paraquat training among additional use restrictions
Apr 15 – New, federally required training now is available for certified applicators who use products that contain paraquat as an active ingredient. Read more