Nebraska Extension in the Central Sandhills

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2021 BeefWatch Webinar Series

To register:

February 2, Highlights from UNL Stocker SystemsResearch
Dr. Jim MacDonald, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

February 9, Rate of Gain and Market Timing inYearling Systems
Drs. Mary Drewnoski & Jay Parsons, University ofNebraska-Lincoln

February 16, Using Corn Residue for High-RiskStockers: Current Experiences
Dr. Halden Clark, Great Plains Veterinary EducationCenter

Check out our exciting 4 and 5 day overnight camp offerings at the NEBRASKA STATE 4-H CAMP in Halsey! Charter bus transportation option offered select weeks from Lincoln (UNL East Campus) and Grand Island (Raising Nebraska)! Register by Jan. 31st to receive 10% off per session! Use code: EARLYBIRD21

See full camp descriptions and register online:

A full brochure will be coming out soon as well!

The conference will be held on Feb. 18-19, 2021 from Noon to 2:15 p.m. CT each day via Zoom.

“Even though we are unable to be in-person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are grateful for the opportunity to continue supporting women in agriculture.” said Jessica Groskopf, director of Nebraska Women in Agriculture. “Through this virtual event, we hope to provide women with the tools, skills and networking opportunities they need.”

The Central Sandhills Area Extension office is offering four private pesticide applicator trainings in February. This includes training for recertifying applicators and for people getting licensed for the first time.  

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 farmers and ranchers who do their own spraying.

We had so much fun at our Virtual December Days Camp that we decided to plan another online session over winter break! If you need some camp fun over the break then join us for WINTER BREAK VIRTUAL CAMP! We will do an art project, cooking and STEM activity! This Virtual session will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 29th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm CT. Ages: 5-14

For more information on either of these events and online registration please visit this site:

Katie Zabel

Program Director

Nebraska State 4-H Camp & Big Red Camps

University of Nebraska - Lincoln


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