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The Central Sandhills Area 4-H News for September is now available by clicking here.

UNL's Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory will celebrate its Open House, Wednesday, August 26 via live webinar. To see the schedule or to RSVP for the link, please visit:

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

Click for the 2020 Fair Book

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.   

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Cotton to retire after 25 years with Nebraska Extension

June 22, 2021
Following a 37-year career working for land-grant universities and the national Cooperative Extension system, including 25 years with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Dan Cotton will retire June 30.

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Nebraska Extension to host Inaugural Specialty Crop Conference & Trade Show

June 11, 2021
Nebraska Extension, in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, will host the Nebraska Specialty Crop Conference on November 9-10, 2021, on Nebraska’s Innovation Campus.

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Nebraska Extension field day for management of Palmer amaranth in corn

June 9, 2021
Growers, crop consultants and extension educators interested in management of atrazine/glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth are encouraged to attend Nebraska Extension's field day, supported by the Nebraska Corn Board, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 30 near Carleton.

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Wheat stem sawfly emergence – field notes from early June

June 7, 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —The wheat stem sawfly has begun emergence throughout the High Plains. Observations from several locations – the High Plains Ag Lab (HPAL) near Sidney, Neb., the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) Research Station near Akron, Colo., and as far east as Deuel County, Neb. – indicate very high populations of wheat stem sawfly in wheat fields.

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