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Chemigation certification training set in Scottsbluff, Sidney, Bridgeport, Alliance
Nebraska Extension will conduct chemigation certification training sessions through early April at Alliance, Sidney, Bridgeport, and Scottsbluff, as well as other sites around Nebraska, such as North Platte and Ainsworth.
Producers who plan to apply crop nutrients and pesticides through irrigation systems during 2019, including those who need to renew their 2018 permits, are required to attend a training session and pass the test administered afterward. Attendees are asked to pre-register at the extension office whose session they plan to attend. They will receive a training manual and calibration workbook to review before the training session.
On the day of the session, they are asked to bring the manual, calibration workbook, No. 2 pencil, and a calculator. There is no charge. Training and testing will take approximately two to three hours.
More information and a complete schedule of training sessions throughout Nebraska is available at http://water.unl.edu/cropswater/chemigation (redirects to https://edmedia.wufoo.com/reports/2019-chemigation-training-dates/)
Dates, times and locations for the western-most sessions are listed below.
- Alliance, Feb. 21: TWO TIMES -- 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Box Butte County Extension Office, 415 Black Hills St. Contact 308-762-5616.
- Sidney, Feb. 27: 9:30 a.m., Cheyenne County Community Center, 627 Toledo St. Contact 308-254-4455.
- Bridgeport, March 14: 1 p.m., Prairie Winds Community Center, 428 Main St. Contact 308-262-1022.
- Scottsbluff, March 28: 1 p.m., UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I. Contact 308-632-1480.
On-farm research update meeting Feb. 27 at Alliance
Farm operators and agronomists are invited to attend the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network research results update meeting Feb. 27 at Alliance.
The meeting will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., including lunch, at Knight Museum & Sandhills Center, 908 Yellowstone Ave.
The program is free and includes lunch, but preregistration is requested for meal planning purposes. To preregister call Box Butte County Extension office at 308-762-5616, or the On-Farm Research Network’s office in Lincoln at 402-624-8030 (or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Registration check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.
The Alliance meeting is one of a series of meetings across Nebraska, where crop production-related information from over 80 on-farm research projects conducted on Nebraska farms by Nebraska farmers in partnership with University of Nebraska faculty will be shared with producers. These research projects cover products, practices, and new technologies that impact farm productivity and profitability.
Research projects to be discussed will include: dry edible peas, dry bean direct harvest, cover crops, variable rate seeding, planting populations, multi-hybrid planting, starter fertilizer, fungicide applications, alternate crop rotations, multi-hybrid planting uses, seed treatments, and side-dress nitrogen management technologies including drone- and sensor-based management and variable-rate nitrogen management.
Certified Crop Advisor Credits are applied for and pending upon approval.
The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network is a statewide, on-farm research program that addresses critical farmer questions about production, profitability and natural resources. Growers take an active role in the on-farm research project sponsored by Nebraska Extension in partnership with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, the Nebraska Corn Board, the Nebraska Soybean Checkoff, and the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.
To learn more about the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network and how to participate, visit https://cropwatch.unl.edu/farmresearch.
Upcoming Go NAP SACC training for child-care providers
Nebraska Extension will offer an interactive workshop for child care center and family home providers, called Go NAP SACC, in March in Scottsbluff.
Go NAP SACC (Go Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care) is a free in-service opportunity for child care providers that takes providers through five simple steps to make healthy changes to their programs to promote healthy child development by supporting healthy eating and physical activity for the children.
The training will consist of two sessions, which will take place March 7 and 14 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Scotts Bluff County Extension Office, 4502 Avenue I Scottsbluff.
Go NAP SACC focuses on 5 main health areas: breastfeeding & infant feeding, child nutrition, infant and child physical activity, outdoor play and learning, and screen time. It is designed for providers who care for children from the ages of birth to 5 years old. Go NAP SACC is more than just an in-service, it is a comprehensive process that includes five key steps: 1, complete a pre self-assessment; 2, attend a Go NAP SACC training; 3, develop an action plan; 4, reach the goals in the action plan; 5, complete a post self-assessment. To learn more about Go NAP SACC, check out a video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ4F7h3Xm40
Go NAP SACC promotes healthy child development and also provides resources that child-care providers can use in their programs and for parent education, including one-on-one mentoring; approved in-service hours to meet state licensing requirements, and incentives upon completion of program. For child-care providers who are obtaining the Step Up to Quality certification, Go NAP SACC is required in Step 2. Step Up to Quality is a program coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Education that helps early child care providers and educators recognize and improve quality.
This Go NAP SACC training is made possible through funding from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program –Education (SNAP-Ed), Nebraska Extension, and the entire Go NAP SACC collaborative
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