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November 19, 2018


Medicare Part D Enrollment Begins October 15

The annual Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D-the prescription drug benefit-is earlier this year.  The enrollment dates for 2019 Medicare Part D policies are October 15 through December 7; coverage begins January 1, 2019.

By now most individuals have received information from their Medicare Prescription Drug Plans or Medicare Advantage Plans advising them of changes in premiums, deductibles and drug coverages. However, if you just look at that information you won’t know there are five new Medicare Prescription Drug Plans available in Nebraska this year. The least expensive plan last year is now the 6th least expensive out of the 28 available drug plans.

Plan premiums for 2019 range from $15/month to $94.30/month with deductibles ranging from $0 to $415. As you can see there is more changing this season than just the color of the leaves.

While the premium costs are important, it’s the coverage of the prescriptions you take that really matters as well as the anticipated cost of them throughout the year at the pharmacy you want to use.

Everyone who is currently enrolled in a drug plan, and those who will be new to Medicare beginning in January, should seek a drug plan comparison.  Debra Schroeder, Extension Educator Emeritus and Trained SHIIP Professional, and Nancy Nemec and Sandy Boots, trained SHIIP Volunteers will be conducting twenty (20) Medicare Part D Drug Plan comparison events in Cuming County.  Events will be held at the St Francis Memorial Hospital, Francis Room, at 430 North Monitor West Point.  Contact St Francis Memorial Hospital at 402-372-2404 and ask for the Gift Shop to make an appointment. Enter through the main entrance of the hospital and Clinic.  Appointments will be in the Francis Room on the second-floor meeting rooms near the cafeteria.  You will need to bring your new Medicare card and a list of prescription drugs you take.  Dates available are as follows:


  • Tuesday November 27, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday November 28, 10:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday November 29, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


  • Tuesday December 4, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday December 5, 10:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 6, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday December 7, 9:00 to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. LAST DAY to ENROLL for 2019

 Once you are enrolled in a Part D plan, you can continue coverage with your plan from one year to the next provided the drug plan continues to be offered in Nebraska.  However, nearly all drug insurance plans have changes each year which may be in the form of premiums charges, deductibles, co-pay or co-insurance amounts, drugs covered or stipulations you will be subject to before your drug plan will cover a medication you may need.  The only way to know if your current drug plan is your best option for the year of 2019, is by having a drug plan comparison done.  There is no cost for this service provided by the volunteers in cooperation with Franciscan Care Services. It is all confidential and once you leave the office, the records are in strictest confidence.

 Should you have other questions, Debra Schroeder, Extension Educator Emeritus and Trained SHIIP Professional can be reached at 402-372-3376.  Also available to assist you is Diane White, director of the West Point Sunshine Center.  She may be reached at 402-372-3800.   Also volunteering her services are Sandy Boots, Nancy Nemec and Eileen Gentrup. You may also want to contact the SHIIP office directly at 1-800-234-7119. 


SOURCE:  Debra E Schroeder, Extension Educator Emeritus

RELEASE DATE:  November 19 - December 3, 2018


Celebrating a Year of Success: Leaders and Members Recognized for Years of Service and Achievements

 4-H Achievement Day is a chance for the Cuming County 4-H program to recognize its outstanding 4-H members and leaders for their accomplishments throughout the year and during their 4-H career.

 Chris Schiller, President of the 4-H Council served as the Master of Ceremonies.  The welcome was given by Levi Schiller; the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge were led by Mersadies Buderus and Kaleb Hasenkamp.

 A beef dinner was prepared and served by Kevin and Chad Klitz.  Expenses for the meal and door prizes were provided by the 4-H Council from the funds raised from the Silent Auction and the   4-H Country Kitchen.  Other contributors to the dinner were Cuming County Feeders, McDonald’s Restaurant, Hiland Dairy and the Jacobsen family.

 The American Youth “I Dare You” award is presented to members showing outstanding leadership and achievement to the Cuming County 4-H program. Receiving this honor this year is Ronny Petersen.

 Samantha Linder was honored for showing an exceptional amount of service to the 4-H program throughout her years as a 4-Her.  She received the Outstanding Service Award for her efforts.

 Achievement Day also served as the public recognition for Cole Jacobsen who has successfully completed all six levels for 4-H Diamond Clover program. The title of his project is called “Wooden Card Holders for Area Nursing Homes”.  Cole’s goal was to make something that would be useful for the residents in his area. He visited local nursing homes with his mom and had seen many people who had suffered from a stroke, diabetes, arthritis or other illnesses that affects one if not both of their hands.

 The purpose of the card holder is to help the elderly do a fun activity even though they may have a disability.  The card holders encourage social time with friends and family.  In the end, Cole learned that you can help a lot of people with a little effort, planning and hard work.  The card holders will positively impact many people in northeast Nebraska. Cole is a member of the Peppy Pepper’s 4-H Club and is the son of Tim and Tracy Jacobsen.

 Nicki White of Cuming County Public Power District presented the following 4-H’ers with their electrical energy awards.  Winning Reserve Champion overall was Ian Schiller for his Electrical Tool Box Kit and receiving Champion Overall was Gavin Kreikemeier for his Electrical Tool Box Kit.

 The 2018 Judging Team Coaches were recognized and thanked for their dedicated efforts in working with the teams.  Volunteer coaches were: Livestock: Lee Schroeder; Meats Identification: Wade Overturf and Jordan Fullner. 

 During Achievement Day we reviewed the accomplishments of those who participated in the Meats and Livestock Judging.

 Meats Identification Judging Coach Wade Overturf honored the members of the 2018 Meats Identification team with certificates.  Certificates were presented to: Layne Miller, Andrew Borgelt, Brandon Sindelar, Levi Schiller, Matthew Rolf, and James Rolf.

 Receiving certificates for their participation on the Livestock Judging Team were: Layne Miller, Elizabeth Karnopp, Chase Albers & Graduate Award, Evie Schlickbernd, Logan Buhrman, Payton Schiller, Dylan Russman, Levi Schiller, Zach Paasch, Andrew Borgelt, Kaleb Hasenkamp, Addisyn Albers, Owen Heller, Anna Karnopp, Cameryn Bellar, Emma Heller, Ian Schiller, Hunter Wegner, Trey Stewart, Landon Hasenkamp, Jaleigh Hallsted.

 Logan Buhrman, Dylan Russman, Andrew Borgelt and Kaleb Hasenkamp will be attending The Western National in Denver in January.

 Receiving certificates for their participation on the Skill-A-Thon Team were: Layne Miller, Elizabeth Karnopp, Megan Schroeder, and Ross Klitz.

 Crop Scouting Team receiving certificates were Levi Schiller, Payton Schiller, Kaleb Hasenkamp, Matthew Rolf, and James Rolf. They finished 2nd at Ithaca and 3rd at Regionals.


Estefania Barragan, Madilyn Brichacek, Noah Brichacek, Cooper Colson, Trentn Eisenbraun, Peyton Engel, Ethan Engelmeyer, Jaleigh Hallsted, Daltyn Hansen, Gabe Hardisty, Megan Hardisty, Gus Harrison, Emily Hoffman, Dominic Johnson, Allie Kaup, Mason Leonard, Kayleigh Marksmeier, McKenzie Marksmeier, Collin Nebuda, Evan Peterson, Max Peterson Jaxon Pierce, Josie Ritter, Natalie Ruskamp, Jakeb Schantz, Hayden Schroeder, Trevor Steffen, Tia Strehle, Megan Svoboda, Ryan Wuestewald.


Landon Buck, Ethan Buhrman, Xander Chapman, Melody Chapman, Logan Consbruck, Jacey Dimon, Reece Dimon, Kimber Eisenbraun, Lucas Engel, Jordyn Gentrup, Grace Hunzeker, Hailey Hunzeker, Thomas Karnopp, Ethan Kreikemeier, Simon Kreikemeier, Lily Meiergerd, Sylvia Meiergerd, Lainey Montgomery, Claire Paasch, Faith Peatrowsky, Jack Ritter, Logan Rolf, Carter Stratman, Blake Wegner, Mikaela Wolfenden, Greta Wooldrik


Brooklyn Bailey, Maci Batenhorst, Maddie Bracht, Gwen Donner, Branden Duhsmann, Dylan Duhsmann, Gabi Goeden, Allison Guenther, Alex Hagedorn, Hannah Harstick, Sarah Hrbek, Elizabeth Karnopp, Dylan Ludwig, Hannah McGill, Adison Meyer, Ariel Meyer, Ashton Meyer, Tymarie Ott, Kendra Paasch, Jamie Palm, Ronny Petersen, Allyson Plagge, Claire Raabe, Caleb Rehak, Jacob Reimers, Calby Ruskamp, Dylan Russman, Paige Schroeder, Tyson Snodgrass, Jessica Svoboda, Kayla Svoboda, Hunter Uhing, Macey Wooldrik.


Chase Albers, Maci Batenhorst, Mikaela Flores, Megan Groth, Hannah Harstick, Alexis Heller, Sarah Hrbek, Lauren Jacobsen, Leigh Jahnke, Allie Knobbe, Hannah McGill, Ariel Meyer, Ashton Meyer, Megan Olson, Jamie Palm, Ronny Petersen, Paige Schroeder, Kali Stratman, Bryce Ulrich.


 2 Years of Service: Angi Cargill, Herb Hasenkamp, Ryan Roeber, Sherry Roeber, Sarah Rolf, Katie Strehle.

 5 Years of Service: Cody Marx, Tami Russman.

 10 Years of Service: Joan Plagge, Kara Sweeney.

 15 Years of Service: Cindy Bloedorn, Brad Boyum, Willard “Ray” Kenney.

 20 Years of Service: Theresa Fullner.

 25 Years of Service:  Arnie Rief.

 35 Years of Service:  Glenn Hagedorn.

 45 Years of Service:  Ruby Jurgensen.


 4-H Event Vouchers would not be possible without the support of business and individual donations.

 4-H Event Vouchers - $75.00 to be used at statewide 4-H Camps, 4-H Club Congress, Citizenship Washington Focus or other 4-H Leadership Events: Kaleb Hasenkamp, Cole Jacobsen, Samantha Linder, Hannah McGill, Saige Miserez, Audra Nolting, Ronny Petersen, Levi Schiller, Payton Schiller, Brandon Sindelar, Reece Snodgrass, Tyson Snodgrass, Anna Wooldrik, and Evelyn Wooldrik.

 4-H Event Vouchers - $30.00 to be used at 4-H Clover Colleges, 4-H Camps, 4-H Club Congress, Citizenship Washington Focus other 4-H Leadership Event: Baxter Beutler, Jackson Cooney, Myles Dinslage, Landon Hasenkamp, Sydney Hutchinson, Austin Kamm, Halle Kreikemeier, Landree Loseke, Josephine Moyer, Alix Nolting, Faith Peatrowsky, Max Peterson, Campbell Snodgrass, Chloe Sprieck, Greta Wooldrik, and Alexis Wuestewald.

 4-H Event Vouchers Sponsored by Cuming County 4-H Council –

$10.00 to be used at Adventure Day Camp:  Baylor Beutler, Spencer Cooney, Charlie Dinslage, Devin Frisch, Daltyn Hansen, Peyton Hutchinson, Allie Kaup, Taylyn Maas, Katrina Moyer, Evan Peterson, Kylie Roeber, Ian Schiller, Joshua Snodgrass, Henry Wooldrik.

 National Club Congress Representative:  Audrey Glaubius – Consumer & Family Science; Kaleb Hasenkamp-Science & Technology; Alternate-Levi Schiller-Plant Science.

 2018 STATE RECORD BOOK Contestants:  Audrey Glaubius-Communication & Expressive Arts; Kaleb Hasenkamp-Animal Science; Cole Hutchinson-Science & Technology; Saige Miserez-Healthy Lifestyle Education; Consumer & Family Science; Audra Nolting-Consumer & Family Science, Communication & Expressive Arts.

 National 4-H Conference & Other Events: Samantha Linder, Ronny Petersen, Payton Schiller, Cole Jacobsen, Audrey Glaubius, and Kaleb Hasenkamp.

 2018-19 District Nominees

 Halle Kreikemeier- Communication & Expressive Arts; Consumer & Family Science; Healthy Lifestyles.

 Hannah McGill – Environmental Education & Earth Science; Healthy Lifestyles.

 Saige Miserez – Consumer & Family Science; Healthy Lifestyles.

 Audra Nolting – Animal Science; Communication & Expressive Arts; Consumer & Family Science.

 Levi Schiller – Animal Science; Citizenship & Leadership; Plant Science; Science & Technology.

 Brandon Sindelar – Citizenship & Leadership; Consumer & Family Science.

 Reece Snodgrass – Animal Science; Citizenship & Leadership; Healthy Lifestyles; Plant Science.

 Tyson Snodgrass – Citizenship & Leadership; Communication & Expressive Arts; Plant Science.

 Anna Wooldrik – Citizenship & Leadership; Communication & Expressive Arts; Plant Science.

 Alexis Wuestewald – Animal Science; Healthy Lifestyles.

 Subject matter and curriculum award winners include:


Jr – Myles Dinslage

Int – Levi Schiller, Faith Peatrowsky

Senior – Samantha Linder, Ronny Petersen


Junior – Austin Kamm

Senior – Kaleb Hasenkamp, Payton Schiller Ronny Petersen


Junior – Baylor Beutler

Int – Sydney Hutchinson

Senior – Kaleb Hasenkamp, Reece Snodgrass


Senior – Hannah McGill


Junior – Joshua Snodgrass


Junior – Max Peterson, Landree Loseke

Int – Alexis Wuestewald


Junior – Landree Loseke


Junior – Peyton Hutchinson, Campbell Snodgrass

Int – Levi Schiller, Sydney Hutchinson

Senior – Brandon Sindelar, Tyson Snodgrass


Junior – Baylor Beutler, Josephine Moyer, Charlie Dinslage

Int - Saige Miserez

Senior - Samantha Linder


Jr – Joshua Snodgrass


Senior – Audra Nolting


Lindsey Borgelt, Ava Karnopp, Allie Kaup


Junior – Kylie Roeber, Landree Loseke

Int – Alexis Wuestewald, Saige Miserez


Senior – Ronny Petersen


Junior – Austin Kamm


Senior – Brandon Sindelar


Junior – Alix Nolting, Myles Dinslage

Int – Faith Peatrowsky

Senior – Audra Nolting, Samantha Linder


Senior – Payton Schiller


Junior Ian Schiller

Int – Faith Peatrowsky

Senior – Anna Wooldrik


Junior – Baxter Beutler

Int. – Levi Schiller

Senior – Cole Jacobsen


Senior – Kaleb Hasenkamp


Junior – Alix Nolting

Senior – Audra Nolting


Junior – Landon Hasenkamp


Junior – Daltyn Hansen


Junior – Charlie Dinslage, Kylie Roeber, Peyton Hutchinson

Int – Sydney Hutchinson, Alexis Wuestewald

Senior – Anna Wooldrik


Junior – Charlie Dinslage


Junior – Evan Peterson


Junior – Henry Wooldrik

Senior – Payton Schiller


Junior – Ian Schiller


Junior – Baxter Beutler


Junior – Jackson Cooney, Baxter Beutler


Junior – Spencer Cooney


 Level 1Amethyst

Baylor Beutler, Spencer Cooney, Devin Frisch, Daltyn Hansen, Evan Peterson, Max Peterson, Kylie Roeber, Joshua Snodgrass, Henry Wooldrik.

 Level 2Aquamarine

Baxter Beutler, Jackson Cooney, Charlie Dinslage, Peyton Hutchinson, Allie Kaup, Taylyn Maas, Ian Schiller, Campbell Snodgrass, Chloe Sprieck.

 Level 3Ruby

Myles Dinslage, Sydney Hutchinson, Halle Kreikemeier, Alix Nolting, Faith Peatrowsky, Greta Wooldrik, Alexis Wuestewald.

 Level 4Sapphire

Samantha Linder, Audra Nolting, Reece Snodgrass, Evelyn Wooldrik.

 Level 5Emerald

Levi Schiller, Tyson Snodgrass, Anna Wooldrik.

 Level 6Diamond Clover COMPLETE

Cole Jacobsen.

 Cloverbuds – Membership Certificates: Braxten Bellar, Colby Brichacek, Peyton Buderus, Brodrick Burki, Rowen Dinslage, Allison Harrison, Emilyn Hilsinger, Emma Jacobsen, Blake Leonard, Cara Mandel, Peyton Petersen, Barrett Roberts, Ashlyn Roeber, Zachary Roeber, Kensingten Rolf, Caleb Schneider, Lilian Schneider, Mackenzie Steffen, Ryder Stigge, Carlie Stutzman, Chayton Wemhoff, Selena Wilson.

 Grady Arduser, Barrett Beutler, Harper Dinslage, Amirah Doescher, Jocelyn Gerken, Jordyn Hamata, Nolan Hasenkamp, Addison Marksmeier, Tucker Marx, Charley Meier, Colin Peabody, Alli Ritter, Tucker Steffen, Levi Strehle.

 Cloverbuds Graduating into 4-H received a certificate & Country Kitchen Voucher worth $3.00: Paislie Burki, Peyton Engel, Brynn Harrison, Caleigh Hensel, Colton Knievel, Nevaeh Kreikemeier, Mason Leonard, Emerson Meiergerd, Jaxon Pierce, Taylie Renner, Gunar Roberts, Kadence Rosendahl, Allan Wilson, Ryan Wuestewald.

 4-H Special Edition Writers

Audrey Glaubius, Chase Albers, Cole Jacobsen and Audra Nolting.

 Retiring 4-H Council Recognition

Sarah Rolf, Terry Buderus, Sherry Roeber, Mersadies Buderus, Kaleb Hasenkamp, Levi Schiller.


SOURCE: Melissa Nordboe, 4-H Extension Assistant

RELEASE DATE: November 19, 2018

 Top 4-H Members Take a Bow at 2018 Achievement Day

 Winning top honors at the 2018 4-H Achievement Day were: Ronny Petersen and Samantha Linder.

 The American Youth Foundation “I Dare You” awards are presented to members showing leadership and achievement in the Cuming County 4-H Program.  We have record of who has earned this award in Cuming County back to 1951.  In the group are many outstanding individuals that have provided leadership and service to their communities and the nation from the lifetime skills they developed in Cuming County 4-H program.  The program is designed to challenge the recipients to not only continue their good works but to go the extra mile to excel in all they do in 4-H, school, church and community.

 Ronny Petersen strives to do this best in everything he does.  He is an active volunteer in the community and is a great leader and role model. In his 4-H club, he always comes read to lead.  He has a positive attitude and is very attentive at all club activities.  He is also an active volunteer at his local church. 

 Ronny Petersen who is this year’s “I Dare You” Award winner is a ten year member of the Clever Clover’s 4-H Club and is the son of Pam and Jeff Petersen of West Point.

 The 4-H Outstanding Service Award recognizes Samantha Linder as a member who has committed her time to the Cuming County 4-H program and 4-H club over her entire 4-H career. Our winner is always willing to help keep the 4-H club running, has taken advantage of what 4-H has to offer by participating in a wide variety of projects, and is a great leader.  She will step up to the plate to help without being asked and will get younger members to join in.  She always has a positive attitude and is constantly helping others to reach their full potential. She is an eight year member of Clever Clover’s 4-H Club, and is the daughter of Sean and Mindi Linder of Oakland.


SOURCE:  Melissa Nordboe, 4-H Extension Assistant

RELEASE DATE: November 19, 2018

 Hasenkamp & Glaubius Participate in National 4-H Congress

 Kaleb Hasenkamp and Audrey Glaubius will travel to Atlanta, GA with 23 other Nebraska 4-Hers to participate in the 2018 National 4-H Congress November 23-27, 2018.

 National 4-H Congress is the flagship event of the 4-H program.  For 98 years, youth from the United States and its territories have participated in the youth leadership development conference.  The Congress provides youth, ages 14-19 a quality educational and cross-cultural experience.  It is designed to address the needs and issues of youth while helping to develop capable, competent and caring citizens.  Nebraska youth are selected for this honor based on their leadership, community service and educational activities through 4-H.

 Conference delegates are provided an exceptional experience during the conference which includes a variety of fun and exciting recreational and networking opportunities.  The workshop presenters and speakers motivate and share current and exciting 4-H information, all whiles emphasizing leadership, youth empowerment, and cultural diversity.  A cultural evening exposes the youth to a variety of forms of fine arts.  Delegates will also have an afternoon to visit venues in the city including the Centennial Olympic Park, The World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the Carter Presidential Center, and the Martin Luther King Center.

 All youth ages 5 to 19 can explore their interests and enhance their potential through 4-H. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension youth development program offers projects for nearly every interest, ranging from web design to rockets, genealogy, animals large and small, woodworking, fashion, photography and much, much more.


SOURCE:  Melissa Nordboe, 4-H Extension Assistant

RELEASE DATE: November 19, 2018

 Extension Board to Meet

 The Cuming County Extension Board will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 26 in the Courthouse Meeting Room.

Topics of discussion will include: nominating committee update, advocacy reports, a review of staff reports, programming ideas and marketing Extension.  Chris Kreikemeier, President of Extension board will preside at the meeting.


SOURCE: Larry Howard, Extension Educator

RELEASE DATE: November 19, 2018

 Registration Deadline Nears for December, 2018 Co-Parenting for Successful Kids

The deadline for the December session of Co-Parenting for Successful Kids offered by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is rapidly approaching.  This month’s session will be held Thursday, December 6, from 1:00-4:30 p.m. at theMadison Extension Office located at 1305 S 13th Str in Norfolk.  Any families who are filing for dissolution (divorce), modifications or paternity matters but according to extension officials, the classes are also open to any area residents who feel their families could benefit from the session.

The Co-Parenting for Successful Kids program helps parents understand the impact of divorce on their children and provides concrete actions parents can take to help their children transition through the change successfully.

For complete details about the class or to pre-register for an upcoming session call the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Madison County at 402-370-4040.  Registration for the class is $50. Reduced fees are available for income-eligible participants-application at child.unl.edu/divorce or call to request.  There will be a Spanish interpreter at this session.


SOURCE:  Lee Sherry, Extension Educator

RELEASE DATE:  November 19, 26, 2018

4-H Healthy Habits Grant

We want your classroom to be a part of the 4-H Healthy Habits Grant! Presented and funded by the National 4-H council and The Walmart Foundation, this grant seeks to improve food choices in your students and help them understand the importance of making healthy choices through hands on activities taught by your Extension Educator. If you want to say “YES” and bring this free program into your classroom call the extension office at 402-372-6006 to sign up or email Hannah.guenther@unl.edu for more information.


SOURCE:  Hannah Guenther, Extension Educator

RELEASE DATE:  November 19, 2018


Larry Howard

Extension Educator

Nebraska Extension

Serving Cuming County

Limit Feeding Cows With Corn as an Alternative to Hay

Feed costs make up the largest expense in a cow-calf operation. While hay is often used to feed cows through the winter, current prices make corn a competitive option to feeding hay. Considering corn has a higher energy content than hay, the cost of feeding hay is often higher than corn on a price per pound of energy basis. For example, corn priced at $3.30/bushel ($118/ton) equates to approximately $0.08 per pound of total digestible nutrients (TDN) while hay priced at $100/ton is nearly $0.11 per pound of TDN. 

A study conducted at The Ohio State University evaluated limit-feeding corn as an alternative to hay for mature cows in gestation and early lactation. The results of this study suggest that corn can be limit fed to meet the nutrient requirements of cows without negatively impacting performance, conception rate, or calf weaning weight.

When utilizing a limit fed, grain-based diet, there are several factors producers should take into consideration to help facilitate the success of the program.           

  1. Adjust cows to the limit fed diet over a week to ten-day period by gradually increasing the corn and reducing the hay to desired levels. This will help cows transition to the new ration and minimize digestive upsets.
  2. Provide at least 24 to 30 inches of bunk space per cow. Adequate space is needed to ensure that all cows have an opportunity to eat the limited feed that will be provided.
  3. Utilize an ionophore to improve feed efficiency and help minimize digestive upsets.
  4. Divide cows into groups based on age and pecking order, if possible, so that boss cows do not keep younger, more timid cows from getting their share of the ration.
  5. Realize that cows will act hungry when receiving a limit fed diet, even though the ration is meeting the nutrient needs of the cow. 
  6. Feed cows at a consistent time each day to help minimize cows displaying discontented behavior.
  7. Adjust the ration for changes in the cow’s nutrient requirements as needed. The nutrient needs of the cow are highest during late gestation and early lactation. Additionally, cold weather events can increase the energy requirements of the cow.

Depending on current commodity prices and availability, there is opportunity to winter cows using alternative energy sources to hay. Limit feeding a corn-based diet can be a cost effective option for meeting the nutrient requirements of cows. The University of Nebraska has conducted several studies to evaluate limit feeding cows.  For more information, please see the Dry Lot Beef Cow/Calf Enterprise article (https://beef.unl.edu/dry-lot-beef-cowcalf-enterprise). For assistance with evaluating cost differences of feedstuffs, consider using the Feed Cost Cow-Q-Lator (https://beef.unl.edu/dry-lot-beef-cowcalf-enterprise).


 Food, Nutrition and Health

Hannah Guenther
Extension Educator
Nebraska Extension
Serving Cuming County

Stuff the Turkey, Not Yourself

Disclaimer: this is not an article that is going to be about how to stay away from all the deliciousness that Thanksgiving has to offer. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that pushes gifts aside and focuses on thankful hearts and time with family and friends. Oh, and a lot of delicious food. This article is simply about to how navigate Thanksgiving Day in moderation with the help of portion control, exercise, and some tips and tricks to help you have a healthy and happy thanksgiving this year.

So have you ever wondered how many calories are actually consumed on Thanksgiving Day by the average American? The Calorie Control Council found that on average 3,000 calories are consumed on Thanksgiving and unfortunately that does not include appetizers or dessert.

Practice Portions

The first way to navigate the Thanksgiving dinner table is simply to practice portion control by serving yourself the correct serving size. I am not recommending that you bring your measuring cups to the dinner table because all you need to help you know the correct serving sizes is in your hand. A serving size of turkey is 3 oz of the size of your palm. 1 cup is the recommended serving size of mashed potatoes and is the size of your fist. Cooked green vegetable’s serving size is also one fist while lettuce or leafy greens are 2 fists.  Got to have your stuffing on thanksgiving? Try to stick to a ½ cup serving which is about ½ of your first or about the size of a bar of soap. If you need some butter on your biscuit or dinner roll, try to keep it to 1 tsp which is the same size as the tip of your thumb.

Small Swaps

In addition to practicing your portion control, some small swaps can have a big difference on your holiday meal. When serving up some turkey, choosing white meat will lower fat and calories. In terms of sides, focus on vegetables and try to make ½ your plate fruits and vegetables. Drink water. This zero calorie beverage will keep you hydrated without contributing to your calorie count.

Turkey Trot

Each year I am always thankful for the ability to move and stay active. Take some time to give thanks for the ability to move and exercise. Most cities and neighborhoods have a turkey trot on thanksgiving morning. Do some research and find a turkey trot to complete before the Macy’s Day Parade! Can’t find a turkey trot near you? Plan a family turkey trot around the park or go for a walk after the meal. If the college football game isn’t turning out like you had hoped, take the game outside and play as a family! Exercising on Thanksgiving Day is a great way to spend time with family, reflect, and feel better about that pumpkin pie that is going to be consumed a little later.

Give Thanks

I’m a firm believer that health is a full body approach and this final tip for a healthy thanksgiving has nothing to do with food or exercise. Psychology Today found that practicing gratitude improved health in ways of better sleep, mental strength, and empathy. Make sure you take time to actually give thanks this holiday. Set the table with brown paper and give everyone a pen, let everyone decorate the table with what they are thankful for this year. You could also start a table question. Ask everyone what it is that they are thankful for this past year and take time to go around the table to share and listen. (Last year, my little niece shared that she was thankful for boxed brownies.) This year, I am thankful for the opportunity to share my passion for food and nutrition with this community.

Have a happy, healthy, and thankful Thanksgiving!


What are Nebraska Extension Master Gardeners?

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

 (Part 1 of 3)

 Nebraska Extension Master Gardeners are Extension-educated volunteers who make a difference in their communities, reaching people from all backgrounds and ethnicities about research-based gardening information.  While beautification of outdoor spaces is one of the happy consequences of their volunteer efforts, Master Gardeners do so much more: 

     ▪They work with child care centers and school programs to start youth on a journey of lifelong      gardening and ensure the skills necessary to have access to fresh food. 

     ▪They serve as consultants to community and food pantry gardens.

     ▪Master Gardener volunteers work with garden clubs and school groups to foster, plant, and     maintain habitats for pollinators.

     ▪They answer questions from the public about gardening-related topics through local Extension offices via the horticulture helpline and “Ask the Master Gardener” tables.  

     ▪Master Gardeners provide gardening programs and demonstrations to clubs, senior citizen      centers, neighborhood associations, farmers markets, and youth groups.

Besides a love of gardening, Nebraska Extension Master Gardeners have good people skills and a strong appreciation for the research that goes into making everyone better gardeners, reducing waste that goes into landfills and using Integrated Pest Management as a means of solving pest problems, regardless if the pest is a plant disease, insect or weed.

Nebraska Extension Master Gardener volunteers have a long history of supporting the land grant mission to improve people’s lives by providing research-based education. The Extension Master Gardener program began in King County, Washington, in 1971 as an outreach to plug the gap between the demand for horticulture information and the shortfall of Extension staff to answer those questions.  Hippies and “getting back to Mother Earth” were two cultural dynamics leading to the increased demand.  Since that time, the Extension Master Gardener program has expanded across the United States, is in four Canadian provinces, and now South Korea, joining in 2011.

Next: Part 2 of 3, What do the instructional classes cover for Nebraska Extension Master Gardener volunteers?

The Extension Master Gardener horticulture helpline and open clinic hours are:

Mondays, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Washington County Extension, 402-426-9455

Tuesdays, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Cuming County Extension, 402-372-6006

Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Dodge County Extension, 402-727-2775



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