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March 2019  (8 pg PDF - 2.43MB) All Contest Day Registration deadline is March 15th! Celebrate with Flat Herbie Fairbook Highlights YQCA info March is Bake and Take Month Makerspace Ssturdays Siouxland Garden Show

8th Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

Do you enjoy being outside? Learning new things about crops? Considering a career involving crops, insects, diseases, soils, water or more? Do you want to help figure out how to feed our world’s growing population in a sustainable way?

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the 8th Innovative Youth Corn Challenge contest. This contest, open to 4-H members (age 10 & older as of Jan. 1st) or FFA members (in-school members), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.

The Nebraska Simmental Association is looking for 4-H or FFA exhibitors in your county that exhibited a Grand Champion Simmental influenced breeding heifer, market steer or market heifer at their 2018 County Fair. Our intention is to honor these exhibitors at our annual banquet on the evening of Wednesday, February 20th at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 110 2nd Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska.
Social hour begins at 6:30 PM and the banquet begins at 7:30 PM.

Quite a few ag land leases in Nebraska start on March 1st.   So now is the time of year Extension receives questions about a host of topics related to setting up that new lease and new lease rate.  In addition to the traditional face-to-face meetings continuing, a new feature is being added., quarterly webinars.

 Who: Landlords and Tenants
What:  Ag Land Management Quarterly Webinar
When: Third Monday in February, May, August and November, 2019
First one is next Monday February 18th – 6:30 p.m.
Why: To provide timely information to both landowners and tenants for ag lease agreements

Civic Engagement and community service are a big part of 4-H where youth and adult volunteers do a tremendous amount of benefit in their communities and beyond.  We would like to encourage 4-Hers to continue to “make a difference” by making a Quilt of Valor that can be entered in the county and Nebraska State Fairs and then donated to the National Quilts of Valor Foundation.  Nebraska is the only state in the country with a 4-H Quilts of Valor program.  We want to continue this tradition and see it grow. 

The mission of the Quilts of Valor foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Northeast Nebraska Grain Marketing Meetings to be held in February

Grain marketing meetings to help farmers minimize losses during this time of low commodity prices will be held across Northeast Nebraska during February.  Nebraska Extension in partnership with WJAG Radio will present strategies for using futures and options to protect farmers from adverse price declines. The workshops will feature the Marketing in a New Era Simulation and the Grain Marketing Plan smartphone app.


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Sequenced Genome of Ancient Crop Could Raise Yields
Mar 5 – An international team has sequenced and mapped the genome of proso millet – a feat essential to raising yields of the drought-resistant crop in the Nebraska Panhandle and semiarid regions where population booms foreshadow food shortages. Read more
Crop Scout Training for Pest Managers is March 5
Feb 21 – Agriculture industry representatives and corn and soybean growers wanting to better manage pests are encouraged to attend the Crop Scout Training for Pest Managers course March 5 at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, 1071 County Road G. Read more