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OFFICE STAFF POSITION

DODGE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE

is accepting applications for a

Full-time Staff Position

that will provide 4-H/youth program and general office support

 in the Nebraska Extension Office in Fremont

 

Skills required include:

Coordinating and organize 4-H programming Developing/formatting correspondence/newsletters Computer/technical fluency Problem Solving Answering/directing calls Proficiency with Microsoft Office software

 

The University of Nebraska Lincoln and Nebraska Extension has mandated that all University sponsored in-person events be CANCELLED from now until March 29. Then, all University sponsored events from March 30 – May 9 are to only be delivered digitally (Skype, Zoom, etc). Nebraska Extension is fully committed to the health and well-being of Nebraskans. In a disease situation like COVID-19, the principle of social distancing is one of the main methods that can be used to help reduce the spread of the disease.

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension in Dodge County

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

 “Foraging” refers to the gathering of wild edibles for food to grace our table. Historically, the human race began as hunter-gatherers, gleaning food from what was found, not raised. With the growing interest in fresh and local, there has been a resurgence of interest in foraging for wild food.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum, is an easy-to-grow perennial that lends a delightfully tart taste to pies, crisps and jams. The fact it is a perennial means there’s no extra labor to grow plants annually from seed like you do for the vegetable garden.  The edible part of rhubarb, the petiole (also called a stalk), is technically not a fruit, but its size relative to fruit trees makes rhubarb a nice fit for a smaller space.  The robust leaves, though poisonous, are eye-pleasing and make an unexpected addition into landscape plantings.

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

Galls are structures made up of plant tissue, forming in response to the saliva of mites or small insects as they feed. The number and variety of galls found on trees in our landscapes are closely associated with the weather and how conducive it is to gall-producing arthropod populations. Galls happen every year, it’s just some years the number may be higher because that insect population is higher. For the most part, gall formation on leaves is of little concern, while those affecting the twigs, branches and stems merit closer monitoring.

Maple Bladder Gall

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