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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.

Working cooperatively with Three Rivers Public Health Department and United Way, Dodge County 4-H has accepted the challenge to assist in obtaining much needed Face Masks, Isolation Gowns and Surgical Caps. These supplies will be distributed to individuals in Dodge, Saunders and Washington County who need them. Saunders and Washington County 4-Hers are also contributing to this effort.

New patterns have been posted. PLEASE consider being a part of this extremely important community service project.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

 Of all the herbs in my herb garden, chives are the earliest to send out their slender stems in spring. So even when the vegetable garden isn’t producing yet, I can add something fresh to the food I’m preparing by heading outside to snip some chives. They add a nice mildly onion-y taste to salads and they look great on baked potatoes. This perennial plant is not only easy to grow but its frost resistance makes it a colorful contribution to the table from early spring until late in the fall.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

 In preparation for April 14’s National Pecan Day, what better way to celebrate the day than planting your very own northern pecan tree, Carya illinoinensis. Native to southern Wisconsin and the northern parts of Illinois and Iowa and extending south to Texas, the northern pecan can handle winter temperatures as low as -35 degrees F.  It has pinnately compound leaves that turn a beautiful yellow color in the fall. This tree gets large, upwards of 70 feet, with a crown extending 40 feet or more, so give it plenty of room at planting time. 

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

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Nebraska Extension showcasing 4-H’ers at county fairs

May 22, 2020
Nebraska Extension is working to make sure all 4-H’ers across the state have the opportunity to showcase their hard work come county fair time this summer.

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Nebraska Extension, UNMC to host discussion on impact of pandemic-related stress on farmers and ranchers

May 22, 2020
Nebraska Extension and the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Rural Health Initiative will host a discussion about the impact of COVID-related stress on farmers, ranchers and others engaged in agriculture.

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