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Preparations for the 2019 Fair season are well underway.  4-H youth, parents, staff and communities are working hard towards successful and rewarding fairs full of fun and memories.  

Please go to the web sites linked below for detailed information for 4-H Youth and their families.

Fremont 4-H Expo - July 10 - 13, 2019

Dodge County Fair - July 31 - August 4, 2019

Nebraska State Fair - August 23 - September 2, 2019

Nebraska Extension is working with USDA and Crop Insurance Partners to discuss how cattle producers can utilize annual forages this season to supplement loss of hay and pasture in flood affected areas.

The Dodge County 4-H Program hosted their Public Speaking Contest on Thursday, March 28th at the Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children. This year 61 area youth partook in either the Speech or PSA portion of the Public Speaking Contest. The top 3 youth in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior age divisions for both the Speech and PSA contest will advance onto the Regional Public Speaking Contest come May. The Dodge County 4-H Public Speaking Contest was sponsored by the Dodge County 4-H Council, Dodge County 4-H Foundation and the Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children.

 Here are the results for the 2019 Dodge County 4-H Public Speaking Contest:

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

The flooding and subsequent ponding has a profound effect on trees and shrubs in the landscape. The contaminants these waters carry negatively impact vegetable garden sites and orchards.  Here are some flood resources to address residents’ concerns.

As the flood waters recede and we begin the process of assessing the damage, we will need to assess the safety of the food in our pantries and cupboards.  Please follow the following safety tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: -Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water. If in doubt, throw it out. -Do not eat food packed in plastic, paper, cardboard, cloth and similar containers that have been water damaged. -Discard food and beverage containers with screw-caps, snap lids, crimped caps (soda bottles), twist caps, flip tops and home canned foods, if they have come in contact with flood water. These containers cannot be disinfected.

Information and Resources for Flooded Areas

Nebraska Extension Flood Resources

Nebraska Department of Agriculture

Nebraska Farm Bureau Disaster Assistance - Agriculture Disaster Exchange

Dodge County Sheriff's Office Facebook page has on going updates about road conditions and evacuations

Resources to Recovery  - USDA  -  'Bomb Cyclone' of March 2019 Blizzard & Flood Recover 

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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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