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Baling of soybean residue after harvest has gained popularity again this fall due to higher hay prices and forage shortages following drought. Further, delayed corn harvests are also slowing stalks residue baling and stalks grazing. According to the USDA AMS Nebraska Direct Hay sales report, large round cornstalks bale values are $110 per ton versus $80 per ton for large round soybean residue bales. So, the question arises, do soybean residue bale values justify raking and baling costs, reduced soil protection and nutrient removal?

By Erin Laborie, Beef Systems Extension Educator

 In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implemented the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), which brought over the counter (OTC) feed additive antibiotics under the oversight of veterinarians. As part of the FDA’s plan to support the judicious use of antibiotics, all remaining medically important OTC antibiotics will require a prescription effective June 11, 2023.  

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Your Super Bowl Game Plan for Healthy Eating

Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day, according to Wikipedia.

Develop a winning Super Bowl “food game plan” by thinking like a football player on the playing field. Only, instead of the opposing team, your field is filled with food and refreshments. Here are eight winning strategies:


Plan a successful defense against food that is excessive in fat and calories:

• Equip yourself — include some lower-calorie choices.

• Position yourself away from heaping platters.

The Hands of 4-H

Head, Heart, Hands & Health have been the 4 H’s in 4-H since the program was founded in 1902. When members recite the 4-H pledge they say, “my hands to larger service”, the hands in 4-H. An important activity for 4-H members is taking part in community service projects. These projects give youth valuable opportunities to develop positive relationships in their community as well as enhance personal growth and satisfaction, reports Nebraska Extension Educator Caitlyn Jacobson. 4-H clubs are expected to complete a group community service project on an annual basis, and 4-H clubs are often known for their work in the community.

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University saluted by Carnegie Foundation for excellence in community engagement

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“We see the designation as a springboard. It allows us to ramp up in places where we can do better, to bring more public presence to the engagement work that we’re doing, to reward those people who are doing it well and to really enhance our capacity in engagement.”Kathleen Lodl, associate dean of Nebraska Extension

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