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Memorial Weekend is now over, and the garden season is actively kicking into gear. This is a time to rejoice for gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts as warm weather has arrived, blooming plants and shrubs are showing off their beauty and the threat of frost is hopefully gone until this coming Fall. Now is the time to get out and enjoy our gardens and landscapes, tending to them with a great sense of pride.

As there are so many items that could be covered right now, I am sharing hints on some timely topics based on calls and email messages that I receive. Some of the suggestions are seasonal in nature that should be carried out to help keep plants in the landscape and the garden healthy.

Just Breathe

Everyone perceives stress differently, and everyone reacts to stressful situations very differently. The difference we witness in each other is something to keep in mind as we navigate these next months, reports Extension Educator Susan Harris. Some people hold it all in and withdraw from social connections. Some individuals lash out in anger. Others react with physical problems like headaches or upset stomachs. Many suffer from sleep deprivation as stress builds, resulting in fuzzy thinking or difficulty concentrating.

Thinking about home preserving food this summer, start planning and preparing now! Register for a FREE online class offered by Nebraska Extension. 

What equipment will you need?  Begin checking your equipment and supplies. Proper equipment in good condition is required for safe, high quality home canned food.

Get answers to these questions and more by registering for a FREE online class on June 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Register at:  https://go.unl.edu/homecanningbasics

Nebraska Extension and the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture have launched a new student gardening competition to take place this summer.

May is National Beef Month, which is a great opportunity to celebrate all aspects of the beef industry from pasture to plate says Erin Laborie, Beef Systems Extension Educator based in Furnas County.  Farmers and ranchers work hard every day to provide quality care for their cattle, practice stewardship of the land, and produce a wholesome, nutritious beef product for consumers.

May 2020

Happy Beef Month!

May is National Beef Month, which is a great opportunity to celebrate and support one of Nebraska's largest industries. Thank you to all the beef producers who work hard every day to provide quality care for their cattle, practice stewardship of the land, and produce a wholesome, nutritious beef product for consumers.

 As always, please let me know if you have any questions or need assistance with developing rations for your cattle. Stay well!

 In this Beef Update newsletter, you will find:

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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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