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Enroll in Gage County 4-H Today!

Enrollment is not required for many 4-H programs and events. However, 4-H members ages 8-18 as of January 1 of the current year are required to officially enroll through the 4-H Online system. Youth who are not members of a formal 4-H club may still join as independent members. Youth between the ages of 5 and 7, as of January 1 of the current year, may also enroll as Clover Kids. By enrolling, youth have the opportunity to participate in county fairs, the Nebraska State Fair, district and county contest and event, and additional statewide events and opportunities.

Jesse Fulton, Director of Nebraska Quality Assurance, will be presenting the latest on the Nebraska BQA program and certifying producers in BQA and BQA Transportation.  

Join Nebraska Extension along with the Agriculural Economics department and Center for Agricultural Profitably in Columbus, December 10-11 for the Returning to the Farm Workshop. This workshop serires is being taugh for families that have the next generation of farmers and ranchers coming back to their operations.  The workshop helps multi-generations traverse the challenges of successfully succeeding the operation to the next generation.  

During this program, participants will: 

Soybean cyst nematodes (SCN) are a plant-parasitic roundworm that attack soybeans in Saline, Jefferson, and Gage counties. The pest is not new or unfamiliar to area farmers and agronomists. However, sometimes we get too comfortable with old issues. As a reminder, SCN is the #1 yield-grabbing pest in U.S. soybean production.

Soybean cyst nematodes or SCN were found in 1954 affecting soybeans in North Carolina, but not found until 1986 in Richardson County, Nebraska. Nebraska was the last major soybean producing state to find SCN. A Nebraska SCN distribution study published in 1989 confirmed the presence of SCN in southeast Gage County in 1988. Today, SCN has been identified in 59 counties, including all counties in eastern Nebraska.

Yard and Garden is a live call-in show where our Host Nicole Stoner, Gage County Extension Educator can answer any questions you may have about your lawn, garden, landscape, bugs, or anything else green and growing. WHEN TO LISTEN:  Every Friday (March-August) –  on-air from 10:00 to 11:30 am HAVE A QUESTION:  CALL 402-729-3383          The following email address (nstoner2@unl.edu) can be used to send questions and/or photos of plant and pest problems.  All questions will be answered and some might be used on the radio program as well.


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Faculty Spotlight: Tayler Wickham

December 6, 2021
Meet Tayler Wickham, 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator serving Cuming and Washington Counties.

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Women in Agriculture’s Love of the Land conference to be presented virtually

December 1, 2021
Nebraska Extension's Women in Agriculture program will host the Love of the Land Conference for female farmland owners and tenant looking to improve their business management skills, Dec. 9, via Zoom.

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Principles for Attracting and Retaining Quality Ag Employees webinar - a panel discussion

November 29, 2021
Help- wanted signs are everywhere. Hiring is so difficult that many are calling this the "Great Resignation." Agricultural businesses in Nebraska are not exempt from this challenge; competition for available workers comes from area industries, and the labor market is tight.

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Beef Quality Assurance certification offered in December across Nebraska

November 29, 2021
Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance will be offering Beef Quality Assurance Certification across the state from Dec. 13-15.

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