Nebraska Extension in Garfield, Loup & Wheeler Counties

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GLW 4-H enrollment for 2018 is due March 15th. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization focused on developing skills and knowledge in agriculture, science, citizenship and healthy lifestyles. This program aims to create positive, hands-on educational experiences open to all youth in preparation for lives as successful citizens and leaders. In Nebraska, one in three youth is actively engaged in 4-H through clubs, afterschool activities and school enrichment programs. We have activities ranging from photography to animal science and foods to conservation wildlife to suit the interests of every youth.

We have a wonderful opportunity to collect information from working pregnant women living in rural Nebraska and need your help. We want to hear these women’s ideas about infant care as well as their plans after their baby is born!

We are looking for expectant working women (in their third trimester or close to that) living in Nebraska.  We plan to meet with them for a total of three times over the duration of one year, and, after each visit, compensation is provided for their time.  Additional information about the study is provided in the flyer.

Nebraska 9th graders currently enrolled in 4-H (and those enrolled as 8th graders last year) will have received a letter pre-admitting them to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. With this, they will have the opportunity to participate in Next Chapter, a unique partnership between Nebraska 4-H and University Admissions that connects students statewide with the resources of the University! This also means that students that meet academic requirements will be admitted after high school. Next Chapter also grants students access to personnel and resources like never before. Highlights will include:

Join Steve Niemeyer, Beef Systems Extension Educator, for Grazing Cover Crop Field Day in Spalding on September 15, 2017 from 9Am to 1PM. This program will cover soil health improvement, organic crop production, grass finishing cattle and grazing irrigated cover crop. Please RSVP by September 11th for the free lunch to Cindy Glaser at 308-750-2879. For more information, contact Steve Niemeyer at 308-346-4200, Ron Bolze at 402-321-0067 or Jerry Glaser at 308-750-9578. The program is a partnership between Nebraska Extension, Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

On June 5, 2017, Mike Groenewold, Park Horticulturist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will present a program about Pollinators at Calamus Outfitters at 7:00PM. Many people may have observed that bees, butterflies and other pollinators are currently in need of help as their numbers are declining dramatically. Some people may not realize how important these insects are to our existence. We rely on pollinators to help plants produce many of the fruits, vegetables, and nuts we eat. In fact, we can thank pollinators for nearly one out of every three bites of food we eat. As well, some pollinators, like the Monarch butterfly are beautiful insects and it would be a tragedy if this insect disappears from our landscape.

We had a full house for New Family Night, but we know as much as we have grown this year, we missed several families last night. If you are interested in the information shared, but were unable to make it to the meeting, please contact the office. We have extra copies of the handouts, powerpoint and would be more than happy to talk you through the information. We are so thrilled you decided to join GLW 4-H! Now, let us help you make it a stellar 4-H year!

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Nebraska Extension soil health training July 18
Jun 21 – Nebraska Extension will host a clinic on July 18 for the public to learn more about the components of soil health. Read more
Nebraska Extension to host Weed Management and Cover Crops Field Day
Jun 11 – Growers, crop consultants and educators are encouraged to attend Nebraska Extension's Weed Management and Cover Crops Field Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 27 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's South Central Agricultural Laboratory near Clay Center. Read more