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The drought continues. We have seen a couple of rains recently in the Beatrice area, but the rain is very spotty this year and is not fully recuperating what we have lost in the past few months of the drought. Irrigation through this will be important for the life of our plants, including both the established and the newly planted things.
Last year Nebraska Extension introduced the free Agricultural Budget Calculator (ABC) program. This program is designed to assist agricultural producers in determining their cost of production and projected cash and economic returns for their various farm or ranch enterprises. It is developed by the Center for Agricultural Profitability in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Agricultural Economics. This article comes from recent issues of CropWatch where Glennis McClure and other members of the Center for Ag Profitability Team explained the program and a couple of , specific questions that may come up when using it.

A private pesticide applicator is a person who uses or supervises the use of restricted use pesticides in the production of agricultural commodities on land owned or rented by them or their employer. Applicators are not eligible to purchase or apply restricted use pesticides until both certified and licensed. I will be assisting with educator vacancies in Lancaster/Cass/Otoe and Johnson/Nemaha/Pawnee/Richardson accountability regions. The number of trainings and venues have changed across southeast Nebraska as a result.

Direct volunteers must be screened or rescreened through the Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Central Registry Check. 

Cost of the screening is $5

Direct Volunteers:

Club Leaders 4H Council Member Horse Level Testers

For those who are Direct volunteers, the process will be initiated when you re-enroll through 4-H Online 2.0 at https://v2.4honline.com
(select Organizational Leader, Project Leader or Program Volunteer).

Rescreening is done every five years by district, regardless of when a volunteer’s original screening was completed.

4-H Volunteer/Leader Screening - Required in 2021

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Volunteer Activity Application process includes a volunteer screening. All volunteers and staff who work directly with youth are required to complete the volunteer screening. Be assured the volunteer screening process is confidential.

Volunteers are screened in order to ensure a safe, positive and nurturing environment for all youth involved with Nebraska 4-H programs and provide protection for the child, volunteer, educator, 4-H Council, Extension Board, and UNL Extension.

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