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Does your child, age 14-15, work on someone else’s farm or acreage nearby? Or do you employ a young person on your farm or acreage?

If the answer is yes, this little-known information is vital. Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from using specific equipment on a farm unless parents or legal guardians own the farm. Certification received after a course provided by Nebraska Extension grants an exemption to the law, allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with certain mechanized equipment.

Nebraska Needs You is a community-wide social media compaign focused on promoting hope, resilience and connectedness amoung rural youth in Nebraska by sharing positive and empowering key messages that will encourage them to see their worth, take care of their mental health, and to reach out for help if they or someone they know is considering suicide. 

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Resources for Nebraska Farmers, ranchers, and Their Families. We hope you reach out if you are feeling stressed. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We care about you!
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are a useful mode of transportation on farms and ranches, yet there are known safety hazards associated with their use. “ATV Aware” is a program which uses a custom-made simulator to mimic an actual experience of riding an ATV and teach about safe riding behaviors and laws.
Sleep is arguably the single most important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and lack of it causes a significantly reduced quality of life. We are committed to providing opportunities that will improve the well-being of individuals by offering programs dedicated to sleep deficiency and combatting this public health problem.

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Panhandle Perspectives: Did you know? The first domestic sugarbeet seeds were produced in Nebraska

March 26, 2020
At the turn of the 20th century, the sugarbeet was one of the few American crops with an almost complete dependence upon Europe as a source of seed each season. The vast majority of all seed used in sugar beet production originated in either Germany or France. It took two primary factors before Americans were convinced that a domestic seed industry was needed.

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Combatting cabin fever: Extension builds out educational content

March 24, 2020
For many families across the state, cabin fever may be setting in, and Nebraska Extension is working to help alleviate pent-up energy with fun, educational content for all ages.

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