Parker Sturgis got his start in Kearney County 4-H through the kindness of a family who wanted to help give him the experience of working with livestock. Tragically, Parker passed away in a car accident in December of 2015. Thanks to generous donations, the Parker Sturgis Livestock Award has been established in his memory. The winner(s) will receive a hog to show at the 2019 Kearney County Fair. Application Deadline is Friday, May 22nd.
Tractor Safety Courses Offered Throughout NebraskaFederal 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 through a course provided by Nebraska Extension grants an exemption to the law, allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and work with certain mechanized equipment.
Flood ResourcesThe following link provides current resources related to flooding.
UNL at Forefront of Innovation in Irrigation, ConservationDeploying the latest technology and strategies, the University has helped Nebraska farmers save more than 326 billion gallons of water and more than $50 million in fuel costs since 2005.
Protecting Crops in a Warmer WorldHigher temperatures caused by climate change aren’t just increasing the number of daytime scorchers. Nights are getting warmer as well, stressing plants and decreasing yields of vital crops worldwide.
Grow Your Local CommunityJoin other like-minded communities as we learn programs and resources, share best practices and ideas, empower ourselves and others to assist entrepreneurs and grow our local communities at the annual Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) Conference.
Tractor Safety Training Required by Law for Teen Farm/Ranch Workers
The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Employing anyone uncertified under age 16 is a liability risk for farmers if those children operate such equipment.