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With gardening for food production on the rise, strawberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow. When planting strawberry plants, plant as early as possible in spring which in Nebraska is usually April.

Before planting, remove all but two or three well-developed leaves per plant, and clip off any visible flower clusters. As plants grow, continue to remove all flowers during the first year on June-bearing strawberries.

4-H members participated in the 2024 Knox County 4-H Communication Event held Monday, April 1st at the Knox County Extension Office.  Participants were able to present a speech, record a PSA or deliver a presentation.


Whether speaking in person or virtually, communicating our thoughts to others is a valuable skill. Public speaking contests help youth develop skills for communicating with audiences, learn how to organize and prepare a speech, develop speech delivery skills, learn how to present themselves to others, and develop self-confidence. 


January 8, 202, 6:30 p.m. March 25, 2024, 6:30 p.m. June 18, 2024, 7:30 p.m. August 26, 2024, 6:30 p.m. October 21, 2024, 6:30 p.m.

If your private pesticide applicator license is set to expire on April 15, 2024 you will need to attending one of the in-person trainings or complete the online course. This license is necessary to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides on agricultural lands in the state of Nebraska. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has mailed you a similar letter that includes a recertification form. You must provide the original copy of this form regardless of the recertification option you select. In addition, you must present a PHOTO ID the day of the training to renew your pesticide license for 2024. There are two (2) methods available to renew your license. They include:


The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts is seeking applications for the 27th annual Nebraska Young Artist Awards.

The awards recognize 11th-grade students from Nebraska who are talented in visual art, dance, music, theater, and film and emerging media arts (which includes film, 3D models, interactive art, sound design and video games). These students exemplify the pinnacles of creativity in one of the fine and performing arts.

For the areas of music, dance, theater, and film and emerging media arts, students must submit an online application, which includes uploading a sample of their work and a letter of recommendation from a teacher. Full instructions are available at https://go.unl.edu/nyaa.

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