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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.

Applications are now being accepted through December 1, 2023, for the 2024 Youth Beekeeping Scholarship Program offered by the Nebraska Beekeepers Association.

How much feed or hay do you have going into winter? Will you have enough feed to provide for current cattle numbers?

Consider the “best case” and “worst case” scenarios. Count bales, measure silage, evaluate remaining fall and winter pasture, and estimate how much possible grazing there will be.  Of course, get a real idea of how many calves and feeders you will have. Some may have too much feed laying around that is getting old. Selling some may generate a premium.

According to an article published on Nebraska Extension’s ruralwellness.unl.edu website, “Research consistently tells us that taking care of others and maintaining meaningful relationships across generations are important for resilience and wellbeing.” (Bulling et al. 2020) Meaningful relationships contribute to a sense of belonging and help us feel connected. These connections can be strengthened by sharing family stories and engaging in traditions among multiple generations.

Fall is a good time to test landscape and garden soils. It’s a great time to incorporate organic matter to improve soil structure; and if attempting to lower soil pH, fall is the time to incorporate sulfur as it takes time to have an effect.

Gardeners will tell me their plants are not doing well and they need a soil test to tell them what’s wrong. There are many reasons plants do not grow well and a soil test may or may not provide an answer. However, a soil test is good to base soil management on and this in turn can improve plant growth, making them less susceptible to injury when stressed by weather or pests. 

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University saluted by Carnegie Foundation for excellence in community engagement

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“We see the designation as a springboard. It allows us to ramp up in places where we can do better, to bring more public presence to the engagement work that we’re doing, to reward those people who are doing it well and to really enhance our capacity in engagement.”Kathleen Lodl, associate dean of Nebraska Extension

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