University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Merrick County delivers research-based education and information to citizens throughout the county. These educational programs, delivered via a variety of methods, are offered through a federal, state and county partnership arrangement. Our objective is to provide programs and other educational resources locally.

Our staff of extension educator and extension specialists, technicians, and support personnel specializes is providing programs throughout the county, and together with staff from all of Nebraska's 93 counties, we contribute to more than 1.5 million educational contacts each year with Nebraska citizens. Our 4-H Youth Development Program, for example, reaches more than 400 youth in Merrick County alone. Statewide, 4-H touches the lives of more than 90,000 youth each year.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension is built to provide practical education that focuses on issues which influence daily life that helps to keep Nebraska competitive in a global society. Extension Specialists and Extension Educators are committed to a theme of excellence with educational programs customized to meet the needs of Nebraskans.

Merrick County Extension OfficeCourthouse Picture
1784 Fairgrounds Road
Central City, NE 68826-0027
Phone: (308) 946-3843
  Map to our office


Steve Melvin
Ag Educator

Phone: (308) 946-3843

Cindie Hostler
Office Manager

Phone: (308) 946-3843

Kara Wells
Extension Assistant - 4-H & Youth Development

Phone: (308) 946-3843

Sherry Siwinski
Office Assistant

Phone: (308) 946-3843


Merrick County Agricultural Society

The Merrick County Agricultural Society meets once a month and consists of fifteen members from across the county. The Extension Educator sits in on meetings as an advisor and liason between 4-H and the ag society. They provide the activities and entertainment at the fair, and oversee the upkeep and rental of the fairgrounds.

 Russ Kucera, President

Isaac Jefferson, Vice President

Troy Wells, Secretary

Brad Wells, Treasurer

Dale Nielson Jr.

Aaron Huston

Eric Frauen          

Josh Trumblee                                            

Jake Etherton                                                

Kelly Brandes                                                                                     

Matt Myers                                              

Jess Brandes                                        

Ryan Grigsby

Tim Williams                                               

Mikaela Wilshusen

Merrick County Extension Board

The Merrick County Cooperative Extension Board, the governing body of the County Cooperative Extension, is made up of eight (8) members plus the chair of the 4-H Leaders Council. Term of office is for three years beginning with the January meeting for the appointed members. The chair of the 4-H Council serves as an Extension Board member as long as he/she is chair of the 4-H Council. The budgeting authority is the Board of Supervisors, with Extension Board members appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

Lori Cave, President

Kerry Stuhmer, Vice President

Nicole Greving, Secretary/Treasurer

Cheyenne Rowe

Karen Benner

Nathan Carlson

Anna Detlefsen, 4-H Council President

Carolyn Kucera, Merrick County Supervisor

Merrick County 4-H Council

The 4-H section of the Merrick County Cooperative Extension program is planned by the assistance given to the Extension Educators by the 4-H Leaders Council. All 4-H Leaders and Jr. Leaders are members of the Council and Executive committee officers are elected as the governing body.

Anna Detlefsen, President

Heath Reimers, Vice President

Shanien Schmierer, Secretary

Justin Ferris, Treasurer

Dana Samuelson, West Representative

Matt Mottl, East Representative

Mike Siwinski, Central Representative

Jess Brandes, At-Large Representative

Makenna Mottl, JL West Representative

Londyn Fisher, JL East Representative

Emma Brandes, JL Central Representative

Lane Mottl, JL At-Large Representative