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Nebraska Extension will offer one-day (eight-hour) courses across the state to prepare individuals to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aeronautical Knowledge Exam required to receive a Part 107 remote pilot certification or license to fly drones for commercial applications.  

The course will be offered on Friday, June 7, 2024 at the Panhandle Research, Extension, and Education Center in Scottsbluff. 

By Chabella Guzman, UNL PREEC communications

Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Society will hold its 2024 annual meeting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research, Extension, & Education Center from June 11 to 13 in Scottsbluff. 

“Each state has its own Soil and Water Conservation Society chapter, that meets annually,” said Robin Foulk, NSWCS member and past president.  “We rotate around Nebraska and this year we are having it in the Panhandle.” The society reaches out to members in western Nebraska to host the event and get the agenda ready. 

The Morrill County Extension Office currently has two positions available - a full time 4-H Assistant and a regular part-time Support Staff. Both positions will be working with the public on a daily basis and require good computer skills, a desire to help people and willingness to learn! To obtain more information on each position interested parties can stop at the Morrill County Clerk's Office in the courthouse in Bridgeport or the Morrill County Extension Office in Bridgeport or by contacting Sarah Paisley at 308-772-3311 or spaisley3@unl.edu.

Both positions are subject to Veteran's preference. Morrill County is an equal opportunity employer. Positions are open until filled.

Alfalfa weevil has been an early season pest of the alfalfa forage crop in the Panhandle region reducing hay yield and quality. More recently, insecticide regulation and resistance brought new challenges to alfalfa weevil management. With the warmer temperatures we have had in the past few weeks and warmer temperatures on the way, producers should start scouting alfalfa fields for the alfalfa weevil now and in the coming weeks.

By Jessica Groskopf, Nebraska Extension Agricultural Economist 

For many farm and ranch families, bringing children or grandchildren into the operation is the ultimate goal. Successfully bringing additional family members into the operation may require some creativity as all parties need to maintain a viable standard of living. This series of articles will highlight ideas and tactics for bringing another family member into the operation. If this is the first article you are seeing in this series, I would encourage you to go back to the previous article for background and additional guidance. 

By Dr. Emily Stine, Nebraska Extension Educator Horticulture 

Pruning always seems to be a monumental task to take on, but with the right tools and some knowledge about the plant, it becomes easier.

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