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Working Job Title:  Morrill County (Bridgeport) Extension Assistant 4-H/Office Manager  

Job Category:  Managerial/Professional Monthly Salaried

Job Summary:  
Full time position implementing effective educational programming in 4-H and youth development under the guidance of the Morrill County 4-H Youth Educator. Pursue resources to support educational programming. Measure the impact of program efforts and market 4-H and youth programs and outcomes to decision-makers and the public. Recruit and train volunteers. Support other Extension programming within the District. Other duties as assigned. Some evening hours and travel required. 

EXTENSION CREATES READ FOR RESILIENCE PROGRAM In response to the March 13, 2019 disasters, Nebraska Extension’s The Learning Child team created the Read for Resilience program. The team identified nine children’s books to support their coping and understanding feelings after experiencing a disaster, loss and/or grief. Then team members developed reading guides to accompany the books to provide parents and caregivers with age-appropriate probing questions to explore children’s thoughts and feelings.

By Gary Stone, Extension Educator, Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff

Nebraska Extension has been receiving many calls this summer about two weedy vines that have been found in shrubs, trees and fences. If left un-managed, they can smother out shrubs and trees by preventing the tree leaves from photosynthesizing and eventually killing them, especially evergreen trees.

The first is Wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata), also known as balsam apple or mock cucumber.  Wild cucumber is a native plant, an annual with a shallow root system that reproduces by seed. The vines are bright light green in color and will attach and climb on anything they can.

It could be called PARTT 2. On Aug. 22, 2019, for the second year, the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center will host its annual field tour, PARTT – for Panhandle Agricultural Research and Technology Tour.

The event will include tours of crop research plots at the Panhandle Center; presentations and panel discussions indoor on several timely topics; and a chance to see new ag technology demonstrated – robots, for example.

PARTT will feature demonstrations of new equipment and technology in irrigated crops such as dry edible beans, sugar beets, and corn. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. until mid-afternoon. Anybody who can’t come for the entire day is free to come for any part of the event, and stay as long as they can.

Dave Ostdiek, Communications Associate
Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff

Four high-school students from Scottsbluff and Bayard are spending their summers teaching elementary students, and in the process learning a few things themselves.

They are participants in the Teens as Teachers program, sponsored by Nebraska Extension and in its third year in Scotts Bluff, second year in Morrill, and a handful of other counties in Nebraska.

Karla Wilke Cow/Calf, Stocker Management Specialist
Panhandle Research and Extension Center

The July 17, 2019 breach of the Gering-Fort Laramie canal left over 100,000 acres of irrigated crops in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska without water. Without irrigation water and adequate rainfall, taking the corn to full maturity and grain production may not be the best option for the crop.

Producers with a corn crop impacted by the canal breach may want to consider making corn silage out of this year’s crop. There are several things to consider when making the decision to make silage.

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