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Nebraska Extension will teach a Food Safety Training and Certification Program, ServSafe, by the National Restaurant Association on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 in Scottsbluff.

 ServSafe is the food service industry’s premier food safety training and certification course. It is recognized by more federal, state, and local health jurisdictions than any other food safety training program in the United States. The class will discuss providing safe food, forms of contamination, the flow of food, preparation, service, food safety management, and more. Participants will also receive the 7th Edition revised ServSafe Manager reference book.

By Chabella Guzman, PREEC communications

Water can be a life-giving source and a destructive one. With aging water infrastructure in the Panhandle of Nebraska, communities are becoming more aware of the latter.

 Agriculture is an economic driver in the Panhandle, but the land receives comparatively little rainfall. So, early settlers of the area created a system of dams and irrigation canals. A century later, this infrastructure is aging and, in some circumstances, in need of repair. 

By Chabella Guzman, PREEC communications

The Lambing and Kidding School, on February 10, 2024, will look at ways to give lambs and their kids the best chance of survival. The school is hosted by the Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association and Nebraska Extension, offering tips and networking opportunities for lamb and goat producers.  

“Often times, kids are considered extremely delicate creatures. However, given the proper environment and a good mother, they can thrive on their own without human intervention,” said Jesse Fulton, Nebraska Extension educator and Director of Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance. He will be a presenter at the school.  

By Chabella Guzman, PREEC communications

Growers getting their ground ready for planting this year may have some questions regarding soil health and keeping their lands productive. They can now find assistance with those questions from the Soil Health Exchange. A new online discussion forum hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln CropWatch. 

“This forum is specifically designed to connect and communicate with producers and stakeholders in the fields of soil health and management,” said Saurav Das, research assistant professor at Panhandle Research, Extension, and Education Center in Scottsbluff. The goal is to bridge the gap between research and its real-world application in agriculture and improve soil health management adoption. 

Join us to become beef quality assurance (BQA) or BQA Transportation (BQAT) certified for the first time or renew your certification.
Certification fee is $20 per person or a flat fee of $100 when operations bring 5+ individuals.

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Regardless if you are unsure if you are able to attend, by registering, we will be able to contact you if the event is canceled.

The 2024 Beef Feedlot Roundtable Series is an event that you won’t want to miss! We encourage feedlot owners, managers, employees, and allied industry to join Nebraska Extension February 13-15 in a series of meetings across the state as we dive into a series of timely topics covering feedlot management.

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