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Turning manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment will be the focus of nine Nebraska Extension workshops being held across the state this January and February, including Feb. 3 at Bridgeport.

“The workshops will help livestock producers put to use the nutrient management planning requirements of Nebraska’s regulations and increase the economic value of manure,” said Leslie Johnson, UNL animal manure management coordinator.

Nebraska Extension will conduct chemigation certification training sessions beginning in February through early June at Scottsbluff, Sidney, Bridgeport, Alliance and Valentine, as well as other sites around Nebraska, such as Ogallala, North Platte and Ainsworth.

Producers who plan to apply crop nutrients and pesticides through irrigation systems during 2020, including those whose 2019 permits expired Dec. 31, are required to attend a training session and pass the test administered afterward. Attendees are asked to pre-register at the extension office whose session they plan to attend. They will receive a training manual and calibration workbook to review before the training session.

Nebraska Extension’s Landlord/Tenant Cash Rent Workshops for 2020 and Beyond will be held in Scottsbluff, Hemingford and Valentine in late January 2020, to provide the latest leasing, real estate and management information to operators, tenants and landowners in Nebraska.

Extension educators Austin Duerfeldt, Jim Jansen and Allan Vyhnalek have collaborated to develop a program that will address agricultural finance and the real estate market, negotiation skills and considerations for leases and strategies for farmland succession and communication.

Keeping financial books on the ranch is important for more than just tax time. A Quicken for Farm & Ranch Record Keeping workshop will be held Jan. 31, 2020 from 1-4 p.m. in Scottsbluff at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center.

To register call the Panhandle Research & Extension Center at 308-632-1230. This workshop is limited to 10 participants. The cost to attend the workshop is $20 per participant.

Nebraska Extension Educators will teach how to use Quicken, a popular commercial record-keeping package that is user friendly, inexpensive and easy to find. Quicken is flexible for ag and non-ag business enterprises and separates out family living expenses.

A “Healthy Food Fast” multi-cooker class will be offered February 6, 2020 in Bridgeport from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Prairie Winds Community Center.

The class is for anyone who received a multicooker as a gift, but doesn’t know how to use it – or anyone who already owns one of these appliances and wants to learn more about it – or anyone who doesn’t have one yet, but wants to learn more before deciding whether to get one.

It is being sponsored by the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission and is FREE to participants. Please register by February 3rd by calling the Morrill County Extension Office at 308-262-1022. There is a limit of 20 participants.

Nutrition, profitability, and health are the themes of the 2020 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Beef Roundup hosted by Nebraska Extension on Tuesday, January 21, and Tuesday, January 28, at 6pm MST (7pm CST). This series features topic experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University. Each evening features two presentations that can be viewed from any location with internet access or at several locations across Nebraska. Sites and registration information is listed below.

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