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For many families across the state, cabin fever may be setting in, and Nebraska Extension is working to help alleviate pent-up energy with fun, educational content for all ages.

Extension educators and faculty affiliates have continued to update the Nebraska 4-H and Learning Child websites with educational programming and community updates. This new programming has been added to an already-existing library of content available.

“This is part of our mission,” said Kathleen Lodl, associate dean and program administrator for Nebraska 4-H. “It’s the work of (Nebraska) Extension to facilitate learning.”

By Aaron Berger Nebraska Extension Beef Educator

Unit cost of production is a ratio where costs in the numerator are divided by the units produced in the denominator.

There are five ways to reduce unit costs of production in a cow-calf enterprise.

Decrease costs while keeping production the same.  An example of this would be to sell unneeded equipment or reduce equipment expense while keeping calf production the same.  Costs decrease while production is maintained, decreasing unit cost of production.

By Jackie Guzman Extension Educator – Learning Child

As COVID-19 is changing our lives on a daily basis and with school closings, families are home together in often-times tight quarters. This can be very trying, even for the most patient individual.  This can also be an opportunity to strengthen our family bonds with children.

It is important to remember that families are the first teachers of their children.  Families help teach children how to socialize with the world outside and engage with others.  Families form the foundation for children to learn from in order to become great family members and citizens.

The Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA) is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship period for the 2020/2021 school year. The IPSA scholarship program was created by the Myron "Ted" Asplin Family to benefit the future of agriculture by supporting and encouraging the education of future ag professionals. Ten $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students studying in the field of agriculture. Both high school seniors and active college students majoring in Agriculture are encouraged to apply. The application deadline has been extended to April 30, 2020 and award winners will be announced by June 1. For more detailed information go to:

In-person classes cancelled; here are the available options

Updated 3-13-2020

Due to health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus situation, face-to-face teaching events (such as Pesticide Certification and Chemigation training) have been cancelled. Effective March 16th, all remaining scheduled PSEP and Chemigation training sessions are canceled. For anyone who will not be able to attend a face-to-face training session this spring are directed to the following online or electronic based training as alternatives to the face-to-face sessions:

The YONTS WATER CONFERENCE has been CANCELLED. We are still exploring options to provide the North Platte Valley growers and public the information via a proposed virtual conference with pre-recorded sessions that will be placed online. More information on that as we progress.

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