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The Livestock Classic will be following the same basic schedule as least year. The show will be separated into two days, with the Breeding Heifers showing on Friday, November 29, and the Market Animals on Saturday, November 30. The Specific Schedule is as follows:

- Doors will open at the Ag Complex at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 28.

- Breeding Heifer check-in will be from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 28, and 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 29. The show will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday with showmanship, with the breed classes to follow.

The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers will award a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H male and a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H female who are graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education. The scholarship will be awarded at the annual NAFM convention in January. Winners will be notified by January 4, 2020. Return your completed application to the Extension Office by December 2, 2019. 

Applications are available through the Extension Office or in a PDF fillable file here.

 

Much of the state has already seen some snow. To better help us prepare, the National Weather Service has put together a packet of information to help spread the word. 

The packet includes information on:
*Probability of winter weather
*Explanation of winter storm indexes
*Winter storm precipitation definitions
*Forecasting snowfall amounts
*Winter weather dangers
*Safety tips - be prepared before a storm hits
*Travel tips and where to get road reports
*Winter preparedness for schools
*2018-2019 State snowfall map
*2018-2019 weather summary by Nebraska region

The University of Nebraska Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska will host a series of Farm Bill education meetings over the next two months to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions. The sites include Alliance, Scottsbluff and Bridgeport.

The 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law last December, reauthorized the existing Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill; however producers will need to make new program enrollment decisions over the coming months.

Nebraska Extension and Educational Service Unit 13 will offer an interactive workshop for child care centers and family home providers, called Go NAP SACC, in November in Scottsbluff.

Go NAP SACC (Go Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care) is a free in-service opportunity for child care providers that takes providers through five simple steps to make changes to their programs to promote healthy child development by supporting healthy eating and physical activity for the children.

The training will take place Nov. 16, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Educational Service Unit 13, 4215 Avenue I, Scottsbluff.

Robert M. Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist
Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff 

Goss’ wilt and leaf blight is a destructive bacterial disease of corn, caused by Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. nebraskense. It was first identified in 1969 from Dawson County near Lexington making it a true Nebraska native.

Over the next decade, it was identified from at least 53 other counties in Nebraska and also spread into Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, and Colorado. The disease was eventually identified from additional U.S. corn-growing states before disappearing in the mid-1980s just as suddenly as it first appeared. 

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