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Nebraska Extension will host land management workshops in Sidney and Bridgeport in July. The meetings are free to attend, but registration is required.

The workshop in Bridgeport will be July 22, 2021 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.  at the Prairie Winds Community Center, 428 N. Main St. To register call Nebraska Extension in Morrill County at 308-262-1022.

The workshop in Sidney will be July 23, 2021 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Western Nebraska Community College (Room 115), 428 N. Main St. To register call Nebraska Extension in Cheyenne County at 308-254-4455.

Nebraska Extension will host a farm and ranch transition workshop in Scottsbluff, from 8:30 a.m. to noon on July 22, 2021 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Ave. I.  

The meeting will offer information on planning and communication strategies, as well as financial and legal considerations for agricultural landowners, ranchers and farmers who are thinking about how to proceed with plans to retire, exit or transfer the farm or ranch business.  

 Presenters will include Allan Vyhnalek, a Nebraska Extension educator for farm and ranch succession and transition, and Pamela Olson, an attorney based in Scottsbluff. 

A pair of former faculty members at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center will present a seminar June 14, 2021 at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center.

Drew Lyon, former dryland cropping systems specialist at the Panhandle Center, is now the Endowed Chair of Small Grains Extension and Research and Weed Science at Washington State University.

David Baltensperger, former alternative crops breeding specialist in the Panhandle, is now the Professor and Head of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Lyon and Baltensperger will speak beginning at 3 p.m. in the Bluestem Room at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. The public is invited and there is no charge.

Nebraska Extension will offer ServSafe® Manager Training Program for food service managers and employees Aug. 4-5, 2021 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Scottsbluff, at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I.

Registrations are due by July 2, along with the registration fee. Space may be limited.

More than 600 elementary students from around the area got a hands-on education recently about Nebraska agriculture. 

The young learners spent the day rotating through stops about corn, soybeans, pigs, dry edible beans, wheat, beef cattle, irrigation, dairy, ag careers, and ag technology. Educators and assistants from Nebraska Extension led the activities. Some of what the students learned:

Bob Harveson embarked on his career as a plant pathologist in the mid-1980s, which in 1999 took him to Scottsbluff as a specialist on the faculty at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center.

But before switching to science, Harveson earned a bachelor’s degree in history, and now the two interests are coming together in the form of a book he has authored, “A Century of Plant Pathology in Nebraska.”

The 114-page book was published in December 2020 by Zea Books of Lincoln (published by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries). The publication date coincided with the centennial year of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Plant Pathology.

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