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Bridgeport, Nov. 7, 2018: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Prairie Winds Community Center, 428 N Main St. To register call 308-262-1022.

      The program is free and open to the public for those interested in attending. To ensure enough handouts please register with phone number listed above for the desired location. The workshops are sponsored by the North Central Risk Management Education Center and Nebraska Extension.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists conduct agricultural research at many locations in western Nebraska – the Panhandle Research and Extension Center plots; the Panhandle Research Feedlot; the High Plains Ag Lab near Sidney; and in fields belonging to cooperating farmers.

One of UNL’s lesser-known research laboratories attained a landmark this year. It was 100 years ago, in 1918, that the federal government gave the university an 800-acre piece of rangeland in southern Sioux County to conduct regionally relevant research.

This fall, many ranchers have a herd of questions:

What are the options are dealing with weeds in range and pasture?  How are current low grain prices and higher hay prices impacting feeding options for this fall and winter?  Are you considering backgrounding calves this winter and wondering how to manage price risk?

A Cow-Calf and Pasture Management workshop will be held, Monday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the Wesleyan Church near Oshkosh that will address these questions.

Dr. Karla Jenkins, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cow-Calf Specialist, will discuss “Fall and Winter Supplementation and Feeding with Current Commodity Prices.”

“Increased Production Efficiency” is the theme of the 2018 Nebraska State of Beef Conference, scheduled for Nov. 7-8 at the North Platte Sandhills Convention Center.

Speakers, including experts from university and industry, will focus on market outlook, industry trends, alternative enterprises, animal health, and several different approaches to finding efficiencies in animal production.

On a recent warm, late-summer day, as many dry edible bean growers in Nebraska were watching their fields turn color and preparing for harvest, four scientists paced through a bean field north of Scottsbluff made up of hundreds of tiny plots, each one a different line or type of bean – representing different varieties of dry beans from all over the world.

Farmers in this area grow mainly pinto beans, great northern, and light red kidneys, and smaller amounts of others such as black beans, navies, and chickpeas.

Wellness is the theme of the 2018 Western Nebraska Early Childhood Conference, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Scottsbluff.

Keynote speakers in the morning and afternoon sessions will focus on family resilience and recovery in the face of crisis, as well as paying attention to the well-being of early childhood educators.

The conference is intended for child-care providers, teachers, and educators from child-care homes, child-care centers, preschools, and Head Start. It will take place from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Western Nebraska Community College Harms Advanced Technology Center in Scottsbluff.

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