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By Gary Stone, Extension Educator, Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff

Two weedy vines are receiving a lot of attention this year. Both can be found in our shrubs, trees and fences. If left un-managed, they can smother out shrubs and trees by preventing the tree leaves from photosynthesizing and eventually killing them, especially evergreen trees.

     The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is hosting a Season Extension Seminar and hops production and harvesting demonstration Aug. 17, 2018 at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I, in Scottsbluff. 

      The seminar, which will last from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., is targeted to specialty crop growers, who will have the opportunity to connect with a retailer interested in sourcing local produce, learn about affordable financing options, and watch a cooking demonstration using locally grown produce.

Nevin Lawrence
Integrated Weed Management Specialist

With the help of the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association and the Nebraska Corn Board, the Panhandle Research and Extension Center will host an innovative field day, using a new format, on Aug. 29, 2018 at the Panhandle Center, 4502 Avenue I, Scottsbluff.

The Panhandle Ag Research and Technology Tour (PARTT) will feature demonstrations of new equipment and technology in common irrigated crops of the Panhandle. The tour will run from 8:45 a.m. until 4 p.m., with repeating sessions occurring throughout the day. These sessions be longer than previous tours, giving time for questions and an opportunity for visitors to walk through the plots.

4-H groups and community members were able to provide several carloads of supplies and a cash donation to a local non-profit group that provides essential items for children in the Foster Care system in Western Nebraska.

During the month of April, 4-H groups across the Panhandle gathered their resources and celebrated the 4-H National Day of Service by making donations to Finders Keepers. The supply drive focused on items like diapers, formula and other infant items, new socks and undergarments, new or gently used clothes, shoes, coats, toys, games, books, school, art supplies, backpacks, bags, tote boxes, and new toothbrushes and toiletry items.

By Kelley Rice, Extension Educator and 4-H Coordinator for Panhandle Extension District

A framework is a frame or structure composed of parts fitted and joined together, according to dictionary.com. It is also a good analogy for the way the multi-faceted parts of Nebraska 4-H work together to fulfill its mission to empower youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

At the core of the 4-H framework is Positive Youth Development, which uses the experiential learning model (learning through experience) coupled with positive relationships with caring adults.

Many high-school students, when classes dismiss for the summer, don’t think about school until August. Three local youth, including a 2018 Scottsbluff High School graduate and two Bayard High School students, are returning to the classroom during break, but switching roles to become teachers of elementary students.

Three students are taking part in the Teens as Teachers program: Luis Cordova of Scottsbluff and Gordon Acosta and Alejandra Garza, both of Bayard. The program is sponsored by Nebraska Extension and now in its second year in Scotts Bluff, Morrill, and a handful of other counties in Nebraska.

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