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Jim Jansen, Jeff Stokes, and Jessica Groskopf

The market value of agricultural land in Nebraska increased by 16% over the prior year to an average of $3,360 per acre, according to the preliminary results of the 2022 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Agricultural Economics annually surveys land industry professionals across Nebraska, including appraisers, farm and ranch managers, agricultural bankers, and related industry professionals. Results from the survey are divided by land class and summarized by the eight Agricultural Statistic Districts of Nebraska.

Information and registration for the 2022 Yonts Water Conference to be held on April 12th at the Gering Civic Center can be found on the Panhandle Research & Extension Center webpage.

There is no charge to attend, but space is limited and registration is needed by April 7. To register online, go to https://go.unl.edu/yonts . To register by phone, call 308-632-1230.

Nebraska Extension will offer ServSafe® Manager Training Program for food service managers and employees May 3-4 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Scottsbluff, in the Bluestem Room at the Panhandle Research. and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I.

Registrations are due by April 7, along with the registration fee. Space may be limited. Contact Nebraska Extension at 308-262-1022 or 308-632-1480, or Extension Educator Tammie Ostdiek at tostdiek5@unl.edu.

The Panhandle Research and Extension Center (PHREC) is pleased to announce the application period is now open for its first annual “Panhandle Research and Extension Center Student Scholarship” is now open. Applications close midnight, April 15, 2022.

Three scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to high-school students or first- and second-year college students from the Nebraska panhandle who are planning to attend any of the Nebraska University campuses, including Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, and majoring in Agriculture, Agriculture Technology or a related degree with an emphasis on agriculture.

David Ostdiek, Communication Specialist UNL Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center

Four undergraduate college students from Assam Agricultural University in India have arrived in Scottsbluff, where they will spend about two months studying American agriculture – everything from technology on tractors to federal policy coming from Washington.

Gary Stone – Water & Integrated Cropping Systems Extension Educator; Jessica Groskopf – Extension Educator for Agricultural Economics; John Thomas - Water & Integrated Cropping Systems Extension Educator; Xin Qiao – Irrigation & Water Management Specialist; David Ostdiek – Communications Specialist, Panhandle REC 

The Gering-Fort Laramie Irrigation District held a public meeting February 9, 2022 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center to inform the district’s landowners, stakeholders, and water users of the options being considered to repair or replace Tunnels No. 1 and 2, both in Wyoming on the main line canal of the Goshen / Gering-Fort Laramie main line canal; and seek input on what option the district should pursue. 

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