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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will sponsor the first Panhandle Soil Health Workshop in Bridgeport next month. The half-day event will take place on March 3, 2020 from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Prairie Winds Community Center.

The workshop is intended to appeal primarily to farmers and ranchers, but also to crop consultants and anyone with an interest in soil, said Bijesh Maharjan, Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, who is organizing it. Crop consultants will be able to receive continuing education units in nutrient management (2CEUs) and crop management (1 CEU).

The basics of QuickBooks financial software for farmers and ranchers will be taught Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The course will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jerry Terwilliger teaches the basics of desktop QuickBooks, focusing on the record-keeping needs of farmers and ranchers. Participants will learn how to input transactions, use accounts, categories, inventories, invoices, and run common reports.

Cost is $75 per participant, and the classes are limited to seven participants. To register call the Panhandle Research & Extension Center at 308-632-1230. Additional classes will be scheduled as needed.

The 2020 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will feature an appearance by the Nebraska Secretary of State and Director of Agriculture, as well as updates on research, and reports from the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.

A “Healthy Food Fast” multi-cooker class will be offered February 14 in Bayard. It’s for anyone who received a multi-cooker as a gift, but doesn’t know how to use it – or anyone who already owns one of these appliances and wants to learn more about it – or anyone who doesn’t have one yet, but wants to learn more before deciding whether to get one.

The class will be offered Friday, February 14 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Bayard High School Art room.

The class is sponsored by the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission and is FREE to participants. Please register by February 3, by calling the Morrill County Extension Office at 308-262-1022. There is a limit of 20 participants.

Turning manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment will be the focus of nine Nebraska Extension workshops being held across the state this January and February, including Feb. 3, 2020 at Bridgeport.

“The workshops will help livestock producers put to use the nutrient management planning requirements of Nebraska’s regulations and increase the economic value of manure,” said Leslie Johnson, UNL animal manure management coordinator.

Nebraska Extension will conduct chemigation certification training sessions beginning in February through early June at Scottsbluff, Sidney, Bridgeport, Alliance and Valentine, as well as other sites around Nebraska, such as Ogallala, North Platte and Ainsworth.

Producers who plan to apply crop nutrients and pesticides through irrigation systems during 2020, including those whose 2019 permits expired Dec. 31, are required to attend a training session and pass the test administered afterward. Attendees are asked to pre-register at the extension office whose session they plan to attend. They will receive a training manual and calibration workbook to review before the training session.

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