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By: Jessica Groskopf and Jim Jansen, Extension Educators

Preliminary results from the Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey released by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln revealed that Nebraska Panhandle agricultural land declined in value for the reporting year ending Feb. 1, 2018.

The average farmland value in the region is estimated to be $720 per acre. This is 5 percent lower than the prior year. This is the fourth consecutive year of market value decline.

The eight major types of land reported in the survey declined in value from 2017-18 across the state. In the Panhandle, gravity irrigated cropland saw the largest declines in value, dropping 8 percent. These losses however, were less than those experienced from 2016-17.

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for April this spring. It will be held April 21-22, 2018 at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The early bird registration deadline is April 11th.

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is now law, but there are still questions regarding the implications of this legislation. A tax reform workshop is scheduled for March 14 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

The workshop is free to attend. Registration is requested by calling Jessica Groskopf at 308-632-1247.

This workshop will help area farmers and ranchers understand the impacts of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on their 2018 tax liability. Topics will include:

By Cynthia Gill, Extension Educator, Cheyenne County

High school students have many choices facing them about further education after graduation. Four-year degrees, junior colleges or certificate programs – which is the right choice for their next life chapter?

To help with these life-altering decisions, Nebraska Extension has partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Admissions to create a statewide program called Next Chapter, a college-readiness program delivered through the Nebraska 4-H program that helps students prepare for and succeed in college by providing the skills students need to reach their academic goals.

Nebraska Extension will be offering training throughout western Nebraska through April, for licensed pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification of their license for 2018. A license is required to use or purchase or apply restricted-use pesticides. Extension provides training for several classes of certification, including commercial, non-commercial (such as local government or research purposes) and private applicators (such as ag producers). More information can be found on the Panhandle Research & Extension Center page.

Certification training set in Scottsbluff, Sidney, Bridgeport, Alliance, Valentine

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