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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.

        Nebraska Extension will be offering the ServSafe® Manager Training Program for food service managers and employees Oct. 10-11, 2018 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Bluestem Room, 4502 Ave I, Scottsbluff. 

        Registrations are due by Sept. 24. Find the registration form and more information at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/ or contact Nebraska Extension at 308-432-3373 or Jamie Goffena at jgoffena2@unl.edu.

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.

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.

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