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      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 Feb. 15 at the Prairie Winds Community Center in Bridgeport to discuss changes that businesses and individuals can expect.

      The workshop till take place from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and is free to attend. Refreshments and handouts are provided. Registration is requested by calling the Morrill County Extension Office at 308-262-1022.

      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:

As Nebraska Extension Educator Jim Schild prepares to retire from a 35-year Extension career – 30 of them spent in Scotts Bluff County – he says what he’ll remember most is the connections he’s made with people over the years.

“I appreciate all the opportunities I’ve been able to take advantage of in my career,” Schild said. “Meeting a lot of great people, developing lifelong friendships, helping people, making their lives more productive, helping them save a tree or shrub, seeing 4-Hers growing up to be leaders in their communities.”

Schild is retiring at the end of January.

Nebraska Extension will offer 2018 Landlord-Tenant Lease Workshops in Kimball, Alliance, Scottsbluff, and Bridgeport, to help landlords and tenants develop leases that are right for both parties while maintaining positive farm leasing relations.

Meeting and registration details:

Kimball, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kimball 4-H Building. Call the Kimball County Extension Office to register, 308-235-3122.

Alliance, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Alliance Public Library. Call the Box Butte County Extension Office at 308-762-5616.

Scottsbluff, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center. To register call Jessica Groskopf, 308-632-1247.

Nebraska Extension will conduct chemigation certification training sessions beginning in February through early April 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 2018, including those whose 2017 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.

      Spring is still a couple months away, but it’s not too early to talk about gardening, landscapes, turf, trees, shrubs, and other horticulture topics.

      The 2018 Nebraska Extension Master Gardener training will begin in late January, with weekly training classes running into mid-March for volunteers who want to add to their own knowledge and share what they know with others in their communities.

        Results of the 2017 variety trials for dry edible beans conducted by the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center have been posted on the Nebraska Extension CropWatch website.

        The direct link for variety trial results for both peas and beans is http://cropwatch.unl.edu/varietytest/othercrops. Or, navigate to the Other Crops Variety Trials page from the main Cropwatch page (http://cropwatch.unl.edu ) by clicking on these links: management > variety testing > other crops.

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