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Beef feedlot managers, owners, employees and allied industries will learn new information related to feedlot price reporting, health, labor and sustainability at Nebraska Extension’s 2022 Beef Feedlot Roundtables February 22-24 in Bridgeport, North Platte and West Point.

University representatives will speak on new price reporting and risk production strategies, and economic impact of feedlots and the beef industry in Nebraska. As traditional, a portion of the event will be focused on feedlot cattle health with presentations by university and industry professionals on the impact of delayed vaccination on feedyard health and developing a health program based on research data. 

The third annual Panhandle Soil Health Workshop sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center will be an in-person event for ag producers, consultants, and others in the region.

The workshop will take place on March 2 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Prairie Winds Community Center in Bridgeport. The event is free, but registration is needed and can be done online.

Nebraska Extension will conduct 2022 chemigation certification training sessions in February, March and April across the state, including Alliance, Sidney, Bridgeport, and Scottsbluff. Training and testing will also be available online.

Producers who plan to apply crop nutrients and pesticides through irrigation systems during 2022, including those who need to renew their chemigation applicator certification, are required to attend a training session and pass the test administered afterward, or else complete the online process. A link to the online program, with directions, is at https://water.unl.edu/cropswater/chemigation

Results of the 2021 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 dry beans (as well as other crops such as field pea, millet, sunflowers and oats) 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.

Anybody with an interest in lawns, landscape, or gardening, as well as sharing their knowledge, is invited to take part in Nebraska Extension’s Master Gardener Program, which is seeking volunteers and offering Master Gardener training in the Panhandle beginning in late January.

The Nebraska Extension Master Gardener program has been part of Nebraska Extension since 1976. Master Gardener volunteers are trained by Nebraska Extension faculty and staff in many horticulture-related topics. They then contribute time as volunteers, working through their local extension office, to provide horticulture-related information to their community.

Nebraska Extension will host a virtual seminar series in January (Jan. 18, 20, 25 and 27) 2022 designed to help agricultural employers learn techniques and leadership practices to help motivate and empower employees.

Finding, hiring and retaining quality employees are major challenges for agricultural business in Nebraska. Help-wanted signs are everywhere. Nebraska currently has the lowest unemployment rate on record. Retaining employees is so difficult that many are calling this the “Great Resignation.” 

Agriculture is not exempt from this challenge; competition for available workers comes from area industries, and the labor market is tight. 

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