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Prepare to Compete at the 4-H District and State Horse Shows

Participants will complete all Level 2 requirements (except for the riding skills test) by the end of the workshop!! Have expert help in finishing your demonstration, written report, feed chart, and written examination.

By Tammie Ostdiek
Extension Educator – Food, Nutrition and Health

Holidays can be filled with overindulgence. But it’s possible to avoid added calories and the pang of guilt – as well as adverse health effects – with some thoughtful planning and preparation.

Consider making little changes to create healthier meals, increase physical activity and feel your best during the busy holiday season. Here are some simple steps:

Dave Ostdiek Communication/Technology Associate

The Panhandle Research and Extension Center has embarked on a partnership with a family farm corporation in Scotts Bluff County, Western Farms LLC, to conduct scientific research on growing industrial hemp for seed production in the Panhandle.

The public-private joint venture will take place in Scottsbluff and is titled “Evaluation of Hemp Seed Production in Greenhouse Environment in Western Nebraska.”

An upcoming Nebraska Extension workshop will help farmers develop marketing plans for 2020.

 “Risk and Reward: Using Crop Insurance and Marketing to Manage Farm Survival” will be presented Scottsbluff, North Platte, West Point and Clay Center in January and February. The  Scottsbluff workshop will be held on  January 23, from 9 a.m. -2 p.m., at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center, 4502 Ave I. To register, call 308-632-1230. 

 Extension economists will discuss the role of farm location and yield/price relations in making informed grain marketing and crop insurance decisions.

The 2020 Nebraska Crop Production Clinics will feature research updates and information tailored to regional crop issues and grower interests. Session topics will include cropping system management, extreme weather impact on agriculture, soil nutrition, irrigation, pest management, and marketing.

Sponsored by Nebraska Extension, the programs will be held at six sites this January and include pesticide applicator recertification training at each. A January 7 Clinic will be held at the Gering Civic Center.

Robert M. Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist
Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff

The Panhandle Research and Extension Center (REC) was begun in 1910 with the establishment of the Scotts Bluff Experimental Substation.

Although the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) was not formally established until 1920, a decade later, plant pathology had a significant presence in western Nebraska even before the Substation in Scottsbluff was created.

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