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More than 600 elementary students from around the area got a hands-on education recently about Nebraska agriculture. 

The young learners spent the day rotating through stops about corn, soybeans, pigs, dry edible beans, wheat, beef cattle, irrigation, dairy, ag careers, and ag technology. Educators and assistants from Nebraska Extension led the activities. Some of what the students learned:

Bob Harveson embarked on his career as a plant pathologist in the mid-1980s, which in 1999 took him to Scottsbluff as a specialist on the faculty at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center.

But before switching to science, Harveson earned a bachelor’s degree in history, and now the two interests are coming together in the form of a book he has authored, “A Century of Plant Pathology in Nebraska.”

The 114-page book was published in December 2020 by Zea Books of Lincoln (published by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries). The publication date coincided with the centennial year of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Plant Pathology.

Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension Educator Water and Integrated Cropping Systems 

Part 6 of a series about basic water law in the United States, predominately in the western part of the country, and how it affects this finite resource. Water law can be traced back to Roman times and also has roots in English common law. Across the United States, it varies from state to state, and from East to West. When conflicts arise, courts usually determine the outcome, unless there are state or federal laws or previous case studies to resolve the issue. Exceptions to the law can arise from differences in each state’s water laws.

Part 1: Basic concepts and legal terms, including riparian doctrine and prior appropriation.

Part 5 of a series about basic water law in the United States, predominately in the western part of the country, and how it affects this finite resource. Water law can be traced back to Roman times and also has roots in English common law. Across the United States, it varies from state to state, and from East to West. When conflicts arise, courts usually determine the outcome, unless there are state or federal laws or previous case studies to resolve the issue. Exceptions to the law can arise from differences in each state’s water laws.

Nebraska Extension and Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, have announced plans for the annual “tractor safety” training courses scheduled at 5 sites across Nebraska in early June. Students will complete the first day of the course online through the eXtension Foundation Campus website. After successfully completing the online course and testing, the required driving test will be offered at five locations across Nebraska June 7-11, 2021. The local driving test will take place at the Legacy of the Plains Museum on June 8.

Carlos Urrea, Dry Edible Bean Breeding Specialist
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff

The University of Nebraska Dry Bean Breeding Program has announced the development of two new dry edible bean varieties, one a great northern bean suitable for direct harvest and the other a slow-darkening pinto bean variety with longer shelf life. Both new varieties could be available for planting in growers’ fields as early as 2022 or 2023. 



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2022 Dry Edible Bean Day set for Feb. 8 at Gering Civic Center, with Zoom option

January 26, 2022
The 2022 Nebraska Dry Bean Edible Bean Day will feature the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association's annual meeting, as well as information on dry bean revenue insurance, irrigation water outlook, and discussion of on-farm research with University of Nebraska-Lincoln specialists.

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February programs to discuss supplementation strategies to mitigate nutrient challenging breeding seasons and grazing systems

January 25, 2022
Four face-to-face programs across the Panhandle on Feb. 16 and 17 hosted by Nebraska Extension will focus on management practices to improve pregnancy rates in late-spring-calving cows, and review the impacts of grazing systems on Nebraska’s plant communities and rangeland productivity.

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Chemigation certification training set in Scottsbluff, Sidney, Bridgeport, Alliance

January 24, 2022
Nebraska Extension will conduct 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.

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Nebraska Extension offers Land Application Training Feb. 9 in Bridgeport, also other Nebraska sites

January 24, 2022
Applying manure management concepts on-farm will be the focus on eight Nebraska Extension Land Application Workshops across the state in February and March, including one in Bridgeport on Feb. 9.

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