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By Jackie Guzman Extension Educator – Learning Child

As COVID-19 is changing our lives on a daily basis and with school closings, families are home together in often-times tight quarters. This can be very trying, even for the most patient individual.  This can also be an opportunity to strengthen our family bonds with children.

It is important to remember that families are the first teachers of their children.  Families help teach children how to socialize with the world outside and engage with others.  Families form the foundation for children to learn from in order to become great family members and citizens.

The Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA) is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship period for the 2020/2021 school year. The IPSA scholarship program was created by the Myron "Ted" Asplin Family to benefit the future of agriculture by supporting and encouraging the education of future ag professionals. Ten $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students studying in the field of agriculture. Both high school seniors and active college students majoring in Agriculture are encouraged to apply. The application deadline has been extended to April 30, 2020 and award winners will be announced by June 1. For more detailed information go to:

In-person classes cancelled; here are the available options

Updated 3-13-2020

Due to health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus situation, face-to-face teaching events (such as Pesticide Certification and Chemigation training) have been cancelled. Effective March 16th, all remaining scheduled PSEP and Chemigation training sessions are canceled. For anyone who will not be able to attend a face-to-face training session this spring are directed to the following online or electronic based training as alternatives to the face-to-face sessions:

The YONTS WATER CONFERENCE has been CANCELLED. We are still exploring options to provide the North Platte Valley growers and public the information via a proposed virtual conference with pre-recorded sessions that will be placed online. More information on that as we progress.

Nebraska Extension will be offering the ServSafe® Manager Training Program for food service managers and employees April 16-17, 2020 in Bridgeport.

The training will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the 21st Century Reconditioning Center at 705 Main St.

Registrations are due by March 31. Contact Nebraska Extension at 308-632-1480 or Tammie Ostdiek at tostdiek5@unl.edu.

Dipak Santra, Alternative Crops Breeding Specialist

Mint is not grown commercially in Nebraska on a large scale yet – there are less than 500 acres – but a project at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff is aimed at providing answers about whether farmers could grow it here and which varieties might grow best.

A three-year project to identify the best mint varieties for western Nebraska began in 2018 and is scheduled to continue through the 2020 growing season. The project is funded by a Nebraska Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant, and is carried out in collaboration with Dr. Mahesh Pattabiraman, associate professor of organic chemistry at the University of Nebraska Kearney.

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