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The Yonts Water Conference will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at the UNL Panhandle Research Extension and Education Center in Scottsbluff. 

The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon with a meal.

Guest speakers will be Rick Wilson, PE with the JEO Consulting Group Inc, discussing the irrigation district infrastructure funding sources; the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation with an update on the 2023 North Platte River Snowpack/Runoff; Dr. Xin Qiao, Nebraska Extension irrigation specialist with a research update; Marcus Krall, project manager, HDR Engineering with a tunnel repair update for GID/GFD; and Don Day, Day Weather Podcast providing a Spring/Summer 2023 weather outlook.

The Nebraska Farm Real Estate Survey’s 2023 preliminary report has been published with updated land values and cash rental rates. Land is up 14% across the state compared to the prior year. The full results are published on the Center for Agricultural Profitability’s website at https://cap.unl.edu/realestate

There is also a new Cornhusker Economics article that offers additional analysis: https://agecon.unl.edu/nebraska-farmland-values-and-cash-rental-rates-2023.

Drought resiliency for the cowherd and how beef producers can position themselves for the future. 

The last few years drought conditions, input costs, inflation and volatile market conditions have challenged beef cattle producers.

Nebraska Extension will be hosting a program titled “Learning from the Past – Looking to the Future” Tuesday, March 28, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the 4-H Building in Kimball. Don Adams and Ivan Rush, Professors Emeriti from the University of Nebraska will be discussing the following topics:

The Bruno Ramos Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Bruno and the things he loved most. He loved working and agriculture and spent his free time with his animals or dreaming up ways to restore and repair his vehicles. It is our hope to keep Bruno’s memory alive by supporting students as they pursue trades and careers they have a passion for.

Preference will be given to students pursuing a technical trade or a career in agriculture.

Applications due April 7, 2023.

Bruno Ramos Memorial Scholarship Application

Contact the Extension Office for more information. 

The Morrill County 4-H Council annually awards three scholarships to high school seniors who have been in 4-H a minimum of three years and who have participated in the Morrill County 4-H program the previous year. This year one scholarship in each of the amounts $1,000; $750; and $500 will be awarded. Applications are due in the Morrill County Extension Office by April 3, 2023.  Morrill County 4-H Council Scholarship Applicaton Contact the Extension Office for more information.
Nebraska Extension is looking to gather more information on cow-calf producers’ mineral supplementation practices. To better establish research and educational resource needs for beef cattle producers, Nebraska Extension has released a producer needs assessment survey targeting cow-calf producers. Survey responses will be utilized for future research, educational programming, and resource development. Additionally, Nebraska cow-calf producers can express their interest in having their operation included in future on-farm mineral supplementation research.

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