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4-H Volunteer/Leader Screening - Required in 2021

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Volunteer Activity Application process includes a volunteer screening. All volunteers and staff who work directly with youth are required to complete the volunteer screening. Be assured the volunteer screening process is confidential.

Volunteers are screened in order to ensure a safe, positive and nurturing environment for all youth involved with Nebraska 4-H programs and provide protection for the child, volunteer, educator, 4-H Council, Extension Board, and UNL Extension.

Ranchers who want to reduce calf loss at calving and want to learn how to properly assist cows at calving should plan to attend this workshop to be held February 25, 2021, Lincoln County Fairgrounds Ag Building starting at 5:00 PM-8:30 PM.

Topics discussed will include:  "Handling Calving Difficulty with Emphasis on Decision Making", "Hows and Why of Techniques for Providing Assistance".  Don't miss this! Hands-on activity with the use of the dystocia model. 

Register at: http://llm.unl.edu

Extension Educator Sarah Browning writes in her weekly blog, "Tree fruits look very appealing in garden magazines and catalogs. But not all tree fruits in the catalogs do well in eastern Nebraska." Read more at Acreage Life - Nebraska.

Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2021 must do so by March 15. Producers who have not yet signed a 2021 enrollment contract or who want to make an election change should contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to make an appointment. Program enrollment for 2021 is required to participate in the programs, but elections for the 2021 crop year are optional and otherwise remain the same as elections made for 2020.

 News Release - https://unl.box.com/s/eoooimrmyn8n7k8gp1u8g1au2ixk4m58

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