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Nebraska beef producers and corn growers can enhance both entities of their operation through attending the inaugural 2021 Cover Crop Grazing Conference scheduled for November 16th, 2021. This conference will take place at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead.

Enrollment and re-enrollment for the 2021 4-H year. All 4-H youth and volunteers will enroll in clubs and projects through 4HOnline, a web-based enrollment system that will allow families to enroll on a personal computer or mobile device.  Rnrollment deadline to participate in County or Sate Fair is Jun 15th, 2021. To enroll go to: ne.4honline.com

4-H (ages 8-18) as of Jan. 1st of the current year who exhibit beef, goats, sheep, swine, rabbit, and poultry MUST complete quality assurance training through YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) by June 15, 2021 to be eligible to exhibit at the County Fair, State Fair, or at the Ak-Sar-Ben Stock Show. Clover Kids ages 5-7 DO NOT need to complete quality assurance training.
Fall is an excellent time to soil sample fields for nutrients following harvest. If you have used cover crops for several years and a field is in cover crops now or you plan to drill cover crops this fall, it would be better to soil test in the spring and conduct a soil health test on that field. You may be able to save money on your fertilizer bill.

If you have the opportunity to soil sample crop fields, be sure to check your soil pH. If the soil recommendation indicates lime is suggested, it is something to consider before next year’s cropping season. Liming fields can be done anytime this winter or spring when soil conditions are favorable and sometimes can have a very positive impact on crop yields and nutrient availability of fertilizers to the subsequent crops.

The 21st Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 28-29, at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations.

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Principles for Attracting and Retaining Quality Ag Employees webinar - a panel discussion

November 29, 2021
Help- wanted signs are everywhere. Hiring is so difficult that many are calling this the "Great Resignation." Agricultural businesses in Nebraska are not exempt from this challenge; competition for available workers comes from area industries, and the labor market is tight.

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Beef Quality Assurance certification offered in December across Nebraska

November 29, 2021
Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance will be offering Beef Quality Assurance Certification across the state from Dec. 13-15.

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Panhandle Perspectives: Suggestions for planning for rising fertilizer prices and bull markets

November 26, 2021
Rising fertilizer and input prices are the hot topic of conversation in rural coffee shops across the corn belt.

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Dec. 15 Extension workshop to cover crop inputs, cost of production

November 22, 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —Nebraska Extension will present a live workshop covering 2022 inputs and cost of production for crop producers on Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Panhandle Research, Extension, and Education Center, 4502 Avenue I, Scottsbluff.

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