Nebraska Extension in Scotts Bluff & Morrill Counties

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A limited number of 4-H members have the opportunity to catch a calf each January during the National Western Stock Show held in Denver.

Successful catchers will receive their calf in May 2018 to begin feeding the calf to market finish.  Youth must show and sell their calf at the 2019 National Western Stock Show. The calves used for this contest are bought with money donated by business sponsors.

Top achievers of the Catch-A-Calf Contest are recognized for their record-keeping abilities, relationships with sponsors primarily through correspondence, and showmanship skills. Rate-of Gain and carcass value are also important in evaluating top achievers along with the live animal evaluation. 

The basics of QuickBooks financial software for farmers and ranchers will be taught in a series of workshops in late October and November in Kimball, Chadron, Mullen, Valentine and Scottsbluff.

Jerry Terwilliger of the Center for Rural Affairs teaches the basics of desktop QuickBooks, focusing on the record-keeping needs of farmers and ranchers. Participants will learn how to input transactions, use accounts, categories, inventories, invoices, and run common reports.

Cost is $55 per participant, and the classes are limited to five participants per location.

These workshop are being offered by Nebraska Extension in collaboration with the Center for Rural Affairs Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and the SBA Women’s Business Center.

So, you’ve inherited a farm; now what? Some answers and strategy are available from a workshop scheduled for Nov. 2 at Bridgeport.

The 2 1/2-hour workshop will begin at 9 a.m. at Prairie Winds Community Center. Cost is free, but advance registration is requested to insure enough handouts for the program. To register call the Morrill County Extension Office at 308-262-1022 before 5 p.m. Nov. 1.

Anyone who owns farmland may want to participate in this seminar for information and education about that ownership, as well as to learn management strategies.

State and transition planning will be the focus of an Annie’s Project Retreat to be offered Nov. 3-4 by Nebraska Extension, at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. More information can be found on the Panhandle Research & Extension Center site.

By Jackie Guzman, Nebraska Extension Educator

National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, celebrates the cultures and contributions of Latino Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrated their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, try reading these great children’s books:

The Barking Mouse by Antonio Sacre. This Cuban folktale retold by Antonio Sacre is about the value of being bilingual.

The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers will award a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H male and a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H female who are graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education.

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