Local Interest

Robert M. Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist
Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff

Bacterial wilt of dry beans, caused by Curtobacterium flaccufaciens pv. flaccumfaciens (Cff), has historically posed sporadic but often serious production problems in dry beans throughout the irrigated High Plains since its first report from South Dakota in 1922. In the early 1980s, the disease mysteriously disappeared, appearing only periodically on cull seeds at the processing plants, but with little economic damage.

Numerous factors may cause stress for farmers and ranchers. Many face financial problems, marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more.  When temporary stress turns into chronic stress, it can impact health and mental wellness.

Nebraska Extension, in partnership with Michigan State Extension, is offering a workshop in Scottsbluff October 8, 2019 for individuals who work with farmers and ranchers on a regular basis, such as bank lenders, ag suppliers, healthcare professionals, and anyone involved with the lives of farmers and ranchers.

Nebraska Extension in is hosting Estate and Transition Planning workshops for ag landowners, ranchers and farmers in Scottsbluff, Sidney and Ogallala in late September and early October, 2019.

These workshops are designed to help anyone thinking about retiring, exiting, or transferring the farm or ranch business. They are free, and include lunch.  Registration is requested to ensure adequate handouts and meals for participants.

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The 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium, the 26th iteration of this four-state educational event, will return to Nebraska with a Nov. 18-20 run at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds Events Center in Mitchell.

“Moving Science into Practice” is this year’s theme. Industry experts will speak about a wide range of topics, including headline-grabbing debates such as cell-cultured meats, as well as a wide range of industry concerns such as  finances, reproduction, calving, and nutrition.

The 2019 Western Nebraska Early Childhood Conference will be held October 18-19, 2019 at the Harms Advanced Technology Center-WNCC. This year's theme is "Dance to the Beat of Your Own Drum". Join us for our annual conference for early childhood providers to learn how to implement more through music and play!
Dry edible beans such as pintos, great northern, and black beans are a very valuable commodity raised in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming, ranking Nebraska second, and Wyoming eighth in national dry bean production. However, hail and drought can easily reduce bean quality and the feasibility of harvest for the rigorous human consumption standards. So the question becomes, when dry edible beans are not suitable for human consumption, what options are available?

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