Nebraska Extension in Scotts Bluff & Morrill Counties

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By Cynthia Gill, Extension Educator, Cheyenne County

High school students have many choices facing them about further education after graduation. Four-year degrees, junior colleges or certificate programs – which is the right choice for their next life chapter?

To help with these life-altering decisions, Nebraska Extension has partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Admissions to create a statewide program called Next Chapter, a college-readiness program delivered through the Nebraska 4-H program that helps students prepare for and succeed in college by providing the skills students need to reach their academic goals.

Nebraska Extension will be offering training throughout western Nebraska through April, for licensed pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification of their license for 2018. A license is required to use or purchase or apply restricted-use pesticides. Extension provides training for several classes of certification, including commercial, non-commercial (such as local government or research purposes) and private applicators (such as ag producers). More information can be found on the Panhandle Research & Extension Center page.

Certification training set in Scottsbluff, Sidney, Bridgeport, Alliance, Valentine

The new 2018 Farm Bill is coming together and experts are beginning to see the form it will take. Starting in February and extending into early March, economists from the Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics are partnering with the University of Nebraska extension to bring the latest information on the new farm bill to a conference near you.

By Kelley Rice, Extension Educator and 4-H Coordinator for Panhandle Extension District

4-H is the largest youth organization in the nation. 4-H serves more than 7 million youth, working in partnership with national, state, and local partners to provide meaningful experiences where youth learn by doing.

As we celebrate Nebraska 4-H Month, I would like shed some light on how Nebraska 4-H is dedicated to teaching life skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, social skills, communication, responsibility, citizenship, and leadership in order to prepare our youth for a successful future.

The latest results from crop and livestock research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s High Plains Ag Lab (HPAL) near Sidney, as well as administrative and business updates, will be shared with the HPAL advisory board and the public at the annual research update scheduled for Feb. 15 at Sidney.

The meeting will start at 9 a.m. a.m. at the Sidney Campus of Western Nebraska Community College.

The public is welcome, but attendees are asked to RSVP if they plan to attend. Call the Ag Lab at 308-254-3918 or email Farm Manager Jake Hansen at jhansen19@unl.edu to ensure an accurate count for lunch.

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Public forums to address 2018 farm bill
Feb 14 – Producers, landowners and other agricultural policy stakeholders seeking information on the 2018 farm bill are encouraged to register for a series of five forums scheduled at locations across Kansas and Nebraska. Read more
Nebraska Extension crop scout training on March 13
Feb 14 – Industry representatives and corn and soybean growers wanting to learn how to better manage corn and soybean pests should plan to attend the Nebraska Extension crop scout training for pest managers program March 13 at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead. Read more