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By Chabella Guzman, PREEC communications

Two with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research Extension and Education Center were among those awarded at the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Society (NSWCS) awards night on Wednesday, June 12, in Scottsbluff. 

Dr. Bijesh Maharjan and Extension Educator Gary Stone received the Commendation Award which recognizes SWCS members for service to their chapter or council of chapters. 

By Jessica Groskopf, Nebraska Extension Agricultural Economist

As we roll into mid-summer, many farmers are looking for opportunities to do some forward contracting for fall.  This has led some farmers to ask, “What is a ‘good’ price for 2024 corn?”

When asking yourself this question, recognize that “good” is a relative term. A good price for one farmer may not be a good price for another. First, determine what you are comparing the price against. Once you have determined your measuring stick, we can assess the viability of a price. Here are a few comparisons you might want to make as you consider pricing new crop corn.

“Sowing Seeds for Generations” is the theme of this year’s Women in Agriculture Conference, which will be held Friday, August 2, 2024, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1040 Jackson Street Sidney.

“Past years have been very successful, and we are excited to offer another great conference,” said event organizer Carmen Draper. “This is a wonderful event for all women to learn new skills in a fun environment.”

Keynote Speaker Kaelyn Armstrong of Ogallala, Neb., will present “Saved By The Well.” A registered Nurse and small business owner, Armstrong will share her perspective on healing and her realization that physical needs are not always the most important part of healing a person.

Conference topics include:

By Chabella Guzman, PREEC communications / Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension educator

Over the past several weeks, severe storms have damaged crops in the North Platte Valley and the Panhandle with heavy rainfall, hail, high winds, and low-land flooding. The National Weather Service reported a confirmed EF-1 tornado on Thursday, June 20, which damaged homes, crops, and pivots along a two-mile path between Morrill and Mitchell, Neb. Hailstorms in the southern Panhandle have damaged the winter wheat crop. Heavy rainfall also flooded fields and county roads.

By Chabella Guzman, PREEC communications 

The Scotts Bluff County Extension recently welcomed Audra Brown, Nebraska 4-H extension assistant, to the University of Nebraska Extension in Scotts Bluff County, officed at the Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center in Scottsbluff.

Brown is a third-generation sheep breeder, born and raised in rural Northern California. Since the age of nine, she has raised and shown sheep at local and state fairs and sold registered Southdown sheep to 4-H and FFA exhibitors. She was involved in 4-H for 10 years. When Brown joined FFA, she stayed involved with 4-H as a Teen Leader with her sheep and goat projects to continue to help the younger 4-Hers with their projects. 

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