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Drought resiliency for the cowherd and how beef producers can position themselves for the future. 

The last few years drought conditions, input costs, inflation and volatile market conditions have challenged beef cattle producers.

Nebraska Extension will be hosting a program titled “Learning from the Past – Looking to the Future” Tuesday, March 28, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the 4-H Building in Kimball. Don Adams and Ivan Rush, Professors Emeriti from the University of Nebraska will be discussing the following topics:

Nebraska Extension is looking to gather more information on cow-calf producers’ mineral supplementation practices. To better establish research and educational resource needs for beef cattle producers, Nebraska Extension has released a producer needs assessment survey targeting cow-calf producers. Survey responses will be utilized for future research, educational programming, and resource development. Additionally, Nebraska cow-calf producers can express their interest in having their operation included in future on-farm mineral supplementation research.

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for its annual Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center Student Scholarship. Three scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded.

To be eligible, applicants must:

Are you living with hypertension (HTN) or high blood pressure?  Are you concerned about developing HTN?  Are you caring for someone with HTN?  This class is for you!

Join this 6-week series aimed to improve HTN self-management.  Topics include basics of hypertension control, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation, medication management, stress management, and creating short-term and long-term action personal action plans. 

Living Well is being offered FREE virtual series by Nebraska Extension beginning on March 20 at 6 p.m.  Hypertension affects approximately 116 million adults in the United States and more than 1 billion adults worldwide. Hypertension is the leading cause of CVD morbidity and mortality. 

Katie Pekarek - Extension Educator

In 2023, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB1014.  This bill took 4 million dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act and allocated it to treating nitrate issues in Nebraska.  1.2 million dollars of that is dedicated to a Reverse Osmosis Rebate Program that is dedicated to private well owners. The general idea of the program is that any individual private drinking water well owner can test their water AND if the nitrate concentration comes back above 10 ppm, they might be eligible for UP TO $4,000 support to get a reverse osmosis system to treat their nitrate.

Eligibility

Knowing annual cow costs is the foundation for evaluating and making management decisions that can improve profitability for a cow-calf enterprise. Significant increases in input costs are challenging producers to examine cost of production and identify where there may be opportunities to adjust the production system. Calculating costs and breaking them into categories gives understanding into where there may be opportunity to make changes.

Nebraska Extension will be hosting a 2023 webinar series on Thursday evenings at 7:30-8:30pm CT on January 19, 26 and February 2, 9, 16 and 23. The series will explain the fundamentals of knowing and calculating annual cow costs.

Topics to be covered will include:

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