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The basics of QuickBooks financial software for farmers and ranchers will be taught in a workshop Feb. 8 in Scottsbluff.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UNL Panhandle Research & Extension Center. To register call Jessica Groskopf 308-632-1247.

Cost is $65 per participant, and the class is limited to five participants.

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.

Nebraska Extension will offer 2018 Landlord-Tenant Lease Workshops in Kimball, Alliance, Scottsbluff, and Bridgeport, to help landlords and tenants develop leases that are right for both parties while maintaining positive farm leasing relations.

Meeting and registration details:

Kimball, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kimball 4-H Building. Call the Kimball County Extension Office to register, 308-235-3122.

Alliance, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Alliance Public Library. Call the Box Butte County Extension Office at 308-762-5616.

Scottsbluff, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center. To register call Jessica Groskopf, 308-632-1247.

Scotts Bluff County Extension office will hold an open house Jan. 29, 2018 from 3-6 p.m. to show its new office space at 4502 Avenue I, Scottsbluff.

The open house will take place from 3-6 p.m. Parking is available on the south side of the building, and entrance is through the glass doors closest to the parking lot. Refreshments will be served.

The County Extension Office is now located in the southwest corner of the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center. Before the move, it was on the east side of the building, nearest the large parking lot.

Nebraska Extension will conduct chemigation certification training sessions beginning in February through early April at Scottsbluff, Sidney, Bridgeport, Alliance and Valentine, as well as other sites around Nebraska, such as Ogallala, North Platte and Ainsworth.

Producers who plan to apply crop nutrients and pesticides through irrigation systems during 2018, including those whose 2017 permits expired Dec. 31, are required to attend a training session and pass the test administered afterward. Attendees are asked to pre-register at the extension office whose session they plan to attend. They will receive a training manual and calibration workbook to review before the training session.

     Nebraska Extension will offer a workshop Feb. 21, 2018 in Scottsbluff providing livestock and crop farmers with information on how to turn manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment.

      Livestock producers with livestock waste control facility permits received or renewed since April 1998 must be certified, and farms must complete an approved training every five years. Re-certification will be held during the first two hours of the day-long land application training. Farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are encouraged to attend for either the initial or re-certification portion of the training.

      Spring is still a couple months away, but it’s not too early to talk about gardening, landscapes, turf, trees, shrubs, and other horticulture topics.

      The 2018 Nebraska Extension Master Gardener training will begin in late January, with weekly training classes running into mid-March for volunteers who want to add to their own knowledge and share what they know with others in their communities.

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