Local Interest

By Jeff Bradshaw, Associate Professor of Entomology and Extension Specialist
Panhandle Research and Extension Center

      A research project is under way at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center to help determine whether a parasitoid wasp can help control the western bean cutworm, a pest that causes serious damage to dry edible beans in the Nebraska Panhandle.  

      Initial data from the first year, 2016, raised several questions, and more studies are planned for 2017.

Effective January 1, 2017, all livestock producers that use antibiotic medicated feeds to prevent, treat or control animal health issues will be required to get a written order or Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) from a Veterinarian to purchase and feed these feeds.  The regulation will only affect antibiotics administered in feed or water for livestock.

Antibiotics are important to both human medicine and animal health, to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance in both areas; producer must follow the FDA Approved Labels.  These labels determine what animal health issues can be treated with that specific antibiotic, dosage and proper administration.

The Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB) Scholarship Program includes the following:

One $1000 scholarship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) or in the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) for an incoming student (freshmen or transfer student).  One $1000 scholarship for a current student (sophomore or higher) enrolled in CASNR or CEHS.

Applications are being accepted on-line this year on the NACEB website.   Application materials must be received by March 17, 2017.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation supports 4-H in many ways, there are several statewide Nebraska 4-H Foundation scholarships including:

Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply Scholarships - $1,000 each awarded to two individuals residing in Scottsbluff and Morrill Counties 4-H Legacy Scholarships - $1,000 each awarded to three individuals

To view information and requirements and to download applications, please go to the following link at: http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.  
All applications must be received by March 3, 2017.

The Nebraska Extension office at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center will offer a workshop in January 26th from 9:00am.-3:00p.m. 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. A farm must complete an approved training every five years, and farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are also encouraged to attend. Re-certification will be held during the first two hours of the day-long land application training.

When commodity prices go down, it’s important to keep financial books on the ranch for more than just tax time. Four Quicken for Farm & Ranch Record Keeping workshops will be taught in the Panhandle in January and February.

Nebraska Extension Educators, will teach how to use Quicken, a popular commercial record-keeping package that is user friendly, inexpensive and easy to find. Quicken is flexible for ag and non-ag business enterprises and separates out family living expenses.

Quicken's checkbook register makes for a familiar environment to begin computerized record-keeping. Quicken comes with home and general business income and expense categories, but Educators will show how to easily import farm categories to match the tax Schedule F.

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