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Dave Ostdiek, Communications Associate UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

The COVID pandemic of 2020 has contributed to increased food insecurity for many Nebraska families.

In response, communities have pitched in to help. And some of the donated food is produce that has been grown this year at community gardens around Nebraska, which leverage local volunteers with grant funds from Growing Together Nebraska (GTN), part of Nebraska Extension’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) program.

Finding, hiring and retaining quality employees are major challenges for agricultural business in Nebraska. Competition for the available workforce comes from area industries, and the labor market is tight. 

Nebraska Extension will host a virtual seminar series in December (Dec. 8, 11, 15 and 18) designed to help agricultural employers learn techniques and leadership practices to help motivate and empower employees.

Dr. Bob Milligan, Senior Consultant with Dairy Strategies LLC and Professor Emeritus from Cornell University, will lead the seminar. Topics will include:

An upcoming online training for agricultural professionals will teach individuals how to recognize and respond to potential signs of crisis and suicidal behavior.

Farming and ranching can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to a producer’s anxiety. And now Nebraska’s rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension will host the 2020 BeefWatch Webinar Series. The webinars will take place weekly beginning on Tuesday, October 6 at 8:00 pm central time.  

The BeefWatch Webinar series is designed to highlight management strategies in grazing, nutrition, reproduction, and economics to increase cow/calf and stocker production efficiency and profitability. Each session will feature industry experts and plenty of opportunity to interact to get your questions answered. 

 Each webinar will begin at 8:00 PM Central Time.

Topics and speakers are as follows: 

Extension Educator David Lott will be offering Master Gardener training via Zoom in October. Pre-registration is required for each class at https://go.unl.edu/nebrgardener

Dates & Topics:

The Fit and Healthy Kids Series programs consist of 1-hour web-based live or recorded sessions. Sessions are offered once a month for 6 months during the school year. A team of University of Nebraska Extension Professionals offer the Fit and Healthy Kids series online programming to help increase the use of best practices in caring for and educating young children across the state.

Need FREE continuing education hours? Don't want to travel? Pull up a comfortable chair and join us on the web!

 More information and a registration link is available at FIT AND HEALTHY WEBINARS.

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