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By Dr. Emily Stine, Nebraska Extension Educator Horticulture 

Pruning always seems to be a monumental task to take on, but with the right tools and some knowledge about the plant, it becomes easier.

By Jesse Fulton, Director of Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance and Extension Educator

Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance will offer Beef Quality Assurance and Beef Quality Assurance Transportation Certification throughout the Panhandle in May 2024.

The dates and locations are: 

By Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension Educator/Chabella Guzman, PREEC Communications

By Ryan Benjamin, Nebraska Extension Educator-Beef Systems

As we come into early April, it is important to take time to think about rangeland and pasture conditions and make sure grazing plans are ready for the growing season in 2024. Much of the state has seen close to normal precipitation since October 1 (current water year). However, parts of the state, especially counties in the south and east of the state, that experienced drought last summer are still experiencing drier than normal conditions. 

The annual Nebraska Tractor and Equipment safety certification course with hands-on safety will be held in June at Gordon and Gering. The course is hosted by Nebraska Extension and Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health.

Federal law prohibits children under 16 from using certain equipment on a farm unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm. The certification course allows 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and certain mechanized equipment. 

By Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension Educator

The Yonts Water Conference will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Panhandle Research, Extension, and Education Center, in Scottsbluff. The morning begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration.

The conference will begin at 9 a.m. with Dr. Xin Qiao, Nebraska Extension water and irrigation management specialist. He will discuss ways to improve irrigation efficiencies and give a research update on new irrigation technologies.

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