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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.

THE NEBRASKA BEGINNING FARMER & RANCHER NETWORK Farm Succession Series

You are welcome to attend a free workshop on business succession and estate planning for farm and ranch owners, families and beginners.   Two workshops will be held in the Panhandle:

Jan. 25, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in Bridgeport at the Prairie Winds Community Center.  Jan. 25, 2017 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in Chadron at Chadron State College. 

There is no charge for these workshops, a meal will be provided at each location.  To register for either workshop (and for questions) call the Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.

Crop Production Clinics at Gering and other locations across Nebraska in January 2017 sponsored by Nebraska Extension will provide valuable information to help crop producers and agribusiness professionals improve their profitability and sustainability.

The clinics are also an opportunity for pesticide applicators to renew their licenses in several categories, including commercial and noncommercial ag plant and demonstration/research. Private pesticide applicators also can renew their licenses.

A free grain-marketing workshop scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff will help grain producers minimize losses during this time of low commodity prices.

The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Nebraska Extension Educators will present location and commodity specific marketing information. Topics include developing a written marketing plan, and understanding basis and carrying charges.

        If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships-the ability of all people, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

        The first step to cultivate human relationships starts at home. Children tend to exhibit the behaviors and attitudes that they observe at home.

For the third year, Fontanelle Hybrids is excited to offer Nebraska's best and brightest high school seniors the chance to win $1000. Fifteen $1000 prizes will be awarded for a total of $15,000. These agricultural scholarships are an opportunity for them to go beyond the fields and give back to the communities they call home.

Current high school seniors who are a least 16 years old and are legal resident of Nebraska are eligible to participate in the "Western Knowledge. Execeptional Communities. 2017 Fontanelle Hybrids Essay Contest". They must have a parent or legal guardian's permission to enter and be active members of 4-H, FFA or other organization that promotes agricultural education as part of its mission statement.

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