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A “Healthy Food Fast” multi-cooker class will be offered in January 2020 in Gering. It’s for anyone who received a multi-cooker as a gift, but doesn’t know how to use it – or anyone who already owns one of these appliances and wants to learn more about it – or anyone who doesn’t have one yet, but wants to learn more before deciding whether to get one.

The class will be offered twice: Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. until noon, and Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Legacy of the Plains Museum, 2930 Old Oregon Trail, Gering.

The class is sponsored by the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission and is FREE to participants. Please register for either date by Jan. 22, by calling the Scotts Bluff County Extension Office at 308-632-1480. There is a limit of 20 participants.

Nutrition, profitability, and health are the themes of the 2020 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Beef Roundup hosted by Nebraska Extension on Tuesday, January 21, and Tuesday, January 28, at 6pm MST (7pm CST). This series features topic experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University. Each evening features two presentations that can be viewed from any location with internet access or at several locations across Nebraska. Sites and registration information is listed below.

LINCOLN — An upcoming Nebraska Extension workshop will help farmers develop marketing plans for 2020.

“Risk and Reward: Using Crop Insurance and Marketing to Manage Farm Survival” will be presented in Scottsbluff, North Platte, West Point and Clay Center in January and February.

Extension economists will discuss the role of farm location and yield/price relations in making informed grain marketing and crop insurance decisions.

“This is a unique opportunity to think about grain marketing differently,” said Jessica Groskopf, a regional economist with Nebraska Extension.  “Often, we think of marketing and crop insurance as two separate decisions. This workshop will show the importance of how these tools work together to help farms survive.”

Nebraska Extension will be offering training throughout western Nebraska, from January through April 2020, for licensed pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification of their license for 2020.

A license is required to use or purchase or apply restricted-use pesticides. Extension provides training for several classes of certification, including commercial, non-commercial (such as local government or research purposes) and private applicators (such as ag producers).

Complete information for local training can be found on the Panhandle Research & Extension  Center website. 

The University of Nebraska Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska will host Farm Bill education meetings in Scottsbluff and Grant in January to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions.

 The 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law last December, reauthorized the existing Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill; however producers will need to make new program enrollment decisions over the coming months

Meeting times and locations:

Prepare to compete at the 4-H District and State Horse Shows Participants will complete all Level 2 requirements (except for the riding skills test) by the end of the workshop!! Have expert help in finishing your demonstration, written report, feed chart, and written examination. All youth are welcome who have completed Level 1 as well as parents and volunteers. Participants should come ready to present their demonstration which should be 10 to 20 minutes long. More info on Level 2 requirements can be found here: https://4h.unl.edu/horse/advancement-levels#two.

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