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A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for April this spring. It will be held April 21-22, 2018 at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The early bird registration deadline is April 11th.

Nebraska Extension will be offering the ServSafe® Manager Training Program for food service managers and employees April 10-11, 2018 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Bluestem Room, 4502 Ave I, Scottsbluff. 

Registrations are due by March 23, 2018. Find the registration form and more information at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/dawes/ or contact Nebraska Extension at 308-432-3373 or Jamie Goffena at jgoffena2@unl.edu.

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is now law, but there are still questions regarding the implications of this legislation. A tax reform workshop is scheduled for March 14 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

The workshop is free to attend. Registration is requested by calling Jessica Groskopf at 308-632-1247.

This workshop will help area farmers and ranchers understand the impacts of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on their 2018 tax liability. Topics will include:

When commodity prices go down, it’s important to keep financial books on the ranch for more than just tax time.  Nebraska Extension Educators will teach how to use Quicken, a popular commercial record-keeping package that is user friendly, inexpensive and easy to find, in an upcoming workshop in Scottsbluff.  The workshop will be held March 12 from 2-5 p.m. at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I. Workshop size is limited to 10 participants. The cost is $20 per participant. To register call Jessica Groskopf, 308-632-1247. Quicken is flexible for ag and non-ag business enterprises and separates out family living expenses.

By Cynthia Gill, Extension Educator, Cheyenne County

High school students have many choices facing them about further education after graduation. Four-year degrees, junior colleges or certificate programs – which is the right choice for their next life chapter?

To help with these life-altering decisions, Nebraska Extension has partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Admissions to create a statewide program called Next Chapter, a college-readiness program delivered through the Nebraska 4-H program that helps students prepare for and succeed in college by providing the skills students need to reach their academic goals.

Nebraska Extension will be offering training throughout western Nebraska through April, for licensed pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification of their license for 2018. 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). More information can be found on the Panhandle Research & Extension Center page.

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