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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.

By Tammie Ostdiek
Extension Educator – Food, Nutrition and Health

Holidays can be filled with overindulgence. But it’s possible to avoid added calories and the pang of guilt – as well as adverse health effects – with some thoughtful planning and preparation.

Consider making little changes to create healthier meals, increase physical activity and feel your best during the busy holiday season. Here are some simple steps:

Dave Ostdiek Communication/Technology Associate

The Panhandle Research and Extension Center has embarked on a partnership with a family farm corporation in Scotts Bluff County, Western Farms LLC, to conduct scientific research on growing industrial hemp for seed production in the Panhandle.

The public-private joint venture will take place in Scottsbluff and is titled “Evaluation of Hemp Seed Production in Greenhouse Environment in Western Nebraska.”

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 Scottsbluff, North Platte, West Point and Clay Center in January and February. The  Scottsbluff workshop will be held on  January 23, from 9 a.m. -2 p.m., at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center, 4502 Ave I. To register, call 308-632-1230. 

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

The 2020 Nebraska Crop Production Clinics will feature research updates and information tailored to regional crop issues and grower interests. Session topics will include cropping system management, extreme weather impact on agriculture, soil nutrition, irrigation, pest management, and marketing.

Sponsored by Nebraska Extension, the programs will be held at six sites this January and include pesticide applicator recertification training at each. A January 7 Clinic will be held at the Gering Civic Center.

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