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The Nebraska 4-H Foundation supports 4-H in many ways, there are several statewide Nebraska 4-H Foundation scholarships including:

Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply Scholarships - $1,000 each awarded to two individuals residing in Scottsbluff and Morrill Counties 4-H Legacy Scholarships - $1,000 each awarded to three individuals

To view information and requirements and to download applications, please go to the following link at: http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.  
All applications must be received by March 3, 2017.

The Nebraska Extension office at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center will offer a workshop in January 26th from 9:00am.-3:00p.m. providing livestock and crop farmers with information on how to turn manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment.

Livestock producers with livestock waste control facility permits received or renewed since April 1998 must be certified. A farm must complete an approved training every five years, and farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are also encouraged to attend. Re-certification will be held during the first two hours of the day-long land application training.

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.

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