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Certification training set in Scottsbluff, Sidney, Bridgeport, Alliance, Valentine

By Kelley Rice, Extension Educator and 4-H Coordinator for Panhandle Extension District

4-H is the largest youth organization in the nation. 4-H serves more than 7 million youth, working in partnership with national, state, and local partners to provide meaningful experiences where youth learn by doing.

As we celebrate Nebraska 4-H Month, I would like shed some light on how Nebraska 4-H is dedicated to teaching life skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, social skills, communication, responsibility, citizenship, and leadership in order to prepare our youth for a successful future.

As Nebraska Extension Educator Jim Schild prepares to retire from a 35-year Extension career – 30 of them spent in Scotts Bluff County – he says what he’ll remember most is the connections he’s made with people over the years.

“I appreciate all the opportunities I’ve been able to take advantage of in my career,” Schild said. “Meeting a lot of great people, developing lifelong friendships, helping people, making their lives more productive, helping them save a tree or shrub, seeing 4-Hers growing up to be leaders in their communities.”

Schild is retiring at the end of January.

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 two upcoming workshops in Kimball and Scottsbluff. Quicken is flexible for ag and non-ag business enterprises and separates out family living expenses.

These workshops are limited to 10 participants per site. The cost is $20 per participant. Dates and locations:

Kimball, Feb. 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Kimball Courthouse Annex. To register call the Kimball County Extension Office, 308-235-3122.

Nebraska Extension will offer 2018 Landlord-Tenant Lease Workshops in Kimball, Alliance, Scottsbluff, and Bridgeport, to help landlords and tenants develop leases that are right for both parties while maintaining positive farm leasing relations.

Meeting and registration details:

Kimball, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kimball 4-H Building. Call the Kimball County Extension Office to register, 308-235-3122.

Alliance, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Alliance Public Library. Call the Box Butte County Extension Office at 308-762-5616.

Scottsbluff, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center. To register call Jessica Groskopf, 308-632-1247.

Scotts Bluff County Extension office will hold an open house Jan. 29, 2018 from 3-6 p.m. to show its new office space at 4502 Avenue I, Scottsbluff.

The open house will take place from 3-6 p.m. Parking is available on the south side of the building, and entrance is through the glass doors closest to the parking lot. Refreshments will be served.

The County Extension Office is now located in the southwest corner of the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center. Before the move, it was on the east side of the building, nearest the large parking lot.

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