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      Are you wondering if the emerald ash borer (EAB) is here, in your yard, perhaps in your community in western Nebraska? Have neighbors or other persons told you it is already here?

      EAB was found in an Omaha park and in Cass County in June 2016. But it has not been confirmed nor identified in western Nebraska by the Nebraska Forest Service or the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Any reports that EAB is in western Nebraska are not correct, according to Rachel Allison, western forest health specialist with the Nebraska Forest Service.

The Women in Agriculture Conference:  Improving Agriculture, Improving Lives, will feature information and advice about a wide range of subjects: coping with stress, preserving food, creating sustainable landscapes, setting priorities, and preparing for disasters.

This year’s conference is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2017 at Sidney. It will run from 8:15 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Country Inn & Suites, 664 Chase Blvd., Sidney.

The conference is intended for women who are involved in agriculture improve their decision-making, increase understanding, and enhance their well-being in relation to their farm, ranch or agriculture-related business.

Nebraska Extension is offering the Master Gardener Training Program beginning in February at Scottsbluff, Alliance and Sidney.

Weekly sessions in February and March will provide research-based horticulture education, preparing Master Gardener volunteers to share their knowledge with others in the community.

In exchange for the training, Master Gardeners are asked to volunteer to their communities, working with local Extension educators, solving problems or giving information. Some give talks or workshops to the public or write news articles about topics such as house plants, flowers, vegetable gardening or other horticulture-related subjects.

Beef feedlot managers, owners, employees and supporting personnel will learn the latest in feedlot nutrition, health, and marketing at the 2017 Beef Feedlot Roundtable Feb. 7 in Scottsbluff.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Roundtables will be offered Feb. 7 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. Other locations in Nebraska will include Feb. 8 at the Dawson County Extension office by the fairgrounds in Lexington, and Feb. 9 at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point.

Karla H. Jenkins, Cow/calf, Range Management Specialist
Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff

Any Google search will reveal plenty of articles on how cattle are bad for the environment. Some will say they emit too many greenhouse gases, while others will lament that they compete with humans for food resources. However, consumers may be surprised to learn that cattle are actually able to eat many things that are actually considered waste and are not allowed in the human consumption markets.

A pair of workshops will be presented Jan. 25, 2017 at Bridgeport and Chadron on business succession and estate planning for farm and ranch owners, families and beginners.

The Bridgeport workshop will take place from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Prairie Winds Community Center. The Chadron workshop will take place from 5-8 p.m. at Chadron State College.

There is no charge. To register (and for questions) call the Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.

These workshops will include a discussion of beginning farmer programs that can aid in succession planning. They should be useful for established farm and ranch owners, for their successors, and for beginners.

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