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By Jeff Bradshaw, Associate Professor of Entomology and Extension Specialist
Panhandle Research and Extension Center

      A research project is under way at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center to help determine whether a parasitoid wasp can help control the western bean cutworm, a pest that causes serious damage to dry edible beans in the Nebraska Panhandle.  

      Initial data from the first year, 2016, raised several questions, and more studies are planned for 2017.

Effective January 1, 2017, all livestock producers that use antibiotic medicated feeds to prevent, treat or control animal health issues will be required to get a written order or Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) from a Veterinarian to purchase and feed these feeds.  The regulation will only affect antibiotics administered in feed or water for livestock.

Antibiotics are important to both human medicine and animal health, to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance in both areas; producer must follow the FDA Approved Labels.  These labels determine what animal health issues can be treated with that specific antibiotic, dosage and proper administration.

The Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB) Scholarship Program includes the following:

One $1000 scholarship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) or in the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) for an incoming student (freshmen or transfer student).  One $1000 scholarship for a current student (sophomore or higher) enrolled in CASNR or CEHS.

Applications are being accepted on-line this year on the NACEB website.   Application materials must be received by March 17, 2017.

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.

        If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships-the ability of all people, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

        The first step to cultivate human relationships starts at home. Children tend to exhibit the behaviors and attitudes that they observe at home.

For the third year, Fontanelle Hybrids is excited to offer Nebraska's best and brightest high school seniors the chance to win $1000. Fifteen $1000 prizes will be awarded for a total of $15,000. These agricultural scholarships are an opportunity for them to go beyond the fields and give back to the communities they call home.

Current high school seniors who are a least 16 years old and are legal resident of Nebraska are eligible to participate in the "Western Knowledge. Execeptional Communities. 2017 Fontanelle Hybrids Essay Contest". They must have a parent or legal guardian's permission to enter and be active members of 4-H, FFA or other organization that promotes agricultural education as part of its mission statement.

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