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Curious about research projects under way at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center? Now anybody with access to the internet can follow them whenever it’s convenient.

Archived video presentations from the Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center’s virtual field day, “Panhandle Agricultural Research and Technology Tour – Plus” (PARTT Plus), are now live on the Panhandle Center website.

This event, held in December 2020 over Zoom, supplemented the in-person field day held in August. Speakers from that PARTT event and other specialists presented updates on research from 2020, much of which will be carried on in 2021 and future years.

Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension Educator Water and Integrated Cropping Systems

This is the second in a six-part series of articles covering basic water law in the United States, predominately in the western part of the country, and how it affects this finite resource. Water law has a long history. It can be traced back to Roman times and also has roots in English common law. Across the United States, it varies from state to state, and from East to West. 

When conflicts arise the courts usually determine the outcome, unless there are state or federal laws or previous case studies to resolve the issue. Exceptions to the law can arise from differences in each state’s water laws. 

Each spring, as the planting season approaches, brings fresh questions about irrigation water:

How much water will the mountain snowpack provide to the North Platte Valley? What’s the state of the irrigation infrastructure in the valley? What have we learned about the system in the past year? How does the complex system of dams, diversions, checks and canals work? Will groundwater irrigation regulations stay the same as last year?

Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension Educator Water and Integrated Cropping Systems

This the first in a six-part series of articles covering basic water law in the United States, predominately in the western part of the country, and how it affects this finite resource.

Water law has a long history. It can be traced back to Roman times and also has roots in English common law. Across the United States, it varies from state to state, and from East to West.

When conflicts arise the courts usually determine the outcome, unless there are state or federal laws or previous case studies to resolve the issue. Exceptions to the law can arise from differences in each state’s water laws.

Whether or not we work in agriculture, in rural Nebraska and other farming and ranching areas, agriculture provides us with some of the first signs of spring. We have all smiled at newborn baby calves bucking, head butting each other, and running with their tails sticking straight out. But those who aren’t farmers or ranchers, or otherwise involved in agriculture, might wonder what “calving season” is and why it is such a big deal to the men and women of agriculture. Driving by those playing calves, they might not realize all that goes into making sure those babies get a good, healthy start.

The next session of “Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options,” Nebraska Extension’s four-part record-keeping course, will be held virtually on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - Noon CT March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2021.

Participants should plan on attending each of the four workshop dates. The course requires participants to have an internet connection.

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Women in Agriculture’s Love of the Land conference to be presented virtually

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Nebraska Extension's Women in Agriculture program will host the Love of the Land Conference for female farmland owners and tenant looking to improve their business management skills, Dec. 9, via Zoom.

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Principles for Attracting and Retaining Quality Ag Employees webinar - a panel discussion

November 29, 2021
Help- wanted signs are everywhere. Hiring is so difficult that many are calling this the "Great Resignation." Agricultural businesses in Nebraska are not exempt from this challenge; competition for available workers comes from area industries, and the labor market is tight.

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Beef Quality Assurance certification offered in December across Nebraska

November 29, 2021
Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance will be offering Beef Quality Assurance Certification across the state from Dec. 13-15.

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Panhandle Perspectives: Suggestions for planning for rising fertilizer prices and bull markets

November 26, 2021
Rising fertilizer and input prices are the hot topic of conversation in rural coffee shops across the corn belt.

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