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By Tammie Ostdiek, Extension Educator – Food, Nutrition and Health

Family and friends gather in the kitchen and around the table during the holidays. But nobody wants to miss the fun times with family and friends because of foodborne illness. Follow these food safety guidelines to reduce the risk of contamination.

PLAN AHEAD – Thawing turkey in the refrigerator will require about 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds. A 20-pound bird will defrost in about five to six days. A thawed turkey can safely remain in the refrigerator for one to two days before cooking. Turkey can be submerged in cold tap water for thawing. The water should be changed every 30 minutes and the turkey cooked immediately after it is thawed.

A QuickBooks Desktop for Farm & Ranch Record Keeping workshop will be held on Nov. 13 in Scottsbluff.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The cost to attend is $65 per person. To register call 308-632-1230.

Jerry Terwilliger teaches the basics of QuickBooks Desktop in a hands-on workshop, focusing on the record keeping needs of farmers and ranchers. Participants will learn how to input transactions, use accounts, categories, inventories, invoices, and run common reports. Classes are limited to seven participants each, please register soon.

Karla H. Jenkins, Cow/Calf and Stocker Management Specialist
Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff

Recently I attended a high school football game just a few blocks from that community’s local cattle auction. As I watched the players warming up, I hardly noticed the bawling noises made by the calves who had been delivered earlier that day in preparation for the big sale the next day.

Those interested in learning about current trends in cash rental rates, lease provisions, and crop and grazing land considerations should make plans to attend upcoming land management meetings in Scottsbluff and Bridgeport.

These workshops are designed to provide up to date information on management strategies for both the landlords and tenants involved in land leases, based on the topic “Managing Agricultural Land for the 21st Century.”

Dates, locations and registration information:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists conduct agricultural research at many locations in western Nebraska – the Panhandle Research and Extension Center plots; the Panhandle Research Feedlot; the High Plains Ag Lab near Sidney; and in fields belonging to cooperating farmers.

One of UNL’s lesser-known research laboratories attained a landmark this year. It was 100 years ago, in 1918, that the federal government gave the university an 800-acre piece of rangeland in southern Sioux County to conduct regionally relevant research.

“Increased Production Efficiency” is the theme of the 2018 Nebraska State of Beef Conference, scheduled for Nov. 7-8 at the North Platte Sandhills Convention Center.

Speakers, including experts from university and industry, will focus on market outlook, industry trends, alternative enterprises, animal health, and several different approaches to finding efficiencies in animal production.

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