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Thurston County Office Assistant Description - (Part-time) Position open until filled.

To apply, contact Jennifer Hansen at jhansen6@unl.edu or 402-385-6041.
Cover letter, resume, and references may be sent to Nebraska Extension in Thurston County, 415 Main Street, PO Box 665, Pender, NE 68047.

Due to career advancement and career transition, Thurston County Extension Office is excited to announce this open position! Office Assistant positions is county funded position. Thurston County is an equal opportunity employer.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (Week of July 25, 2022)

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator (Week of July 18, 2022)

If it were a simple matter of having outdoor spaces populated by plants Japanese beetles (JB) do not like to eat, we’d have less feeding damage to our favorite plants.  At 300 plus plant species they feed on, however, that quickly becomes a tall order. Typically, in the first year JB are found in an area, the amount of feeding damage is relatively low.  In the second and third years of infestation, however, their numbers are so high that it feels like an invasion!

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator Dodge County (Week of July 11, 2022)

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator (Week of July 4, 2022)

There is a great line in the first Jurassic Park movie when Ellie, the character played by Laura Dern, says, and I’m paraphrasing here, “Plants can be pretty but will defend themselves if threatened.”  Assuredly, not all plants are sweet and accommodating. Of course, there are plants that throw in their lot with humans, giving people fruits and vegetables for food, fiber for textiles, and medicines for health. We manipulate plants to get what we need, and we aid their survival by saving seed and propagating plants.  It begs the question, though, are we manipulating plants or are they manipulating us?

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