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By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator


Looking forward to the vegetable garden this spring, it’s easy to think that now that the flood waters have receded, our gardening season can carry on as usual.  While many of the callers to Extension are aware of potential dangers of gardening on a flooded site, the exact way forward is a little unclear.  Here is a synopsis of how flooding affects food safety in our vegetable gardens and orchards.


By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator


As morel mushroom hunting season approaches, be mindful of food safety.   It’s important to remember flood waters don’t carry just water.  There is a host of unsavory things that are downright dangerous—

                ▪Human disease pathogens from raw sewage,

                ▪Pesticides carried from farm fields and lawns on soil particles and plant residue,

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator


The flooding and subsequent ponding has a profound effect on trees and shrubs in the landscape. The contaminants these waters carry negatively impact vegetable garden sites and orchards.  Here are some flood resources to address residents’ concerns.


By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Assistant Educator


The 2019 spring flood has had a devastating impact for all parts of the landscape, including trees.  While the extent of the damage to trees may not be realized for years, how and if trees survive depend on several factors.


▪Certainly that the floods came when the trees were dormant is a factor in their favor. Flooding is always hardest on actively growing trees.


The Thurston County Extension Office will be accepting applications for part time (15 hrs/week) position as an office assistant until March 29, 2019.  This position requires a person who is a self-starter, highly self-motivated and flexible. Qualifications are: customer service skills; a working knowledge of Microsoft Suite, Internet, and financial management; organizational and communication skills and a valid Nebraska driver’s license.  Must pass a criminal background check and the 4-H volunteer screening.  Additional information about this position can be found online at www.thurston.unl.edu at https://go.unl.edu/pj2t or at the Extension Office.

The Thurston County Extension Office will be accepting applications for a part time, with potential to be full time, temporary, summer 4-H position from approximately June 3 through July 26.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have experience working with school age youth, and feel comfortable leading workshops and camps.  Background knowledge of the Nebraska 4-H program is helpful but not required.  Send cover letter, resume, and references to the Thurston County Extension Office 415 Main St., PO Box 665, Pender, NE 68047. Application deadline is March 22, 2019. For a complete list of job requirements and responsibilities visit https://go.unl.edu/ofrb. For addition questions contact Nebraska Extension Educator, Jennifer Hansen at 402-385-6041.


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