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On June 23rd, all Thurston County Extension Staff are back in the office but with some slight modifications! We’re all in the offices in back to follow spacing recommendations. But we are physically here and ask that you ring our buzzer.

We are encouraging social distancing and wearing masks for the safety of both you, the public, and our staff. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available.

At this time access to individual offices is limited to employees only.

As always you can call the office to help us be prepared for your visit and to reduce your time in the office.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator (Week of October 5, 2020)

Glorious golds are fall’s main colors in our region, helping to foster appreciation for autumn reds, which tend to be rarer. Instead of adding the over-utilized ‘Red Sunset’ and ‘Autumn Blaze’ maples to your landscape, diversify the neighborhood and community by choosing from fall’s red leafed trees that are not maples. When a variety or species is overplanted, it makes way for certain insects and/or diseases to run rampant, much like emerald ash borer is for ash trees and pine wilt in pine trees. Some ideas for fall red-leafed trees include:

Pagoda Dogwood, Cornus alternifolia

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (Week of September 28, 2020)

It may seem like perennials demand lots of our attention, but they are really quite forgiving, with many plants living despite, not because of, our gardening efforts. For their hardiness and beauty, we can ensure they stick around by adhering to a few guidelines.

Digging and Dividing

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (Week of September 21, 2020)

Fall Care of Perennials
Once gardeners and gardens have survived the heat of summer, cooler weather offers an opportunity to complete some simple tasks to ensure perennial plants emerge in good health next spring.

Cutting Back

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator (Week of September 14, 2020)

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator (Week of September 7, 2020)

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Porter receives Distinguished Service Award from NACAA

October 27, 2020

Lincoln, Neb. —John Porter, Nebraska Extension Educator, received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during the 2020 Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference.

Porter was one of several honorees who represent the top 2 percent of the membership selected by their peers and the director of Extension. He is the Nebraska Extension urban agriculture educator in the Omaha metro area and previously worked as a West Virginia University Extension county agent. 

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Extension webinar for ag professionals to focus on communicating with farmers under stress

October 27, 2020
Nebraska Extension, in partnership with Michigan State University Extension, will present a free webinar, “Communicating with Farmers Under Stress,” on Nov. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, CST.

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