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Due to COVID-19 concerns Nebraska Extension in Thurston County staff are WORKING REMOTELY.

We are still available to help, answer questions, and serve Thurston County.

We will be stopping in periodically so if you have anything to drop off, put it in our DROP BOX. You can also CALL the office number (402-385-6041) as we have these calls forward to our remote phones. We are also always available through EMAIL:

Jennifer E. Hansen - Extension Educator: jhansen6@unl.edu

Stacey Keys - Extension Assistant: stacey.keys@unl.edu

Samantha Beutler - Office Assistant: samantha.beutler@unl.edu

Thurston County: thurston-county@unl.edu

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (5/19/20)

Woodland phlox, Phlox divaricata, also known as wild sweet William, is a shade-loving perennial that produces lavender blue five-petalled flowers in spring.  It has a wonderfully long bloom season. In my garden, it has been sending out flowers for a solid month now.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (5/11/2020)

“Foraging” refers to the gathering of wild edibles for food to grace our table. Historically, the human race began as hunter-gatherers, gleaning food from what was found, not raised. With the growing interest in fresh and local, there has been a resurgence of interest in foraging for wild food.


As things develop be sure to watch for more frequent newsletters on updates. This includes Fair plans and Summer Options.

We’re continuing to try to give you the latest information in a timely manner. If you have questions, always ask!

Take care and stay safe! 

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension in Dodge County (5/4/2020)

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (4/20/2020)

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 to celebrate all things plant, water, and air. What’s not celebrated is that unsung hero—earth—not in reference to our planet, but earth, the stuff we plant in.  Otherwise known as soil, dirt, land, and loam, earth supports most plant life on planet Earth. Yet earth is little appreciated and vastly underrated. David R. Montgomery, author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilization, tells us “Societies that don’t take care of their land don’t last.”  In his book, Montgomery documents time and again civilizations no longer able to feed themselves because of loss of soil fertility and erosion.


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Nebraska Extension showcasing 4-H’ers at county fairs

May 22, 2020
Nebraska Extension is working to make sure all 4-H’ers across the state have the opportunity to showcase their hard work come county fair time this summer.

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Nebraska Extension, UNMC to host discussion on impact of pandemic-related stress on farmers and ranchers

May 22, 2020
Nebraska Extension and the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Rural Health Initiative will host a discussion about the impact of COVID-related stress on farmers, ranchers and others engaged in agriculture.

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