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In the next few weeks and months you will begin to notice some changes in the Extension webpage layout and some familiar links will be moved to new locations. No links or information will be eliminated just relocated.
Progressive Agriculture™ Safety Day offered for Elementary Youth
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 is the date planned for the annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day sponsored by the Central Nebraska Farm Safety 4 Just Kids Chapter at the Valley County Fairgrounds. A generous grant from DuPont-Pioneer and other local supporters has made it possible for the Central Nebraska FS4JK to provide a free home first aid kit to each family with children attending the safety day. Titan-Ord Equipment will also supply personal first aid kits in each take-home “goodie bag”.
Pre-registration is required to attend the safety day and registrations are due May 29, 2013. Children not pre-registered will NOT be able to attend that day. Registration forms are available online, or at area schools and local businesses. Cargill has once again volunteered to pay all registration fees for each participant at the Safety Day, however, parents will still need to fill out and sign the registration form. Lunch for the participants will be sponsored by Green Plains-Ord LLC, the local ethanol plant. These generous donations will help to make a very affordable and fun day for kindergarten through sixth grade youth. Each participant will receive a safety day T-shirt, lunch, and a take-home goodie bag. For more information, parents can call Bev Smedra at (308) 728-3781 Ext. 3, Kayla Hinrichs or Heather DePra at (308) 728-5071 or Cindy Ference at (308) 346-5795.
During the safety day, children participate in interactive sessions that reinforce the importance of taking responsibility for their own safety, respecting parents’ safety rules and sharing safety tips with their family and friends. Hands-on demonstrations reveal the hidden hazards of farm surroundings and teach participants how to avoid injury and what to do should an accident occur. Demonstrations this year will focus on: PTO Safety by Ord Equipment, Inc. and GreenIron Inc., Water Safety by Ken Ferris, Disabilities by the Valley County Health System PT Department, First Aid/Ambulance by local EMTs, Common Reptiles in Nebraska by Larry Shultz of UNL, Poisonous Plants featuring local master gardeners, and Underground Utilities by Diggers Hot-line. The safety day program allows community leaders to structure a safety day that covers basic farm safety issues and first aid, as well as addressing specific local needs.
Local farmers, manufacturers, and merchants donate their time and equipment to ensure that each safety day is a fun and valuable learning experience. Local sponsors include: Cargill, Inc., Green Plains-Ord LLC, Du-Pont Pioneer, Bryce & Emily Bauer, Dale & Janie Zadina, Great Western Bank, First National Bank, Bank First, Ericson State Bank, Pathway Bank, Union Bank & Trust, Taylor Branch, Kent & Dorita Helm, Dan & Luella Spilinek, Little Country Daycare – Janel Melia, Country Partners Co-op, Howard County Farm Bureau, Seed Solutions-Kurt & Marty Petska, North Loup Valley Bank, State Bank of Scotia, First Nebraska Bank of Arcadia, Heritage Bank, Stowell & Geweke, Bryant & Kristina Foth, Shelter Insurance - Walt Smith, Erin Philbrick Agency-America Family Insurance, Jeffres & Sons, Inc., Petska Backhoe & Plumbing, L&D Crop Insurance, Ord Memorial Chapel, Kens Equipment, Ord Veterinary Clinic, Anderson Pharmacy, Sherman-Valley County Farm Bureau, Burwell Insurance Agency, State Farm – Wray Insurance, Thoene Farm Service, Valley County Health Systems, Titan-Ord Equipment Inc., UNL Extension in Central IV Area, Lower Loup NRD, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Loup Basin Public Health Department.
UNL BeefWatch Newsletter
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Drought Increases Toxic and Poisonous
Plant Risk to Livestock
UNL Extension Educator, Scott Cotton is reminding producers who graze livestock on range and pasture that of one of the side effects of drought can be increased risk of poisoning from toxic plants. Drought generates increased poisoning risks for livestock due to reduced availability, timing shifts and physiological changes in the “desired” forages on rangelands and pastures. More...
Stocking Rate Lease Agreements
Stocking rate, lease rate and a drought clause are key components of a grazing lease agreement. Jay Jenkins UNL Extension Educator in Cherry County recommends that people who own grazing land and those who lease it use a written agreement that addresses these three factors… more
Annie’s Project for Farm/Ranch Women
UNL Extension and Farm Credit Services of America host Annie's Project, a course to develop management and decision-making skills of farm and ranch women. Classes will be held at Thedford starting May 22 with registration preferred by May 1. Click here for a registration information . Four similar workshops are planned in Nebraska with tentative plans set for Sydney, NE. Contact your local Extension office for more information about programs in your region or go to Annies Project for more information.
Trigger Dates and Stocking Rates:
Drought Mitigation Cornerstones
UNL Extension Educator, Cindy Tusler is encouraging ranchers to use trigger dates and stocking rates as tools to help them plan and make choices related to ongoing drought conditions. A written drought management plan using these tools can assist producers in making decisions. More...
Programs for Communities (Free)
As a leader in your community, often you are asked to present a program to club meetings, civic groups or professional organizations. Finding information for such a program and then organizing it can be challenging and time consuming. Look no further!
Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are providing you research-based, educational program resources free-of-charge. Information in each program is based on research from educational institutions around the world. The programs listed reflect the variety of topics which our clientele cite as issues within their communities. Congratulations on leading your organization to a greater understanding of these priorities! For lessons....
Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.
View entire episodes or search for answers to your plant, yard, and insect problems. Watch Backyard Farmer live on NET1 April to mid September (Thursday, 7:00 pm CT).
Audio and video interviews with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension specialists and educators on topics ranging from crop and livestock production to health and nutrition to lawn and garden care, and more.