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Farm Bill Education Meetings

Nebraska Extension and the Farm Service Agency (FSA), are teaming up to provide educational meetings about the 2014 Farm Bill. All farm operators and land owners are invited to attend. FSA will inform participants about the sign-up process for the Farm Bill including the documentation needed and the deadlines for sign-up. Nebraska Extension will provide information about the decisions that will need to be made for base acre reallocation, yield updates, and for the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) vs. Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program selection. 

Local Meeting Locations:

January 29, 1:00 p.m. at Ag Park, Columbus during the Farm Show


Private Pesticide Applicator Training Dates

Attend one of the following sessions to certify or extend your pesticide certification. Program fee is $30.00. If you have received a bar-coded letter from the NE Dept. of Agriculture about your need to recertify, please bring that letter to the private applicator training session. That letter will save you time and may be substituted for the NDA bubble applicator form. 

January 28, 1:30 p.m., Club Room, Ag Park, Columbus

January 29, 9:30 a.m., Club Room, Ag Park, Columbus

February 9, 7:00 p.m., Community Center, Humphrey

March 26, 7:00 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church, Schuyler

Lower Platte North Nitrogen and Water Management Training

Cost: Free, no pre-registration. Meets requirements for the Lower Platte North that all operators of irrigation well systems as well as operators who use any type of fertilizer in production Ag. 

February 4, 9:30 a.m., Village Office, Lindsay

February 4, 1:30 p.m., Benedictine  Center, Schuyler

February 24, 9:30 a.m., Pinnacle Bank (East), Columbus

March 31, 7:00 p.m., Ag Park, Columbus

Land Applicator Training

Cost: $60.00 initial, $30 recertification. Learning basic manure management techniques and tips to keep the environment safe and you in compliance with your NPDES permit. Participants attending all day will receive NDEQ Land Applicator training certification. Additional educational training is required every 5 years for permitted operations. Pre-registration is necessary either online at http://water.unl.edu/lat or by calling Leslie Johnson at 402-584-3818. 

February 3, 9:00 a.m., Pinnacle Bank (East), 210 East 23rd Street, Columbus

Chemigation Training

Cost: Free. Training and testing for those that need a chemigation license to operate or manage the application of nitrogen or pesticide thru an irrigation system, both for initial certification or recertification. Initial applicators should contact the office for the materials to review prior to the training and testing. Bring along a calculator.

February 24, 1:00 p.m., Pinnacle Bank, Columbus

March 4, 9:00 a.m., Extension Office, Fremont


2015 Horticulture Updates

Introductory Letter to Tree Care Service and Lawn and Landscape Updates (a printable .pdf file, 10KB 1 page)

Columbus Tree Care Service Update - January 29, 2015 (a printable .pdf file, 106KB, 1 page)

Lawn and Landscape Update - February 10, 2015 (a printable .pdf file, 63KB, 1 page)

Lawn, Garden & Tree Classes (a printable .pdf file, 84KB, 2 pages)


Frequently Asked Questions - Farmland Lease (three page printable .pdf file)

Farmland Lease Check List (two page printable .pdf file)


Platte County Co-Parenting For Successful Kids 

2015 On-site Classes listed by date in .pdf format

Print Statewide Brochure for On-site and On-Line Classes in .pdf format (including on-site registration form)

Reduced Fee Application (fill-in .pdf format)


Extension Highlights

Disaster Recovery Resources

We have complied a collection of resources to help those that have been affected by recent storms. More...

Marketing 2014 Calves

With current price levels, cow/calf producers could see good profits when selling 2014 calves. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, outlines a few options to consider when thinking about marketing this year's calf crop. UNL's Beef website features more information on Livestock Risk Protection Insurance and determining costs of production.

Storing Distillers Grains

Distillers grains have become much cheaper, compared with earlier in the year. Aaron Stalker, UNL Extension beef range systems specialist, explains why using distillers grains could benefit producers – if they can properly store the product. More resources on storing distillers grains can be found here.

UNL Extension's BeefWatch

Check out the latest issue of UNL BeefWatch Newsletter. newsletter, designed to assist Beef producers and professionals. You may subscribe to receive this newsletter in your email and view the latest summaries on beef industry issues at http://Beef.UNL.edu 

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UNL Extension cropping system experts discuss the latest updates on cropping issues in Nebraska such as appearance of Pythium in corn and soybeans, wheat disease updates, and a new UNL climate app. During the growing season, each weeks CropWatch newsletter is posted on Fridays at http://cropwatch.unl.edu/

Acreage Insights e-News


The Acreage Insights e-News, published by UNL Extension Acreage team, is a monthly electronic newsletter providing acreage owners with timely information to better manage their rural living environment. Click here to subscribe to this newsletter or check out the team's Acreage Insight web resources (http://acreage.unl.edu/).

UNL Extension's Hort Update

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An email newsletter designed to assist horticulture professionals and Extension staff with seasonal environmental topics for lawns, trees and shrubs, landscape ornamentals, fruits and vegetables, and miscellaneous items.  Share with your colleagues and friends Hort Update,  Visit our web site for archived issues .

Educational Program Resources for Communities (Free)Community1

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....


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Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.

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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). 

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