Despite much needed rain that has fallen in much of the area over the course of the past few weeks, many row crop producers have begun the annual planting ritual to kick off the 2017 growing season in Clay County. Here, Bruce Fehr plants corn northeast of Sutton, or northwest of Grafton, just inside Filmore County. Much of the southern parts of Clay County have sat idle following heavy rains on Friday, April 14.
Flint Hills Resources of Fairmont made a donation of just over $1,500, to both the agriculture and industrial arts departments at Sutton High School, to help with the purchase of safety equipment in both programs. Shown with students in each program at SPS is Kim Fuglestad on the left and Lynn Jasnoch, far right . Sutton educators for both departments include Jessie Bower in the agriculture department and Steve Ramer in the industrial arts department.
Tuesday, March 21, the Clay County Extension Office hosted a 4-H open house for those currently involved in 4-H, and for those who are wanting to go into 4-H. A number of exhibits were open for kids and families to stop at and participate in. There was also a selection of farm animals for the attendees to visit.
Over the past few weeks, farmers have taken to the fields to disc the land in preparation for planting season. On the other end of the spectrum, mama cows have been welcoming calves, also over the last few weeks, keeping farmers and their families busy.
In 4-H, they believe in the power of America’s youth to succeed in life; however, only one in three kids says they have the skills they need to handle what life throws their way.
That’s why 4-H created “Raise your Hand.” A nationwide call to action for alumni to “raise your hands” to empower our nation’s youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime.
This spring, Nebraska 4-H is asking alumni to raise their hands. They believe that every child deserves the chance to succeed. If you’re a 4-H alumni or know someone who is, we’re asking for your help in spreading the word. Together, we can help 4-H provide the hands-on learning that empowers kids across America with the skills to handle what life throws at them.
Holli Weber, with the Clay County Extension Office, had one task for the young entrepreneurs at Sandy Creek and Harvard—make something that made a difference. At Sandy Creek, she told the kids to invent a product that could be used for a game in which two players had broken arms. At Harvard, she told the kids to invent a product that could be used by any animal so that the pet could get exercise.
During the annual Sutton FFA Appreciation Night, Sunday, Feb. 19, Colt Pope, standing far left, auctions off a cake FFA member Logan Majors, right, shows off to potential buyers at the conclusion of the meal. All proceeds from the auction will go toward fixing the sidewalk in front of the Sutton Historical Society. Also pictured is Sam Nuss, center, and Maddie Nuss, behind the podium.
The Nebraska Beginning Farmer and Rancher Network Farm Succession Series. A workshop on Farm and Ranch Business Succession and Estate Planning.
You are welcome to attend a free workshop on business succession and estate planning for farm and ranch owners, families and beginners. The workshop will be held in St. Paul, Feb. 23, 2017, at the St. Paul Civic Center.