Agriculture

Wed
24
Apr
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Several 4-H events occur in past week throughout county

RITA BRHEL| CLAY COUNTY NEWSV

Clay County 4-H held a Youth for the Quality Care of Animals training on April 22 at the fairgrounds. Rachel Adams of Fillmore County Extension, at the left, was the presenter. The training is required for all 4-H members who will be showing livestock, aside from horses and pets, at the county fair this summer. Pictured here, Ethan Shaw, left, and Christian Shaw sift through flour to uncover potential hazards (candy bards) in animal bedding (flour).

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Damaris Rodrigez builds an edible model of a brain cell using a cookie, frosting, sprinkles and licorice during the “Messing with the Message” afterschool 4-H event at Harvard.

RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

On April 22, Clay County 4-H hosted a Soil Science workshop at the fairgrounds, with Brandy VanDeWalle as the presenter. During the event, 4-H’ers learned about soil identification (adding water to dirt on hands to feel consistency and passing around cups/bags of different types of soil, whole group) and soil dissection (making a test tube of water and soil, which allowed the soil parts to settle out over time). Pictured here, Harper Lange, foreground, and Chase Batterman, background, test soil identification.

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Clay County Extension hosted a Clover Kid safety workshop on April 18 at the Fairgrounds for children ages 5-7. Brandy VanDeWalle served as the presenter. Activities included practicing dialing their home phone number, learning their home phone number/address/parents’ names, and making a first aid kit. Here, Cheryl Meyer helps Lovaeh Meyer with an activity.

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Lilly Griess, background, laughs as Eli Ladehoff hits the balloon during an activity where students played a combination of the telephone game and keeping the balloon from hitting the floor while hitting it back and forth, which stimulated how difficult it is for the brain to send messages in body when impaired, during the “Messing with the Message” 4-H afterschool program at Sutton.

Several 4-H events occur in past week throughout county

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Wed
17
Apr
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Nebraska FSA announces livestock indemnity program deadline

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Nancy Johner today announced that producers who suffered livestock losses due to a combination of extended cold and above-normal precipitation during the months of January, February and March may be eligible for assistance under the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). The deadline to submit a LIP Notice of Loss due to these weather circumstances is April 29, 2019.

“The Livestock Indemnity Program provides producers with a vital safety net to help them overcome the financial impact of extreme or abnormal weather,” said Johner. “Extended cold combined with above-normal precipitation during the months of January, February and early March created an adverse weather event that has had a significant impact on some livestock producers. We encourage them to reach out to our office by the April 29 notice of loss deadline.”

Wed
10
Apr
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Deweese, Sutton seniors commit to UNL

LINCOLN—On April 3, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln recognized 52 high school seniors from Nebraska FFA chapters who have committed to attend the university in the fall.

A signing ceremony was part of the 91st Nebraska FFA State Convention in Lincoln. FFA members, advisers, guests and several university leaders — including Chancellor Ronnie Green and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Harlan Vice Chancellor Mike Boehmparticipated in the event at the Nebraska Coliseum.

“I want to congratulate you on what will be one of the best decisions you’ve made in your life,” Green told the future Huskers. “We’re here to help you be successful and get the best education you can get.”

Green was a state FFA officer and member in Virginia.

 

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Wed
27
Mar
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Sandy Creek 4-H’ers learn apps, maps

RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Above, Alley explains the mapping for the city park to Brhel, left, and Skalka, during the afterschool activity.

Monday, Clay County Extension Educator Holli Alley taught students John Skalka and Emily Brhel how to design plans for an eight-acre city park using geography and GIS mapping.

 

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Wed
06
Mar
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Aksarben Foundation now accepting applications for Farm Family Awards

OMAHA–The Aksarben Foundation, along with Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers, announces that applications for the Nebraska Pioneer Farm and Nebraska Heritage Farm Awards are being accepted now through May 5.

These awards recognize Nebraska farm families who have consecutively held ownership of land in the same family for at least 100 years (Pioneer) or 150 years (Heritage), respectively.

“We look forward to recognizing and awarding these Nebraska farm families each year. The dedication and perseverance demonstrated by these families is a testament to the strong Nebraska values that set our state apart and have been making Aksarben proud, for over 120 years,” Sandra Reding, Aksarben Foundation President, said.

 

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Wed
27
Feb
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Gate to Plate program set for March 14

GATE TO PLATE- WOMEN’S

FARMERS AND RANCHERS

COLLEGE PROGRAM

In 2014, I had the opportunity to present at the AgChat Foundation Conference held in Austin, TX.

Along with three other colleagues, we shared with the other 140 people in attendance on how Nebraska Extension is able to reach a large audience through collaboration and reaching beyond our own areas of expertise and programming.

At that time, through the use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, blogs and websites, we reached nearly three million people!

Wed
20
Feb
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Rumsey earns certificate at Weed Control Conference

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Rod Stolcpart, president of the Nebraska Weed Control Association, right, presents Bruce Rumsey with a certificate for serving 15 years as the Clay County Weed Superintendent, during the annual weed control conference in Nebraska City.

Clay County Weed Superintendent Bruce Rumsey recently attended the 72nd annual Nebraska Weed Control Conference at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, Feb. 11-13, where he earned a Superintendent Years of Service Certificate for 15 years.

Following the Education Committee and Board of Director’s meetings on Monday afternoon, the conference kicked off with The President’s Reception on Monday evening. The 2019 Officers for the NWCA are President, Rod Stolcpart, Rock County; Vice President, John Bebout, Otoe County; Executive Director, Rob Schultz, Hall/Howard Counties, and Secretary/Treasurer, Marty Craig, Dawson/Gosper Counties.

Wed
13
Feb
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4-H Innovative Youth Corn Challenge winners announced

VIEWS FROM VANDEWALLE INNOVATIVE YOUTH CORN CHALLENGE CONTEST 2018 RESULTS

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers are in high demand and will continue to be in future years. To engage youth in crop science based education, the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge (IYCC) was created as a partnership between the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Extension.

Since the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge program’s inception in 2012, 46 teams have participated in the program with 27 teams successfully harvesting and analysing their plot data.

A total of 138 youth have participated. This contest, open to 4-H members or FFA members, guided participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.

Wed
06
Feb
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Aurora Cooperative to host 2-day ACE Summit

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Aurora Cooperative will be hosting a two-day ACE Summit and the 2019 annual meeting Feb. 12-13, at the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

Aurora Cooperative will be hosting its ACE Summit and 2019 Annual Meeting on Feb. 12 and 13, at the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

The two-day event will include owner profitability workshops on Tuesday and the government panel along with featured speaker Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander and Buck Commander, on Wednesday.

On Feb. 12, registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the day will be kicked off by Darci Vetter, Former Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative.

Then after lunch Kevin Saunders, grain bin explosion survivor and Paralympic athlete, will give his safety message, “There is Always a Way.”

The owner profitability workshops in the afternoon will feature Minnesota Millennial Farmer Zach Johnson speaking on ag advocacy and literacy through social media.

Wed
30
Jan
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Sandy Creek, Sutton FFA compete in LDEs

COURTESY PHOTO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

From left to right, front row: Lexie League, Jake Shuck, Jason Brockman, John Brodrick, Rami Hinrichs, and Neika Buschkoetter. Middle row: Kristen Rohrer, Kynnzie Skalka, Caitlin Rempe, Chase DeVries, Connor Crumbliss, Hayden Shuck, and Josh Shaw. Back row: Sam VonSpreckelsen, Micah Biltoft, and Noah Shackelford.

FFA students from Sandy Creek and Sutton garnered placings at the Leadership Development Events in Aurora Wednesday, Jan. 23.

SANDY CREEK: Jason Brockman, second, purple, Cooperative Speaking; Sam VonSpreckelsen, third, blue, Extemporaneous Speaking; Noah Shackelford, fifth, blue, Extemporaneous Speaking; Neika Buschkoetter, fifth, blue, Natural Resources Speaking; Conduct of Chapter Meetings, eighth, red; Parliamentary Procedure, ninth, red; Rami Hinrichs, 10th, purple, Employment Skills; and Kynnzie Skalka, 12th, blue, Creed Speaking.

 

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