UNL Extension - Webster County

January Newsletter 2021

Nebraska Extension in Webster County Newsletter

Welcome to the Webster County Extension Newsletter! This newsletter contains information regarding upcoming programming in all areas of Nebraska Extension. This will be separate from the Webster County 4-H Newsletter to provide information to clientele interested in extension programming outside of 4-H. We hope this is convenient way to keep everyone in the loop on upcoming opportunities in Nebraska Extension. We hope you enjoy this newsletter!

Happy 2021! We hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


The Webster County Extension Staff

Upcoming Events

Important Dates to Remember:

  • January 1st: Webster County Extension Office and Courthouse CLOSED for New Years
  • January 5th: BeefWatch Webinar
  • January 7th: Midwinter Grain Management Webinar
  • January 12th: BeefWatch Webinar
  • January 18th: Webster County Extension Office and Courthouse CLOSED for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 19th: BeefWatch Webinar
  • January 26th: BeefWatch Webinar
  • January 28th: Cow/Calf College
  • February 4th: Pesticide Training in Blue Hill
  • February 11th: Nebraska Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference
  • February 18th: Pesticide Training in Bladen
  • February 18th-19th: Women in Agriculture Virtual Conference

Best Wishes to Sydney!

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Our Beef Educator, Sydney O’Daniel, has accepted a different position outside of Nebraska Extension. Her last day will be January 15th. We will miss Sydney and we wish her the best on her new adventure!

Beef Educators Brent Plugge and Brad Schick will be available to answer any questions and provide programming down the road until the Webster County position is filled. Brent will assist producers in Kearney, Franklin, Webster, and Adams Counties and can be reached at 308-236-1235. Brad will assist producers in Clay, Fillmore, Thayer, and Nuckolls Counties and can be reached at 308-536-2691.

Webster County Extension Website

Be sure to check out the Webster County Extension website for more updates and reminders!

Check it out by clicking on the link below.

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Hay Probes

The Webster County Extension Office has hay probes to use for free! Give us a call or email if you would like to check one out!
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Midwinter Grain Management Registration

Register for this event by clicking here.

Farmer's and Rancher's Cow/Calf College

Please see the flyer below for details on this event.
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Cow-Calf College is gearing up to be hosted January 28th at the Clay County Fairgrounds from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm in the Activities Building. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. This year’s program will be offered in a hybrid format through zoom & attendance in person. The focus of the 2021 Cow-Calf College is improving reproductive performance through the use of nutrition, estrus synchronization, and alternative breeding and forage systems. Speakers will include specialists from the University of Nebraska as well as the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center with disciplines in nutrition, reproduction, physiology, and cow-calf systems.

Allflex, a sponsor of the program will provide an update from Clayton Mead with “Beef Monitoring: Increase Estrus Detection. Ward Laboratories, another sponsor will have Carrie Putnam available with “Practical Use of Forage and Feed Analysis” updates. Other sponsors include Trans Ova and Boehringer Ingelheim and the Farmers & Ranchers College.

Dr. Travis Mullinkiks, Range Cow Production System Specialist from UNL will discuss “Nutritional Management for Successful Calving and Breeding Seasons, Managing Postpartum Interval and Accuratly Evaluating BCS”. Dr. Kacie McCarthy, UNL Beef Cow-Calf Specialist will explain “Economics Behind Estrus Synchronization; Executing Successful Estrus Synchronization Protocols.” Dr. Mary Drewnoski, a popular Cow/Calf College presenter and UNL Beef Systems Specialist will present on “Getting the Most Out of Early Spring Forage; Selection and Management of Winter Hardy Small Cereals for Silage.” Dr. Bob Cushman, a research physiologist with USDA, ARS will present “Dry-Lot Breeding Systems.”

A boxed lunch will be provided under guidelines provided by the South Heartland District Health Department. The program will conclude with a coffee shop panel where participants can ask questions directly to specialists as well as the opportunity to win a variety of door prizes. Masks are highly encouraged and available at the door and 6-foot physical distancing will be required.

Pre-registration a week in advance is highly encouraged to allow for proper social distancing planning. Pre-registration can be made by calling the Webster County Extension Office at 402-746-3417 or online at go.unl.edu/cowcalfcollege. To participate via zoom, register at go.unl.edu/onlinecowcalfcollege.

Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference

Nebraska Extension will be presenting a Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference that we thought you might have an interest in attending.

The program will be available for local virtual participation at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Hastings.

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Register Here

Register by clicking here for the Nebraska Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference

Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options

Making decisions for your farm and ranch can be stressful. However, having good financial records can help make the decision-making process easier.

“Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options,” Nebraska Extension’s four-part financial management course, will host its next session on Tuesdays in January, from 10 a.m. to noon Central time each day.

January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th


Beef Watch Series

Looks like another great line-up for the Beef Watch Webinar Series this January!

Tune in for topics in:

**Preventing Calf Scours- Jan. 5th

**Calving Tool Box and Record Keeping- Jan. 12th

**Calving Complications and When to Call the Vet- Jan. 19th

**Cow Nutrition Needs at Calving and in Early Lactation- Jan. 26th


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UNL South Central Beef Facebook Page

Check out the UNL South Central Beef Extension Facebook Page, ran by our very own Beef Educator Sydney O'Daniel! It gives you daily posts about what is going on in the beef world.Click on the link below to check it out!

Read for Resilience On-line Workshop for Childcare Providers

January 19, 2021

Caregivers play an important role in young children’s emotional development in addition to helping them cope. Using children’s literature in an interactive way, caregivers can help children heal. Using an engaging format, Read for Resilience may help children better understand their experiences and improve their coping skills.

Register here for the 1:00 pm course

Register here for the 7:00 pm course

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Ask Permission

Nebraska and South Dakota Extension’s Learning Child Team supports adults who play a role in young children’s lives providing information and resources about early child development. To learn more visit https://child.unl.edu and www.BrainInsightsonline.com

Happy Holidays

El equipo de Learning Child de Nebraska y South Dakota Extension apoya a los adultos que desempeñan un papel en la vida de los niños pequeños proporcionando información y recursos sobre el desarrollo infantil temprano. Para obtener más información, visite https://child.unl.edu

y www.BrainInsightsonline.com

Happy Holidays

EAT Family Style

EAT Family Style @ Home is all about making mealtimes engaging and positive for you and your family. Creating memorable mealtimes is valuable for healthy relationships, and more importantly, attainable! Let’s create long-lasting healthy habits and have fun while doing it. Visit https://go.unl.edu/eatathome for more information. #NebExt #familydining

Check out the EAT Family Style @ Home teaser video: https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/14854

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Nebraska Master Gardener Training

Do you enjoy plants and gardening? Are you looking to learn more and hone your skills but don’t know where to go? The Extension Master Gardener program will educate you on many aspects of horticulture, allow you to test your knowledge and skills, all while serving your local community. Check it out by clicking on the links below!

Women in Agriculture Virtual Conference

February 18-19, 2021

The Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference is an annual two-day event designed to educate and uplift women involved in any aspect of Nebraska's agricultural industry. Through workshops and presentations, attendees will learn how to better manage risk, improve their farms and ranches and become more successful operators and business partners.

This conference focuses on the five areas of agricultural risk management. The two-day conference will be a hybrid event, offering both live stream and on-demand learning opportunities for attendees.

For more information, please click here: https://wia.unl.edu/conference

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Join Nebraska Extension's The Dish: Real Talk about Food team for live cooking and great conversation about food, tips, tricks, and hacks!

Our team will be live via zoom every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00-2:30 beginning on January 12. You are welcome to join any or all of the four-part series!

January 12: TOPIC: 5 Tips to More Enjoyable Eating, RECIPE: Peanut Thai Ramen
January 14: TOPIC: Stress Less About Mealtime, RECIPE: Pizza Boats
January 19: TOPIC: Grocery Shopping Hacks, RECIPE: Taco Twist
January 21: TOPIC: Meals and Snacks, RECIPE: Power Smoothie

Register at: https://go.unl.edu/thedish

Webster County 4-H Newsletter

Keep up to date with what is going on in the Webster County 4-H Program! Check it out by clicking the link below.

Regional Experts

Here is a list of our Zone 10 Regional Experts. Please use these available resources!
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The Webster County Extension Office and courthouse will be closed Monday, January 18th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Meet our Staff!

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