Nebraska Extension - Gage County

December 2021 Newsletter

In This Issue:

  • Holiday Hours
Upcoming Events
  • Online Holiday Market
  • BQA Training
Horticulture - Nicole Stoner
  • Nuisance Household Flies
4-H & Youth Development - Jacie Milius
  • Achievement Celebration
  • Galactic Quest Workshop
  • Fabric Design Workshop
Food, Nutrition & Health - Tara Dunker
  • Random peanut facts you never knew you needed

Water and Integrated Cropping Systems - Nathan Mueller

  • Agronomy Resources
  • Nebraska Extension's Expertise and Personnel Directory


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Online Holiday Market

Calling all local food lovers! If you’ve been missing the farmers’ market, check out our LIMITED TIME ONLY online holiday market.

Here’s how it works: Pre-order produce, baked goods, honey, jam, and eggs from local vendors online Nov 27 – Dec 5. Pay online, then pick up your items curbside on Dec 11 from 11am – 1pm at the Gage County Extension office. Supporting your neighbors has never been easier!

Learn more and shop HERE:

Nebraska BQA Training

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Nuisance Household Flies

Throughout the year we can be plagued by nuisance insect pests in the home. As much as I enjoy insects and all the benefits they bring to our lives, I loathe flies in my house. They can really be an irritation and sometimes are difficult to manage. Management of these flies, however, starts with correct identification.

4-H & Youth Development - Jacie Milius, Extension Educator

Achievement Celebration

Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 5th at 1:30 pm for cookies and hot chocolate 4-H Council fundraiser with the Achievement Celebration starting at 2:00 pm!! The celebration will take place in the 4-H Building. We will recognize:

County project awards


Diamond Clover Club

Leader recognition

Volunteer Years of Service

10 Year Members

Club Awards

Youth at Work Grant Recipients

Friend of 4-H, 4-H Alumni, and Business Recognition

See you Sunday!

Galactic Quest Workshop - December 29, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Begin your space adventure by looking at the stars. Explore principles of light and construct a simple refracting telescope. Learn about cybersecurity and protecting our assets in space. Use a cypher wheel to decode a secret message, encrypt, and decipher words. Learn about the resources needed for space exploration and where they can be found. Design, build, and operate a robotic claw. Workshop cost - $20 All materials included in workshop fee. Please bring a sack lunch. Workshop appropriate for ages 10+. Register by December 23.

Fabric Design Workshop - December 30th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to design your own perfect fabric? Learn about motifs, patterns, and graphic design through this fun workshop. Design a repeat pattern to create a one of a kind fabric design. Participant's designs will be uploaded to Spoonflower and each participant will get one yard of their design printed onto 100% Cotton. Workshop fee $20. Register by December 23.

Food, Nutrition & Health - Tara Dunker, Extension Educator

Random peanut facts you neve knew you needed

As I sit down to write this, I’m reminded of my 16-month-old by the sticky residue he left behind on my laptop keys the previous night. His name is Henry, and I’m pretty sure he was born with a controller or keyboard of some sort in his hands. He’s obsessed with the buttons and beeps that come with technology. And it just so happens that the sticky residue on his grubby little fingers provided the perfect introduction to my article this week. Thanks, Henry.

Thanksgiving do's and don'ts

You know what I'm thankful for today? I'm thankful I wrote a decent article about Thanksgiving food safety last year. So, instead of scrambling last-minute to meet my deadline (a bad habit I hear may be a Dunker thing), I get to recycle an oldie but a goodie for your reading pleasure. Let's get back up to speed on making food safety a key ingredient from start to finish this holiday season.

Water and Integrated Cropping Systems- Nathan Mueller, Extension Educator

Agronomy Resources

CropWatch ( is a central resource for Nebraska Extension information on crop production. It is written by Extension Educators and Specialists and produced by IANR Media in the UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Information is organized into two key areas, the CropWatch Newsletter and the crop-specific production and management sections, each of which offers thousands of crop-specific articles for Nebraska producers and crop consultants.

Nebraska Extension's Expertise and Personnel Directory

The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 provided federal support for land-grant universities to establish Cooperative Extension Services. Cooperative Extension was originally designed to bring vocational, agricultural, and home economics learning opportunities to all residents. Today Nebraska Extension (formerly called Cooperative Extension) brings University of Nebraska expertise and research in nine priority focus areas of impact directly to Nebraskans from all walks of life in each of the state’s 93 counties. Nebraskans turn to Nebraska Extension to strengthen their families, inspire their communities, empower young people, conserve and protect natural resources and advance their farms, ranches and businesses.