Hamilton County Extension

Fall 2022

Nebraska Extension in Hamilton County brings you reliable, research-based information in agriculture and natural resources, consumer and family economics, community and economic development, and 4-H / youth development. Our goal is simple . . . to help you put knowledge to work!

A 9-member Extension Board and a 15-member youth and adult 4-H Council, representing all areas of Hamilton County, are also a part of our Extension team. It gives us great pleasure to serve you in your quest for learning or keeping up-to-date in this ever-changing world.

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Expertise & Personnel Directory for Hamilton County

Click here to discover University of Nebraska Extension Educators who are serving Hamilton County.

We are Hiring an Extension Educator

Nebraska Extension is looking for an Extension Educator to provide regional expertise (Merrick County) and develop focused learning experiences that inspire young people to achieve their potential. This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Central City, NE. This educator‘s geographic region includes Merrick and Hamilton Counties. The major responsibility of this position is to provide regional leadership for Nebraska Extension’s 4-H and Youth Development Program. This educator is expected to interact closely with 4-H clientele in these communities and deliver programs in their geographic area.

For a detailed position description, required materials, and how to apply, go to: https://employment.unl.edu/postings/80966

Brad Schick is a Livestock Systems Extension Educator. Brad covers a seven-county accountability region including Boone, Nance, Merrick, Hamilton, Platte, Polk, and York Counties.

Click below to read Brad's newsletter, Brad and Beef!

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Ranch Handbook on YouTube

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video can teach you want you need to know now. Ranch Handbook is a collection of short, relatable videos that explain successful management practices. Talking to and working beside someone with the skills we hope to gain is one of the best ways to learn, but this is not always an option. Easily accessed videos bring that conversation to you with practical and to the point instruction on ranch tasks from experts on each subject. Created by Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Educators and University of Nebraska Beef Team members Jack Arterburn, Ben Beckman, and Brad Schick. The University of Nebraska Beef Team provides research-based information and resources to beef producers to help them provide an economical, safe, quality product to consumers while protecting and preserving Nebraska's vast natural resources.
Google Earth for Ranch Management - Free Ranch Mapping Software for Planning and Analysis
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Check out GRO Big Red, Nebraska Extension's YouTube channel for home gardeners. You can find their blog here: grobigred.com.

Fall Watering Aids Tree & Shrub Health

In fall, warm, dry days with cool nights usually lead to great fall leaf coloration, but dry, late summer and fall conditions have a downside, too. Trees and shrubs not fully hydrated going into winter are prone to winter desiccation, a common injury occurring when the amount of water lost by plants exceeds the amount picked up by the roots. Article continues here: https://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/lancasterextension/14622/83818
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CropWatch is a central resource for University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension information on crop production and pest management. It is written by Extension Educators and Specialists and produced by IANR Media in the UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Check out their podcast here: https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2021/subscribe-cropwatch-podcast.
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Tracking Your Cost of Production Amid Rising Input Prices

Plus, a 10-year glance back at costs and profit margins.

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While no two childcare programs are the same, it may be helpful to identify what values, elements, and standards are important and relevant to you and your family regarding the care and education for your young children. For more information on selecting quality childcare, click here: https://child.unl.edu/choosing-quality-child-care

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It is important to use current food preservation information. Learn more about canning, freezing and drying by subscribing to Nebraska Extension’s “So You Want to Preserve” newsletter. To subscribe click the following link. https://go.unl.edu/canning-newsletter #UNLFoodSafety
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From the family-owned bakery on Main St., to the local farmers market, to the sprawling cattle ranch, rural communities make Nebraska thrive. At Rural Prosperity Nebraska, students, faculty and community leaders couple research with on-the-ground experience to bring that prosperity to your front door. Through six areas of focus, we work together with you to live better in Nebraska.

Nebraska Extension in Hamilton County

Our office is located on the ground floor of the Hamilton County Courthouse in the middle of town on 13th and M Streets. Please stop in for a visit and see what the University can do for you. Our 4-H Youth Development Program, for example, reaches more than 220 youth in Hamilton County alone. Statewide, 4-H touches the lives of more than 90,000 youth each year.