Nebraska Extension- Gage County

March 2021

In This Issue:


  • Summer Internship
  • Local Agronomy Resources
  • Nourishing the Good Life
  • Southeast Nebraska Food Partners

Upcoming Events

  • Commercial Pesticide Training
  • Private Pesticide Training
  • Chemigation Training
  • Yard and Garden Show is Back!
  • GROBigRed- Free Virtual Webinar
  • Herb and Garden Class

Horticulture - Nicole Stoner

  • Snow!
  • Houseplants

4-H & Youth Development - Jacie Milius

  • 2021 Gage County 4-H Enrollment - Now Open!

Food, Nutrition & Health - Tara Dunker

  • 7 ways to keep veggies fun for kids


Gage County Offers Summer Internship - Applications Due March 26

Are you interested in learning what a career in Extension looks like? We are looking for a summer intern to assist with Gage County Fair activities and Extension Programming. Preferred age of candidate would be high school junior or senior to current college student. Find full job description and application on our website

Local Agronomy Resources

Check out a recent series on soybean micronutrient management as well as other resources at

Southeast Nebraska Food Partners

Looking for food raised locally? Check out the Southeast Nebraska Food Partners new website at

Upcoming Events

Commercial Pesticide Training

Is your commercial pesticide license expiring in 2021? Go to to complete the online training and avoid re-testing. For new applicators, in person training is scheduled for March 16th in Beatrice.

Private Pesticide Training

Private Pesticide Training is being offered online at This option takes about 3-4 hours with a test out option at the beginning. Please email all questions about the online self study training to After completing the online self study, a 2021 weed guide can be picked up at the Gage County Extension Office starting March 22. Please call ahead so we can have it ready for you.

Chemigation Training

Free in- person chemigation training is being offered during the month of March. Gage County Extension is hosting their training March 5th from 1:00- 4:00 pm. Pre-registration is required. Online training is also being offered. Visit or call our office at 402-223-1384 for more information.

Yard and Garden Show is Back!

March 26, 10-11:30am - Yard & Garden Live starts on KUTT 99.5 FM &

Your favorite thing to do on Fridays returns this month...ask Nicole and her guests all of your horticulture questions!! Call in number: 402-729-3383.


GROBigRed is offering two virtual webinars: House Plants 101 and Vegetable Garden Basics.

Herb and Garden Class

Join Nicole Stoner for a Herb and Garden class at Tall Tree Tastings on Thursday, March 18th at 6 pm. This class is free to attend. She will discuss herb and gardening tips and end with participants planting an herb to take home to enjoy all summer long.

Plants & Pests - Nicole Stoner, Extension Educator


We really saw a lot of snow the past couple of weeks. I know not all people appreciate snow as much as others. It makes travel difficult and is accompanied by very cold temperatures, and also, in some cases, our plants don’t appreciate it either. On the other hand, there are some plant benefits to all this snow as well.


The winter is a great time for Houseplants. We can’t be outside with our plants, especially in the sub-zero temperatures we are seeing right now in Nebraska. However, we can enjoy our houseplants from the warmth and comfort of inside our homes. And now is a great time to go out and purchase a new houseplant, or possibly you will get one as a gift for Valentine’s Day.

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

2021 Gage County 4-H Enrollment - Now Open!

Enrollment is open for 2021 Gage County 4-H. All 4-H youth (ages 8-18), Clover Kids (ages 5-7), and leaders/volunteers are required to enroll online every year. Enrollment deadline is June 15. We encourage all members to enroll using a computer and not your mobile device. This site is not mobile friendly and can cause some issues when it comes time to pay your dues online. Enrollment instructions for new members can be found at the Extension Office or online at Call the office at 402-223-1384 with any enrollment questions.

$12 dues must be paid online at conclusion of enrollment process. . **No enrollment fee for Clover Kids. See special Clover Kid Enrollment instructions.

Projects will continue to be cleared from 4HOnline annually. Project history per members can be found under Member Reports in your family account. Call the Extension Office if you have questions.

Food, Nutrition, & Health - Tara Dunker, Extension Educator

7 Ways to keep veggies fun for kids

It's National CSA Week- the most popular time of year for fans of local food to sign up for a CSA. If these three letters are unfamiliar to you: CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is one more way you can support local farmers.