Hamilton County Extension

Spring 2023

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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 12-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.

Nebraska Extension in Hamilton County values excellence. The Hamilton County Extension 4-H Program Coordinator is a full-time position to grow an exceptional 4-H program. The position is coordinating youth, volunteers, extension staff, and UNL faculty to deliver research-based educational programming to youth. Primary responsibility is the 4-H program including the traditional 4-H club program, school enrichment, 4-H Afterschool, and special interest programs. Successful candidates will have a high level of knowledge of the county 4-H program, along with the state and national 4-H programs. Click the flyer below for more information, a full job description and an application.
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Charcuterie Boards and Food Safety

Charcuterie boards are extremely popular right now. A charcuterie board is an assortment of meats, cheeses, nuts, breads, olives, fruits, dips, and spreads - arranged on a cutting board or tray. It is important to make sure that you are following good food safety practices when preparing and serving charcuterie boards and other party trays such as butter, cream cheese, and dessert boards. Here are tips: https://food.unl.edu/article/charcuterie-boards-and-food-safety
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Japanese Beetle Season is coming. Know what you can do before they arrive!

Spring is coming and so are those pesky beetles. Below are some resources to help you plan and get ahead of the little critters.
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Japanese Beetle Control

In central Nebraska, Japanese beetle season begins in early June and by July it's in full swing! Below are some common questions about these beetles and tips on managing damage in your landscape. To continue reading this article by Sarag Browning, Nebraska Extension Educator, click here: https://lancaster.unl.edu/japanese-beetle-control

QNA Japanese Beetles

Jenny's REESources

Jenney Rees is an Extension Educator serving York and Seward County and she provides a wealth of resources to the clients of Extension. Jenny writes a weekly newspaper article, newsletter and blog about crop production, educational opportunities, and current issues affecting Nebraska farmers. I encourage you to check them out! Her newspaper articles are published by the Aurora NewsRegister.

Jenny's newsletter can be found here: https://us17.campaign-archive.com/?u=176a2d1339b309dc769be9e3a&id=93edebec14

To subscribes to the Jenny's ReeSources Newsletter click here: https://jenreesources.us17.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=176a2d1339b309dc769be9e3a&id=3cf41cb7e7

Click her to read her blog: https://jenreesources.com/

Nebraska Farm Real Estate Report

The market value of agricultural land in Nebraska increased by 14% over the prior year, to an average of $3,835 per acre, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2023 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey preliminary report. This marks the second-largest increase in the market value of agricultural land in Nebraska since 2014 and the highest non-inflation-adjusted statewide land value in the 45-year history of the survey. Click here to read the report and view maps.

Virtual Landlord/ Tenant Cash Rent WOrkshops March 23 & 24

The latest agricultural land management and leasing considerations for 2023 will be covered during two virtual landlord/tenant cash rent workshops hosted by the Center for Agricultural Profitability at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on March 23 and 24.

The workshops will offer updated leasing information relevant to landlords and tenants, including new 2023 Nebraska land values and cash rental rates, tips for communication and negotiating. They will address topics like equitable rental rates, managing and adjusting farmland leases, landlord-tenant issues, pasture leasing, crop share leasing and other management considerations.

The presentations will be led by Allan Vyhnalek, an extension educator specializing in farm and ranch transition and succession, and Jim Jansen, an extension agricultural economist. Both are with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Agricultural Profitability. The March 23 workshop is scheduled for noon to 2:30 p.m. Central time and will be geared toward viewers in Eastern Nebraska. The workshop on March 24 is set for 9 to 11:30 a.m. Central time, and will feature examples more relevant to viewers in Central and Western Nebraska. Regardless of location, the general information presented in both meetings will be the same.

The virtual workshops will be held on Zoom and are free to attend, but registration is required at the links below.

Farm and Ranch Lease Considerations for 2023 Virtual Workshop Schedule

Agricultural Land Management Quarterly Webinar

May 15, noon-1 pm https://cap.unl.edu/land-management-quarterly-webinars

With: Jim Jansen, Agricultural Economist, Nebraska Extension, and Allan Vyhnalek, Farm and Ranch Succession and Transition Educator, Nebraska Extension

Offered since 2019, the quarterly webinars address common management issues for Nebraska landowners, agricultural operators and related stakeholders interested in the latest insight on trends in real estate, managing agricultural land and solutions for addressing challenges in the upcoming growing season.

The May webinar will look at trends in Nebraska cash rental rates for 2023, proper communication and decision-making for ag landowners and tenants, an ask the expert Q&A and more.

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2023 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report

Table of Contents

Cow-Calf Management

Growing Calf and Yearling Management

Forage Evaluation

Finishing Nutrition and Management

Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Beef Products

Beef Quality Assurance In-Person Trainings

These are all the scheduled Nebraska BQA planned in-person BQA and BQAT certification trainings.

Beef Quality Assurance

Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions.

Rural Nebraskans are Concerned About Water Quality, Poll Shows

Rural Nebraskans are concerned about water quality and water contamination affecting their own or their family’s health, according to the 2022 Nebraska Rural Poll. https://ruralprosperityne.unl.edu/rural-nebraskans-are-concerned-about-water-quality-poll-shows

Professional Development

Looking for approved inservice hours: The Early Childhood team with Nebraska Extension provides automatically accepted in-service hours online and onsite. We offer affordable programs and training. Resources are research-based, and often the information presented is based on research from faculty right here in Nebraska. We’re here to help you take what you’ve learned from training and research and put it into practice. https://child.unl.edu/in-service-professional-development

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Expertise & Personnel Directory for Hamilton County

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

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.

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