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Spring Has Sprung: Vegetable Gardening 103

Finding the right spot for your garden, laying out your beds and preparing your soil can be grand adventures. As I have mentioned before, I do not care for weeding my garden, so using weed proofer...

 

South Platte NRD June 8 Board of Directors Meeting

On Tuesday, June 8, 2021 the South Platte Natural Resources District (SPNRD) Board of Directors (Board) held its monthly meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the South Platte NRD Conference Room (551 Parkland Drive, Sidney NE). Thad Kuntz P.G., Adaptive...

 

Nebraska to Host Midwest AG Association Annual Meeting

LINCOLN—The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is pleased to host the Midwest Association of State Departments of Agriculture’s (MASDA) annual meeting in Lincoln, June 21-23. MASDA represents the Departments of Agriculture from 13...

 

Jeff Nichols Named as NRCS State Rangeland Management Specialist

LINCOLN – Jeff Nichols has been selected as the State Rangeland Management Specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Nebraska. He will begin the position June 21, 2021. As an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,...

 

Spring Has Sprung: Vegetable Gardening 102

After you have determined the placement and layout of your garden spot, the next thing to get ready is your soil. This is my favorite part of the whole season. There is something about digging in the...

 
 By Elaine Pile    Community    June 9, 2021

Master Gardner Tips: Growing Dahlias

Here is the weekly crop of Master Gardener tips from Nebraska Extension in the Panhandle, relevant to local lawn and garden issues in the High Plains and consistent with research-based recommendations. Have you considered growing dahlias? The dahlia...

 

Cover crop discount available for federal crop insurance

LYONS — Cover crops are a conservation practice with wide ranging benefits, from improving soil health to protecting water quality. Many farmers who planted fall cover crops are now eligible for a...

 

Public Comments sought for Community Wildfire Plan

The draft Wildcat Hills Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Update for Banner, Cheyenne, Kimball, Morrill, and Scotts Bluff Counties is ready for public review. Draft copies of the document have been mailed to county offices and are available...

 

Spring Has Sprung: Gardening

2021 marks the fifteenth year I will plant a garden, which certainly does not qualify me as an expert, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve I thought I could share with you over the next few...

 

FSA Highlights 2021 Spring Crop Acreage Reporting

SIDNEY – Cheyenne County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Brad Fraass is reminding area producers that accurate and timely reporting of acres for all crops and land uses is an FSA program eligibility requirement. The deadline for...

 

Bringing Agriculture to Area Students

More than 600 elementary students from around the area got a hands-on education recently about Nebraska agriculture. Over the course of four days in Bridgeport, Hemingford and Sidney, Agsplosion, an...

 
 By Dave Ostdiek    Community    May 26, 2021

Panhandle Perspective:

Bob Harveson embarked on his career as a plant pathologist in the mid-1980s, which in 1999 took him to Scottsbluff as a specialist on the faculty at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research, Exte...

 

Celebrating and Savoring Nebraska Beef

Nebraska has long been known as the Beef State and May is Beef Month, so it’s the perfect time to enjoy a delicious burger or steak. Agriculture is our state’s largest industry, and beef is the...

 

SPNRD Board of Directors May Meeting

On Tuesday, May 11, 2021 the South Platte Natural Resources District (SPNRD) Board of Directors (Board) held its monthly meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the South Platte NRD Conference Room (551 Parkland Drive, Sidney NE). Ryan Reisdorff, Water Resources...

 
 By Adrian Smith    Community    May 12, 2021

The Impact of Biden's Tax Proposals on Agriculture, Small Businesses

Many parts of the economy in our great state of Nebraska are thriving. However, the new slate of tax increase proposals coming from the Biden Administration will undermine the success of...

 

More than 100 Small Farms Get A Giant Boost

Sacramento, CA — Access to start-up capital is a big challenge for farmers. A small grant program through the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is helping. More than 100 farmer veterans received word Friday that they are being awarded equipment...

 
 By Gary Stone    Community    May 5, 2021

Range Pasture Weed of the Week - Dalmation Toadflax

Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is a concept to identify potential invasive species prior to or just as the establishment of the invasive is taking place.  An Integrated Pest Management plan (IPM) can be developed to manage, contain and...

 

Bill Reduces Ag Land Property Taxes

LINCOLN — Property tax continues to be a heated topic in the Nebraska Legislature. Senators took nearly the entire day on April 21 to debate and vote on LB2, a bill that would reduce the amount of taxes agriculture landowners pay to school...

 

UNMC, Nebraska Extension Announce Annual Hazardous Occupations Safety Courses for Teens

Nebraska Extension and Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, have announced plans for the annual “tractor safety” training courses scheduled at 5 sites acr...

 

Morel Mushroom Season Has Begun

LINCOLN – There is good news for foragers. The morel mushroom picking season is just beginning. Some morels now are being found along eastern Nebraska’s river bottoms. In a few weeks, they will emerge in hilly wooded areas above rivers. “Look...

 

I'll Tell You When to Run

There are three primary questions I ask myself before I write a column: 1) If I were ever to run for a government office, will these words be held against me? (Answer: probably) 2) Is so-and-so going...

 

South Platte NRD April 13 Board of Directors Meeting

On Tuesday, April 13, 2021 the South Platte Natural Resources District (SPNRD) Board of Directors (Board) held its monthly meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the South Platte NRD Conference Room (551 Parkland Drive, Sidney NE). On March 18, the Board held a...

 

South Platte NRD Education Updates Announced

The South Platte Natural Resources District (SPNRD) has officially launched their redesigned website. The website can be found at the same link as before (spnrd.org). On the website are the latest education updates that are listed below as well as...

 

Report: Groundwater Levels Up in 2020

LINCOLN — Groundwater levels rose significantly across most of Nebraska from January 2019 to January 2020, and the state received so much precipitation over that period that a new color was added...

 

Nebraska Wheat Board Announces Ambassador Program 

The Nebraska Wheat Board (NWB) is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year Ambassador Program. The goal of the NWB Ambassador Program is to develop college-aged students into better advocates and leaders in agriculture and to help...

 

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