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January thaw uncovers landscape

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
KIMBALL, Temperatures warmed considerably across much of the tri-state region last week. Sunshine and warmth melted a great deal of the snow cover that remained from the Christmas storm, and with the ground at or near freezing, a good bit of snow melt pooled in low areas and filled playas.
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Center Pivot Irrigation Management Short Course set for Feb. 9 in Scottsbluff

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
SCOTTSBLUFF, Center Pivot Irrigation Management Short Courses have been planned at Scottsbluff and three other Nebraska sites in February to help producers enhance the value of water through advanced irrigation management practices.
The Scottsbluff course is Feb. 9 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I, Scottsbluff.
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Cow-calf commentary: Showing and telling

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
Ranch tours
I host quite a few guests each year for tours of our family ranch and cow-calf operation. This winter I'm rather busy planning for and formalizing a tourism enterprise on the ranch.
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Local 4-H Livestock Judging Team earns Reserve Champion at Western Roundup

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
TORRINGTON, Wyo., Congratulations to the 4-H Livestock Judging Reserve Champion team representing Goshen County and Wyoming 4-H! Team members competed at the Western National Roundup in Denver, Colo., and are coached by Brodie Mackey and PD Miller.
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High Plains Ag Lab annual research update is Jan. 27

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
SIDNEY, The latest results from crop and livestock research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's High Plains Ag Lab (HPAL) near Sidney, faculty positions update and building plans will be shared with the HPAL advisory board and the public at the annual research update scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Sidney.
The meeting will take place from 9 a.m. until 3:30
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Scholarships available for local Roosevelt consumers

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
MITCHELL, Roosevelt Public Power District will award one $1,000 scholarship from Basin Electric Power Cooperative and two $500 scholarships from Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Inc. to dependents of local Roosevelt consumers.
The scholarship program, encourages continuing education and serves as an investment in the economic future of rural areas.
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Dates set for Panhandle Master Gardener Training Program

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
LINCOLN, Nebraska Extension is offering the Master Gardener Training Program to provide volunteers with research-based horticulture education, which prepares them to share their knowledge with others in the community.
Training sessions start in February and are open to anyone who is interested in plants and is willing to volunteer.
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Wyo. State 4-H Foundation provides more than $242,000 in financial support

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
LARAMIE, Wyo., Financial support from the Wyoming State 4-H Foundation to county 4-H programs and their youths in fiscal year 2014 totaled $242,091.
County 4-H programs and the state foundation are not-for-profit organizations that work together to provide experiences to help youths ages 8-18 excel during their school years and lifetime, said Steve Mack, director of the foundation.
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Temperatures trend toward warmth

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
KIMBALL, Temperatures across the tri-state region yo-yoed significantly over the last week, but, on Jan. 13, were trending toward a spell of warm weather.
On Jan. 5, the low at Kimball was minus-4 degrees, but within 12 hours had climbed to 48 degrees.
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Training workshops coming up

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
SCOTTSBLUFF, Nebraska Extension workshops at Scottsbluff and eight other sites across the state in January and February will provide livestock and crop farmers with information on how to turn manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment.
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Cow-calf commentary: Seven seconds

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
Old shipmates
Over the holidays, I ran into some old shipmates from my Navy days. Our conversations prompted a lot of looking back and introspection.
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Albany County 4-H’ers earn top National Western Stock Show and Rodeo catch-a-calf honors

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
DENVER, Two Albany County 4-H'ers corralled top honors at the catch-a-calf show last weekend at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) and Rodeo in Denver.
Hailey Anderson won the show, and Joanna (Joey) Harris was grand champion.
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Nearly $190 million invested in rural Nebraska in 2014 - New investments bring five-year total to $1.5 billion

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
LINCOLN, Nebraska's rural communities received nearly $190 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development funding in federal fiscal year 2014, completed on Sept. 30.
In five years, USDA has invested nearly $1.5 billion in Nebraska, according to Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul.
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Extension educator for beef systems appointed in Panhandle

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
RUSHVILLE, Meredith Bremer has been appointed Extension educator for beef systems for the northern Panhandle.
Her appointment was announced by Dr. Jack Whittier, director of research and extension for the Panhandle.
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CSU researchers combat respiratory illness in dairy workers

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
FORT COLLINS, Colo., Dairies are dusty places, and dairy workers are at heightened risk of developing respiratory ailments because of particles inhaled on the job. A group of Colorado State University (CSU) researchers is using a federal grant of nearly $1 million to help find ways to protect their heath.
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NAL unveils new search engine for published USDA research

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
WASHINGTON, The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
PubAg, which can be found at PubAg.nal.usda.gov, is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific
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