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More winter

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
KIMBALL, As the mid-continental jet stream shifted southwards last week it took its associated high-pressure ridge out of the upper air picture above the tri-state region, allowing cold northern air to sweep south and drive air temperatures back into the normal February range.
With the exception of a warming bump on Feb. 19 and 20, daytime temperatures fell into the
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Chimney Rock Public Power District: Announcing scholarship winners

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
BAYARD, Chimney Rock Public Power in conjunction with Basin Electric and Tri-State Generation and Transmission are pleased to announce the 2015 scholarship winners.
Justin Schmall was selected as the winner of the Basin Electric $1,000 scholarship.
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NCTA hosts District 11 FFA contest

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
CURTIS -- FFA members representing 12 southwestern Nebraska high schools recently tested individual and team skills in the District 11 Career Development Skills Events at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.
Two hundred and fifty students competed in agronomy, agricultural mechanics, livestock management, floriculture, Envirothon, farm management or agricultural communications.
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Cow-calf commentary: Sun worshipers

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
A lot of years ago, way back in 1968, I was a big "Star Trek" fan. You know, "Star Trek," the original series (known as TOS these days).
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U.S. ranchers counting on labels to stand out from global competition

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
In the small print on meat packages at the grocery store is a note on where the livestock was born, raised, and slaughtered. That piece of information is at the center of an ongoing international trade dispute that has swept up Nebraska ranchers.
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Chemigation certification training set at several sites

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
SCOTTSBLUFF, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension will conduct chemigation certification training sessions from early March through early April at Scottsbluff, Sidney, Bridgeport, Alliance and Valentine.
Producers who plan to apply crop nutrients and pesticides through irrigation systems during 2015, including those whose 2014 permits expired Dec. 31, are required to attend a training session and pass the test administered afterward.
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Farm Bureau seeks extension for Farm Bill sign up

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
LINCOLN, The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation is asking U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to provide farmers more time to evaluate and make decisions on farm programs associated with the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. The new farm bill brought many changes to farm programs and decisions related to those programs are currently required to be made by the
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Pesticide applicator training in Panhandle

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
SCOTTSBLUFF, Private pesticide applicators with licenses expiring in 2015, and anyone seeking first-time private applicator certification, should plan to attend upcoming training sessions scheduled throughout western Nebraska.
Dates, locations and contact information: Oshkosh, March 3: 1 p.m., Wesleyan Church; call (308) 632-1230.
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Tree and Landscape Workshops focus on preparedness

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
LINCOLN, The 2015 Tree and Landscape Workshops will focus on some of the most immediate concerns facing Nebraska's communities, disaster preparation for tree loss from insects and diseases, risk and safety issues and developing healthier, more manageable landscapes.
The Nebraska Forest Service will offer the following training workshops statewide from March into June: "Disaster-ready Communities" March 12 in Norfolk and
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Betaseed, Inc. hires new sales manager

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
SCOTTSBLUFF, Betaseed announces the addition of Dustin Schmer to the sales group in the Western Sugar South area. Schmer will report directly to John Dillman, regional sales manager.
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Nebraska LEAD 34 travels to several U.S. cities

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
LINCOLN, Thirty Nebraska LEAD 34 fellows recently returned from a 10-day national study/travel seminar conducted by the Nebraska LEAD Program.
Terry Hejny, director of the Nebraska LEAD Program, served as group leader for the study/travel seminar to Kansas City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago Feb. 4-13.
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A touch of winter

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
KIMBALL, After a month of unseasonably warm weather, winter returned to the tri-state region when a weather system brought cold and light snow on Feb. 15.
Forecasters had predicted heavy snow, but most precipitation across the region took the form of intermittent light snow.
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New High Plains Ag Lab building to be named for Fenster

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
SIDNEY, The new office and laboratory building at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) High Plains Agricultural Laboratory (HPAL) near Sidney will be named the Charles R. Fenster Building in recognition of Charles Fenster, a pioneering UNL researcher in dryland cropping systems in the Nebraska Panhandle and High Plains region.
Approval of the building name was announced by Dr. Jack Whittier, UNL
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Sidney takes top honors at Envirothon

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
BRIDGEPORT, A team from Sidney High School will represent the Panhandle for the Nebraska Envirothon Contest near Cozad at Camp Comeca on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
The first place team comprised of Skylar Arent, Tanner Nienhueser, Theda Parker, Logan Uhlir and Ryan Birner earned the state berth on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the contest held at the Prairie Winds Community
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Cow-calf commentary: Behavior

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
As a cattleman I often have the opportunity to wonder what prompts certain behaviors in my cattle. We don't share a common language, so it's impossible to know for certain.
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Nebraska BQA: Starting calves off right

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
Calving season for many producers is near, which means it is time to develop a Herd Health Plan (HHP) to start those newborn calves out on the right track, promoting good health. An appropriate herd health plan/protocol ensures that all cattle are raised in the best health.
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Modeling nutrient loss from Midwest crop fields

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
FORT COLLINS, Colo., In many Midwestern crop fields, excess water laden with nitrates drains into subsurface tile pipes and then flows into surface streams and rivers in the Mississippi River watershed.
When the nutrient-rich field drainage reaches the Gulf of Mexico, it supports algal blooms that lower water oxygen levels and contribute to the development of the economically and environmentally
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Teams invited to compete in public cheatgrass challenge

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
LARAMIE, University of Wyoming (UW) scientists hope marrying "Top Chef" with "The Amazing Race" and "The Biggest Loser" will be a win in the struggle against cheatgrass in Wyoming.
UW Extension weed specialist Brian Mealor is putting out a casting call for teams to enter his Wyoming Restoration Challenge.
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The learning child: How do I get my child to do chores?

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
How do I get my child to do chores? We hear these statements from parents all the time!
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