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 As part of ongoing efforts to support those affected by recent flooding, Nebraska Extension county offices across the state have moisture meters available for homeowners to borrow to monitor the moisture content of flooded materials.


It can take weeks or months to dry a house to the point where repairs can be made. It’s common for homeowners to discover large amounts of mold in walls months after a flood because they didn’t wait for the structure to dry before making repairs. The moisture level of structures cannot be determined by appearance or time spent drying, so a calibrated meter is recommended to measure moisture levels before rebuilding.


“It’s important to wait until wood and other materials dry out before attempting to repair a flood-damaged home,” said Dave Varner, associate dean with Nebraska Extension. “Renovating too soon could trap moisture, leading to rotting and promoting the growth of mold.”


One-hundred-fifty moisture meters have been distributed to extension offices throughout Nebraska and more are on the way. Homeowners wanting to borrow a meter are encouraged to contact their county office. Instructions for using the meter will be provided upon checkout.


Access to moisture meters is just one of the many ways that Nebraska Extension is helping Nebraskans recover from the flood. For more information and flood-related resources for individuals and families, homeowners, businesses, and farmers and ranchers, visit https://flood.unl.edu.

Members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health will provide a tractor safety course May through July in 12 towns across Nebraska. In partnership with Nebraska Extension, the course provides extensive training on tractor and all-terrain vehicles safety with a variety of hands-on activities. 


Instilling an attitude of ‘safety first’ and respect for agricultural equipment are primary goals of the Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Course for those 14 and 15 years old who work on farms. Those under age 14 are not eligible to take the course. 


Federal law prohibits children under 16 years of age from using certain equipment on a farm unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm. However, certification received through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with certain mechanized equipment. 


The most common cause of agricultural-related deaths in Nebraska is overturned tractors and ATVs, said Susan Harris-Broomfield, University of Nebraska Extension educator in Kearney and Franklin counties. 


Cost of the course is $60 and includes educational materials and instruction, supplies and lunch. 


The first day of class will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, hands-on participation, concluding with a written test, which students must pass to attend the second day of training. 


The second day of training will include a driving test and equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. Classes begin at 8 a.m. both days.  


Students will demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. The ATV simulator will be at most sites and will demonstrate experience about safe behavior and laws for ATVs and utility-task vehicles (UTVs). 


Instructors for the course are members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, Ph.D., Ellen Duysen; UNMC graduate students Dan Kent, and Jill Oatman; and Nebraska Extension educators Troy Ingram, Randy Saner and John Thomas.  


End times vary depending on the number of participants. 


Dates, training site locations and site coordinator phone numbers are below:  


May 20 & 21 – Geneva, Fairgrounds (402) 759-3712; 

May 22 & 23 – Nelson, Fairgrounds (402) 225-2092;  

May 28 & 29 – Grand Island, Extension Office, (308) 385-5088; 

May 30 & 31 – Kearney, Extension Office, (308) 236-1235;  

June 4 (first day is online) – Gordon, Fairgrounds, (308) 327-2312 

June 5 (first day is online) – McCook, Fairgrounds (308) 345-3390; 

June 6 & 7 – Ainsworth, Evangelical Free, (402) 387-2213; 

June 11 & 12 – O’Neill, Plains Equipment, (402) 336-2760; 

June 13 & 14 – North Platte, West Central Research and Extension Center, 

(308) 532-2683; 

June 18 & 19 – Gering, Legacy Museum (308) 632-1480; 

June 20 & 21 – Wayne, Fairgrounds (402) 375-3310; 

July 1 & 2 – Weeping Water, Fairgrounds, (402) 267-2205. 


For more information or to register, contact the appropriate Extension Office above. The registration form can be found at kearney.unl.edu 

The Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association and Nebraska Extension are hosting a lambing kidding school, Saturday April 13th, 10am at the Custer County Fairgrounds. The school consists of 6 presentations and a hands-on tour.

Presentations include:

“How to keep ewes and does healthy through disease control and treatment” presented via webinar by Dr. Brian Vander Ley, DVM and Veterinary Epidemiologist at the UNL Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center

“Economical Feeding programs for the doe” presented by Dr. Steve Hart, Goat Extension Specialist with Langston University, Langston, OK

“Movi bacteria and how to prevent it in sheep herds” presented by Laura McHale, Wildlife Biologist with South Dakota State University

“Economical Feeding programs for the ewe” presented by Dr. Ivan Rush, sheep producer, Scottsbluff, NE

“Good Sheep Management Practices” presented by David Ollila, Sheep Specialist, SDSU Rapid City, SD  

“Treating Chilled Newborns” presented by Dr. Regina Rankin, DVM, and Vicki Milner, Crawford Companion Animal Clinic

The Tour includes: body condition of ewes and does, care of the young “bum” lamb and goat, when and how to assist difficult births, and other health and management practices.

Join us Saturday, April 13th, 10am at the Custer County Fairgrounds, 44100 Memorial Dr. Broken Bow, NE. The Cost is $25 for non-members, $20 for members, and $10 for students. Handouts and Lunch Included. To register email ne.sheep.goat@gmail.com or Call Melissa Nicholson at 308-386-8378 by April 8th.