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Ranchers interested in learning about the latest cutting-edge research in range livestock production from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are encouraged to register for the 2020 Nebraska Ranch Practicum offered by Nebraska Extension.

The practicum will be held during eight sessions over the course of three seasons in order to cover the production cycle of livestock and forage resources. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics, including the effective use of decision support tools to evaluate management and marketing alternatives, plant identification, range condition and grazing strategies, wildlife management, evaluation of cow body condition scores, and beef cattle production systems.

The practicum will be held June 8 and 9, July 9, September 2 and 3, and November 12, 2020, and January 13 and 14, 2021. Classroom activities will open and close the practicum in North Platte with the remainder of the classes conducted at the university’s Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory, a working ranch with education and research facilities, near Whitman.

The practicum can count for college or continuing education credit.

The registration fee is $675. The fee for a spouse is an additional $350. Registration covers educational materials, noon meals and breaks. Participants are responsible for travel and lodging expenses. The practicum can count for college or continuing education credit.

To register, submit a completed application and registration fee by May 1. Applications will not be accepted after that date. Enrollment is limited to 35 participants. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than May 21. Refunds will be issued if space is not available.

To learn more or register, visit https://nebraskaranchpracticum.unl.edu/ or contact Troy Walz at 308-872-6831 or troy.walz@unl.edu.

As the spread of COVID-19 continues rapidly, the University of Nebraska is taking several steps to help protect the health of all Nebraska. Nebraska Extension is fully committed to the health and well-being of Nebraskans. In a disease situation like COVID-19, the principle of social distancing is one of the main methods that can be used to help reduce the spread of the disease.

The principle we are following is ‘social distancing’ where CDC recommends a 6 ft. halo between people to minimize the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission.

Where is Extension at currently:
1. All teaching or gathering events between March 16 and 29 are cancelled unless they can be delivered by Zoom or teleconference.
2.  Teaching or gathering events between March 30 and May 9 can only be delivered remotely (Zoom or teleconference).

THIS INCLUDES PESTICIDE AND CHEMIGATION TRAINING.

This defines teaching or gathering events as any setting where people might come together. Starting March 16 through May 9, all events/activities/meetings have been cancelled unless they can be delivered by Zoom or teleconference. Events currently scheduled after May 9 will be yet be determined on a day by day basis. Please stay tune for further announcements. If in doubt about an event being held, please contact the Extension Office.

Thank you for your patience as we move through the tremendous amount of change occurring as a result of this global pandemic.

Online Certification Options:

Dicamba: https://pested.unl.edu/dicamba

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020 12:00 NOON, CDT

Link to webinar: zoom.us/j/283190186

*no preregistration for the webinar .. just enter the above address.
Stress has become a fact of life for farm families. Many are facing financial problems, marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, weather, production challenges and more.

Nebraska Cattlemen has partnered with UNL–Nebraska Extension to offer this webinar to producers.
· Recognizing symptoms of stress in ourselves and others
· Understanding how chronic stress affects us and learning coping strategies
· How to talk to someone experiencing chronic stress
· How to approach a conversation if you feel someone is considering suicide
· Where to turn for help

If you or someone you know needs help with stress management or would like to talk to someone confidentially. Call the Rural Response Hotline 800-464-0258

Persons of all ages are invited to attend a “Farm and Ranch Estate Planning Workshop” hosted by UNL Extension.  This workshop will be held on March 2 from 9:30 to 3:00 at the Merrick County Ag Building, Fairgrounds, Central City.

The program is free with the lunch being provided by the Archer Credit Union. Everyone attending is asked to register by calling the Merrick County Extension Office at 308-946-3843 to ensure that there is enough lunch, handouts, and other materials. Please register by February 27, 2020.

One presentation will focus on the decisions and situations which should be addressed when thinking about how your farm or ranch estate will be passed. Topics will include: the need for planning, proper family communications, who makes the decisions, concept of fair versus equal, family negotiations, and much more. The presentation is designed to give some basic information to those that haven’t yet started to think about their succession or transition plan for their assets.

In addition, an attorney will be making his presentation to give Ag Families the basics of what they need to start planning their wills, trusts, and other end of life documents that need to be in order.

The objective is to start the process of having the farm succession or transition planned. Bring your questions, as the session is designed to be interactive answering as many questions as possible.

Allan Vyhnalek, UNL Extension Educator for Farm Succession will present. He was recently assigned to the Ag Economics Department to work on farm and ranch succession and transition. Tom Fehringer, Columbus based attorney with an additional office in Central City, will make the legal presentation. He has worked with farmers for over 16 years will cover the legal aspects of end of life and end of business decision making.

While the workshop will use examples related to Agriculture, the estate planning parts of the workshops will be applicable to all and anyone with interest is invited to attend. Participants at previous events always report that they wished they would have started sooner, when asked about the value of attending the presentation.  The consequences of not having an appropriate plan in place can jeopardize the financial stability of your operation, and the future of the family.  More importantly, we need to have our wishes known to others so the legacy of the farms and ranches can be passed to the individuals or entities intended.

For more information or assistance, please contact _308-946-3843 to register or Allan Vyhnalek, 402-472-1771.