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2015 Otoe County Fair is Thursday, July 30th thru Sunday, August 2nd.  The 2015 fair theme is "Fun for the Whole Herd"

2015 Official Fair Book 

We have exta copies of the 2015 Fair Book at the Nebraska Extension Office in Otoe County at 180 Chestnut in Syracuse. You can also find the electronic version of the 2015 Otoe County Fair Book under the Otoe County 4-H section of this website.

Nebraska Extension: Poultry Events Cancelled Across Nebraska

Lincoln, Neb., June 4, 2015 – Today the Nebraska Department of Agriculture cancelled all poultry events across Nebraska through January 1, 2016. This cancellation comes as an effort to prevent the spread of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza. The decision was made following discussions with Nebraska Extension and poultry industry leaders.

The ban will include all events where birds are co-mingled including: local and county fairs and festivals, the Nebraska State Fair, Ak-Sar-Ben, swap meets, exotic sales and live bird auctions. Protecting the physical and economic health of Nebraska's poultry sector is a priority as the virus spreads. Nebraska joins more than 10 states that have taken similar steps to protect their poultry flock.

While the ban will prevent Nebraska 4-H members from taking their birds to the Nebraska county and state fairs this season, youth are still encouraged to complete their projects. Nebraska Extension is working to identify options for youth enrolled in poultry projects to showcase their learning and participate in fairs in other ways than having their birds present. 
"We know 4-H'ers statewide have been learning about the science of animals through their poultry projects; we will help them showcase that work and celebrate their successes in other ways," says Nebraska Extension associate dean Kathleen Lodl.  More information will be available at http://4h.unl.edu.  

4-H Summer Workshops

Check out our 2015 4-H Summer Workshops (pages 9 -18 in the April newsletter) that we are offering throughout the months of May, June & July. Call the Nebraska Extension Office in Otoe County to get signed up.  There are workshops on Outdoor Skills, Quilting, Photography, Sewing, Painting, Baking, Rockets and Woodworking.

2015 Nebraska State Fair Livestock Entries

To register for the 2015 Nebraska State Fair, 4-H and FFA exhibitors and parents must complete the online registration and pay by credit card. Like last year, you can register and pay for both 4-H and FFA entries in one convenient process at this website: http://nebr.fairwire.com. More detailed instructions can be found  on this State Information Sheet. All entries are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 10th.

2014 Farm Custom Rates

The 2014 Nebraska Farm Custom Rate survey results are now available.  These surveys, conducted every two years, consist of two parts: Part I contains 110 spring and summer operations including tillage, fertilizing, planting, spraying and waste handling, and Part II contains 46 harvesting and 14 miscellaneous operations.  The rates are published online in UNL Extension Circular EC823, 2014 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates – Part I, and EC826, 2014 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates – Part II, at http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/sendIt/ec823.pdf and http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/sendIt/ec826.pdf.  The rates can also be accessed via the CropWatch website at http://cropwatch.unl.edu/economics/customrates or the Department of Agricultural Economics website at http://agecon.unl.edu/resource.html.  Printed copies are available for $3.75 at http://marketplace.unl.edu/.  The UNL Otoe County Extension office can also provide copies.

Horticulture, Beef, Crops or Forage emails:

If you would like to receive emails on Beef, Crops, Forage or Horticulture please send us your email address and we will add you to our list serve.  Email your address to otoe-county@unl.edu.

Extension Updates

Read the Extension Updates: written by Otoe County Extension Educator, Sarah Purcell on a variety of subjects.


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UNL Extension's BeefWatch

Check out the latest issue of UNL BeefWatch Newsletter. newsletter, designed to assist Beef producers and professionals. You may subscribe to receive this newsletter in your email and view the latest summaries on beef industry issues at http://Beef.UNL.edu 

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UNL Extension cropping system experts discuss the latest updates on cropping issues in Nebraska such as appearance of Pythium in corn and soybeans, wheat disease updates, and a new UNL climate app. During the growing season, each weeks CropWatch newsletter is posted on Fridays at http://cropwatch.unl.edu/

Acreage Insights e-News


The Acreage Insights e-News, published by UNL Extension Acreage team, is a monthly electronic newsletter providing acreage owners with timely information to better manage their rural living environment. Click here to subscribe to this newsletter or check out the team's Acreage Insight web resources (http://acreage.unl.edu/).

UNL Extension's Hort Update

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An email newsletter designed to assist horticulture professionals and Extension staff with seasonal environmental topics for lawns, trees and shrubs, landscape ornamentals, fruits and vegetables, and miscellaneous items.  Share with your colleagues and friends Hort Update,  Visit our web site for archived issues .

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As a leader in your community, often you are asked to present a program to club meetings, civic groups or professional organizations. Finding information for such a program and then organizing it can be challenging and time consuming. Look no further!

Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are providing you research-based, educational program resources free-of-charge. Information in each program is based on research from educational institutions around the world. The programs listed reflect the variety of topics which our clientele cite as issues within their communities. Congratulations on leading your organization to a greater understanding of these priorities!  For lessons....


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