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Online 4-H Enrollment

Hello 4-H Families!  As we embark on a new 4-H programming year, we are excited to introduce you to a NEW online 4-H enrollment system.  Effective immediately, all 4-H families will enroll in clubs and projects through 4HOnline at https://ne.4honline.com.  You will need to create a new family account and profiles for each 4-H member to participate in the 2015 program year.  A detailed enrollment cheat sheet is available HERE to assist you with the enrollment process.  4HOnline is a web-based enrollment system that allows families to enroll in 4-H on your personal computer or mobile device.  You'll be able to complete all of the information necessary to join 4-H online, including 4-H Code of Conduct forms and health forms.  There will be no paper forms to submit for youth enrollment but leaders will still need to complete a paper enrollment form for 2015!  Click HERE for a leader enrollment form.

For more information, contact the Extension Office at 402-269-2301 and/or join us for one of our 4-H enrollment events:

  • January 15          4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.          Nebraska Extension Office in Otoe County, 180 Chestnut Street, Syracuse
  • February 3          4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.          Kimmel Education & Research Center, 5985 G Rd, Nebraska City
  • February 17        4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.          Nebraska Extension Office in Otoe County, 180 Chestnut Street, Syracuse

Otoe County 4-H Foundation Banquet

The Otoe County 4-H Foundation 3rd Annual Banquet will be held Saturday, January 31st at the Kimmel Event Center in Syracuse.  The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Silent and Live Auction. Speaker for the evening will be Lavon Heideman, Former District 1 Nebraska State Senator, NU Regent, and Lieutenant Governor.  Tickets are $25.00 per person or $160.00 per table of 8.  The tickets can be purchased from the Otoe County Extension Office or a Otoe County 4-H Foundation Director by Wednesday, January 21st.    Just a few of the items to be auctioned will be:  Lincoln Children's Museum passes,  160 acre fertilizer application, Holiday table floral arrangement, New Holland Skid Loader 8 hour usage, gift certificates to eating establishments, bags of seed corn, booster cables, and much more!  Please join us for an evening of fun and help support 4-H in Otoe County.

Farm Succession Workshop: On Farm and Ranch Business Succession & Estate Planning

This workshop is about farm and ranch business succession and family estate planning.  It is intended to be useful for established farm and ranch owners, for their successors, and for beginners.  Topics include:  the stages of succession planning, contribution and compensation, balancing the interests of on-farm and off-farm heirs; the importance of communication, setting goals, analyzing cash flow, and balancing intergenerational expectations and needs; beginning farmer loan and tax credit programs; the use of trusts, wills, life estate deeds and business entities (such as the limited liability company) in family estate and business succession planning; buy-sell agreements, asset protection, taxation (federal transfer taxes, Nebraska inheritance tax, basis adjustment), and essential estate documents.  

This workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 27th from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City.  Presentors will be:  Dave Goeller, Deputy Director, Northeast Center for Risk Management Education, UNL and Joe Hawbaker, Agricultural Law attorney, Hawbaker Law Office, Omaha. There is no charge for this workshop and lunch will be provided.  To register or to ask questions, please call the Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258 or call the Otoe County Extension Office at 402-269-2301.

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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Disaster Recovery Resources

We have complied a collection of resources to help those that have been affected by recent storms. More...

Marketing 2014 Calves

With current price levels, cow/calf producers could see good profits when selling 2014 calves. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, outlines a few options to consider when thinking about marketing this year's calf crop. UNL's Beef website features more information on Livestock Risk Protection Insurance and determining costs of production.

Storing Distillers Grains

Distillers grains have become much cheaper, compared with earlier in the year. Aaron Stalker, UNL Extension beef range systems specialist, explains why using distillers grains could benefit producers – if they can properly store the product. More resources on storing distillers grains can be found here.

UNL Extension's Hort Update for August 18, 2014

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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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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 for September 2014


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 BeefWatch for September 2014

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 

Educational Program Resources for Communities (Free)Community1

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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Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.

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View entire episodes or search for answers to your plant, yard, and insect problems. Watch Backyard Farmer live on NET1 April to mid September (Thursday, 7:00 pm CT). 

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Audio and video interviews with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension specialists and educators on topics ranging from crop and livestock production to health and nutrition to lawn and garden care, and more.