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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.

Contact the Extension Office at 402-269-2301 or at otoe-county@unl.edu if you need any help completing this enrollment, we are here to assist you!

Market Beef

NEW for 2015 all Market Beef that are going to Nebraska State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben are required to complete an online livestock affidavit form by April 15th (midnight). Entries made into the online form are date/time stamped. Any entries made after the due date/time will be ineligible.   This is a "live" link: http://livestockaffidavit.unl.edu/  Please enter your information accurately and carefully!  All Otoe County Exhibitors that weighed in Market Beef were mailed a copy of their beef weigh in sheets on Mach 23rd.  If you have any questions please contact the Otoe County Extension office at 402-269-2301.

Innovative Youth Corn Challenge Entry Deadline April 1

The entry deadline is fast approaching for the 2015 Nebraska Innovative Youth Corn Challenge, co-sponsored by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board.
This contest, open to 4-H members (age 10 and older as of Jan. 1) or FFA members (in school), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.
As a team, youth will be challenged to implement a production practice different than normal to determine if it increases yield. Economics and sustainability of the practice also will be considered. Yields, cropping history, and production information will be collected in the Corn Yield Challenge management summary.
Cash prizes and plaques will be given to the first, second, and third place teams. First place will receive $1,000, second place will receive $500, and third place will receive $250.  Sustainability, crop scouting, and "extra mile" awards also will be given, each worth $200.   
To participate, youth must complete and return an entry form by April 1 to the Fillmore County Extension Office. Enter online or download an entry form at http://cropwatch.unl.edu/cropwatch-youth/cornchallenge  and mail to the Fillmore County Extension Office, 972 G.  St., Geneva, 68361-2005.   

For more information, contact Extension Educators Brandy VanDeWalle at brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu, Aaron Nygren at anygren2@unl.edu or Amy Timmerman atatimmerman2@unl.edu.

Tractor Safety Training for 2015

The 2015 Tractor Safety Trainings will be held in seven locations across the state during May and June.
Any youth 14 or 15 years of age who works on a farm or ranch other than his/her parents' is required to be certified through a tractor safety course.  Extension Educators and field specialists will teach the 2-day courses. 
The training in this area will be June 4 & 5, 2015 at Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln.
Cost for the course is $60, which includes all course materials, lunch both days and breaks.  Registration is requested by May 27th.  For details or to register, contact the Nebraska Extension Office in Lincoln, 402-441-7180.  Registration forms are available and need to be returned to Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, 444 Cherrywood Road, Suite A, Lincoln NE 68528-1591.

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.

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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 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/

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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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