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4-H & FFA Livestock Quality Assurance Instructions

The online version is available to Nebraska 4-H and FFA members to complete their Livestock Quality Assurance requirement. This self-directed course is designed for youth ages 8-18. Participants will learn about good production practices and producing quality food products from taking this course.

The course has been divided into three levels, Junior (ages 8-10), Intermediate (ages 11-14), and Senior (ages 15-18). Each year youth are required to complete three modules within their age level. Copies of completion certificates are due in the Extension Office by 5:00 p.m., Monday, June 16. Click on the below link to begin the course.

Livestock Quality Assurance Moodle Course


Disaster Resources for Seward County

The many storms of Sunday, May 11 have affected residents in so many ways.  Tornados did major destruction of home, trees and businesses in the communities of Cordova and Beaver Crossing.  The outpour of volunteers and equipment and food has been tremendous in helping affected residence with basic necessities this past week.

It was not only the towns that were damaged, millions of dollars of loss was sustained to farm buildings, equipment, windbreaks, center pivots and homes over a large area of Seward county.

Flash flood damage with heavy rains will also resulted in much damage to basements and crops.  On top of that hail also will take it's toll on buildings, trees and crops.

With all of this damage, it will take time for everyone to recover from the aspect of having a home to live in, a vehicle to drive and the financial stress of such a big loss.

As people begin to not only complete the assessment of damages with insurance companies, but also to plan how they will recover, it may be helpful to have some resources to access.  These links are available at seward.unl.edu:

·      University of Nebraska Flood Resources

·      University of Nebraska Food & Nutrition

·      Extension Disaster Education Network

.      Tornado Tips

·      Evaluating hail damage to corn & soybeans

·      Assessing Crop Hail Damage

·      Managing Hail Damaged Trees

·      Are You Ready? Guide


Public Farm Bill Program – May 21 at Civic Center Auditorium

The 2014 Farm Bill provides agricultural producers with a variety of different programs and opportunities to participate; however, the decisions facing them have never been more complex.  This bill is designed to offer more of a risk management approach to the federal farm safety net as opposed to the more traditional price and yield support.  It is important participants understand how the 2014 Farm Bill works and how these programs may affect their operations.  Nebraska offers some unique challenges relative to variability in the type of commodities and the practices in which they grown.  In the Spring and Summer of 2014, agricultural producers will be offered an opportunity to update their base acres and program yields.  It is important that they understand how these decision work, to make a well informed decision. 

UNL Extension will be hosting a public webinar open to any interested party, to assist the producer with these decisions.  Seward County Extension will host a live web broadcast of the 2014 Farm Bill program at the Civic Center Auditorium in Seward from 10:00 to noon on May 21.   Seward County FSA Director, Jeff Peterson and UNL Extension Educator, Dennis Kahl will be present.  You can also access it on your own computer at home.  The following are details on how to participate at home:

Name:                  Farm Bill Public Webinar

URL:                       https://connect.unl.edu/publicfarmbill/

Start Time:          10:00 am Central Time Zone

Start Date:          May 21, 2014

Duration:             2 hours

Participants will need to have adequate speakers with their computer to hear the presentation at home.  This meeting will also be archived for later viewing; however those connecting live will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker.  Any additional questions may be directed to Tim Lemmons, Ext. Educator, at tlemmons2@unl.edu.


2014 Seward County Fairbook

The 2014 Seward County Fairbook is now available on-line. Click on the above link to access PDF files. The 4-H and FFA portions of the book will not be available in printed form this year.


Nebraska Farmland Values Remain Steady - March 19, 2014

Even with the strong increases in farmland values over the past several years and the reduction in commodity prices experienced during 2013, agricultural land markets in Nebraska remained steady early in 2014. These are preliminary findings from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 2014 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey. Land Value and Cash Rental Rates


Educational Opportunities

Visit the Seward County Leadership Development web page to learn who the members are and what's happening with the Seward County Leadership Development class of 2012-13.

Seward County Leadership is a program developed and directed by University of Nebraska Extension's LEADING LOCALLY - Building Entrepreneurial Communities team. Monthly seminars will begin on September 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and continue on the 3rd Thursday of each month through April.

Contact UNL Extension in Seward County at dennis.kahl@unl.edu for more details.

Social Media & Mobile Technology Webinar Series

Here are several FREE Social Media & Mobile Technology Webinar Recordings that were presented in partnership by Penn State, Ohio State and University of Nebraska Extension.

Recordings and PDF's

Seward County News Releases

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Extension Highlights

Disaster Recovery Resources

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

Water Requirements for Calves

Karla Jenkins, UNL Extension cow/calf and range management specialist, discusses the water requirements for young calves. More information on water consumption from young calves can be found here.

Leaf and Bacterial Diseases Developing in Corn

Current warm, humid conditions are conducive to further development of leaf and bacterial diseases in corn. Accurate diagnosis will be important to selecting the best management options for the disease(s) present. Full story.

Bacterial Blight in Soybean

Frequent stormy conditions, rains, and cooler weather have resulted in bacterial blight of soybean becoming a common sight in Nebraska soybean fields. This disease is typically not a big yield robber, but may cause greater concern if current weather patterns persist Full story.

UNL Extension's Hort Update for July 14, 2014Squash bugs

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 .

CropWatch Newslettercropwatchlogo

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 July 2014AcreageInsights

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 July 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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Market Journal logoMarket Journal
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.