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Using Social Media to “Agvocate” for Farmers and Scientists — Agricultural with Dr. Lindsay

It is no secret that I am passionate about agriculture. I am a fourth generation agriculturalist, educated in various agricultural sciences, and I love the advancements that science and technology are bringing forward in agriculture and food production daily. I try to share my love of ag on all of my social media platforms. Recently, I […]

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Mother’s Day and Veggies?

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A few frost tolerant plants in a container.

Mother’s Day has come and gone and you know what that means.  No, it is not time to stop being nice to Mom, it’s time to start planting those tender vegetable crops in your garden.  Knowing what, when, and how to plant can offer many rewards in the long run. Continue reading


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What is Extension?

Just a little bit about Nebraska Extension.

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Often times when I tell people I work at the “Extension Office” they have no idea what it is we do. It is so hard to describe without giving a plethora of information. One of our signature programs people often most often associate with is the 4-H program. While this is a large and very successful component of Extension, it is only one of many programs.ExtensionDifferencepic

Everyday, whether you know it or not, you have most likely been indirectly impacted by Extension programming. Extension essentially takes science and research-based information from the University Of Nebraska – Lincoln and delivers it into the hands of the public. We make UNL easily accessible to the public. For example, we provide services and resources to the agricultural community, but also sectors as diverse as nutrition, health care and technology. From border to border, Nebraska Extension is making an incredible impact on the success…

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Problems with Ornamental Pear Trees

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Ornamental pear tree with cracking and flaking bark.

Pear trees in our area have a problem.  Cracking, plating, and flaking bark has been reported in many ornamental or flowering pears across the region.  What caused this problems and what can you do about it? Continue reading


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A Mountain or a Molehill??

How a molehill is made. Photo courtesy extension.missouri.edu

How a molehill is made. Photo courtesy extension.missouri.edu

We have all heard the saying, “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.” That can be difficult if we don’t even know what a molehill looks like. Knowing more about this pest can help you identify the damage and keep them from making molehills in your yard. Continue reading


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Proposed Pesticide Certification Rule Changes

Some proposed changes to Pesticide Certification.

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As many producers know, in order to obtain a pesticide applicators license and purchase Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs), every three years you complete a private pesticide certification program or self-study program. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing stricter standards for people to use RUPs and have determined that use of these RUPs would be safer with increased supervision and oversight, and to require all people who apply RUPs to be at least 18 years old (Nebraska currently requires applicators to be 16 years old). These proposed changes apply to the FIFRA/Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule.pested

Information below has been summarized from the Nebraska Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program which I’ve decided to share with you this week, to make you aware and allow you to provide your feedback as the public comment period for the proposed changes to the certification rule will run through November 23, 2015.

Certifications will…

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