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Medicare Assistance August  20

Jeanne Murray will be in the Extension Office on Thursday, August 20, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to provide assistance with Medicare questions and Medicare prescription drug plans as a Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) volunteer.  Please call the office at 762-5616 for an appointment.

Landlord/Tenant Cash Lease Workshops

        Landlord/Tenant Cash Lease workshops will be offered this August in Kimball, Thedford, Valentine, Chadron and Alliance to help landlords and tenants put together a lease that is right for them and help maintain positive leasing relations.
        Workshop times and locations:
        Kimball: Aug. 17, 7 p.m., at the 4-H Building - Kimball County Fairgrounds 308-235-3122
        Thedford: Aug. 19, 1 p.m., at the Thomas Co. Courtroom 308-645-2267
        Valentine: Aug. 19, 6 p.m., at the Cherry Co. Extension Office 402-376-1850
        Chadron: Aug. 20, 9 a.m., at the 4-H Building – Dawes County Fairgrounds 308-327-2312
        Alliance: Aug. 27, 1 p.m., at the Alliance Library 308-762-5616
        Topics include:
•         Latest information about land values and cash rental rates for the area and state;
•         Expectations from the lease, including goal setting for the rental property;
•         Lease termination, including terminating handshake or verbal leases;
•         Lease communication, determining appropriate information sharing for both the tenant and landlord;
•         Pasture rental agreements.
        Extension Educator Jessica Groskopf and local Extension Educators will present and provide common-sense tips. It is helpful if both the tenant and landlord can attend together, and if spouses attend. Everyone is welcome.
        These free workshops are sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board.  Register by calling three days prior to the workshop you would like to attend to ensure that there are enough handouts and refreshments.
        More than 2,800 people have attended these workshops across Nebraska over the past two years. The vast majority of both landlords and tenants find the workshop to be very helpful in improving communications, setting rental terms, and learning about the use of flex lease provisions.  As crop budgets tighten, it is even more important to attend and listen to the latest discussion about leasing issues.
        For more information or assistance, contact Jessica Groskopf, Nebraska Extension Educator at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 308-632-1247, e-mail jgroskopf2@unl.edu.

Please Provide Your Input on the Importance, and the Urgency, of Addressing these Issues:

Nebraska Extension is an important part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is committed to providing research-based education to the people of Nebraska. In addition to our well-known 4-H Youth Development programs, we also work in six other areas (http://extension.unl.edu/educational-programs).

We are committed to listening to Nebraskans to help us focus on emerging issues that are important to the people of our state. We define an issue as an opportunity, a challenge, or a problem that could be addressed by Nebraska Extension. Each issue might have 4-6 educational programs designed to yield valuable results for program participants.

As part of our planning process, we have developed a list of 35 possible issues that will be helpful in guiding our work over the next 3-5 years. This list came from a survey of Extension Specialists, Educators and Assistants, a review of demographics, surveys and other organization's strategic plans and input gleaned from interviews with key leaders across Nebraska.

We are asking you to provide your input on the importance, and the urgency, of addressing these issues. Your input will help us narrow the list to issues that are actionable, relevant and most important to Nebraskans. In addition, if you find that we have missed one or more important issues, there will be blanks for you to add this information. We expect that your participation will require 10-15 minutes. We will share the results if you choose to provide your e-mail address.

Your input is voluntary and participation will in no way impact your future ability to work with the University of Nebraska. Responses will be anonymous, all e-mail addresses will be separated from responses and all data will be aggregated prior to distribution.

To participate, please click on the following link. If you receive multiple survey invitations, we ask that you complete only one. You are also invited to forward this survey link to others who could provide helpful input. This survey will close at 5:00 pm CDT on Friday, August 7.
Nebraska Extension Issue Identification Survey

Thank you so much for your commitment to Nebraska Extension!!!

Cropping Systems Productivity Area Survey

What research-based, cropping systems information are you looking for now and what do you think you'll need in the future?  Please take a few moments to take this short survey assessing current and future needs.  Information provided will influence the future direction of UNL Extension programming and research.

Social Security Office Phone Number

The Social Security Office in Scottsbluff has a new phone number. It is 1-800-297-4291. You will need to use this number when you have questions about Social Security, redetermination information for Low Income Subsidy, for enrolling in Social Security and Medicare, and anything else concerning Social Security.

Farm Land Leasing Agreements, Reports, and Land Market Information

AgrAbility Helps Keep Farmers, Ranchers with Disabilities on the Farm

UNL Extension and Easter Seals Nebraska are partners in a program that helps farmers and ranchers with disabling injuries or other health-related conditions become independent enough to carry on and succeed at their profession. For more information, please see the High Plains Journal article on AgrAbility.

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Extension Highlights

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 

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


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 .

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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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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