ServSafe Training for Food Managers
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Nebraska Extension will be teaching the ‘ServSafe Food Managers Certification' program on March 30 and 31 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Blue Stem Room at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Ave I, Scottsbluff. Registrations are due by March 16, 2015. Class size limited to the first 30 paid registrations. This is the LAST class Jeanne Murray will be teaching due to her retirement.
Consumer concern about food safety is at an all time high. The ServSafe course provides up-to-date information on food microbiology, sanitary food handling and storage, personal health and hygiene, housekeeping, HACCP food safety program, pest control and safety procedures.
ServSafe is considered the industry leader. Over 500 colleges and universities teach ServSafe to food service professionals across the county. This course is part of the National Restaurant Association Management Certification Program. Over 1 million managers and employees have been certified through ServSafe.
For more information on registration, contact the Box Butte Co. Extension Office, 415 Black Hills, Alliance, at 308-762-5616, Jeanne Murray at email@example.com or Carol Kleinsassar at firstname.lastname@example.org. ServSafe Information and Registration Form (PDF)
Medicare Assistance March 9th
Jeanne Murray will be in the Extension Office on Monday, March 9, from 10 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.
2015 Chemigation Training Dates
Mar 10 Scottsbluff 1:00 PM Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Av. I Gary Stone 308-632-1230
Mar 11 Sidney 1:00 PM Country Inn & Suites, I-80 Exit 59 Karen DeBoer 308-254-4455
Mar 24 Bridgeport 1:00 PM Prairie Winds Community Center, 424 Main St. Gary Stone 308-632-1230
Mar 31 Alliance 9:00 AM Box Butte County Extension Office, 415 Black Hills Av. John Thomas 308-762-5616
Mar 31 Alliance 1:30 PM Box Butte County Extension Office, 415 Black Hills Av. John Thomas 308-762-5616
Apr 7 Valentine 1:00 PM Cherry County Extension Office, 365 N. Main St. Jay Jenkins 402-376-1850
Extension Training Sessions in Alliance for Private Pesticide Applicators
Private pesticide applicators with licenses expiring in 2015, and anyone seeking first-time private applicator certification, should plan to attend upcoming training sessions in Alliance. All trainings will be held at the Box Butte County Extension Office.
The dates are:
Thursday February 26, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday March 11, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday April 9, 1:00 p.m.
If you are renewing your license, you should have received a letter from the State Department of Ag reminding you of your permit expiration. If you bring that letter with you the day of the training, you will not need to fill out the application form.Registration begins ½ hour prior to the training. There is a $30 fee payable at the door and space is limited to the first 30 RSVPs per session. For more information, call Box Butte County Extension Office at 762-5616.
2015 Master Gardener Training
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension is offering the Master Gardener Training Program to provide volunteers with research-based horticulture education, which prepares them to share their knowledge with others in the community. The Master Gardener Training is open to anyone who is interested in plants and is willing to volunteer. The training sessions start in February.
In exchange for the training they receive, Master Gardeners are asked to volunteer an equal amount of time back to their local communities. They work closely with Extension educators in the local county Extension office in solving problems or giving information. They also give talks or workshops to the public or write news articles about various phases of horticulture in which they are knowledgeable. Some may talk on care of house plants, others on flowers, vegetable gardening or other horticulture related subjects.
Participation in Master Gardener Training is $35 for either advanced or beginner sessions. The cost to attend both advanced and beginner sessions is $50. Individual sessions are $12 each. Participants can purchase an optional Master Gardener Handbook as a reference. At the end of the training sessions, Master Gardeners are required to give 40 hours of volunteer service to their local County Extension Office or their local community.
Anyone who is interested in participating or who has questions is encouraged to contact Gary Stone, Extension Educator in Scotts Bluff County, at 308-632-1230; Karen DeBoer, Extension Educator in Cheyenne-Kimball-Banner Counties at 308-254-4455; or John Thomas, Extension Educator in Box Butte County, at 308-762-5616.
A series of six training sessions for beginning Master Gardeners will take place on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alliance Extension Office, the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, and at the Western Nebraska Community College in Sidney. This training is designed for new Master Gardeners and will cover basic horticultural information. It will start on Feb. 3rd and conclude on March 3rd. The training will be offered via the internet, with local UNL Extension Educators at each of the sites to help answer questions.
The topics are as follows:
• February 3: Waterwise Landscapes and Residential Rain Gardens
• February 10: Pruning Deciduous and Evergreen Trees and Shrubs
• February 17: Insects – Beneficials in the Garden and Landscape and Vegetable Insect Pests
• February 24: Wildlife Damage Management
• March 3: Technology in the Garden and Landscape, and, Photography for Beauty and Diagnostics
• March 10: Preparing for Emerald Ash Boer: Identification, Management and Treatment Options and Tree Planting Selections Now and Post EAB
Advanced Master Gardener training sessions will be Feb. 23, March 2, March 9 and March 27 at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I, Scottsbluff, starting at 10 a.m. and concluding at 3 p.m. The topics are designed for advanced Master Gardeners; however, they are open to everyone and are encouraged to participate.
• Feb. 23: Plants with Altitude – Native Plant Landscaping and, Collecting and Starting Seeds
• March 2: What Happened in 2014 and, Hands-On Weed ID Quiz and, Food Preservation and Freezing
• March 9: Soil Types and, Composting and, Tree Care
• March 27: Turf and Landscape Topics with Kim Todd
Bring a friend. Bring a neighbor. Be a mentor and introduce someone to the joys of horticulture. Make gardening and home landscaping a family activity. Have some fun and learn while you are doing it! Please pre-register by January 10th by calling your local county extension office. We welcome those from out-state to participate too!
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.
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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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 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
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
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 .
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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