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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 jmurray1@unl.edu or Carol Kleinsassar at ckleinsasser1@unl.edu.  ServSafe Information and Registration Form (PDF)

Medicare Assistance April 13

Jeanne Murray will be in the Extension Office on Monday, April 13, 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.

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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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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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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