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Take Charge of Your Online Presence

Topics you will cover with instructor Jenny Nixon:
• How to get your business online
• Strengthening your online business presence through strong search engine optimization
• Language and concepts needed to work with website builders or DIY
• Identifying and reaching your target audience
• Web safety and security
• Lessons learned from other small business owners

15 hours of coursework in five sessions:
Monday, March 24th
Thursday, March 27th
Monday, March 31st
Monday, April 7th
Thursday, April 10th

1:00 - 4:00 pm
Sioux County Courthouse, Harrison, NE

For more information call 308-668-2428 or email


Cornhusker Economics Outlook Meetings

        LINCOLN, Neb. – The Ninth annual Cornhusker Economics Outlook meeting series will focus on the ag outlook and management decisions for farmers and ranchers at nine locations across the state in early March, including Chadron and Sidney.
        The annual meeting series is offered by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the Department of Agricultural Economics and is available free to participants with the series support of the Nebraska Corn Board and the Great Western Bank along with several local sponsors.
        Western Nebraska meetings include these three:
Sidney: Tuesday, March 4, 9 - 11:30 a.m. MST, Holiday Inn, 664 Chase Blvd, Contact: Karen DeBoer, UNL extension educator, Cheyenne County, Office: 308-254-4455, email:
        Chadron: Tuesday, March. 4, 2:30 - 5 p.m. MST, Dawes County Fairgrounds, East Norfolk Avenue, Contact: Jamie Goffena, UNL extension educator, Dawes County, Office: 308-432-3373, email: or Jessica Johnson, UNL extension educator, Panhandle Res. and Extension Center, Office: 308-632-1247, email:
        Valentine: Wednesday, March 5, 9 - 11:30 a.m. CST, Niobrara Lodge, 803 East Highway 20, Contact: Jay Jenkins, UNL extension educator, Cherry County, Office: 402-376-1850, email:
        Although there is no cost to participants, pre-registration is encouraged to plan for facilities, refreshments, and materials. Contact the local Extension office and educator to register for the meetings.
        The outlook meetings are scheduled for a concise, fast-paced discussion of crop, livestock, policy, and land outlook. Speakers include:
• Kate Brooks, Extension Livestock Economist at UNL, will provide outlook and analysis for beef and other livestock producers. Her expertise is in market analysis and production economics, and she recently led a study of livestock industry trends in Nebraska and opportunities for growth. She will digest emerging livestock market fundamentals, meat supplies, and meat demand to assess producer profit potential and sound marketing and production decisions in 2013.
• Cory Walters is a new Extension Crop Economist at UNL, arriving in Lincoln in January from the University of Kentucky. His expertise is in crop marketing and risk management, with substantial research on crop marketing and crop insurance strategies and decisions. He brings experience from both Kentucky and a farm background in Montana to his new role in Nebraska. He will discuss the outlook for corn, soybeans, and wheat to help producers make sound production, marketing, and risk management decisions.
• Brad Lubben, Extension Policy Specialist at UNL, will provide perspectives on the policy environment in Washington and the long-awaited farm bill. With the efforts of Congress in January and early February, producers finally appear ready to focus on farm program decisions instead of continuing deliberations. Lubben will discuss the policy outlook and program alternatives to help producers effectively combine farm programs, crop insurance, and marketing strategies for success.
        Local UNL Extension Educators will provide additional input during the outlook meetings with a discussion of current land and leasing economics. With the recent climb of land prices and rental rates running into declining crop price and profitability projections for 2014, producers will need to push an even sharper pencil on land decisions and production plans. This presentation will assess current developments and decisions for producers in land and leasing economics.
        This outlook agenda is packaged into a 2 ½ hour format to provide producers the best available information and send them home to ready to make 2014 management and marketing decisions.
            More information and details on the meetings are available on the web at the Department of Agricultural Economics homepage at or directly at the webpage with meeting information at

Extension Highlights



UNL Extension: 2013 Statewide Impact Report

An Important resource for all Nebraskans: Why Extension? Nebraskans trust, value and use the unbiased, research-based knowledge of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to solve important problems and create real-life opportunities. UNL Extension is uniquely positioned, as a part of the land-grant university system, to create robust learning resources delivered across our statewide network of Extension professionals that improve Nebraskan's lives and livelihoods helping all of Nebraska grow and prosper.  More…

Dr. Wayne Moore named Associate Director/Associate Dean - UNL Extension

It is our pleasure and honor to announce that Dr. Wayne Moore has accepted our offer to join UNL Extension as
our Associate Director/Associate Dean.

Dr. Moore has extensive experience as an Extension Specialist, Regional Director for the University of Missouri Extension, Vice President and Director of Internal Communications for the American State Bank in Lubbock, Texas and, most recently, as District Director for Purdue Extension. Dr. Moore holds a Ph.D. in Consumer Economics from Texas Tech University, M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Millersville State University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Biblical Counseling from Lancaster Bible College.

Dr. Moore will begin his duties as Associate Director/Associate Dean on February 1, 2014. Please welcome Dr. Moore to UNL Extension!!!

UNL Extension's Hort Update for March, 2014Ash Bore

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

Acreage Insights e-NewsAcreageInsights

The April 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 (

 UNL Extension's BeefWatch for April 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 

 Programs 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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