Monday Extension Report – December 28, 2015

December 28, 2015

UNL Holiday Shutdown

Our office will be closed all week due to the annual UNL Holiday Shutdown. We will be open again starting January 4. If you happen to call during that time, you will get our answering machine. Just leave a detailed message and your phone number and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Luck-of-the-Draw fundraiser donation pick-up

I want to remind 4-H kids and businesses alike that Wednesday, December 30, is the day 4-H kids will be personally visiting Valentine businesses to collect their donations for the annual Luck-of-the-Draw fundraiser.

For those who don’t already know, “Luck of the Draw” is the 4-H Council’s one and only fundraiser for Cherry County 4-H. Items collected on the 30th are used in drawings to raise money during the Heart City Bull Bash on February 13. Money raised supports Cherry County 4-H awards and trophies, clinics, scholarships, leadership development, and project resources.

On December 30th, 4-Hers will meet at 2:00 P.M., CT, at the Extension Office. From there, we will divide up and head out to visit the businesses.

Workshops, trainings and events coming in January

Ranching for Profitability workshop

Our Annual Ranching for Profitability workshop sponsored with Security First Bank will be January 13 at the Peppermill Restaurant, starting at 5-9 pm. I need you to preregister so we can get an accurate meal count.

This year’s speakers and topics should be informative.

  • Dr. Rick Rasby – Management when Grass is High Priced and Hay is Cheap.
  • Aaron Berger – Cow Depreciation
  • Dr. Dee Griffin – Veterinary Feed Directive and Cattle Disease Update
  • Jay Jenkins – tips to build your bottom line

2016 4-H Communication & Expressive Arts Contest

The 2016 4-H Communication & Expressive Arts Contest will be held on Friday, January 22nd 6:00 PM CT, in the auditorium of the Valentine High School. The important life skill of being able to speak before a group or to perform before a crowd can be strengthened by taking part in the 4-H CEA Contest.

Divisions include speech, public service announcements, presentations, music and talent. This year’s PSA theme is “4-H Grows Confidence.” 4-H’ers need to sign up by January 13th. The general public is encouraged to attend the contest.

Private Pesticide Applicator trainings

Finally, Private Pesticide Applicator trainings are coming the last week of January. All start at 1:30 PM local time.

  • Monday, Jan. 25 – Valentine, Fairgrounds
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26 –  Merriman, Village Hall
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27 – Springview, Community Center
  • Thursday, Jan. 28 – Ainsworth, Lutheran Church

As always, there will be another chance in Valentine on April 5 if January doesn’t work for you.


You can call the extension office at 402-376-1850 for more information.


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