Monday Extension Report – May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017

Cherry County 4-H Dog Agility Clinic – May 9

There will be a Cherry County 4-H Dog Agility clinic on May 9th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., CT at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. Professional agility trainer Elaine Gauthier will be conducting the clinic. Even if you are new or not enrolled in the dog project you can still bring your dog and come find out what the fun is all about! This is a great opportunity to learn from an experienced professional that has a wealth of knowledge to share. If you have questions, contact 4-H leader Linda Ramos at (402) 389-1791.

Freezing Foods Workshop – May 11

There will be a workshop on freezing foods on May 11 at the Cherry County Extension Office from 6-8 pm. Pat Jones, Nebraska Extension Food, Nutrition and Health educator will teach recommended methods of freezing food. She will be covering flash freezing, blanching, and tips for dealing with foods that don’t freeze well. She will also cover packaging for the freezer.

The workshop costs $10 and is open to both adults and 4-H youth enrolled in the Food Preservation and Foodworks projects. Please call today to register for the workshop.

Tractor Safety Training – June 6-7

A Tractor Safety Course will be offered June 6 & 7 for youth aged 14 and 15. Federal law requires all youth aged 14 and 15 that intend to work on a farm or ranch other than their parent’s to obtain certification through a Tractor Safety Course.  This course will be held at the Cherry County Fairgrounds.  Pre-registration must be received at the extension office by May 29.  The class costs $60. More information, a list of other training locations and dates, and the registration form can all be found on our website.

District and State 4-H Horse Show entry deadline, Friday May 12

A reminder that District and State Horse entries and ID’s are due this Friday, May 12. This is for 4-Hers ages 10 and older that have passed Horsemanship Level II and/or III. More info at

Alfalfa Growers – Watch for Alfalfa Weevil

Finally, I want to change gears and remind alfalfa growers to keep a close eye out for alfalfa weevil. I’ve not talked to anyone who has found a problem this spring, but as you know they can come on quickly, especially at temperatures like the last couple days.

Given that we had alfalfa weevil problems last year and they have already been found in other parts of the state, it will pay to keep a sharp eye out again this year.


As always, you can call the extension office at 402-376-1850 for more information.