Life Outside the City Limits

The vast majority of insects in Nebraska are beneficial, but a few can be serious problems both in the home and in the landscape.  Take a few moments this month to learn about two problematic insects - bed bugs and Emerald Ash Borer. 

Bed Bug Heat Treatments - Learn how to inspect for bedbugs in your home, and effective heat treatments. Nicole Stoner, UNL Extension Educator

How to Identify Emerald Ash Borer and Signs of Infestation - Where did Emerald Ash Borer come from and what does it look like?  How can I identify ash trees on my property?  Wisconsin Department of Agriculture

A Girl, a Grant, and a Goat - A Nebraska Story - Lincoln high school student, Sheridan Swotek, pursues her Diamond Clover pin, the highest award given by 4-H. Through a national grant she's developed an innovative youth project that gives urban kids the opportunity to learn responsibility by caring for goats. NET Nebraska

Small Scale Farming Workshop, November 8th
"Small Spaces, Bit Potential"

Looking to learn how to produce your own food or start a diversified agriculture business on your acreage or in your backyard? UNL Extension will be hosting a third installment of "Small Spaces, Big Potential": a Small Scale Farming Workshop on Saturday, November 8th in Nebraska City at the Kimmel Education and Research Center (5985 G Road) beginning at 8:45 am and running till 4:30 pm.

The workshop will feature presentations by local farmers and UNL Extension personnel. Breakout session topics and presenters will include:

  • Basics of Backyard Poultry and Rabbits, - Brett Kreifels, UNL Extension;
  • Aquaponics – Gregg Fripp, Whispering Roots;
  • Growing Hops – Shad Reynolds, Nebraska Hop Growers;
  • Raising Bees in Urban Areas – Tony Sandoval, Omaha Beekeepers;
  • Operating a Pumpkin Patch Enterprise – Teresa Lorensen, Bloom Where You're Planted Farm;
  • Xeric Gardening – Nicole Stoner and John Fech, UNL Extension.

The day will also include a general session with Brad Kindler entitled "Cows, Oaks, & Art" and will discuss ag restoration. Brad is a recently returned Peace Corp volunteer, who has been actively involved in sustainable agriculture since 2003, he is currently working at Branched Oak Farm and is developing an Orchard and market garden.  The day will conclude with a presentation on FSA programs for Small and Beginning Farmers by Wes Finkner, Farm Service Agency.

The cost to attend if pre-registered is $35 per individual, $50 per couple, and $10 per youth participant. Registration at the door will be: $45 per individual, $60 per couple, and $20 per youth.  For questions or to pre-register contact the Nemaha County Extension Office (402-274-4755).