Life Outside the City Limits


May 2015

Rising From the Ashes - A look at the benefits of forest management from the Nebraska Forest Service Fuels Management Program. 

Good Soil - UNL Soil Scientist Martha Mamo talks about what makes good soil and how to make it better by adding organic material.

Pruning Grapevines - UNL Extension Technologist Vaughn Hammond shows us the proper techniques and tips for maximum fruit production.

Water Testing, by the National Groundwater Association - You don't need to be an expert to test your well water and reduce the risk of contamination.  

Monthly Features


Tractor Safety Classes Offered Statewide

Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety/Hazardous Occupations Courses will be offered at seven locations in Nebraska during May and June.  Any 14 or 15-year-old teen who plans to work on a farm other than his/her parents' should plan to attend. Classes consist of two days of instruction plus homework assignments. Classes are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. Dates and locations include:

  • May 27-28, Fairgrounds, Kearney
  • June 1-2, Fairgrounds, Valentine
  • June 5-6, Event Center, Lincoln
  • June 8-9, Farm and Ranch Museum, Gering
  • June 11-12, West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte
  • June 15-16, Fairgrounds, Wayne
  • June 17-18, College Park, Grand Island

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at least one week before a location's start date to the Extension Office at the course site. Cost is $60, which includes educational materials, testing, supplies, lunches and breaks.  For more information, contact the Extension Office or Sharry Nielsen at (308) 832-0645,

Drought Resources

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has created a new website that offers resources for those dealing with drought.

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