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

2015 Master Gardener Training Begins in January

The Nebraska Master Gardener program is a horticulture related volunteer training program based in many counties throughout the state. It has been part of UNL Extension since 1976. Master Gardener volunteers are trained by UNL Extension faculty and staff. They contribute time as volunteers working through their local Extension office to provide horticulture-related information to their community. More specifically, they provide education about sustainable horticultural practices.

Master Gardener training sessions are held at county offices throughout the state. Classes begin in February or March, depending on the location. A minimum of 40 hours of educational training is provided. Most locations conduct training during daytime hours, but some offer evening classes.

For more information, or to complete an on-line application, visit