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Help Wanted:

Secretary/Receptionist-Professional person with superb office, people and communication skills. Computer skills required with willingness to expand knowledge. Must be detail-oriented, willing to do a variety of office tasks and a team player. Understanding of financial management, Nebraska Extension and 4-H a plus. Full time position with county salary and benefits. High school diploma or GED required. An equal opportunity employer. Application deadline is January 2, 2015. Employment application and a more detailed job description available by calling 308-324-5501 or emailing btreffer1@unl.edu Send application and resume to Bruce Treffer, UNL Extension Dawson County, Box 757, Lexington NE 68850-0757.  Application form PDF format. Application form Microsoft Word.


Dawson County 4-H Scholarships Available

Local Dawson County 4-H Scholarships are available to seniors graduating in May 2015. The application requirements and scholarship applications are listed below. All applications are to be returned to the Dawson County Extension Office, 1002 Plum Creek Parkway at the fairgrounds in Lexington. A drop box is available at the front door of the Extension Office for your convenience after office hours.

* Larry F. Reed Legacy 4-H Scholarship - Applications due March 1, 2015. Requirements and application (Word) Requirements and application (PDF)

* Scott & Rhonda Russman 4-H Livestock Scholarship - Applications due March 1. Requirements and application (Word) Requirements and application (PDF)

* Harold & Virginia Stevens Endowment Fund 4-H Scholarship - Requirements: You must have been a Dawson County 4-H member for 5 years and curently enrolled in the Dawson County 4-H program; you must attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Kearney, Omaha, Medical Center or Curtis; scholarship is available for second semester of freshman year if you receive at least a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4 point system on 12 completed credit hours at the end of your first semester or after two semesters if you have a 2.0 GPA on 24 completed credit hours; and first year Masters or Doctorate studenst are eligible if they did not receive a scholarship earlier.  Applications due January 15, 2015.  Application (Word) Application (PDF)

* Keith White Family 4-H Scholarship - Requirements: You must be at least a 5 year Dawson County 4-H'er and currently enrolled in the Dawson County 4-H program; the scholarship may be used at any school of higher education in Nebraska; the scholarship is available for first semester. Applications due March 1. Application (Word) Application (PDF)


Land Lease & Cash Rent Information 

2014 Dawson County Survey Results

Once again we had an excellent response to our survey and feel fairly comfortable the results reflect what is happening in Dawson County. It's important to note that no two operations or rental agreements are exactly alike. Rents on either end of the range probably have some special circumstances. Production potential likely varies greatly on these rent extremes.

Last year's Land Lease & Cash Rent Information:

2013 Dawson County Survey Results

2013 Custer County Survey Results

Cornhusker Economics "Agricultural Land Values and Cash Rental Rates Continue to Climb"

2015 Dawson County 4-H Heritage Tour

The application and down payment for the Dawson County 4-H Heritage Tour, May 24 to June 7, 2015 is due before April 15, 2014. The 4-H Heritage Tour is a 15-day tour designed to study historical places, see government in action, beter appreciate our American Heritage and become better acquainted with other people.  The information and application was mailed to all eligible 4'H'ers on January 15. For more information:

Cover Letter

Tour Information & Application



Dawson County 4-H is on FACEBOOK!



Extension Highlights

Disaster Recovery Resources

We have complied a collection of resources to help those that have been affected by recent storms. More...

Marketing 2014 Calves

With current price levels, cow/calf producers could see good profits when selling 2014 calves. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, outlines a few options to consider when thinking about marketing this year's calf crop. UNL's Beef website features more information on Livestock Risk Protection Insurance and determining costs of production.

Storing Distillers Grains

Distillers grains have become much cheaper, compared with earlier in the year. Aaron Stalker, UNL Extension beef range systems specialist, explains why using distillers grains could benefit producers – if they can properly store the product. More resources on storing distillers grains can be found here.

UNL Extension's Hort Update for August 18, 2014

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An email newsletter designed to assist horticulture professionals and Extension staff with seasonal environmental topics for lawns, trees and shrubs, landscape ornamentals, fruits and vegetables, and miscellaneous items.  Share with your colleagues and friends Hort Update,  Visit our web site for archived issues .

CropWatch Newslettercropwatchlogo

UNL Extension cropping system experts discuss the latest updates on cropping issues in Nebraska such as appearance of Pythium in corn and soybeans, wheat disease updates, and a new UNL climate app. During the growing season, each weeks CropWatch newsletter is posted on Fridays at http://cropwatch.unl.edu/

Acreage Insights e-News for September 2014


The Acreage Insights e-News, published by UNL Extension Acreage team, is a monthly electronic newsletter providing acreage owners with timely information to better manage their rural living environment. Click here to subscribe to this newsletter or check out the team's Acreage Insight web resources (http://acreage.unl.edu/).

UNL Extension's BeefWatch for September 2014

Check out the latest issue of UNL BeefWatch Newsletter. newsletter, designed to assist Beef producers and professionals. You may subscribe to receive this newsletter in your email and view the latest summaries on beef industry issues at http://Beef.UNL.edu 

Educational Program Resources for Communities (Free)Community1

As a leader in your community, often you are asked to present a program to club meetings, civic groups or professional organizations. Finding information for such a program and then organizing it can be challenging and time consuming. Look no further!

Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are providing you research-based, educational program resources free-of-charge. Information in each program is based on research from educational institutions around the world. The programs listed reflect the variety of topics which our clientele cite as issues within their communities. Congratulations on leading your organization to a greater understanding of these priorities!  For lessons....

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Extension Webcasts

Market Journal logoMarket Journal
Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.

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View entire episodes or search for answers to your plant, yard, and insect problems. Watch Backyard Farmer live on NET1 April to mid September (Thursday, 7:00 pm CT). 

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Audio and video interviews with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension specialists and educators on topics ranging from crop and livestock production to health and nutrition to lawn and garden care, and more.