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Summer Job Position: 4-H Food Smart Families Youth Ambassador

Are you interested in teaching nutrition and physical activity? Consider applying for this paid summer position to work as a leader and mentor for local youth. Duties include co-teaching lessons with extension staff in the areas of basic nutritoin and physical activity, food safety, food preparation, and food budgeting. Qualifications include being at least 16 years old, have transportation to the extension office and programming sites and be willing to be a role model for youth in the program by exhibiting appropriate behavior at all times. Contact Andrea Nisley or Patricia Luck at 308-324-5501 for more information.

4-H Food Smart Families Youth Ambassador Job Description

4-H Food Smart Famlies Youth Ambassador Application Form

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


Ag Fest 2014

A hands-on learning experience for 4th and 5th grade students. April 29, 2014 at Dawson County Fairgrounds in Lexington & April 30, 2014 at Custer County Fairgrounds in Broken Bow. The goal of Ag Fest is to educate students on the impact of Nebraska agriculture.

Ag Fest 2014 Brochure

Ag Fest 2014 Registration Form

Ag Fest 2014 Morning & Afternoon Schedule



Dawson County 4-H is on FACEBOOK!



Extension Highlights

UNL Extension: 2013 Statewide Impact Report

An Important resource for all Nebraskans: Why Extension? Nebraskans trust, value and use the unbiased, research-based knowledge of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to solve important problems and create real-life opportunities. UNL Extension is uniquely positioned, as a part of the land-grant university system, to create robust learning resources delivered across our statewide network of Extension professionals that improve Nebraskan's lives and livelihoods helping all of Nebraska grow and prosper.  Moreā€¦

Dr. Wayne Moore named Associate Director/Associate Dean - UNL Extension

It is our pleasure and honor to announce that Dr. Wayne Moore has accepted our offer to join UNL Extension as our Associate Director/Associate Dean.

Dr. Moore has extensive experience as an Extension Specialist, Regional Director for the University of Missouri Extension, Vice President and Director of Internal Communications for the American State Bank in Lubbock, Texas and, most recently, as District Director for Purdue Extension. Dr. Moore holds a Ph.D. in Consumer Economics from Texas Tech University, M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Millersville State University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Biblical Counseling from Lancaster Bible College.

Dr. Moore will begin his duties as Associate Director/Associate Dean on February 1, 2014. Please welcome Dr. Moore to UNL Extension!!!

UNL Extension's Hort Update for March, 2014Ash Bore

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

Acreage Insights e-NewsAcreageInsights

The April 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 (

UNL Extension's BeefWatch for April 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 


Programs 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.

BYF logo Backyard Farmer
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). 

Ag Almanac logo Ag Almanac
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.