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Lancaster County Extension Lobby Open

The Lancaster County Extension office lobby is open to the public. Face coverings are highly recommended. Staff office areas will remain closed to the public, but pest/plant samples, 4-H forms, etc. may be dropped off in the lobby. There is a phone in the lobby you can use to communicate with Extension staff. As always, staff are available via phone (402-441-7180) or email ( Many of Extension’s educational resources are online (

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Watch Chicks Hatch on 4-H EGG Cam!

Lancaster County 4-H coordinates the popular Embryology 4-H school enrichment program. We also host 4-H EGG Cam, which allows you and other viewers around the world to witness the amazing process of chicks hatching! Watch at

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Staying Active in Winter

Being physically active is important year-round, but the cold, Nebraska winter months can present challenges when it comes to staying active. Read more in NEBLINE newsletter.

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Pine Trees or Evergreens?

Extension Educator Sarah Browning writes in her weekly blog, "Telling pines, firs and spruces apart isn’t any harder than distinguishing beagles, Bassett hounds or bloodhounds — you just need to know how each one is distinctively different from the others." Read more at Acreage Life - Nebraska.

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Recipe of the Month — MyPlate Snack Platter

Extension Educator Emily Gratopp, MS, ACSM-CPT, says, "My favorite way to consume fruits and vegetables is the all-too-easy MyPlate Snack Platter. Load up a large plate or tray with your favorite fruits, vegetables and dips and enjoy until your hunger is satisfied." See recipe in the NEBLINE e-newsletter.

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Total Coliform Bacteria in Drinking Water

Total coliform bacteria is often considered an indicator there may be something more serious contaminating a drinking water system, specifically E. coli bacteria. Read Extension Associate Becky Schuerman's article on UNL Water website.

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Emalea Dean is January Heart of 4-H Volunteer

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Lancaster County 4-H is proud to announce Emalea Dean of Lincoln as winner of the January “Heart of 4-H Award” in recognition of outstanding volunteer service. Read about Emalea's contributions to 4-H!

Meet One of Your Local Extension Experts

Emily Gratopp
Emily Gratopp, Extension Educator

Expertise: Nutrition Science, Leadership Education and Community Nutrition

Emily helps coordinate the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) for both Lancaster County and the state of Nebraska. She leads a team of 11 individuals across the state who provide hands-on, relationship-driven nutrition education to limited resource families. Emily also coordinates the Lancaster County Well Connected Communities Initiative and Master Health Volunteer program.

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Virtual Nebraska Crop Management Conference set for January 27

January 22, 2021
The virtual 2021 Nebraska Crop Management Conference will feature research updates and information tailored to Nebraska crop issues and grower interests.

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Upcoming Communicating with Farmers Under Stress webinar workshop to build farmer stress awareness

January 22, 2021
Stress seems to be prevalent in the agriculture sector, with even more concerns arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Third annual Nebraska Regional Foods Systems Initiative Food Systems Summit to be virtual

January 14, 2021
The third annual Nebraska Regional Food Systems Summit will take place via Zoom Feb. 8-11.

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2021 western lambing and kidding school Feb. 6 near Bayard

January 13, 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —The 2021 Western Lambing and Kidding School on Saturday, Feb. 6, near Bayard, will feature a farm tour, hands-on demonstrations, and presentations by expert speakers.

The school, sponsored by the Nebraska Sheep & Goat Producers and Nebraska Extension, will run from 9:15 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Julie Kappen Farm, 10803 Rd 89, Bayard, and Bobby Jo’s Branding Iron, 533 Main, Bayard.

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