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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 Ducks 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! Duck eggs will be placed in the incubator May 13 and hatch June 10–11.Watch at

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Become a Community Scientist

Insect season is just around the corner! There are many opportunities to help contribute to research on Nebraska’s insects and their relatives through Community Science projects. Read Extension Educator Kait Chapman's article in the NEBLINE e-newsletter.

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Spring Freeze Damage in Home Landscapes

Extension Educator Sarah Browning writes in her weekly blog, "Unseasonably warm, mid-70 to nearly 90-degree temperatures in early April lured trees, shrubs and perennials out of dormancy. Many trees and shrubs have been blooming for the last two weeks, only to be threatened by normal late April frosts." Read more at Acreage Life - Nebraska.

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Recipe of the Month — Asparagus with Mustard Vinaigrette

Extension Educator Emily Gratopp, MS, says, "May is the month to get delicious, local asparagus! Try this recipe to see if you like it!" See recipe in the NEBLINE e-newsletter.

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Naturally Occurring Elements in Groundwater: Iron and Manganese

Iron and manganese can be a nuisance in a private well system. They are similar metals that cause taste, appearance and staining problems. Read Extension Associate Becky Schuerman's article on UNL Water website.

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Rusty & Heidi Hanley Are May Heart of 4-H Volunteers

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Lancaster County 4-H is proud to announce Rusty & Heidi Hanley of Lincoln as co-winners of the May “Heart of 4-H Award” in recognition of outstanding volunteer service. Read about the Hanleys' contributions to 4-H!

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Meet One of Your Local Extension Experts

Karen Wobig, Unit Leader

Karen is an Extension Educator serving in a leadership capacity for general operations of the Lancaster office. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Human Development and the Family from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Karen joined Extension in 1999 working with the Nutrition Education Program and transferred to unit leader in 2015.

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