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Extension's School Enrichment Nutrition Kit Program for Students K–5
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55 Workshops in 4 Days at 4-H Clover College
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Master Gardeners Plant Produce to Donate to Local Food Pantries

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Tick Tips for Tick “Season”

There are several things you can do to protect yourself and prevent tick bites while spending time outdoors, including:

  • Use a DEET repellent applied to skin.
  • Wear long pants tucked into socks.
  • Treat or purchase pre-treated clothing with permethrin used to repel ticks.
  • Protect your pets with a tick prevention program.
  • Perform regular, full-body tick checks on yourself, your children and your pets.

Extension Entomologist Kait Chapman explains more in the NEBLINE e-newsletter.

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Groundcovers for Nebraska Landscapes

“Ornamental groundcovers are a great way to reduce landscape maintenance while adding color and textural patterns to areas in the landscape,” says Extension Educator Sarah Browning. Read more in Horticulture News.

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June/July Recipe of the Month — Biryani

Extension Emily Gratopp says, “A traditional Middle Eastern recipe that will be featured in the developing infant and toddler nutrition education materials is Biryani. This recipe is most commonly eaten with Jajic and, together, they include all MyPlate food groups in a delicious combination.” See recipe in the NEBLINE e-newsletter.

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Tar Spot is an Emerging Corn Disease in Eastern Nebraska

Extension Educator John Nelson says, “Tar spot is a relatively new corn disease in Nebraska. It was first confirmed in a few eastern Nebraska counties in 2021, and has since been identified in all eastern counties, and as far west as Adams, Hall and Holt counties. In Nebraska, the most severe incidences of tar spot have been in sprinkler-irrigated fields.” Read more in the NEBLINE e-newsletter.

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Learn With CLOVER by 4-H; Win 4-H Swag!

The National 4-H Council has created CLOVER, a new platform in educational technology. With over 190 interactive activities online, CLOVER caters to learners from ages 5 to 18. Join CLOVER today by creating an account at 4-h.org/clover or download the CLOVER mobile app. Lancaster County 4-H is offering a chance to win 4-H swag! To enter, join CLOVER, complete one of the online projects, take a photo of it and upload it to go.unl.edu/cloverdrawing. If you have questions, contact Extension Educator Tracy Anderson at 402-441-7180 or tracy.anderson@unl.edu.

Monthly Heart of 4-H Award Winner

Betsy Barent

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Lancaster County 4-H is proud to announce Betsy Barent as winner of the June “Heart of 4-H Award” in recognition of outstanding volunteer service. Read about her contributions to 4-H!


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Meet One of Your Local Extension Experts

Zahraa Rida, Extension Assistant

Nutrition Education Program in Lancaster County

Zahraa works with the Nutrition Education Program in Lancaster County. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Damascus in Syria. Zahraa’s focus is not only on nutrition education, but also is supporting immigrants and newcomers adapting to life in the United States. To reach a variety of different groups, she partners with organizations such as the Asian Community and Cultural Center, Good Neighbor Center, Indian Center, Center for People, and El Centro de las Americas. In Zahraa’s first year at Extension, she has taught nearly 300 New Americans (including Afghan, Iraqi, Sudanese, Burmese and various Asian groups) with over 2,000 hours of nutrition education classes!

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