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Recipe of the Month — Multi-Cooker Tuscan Soup

Extension Educator Kayla Colgrove says, "January is National Soup Month. Celebrate by making this soup." Ingredients include pork sausage, potatoes, kale leaves and milk. See recipe in the NEBLINE e-newsletter.

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Washing Pests Away

"Common pests of houseplants include aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies and spider mites, and it only takes a few insects hitchhiking into your home to multiply into an outbreak," says Extension Educator Sarah Browning. Read more in Horticulture News.

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Pesticide Applicator Trainings

If you have a pesticide applicators license expiring April 2024 — either private or commercial, or you need to get a new license — classes begin soon. Extension in-person trainings will be held February through April. See schedule and details in NEBLINE e-newsletter.

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Water Quality — Nebraska On-Farm Research

Extension Educator John Nelson says, "One tool we have available for improving understanding of nitrogen management is the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network. Water & Cropping Systems Extension Educators across the state are stepping up their efforts to promote producer involvement in this program." Read more in the NEBLINE e-newsletter.

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4-H Thanks 2023 Sponsors

The Lancaster County 4-H program would like to thank all of the businesses, organizations and individuals who sponsored 4-H events, activities, programs and trophies during the 2023 4-H year! See list of sponsors. 4-H also thanks all of our valuable volunteers!

Monthly Heart of 4-H Award Winner

Taylor Yakel

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Lancaster County 4-H is proud to announce Taylor Yakel as winner of the February “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

Irvin Ramirez-Benavides, Extension Assistant

Nutrition Education Program for Lancaster County

Irvin is a part of the Nutrition Education Program in Lancaster County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and health science and will be graduating with his master's degree of Education Administration in August. Irvin is funded by EFNEP, which is a grant that focuses on reaching limited resourced youth and families. Irvin enjoys fostering positive connections with the youth he works with. He enjoys serving the community as a club and high school track coach at Lincoln High School.

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