Check out the September NEBLINE Newsletter!

September NEBLINE issue

Clementine and Clyde checking out The NEBLINE newsletter. Of course there’s something in the free NEBLINE for just about everyone!

The September issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line at http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline! Like last month, you’ll find something in the NEBLINE for nearly everyone! Here are just a few of the articles you’ll find in this month’s free issue:

  • 4-H Youth Showcase Their Achievements at Super Fair
  • Avoid These Canning Practices!
  • We’ve got a free class coming up! Quick, Tasty, Healthy, 5-Ingredient Recipes, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:30–8 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • September is National Preparedness Month
  • Ask Lorene: Do I need to clean my dishwasher?
  • Activities to Help Me Grow! From The Learning Child Blog
  • Helping Reduce Falls in Older Adults Program: Stepping On Workshop to Reduce Falls, Sept. 8–Oct. 20 in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 2014 Household Hazardous Waste Collections in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Fall is the Best Time for Control of Tough Weeds
  • Predicting Last Irrigation of the Season for Crops
  • Water Meter Calculator App and CornWater Irrigation Management Online Tools Now Available
  • Flowers That Tower
  • September Garden Guide
  • Cicada Killers and Steel-Blue Cricket Hunters – Wasp
  • …. and much more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
UNL Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

Texting …

This morning my sister told me a motorcyclist passed her on the way to work. When he went around her car, she noticed he didn’t have his hands on his handlebars. He was texting on his phone. Really? Passing another vehicle at highway speeds, no hands controlling the bike and texting. Scary!!!

Technology is an amazing tool especially now that it is totally mobile! I’ll be the first to admit, I love having all the resources of the internet at my fingertips when I need it. When driving, I need to put my phone away because I am too tempted to use it. If you can’t shut the phone off, stick it in your purse, put it in the backseat until you are stopped.  Hands free in the vehicle is also an option (unless you are on a motorcycle) however, this is still a distraction because you aren’t totally focused on the road.

One of the area police departments just happened to shared the video “Do U think you are good at texting?” on their Facebook page this morning. Good timing! Short and to the point.

More resources:

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Stay safe and Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
UNL Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

Safety Tips for Visiting Animals & Livestock at Fairs

Ask exhibitors questions about their animals and always keep a safe distance from large animals

If you have any questions, be sure to ask exhibitors about their animals. Remember to always keep a safe distance from large animals.

It’s fair time! Many families enjoy attending one of our many county fairs and of course, the Nebraska State Fair.

The animals are always a popular attraction at the fair. Whether it is a petting zoo at the fair or just a walk through one of the livestock or horse barns, you play an important role in helping prevent the spread of disease. Continue reading

It’s on-line! It’s free! It’s the August NEBLINE Newsletter

Nebline CatThe August issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line at http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline! We cover a lot of topics and you’ll find resources for you and your family. Here are just a few of the articles you’ll find in this month’s issue:

  • Cherry Creek Habitat Provides Opportunities for Pollinator Education
  • Super, Simple Summer Salads (includes recipes for Mighty Quick Apple Cabbage Cole Slaw, Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Parsley & Mint, Corn Salad, Marinated 3-Bean Salad, Pasta Salad, Creamy Cauliflower Salad)
  • Time to Visit Nebraska’s County Fairs
  • Tips for Managing Time with School Starting and Schedules Changing
  • Info on a Reducing Falls Workshop this Fall
  • Preparing For & Entering Kindergarten
  • Summer Livestock Fly Control
  • Harvest & Storage of Apples & Pears
  • August Garden Guide
  • European Wool Carder Bee
  • 5 Ways to Protect Pollinators & Beneficial Insects
  • 4-H & Youth Programs & Upcoming Events
  • Recap of 4-H Clover College and Photos
  • 2014 Lancaster County Super Fair Schedule Map
    …. and more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
UNL Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

Grab the bug spray…. or not?

“What all purpose bug sprays should we be routinely using around the house?”

My answer? “None.”

I was asked this question recently by a man who brought a spider into our office for identification. It isn’t the first time – we get asked about routine pesticide use quite often.

In our extension office, we recommend an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. By following the principles of IPM, you don’t need to routinely spray pesticides around your home. By using an IPM approach, you’ll save time, money and reduce your exposure to unnecessary pesticides.

Caulking windows - photo by V. Jedlicka UNL Extension in Lancaster County

Caulking around windows helps save energy and keeps pests out


Honestly, this isn’t something I tell people just because it is a university recommendation. It’s something I believe in and practice around my own home because it works. I feel better not exposing myself, my family or the environment to the unnecessary use of pesticides. I’ve even saved money on heating/cooling bills because when you seal pests out of your home, you’re also sealing up cracks and gaps leaking energy. I will use pesticides if I have to, but it depends on the pest and the situation. There’s no need to use pesticides if it isn’t absolutely necessary.

This is where the basic principles of IPM come into play. What you can do…
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Look Before You Lock! Child Safety!

Where is Your Baby? Look Before You Lock

Have you ever left a child or pet in the car?  This is a serious problem and even more so in hot weather. It is our responsibility to protect our children. Just recently in the news, a child died after being left in a car.  It happens more often than we can even imagine. On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle (http://www.safekids.org/heatstroke). These deaths are preventable, and everyone in the community, especially Head Start and child care providers, has a role to play in protecting our children.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests these few simple things you can do: Continue reading

Happy 100th Birthday Extension!

Soni:

For 100 years, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has been elevating youth, families, farms and communities in Nebraska. It’s something to be proud of and we are! Dr. Lindsay gives a little background on the centennial. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Agri-Cultural with Dr. Lindsay:

On May 8, Land-Grant Universities will be celebrating the 100th Birthday of Extension — 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act!

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Before I tell you  about the Smith-Lever Act, let me backtrack a minute and tell you about the Morrill Act. The Morrill Act (named after Vermont Congressman Justin Morrill) was signed into place on July 2, 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln. It was officially titled “An Act Donating Public Lands to the Several States and Territories which may provide Colleges for the Benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts.” The Morrill Act provided each state with 30,000 acres of federal land for each member in their Congressional delegation. The land was then sold by the states and the proceeds were used to fund public colleges that focused on agriculture and mechanical arts. Sixty-nine colleges were funded by these land grants (aka Land-Grant Universities (great map at this…

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