October 2017 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The October 2017 issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the October 2017 NEBLINE!

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – –

  • Floodwater and Stormwater Can Contaminate Water Wells
  • Where’s the Beef? Frozen Make-Ahead Crumbled Beef
  • Chili with Beef and Beans Recipe
  • Cover Crop Grazing Partnerships
  • New Hazardous Materials Collection Center Open (local)
  • About Flood Insurance
  • Brown Recluse Spiders: Misidentified, Misdiagnosed and Misunderstood
  • Harness the Insect-Eating Goodness of Bats With a Bat House
  • White-Nosed Syndrome in Bats: Where to report in Nebraska
  • Why So Many Weeds?
  • Disaster Preparedness for Families
  • Heart of 4-H Award Winner Kate Rawlinson
  • 4-H: Household Pets Fest Sept 30, Rabbit Clinic Oct 21, Paper Basket Workshop Nov 4, Horse Awards Night Oct 5, Leader Training Oct 26, Thank you 4-H Sponsors and Volunteers!, Nebraska State Fair 4-H Results, 4-H Council Alumni Scholarship, Seeking New 4-H Council Members, Make it With Wool Contest Nov 18
  • Extension Board Applications Due Nov 1
  • Ag Society Hall of Fame 2017 Awards: Ron Snover, Jim Countryman
  • 4-H Information Night Oct 10, 4-H Council Golf Tournament Fundraiser, Oct 1

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

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How to Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown

This recipe tip accompanied an article by Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, entitled “Check Out food.unl.edu”, September 2017 NEBLINE


Keep your guacamole from turning brown

Avocados are frequently cited by health professionals as containing a healthy fat. Guacamole is a delightful way to enjoy avocados. Here is a way, to keep guacamole from turning brown if you prepare it a few hours — or even 24 hours — ahead of time.

Pack guacamole firmly (to remove air bubbles) and so it is level in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Press down on the guacamole with a spoon while packing it.

Cover with about 1/2-inch of lukewarm water. Place lid on container and refrigerate.

Carefully pour off the water before serving. Stir guacamole to mix in any remaining moisture.

You’ll find this helpful tip and more in the September 2017 issue of the NEBLINE Newsletter. Available free online.

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.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

Cicada Killers, Cicadas and Cow Killer Ants

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the GRO Big Red Blog, please do! Our colleagues at Nebraska Extension in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, and our own Jody Green in Lancaster County, regularly share resources to help you GRO Big! https://grobigred.com/

Cow Killer Ant (Velvet Ant). This is not an "ant" but a wasp!

Cow Killer Ant (Velvet Ant). This is not an “ant” but a wasp!

It’s that time of year when cicadas “sing”, and their predators are on the hunt. Learn more about cicada killer wasp, annual cicadas and cow killer ants:

Cicada Killer Season is Upon Us – Jonathan Larson

Video: Cicada Killer Wasp – Jonathan Larson & Jody Green

Annual Cicadas: The Musicians of Summer – Jonathan Larson

Cow Killer Ant: Wrongfully Accused – Jody Green

If you have other pest and wildlife questions, we have resources on-line at http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest or contact your local extension office.

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere
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The August 2017 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The August 2017 issue of the free NEBLINE Newsletter is on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline

Back to School Nutrition

Back to School Nutrition

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue:

  • Back to School Nutrition
  • On-the-Go Ideas for Breakfast
  • Are You Avoiding Some Healthy Foods Because of Sugar?
  • Tropical Fruit Dip Recipe (pg 5)
  • Water Conservation in the Hot Summer Months
  • Water “Load” Impacts Private Wastewater Systems
  • Mosquitoes: A Bad Buzz
  • Bats Can Be Removed from Buildings After Mid-August
  • Culver’s Root: A Must-Have Perennial Plant
  • August Garden Guide
  • Selecting a Babysitter
  • July Heart of 4-H Award Winner: Rachel Hanigan
  • August Heart of 4-H Award Winner: Meg Bauman
  • 4-H’ers Test Family and Consumer Science and Entrepreneurship Skills at Life Challenge
  • 4-H’ers Test Animal Science Skills at PASE
  • 4-H Clover College: 55 Workshops of Hands-On Learning
  • Six Lancaster County 4-H Clubs Receive Governor’s Ag Excellence Awards
  • Congratulations! Kristen Geisert Promoted
  • Seeking Lancaster County Fair 100-Year or Older Photos/Artifacts
  • and much more…

The NEBLINE Newsletter

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.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Press Pause

You can’t protect your child from feeling stressed out, angry or sad. What you can do is teach him ways of managing his stress. Learn more from The Learning Child blog ….

The Learning Child Blog

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The parts of our brain that are involved in reacting to emotions can quickly hijack our ability to reason and control our intentional spotlight. Think of all the times you regret saying something because you were wound-up or overly emotional. If only you’d pressed pause to think about your reactions before blurting out your feelings. Kids need this pause space too, although it is difficult for them to recognize when they need it. Often, when our child is upset or emotional, we feel the immediate need to do something about it – to argue back, to cuddle her, to yell, or to put our face right up close to hers so that she will concentrate on what we have to say.

However, the best strategy is to press pause and wait for your child to calm down. By doing this, you give your child the opportunity to practice calming herself…

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Little Black Ants Everywhere!

Odorous house ant profile

Odorous house ant has a flat, hidden node, so it cannot be seen by side profile compared to other ants.  Photo by Jody Green, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County.

If you’re like most homeowners, this is the time of year small ants seem to be invading your home. Here in Lancaster County, household ant identification and inquiries are high. Spring has sprung, but the varying soil and air temperatures may not be stable enough to produce the food (carbohydrates, fats, proteins) to support the many ants becoming active in the ecosystem. They may be too close for comfort and here are the reasons they’re entering your space:

  1. They can.
  2. They’re hungry.
  3. They’re thirsty.

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