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

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

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

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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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The April 2017 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

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

Emerald Ash Borer IdentificationHere are some of the articles featured in this issue:

  • Emerald Ash Borer – Next Steps
  • Emerald Ash Borer Seminars
  • Is this food still safe to eat?
  • Cheese Ball “Chick” Recipe
  • Pollinator Class & Open House – April 6
  • When will my child be ready to ride a bike?
  • Upcoming Learning Child Trainings
  • Look for Rust in Wheat
  • Tractor Safety Courses for Youth
  • Care for New Orchard Plantings
  • Termite Damage, Infestation & Treatment Options – Part 2
  • Western Meadowlark: Nebraska’s State Bird
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collections – Local
  • April Heart of 4-H Award Winner: Shane Kraus
  • 4-H Club updates, 4-H Achievements Celebration, Upcoming Workshops, 4-H Camps and more
  • 4-H Teen Council Practices Leadership at Lock-in
  • Meet New Nutrition Staff
  • Open House at State Capitol
  • 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 –

The March 2017 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

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

Habitat Modification Photo

Pet food left outside, especially overnight, can attract wildlife such as raccoons and skunks. Learn more in the March NEBLINE

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue:

  • Extension’s Agricultural Apps Put Management Tools in Producers’ Hands
  • New Climate and Weather App: AgriTools
  • Sorting Food Facts and Myths: Do Foods Labeled as “Natural” Deliver on Your Expectations?
  • Termites Part 1: Know the Difference Between Termites and Ants
  • Habitat Modification May Help Reduce Wildlife Conflicts
  • Choosing a Site for Your Orchard
  • 2017 All-America Vegetable Award Winners
  • Is My Child Ready For Kindergarten?
  • Heart of 4-H Award Winner: Nickie Casburn
  • It’s Time to Re-Enroll in 4-H!
  • Lancaster County 4-H’er Showcases Doll Clothing Business at ESI Capitol Contest
  • 4-H Club updates, Upcoming Workshops, 4-H Camps and more
  • Meet the 2017 Extension Board
  • Paula Peterson Receives Statewide
    Extension Board Volunteer Award
  • Jenny DeBuhr Earns Award of Excellence
  • 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

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

Sorting Food Facts and Myths…

by Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, “Sorting Food Facts and Myths: Foods Marketed as Being Free of Certain Substances”, February 2017 NEBLINE


Current food trends suggest there is confusion about the safety of the food system (production, processing distribution, consumption and waste management) leading to skepticism and decreased consumer confidence in our food supply.

For example: Foods Marketed as Hormone Free

IMG_0018Did you know? A food may claim to be “free of hormones” — however, it may never have contained hormones. For example, federal law prohibits the use of hormones in poultry production. Today’s birds are larger due to advances in breeding, animal nutrition and animal care. Likewise, federal law prohibits the use of hormones in pig production. The amount of lean meat produced per pig has increased due to animal selection and nutrition. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Hormones are not allowed in raising hogs or poultry. Therefore, the claim ‘no hormones added’ cannot be used on the labels of pork or poultry unless it is followed by a statement that says ‘Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones.’” Be aware, the claim may be in much larger letters than the statement saying the use of hormones is prohibited.

Read the entire article and find a recipe for “Berry Good Pancakes” in the February 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 –