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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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

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

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

4-h-clover-college-2016-wired-for-wind-06-crop-2The first issue of 2017 is now posted on-line! Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the January 2017 NEBLINE- it is free!

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue:

  • 2016 Extension Highlights
  • Makeover Your Leftovers, Part 2
  • Private & Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification Training
  • Successful Farmer Series Workshops
  • Upcoming Green Industry Conferences (Great Plains Growers Conference January 12-14 | Nebraska Turfgrass Conference January 10-12 | Nebraska Great Plains Conference January 23-25)
  • Extension’s 2017 Master Gardener Trainings, Two Sites Available
  • January Garden Guide: Things to do this month
  • Those Pesky Fruit Flies (Homemade Trap Directions)
  • Helping Backyard Wildlife Survive Winter
  • Heart of 4-H Award Winner: Diane Ossenkop
  • It’s Time to Re-Enroll in 4-H!
  • Watch Chicks Hatch on 4-H EGG Cam!
  • Meet 2016-2017 4-H Teen Council
  • Overnight Lock-In for 4th & 5th Graders Friday, January 20 – Saturday, January 21
  • 4-H Horse Incentive Program Begins January 1
  • Livestock Identification Requirements for 2017
  • 4-H Crocheting Workshop, Feb 4 | Pillow Sewing Workshop Feb 11
  • 4-H Achievement Celebration February 16
  • earth wellness festival Needs Volunteers
  • Upcoming Learning Child Trainings
  • Two New Nutrition Staff: Nicole Busboom & Brie Frickenstein
  • Happy Trails Marty Cruickshank
  • Staff and Team Awards

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 –

It’s Cold Out There!

Many of us are waking up this morning to ice, snow and dangerous wind chills. Taking preventative steps is your best defense when dealing with extreme cold weather. Prepare your home and vehicles in advance of weather emergencies. Keep abreast of changing weather and road conditions. Practice safety during these times of bitter cold and you’ll reduce your risk for weather-related health problems or injury.

If you absolutely have to venture outdoors, make sure you are dressed for extreme cold weather conditions.

How to dress in the cold

Learn to recognize the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia is a more serious medical condition and requires immediate emergency medical assistance. Check on neighbors, family and friends who may be susceptible to the cold. Learn more: Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving From Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County!

“For the golden corn
and the apples on the tree,
For the golden butter
and honey for our tea;
For fruits and nuts and
berries, that grow
beside the way
For birds and bees and
flowers, we give thanks
every day”
–author unknown

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from all of us here at Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County! Today, we recycled the fall decorations from our office by placing them into the Cherry Creek Pollinator Habitat. It will be fun to watch the wildlife on the live camera as they check out the pumpkins, squash […]

via Happy Thanksgiving! — The Buzz at Cherry Creek

7 Super Things Parents & Caregivers Can Do

Love your children1. Talk often with your children from the day they are born.

2. Hug them, hold them and respond to their needs and interests.

3. Listen carefully as your children communicate with you.

4. Read aloud to your children every day, even when they are babies. Play and sing with them often.

5. Say “yes” and “I love you” as much as you say “no” and “don’t.”

6. Ensure a safe, orderly and predictable environment, wherever they are.

7. Set limits on their behavior and discipline them calmly, not harshly.

Source: The NEBLINE Newsletter (Nov/Dec14 issue) Early Development Network Babies Can’t Wait 

Here’s to keeping families first … until next time,

Soni Cochran

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If you live outside of Lancaster County, Nebraska, be sure to check out the university extension resources in your community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml

November/December 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The November/December issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the November/December 2016 NEBLINE!

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

  • Look Who’s Hatching! Preschoolers Explore Egg-Laying Animals
  • Makeover Your Leftovers
  • Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Recipe
  • Makeover Your Leftovers – Nov 10 at Bryan Health East Campus (Local program)
  • Cornhusker Economics and Market Journal Roadshow in Lincoln, Dec. 2 (Local program)
  • Landowner/Tenant Cash and Flexible Lease Workshops, Dec. 9 (Local program)
  • Successful Farmer Series Starts Dec. 16 (Local program)
  • Essential Oils Around Children — What You Need to Know
  • Upcoming Learning Child Trainings (Documenting Children’s Learning Online/In-Person Workshop | Pediatric CPR and First Aid Through the American Red Cross | Supervision of Children Training)
  • Are Pantry Pests Bugging You?
  • Do You Feed Birds? Here are Tips to Help You Save Money
  • Feeding Birds: Suet Recipe
  • What’s in Your Habitat?
  • November/December Garden Guide
  • Upcoming Green Industry Conferences (Nebraska Turfgrass Conference, Great Plains Growers Conference)
  • Be a Master Gardener
  • Heart of 4-H Award Winners (November: Sara Hansen) (December: Tammy Sheldon)
  • AKSARBEN 4-H Results, 4-H Awards & Scholarships, Re-enrollment Time, 2016 Horse Awards, Upcoming Workshops for 4-H Members
  • Meet Meghan Sittler, Domestic Water and Wastewater Extension Educator
  • Outgoing 4-H Council Members: Shar Sieck, Sheridan Swotek

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 –