The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Employing anyone uncertified under age 16 is a liability risk for farmers if those children operate such equipment.
Nebraska Extension’s Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses take place at 12 Nebraska locations this year for teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm. Anyone older than 15 is also welcome to attend, but those under age 14 are not eligible to take the class. Extensive training on tractor and ATV safety occurs during in-class lessons with hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of safety and a respect for agricultural equipment is the primary goal of the course.
The first day of classroom instruction includes hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Students are required to pass the test before taking the driving test on day two. The second day will include a physical driving test with equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. In most locations, instructors will offer an ATV simulator experience to learn about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs and UTVs. Students will also complete homework assignments for the second day.
Instructors for the course include staff members of Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, PhD, Ellen Duysen, Daniel Kent, and UNMC student Jill Oatman.
All on-site classes begin at 8:00 A.M. and end times will vary, depending on the number of participants. Training site locations, Site Coordinator contact numbers, and dates of training includes:
June 11 & 12 – Plains Equipment, O’Neill – (402) 336-2760
June 20 & 21 – Fairgrounds, Wayne – (402) 375-3310
July 1 & 2 – Fairgrounds, Weeping Water – (402) 267-2205
Cost of the course is $60, which includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunches.
To register, print and complete a registration form and submit with payment to the appropriate Site Coordinator at least one week before the course (call the specific location number listed above for mailing address and instructions).
Openings are available for one-on-one, confidential farm finance and ag law consultations being conducted across the state each month. An experienced ag law attorney and ag financial counselor will be available to address farm and ranch issues related to financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters. The clinics offer an opportunity to seek an experienced outside opinion on issues affecting your farm or ranch.
Clinic Sites and Dates
Norfolk — Wednesday, June 12
North Platte — Thursday, June 13
Lexington — Thursday, June 20
Norfolk — Thursday, June 27
Valentine — Friday, June 28
To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor these clinics.
High school students will have the opportunity to explore the many advances in precision agriculture at a free camp being offered at Northeast Community College this summer. Ag-Citing Precision Ag Camp will meet Wednesday, June 12, and Thursday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days on Northeast’s Norfolk campus.
Campers will learn to use the tools and gadgets in precision management, such as satellite imagery, auto-steer, sensors, drones and other technology. Workshops will explore precision equipment used in planting and harvest. Campers will also take an industry tour and meet professionals as they learn about careers in precision agriculture.
Registration is limited to the first 20 applicants and is available to students who will be in grades 9 through 12 for the 2019-20 school year. The camp is offered free of charge.
To register, visit http://www.northeast.edu/2019/Ag-Citing-Camp. For more information, contact the Northeast Community College Agriculture, Math and Science division at (402) 844-7180 or email Debb Strate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Pony Express Re-Ride – June 10 – 20, 2019
Traveling West Bound
St. Joseph, MO – Sacramento, CA
Thursday June 13, 2019 (MT)
Big Springs 2:30 AM
Chappell 6:00 AM
Sidney 8:20 AM
Mud Springs 10:30 AM
Bridgeport 12:00 PM
Chimney Rock 1:15 PM
Program at Scotts Bluff National Monument 2:00 pm
Come learn all about the Pony Express and its fleeting 18-month existence with an interpretive program at 2:00 pm presented by National Pony Express Association President, Dean Atkin. Following the program, see the Pony Express in action when the Annual Re-Ride stops at Scotts Bluff National Monument.
The program will take place in the grassy area near the Oregon Trail foot path and we ask those attending to bring lawn/camp chairs or blankets for sitting. The Re-Ride is expected to arrive at Scotts Bluff National Monument at 4:00 p.m. but can be early or late.
Scotts Bluff National Monument 4:00 PM
Lyman 6:00 PM
Please note that all times are estimates and the Mail can be ahead or behind.
The National Pony Express Association is an all-volunteer, historical organization with the purpose of identifying, re-establishing and marking the original pony express trail from St. Joseph, Missouri, via Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and into California. We are a non-profit 501(c) (3) Association. National Headquarters is located in Pollock Pines, California.
Once again, area residents and visitors will have an opportunity early this summer to observe, and in some cases, participate in excavation at the Hell Gap Paleoindian site, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2018.
A series of public meetings to introduce the site, its history, and possible future developments, will be held throughout the area prior to and during the field school season.
The Summer 2019 field school will run in three sessions from June 21 to July 29: June 21-July 1, July 6-15, July 20-29. Hell Gap is located northeast of Guernsey on Whalen Canyon Road.
For more information on this Advanced Field School 5180 opportunity, and related activities, contact
Scotts Bluff National Monument’s Centennial Exhibit will be on display at the Legacy of the Plains Museum this summer.
The exhibit titled “100 Years of Scotts Bluff National Monument” will be open to the public starting Thursday, May 9th, through September.
Showcasing the vast history and culture at Scotts Bluff National Monument, the exhibit will feature an original soap box derby car, an adobe brick made by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930’s, historical photographs, interpretive displays and the William Henry Jackson prints originally housed in the Visitor Center, which is undergoing a major renovation and expansion project.
The centennial exhibit will be free and open to the public. Regular museum admission is required for the main gallery.
Legacy of the Plains Museum is open Monday through
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information about Scotts Bluff National Monument, please call 308-436-9701, visit http://www.nps.gov/scbl or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/scottsbluffnp
Midwest Theater is once again hosting the Midwest Summer Matinee Madness! All Summer Matinee Madness Screenings are held on Thursdays.
2 screenings each day, 9:00am and 1:30pm.
2019 Midwest Summer Matinee Madness Movie List Dates and Titles (subject to change):
June 13 “The Land Before Time” Rated: G
June 20 “Wonder Park” Rated: PG
June 27 “An American Tale” Rated: G
July 11 “The Tale of Despereaux” Rated: G
July 18 “The Great Muppet Caper” Rated: G
July 25 “The Lorax” Rated: PG
$500 grants are still available from the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline. The grants are funded by Farm Aid, Nebraska Farmer’s Union Foundation, and other donors.
For grant applications, call the Hotline at: (800) 464-0258.
If you or someone you know got hurt by flooding or blizzards and could use a little help, call the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline. Their experienced and professional staff will help callers find the kind of assistance they need.
The $500 grants are simple to apply for. The application can be filled out over the phone, and the assistance is provided in confidence.
Cattle producers can increase their knowledge of current feedlot issues and profitability during an educational program June 13 at the Wallace Foundation Learning Center, Lewis, IA. Researchers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide answers to producer questions related to animal health, nutrition and producing high quality, marketable beef.
The goal of the program is to connect cattle producers and stakeholders with the ongoing research at Iowa State, which Lundy said was inspired by the concerns and questions of producers.
Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the program starts at 10:30 a.m. An optional tour of the Iowa State Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm feedlot will be held at 2 p.m., and will feature the new individual-intake feeding system.
– “New Methods to Detect BRD in Feedlots,” by Terry Engelken, DVM, associate professor with ISU Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine.
– “Managing Mineral Nutrition to Optimize Growth Promotant Performance,” by Elizabeth Messersmith, Iowa State graduate student in animal science.
– “Stress in the Feedlot: Roles of Micronutrients,” by Erin Deters, Iowa State animal science graduate student.
– “Managing for High Quality Beef,” by Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center and ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist; and Erika Lundy, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist.
The meeting is free and includes lunch. Walk-ins are welcome. RSVP by contacting the ISU Extension and Outreach Cass County office at 712-243-1132, or the East Pottawattamie office at 712-482-6449. Erika Lundy can be reached at email@example.com.
Victorine Lieske, local author of over 20 books, will talk about her publishing journey June 13, at 5:30 in the Gering City Council Chambers.
In April of 2010 Lieske self-published her first book, “Not What She Seems.” By March 2011 it was making its way up the New York Times eBook best sellers list. After starting with suspense and murder, she penned a sci-fi romance. Her first comedic romance, “Accidentally Married,” made the USA Today best-selling books list in 2015.
Lieske features her home state of Nebraska in many of her books which she calls “sweet” romance, suitable for all audiences. She is a past president of the Nebraska Writer’s Guild and has won awards for her service to other authors.
This program is free and open to the public.
Victory Hill Farm in Scottsbluff will host four special classes, each limited to 16 participants. Thursday and Friday, June 13-14 at 6 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday, June 17-18 at 6 p.m. Classes are 90 minutes, with the last 20 minutes reserved for playing with the baby goats.
Classes are for beginners who should prepare themselves to interact with free roaming baby goats who can be playful in the form of nuzzling, snuggling, and occasionally walking on the backs of yoga students. Bring a blanket and yoga mat for this unique experience.
Participants must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by a participating adult if 16 years or younger. Only ticket holders, who bring a mat and participate in the yoga class, can interact with the animals.
Tickets are $21 per person regardless of age. Classes are limited to 16 participants each. Tickets are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/baby-goat-yoga-at-victory-hill-farm-scottsbluff-tickets-61276663149. or call Lisa Betz-Marquez at 308-672-1114 for more information.
A two hour interactive class will help you brush up on the rules of the road in Nebraska regarding bicycles including the three foot passing law. The class is free, designed for drivers 15 years of age and older.
Help make our communities make a good impression on Tour De Nebraska visitors with your bicycle friendly driving skills!
The class will be offered at the Gering Public Library Community Room June 13th from 6pm to 8pm (accessible by stairs only), and at the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library Community Room, on June 15th from 9:30am to 11:30am.
Class size is limited to 30 in each session. Free will donations support the Libraries and Bike Walk Nebraska.
The Scotts Bluff County GOP is hosting Will Witt of PragerU to speak on various topics of interest in today’s society. Will does random videos for PragerU, mainly talking to students on college campus’ asking their knowledge of history, current events, and various topical issues. He is from Boulder but currently resides in Hollywood, CA. June 13th, 7:00pm, Gering Civic Center
VFW Post 1681 and Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion Post#36, and DAV Chapter 10 will be presenting a flag day program on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 9:30 am at the Western Nebraska State Veterans Home at Scottsbluff.
As part of the program there will be a power point presentation and the Sons of the American Legion Post#36 will do a flag folding presentation and will explain what each fold the flag represents.
Members of the VFW Post 1681 and Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion Post#36, and DAV Chapter 10 are urged to attend to help put on the program and help pass out treats.
Join the YMCA for an evening of family fun at the Trails West Camp!
Enjoy hamburgers and hotdogs, swimming, volleyball, basketball and more!
$10.00 admission, 2 and under are free.
Some lodging and camping spaces available if needed, Call Candie at (308) 641-9587 for more information.
All the proceeds will help fund improvements to the Trails West Challenge Course.
Friday, June 14-The Oregon Trail Dance Club will have a Regular Dance at the IOOF Hall in Gering from 7:00-9:00 with Lucky calling. We will have PLUS dancing from 6:30-7:00. Beginner lesson students are invited to this dance as they will be able to participate.
IOOF Hall is at 800 N Street in Gering.
The Park Rangers of the Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center invite you to join the first Ranger Interpretive Talk for the summer, “Homesteading: From Grassroots to Grasslands.”
The talk will be held Friday, June 14 at 7:00 pm, as part of Northwest Parks Talk Series with the Nebraska Commission of Game and Parks, the National Park Service and the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands.
The talk will take place at the Solider Creek Campground picnic shelter, located within walking distance from Fort Robinson State Park information center and restaurant.