The Nebraska FFA Foundation is now seeking applications for 2019-20 local chapter grants and storm relief fund grants.
The local chapter grant program, in its third year, supports Nebraska agricultural education classrooms, FFA programs and individual student entrepreneurship Supervised Agricultural Experiences. Funds are provided by supporters of the Nebraska FFA Foundation and its general fund.
This year, grant requests may be any amount up to $10,000 each. Applications are being accepted until June 30, 2019. Successful proposals from 2018-19 varied from greenhouse repairs to a CNC router to grow towers to animal learning lab.
To learn more, visit www.neffafoundation.org.
Let Independence Rising give your extra, gently used durable medical equipment a home.
Your donation allows Independence Rising to rent durable medical equipment to individuals who have a disability or are recovering from illness or surgery. This assistive equipment provides essential support necessary for individuals to live independently in the community. Equipment rents for $10/per item for 4 months.
They are currently in need of manual wheelchairs; slide boards & tub/shower transfer benches.
Please contact Jamie Schweda @ Independence Rising 308-633-7025
Nebraska farmers and ranchers impacted by the “Bomb Cyclone” and raging flood waters this spring are working hard on cleaning up and assessing the damages to their ag operations.
One of the more significant losses experienced by landowners has been the death of livestock. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has financial assistance available to help landowners cope with the aftermath of livestock losses.
Through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program – commonly referred to as EQIP farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to properly dispose of dead livestock. Applications are being accepted now through July 1. This is an extension of the original sign up periods announced immediately following the flooding/blizzard.
Producers who have not already disposed of livestock can apply for EQIP now. Producers can then get a waiver to allow them to begin working to dispose of deceased livestock before having an approved EQIP contract.
Producers in the area who suffered other damages due to the blizzard and flooding – such as damaged fencing, water sources, or windbreaks – may also seek assistance from NRCS through general EQIP funding. The sign-up period for general EQIP is continuous and has no cut off application date.
For more information about the programs and assistance available from NRCS, visit your local USDA Service Center or www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.
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:
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).
The City of Gering will begin spraying for mosquitoes on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Spraying will continue every Tuesday and Thursday evening; weather permitting, for the remainder of the mosquito season.
The City of Terrytown has contracted with the City of Gering for mosquito spraying on Tuesdays in residential areas, in the parks and along trails.
If you have any questions please call Casey Dahlgrin at 308-436-5096.
A traveling photography exhibit by renowned nature photographer Michael Forsberg of Lincoln is on display at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area through Aug. 20.
The Wildcat Hills Nature Center is open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge, but a Nebraska park entry permit, available for purchase at the center or online at outdoornebraska.org, is required for vehicles entering the park.
Congressman Adrian Smith will meet constituents of the Third District during a mobile office on Tuesday, July 2, in Bridgeport.
A mobile office allows constituents to meet directly with Congressman Smith about federal issues and take advantage of the constituent services available through his office.
Morrill County Courthouse
606 L Street, Bridgeport, NE
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (MDT)
Valley Youth Connections is hosting a Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. This is a 17 and under closed group.
Snacks and refreshments available. The NA/AA group will have a meeting every Tuesday from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at Valley Youth Connections, 29 S. Beltline Hwy West.
(Former Furniture Tech Building)
The Gering City Band have begun their annual “Concert In the Park” series at Gering’s Legion Park.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the band, directed by Randy Raines. Admission is free.
A special concert will be performed on Tuesday July 2nd, featuring patriotic works and songs celebrating Independence Day. This concert will also be performed at Legion Park.
The City Band will then perform at Five Rocks Amphitheater on Friday, July 12 for their annual Oregon Trail Days concert.
The Band will then return to Legion Park for their final summer concert on Thursday, July 18th.
All concerts begin at 7:30 pm
Independence Day is celebrated Thursday, July 4th. All federal, state, and local government offices will be closed. The U.S. Stock and Commodity Markets will not trade. The U.S. Postal Offices will be closed, regular mail will not be delivered.
The City of Scottsbluff Sanitation Department announces Thursday’s trash and yard waste will be picked up on Wednesday (7/3/19) Friday trash and yard waste pickup will remain normal.
City of Gering Residential and Commercial trash collection normally collected on Thursday will be collected on Friday, July 5th, after Commercial and Residential customers that are normally collected on Wednesday.
The City of Kimball Library and Landfill, will be closed in observance of the Independence Day Holiday on Thursday the 4th.
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