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Big RED Talks Goes Live!

Big_RED_TalksBig RED Talks is an innovative project designed by faculty from Nebraska Extension.  This project is designed to use videos as a needs assessment to serve as a basis for future Nebraska Extension program direction.

So what are we talking about?  Well we want to know what Nebraskans want to learn, what they think their children need to learn and how they prefer to learn.  We want to know what they think about entrepreneurship, community, local foods, agriculture etc.  And, we want to know how we can better help Nebraskans reach their goals!

…In essence this really isn’t about us (Nebraska Extension)…it’s about Nebraskans.

Visit to read or contribute your thoughts to what Nebraska should be doing, learning, living, and growing.

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Data Visualization to Communicate Impact


Great professional development opportunity!

Originally posted on Next Generation Extension:

Here’s another great opportunity for professional development online…timely topic.  The workshop is free, and participants do not need to pre-register.  Simply login as a guest (include your full name and state) at the appropriate date and time.

Data Visualization to Communicate Impact
Alda Norris, Evaluation Specialist, University of Alaska

Thursday, November 13 @ 1:00 CT

Being able to visualize data results help Extension professionals better communicate and demonstrate impact to stakeholders.  It is easier to identify trends and connections when the data is visualized rather than in chart form.  From data dashboards to stand-alone visualizations, from info-graphics to word clouds, from maps to timelines, and even comics and basic photo editing, you will walk away from this session knowing some of the most popular data visualization tools and basics of how to use them.

This workshop is sponsored by the National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals.

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Small Scale Farming Workshop to Be Held!

Looking to learn how to produce your own food or start a diversified agriculture business on your acreage or in your backyard? UNL Extension will be hosting a third installment of “Small Spaces, Big Potential”: a Small Scale Farming Workshop on Saturday, November 8th in Nebraska City at the Kimmel Education and Research Center (5985 G Road) beginning at 8:45 am and running till 4:30 pm.

The workshop will feature presentations by local farmers and UNL Extension personnel. Breakout session topics and presenters will include: the Basics of Backyard Poultry and Rabbits, – Brett Kreifels, UNL Extension; Aquaponics – Gregg Fripp, Whispering Roots; Growing Hops – Shad Reynolds, Nebraska Hop Growers; Raising Bees in Urban Areas – Tony Sandoval, Omaha Beekeepers; Operating a Pumpkin Patch Enterprise – Teresa Lorensen, Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm; Xeric Gardening – Nicole Stoner and John Fech, UNL Extension. The day will also include a general session with Brad Kindler entitled “Cows, Oaks, & Art” and will discuss ag restoration. Brad is a recently returned Peace Corp volunteer, who has been actively involved in sustainable agriculture since 2003, he is currently working at Branched Oak Farm and is developing an Orchard and market garden. The day will conclude with a presentation on FSA programs for Small and Beginning Farmers by Wes Finkner, Farm Service Agency.

The cost to attend if pre-registered is $35 per individual, $50 per couple, and $10 per youth participant. Registration at the door will be: $45 per individual, $60 per couple, and $20 per youth. For questions or to pre-register contact the Nemaha County Extension Office (402-274-4755).

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Nebraska City First Lego League Team Updates

We have three First Lego League teams in Nebraska City.  For the project portion of First Lego League, all teams are working diligently to answer this question:  How could we improve the way someone learns ______________.   Right now two teams (The Nerds and Robo Lords) are still figuring out what to insert into that ___________.  :)  The third team (Pioneer Bots) finalized their topic:  How could we improve the way someone learns how to build a computer?

The robot game portion also is moving along.  I found a great video resource showing what challenges the youth will be programming their robots to do….oh and did I mention that the youth only have 2 1/2 minutes to have their robot complete as many of those challenges as possible?

This week our teams are working on getting their base robots and all of the table top challenge items put together and ready to go.

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Here’s more on grant funding!

MP900315542Purdue experts to offer advice to farmers on writing grant proposals

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Two Purdue University experts in grant funding will provide information in a webinar that will help farmers better understand how to apply for funding for sustainable agriculture educational programs and research.
Roy Ballard, Indiana State SARE Coordinator and Purdue Extension agriculture and natural resources educator in Hancock County, and Joan Fulton, professor of agricultural economics, will be among three presenters during the free “Funding Opportunities for Farmers and Others” webinar Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m CDT.  Ballard will discuss possibilities for North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education partnership grants, and Fulton will share tips on how to write a grant proposal.
Also presenting will be Joan Benjamin, NCR-SARE associate regional coordinator, who will explain SARE farmer rancher and youth educator grant programs.
NCR-SARE now has four open calls for proposals that have the potential to offer much-needed funding for education and research related to the broad topic of sustainable agriculture.
“Each of these grants can provide thousands of dollars to successful applicants to advance their research and educational outreach or efforts to educate youth about some aspect of sustainable agriculture,” Ballard said. “Some farmers may wish to compare new ways of streamlining some farm task, reducing environmental impact, growing a new crop, conducting research or an educational program, learning more about a particular issue, becoming more energy efficient, adding value to a raw farm product or developing a local food system.”

Here is the link to the webinar:

It is recommended that participants log in ahead of time to assess their connection and to make sure they have downloaded any software necessary for viewing.  This is an opportunity to learn more about these grants.  Pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested.  If you have questions about these grants or anything about SARE, feel free to contact Gary Lesoing, Nebraska State SARE Coordinator & Extension Educator at  or (402) 274-4755.


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