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Plan to stop by Kimmel during AppleJack 2014!


Plan now to attend the 2014 AppleJack Festival in Nebraska City and be sure to stop by Kimmel Education and Research Center! We are located right next door to the Kimmel Apple Barn at 5985 G Road, Nebraska City, NE. You’ll find free and educational activities inside our building — for all ages! We would like your help in naming our Happy Orchard App Characters. Sign up by email and be the first to know when the App is ready for downloading! We hope to see you at AppleJack on September 20 & 21, 2014!

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A No-till/Cover Crop Field Day is planned for Wednesday August 27th at the Tom Howe farm west of Highway 75 in Richardson County. Tom has been continuous no-tilling for around 20 years and has been incorporating cover crops into his cropping system, usually following wheat and then grazing them. The field day will start at 9:30 a.m. with registration and the program begins at 10:00 a.m. We have planted different cover crop combinations for the field day for evaluation following wheat harvest. Lance Gunderson, from Ward Laboratories will discuss the “Haney Test” a new Soil Health Test that is used to evaluate soil health and other tests and issues relating to soil health. UNL Extension Specialist Paul Jasa will discuss Cover Crops in No-Till Systems. Neil Dominy, State Soil Scientist with NRCS and other NRCS staff will conduct demonstrations on soil runoff, water infiltration and discuss other soil properties. Keith Berns from Green Cover Seed will discuss different cover crops and their uses in cropping systems. The field day is sponsored in part by UNL Extension, UNL Extension in Nemaha and the NRCS. Lunch will be served following the workshop. Directions to the field day from the east are 5 miles west of Hwy 75 on 718 Rd from the Stella corner. From the South from Humboldt at 634 Ave and HWY 4 (intersection just west of Humboldt Implement Case IH) go 4 miles north to 718 RD. The field is on the south side of the road. The field day is free to the public.
Pre-registration is encouraged so we can plan accordingly for lunch. If you have questions or want to pre-register, feel free to contact the Nemaha County Extension office at 402-274-4755.

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Celebrating 100 Years of UNL Extension during AppleJack Festival!

Kimmel Education and Research Center is celebrating 100 Years of UNL Extension during this year’s AppleJack Festival in Nebraska City to be held on September 20 from 9 AM- 5 PM & September 21 from 10 AM – 4 PM. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s extension educators and staff will host a variety of free and educational activities during the two-day celebration.

Edible OMAHA and Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Art Show will be featured during AppleJack this year. Edible OMAHA celebrates the local farms, foods and community season-by-season by connecting consumers with where their food comes from.

Big RED Talks exhibit welcomes questions about agriculture, food, leadership, youth, health, extension and more. Tell us what you know! Through your contribution of video selfies, Big Red Talks is shaping how UNL Extension is meeting the needs of Nebraskans.

Help us name our Happy Orchard App characters at the 2014 AppleJack event. Try our Fruit & Veggie Piano, Human Circuit Board, and Electrical Photo Booth! All ages will enjoy the Makey Makey electrical fun.

Several more free educational activities and programs will be available to the public. Help preserve our state’s natural beauty by learning about Nebraska’s invasive plants, insects and aquatic creatures. Learn about cooking with Nebraska apples from an extension food specialist. Realize the impact of insect pollinators, pests, and natural enemies on orchard crops. Beekeeper in a Box will be buzzing with knowledge about bees and provide some ukulele music between demonstrations. For a tasty treat, the UNL Food Science & Technology Club will be selling UNL Dairy Store ice cream outside in their mobile trailer. Middle and high school students and their parents might like to learn about the 29 degree programs and 2 professional programs offered by the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. A CASNR recruitment coordinator will assist in matching students’ interests and career goals.

The UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center represents a unique public-private partnership between the Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard Educational Foundation, Inc. and the University of Nebraska. It is located at 5985 G Road, Nebraska City, Nebraska, next to the historic Apple Barn at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard, northwest of Nebraska City.

Join the Kimmel team in celebrating 100 Years of UNL Extension during this 2014 AppleJack event. Let’s creatively grow together in community, leaders & entrepreneurs, local foods, youth, and health & wellness.

Check our blog at for more information on this upcoming event, or contact Deb Heidzig at Kimmel Education and Research Center, 5985 G Road, Nebraska City, NE 68410 by phone 402-873-3166 or email:

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Learn about local food production through Nebraska SARE tour!

Local food production is alive and well in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa in and around Metro Omaha/Council Bluffs.  Nebraska SARE is sponsoring a tour to 5 farms/sites where you will have an opportunity to see diverse farming operations on Monday, August 18th.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about local food production in the metro area of Omaha/Council Bluffs.  We will be traveling in a chartered Arrow air-conditioned coach bus.

We will travel to Big Muddy Urban Farm, a group of at 6 young producers that got together in the winter of 2011 and started growing produce on 5 sites in Omaha.

Our second stop will be across the Missouri River near Missouri Valley, IA.  Rhizosphere Farm is owned and operated by Matt and Terra Hall.

Our third stop on the tour will be Honey Creek Creamery, located near Honey Creek, IA.  Honey Creek Creamery is a Goat Dairy in the Loess Hills of southwest Iowa.  Sharon Oamek, artisan cheese maker and her family operate the dairy. There will be a $5.00 charge for the tour of the dairy. Please bring this along to pay at the dairy.

Our fourth stop of the day is at Blooms Organic, near Crescent, IA.  Rebecca Bloom has been producing local organic vegetables and herbs for several years.  She has a CSA and sells to some local restaurants.

Our final stop of the day will be at King Science Magnet Middle School in Omaha.  Greg Fripp is the Founder and Executive Director of Whispering Roots.  He is dedicated on teaching youth how to grow their own food and works with several schools teaching youth about aquaponics, growing vegetables and fish (Tilapia).

The cost of the tour which includes transportation and lunch is $25.00.  This does not include the $5.00 for the Honey Creek Creamery Farm Tour.  Please register by August 14th so we can get an accurate lunch count.  For meeting places and times, or to register, call the Nemaha County Extension office at (402) 274-4755 or emailing   No credit cards, but checks will be accepted.

To learn more about stops on the tour, go to:

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6 Questions to Drive Your Social Media Strategy


Great read! 6 Questions to drive your social media strategy.

Originally posted on Next Generation Extension:

Is Extension ready for a social media transformation?  How can we become a conversational brand? One of our fearless leaders, Dr. Susan Williams, likes to ask the question, “What does success look like?”  (Hint:  This is one of the 6 questions we need to ask ourselves!)

Check out this social media SlideShare for insights and ideas we can use!

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