BKR Extension & 4-H

BKR Extension and 4-H teaches families in our three-county area. We have camps, workshops, and classes on a variety of subjects.


Digging Deeper: Invasive Species

Digging Deeper with Backyard Farmer focuses on invasive species in the home garden and what homeowners can do about it.

[07/01/19]   Fairs are fast Approaching
Small Animal Fair ...................................................................... ...........Springview, Internal Design, Saturday July 20th .............
Style Revue & Presentation Contest ......................................... ......Springview, Internal Design, Thursday, July 25th................
BKR 4-H Fair July 30th, August 1 & 2nd....................................
......Bassett NE - Rock Co Fairgrounds for the following
......Day 1 Horse Working Ranch/Roping, July 30th...................
......Static Exhibits, Judging, July 31st........................................
......Day 2, Horse Show, August 1st...........................................
......Livestock Show, August 2nd................................................
Pre-entries are required.....please contact the office for more information. Forms can be found at bkr.unl.edu

4h.unl.edu 06/19/2019

State Dog Show | Nebraska 4-H

4h.unl.edu Due to facility changes at Fonner Park during the 2019 Nebraska State Fair, the 2019 State 4-H Dog Show and Dog Skillathon Contest will be held on Saturday, September 7 in the Animal Science Complex on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. For more information and details about the date ...

[05/31/19]   Updated workshop calendar can be found at bkr.unl.edu. Since we are still dealing with water there has been some dates & workshop changes. You can print off if you need to.

[05/29/19]   Horse Level Testing scheduled for May 29th has been postponed to July 2nd 4 to 9 p.m. at the Rock Co Fairgrounds

4h.unl.edu 05/22/2019

Life Challenge | Nebraska 4-H

4h.unl.edu Life Challenge is a two-day event designed to help youth learn about issues related to family and consumer sciences, explore career opportunities that are available, compete with other teens from across the state, and have FUN!

[05/22/19]   Find the 4-H Summer Workshop List at bkr.unl.edu

4h.unl.edu 05/22/2019

PASE | Nebraska 4-H

4h.unl.edu Premier Animal Science Events (PASE) is a two-day event designed to help youth learn about issues related to the animal industry, explore career opportunities that are available, compete with other teens from across the state, and have FUN!

northplattebulletin.com 05/15/2019

Nebraska high school cowgirl operates gelato business in Bassett

northplattebulletin.com Jaya Nelson is passionate about gelato. Not just eating it, but making and selling it, too.

ianrnews.unl.edu 05/10/2019

Nebraska Extension to participate in NSF STEM for All Video Showcase

ianrnews.unl.edu Dagen Valentine, innovation and entrepreneurship extension educator, and Bradley Barker, science and technology specialist with Nebraska Extension will be featured in the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation.

shop4-h.org 04/30/2019

Purchase Your Computer Science Bundle Today!

shop4-h.org Lockheed Martin and 4-H are collaborating to equip young people with the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy. As part of this effort, we’re offering this computer science starter bundle for more than 50% off so you can bring fun and engaging computer science (CS) activities to y...

luskherald.com 04/27/2019

Uncertainty looms for Nebraska ranchers as icebergs melt

luskherald.com Ann Marie Kepler, from Mills, Nebr. describes the aftermath of the “Bombcyclone” storm of March 13. “We really are just thankful that we have cattle to rebuild fence for because there’s a lot of people that don’t.

theindependent.com 04/25/2019

Volunteers cross state lines for flood relief

theindependent.com YORK COUNTY—Calls bounced back and forth, up and down the Midwest until word reached the Lively Livestock 4-H Club: people still need help.

[04/17/19]   Regional Speech Contest results 2019

Juniors: Holden Beel,Purple, Lily Beel, Purple, Maci Herrington, Purple

Intermediate: Lindsay Wegener, Blue, Hannah Beel, Purple & Olivia Beel, Purple

dhhs.ne.gov 04/16/2019

Disaster Recovery Grants are Available to Day Care Providers Affected by Disaster

dhhs.ne.gov Lincoln – Nebraska child care providers who had equipment damaged or destroyed in the recent blizzard and flood can apply for a recovery grant through the Department of Health and Human Service's Division of Children and Family Services.   The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program is of...

4-h.org 04/16/2019

Raise Your Hand for Kids in Your Community

Only one in three kids say they have the skills to handle what life throws their way. If we don’t give our kids the opportunity to succeed, we all fail.

That’s where 4‑H comes in — programs that meet youth and families where they live, serve community needs and build critical life skills young people need to thrive.

You can help by raising your hand to support kids in your community! Vote now and your state’s 4‑H program could win $5K, $10K or $20K to help more young people do, learn and grow.

Join us today and Raise Your Hand, because every child deserves a chance to succeed. https://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/

4-h.org Raise your hand and help kids get a chance to succeed! Every hand raised is a vote for your state to win $20K, helping #4H reach more kids with hands-on learning experiences. #4HGrown #InspireKidstoDo

docs.google.com 04/07/2019

2019 Volunteer Form - 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships

docs.google.com Sign up to volunteer in Grand Island, Nebraska for the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships, June 23-28. You will receive a confirmation email with your job assignments by May 30. If your availability changes, please contact Tammy Stuhr at [email protected].

ne4hfoundation.org 04/02/2019

Home - Nebraska 4-H Foundation - Inspiring Nebraska Youth

ne4hfoundation.org The 2018 Nebraska 4-H Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot will be Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Oak Creek Sporting Club in Brainard, NE. Additional information can be found in the Charity Shoot 2018 Brochure. Golf carts must be reserved by Sept. 19, 2018. To reserve golf carts, please fill out this...

[03/29/19]   Bacterial contamination of drinking water supplies, including private domestic wells, can result from recent flooding. Flood waters commonly contain high levels of bacteria. Whenever floodwaters or surface runoff inundates a well, bacterial contamination is likely. Shallow wells and wells that do not have watertight casings can be contaminated by bacteria infiltrating with the water through the soil near the well, especially in course textured soils. This bacterial contamination cannot be detected by sight, smell, or taste, but can cause flu-like symptoms, intestinal infections, dysentery and other illnesses. Nebraska Extension in the BKR Counties and Middle Niobrara NRD are bringing drinking water testing to Ainsworth on Tuesday, April 2nd,, Wednesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 4. Pick up water sampling bottles ahead of time from the BKR Extension Office in the basement of the Brown County Courthouse 8:30 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The bottles should be returned to BKR Extension with water samples in them on the day designated on the flyer with the bottle. Please call before coming to get your bottles as we have a limited amount available. 402-387-2213.

foodsafetynews.com 03/27/2019

Another recall of California-grown avocados over listeria fears is talk of town | Food Safety News

foodsafetynews.com Henry Avocado Corporation's Monday morning recall of more California-grown whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores because they have the potential to

extension.unl.edu 03/22/2019

HaskellHayDonations | Nebraska Extension

extension.unl.edu The University of Nebraska Haskell Ag Lab near Concord, NE is serving as a collection location for large bale hay donations (no small bales) for livestock owners/managers who were impacted by the recent adverse weather events in Nebraska. Fencing supplies can also be donated if delivered on a pallet...



Is Your Private Well Safe to Drink After a Flood?

By: Amy Timmerman – Extension Educator

As the flood waters recede and we are able to get back in to our farms and ranchers it is important to think about drinking water safety. It is common for private wells to be immersed with the flood waters. The flood waters commonly contain high levels of bacteria such as fecal coliforms and E. coli. These microbes can cause short-term health effects such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. For infants and young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems may be more susceptible.

Until your well water has tested negative for bacteria, it is recommend to boil your water at a vigorous boil for 1 minute prior to use. For more information on boiling water and/or chlorinating personal water please refer to https://go.unl.edu/drinking_water_flood.

How to test for bacteria contamination

• A sterile bottle must be used to place the water sample in to assure an accurate report.
o Middle Niobrara NRD – Ainsworth
o Upper Elkhorn NRD – O’Neill
o Lower Elkhorn NRD – Norfolk
o Lewis & Clark NRD - Hartington
o Holt County Extension – O’Neill
o Antelope County Extension – Neligh
o Knox County Extension – Center
o BKR County Extension – Ainsworth
o Check with your local NRD or Extension Office
• The bottle may contain a small white pill or powder. If it does, leave the pill or powder in the bottle.
• Choose an inside faucet to collect the water sample and remove the aerator if one is present. Turn the water on cold water and allow it to run for about 5 minutes. This assure that fresh clean water from the well is being collected.
• Avoid touching or contaminating the inside of the bottle or cap. Carefully remove the lid from the sample containers and hold the cap by the outside of the cap. (If you touch the inside of the cap or battle, you could contaminate the sample with bacteria)
• Fill the container with water to the marked line if a line is present. If no line is present fill the bottle ¾’s full.
• Samples must reach the laboratory within 30 hours if sending it to a commercial lab. Until you can ship the sample, keep the sample cool either in a refrigerator or coolers. If you are bringing your samples to the Upper Elkhorn NRD for testing, samples need to be delivered with 2 hours following the collection.

There a number of different tests available for different contamination's. The minimum recommended to test is for bacteria and nitrates. Please remember that there may be other contaminates present that would make the water safe or desirable for domestic use. Some commercial labs offer multi-parameter packages that include tests for the most common contaminants of concern.

Testing facilities
The Upper Elkhorn NRD located in O’Neill are able to test for both nitrates and coliform bacteria. If you have questions or need for information, contact the Upper Elkhorn NRD at 402-336-3867.

Certified Water Testing Laboratories in Nebraska
• American Agricultural Laboratory – 700 East D Street, McCook, NE 69001 (308-345-3670)
• Central District Health Department – 1137 South Locust Street, Grand Island NE 68801 (308-385-5157)
• Enviro Services Inc. – 818 S. Beltline Hwy East, Scottsbluff, NE 69361 (308-632-3933)
• Midwest Laboratories, Inc. – 13611 B St., Omaha, NE 68144 (402-334-7770)

What do have receiving test results
If your test reports come back negative for bacteria, you can go back to normal water usage for the home without boiling or treating the water.

If tests reports are positive for bacteria, it is recommended to shock your private well with chlorine. For full instructions refer to the NebGuide “Drinking Water Treatment: Shock Chlorination” found at https://go.unl.edu/shocking_well. This publication will help determine the amount of bleach that will need to be poured into the well depending on well diameter, volume of water, total depth of water, etc.


4h.unl.edu 03/12/2019

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals | Nebraska 4-H

4h.unl.edu Nebraska 4-H requires all youth enrolled in livestock projects to complete annual quality assurance certification through Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). YQCA is a national multi-species quality assurance program focused on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and charac...

4h.unl.edu 03/06/2019

Nebraska 4-H Gives Back | Nebraska 4-H

4h.unl.edu The Nebraska 4-H Gives Back program is an opportunity for a Nebraska 4-H member or a team of 4-H’ers to make a meaningful contribution to their community. This award recognizes the impact that 4-H youth make in their communities and celebrates the spirit of service-learning, a pillar of the 4-H ex...



Tractor Safety Training June 6-7 Ainsworth
Evangelical Free Church



[01/15/19]   Free Grain Marketing workshop to be held at:


GroVantage, Ainsworth NE 43327 US HWY 20
January 29th, 2019 9 a.m. to 2 p.m

Workshop is limited to the 1st 26 participants.
Register by calling 402-387-2213 BKR Extension.

This workshop will assist farmers in maximizing financial market gains during periods of low crop prices. Educators will present strategies on using marketing tools, such as futures & option contracts, to protect farm incomes against adverse market movements. This workshop will feature the "Marketing in a New Era" crop-pricing simulator, and the Grain Marketing Plan smartphone application. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to participate; loaner computers will be available on site. Complimentary lunch is sponsored by Corteva Agricscience & Pioneer Hybrids

ianrnews.unl.edu 01/03/2019

Commercial, noncommercial pesticide training available February through April

ianrnews.unl.edu Registration for training is now available for Nebraska's commercial and noncommercial pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification, or recertification of their license, to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides in 2019.





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Ainsworth, NE
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