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Nebraska is an agriculture state. It is important for Nebraska’s future economy that we are equipping Nebraska’s young people with the skills they need to be agriculture innovators. 4-H, through the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, is preparing kids across the state through a program called the Ag Innovators Experience. Lisa Kaslon, District 4-H Youth Coordinator, explains more about the Ag Innovators Experience.
The University of Nebraska works with nearly 75% of Nebraska farmers and ranchers to boost crop and animal productivity. Beef is Nebraska’s single largest industry. The beef research and resources provided by the University of Nebraska is crucial to Nebraska’s economy. One Nebraska Coalition Spotlight Interview with Aaron Berger, Beef Systems, Extension Educator
Nebraska 4-H is through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Extension. More than 140,000 young Nebraskans are involved in 4-H each year. One out of every three eligible youth (ages 9-19) in Nebraska participates in 4-H. More than half of 4-H youth come from Nebraska’s metro areas. This week’s podcast features Ryan Sedlacek from Gretna, Nebraska.
High-tech innovation isn’t limited to Silicon Valley; it is also happening in urban and rural Nebraska. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 4-H Extension is establishing creative and tech hubs, called Makerspaces, around the state.
A “Makerspace” is a community-oriented space that serves as a hub for innovators, artists, and entrepreneurs and has equipment like the laser cutters and 3D printers. Bradley S. Barker, PH.D., Professor and Technology Literacy Specialist and Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Science, Math, and Computer Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shares more about the Makerspace movement in Nebraska.
Melissa Belcastro, a 3rd Grade Teacher at Sunny Slope Elementary in Omaha, took part in the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s BODYMODELS: A 3-year project, funded by the National Science Foundation, to bring biomechanics education to an estimated 1,500 youth in Omaha. The project includes UNO’s Department of Biomechanics and Teacher Education Department, working with Omaha area elementary teachers to develop biomechanics curriculum to implement in 3rd through 6th grade classrooms. #NEforNU #NUforNE
The University of Nebraska at Kearney has completed phase one – the Village Flats Apartments – of the multi-phase University Village. The 104-acre campus will combine public and private resources in a mix of business, retail, office, housing, and more. The newly opened Village Flat Apartments are for graduate students, non-traditional students, UNMC students, and students who are married, including those with children. The residence hall is open to faculty from UNK and UNMC. Michael T. Christen is the Executive Director of University Village at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
The University of Nebraska works with nearly 75% of Nebraska farmers and ranchers to boost agriculture production. One example is soil clinics, through UNL Extension. Topics addressed included management considerations to improve soil health; measuring bulk density, porosity and infiltration and the impact on soil health; the importance of physical soil properties on soil health; cover crops and how they impact soil health; soil biology and what you can do to change it; soil characteristics, productivity and landscape position; and chemical soil properties.
Did you know the University of Nebraska’s College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Nebraska was one of the nation’s first nationally accredited programs for technical training in healthcare for companion animals and livestock? The award-winning program is educating Nebraska’s next generation of workers to care for Nebraska’s livestock and pets. One example is Stockman’s Veterinary Clinic in North Platte Nebraska, where many of their veterinary technicians are NTCA graduates.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 4-H and Extension impacts communities throughout Nebraska. At the Scotts Bluff County Fair, located in Mitchell, Nebraska, youth showcase what they have learned through 4-H: from Trap Shooting competitions to Horse showing to Robotics to Swine showing and more. With a network of more than 143,000 youth, 12,000 volunteers, 1,200 professionals, and thousands of alumni, 4-H helps shape youth to move Nebraska forward in ways that no other youth organization can. #NEforNU #NUforNE
Jay Bernecker, DDS graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry. He was part of the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) through the University of Nebraska Medical Center. RHOP is designed to address the special needs of rural Nebraska by encouraging rural residents to pursue a career in the health care fields. Students selected are guaranteed admission to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) as long as all stated requirements are met, and the pre-professional studies at Chadron State College (CSC), Wayne State College (WSC) or Peru State College (PSC) are completed. Dr. Bernecker is with Family 1st Dental in Hartington, Nebraska. #NEforNU #NUforNE
Bringing state-of-the-art, hands-on training simulators to healthcare professionals throughout Nebraska. The SIM-NE trucks are taking high-quality training to rural EMT agencies and emergency rooms across the state.
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