Haskell Ag Lab December Update, Coffee And Conversations Will Next Meet January 11

CONCORD – A total of 30 individuals attended the Winter Workshop Chickadees, Trees and Me earlier this month.

According to a release from the Haskell Ag Lab (HAL), the December education event was fun and successful where 13 adults and 17 children participated.

The children had a great time at the various stations making pinecone bird feeders, pinecone tree ornaments, learning about bird beaks and how they eat, making other Christmas decorations and playing fun games. The adults as well as the children learned about winter bird feeding and various types of evergreen trees. Beautiful wreaths were made by the adults with assistance and guidance from Megan Hanefeldt, Extension Educator.

This was a new educational event and the committee heard many positive comments about it. The committee consisted of Nicole Luhr, Leslie Johnson, Mary Jarvi, Carol Larvick, Angela Abts, Anna Wiebelhaus, Pam Bergstrom, and Megan Hanefeldt.

The December Haskell Ag Lab employee spotlight also highlighted Leslie Johnson who is an Extension Educator – Animal Manure Management housed at HAL. Johnson manages the manure.unl.edu website as well as organizing and hosting manure-related programming across the state. She currently serves as the webinar coordinator for the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Community which is a national manure group and also for the Soil Health Nexus (a regional group on soil health).

HAL officials would also like to congratulate Blessing Ademokoya, a December 2021 graduate from UNL who did a lot of her research work at the Haskell Ag Lab. Dr. Tom Hunt co-advised Blessing with Dr. Bob Wright.

Congratulations to Nicole Luhr. She will be receiving her Masters of Science in Entomology this weekend from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nicole serves as the Entomology Technologist at HAL.

Diane Schroeder, the Technology Support Specialist at HAL will be retiring on January 4. We wish her a long and wonderful retirement but also want to thank her for her 25 years of service to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Also, if you’re an early childhood professional looking to further your education, beginning in January the Haskell Ag Lab will be teaching monthly CDA classes located either online or in-person at the Haskell Ag Lab. The CDA is the Child Development Associate credential and is the most recognized credential in early childhood education. It is a great next stop to advancing your career and developing your knowledge about child development. Classes will be held on Saturdays once a month from January to August. This is an eight-part series that includes 50+ hours of Inservice, a CDA standards book, professional portfolio binder and a CDA flash drive. For those interested in learning more or signing up, email sarah.roberts@unl.edu or call 402-584-3830. Again, this is a great opportunity to further your education and career in early childhood and work with a small cohort of other professionals as everyone learns together. Class size is limited, so don’t wait to sign up.

Inspections collect information about livestock facilities and are how the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) determines whether the facility is in compliance with regulations. There are two different kinds of inspections for livestock operations. Initial inspections help NDEE determine whether a permit is needed. Routine inspections allow the NDEE representative to make sure permitted operations are in compliance with their permit.

The complete article can be found at: https://water.unl.edu/article/animal-manure-management/livestock-facility-inspections-do-i-need-one-if-so-what-should-i

The Haskell Ag Lab is located at 57905 866th Road in Concord, Nebraska. The group hosts ‘Coffee and Conversations’ on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 9 a.m. Find out what the Haskell Ag Lab is up to at the farm and make sure to bring your questions along with suggestions for programming as well as events. This will be an informal coffee time, no agenda. The next event will take place on Tuesday, January 11 as guests will also get to know the HAL staff at the lab and your neighbors.

Visit extension.unl.edu/statewide/hal for more information.