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Buffalo County Extension Office
1400 E 34 Street
Kearney, NE 68847
Phone: (308)236-1235
Fax: (308)234-6319
Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm M-F
Closed on Federal Holidays 

Tractor Safety Training
Any youth 14 or 15 years of age who works on a farm or ranch other than his/her parents' is required to be certified through a tractor safety course.  Extension Educators or field specialists will teach the 2-day courses.  The training will be held May 22-23 at the Buffalo County Extension Building.  Cost for the course is $60, which includes all course materials, lunch both days and breaks.  Registration is requested a week prior to the class.

Yard and Garden

Each week, Ted Griess, Horticulturist for University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Buffalo County, writes articles that are published in the Life Section of the Kearney Hub on Saturday mornings.  These articles are archived by year:  Buffalo County Horticulture.  The most recent article is listed below:

Planting Potatoes, April 12, 2014 (PDF, 154 KB)

Broccoli Romanesco: Growing Something on the Wild Side, April 5, 2014 (PDF, 151 KB)

Planting Your Garden Using Seed Tapes, March 22, 2014 (PDF, 231 KB)

Dormant Seeding for Winter Desiccation, March 15, 2014 (PDF, 140 KB)

Water Conservation, March 8, 2014 (PDF, 224 KB)

Petunias: Not New, but Definitely Improved, March 1, 2014 (PDF, 345 KB)

Growing Plants from Seeds, February 22, 2014 (PDF, 111 KB)

Valentine's Day Flowers, February 15, 2014 (PDF, 359 KB)

Humidity and Indoor Plants, February 8, 2014 (PDF, 160 KB)

Wood-boring Insects, February 1, 2014 (PDF, 221 KB)

Nebraska Crop Production & Pest Management Information (CropWatch)

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a Website available that addresses many issues of crop management in Nebraska throughout the seasons called CropWatch.  On the main menu under Weather you will be able to get the current soil temperatures. Browse through this Website for economic factors, crop research and production, precipitation and other weather information and research.


Land Owners and Managers

A digital workshop on land management, relations, and flexible cash leasing three-hour program is available through DVD purchase.  The cost of the DVD is $10 each and includes the presentation plus shipping and handling, The objective of this program is to provide practical information and strategies to help Nebraska land owners, managers, and farm operators understand the most recent trends in agricultural land values, rental rates, family relations, contracts, and flexible cash lease provision use.The order form is available. (pdf 277 KB)

National Agricultural Statistics Service Summaries of Nebraska County and District Land Rent Summary

The most recently updated NASS summaries of Nebraska County land rents for irrigated, dryland, and pasture practices are available on the NASS USDA Webpage. Cash Rent Summaries

Cash Rent Summaries

Please understand that this data represents an arithmetic mean only of the responses collected from land owners in the state. This data does not demonstrate the maximum or minimum values received; land owners and tenants should still consider their local land supply and demand, field characteristics/performance, and expectations/goals for their land investment when setting rents. These maps are informational and educational only.

Cornhusker Economics
Meeting Producer Needs for Risk Management Education

Volatile markets and challenging weather patterns are obvious risks agricultural producers have had to face in 2012. But they are just two of the many risks that producers must manage to successfully operate and grow their farms or ranches. Producers face numerous risks in several different areas, including production, price, financial, legal and human resource risk. Identifying issues and needs in each of these areas can help inform educators and tailor risk management education to producer needs. The North Central Risk Management Education Center at the University of Nebraska is one of five centers across the country competitively funded by the United States Department of Agriculture to carry out a comprehensive program of risk management education targeted to agricultural producers.  Cornhusker Economics is published by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resourses Department of Agriculture Economics.  

Cornhusker Economics, Farmland Values and Cash Rental Rates - March 20, 2013

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Market Journal

The Market Journal is produced each week by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with support from the Nebraska Soybean Board.  Extension specialist offer information regarding grain and livestock markets, grazing, and weather updates.

Horticulture Update from UNL

The Horticulture Update newsletter is designed to assist horticulture professionals with seasonal environmental topics. Brought to you by University of Nebraska- Lincoln Extension staff, including Mary Anna Anderson, Fred Baxendale, Natalia Bjorklund, Sarah Browning, Kathleen Cue, John Fech, Kelly Feehan, Mary Jane Frogge, Vaughn Hammond, Laurie Hodges, Terri James, Elizabeth Killinger, David Lott, Zac Reicher, Jim Schild, Nicole Stoner, Amy Timmerman and Kim Todd.  You can visit the UNL Website to view the archived issues

Acreage Insights Newsletter

The Acreage Insights e-News from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln Extension Acreage team, is a monthly electronic newsletter providing acreage owners with timely information to better manage their rural living environment. Archived Issues are available.

UNL BeefWatch

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln now has available for download a beef focused e-newsletter entitled UNL BeefWatch which will be published monthly. This is a way to receive current up-to-date beef information.



Extension Highlights



UNL Extension: 2013 Statewide Impact Report

An Important resource for all Nebraskans: Why Extension? Nebraskans trust, value and use the unbiased, research-based knowledge of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to solve important problems and create real-life opportunities. UNL Extension is uniquely positioned, as a part of the land-grant university system, to create robust learning resources delivered across our statewide network of Extension professionals that improve Nebraskan's lives and livelihoods helping all of Nebraska grow and prosper.  Moreā€¦

Dr. Wayne Moore named Associate Director/Associate Dean - UNL Extension

It is our pleasure and honor to announce that Dr. Wayne Moore has accepted our offer to join UNL Extension as
our Associate Director/Associate Dean.

Dr. Moore has extensive experience as an Extension Specialist, Regional Director for the University of Missouri Extension, Vice President and Director of Internal Communications for the American State Bank in Lubbock, Texas and, most recently, as District Director for Purdue Extension. Dr. Moore holds a Ph.D. in Consumer Economics from Texas Tech University, M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Millersville State University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Biblical Counseling from Lancaster Bible College.

Dr. Moore will begin his duties as Associate Director/Associate Dean on February 1, 2014. Please welcome Dr. Moore to UNL Extension!!!

UNL Extension's Hort Update for February, 2014


An email newsletter designed to assist horticulture professionals and Extension staff with seasonal environmental topics for lawns, trees and shrubs, landscape ornamentals, fruits and vegetables, and miscellaneous items. Some topics featured this issue include: recent snowmelt moisture, black knot removal, great plants for great plains and more.  Share with your colleagues and friends Hort Update,  Visit our web site for archived issues .

 CropWatch Newslettercropwatchlogo

UNL Extension cropping system experts discuss the latest updates on cropping issues in Nebraska such as appearance of Pythium in corn and soybeans, wheat disease updates, and a new UNL climate app. During the growing season, each weeks CropWatch newsletter is posted on Fridays at

Acreage Insights e-NewsAcreageInsights

The March Acreage Insights e-News, published by UNL Extension Acreage team, is a monthly electronic newsletter providing acreage owners with timely information to better manage their rural living environment. Click here to subscribe to this newsletter or check out the team's Acreage Insight web resources (

 UNL Extension's BeefWatch for March 2014Manure Demo

Check out the January issue of UNL BeefWatch Newsletter. newsletter, designed to assist Beef producers and professionals. In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on: Meat labeling, Impact of cold weather on calf weights, Nebraska Manure Demonstration Day, Balancing the Ranch for Protein & Energy with Forages and more. You may subscribe to receive this newsletter in your email and view the latest summaries on beef industry issues at 

 Programs for Communities (Free)Community1

As a leader in your community, often you are asked to present a program to club meetings, civic groups or professional organizations. Finding information for such a program and then organizing it can be challenging and time consuming. Look no further!

Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are providing you research-based, educational program resources free-of-charge. Information in each program is based on research from educational institutions around the world. The programs listed reflect the variety of topics which our clientele cite as issues within their communities. Congratulations on leading your organization to a greater understanding of these priorities!  For lessons....


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Extension Webcasts

Market Journal logoMarket Journal
Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.

BYF logo Backyard Farmer
View entire episodes or search for answers to your plant, yard, and insect problems. Watch Backyard Farmer live on NET1 April to mid September (Thursday, 7:00 pm CT). 

Ag Almanac logo Ag Almanac
Audio and video interviews with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension specialists and educators on topics ranging from crop and livestock production to health and nutrition to lawn and garden care, and more.