Harvest season is here

September 25, 2018

4-H members have talent. It’s time for members to record accomplishments for the year. Oct. 1 is the date to submit the Career Portfolio, award application, and Diamond Clover application. Finish strong! Parents and 4-H volunteers, thanks for your help to get the job done! Clubs are aiming for 100 percent completion to meet club goals. Website: gage.unl.edu.

Family Day, Sept. 24

Celebrate the simple things parents do with kids that make a difference. Everyday activities like family dinners together, helping kids with homework or projects, attending school functions, working together at home and in the community, etc. have a lasting effect on kids. These times together help you connect, share and really listen. Celebrate parental engagement as maybe the greatest tool to help keep our kids substance free. Research shows that children with hands-on parents are far less likely to smoke, drink or use other drugs. Parental engagement matters! Spend time with your kids. Talk to them. Answer their questions and listen to what they say. These activities create strong, healthy family relationships. Celebrate the positive influence parents have on their kids.

UNL CASNR Visitation Day

Experience the Power of Red Visit Day, Oct. 6, for students grades eight-12. Learn how the College prepares students for careers, meet faculty, staff and students. Register online by Sept. 28: http://casnr.unl.edu/visitday

TSC Paper Clover Campaign

You have many ways to support Gage County 4-H, including the in-store fall fundraiser at our local tractor Supply Store. Stop by the store, pick up supplies, and donate $1 or more through the Paper Clover Campaign, Oct. 3-14. Gage County 4-H is a recipient of your donations. Thank you in advance!

National 4-H Week, Oct. 7-13

“Inspire Kids to Do” is the goal of Gage County 4-H. Kids are inspired through project work, learning life skills, practicing good character, making a difference in our community. We celebrate 4-H members, families, volunteers, business partners and 4-H supporters for working with us to grow great kids, families and communities. Thank you for your commitment and resources. Know a great 4-H member, parent, volunteer or club, give them a pat on the back, high five, as youth learn life skills, strong work ethic and good character, give leadership and make a difference in our community.

Tis the season

Did you know? Today a farmer feeds an average of 155 people, up from 26 people in 1960. They are hard working and love what they do!

Harvest time is here, a time when farmers, kids, families, and others work all day and often into the night. It’s one of the busiest times of the year. During harvest, farmers give up meals at their table so you can have meals at yours.

We remind farmers to stay alert, take occasional breaks, shut down machines before doing repairs, know where your co-workers are, never stand on grain that is being moved, keep shields in place, and have working lights and slow moving vehicle signs. Getting done a day or two earlier isn’t worth an accident.

Others on the roadways are reminded to be courteous to slow moving vehicles, slow down, don’t pull out in front of farm vehicles, give them some space.

Many farmers feel the same as George Washington, who said, “I’d rather be on my farm than emperor of the world.” To those who work in acres, not in hours, we thank you!

Don’t want to forget those wonderful farm women, the glue that holds it all together. Among the most important on the crew are those who make the sandwiches, run to town for parts, do the laundry, and so many other things, often while working their own off-farm job.

Eat well today? Thank a farmer, show them your respect and appreciation!

Quote of note: At least once in your life you’ll need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman and a preacher, but three times a day (and probably more), every day, you need a farmer.

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