Nominations Open for NACEB Awards

This year is coming to an end, which means it is time to nominate those individuals that have made a positive and meaningful impact within Nebraska Extension during 2019. We have witnessed many people from all walks of life, step up and shine during the trying times that Nebraska has experienced and continues to experience due to natural disasters.

I challenge each and every one of you to consider those that kept operations moving within the offices while staff was out helping those in need, the volunteers that showed up without being asked, the businesses that provided supplies (and/or) their services, or the advocates that are out sharing the role Nebraska Extension plays in helping cities, towns, farms and businesses recover and rebuild.

This is an opportunity to recognize those who have made an impact in your counties. Please consider submitting applications for the following NACEB awards.

The categories are as follows:
1. Outstanding Volunteer
2. Outstanding Young Adult (ages 17 to 25)
3. Outstanding Support Staff
4. Outstanding Business / Businessperson
5. Friend of Extension

Please visit our Awards page for nomination forms and to view past award winners.

If you have questions, please contact Amanda Mogensen, NACEB Awards Committee Chair at 402-499-8276 or via email at

NACEB Summer Meeting

You are invited to the summer NACEB meeting and Extension Board Member Development Experience. We will gather at the Legacy of the Plains Museum, 2930 Old Oregon Trail, Gering, NE at 5:00 p.m. MDT, You will enjoy interactive learning in this wonderful museum of prairie and Oregon Trail history while networking with fellow Extension Board members and Extension staff from across the State. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. MDT followed by a speaker from Kelley Bean Company, who will share the history of dry edible beans in Western Nebraska and their company’s involvement in the industry’s growth.

Saturday, June 29, we will convene at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I, Scottsbluff, NE at 8:15 a.m. MDT for registration, continental breakfast and welcome. We will board the field trailers at 9:15 a.m. MDT to experience tours of the test plots and hear narration from the specialists involved in the research and also tour the research labs and greenhouse inside` the Center. Wear comfortable clothes!

A working lunch is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. MDT when we will hear updates from NACEB Board members and Extension staff. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. MDT, we will participate in Extension Board Member Development utilizing Real Colors, facilitated by Jo Bek, Professor Emeritus NCTA. Tips on Public Advocacy will be given from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. MDT.

This is a very robust summer meeting enabling each of us to network, learn, grow and become better equipped Extension Board members. Take advantage of this opportunity. See you in Scottsbluff/Gering in June.

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2018 NACEB Awards

The 2018 NACEB awards are due November 30, 2018. Please consider submitting applications for these NACEB awards. This is an opportunity to recognize those who have made an impact in your counties through their efforts as part of your extension programming. We know there are many worthy candidates so please consider sending in your applications.

You can submit an application online here, or print an application (here) and submit via mail.

The categories are as follows:

NACEB Awards……

  1. Outstanding Volunteer
  2. Outstanding Young Adult (ages 17 to 25)
  3. Outstanding Support Staff
  4. Outstanding Business/Business Person

If you have questions, please contact me.

Thank you,

Vernon Waldren
NACEB Awards Committee Chair

June 2018 NACEB Newsletter

The June 2018 NACEB Newsletter is now available here.

Some topics of interest:

  • Message from NACEB Officers, Wes Daberkow and Cilinda Scheideler
  • Message from Dean Chuck Hibberd
  • Update on NextGEN NACEB Conversations
  • Information on NACEB Summer Meeting
  • Upcoming NACEB Dates
  • NACEB Dues Notice
  • Instructions for joining the NACEB Blog

NACEB Summer Experience – June 22-23 – Grand Island

Extension Board Members, NACEB Directors and Unit Leaders,

Please hold June 22-23 for the annual NACEB Summer Experience!  This year we will be in Grand Island with a fascinating program that you won’t want to miss!

Friday evening we will begin with supper at the historic Liederkranz Club.  Founded in 1870, it has the distinction of being the oldest club in Grand Island.  The Club was organized as a singing society to promote and preserve German singing, music, drama, art and literature heritage.  It was also the site where political conventions, carnivals and signing of peace treaties with Native Americans occurred during the early days of Grand Island!  You will enjoy the Liederkranz singers, lounge, bowling alley, a beautiful courtyard and an authentic German meal.  A representative from the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer will share the history of Grand Island including little known connections to Extension!  Learn more about the Liederkranz Club at:

Saturday we will be welcomed by Grand Island Mayor Jeremy Jensen at Raising Nebraska located at Fonner Park.  Jeff Yost, CEO and President of the Nebraska Community Foundation (and NextGEN NACEB Task Force Member), will keynote the morning program focusing on what true engagement and leadership looks like in Nebraska communities.  Before the morning elapses, Tammy Stuhr, 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator, will share an inspiring overview of the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships coming to Grand Island the very weekend of the NACEB Summer Experience!  Following lunch at Raising Nebraska enjoy a charter bus tour of Grand Island including stops at local areas of interest.

Friday – $15/person (incl. evening meal)
Saturday – $25/person (incl. cont. breakfast and lunch)
Registration (pay by check)
Registration (pay by credit card)

A block of rooms has been reserved at the 2 hotels below.

Comfort Inn
2903 Osborne Dr. W., Hastings, NE 68901
Cost:  $140 + tax per night

The Learning Center
2211 Q St., Aurora, NE 68818
Cost:  $80 + tax per night (Single)
$100 + tax per night (Double)

Feel free to check with other Grand Island hotels. Rooms may be limited due to other events in the area. Additional Options Include:

Ken’s Motel
1515 11th St., Aurora, NE 68818
Cost:  $45 + tax per night (Single)
$52 + tax per night (Double)

Saint Paul Inn
116 Howard Ave., St. Paul, NE 68873
Cost:  $56 + tax per night (Single queen)
$60 + tax per night (King)
$63 + tax per night (Double)

Mark June 22 and 23 on your calendars!

Dave Varner

NextGEN NACEB Conversations


Over the next two months current, prospective and past Extension Board members will have an opportunity to help reinvent and invigorate NACEB into an even stronger support group for Nebraska Extension!

Ten NextGEN NACEB Conversation gatherings will happen across Nebraska, two per Extension district, plus an opportunity to engage online for those who cannot make it in person.

4/19 – Grand Island – 7pm CST – Hall County Extension, College Park, 3180 West Hwy 34
5/9 – Lincoln – 7pm CST – Lancaster County Extension, 444 Cherrycreek Rd
CANCELLED – 5/15 – Nebraska City – 7pm CST – Kimmel Education and Research Center, 5985 G Road
5/17 – Geneva – 7pm CST – Fillmore Extension Office, 1340 G Street
5/21 – Norfolk – 7pm CST – Madison Extension Office, 601 E. Benjamin Ave
5/22 – North Platte – 7pm CST – West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 West State Farm Road
5/23 – Sidney – 7pm MST – Buffalo Point Steakhouse, 638 Cabela Drive
5/24 – Chadron – 7pm MST – Country Kitchen, 1250 West 10th Street
5/31 – Atkinson – 7pm CST – Atkinson Library, 210 W State St.
6/11 – Omaha – 7pm CST – Douglas County Extension Room C, 8015 W Center Rd

Online Meeting
6/14 – 7pm CST – NextGEN NACEB Zoom Meeting

Participation is easy!  Simply register for one of the NextGEN NACEB Conversations online or call 402-472-3967.  Share your name, contact information, county and location that you wish to attend.  Then plan for a fun and engaging conversation that will shape the future of NACEB!

Thanks in advance for inviting and encouraging your Extension board members to participate in this conversation.  Please share the flier below that includes additional details and registration information.

NextGEN NACEB Conversations

January 2018 NACEB Newsletter

The January 2018 NACEB Newsletter is now available here.

Some Topics of interest:

  • Message from NACEB Officers, Wes Daberkow and Cilinda Scheideler
  • Message from NACEB Advisor, Dave Varner
  • Message from Dean Chuck Hibberd
  • NACEB Annual Meeting Information/Registration
  • 2018 Important Dates
  • 2018 Dues Notice
  • Scholarship deadline
  • Instructions for joining the NACEB Blog

State of Extension Webinar Recording

I invite you to view our State of Nebraska Extension webinar from November 21, 2017.

Topics included:
1.    Budget
2.    Hiring
3.    Current projects
4.    Activity Insight
5.    Our commitment to growing our competency
6.    Strengthening Nebraska’s Ag Economy
7.    Trust Edge
8.    Leading Change – John Kotter
9.    Growing Nebraska

To view the webinar, please go to:

Please let me know if you have questions, comments or concerns.

–  Chuck Hibberd

NextGEN NACEB Task Force Asking for Your Help


As you may know, the NextGEN NACEB Task Force is focusing on future direction of the Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB) organization.  Note that NACEB membership consists of ALL Extension board members statewide.  NACEB directors include current and past Extension board members.

Task force members are requesting that you take a few moments to complete the following survey focused on a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis of the NACEB organization—A situational analysis of the organization.  We are interested in your thoughtful input regarding the following:

Strengths: factors that give an edge for the organization over its competitors or others.
Weaknesses: factors that can be harmful if used against the organization by its competitors or others.
Opportunities: favorable situations which can bring a competitive advantage.
Threats: unfavorable situations which can negatively affect the organization.

Perhaps a more straightforward way of framing this analysis is to consider the following two questions as you formulate your response.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the NACEB organization today as it serves Nebraska Extension and the people of Nebraska?

What are the opportunities and threats for the NACEB organization today and in the future as it serves Nebraska Extension and the people of Nebraska?

Strengths and weaknesses are internal to the organization and can be directly managed by it, while the opportunities and threats are external and the organization can only anticipate and react to them. The aim of SWOT is to identify the strengths and weaknesses that are relevant in meeting opportunities and threats.

Please take a few minutes to share your input by close of business on November 30.  Click on the link below to begin the survey.

Thank you!

NextGEN NACEB Task Force

NACEB Organization SWOT Survey