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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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

CASNR Ice Cream Social September 3 at State Fair


Heading out to the State Fair in Grand Island on Sunday, Sep. 3? Join us for UNL REDOUT Day, wear your red, and come over to the hospitality loft of the Five Points Bank Arena from 1-3 p.m., for a CASNR Ice Cream Social and stay for a pep rally at 4 p.m., at the Family Fun Zone Stage.

The event is hosted by the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR), College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR), and the CASNR Alumni Association.

University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) Open House

ENREC Open House

The first annual open house at the University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) near Mead – formerly the Agricultural Research and Development Center – is planned for June 29.  The event is co-hosted by Nebraska State Senator Bruce Bostelman and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come see how ENREC is making a difference.  The event is for both rural and urban audiences – see firsthand what we are doing at ENREC and why it matters.  Learn about the latest research, technology, and education involved in bringing safe, nutritious food to the table while protecting the environment.

Here are a few quick details about the event:

  • The ENREC Open House runs from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • If you can’t make it for the full program, please plan on attending part of it
  • The event is co-hosted by District 23 Nebraska Senator Bruce Bostelman
  • Commodity groups will have exhibits and there is a meet and greet time from 10 – 10:50
  • Mike Boehm, Harlan Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, will present “Driving Nebraska’s Economic Vitality”  at 11:00
  • Nebraska Extension Agricultural Climatologist Al Dutcher will present “The Ag Climate – Temperatures, Trends, & Outlooks” at 11:20
  • Complimentary lunch and Dairy Store ice cream served (Please RSVP by June 23)
  • A virtual tour of the swine research and facilities will be shown following lunch
  • Afternoon tours start at 1:00 and transportation will be provided
  • Tour stops include live demonstration of drones, hail machine, the latest technology to study individual plants (phenotyping) in the field. Guests will also learn about Carbon Farming (e.g. carbon sequestration), the latest in beef cow research and teaching and the crop management demonstration / education plots

Help us plan for lunch & tour transportation – RSVP no later than Friday, June 23 at 5 p.m.  Registration, flyer and detailed information are at:


NACEB Launches Blogsite

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Greetings and welcome to the Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards’ (NACEB) new blog site! This venue offers yet another means for robust communication and idea sharing among Extension Board members, NACEB Directors and Extension Unit Leaders.  Subscribe today and contribute to the conversation!