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UNL Extension in Saunders County
1071 County Road G
Ithaca, NE 68033
Phone: (402) 624-8030 or (800) 529-8030
Fax: (402) 624-8010
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Saunders County 4-H Programs


Coloring Contest for Clover Kids (ages 5 – 7 years old) (*pdf, 1 pg, 457 kb) 

Recognizing Local Youth for Nebraska 4-H Month

4-H has made so many great memories in my life already, from winning awards to learning skills including sewing, baking, crafting, family history and photography that I might not have learned without being part of this program.
One of my favorite memories from 4-H would be modeling at the State Fair Style Revue two years in a row in dresses that I sewed. I was part of the last 4-H Style Revue held at the Nebraska State Fair when it was in Lincoln, and the first State Fair held in Grand Island, and I will always remember that. Favorite memories are made with my family at the Saunders County Fair every year. From modeling to entering projects and interviewing with the judges, then waiting anxiously to see how well I did on my projects, to watching the Hay Hauling contest and being on the fairgrounds all day and the midway all night with my friends, 4-H is part of who I am. Fair Week is an important tradition to us because we all spend time together involved in the same activity, including my Mom and Grandmother.
My 4-H experiences and opportunities have brought me to today, when I am serving on the Youth Curriculum Committee of the Nebraska State 4-H program. Being in 4-H gave me the strengths and skills to apply for this honor and be selected to serve. I am proud to be redesigning 4-H projects and curriculum for future years and members who will be following in my same footsteps.  
My 4-H club, the Ashland Shamrocks, is made of special members and friends who are always involved in projects and activities with me. We work together on community service projects, learn skills from adults in our town and attend county 4-H workshops and events to experience new talents and friendships. We compete with each other at the fair and encourage each other to do our best.  Our club plants and cares for flowers at the Ashland Care Center every spring and summer, participates in Stir-Up Days and puts up Christmas lights in the Care Center's courtyard in December. We have learned that it is important to give back to our community this way.
4-H has given me so many memories that I will keep for a lifetime. It has also taught me more life skills than I could ever learn in any other way. 4-H brings my friends and family together and strengthens us in ways that we can see and other ways that we can't, and we are all becoming better people and citizens because of the experience.

4-H Author: Cassidy Wall

Land Owners & Managers Update - DVD Order Form (*pdf, 1 page, 276 kb)

A digital workshop on land management, relations, and flexible cash leasing. This program is available through DVD purchase! The cost of the DVD is $10 each and includes the presentation plus shipping & handling.


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.  More…

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 March, 2014Ash Bore

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.  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 April 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 April 2014

Check out the latest issue of UNL BeefWatch Newsletter. newsletter, designed to assist Beef producers and professionals. 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.

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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). 

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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.