Extension educators hit the road to reach out with tips for farmers


Farmers from all across the state came to learn more about crops, financial stability and much more at the Adams County Fairgounds in Hastings.

A Nebraska Extension educator said it's important that farmers have a place they can come and perfect their craft.

For the past two weeks, Nebraska Extension educators have traveled to five different locations - from Lexington to North Platte - trying to make sure they reach as many farmers as possible.

Six different educators discussed nitrogen management, pesticides, irrigation and soybeans.

"We have farmers that have a lot of issues that they're trying to deal with and it's not just economic issues - they have a lot of production issues and we're trying to give them some updates on some of the latest information," said Ron Seymour, a Nebraska Extension educator. "And we're providing it in a way where farmers can ask questions and learn about things where all we have to sell is the knowledge and the education."

On Friday, 36 farmers came to Hastings, making it their biggest class of the roadshow.

Seymour said going on the road and hosting at flexible times allows them to reach more people.

"In this case where we're having our program in the afternoon, they can take of some of their business and take care of their animals or other issues that they have to do in the morning and then they can come spend the afternoon and learn some things that they can take home and use on their farms," Seymour said.

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