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Community Vitality Initiative

Fostering the Future of Nebraska through:


  •     Community-centered capacity building
  •     Educational Opportunities that are relevant and research-based
  •     Collaborative networks to address opportunities and challenges of rural people and places
  •     Collective impact – together we make a difference


You are invited to join the Community Vitality Initiative (CVI)
All-Inclusive calls -First Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. CT/8:30 a.m. MT
​1-888-820-1398 – Attendee Code – 6058218#
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~~Youth and Child Development~~

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Fun & Educational Kimmel Field Trips

Now scheduling for Pre K through 8th grade

By: Deb Weitzenkamp, PhD, Extension Educator in Child and Youth Development

Take your class on an exciting and educational field trip to Kimmel in Nebraska City. For only $5 per youth, your class or youth group will get to experience hands-on learning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Kimmel Education and Research Center, as well as the Kimmel Orchard. Each field trip will include your selected educational experience led by Dr. Deb Weitzenkamp, a guided tour of the Apple Barn, and a hayrack ride through the orchard (weather permitting).

photo of kids during robotics What is First® Lego® League?

It is MUCH more than playing with legos! The First® Lego® League team members develop teamwork by planning, brainstorming and collaborating. The youth meet after school weekly and their research, presentation and technical skills are put to test at First® Lego® League competitions. Dr. Deb Weitzenkamp, along with volunteer adult coaches, parents and school staff, guide students to prepare for competition.

First® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. In 1998 he joined with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen of LEGO® to create the program, First® Lego® League, for 9 to 14 year olds around the world. Regional competitions will provide an opportunity for area teams to advance to the state competition in February.

For information about youth development programs, contact Dr. Deborah Weitzenkamp at the UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center - 402-873-3166

~~Leadership and Innovation~~

Have Fun with Wine & Chocolate!

By: Connie Reimers-Hild, PhD, CPC, Extension Educator in Leadership and Innovation

Need to Add a Little Spark to Life?

Creative souls need to replenish their Inner Leaders from time to time, and that is exactly what "Fun with Wine & Chocolate" aims to do! Say "goodbye" to the traditional keynote and "hello" to fun with wine and chocolate! This might be the perfect icebreaker for your next conference or group meeting! The objectives of "Fun with Wine and Chocolate" include:

  • Sparking your imagination
  • Igniting your creative juices
  • Generating new ideas & positive momentum
  • Creating true intentions and actions
  • Rejuvenating your soul
  • Having fun!

For information about leadership development programs, contact Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild at the UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center - 402-873-3166

Nebraska Water Leaders Academy

Are you a mid-career professional involved in water resources management, production agriculture, the law, business, fisheries and wildlife, or recreation and environmental sciences?

The Nebraska Water Leaders Academy is a one year program that identifies community leaders and educates them about water issues and proven leadership skills. The Academy prepares participants to take active, cooperative approaches to decision making about water resource issues in both rural and urban areas. Leading academic scholars and top policy makers serve as program facilitators and mentors.  

Currently, the leadership component of the NE Water Leaders Academy is being facilitated by Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild, UNL Extension Educator at Kimmel Education and Research Center.

photo of leavesLeadership Development & Coaching

By: Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D.

Grow yourself, your business, or your organization thorugh customized, hands-on programs designed to be engaging, fun and valuable!

  • Self-Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship
  • Useful Vision and Mission Campaigns
  • Creativity & Innovation in Individuals and Teams
  • Valuable Trend and Opportunity Recognition
  • Future-Focused Leadership Strategies

Dr. Connie does coaching, speaking, teaching and consulting. She can help you grow your career, business, or new venture through research-based leadership and innovation programs and services. Dr. Connie can customize a program to fit your needs as an individual or business! Her newly published book, "Go Wild with Confidence" is now available. Click here for a link!

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." -- John Quincy Adams, Sixth President of the United States  

Click here for complete brochure   

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 Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard...store display of stacked jellies

The Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard Historic Apple Barn located right next door is CLOSED for the winter months. We'll let you know as soon as the Apple Barn is re-stocked and ready for the Spring Season!

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The UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center represents a unique public-private partnership between the Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard Educational Foundation, Inc. and the University of Nebraska. It is located at 5985 G Road, Nebraska City, Nebraska, next to the historic Apple Barn at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard, northwest of Nebraska City.

Extension Highlights

Disaster Recovery Resources

We have complied a collection of resources to help those that have been affected by recent storms. More...

Marketing 2014 Calves

With current price levels, cow/calf producers could see good profits when selling 2014 calves. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, outlines a few options to consider when thinking about marketing this year's calf crop. UNL's Beef website features more information on Livestock Risk Protection Insurance and determining costs of production.

Storing Distillers Grains

Distillers grains have become much cheaper, compared with earlier in the year. Aaron Stalker, UNL Extension beef range systems specialist, explains why using distillers grains could benefit producers – if they can properly store the product. More resources on storing distillers grains can be found here.

UNL Extension's BeefWatch

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 http://Beef.UNL.edu 

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 http://cropwatch.unl.edu/

Acreage Insights e-News


The 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 (http://acreage.unl.edu/).

UNL Extension's Hort Update

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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 .

Educational Program Resources 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.