I find it hard to believe I’ve written this article for over 35 years. And now I would like to know if and how you have used this information.

It is important to Nebraska Extension to evaluate how the education and outreach we do is helping Nebraskans. We typically have people complete evaluations at the end of classes or workshops. I would like to assess if this article has been helpful to you.

You can take part by completing a short, online survey found at https://go.unl.edu/hortimpact. Or even better, call 402-563-4901 or email kfeehan2@unl.edu and I will send you the link to the survey.

This survey will also allow you to provide feedback if you’ve attended workshops or classes, brought samples into the office for diagnosis, or used Extension in some other way for lawn, garden or landscape information.

The survey is only 10 questions long and will only take about five to 10 minutes to complete. Your feedback is valuable and will help us assess impacts from our outreach.

On another topic, you may have heard the Extension office is moving. We will be moving into the new location at 2715 13th St. on Monday. While we will be in the office that week, we will essentially be closed from Dec. 11-15 for the move.

We are planning an open house on Feb. 13 from 3-6 p.m. Please join us for this opportunity to see our new offices.

And here’s a little more about Extension. We are the educational outreach arm of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Our role is to be an objective source of science-based information to help homeowners, businesses and communities.

Extension is believed to be the largest adult and youth out-of-school, nonformal educational organization in the world. It is a public-funded educational system linking land grant universities, county governments and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Many Nebraskans are aware of the education Extension provides to agriculture, but Extension also provides expertise and know-how to sectors as diverse as nutrition, health care and technology.

Our areas of educational programming include community environment; food, nutrition and health; crops and water; the learning child; community vitality; beef systems; and 4-H/youth development.

To help meet needs and challenges, Nebraska Extension uses teams to engage with the public to help address stakeholder-identified issues Nebraskans face. For example, I focus on water quality and pollinator conservation.

Since its beginning, Extension has delivered science-based information to people through direct teaching, experiential learning and publications. Today, Extension also uses new technology such as Extension TV, web-based curriculums, blogs, social media and more to reach an expanding audience.

You can check out my Twitter account at @KellyFeehan2. Coming soon will be my blog account. Watch this article for more information about that. And I look forward to reading the impact surveys and seeing you in our new office.

Kelly Feehan is a UNL Extension educator-horticulture. She can be reached at 402-563-4901 or by email at kfeehan2@unl.edu.

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