Posts Tagged Nebraska

Nebraskan’s and The Big Ten

I haven’t always been a fan of the move for Nebraska to the Big Ten. Nebraskans don’t know or understand our traditions. I know they will respect them…but now that they are officially a conference member, the talking heads of radio are spouting off about the Big Ten like they have always been members of our conference.

I know that these people are not your average day fans that are learning and respecting the Big Ten schools and traditions. It is still annoying!

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Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska!

I hope you enjoy your time in our conference and that your fans remember that they are the new kids on the block, so not to get too full of themselves.

I hope you learn that our traditions are just as important to our conference as Texas was to the Big 12. And don’t mind Wisconsin…they are just obnoxious, to everyone!

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Summer

It is finally starting to feel like summer…don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed the cooler weather and the nice spring like days (when it wasn’t raining), but it is almost JULY!

When did that happen?

We are finally getting a break from the rain and hopefully it does let those who are flooded out dry out and get back on their feet a little. I am sure that the weather so far this summer will turn around just in time for fair- that week seems to be hotter than any other, no matter what!

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Check out Inside The Shoe!

Recently I started writing for a blog called Inside The Shoe…check it out here…

insidetheshoe.com

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It’s a Scary World Out There

Everyone connected in the world of Cooperative Extension knows the budget issues we are facing. We know that the government wants to take away a bigger portion of our funding (Smith-Lever) than anyone else’s, but not many of us know that agriculture and the work we do with farmers and youth programming, is keeping some State’s above water right now.

This morning, South Dakota State University College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences  announced they would be restructuring their Cooperative Extension System into regionally located centers. They will remove their University and Extension presence from each county in the State and move some Extension Educators to these new ‘centers’, creating a new job title of Extension Field Specialist.

On October 21 of this year, all jobs in South Dakota Extension will cease to exist as Extension Educators.  The new job title will mean a REQUIRED Master’s degree (at the minimum) and will shift responsibility of these positions to the academic departments for administration.

4-H advisors will be created so that 4-H programming, and State Fair activities will continue.  The Director of Extension position will be a joint position held by the Dean of the college, a associate director will be appointed from existing staff members.  Three district director positions will be eliminated.

The full article can be found here :http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/18232/

What worries me the most is how close this is to Nebraska and if it works out well….will we be far behind?

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When it rains…it snows

Well it seems that winter is holding on a little while longer here in Nebraska…if only Mother Nature would make up her mind.

I’ve always wondered why people refer to the weather as ‘she’ but maybe it is because it usually doesn’t make up it’s mind very easily…

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Living in Hostile (and New) Big Ten Country, Part 2

Nebraska fans are nice people. Some of the nicest you will find around the college football landscape. They say they clap for the other team after the game, they talk with other fans tailgating (not taunting or harassing…just talking), they say they don’t hate anyone (except Colorado…a little bit)…

I don’t know if they know just what will be waiting on them in Madison, WI when they go on the road to play their first league game as a member of the Big Ten Conference. I’ve never been to a game in Madison, but it doesn’t seem like too welcoming of a place on tv. Especially if you get down 21-0…but then again, there are not many places that are friendly to you then!

Not only Madison, but as they make their stops over the course of the first two years of their Big Ten schedule, it could be an eye-opening experience. But we need a nice team in the Big Ten, we already have the smart kids of Northwestern holding down that role.

I’m not saying fans in the Big Ten are viscous but it will be a new experience for everyone in Nebraska, because in the Big Ten, we do hate teams and other schools, some of them, A LOT!

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