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Friday, 23 March 2018 18:09

Former Auto Body Repairer to Take On Educator-Horticulture Role in NE

Written by Tammy Real-McKeighan, Fremont Tribune
Kathleen Cue, the new extension educator-horticulture in Dodge County, NE, stands in a lab in the Fremont office. Kathleen Cue, the new extension educator-horticulture in Dodge County, NE, stands in a lab in the Fremont office. Tammy Real-McKeighan, Fremont Tribune

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She works to protect private water sources.

 

“For instance, if you have somebody who over-applies a pesticide of some kind and that washes off the plant and goes into the ground water and contaminates the well, then that’s something you’re drinking from and that’s a problem,” she said.

 

She stressed the importance of being aware of how much and when to apply a chemical.

 

Prevention is key---following the label on the chemical to avoid over-applying it.

 

“One thing that’s clear from pesticides, in general, is that the label’s the law and so you need to follow the label,” she said. “Occasionally, you run across somebody who---if the label says to use a tablespoon of something per gallon---thinks two tablespoons will be better, and that’s not the case. The dosage recommendations are based on trials that the manufacturer has conducted, and that’s why the label is the law.”

 

If someone does over-apply a chemical, she’ll troubleshoot with a person to see what can be done.

 

She also can talk about the benefits of having a garden, which can help growers save money and have access to food they didn’t have before.

 

Cue will work with the Master Gardener program. Master Gardeners are volunteers, educated by Nebraska Extension, and then give back their time in the form of community service.

 

She’ll work with the Nebraska Pollinator Habitat Certification Program.

 

Bees and butterflies are examples of pollinators, which are important.

 

“One-third of our food supply exists because an insect pollenated a plant,” she said. “If pollinators are threatened, and they are---the pollinator numbers are dropping---what can we do to ensure their success?”


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