Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy County is a partnership between the Douglas County government, the Sarpy County government, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Nebraska Extension is a respected educational leader offering science-based educational programming and outreach to improve the lives and lifestyles of local youth and families, as well as providing vital scientific resources to aid in the development and management of area organizations, businesses, and civic institutions.
Programming focuses on
• Horticulture, Landscape, and Environmental Systems
• 4-H Youth Development
• Food, Nutrition, and Health
• Early Childhood Education Professional Programs
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Nebraska For more than 85 years, NRCS has helped people invest in their farm operations and local communities. NRCS helps keep working lands working, boosts rural economies, increases the competitiveness of American agriculture, and improves air, water, and soil quality and habitat health. Through one-on-one, personalized advice, NRCS Nebraska works voluntarily with producers and communities to find the best solutions to meet their unique conservation and business goals. By doing so, NRCS Nebraska helps ensure our natural resources' health and American agriculture's long-term sustainability.
Nebraska Department of Agriculture The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) encourages and promotes the interests of agriculture through advocacy and education. In addition,
NDA regulates the agriculture industry to ensure the health and safety of all Nebraskans. NDA focuses its efforts on these three areas:
• Ag Promotion and Development
• Animal and Plant Health Protection
• Food Safety and Consumer Protection
Common Soil Seed Library is a place for sharing open-pollinated seeds and gaining awareness and information about gardening and seed saving. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or want to learn how green your thumb is, Omaha Public Library has resources to help grow your garden.
Omaha Lead Registry is a repository of property-specific lead-hazard control activities in Omaha. Activities include soil testing and clean-up, exterior paint testing and stabilization, and dust response information for lead conducted by the City of Omaha, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and property owners.
City Sprouts is a nonprofit dedicated to using urban agriculture as a platform to develop equitable food systems, provide educational opportunities, and build community. Established in 1995, City Sprouts continues to grow as a community leader by empowering neighbors to build local food systems, improve community health, and strengthen economic viability and sustainability. Programs are offered to create a comfortable setting where people of diverse backgrounds, ages, and experience levels can grow together. Programs include Growing Gardeners Workshops, Soil Health Series, and the upcoming Conservation Science Workshop Series.
The Omaha Lead Superfund Site (OLS), generally east of 56th Street, became a Superfund site in 1999 after the City contacted EPA about the number of lead-poisoned children. The OLS is approximately 27 square miles and includes soil contaminated from historic lead smelting and refining operations. American Smelting and Refining Company, Inc. (ASARCO) operated a lead refinery at 500 Douglas Street for over 125 years. Aaron Ferer & Sons Company (Aaron Ferer) and, later, the Gould Electronics, Inc. (Gould) lead battery recycling plant were located at 555 Farnam Street. The ASARCO and Aaron Ferer/Gould facilities released lead-containing particulates into the atmosphere from their smokestacks deposited on surrounding properties.
Contact the Douglas County Health Department for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
RegeNErate Nebraska is a network of farmers, ranchers, tribes, urban farmers, businesses, organizations, food consumers, and communities committed to an ethical and regenerative food system. RegeNErate Nebraska's mission is to redevelop and strengthen our communities from the soil up.