Southern Plains 4H Newsletter

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - September 1, 2020

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Fair Season 2020 Recap & Gratitude

We did it! Both Nuckolls and Thayer Counties have completed successful COVID-19 modified county fairs. Thank you to all of our volunteers, exhibitors, families, donors, and office staff who brought the positive attitudes and the grit necessary to provide our youth a chance to compete at county fair. I celebrated my first year anniversary as your 4-H educator on August 1, and I'm grateful for the support you've given me during an unconventional first year.

---- Kylie

Nebraska State Fair 2020

State Fair App

The 2020 Nebraska Extension 4-H at the State Fair App is available for download. Check out the “Go Mobile” section at for direct links to the iPad/iPhone and Android apps.

This year’s app contains many helpful features for 4-H families, staff, and the general fair-goer. An interactive schedule, results, and social media components continue to help prepare and educate our audiences about Nebraska 4-H at the State Fair.

Nebraska State Fair 2020 Livestock & Static Special Recognition Results

Nebraska State Fair Horse Exposition Results

Exhibitors submitted video submissions for the 2020 state horse show.

Junior Art

Braelynn Renz - Purple and Champion

Junior Photography

Braelynn Renz - Blue and 4th place

Video Senior Horse Showmanship

KayLee Jo Reinke - Blue

Video Junior Horse Showmanship

Braelynn Renz - Blue

Video Horse Trail

KayLee Jo Reinke - Purple and 6th place

Video Senior Western Pleasure

TaraLee Hudson - Blue

KayLee Jo Reinke - Blue

Video Junior Western Pleasure

Braelynn Renz - Purple

JessaLynn Hudson - Red

Video Senior Horsemanship

TaraLee Hudson - Blue

KayLee Jo Reinke - Blue

Video Junior Horsemanship

Braelynn Renz - Blue

Video Junior Reining

Braelynn Renz - Red

Video 6-10 year old Mares Halter Class

KayLee Jo Reinke - Purple and Reserve Champion

Nebraska State Fair Item Pick Up

Nuckolls/Thayer is slated to pick up all static 4-H projects from Grand Island on Tues. Sept. 8. Your static projects will be available to pick up in your respective extension office on Wed. Sept. 9.

County Fair 2020 Thank You Note Reminder

Nuckolls County - all thank yous complete!

Thayer County - Alanna Fangmeier, Byron Country Critters - your trophies are waiting for your completed thank you notes at the office.

4-H Council Openings 2021

Would you like to better serve your county 4-H program? Are you curious to learn about what goes on behind the scenes to make club, school enrichment, and fair programming happen? Run for 4-H Council! We have the following openings for each county:

Thayer County:

3 adults

5 youth (youth will also be considered Thayer Co. 4-H ambassadors)

Nuckolls County:

2 adults

Please email if you are interested in running for Council!

Achievement Applications

4-H members ages 15-18 as of December 31 of the current year are eligible to participate in the state-level Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application. The application is a standard application form used for the selection of state award winners, including Nebraska delegates to National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference, as well as Nebraska 4-H Foundation scholarship award recipients.

Thayer County is using the achievement application for its county-level awards and state-level awards. As a reminder, the county-level achievement application deadline is Oct. 1, 2020. NOTE: The Career Portfolio is RETIRED. If you turn it in, it will not be judged.

Templates for each age division live here:

THAYER COUNTY ONLY - Livestock Record Books

Livestock Record books are due in hard copy to the Thayer County Extension office by 4 pm on Thurs. Oct 1, 2020. Late entries will NOT be accepted.

2020 Livestock Record Book:

2020 Livestock Rubric:

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PASE Livestock Judging Contest Sun. Sept. 20

UNL will be hosting the 2020 State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest IN-PERSON at the UNL Animal Science Complex Arena on Sunday, September 20th!!!

Check-in will begin at 7:00am that morning with the contest kicking off at 8:00am. As of now, the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest is still moving forward as planned so this contest is vital for us to qualify a team for the national level.

There will be multiple changes to this year's contest:

This will be a Senior Division Only contest. Each county will be limited to 5 contestants and only one coach and one other chaperone if needed. Everyone attending the contest will wear a mask and hand sanitizer stations will be present throughout the facility. Livestock classes will be arranged in a more spread-out fashion and UNL may implement a 2-round system for the placings portion of the contest. Youth will maintain at least 10-foot distancing from reasons takers during that portion of the competition.

State 4-H will not arrange a live awards ceremony on site. Awards will either be anno​unced on facebook live or simply sent out by email. Awards will be mailed as well. State 4-H will not be providing any pencils, clipboards, paper, etc.. to the youth. Each team shall bring their own materials. State 4-H will only handout placing cards and contestant numbers in the team packets. UNL will not be providing lunch this year but plan to have the contest finished by 1-2pm.

If you would like to compete, please email Kylie ( by Tues. Sept. 8 so she can register our team and figure out driving arrangements.

Free: Communicating with Farmers Under Stress Program Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Stress seems to be prevalent in the agriculture sector, with even more concerns arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many farmers and ranchers are facing financial problems and market uncertainties, along with challenges such as production risks, farm transfer issues, and more. When temporary stress turns into chronic stress, it can impact physical health and mental wellness.

Nebraska Extension, in partnership with Michigan State University Extension, presents a free online webinar, “Communicating with Farmers Under Stress”, Wednesday, September 2, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, CDT. This workshop is beneficial for individuals who work with farmers and ranchers on a regular basis, such as bank lenders, ag suppliers, healthcare professionals, and anyone involved with the lives of farmers and ranchers.

Workshop Objectives include:

* Build awareness around potentially stressful conditions affecting some farmers and ranchers.

* Learn stress triggers, identify signs of stress, and review helpful techniques for responding.

* Learn techniques for identifying, approaching, and working with farmers who may not cope with stress effectively.

* Learn where to find additional help.

In addition to being helpful for working with farmers and ranchers, the workshop educates participants about managing stress in their own lives and teaches how stressors can affect physical health and relationships with family or coworkers.

Register for the free online workshop at:

For more information, contact Nebraska Extension Educators Glennis McClure, or Susan Harris,


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Range Judging Clinic and Mock Contest - Sept. 23

Even though the official contest was cancelled due to COVID-19 restraints, Southern Plains Extension and the Little Blue NRD are partnering to give Nuckolls-Thayer students the chance to practice their range judging skills in a clinic and mock contest. We are working with county FFA advisors to solidify details.

4-H Calendar At a Glance


Sept. 10 - Beef in the Schools @ Lawrence

Sept. 20 - PASE Livestock Judging @ Lincoln

Sept. 23 - Nuckolls-Thayer Range Judging Clinic and Mock Contest @ Location TBA

Sept. 24-27 - Aksarben Stock Show @ Grand Island


Oct. 1 - Thayer County Record Book Deadline

Oct. 18 - S'mores and Awards Thayer County Achievement Night @ Deshler

The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.