Dodge County 4-H Blast

May 13, 2016

2016 Fairbooks Are In!

Fairbooks to be picked up at the

Dodge County Extension Office!

Please stop by at your convenience

and get your very own copy!

Read the Fairbook here!

May/June Newsletter

May/June Newsletter will only be sent out electronically more details below.

Communication Request

The Dodge County Newsletters will only be sent out electronically. If you would like to be put on the hard copy newsletter list, you must call the Office or Click Here. Thank you to everyone being patient with us in this change!

~~Dodge County 4-H News~~

The deadline for enrollment is rapidly approaching. June 15 is the deadline to enroll in 4-H to be eligible to participate in the 2016 Dodge County Fair. If you have not submitted your enrollment yet, please do immediately. If you need assistance, please contact Amber at 402-727-2775. All Volunteers need to go in and complete their online enrollment this year as well. Click Here and you will be directed to the enrollment details. We don’t want anyone to miss out on the County Fair Experience.

Horse Level Testing Deadlines

Level testing & ID forms and entries are due Today May 13th into the office for State and District shows. Level testing & ID forms must be completed by June 1 for youth only competing at the County level.

Our area District Horse Show will be held in Leigh on June 16, but youth are able to attend other district shows.

Livestock Quality Assurance Information - DUE June 15

Livestock Quality Assurance: All 4-H members exhibiting Beef, Sheep, Swine, Dairy, Dairy Goats, Meat Goats, Rabbits and Poultry will need to complete their Livestock Quality Assurance for 2016. This is an online course that you need to complete three modules within your age division. For step-by-step directions on how to complete your registration for this course Click Here and go to Quality Assurance Moodle Course Guide. If you have been in the course previous years, please use your same email and password to re-enroll. This will allow you to see which modules you have completed in previous years.

Market Broilers

Just a reminder that 4-H members wanting to participate in the Market Broiler project this year at the Dodge County Fair: You will be responsible for locating and purchasing your own birds this year. We will not be making a county order. Please plan your purchase date between June 8 and June 22 so birds are between 6 and 8 weeks old on August 3, 2016.

~~Nebraska 4-H News~~

2016 Nebraska Pork Youth Conference

“Makin Bacon… and a WHOLE Lot More!” sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, Nebraska Extension, and the UNL Department of Animal Science. A pilot project was held in the fall of 2015 and Saunders County had one individual who attended. I strongly encourage anyone interested in learning more about fabricating pork carcasses, culinary activities, etc. that you consider applying for this amazing experience. This youth conference is open to high-school aged youth. Applications will be available August 15th (or before). Youth are only responsible for their transportation to Lincoln. All lodging, meals and conference materials are covered through sponsorships.

Startup Sprint

The Youth Entrepreneurship Issue Team is piloting a new program for high school Juniors and Seniors called Startup Sprint. It is modeled after of the 3 Day Startup concept and is an intensive experience for motivated, entrepreneurially-minded students. It will be held on May 26th through May 28th at McCook Community College (they stay in the dorms) and costs just $20. Click for more information.

2016 Online Horticulture Judging Contest - Open to 4-H Youth & Adults!

The 2016 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging contest is just around the corner. This year the contest will be available from June 10th at 8:00 a.m. until June 20th at 8:00 a.m. It is composed of three parts; general knowledge questions, plant part and seed identification, as well as a judging portion. More information about this event!

Livestock & Small Animal Clinics, Workshops, and Programs

  • District Horse Show
    • June 16th - Leigh
  • P.A.S.E & Life Challenge June 19-21 - Registration Due June 1
  • The 2016 Nebraska State Horse Show will be held on July 10-14 at Fonner Park in Grand Island, NE.

Complete list of all upcoming events.

Nebraska Mystery Foods Event

Raising Nebraska, the agricultural literacy exhibit open year-round at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds, is hosting a competitive food preparation event for youth ages 10-18. The Nebraska Mystery Foods Event will be at 1p.m. June 3, 2016 at the exhibit in Grand Island.

Science Saturday's- Free and open to the Public

May 14 – Pollinator Power by Doug Golick

June 11 – Create a Backyard Habitat by Terri James & Elizabeth Killinger

July 9 – Selling your Beans designed by NE Extension Economists

For more details about the Science Saturday program, visit or contact Beth Janning at 308-385-3967 or