Webster County 4-H Newsletter

February 2023 Edition

Happy February!

A whole month down for the year 2023! February is Nebraska 4-H Month, so make sure to help us celebrate this awesome program in the state of Nebraska! This month is also the start of our spring 4-H afterschool program! Be sure to check this newsletter often as it changes weekly.

-Webster County 4-H Team

Important Dates & Events

February 5: Jr. Leaders Heart Against Hunger- Hastings

Februar 6: YQCA in Bladen

February 6: Red Cloud Afterschool

February 7: YQCA in Blue Hill

February 12: Late Beef Weigh-In

February 12: YQCA in Red Cloud

February 13: Red Cloud Afterschool

February 15: Local 4-H Scholarships Due

February 19: Jr. Leader Soup Lunch- Fairgrounds

February 20: Office Closed in Observance of President's Day

February 27: Red Cloud Afterschool

Webster County Events

Webster 4-H Calendar of Events

Check out what's happening in Webster 4-H and all across the state here. This will be updated weekly.

4-H Scholarships

Most local 4-H Scholarships are due February 15th to the office! Please see the updated scholarship page on our website here for a list of the available scholarships as of now: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/webster/4-h-scholarships-2/

Newly Added Scholarship- Legacy Leaders 4-H Equine Scholarship

A note from Kelsey:

Webster County 4-H Horse Participants & Parents

Something just for you! Doing something like this has been heavy on my mind for some time. I’m so thankful for the lasting impact 4-H and the 4-H leaders of my time did to help me grow as a rider, individual and within the industry. This is my way of giving back and rewarding the horse kids with opportunity for the hard work they do! When you have a real love and passion for horses they’re apart of you for life, no matter if your choosing to be a doctor or an equine related career, and that’s where this scholarship is different — no matter what career path your choosing to explore, you can apply. The only requirement is you must be actively enrolled in the 4-H Horse Program in Webster County, Nebraska.

I became a 4-H leader because I’ve always longed to give horse involved youth opportunities to grow themselves. Show them opportunities I wish had been accessible back then to explore the horse industry, because it’s a big world and it’s growing everyday from breeding to showing to technology.

Check out this new scholarship here: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/webster/Legacy%20Leaders%204-H%20Scholarship.pdf

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Please save the dates for YQCA trainings. If you are showing beef, sheep, goat, swine, rabbit, or poultry, you must complete YQCA before June 15th. You may attend any of the dates above, or complete online.YOU MUST ASK THE OFFICE FOR A CODE BEFORE REGISTERING FOR AN IN PERSON TRAINING.

A limited additional sessions will be announced for the end of May soon.



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4-H Online is Open for Enrollment!

Enroll in 4-H for 2023! Use the button below to get enrolled in Webster County 4-H.When enrolling in the system, please select all possible projects you think you may do at county fair, it does not need to be a final decision. This determines the number of exhibits per project area/class that Webster County can select to go to the State Fair. Please fill it out the best you can.All volunteers must enroll prior to service.

Webster County 4-H Animal ID Sheets & Static Documents

Please see the new and improved supporting documents for the Webster County fair!
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Beef Weigh-In

Save the date for the upcoming beef weigh-in!

  • February 12, 2023- 2:00-4:00 pm @ Red Cloud Animal Health

Thank you to the ones that came to the first weigh-in. You should have received a copy of your ID sheet along with a copy of your DNA Envelope(s) (if you pulled DNA) in the mail. If you have information that was highlighted, be sure to let the office know that information.

*If you do not come to a Webster County 4-H weigh-in, you will not be eligible for Rate of Gain.

Webster County 4-H Public Speaking Contest

Save the Date for the 4-H Public Speaking Contest happening April 30th at 2:00 pm at the fairgrounds! Sign up for the contest below!

Adams/Webster Citizenship Washington Focus Trip

It is time to start filling our bus (or plane) for the 2025 CWF Experience! Youth can sign up now with their intent to attend the 2025, 2028, and 2031 CWF Experience. Register today by completing the ‘CWF Participant Form’ and get the correspondence and information regarding fundraising, decision making (bus or plane), and more! While exact dates for 2025 and beyond cannot be finalized, we would be gone about 10 to 14 days with 5 of that at the National 4-H Center. I would encourage families to save from after Memorial Day to the first two full weeks of June open. A final ‘Commitment MoU” CWF Form will be completed leading up to the year trip.

Start the conversation now with your family to attend as a 15 – 18 year old:

  • CWF 2025 = Current Age is 13 to 16
  • CWF 2028 = Current Age is 10 to 13
  • CWF 2031 = Current Age is 7 to 10

Contact Twila Bankson (twila.bankson@unl.edu) for the ‘CWF Participant Form’ to show your intent today! Fundraising plans are in movement and will be announced soon!

Sheep/Goat Weigh-In

Save the date for the 4-H sheep/goat weigh-in!

  • May 23, 2023- 5:30-6:30 pm @ Webster County Fairgrounds

*If you do not come to a Webster County 4-H weigh-in, you will not be eligible for Rate of Gain.

*All sheep/goats MUST have a scrapies tag placed in an ear prior to arrival on the fairgrounds for the weigh-in.

County Fair Horse Level Update

All Horse Levels must be completed by June 15th. Levels are required for Speed and Performance Events. Junior exhibitors must have Level 1 to compete. Intermediates must at least have a level 1 and recommend level 2. Seniors must at least have a level 2, recommend a level 3. Classes that are levels 3 & 4 at the Nebraska State 4-H Horse Show will be dropped one level lower at the Webster County Fair. If exhibitor is only showing halter and/or showmanship, levels are not required. Please see the list of level requirements below.
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Congratulations, Libby!

Congratulations to Libby Macklin and all of the other the members selected as our 2023 National 4-H Congress delegates!! Libby was one of the State 4-H Achievement Application winners.

National 4-H Congress is the premier leadership event for 4-H members ages 15 to 19. The event brings together youth from across the country and provides educational and cross-cultural experiences. The goal is to inspire youth to take on leadership roles and make meaningful impacts within their communities. The event is held each fall in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about National 4-H Congress, please visit 4h.unl.edu/congress.

Seeking Webster County Changemakers

Make a difference in your community and surrounding area. Beth is seeking two teens that enjoy technology and are willing to help teach adults. These two teens will be the first 4-H Tech Changemakers in Webster County. Teens would teach at least two - 30-to-40-minute sessions before May 28th. Topic, Time and Date of session would be selected based on the teen’s and Beth’s schedule. Teens complete an online training and join a co-hort of other Nebraska 4-H Tech Changemakers. This is part of a National 4-H Program as well. Reach out to Beth by Feb 15th if interested.

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State Wide Events

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New for 2023 - DNA Envelopes for Breeding and Market Livestock

All livestock in contention to exhibit at the 2023 Nebraska State Fair and/or the Aksarben Stock Show will be required to submit a DNA nomination. All 4-H/FFA BREEDING livestock, market livestock and FEEDER CALVES will now be required to submit a DNA sample/envelope to be eligible to exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair. DNA nominations for the Nebraska State Fair are due on June 15, 2023. You may pick up an envelope at the office or request for us to bring some to different events.

State Fair Eligibility Update

Please see a message from the State 4-H office regarding a state fair change below:

With each new State Fair season, brings new possibilities and opportunities for 4-H families in Nebraska. The opportunity for 4-H to continue having its own weekend allows more flexibility for new events, entry limits, schedules, and space. We want to continue to take advantage of that!

As part of that process, we continue to explore age eligibility requirements for State Fair participation. After garnering user input, researching data from other events/shows/states, and looking that overall impact on youth development, the decision has been made to change the age of eligibility in 2023 to be 9 years of age before January 1 (of the current year) for all in-person events (livestock, contests, fashion shows).

More information will be forthcoming.

2023 PASE & Premier Communication Event Dates Announced

Save the dates in your calendars! 2023 Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) will be on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus on Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22, 2023. Please let Beth know if you are interested in PASE as practices will start to be lined up this month.

Nebraska State 4-H Presentations Contest will partner with the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest to create a combined state-level communications event – this event will be called the Premier Communication Event and will be held on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus on Friday, June 23, 2023.

Horse Stampede

The Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede will be held Saturday, March 25, in Lincoln. This event features a variety of horse contests that do not require live animals, including public speaking, demonstration, quiz bowl, art, and photography. Registration is due by Monday, March 6. Learn more at https://4h.unl.edu/horse-stampede

Horse Judging School

The annual Nebraska 4-H Horse Judging School is coming up on Saturday, February 25. All horse show judges, aspiring judges, judging team coaches, and youth are invited to learn about Hunter Under Saddle, Horsemanship, Reining, and 4-H Horse Show Rules and Guidelines. Learn more and register at https://animalscience.unl.edu/horse-judging-school

Virtual Companion Animal Challenge

Mark your calendars! The Nebraska 4-H Virtual Companion Animal Challenge entries are due by Saturday, April 1. Essay, art, photography, and demonstration entries must be submitted digitally within the entry form, and the online trivia contest will be open from Monday, April 10, through Sunday, April 16. Learn more at https://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal-challenge

Camp Summer Jobs

Looking for a fun, rewarding, and adventurous summer job? Nebraska State 4-H Camp is hiring for the 2023 summer season! Learn more and apply at https://4h.unl.edu/camps-jobs

Ag Innovators

Nebraska 4-H is still accepting applications for teens interested in facilitating the Ag Innovators Experience in their local communities. The 2023 Ag Innovators Experience, Aerial Ag Challenge, engages participants in modeling a sprayer drone’s flight path, based on drone collected images and environmental conditions, using line-following bot technology. Teen facilitator applications are due Wednesday, March 1, and a facilitator training will be held on Saturday, March 11 in Grand Island. Learn more and apply at : https://4h.unl.edu/ag-innovators-experience

Ignite by 4-H

Registration closes February 10 – Reserve your spot today! Ignite by 4-H is an inclusive teen event held in Washington, D.C., for four days of inspiring and engaging panels, respected speakers (including U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy!), workshop sessions, entertainment, and creating amazing connections. Explore the best 4-H has to offer in STEM, Agriscience, Healthy Living, and Emotional Well-Being. Discover exciting career paths and create an actionable plan to help create real change in your community. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss! Visit https://events.4-h.org/ignite

CASNR Experience the Power of Red

The UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) is hosting a visit day for all high school students and their families on Thursday, February 23. This free event will enable you to learn more about careers and opportunities within the College as well as meet current UNL students, faculty, and staff. Learn more and register at : https://casnr.unl.edu/experience-power-red-visit-day

Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit

Mark your calendars! The Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit 2023 schedule is now available, and it all kicks off on Saturday, February 18, at the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic in Kearney, NE. Find rules and schedule at https://4h.unl.edu/great-plains-livestock-judging-circuit

UNL Livestock Judging Camp

Looking to level up your livestock evaluation and oral reason skills? Make plans to attend this year’s UNL Livestock Judging Camp on June 7-9 in Lincoln. Registration is $300 and is due by Monday, May 22. Learn more at https://animalscience.unl.edu/winners-unlimited-judging-camp
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UNL Extension in Webster County

Check out what is happening in Nebraska Extension!

Happy Birthday to those Celebrating in February!

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Our office will be closed Monday, February 20th in observance of President's Day.

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Meet Our Team!

Alexa Pedersen

Office Manager

Alexa Pedersen is the Office Manager for the Webster County Extension Office. Alexa provides help in assisting clientele with questions that can be forwarded to a specific educator. She assists educators in programs that are put on in Webster County, such as pesticide training, and beef programs. She also provides knowledge in the 4-H world by helping families with any 4-H questions that come in. She is skillful in 4-H Online, ShoWorks, and helps prepare for 4-H programming, county fair, and state fair. Alexa is also a part of the 4-H Data Dream Team for Nebraska 4-H as well as the State Fair 4-H Beef Team.

Katie Bolte

4-H Programming Assistant

Katie Bolte is the 4-H Programming Assistant for the Webster County Extension Office. Katie is at the extension office on Mondays and Tuesdays. Katie provides programming in school enrichment, after-school programs, and 4-H workshops. She is knowledgeable when answering any 4-H questions that comes in and helps prepare for programs, county fair, and state fair.

Beth Janning

4-H Youth Development Extension Educator in Adams/Webster Counties

Beth Janning is a 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator. She provides programming in school enrichment, after-school, and traditional 4-H Programs. Her topic areas include but not limited to animal science, science, engineering and volunteer development.

Photo and Bio from UNL Extension

Dr. Lindsay Waechter-Mead

Beef Systems Educator, DVM

Lindsay Waechter-Mead is the Beef Systems Educator in Webster County and serves surrounding counties in this region. She is excited to bring her interests surrounding cow/calf health and preventative medicine to the Beef Team. Her current work involves looking at environmental effects on neonatal calf immunity and colostral transfer. She is also passionate about rural agriculture and what the veterinary profession can do to positively influence rural communities to ensure that generations can continue to enjoy the life that she loves.

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