Webster County 4-H Newsletter

January 2023 Edition

Happy January!

Happy New Year! We are so excited to see what 2023 has to bring for Webster County 4-H! Be sure to keep updated by checking your weekly emails and the newsletters often as we will be announcing dates and schedules for this year soon. Enrollment is open, so make sure you enroll ahead of time! We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

-Webster County 4-H Team

Important Dates & Events

  • January 2nd: Office Closed in observance of the New Year
  • January 16th: Office Closed in observance of MLK Day
  • January 26th: Youth Council Meeting

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.

Webster County Events

Big Red Ag Growers (BRAG)

Attention all 12 to 15 year olds who are interested in learning more about Nebraska agriculture. This is for youth in Adams/Webster County to 1) learn more about modern agriculture production practices, 2) develop communication skills allowing them to confidently advocate for production agriculture, 3) recognize the diversity of Nebraska agriculture, and 4) given the opportunity to tour a wide variety of operations and gain knowledge from producers across the state. To apply to be part of the Adams/Webster BRAG Class in 2023, complete and submit the application by Wednesday, January 4, 2023 to the Extension Office. Class size will be limited and open to any youth in Adams/Webster counties involved in 4-H, FFA, or interested in agriculture. Find the application here: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/adams/2023%20BRAG%20Application.pdf
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Webster County Extension Intern

Come join our team for the summer! The Extension Office is looking for an intern from the end of May through the end of July. Applications are due January 17th, 2023. Please see here for more details and to apply: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/webster/webster-county-extension-summer-4-h-intern/

4-H Scholarships

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/


Come learn about the Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Experience for those interested in the 2025 CWF Experience. We are holding a Mandatory Commitment or Recommitment Meeting on Sunday, January 15th starting at 2:30 pm at the Adams County Fairgrounds for those interested in 2025 CWF and 2028 CWF. This meeting will provide an overview of what to expect for the experience, fundraising opportunities, and open Q/A time. Beth is asking for an RSVP of the parent/guardian attending the meeting by Friday, January 13th at noon to the Adams County Extension office by calling at 402.461.7209 or emailing Beth at ejanning2@unl.edu. The 4-H member may attend with the parent. The 4-H member must be between the ages of 14 and 18 at the time of their experience, ideally 15 to 18 years of age.

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.

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.

Upcoming YQCA Dates

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 below, or complete online.

February 2, 2023

Adams County Fairgrounds

Hastings, NE

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

February 6, 2023

Webster County Fairgrounds

Bladen, NE

11:00 am – Noon

February 7, 2023

Mrs. Henkel Classroom

Blue Hill Public Schools

Blue Hill, NE

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

February 15, 2023

Adams County Extension Office

Hastings, NE

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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.
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State Wide Events

State Achievement Application

State Achievement Applications are due by Thursday, January 5. These applications are used to select National 4-H Congress delegates, National 4-H Conference delegates, and Nebraska 4-H Foundation scholarship recipients. Learn more at https://4h.unl.edu/achievement-application

Omaha Fashion Week 4-H Collection

Nebraska 4-H is seeking applications for the Omaha Fashion Week 4-H Collection. Selected applicants will model their garments during the Omaha Fashion Week Student Night on Wednesday, February 22. Applications are due by Tuesday, January 2. For more details and to apply, visit https://4h.unl.edu/omaha-fashion-week

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.

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.

Special Garden Project

While you’re making plans for 2023, be sure to check out the Special Garden Project. Next year, members will work with the Mrs. Burns’ Lemon Basil, a versatile plant that can add a lemony flavor to any recipe or a fresh scent to floral arrangements. Visit https://4h.unl.edu/sgp to learn more about the Special Garden Project and how to get started.

Farrowed & Owned Swine Cohort

We are now accepting registrations for the 2023 Farrowed & Owned Swine Cohort! This opportunity is designed to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H swine project by focusing on swine production, accurate record keeping, and industry knowledge and engagement by the 4-H member. Registration closes Wednesday, February 1. To learn more and register, visit https://4h.unl.edu/farrowed-owned
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NCC Livestock Judging Contest

We are excited to announce that entries are officially open for the 2023 Nebraska Cattleman's Classic Youth Livestock Judging Contest. Entries must be submitted by Feb. 5th and this year's contest will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18th . Per usual, the contest will be held at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds there in Kearney, NE and check-in will open at 7am with the contest beginning promptly at 8am. We look forward to another great contest with an outstanding awards dinner and banquet to follow! Please find the contest flyer attached in this email along with a link for registration materials below.

Winter Edition | Judging Contest | Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic (nebraskaclassic.org)

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4-H Horse Announcement

Please see the announcement above from the State 4-H Office regarding District and State 4-H Horse Shows. As of 2023, there will no longer be district horse shows.

UNL Extension in Webster County Newsletter

Check out the button below to see what's happening in Nebraska Extension around our area!

Happy Birthday to those celebrating in January!!

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The office will be closed January 2nd in observance of the New Year.

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The office will be closed January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. 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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