Webster County 4-H Newsletter

March 2023 Edition

Happy March!

Is it spring yet? We are so ready for it! As spring approaches, we have so many fun things lined up that are getting prepared! Be sure to check this newsletter often as things are added and updated weekly!

Have a great month of March!

-Webster 4-H Team

Important Dates & Events

March 6th: Silver Lake Afterschool

March 6th: Entries for UNL Horse Stampede Due

March 13th: Silver Lake Afterschool

March 19th: Jr. Leader Soup Lunch

March 20th: Silver Lake Afterschool

March 21st: Youth Council Meeting

March 24th: Office Closed as Staff are at Training

March 25th: UNL Horse Stampede

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 4-H Events

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 may do at the county fair. In late May, you will register the exhibits that you are bringing to the county fair based on the projects you enrolled in. Enrollment in the project means you have an interest in learning more. Fair exhibit registration means and animal or static exhibit is coming to fair.

You must put your t-shirt size in as well. All volunteers must enroll prior to service. Enroll by April 15th to receive a free water bottle!


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/
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Registration for Blue Hill 4-H Afterschool

Registration Deadline is March 29th at Noon

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!

Market Broilers

It is that time to get your Market Broiler orders in to the office! We will be ordering from Welp Hatchery, just like before. Cornish Rock Males are $2.40 per bird. Please let the office know by April 3rd if you would like to order birds for the Market Broiler contest at county fair.
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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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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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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

*All sheep/goats MUST have a scrapies tag placed in an ear prior to arrival on the fairgrounds for the weigh-in. Sheep/Goats that do not have a scrapies tag prior to arrival will be turned away from weigh-in and denied Rate of Gain participation eligibility.
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Livestock for SC Livestock Judging

We are reaching out in need for animals for classes. The classes we need to fill are: (Classes must consist of 4 animals)


1 Market Class

1 Breeding Class


1 Market Class

1 Breeding Class

(Could be two market classes as many families only get one breeding gilt.)


1 Market Class

1 Breeding Class


1 Market Class

1 Breeding Class

If you can supply a class for the 2023 South Central Livestock Judging Clinic, we would greatly appreciate it.

Please let Katie or Alexa know by April 15th.

ISO 4-H Superintendents/Crew Members

It is that time of year again that we are searching for superintendents and crew members for the county fair! If you were either one last year, we would like you to still fill out this form. If you are interested in volunteering in an area and you have not before, we would love to have you volunteer! More information will be sent this month. Thank you!!
2023 Superintendent/Crew Teams

Fill out the form if you are interested in being a superintendent/crew member.

State Wide Events

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

Volunteer Recognition Awards

Nebraska 4-H is now accepting nominations for state-level volunteer recognition awards. These awards honor adult and youth volunteers who have provided meaningful contributions to the 4-H programs. Categories include Emerging Adult Volunteer (3 or fewer years of service), Outstanding Adult Volunteer (4 more years of service), Outstanding Youth Volunteer (ages 14-18), and Multi-Generation Family of Volunteers. Learn more and nominate your favorite 4-H volunteers at https://4h.unl.edu/volunteer-recognition

Save the Date for PASE 2023

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.Practice announcements coming soon!

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.

Virtual Companion Animal Challenge

Mark your calendars! Virtual Companion Animal Challenge entries, including essays, art, photography, and demonstrations, are due by Saturday, April 1, and the online dog and cat trivia contest will be available from April 10-16. Learn more https://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal-challenge

Diamond Clover

It’s time to work on those Diamond Clover plans! This program encourages youth to engage in a variety of age-appropriate experiences and rewards youth for trying new things, setting goals, and keeping records. Learn more and find planning forms at https://4h.unl.edu/diamond-clover

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.
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UNL Extension Newsletter

Check out what's happening in Nebraska Extension in all program areas here!

Happy Birthday to those Celebrating in March!

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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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