Saunders County 4-H Smore

May 5, 2017

In this week's Smore...

  1. Summer Workshop Information
  2. Container Gardening Workshop
  3. Livestock ID Procedures- Updated website
  4. National 4-H Dairy Conference
  5. State Fair Entry Fees- NEW
  6. New YQCA (Quality Assurance)
  7. Wahoo Horse Show
  8. Babysitting Basics Clinic
  9. Special Garden Project Seeds In!
  10. Volunteer Rescreening
  11. Statewide 4-H Opportunities
  12. Rain Barrel Silent Auction Fundraiser
  13. Calendar
  14. Other Opportunities

Container Gardening Workshop

Thursday, May 25th, 3-4pm

1085 County Road G

Mead, NE

Master Gardener Colette Rathke will be providing a workshop on Container Gardens! She will be doing a presentation as well as a demo! Please RSVP by May 20th ! If we do not have 5 RSVP’s we will be canceling the workshop.

Cost: FREE

Who can attend: 4-H Youth

How to RSVP: email or call our office!

National 4-H Dairy Conference

The National 4-H Dairy Conference gives one Nebraska 4-H youth the special opportunity to go to Madison, Wisconsin, October 2-5, 2017. The primary focus of the dairy conference is for 4-H members to learn more about the dairy industry, as well as careers in the dairy industry, while having fun and making new friends from around the United States and Canada. Applications due JUNE 15, 2017!

Participants learn about production, processing, marketing and use of dairy products, and develop a broader understanding of careers available in dairy production, biotechnology, genetics, marketing and other selected areas. The conference consists of participatory workshops on the University of Wisconsin campus, speakers, tours and visiting the World Dairy Expo. For more information visit:

State Fair Entry Fees- NEW

2017 State Fair Livestock Fees

On December 9, the Nebraska State Fairboard voted to add a bedding fee onto the entry fee for all livestock exhibitors; the fee will be $15 for beef and dairy and $5 for sheep, goats, and swine. The Fairboard also voted to add a $3 per head fee for 4-H & FFA market animals to help defray the costs of drug testing. These costs are in addition to the existing entry fees that will stay the same for 2017.

The Nebraska State Fair continues to be supportive of FFA and 4-H and values all that youth and families bring the Fair; however, escalating costs for bedding, bedding removal, etc. have forced them to reassess their fees. They are also aware that there are other costs for families including DNA sampling and EID tags. While this does add a financial burden; hopefully, by knowing early, families can make appropriate decisions about nominating animals and their plans for exhibiting.

Based on 2016, the 2017 entry fees will be:

  • Market Beef - $18 now $36
  • Breeding Beef - $18 now $33
  • Dairy Cattle - $10 now $25
  • Market Meat Goat - $5 now $13
  • Breeding Meat Goat - $5 now $10
  • Market Sheep - $5 now $13
  • Breeding Sheep - $5 now $10
  • Market Swine - $5 now $13

The new YQCA is here!!

We are excited to announce that the new QA Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is now active. Anyone who has not registered for the LQA online course for 2017 should now navigate to the NEW online YQCA course at You will use your FAMILY 4HOnline login and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family. Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course. All registration questions with YQCA should be directed to There will not be local support for the YQCA program. All 4-Hers need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations. There is a button for families that have forgotten their password. 4-Hers that have started their QA training in the LQA site will be able to complete their modules and print off their certificate of completion and take it to their Extension Office.

Special Garden Project

SEEDS ARE IN! If you ordered seeds for the 2017 Special Garden Project please come pick them up at the ARDC here in Ithaca!

Volunteer Re-Screening

Saunders County Volunteers are up for re-screening this year, so every volunteer must fill out the Youth Volunteer Protection Screening Form! This form can be found here:

Friends of Saunders County 4-H and Extension Foundation Silent Auction Fundraiser

  • Rain Barrel Silent Auction Fundraiser
  • Each Club can make one to donate to the Silent Auction at the Fair!
  • Rain barrel is any above ground container modified to receive, store, and distribute rooftop runoff for non-drinking uses
  • Clubs can construct (or purchase premade barrels) to prime and paint them as well

Saunders County 4-H Calendar


1 District & State Horse Show Entries Deadline, including

Horse ID sheets, ARDC

1 Speeches due to Office for those qualifying for District Speech Competiton

3 4-H Council Meeting, 7:00 pm, ARDC

23 Tagging & Tattooing, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Fairgrounds

29 Memorial Day - Office Closed

31 Babysitting Basics, 9:00 - 3:00 pm, ARDC


1 Horse ID Sheets Deadline, ARDC

2 Babysitting Basics, 9:00 - 3:00 pm, ARDC

6 Modeling/Fashion Revue Workshop, 9 - 12 noon, ARDC

6 Photography Workshop, 1 - 3 pm, ARDC

7 Entomology Workshop, 9 - 12 noon, ARDC

8 Clover Kid Day Camp, 9:00 - 3:30 pm, ARDC

12 Tagging & Tattooing, 9:00 - 4:00 pm, ARDC

13 Jr Wildlife Workshop, 9:00 - 3:00 pm, ARDC

14 Sr Wildlife Workshop, 9:00 - 3:00 pm, ARDC

15 Livestock ID Sheets Deadline, ARDC

15 Livestock Quality Assurance Deadline, ARDC

19 Jr Rocket Workshop/STEM, 9:30 - 3:00 pm, ARDC

20 Sr Rocket Workshop/STEM, 9:30 - 3:00 pm, ARDC

21 Jr Food & Nutrition Workshop, 9:00 - 3:00 pm, ARDC

22 Sr Food & Nutrition Workshop, 9:00 - 3:00 pm, ARDC

26-27 PASE/Life Challenge, UNL East Campus

27 Jr Potpourri Workshop, 9:00 - 3:00 pm, ARDC

28 Sr Potpourri Workshop 9:00 - 3:00 pm, ARDC


1 Saunders County Fair Online Pre-Entries Due(Opening May 15)

4 Independence Day - Office Closed

5-8 Fremont 4-H Fair, Christensen Field, Fremont

15 County Fair Clean-up Day, 9:30 am, Fairgrounds

16-20 St 4-H Horse Show & Expo, Fonner Park, Grand Island

18 4-H Fair Superintendent’s Meeting, 6 pm, Fairgrounds

19 4-H Council Meeting, 7:00 pm, ARDC

20 4-H Night at Rodeo, 8:00 pm, Fairgrounds

21-22 Rodeo, 8:00 pm, Fairgrounds

22 Favorite Foods Contest, 9:00 am, 4-H Building, Fairgrounds

22 Fashion Revue Judging, 1:00 pm, 4-H Building, Fairgrounds

23-30 Saunders County Fair

Other Opportunities





Saunders County Extension

Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.