Thurston County 4-H News

April 2018

Upcoming Dates

April 1 - 4-H Council Senior Scholarship DUE

April 2 - Thurston 4-H Council Meeting

April 6-7 - Siouxland Garden Show @ Sioux City

April 9 - Joint 4-H Council Meeting @ Pender (7 pm)

April 15 - AKSARBEN Market Beef DNA Nominations DUE

April 15 - Nebraska 4-H Camp Early Bird Registration DUE

April 22-28 - National Volunteer Week

April 27 - Office Closed - Arbor Day

May 1 - Drop/Add 4-H Projects DUE

May 10 - Northeast Regional 4-H Speech Contest Registration DUE

May 11 - Horse: County ID DUE & District & State Entries DUE

May 14 - Rabbit Tattoo Party

May 14 - Thurston County 4-H Council Meeting

May 24 - Northeast Regional 4-H Speech Contest @ Wayne (2 pm)

May 28 - Office Closed - Memorial Day

May 30 - Dakota-Thurston Sheep & Goat Weigh-In @ Fairgrounds (6-8 pm)

Need to Know

Busy Programming - Out of the Office

Seems that we are always busy. Either programming or more programming, so we might see the youth at some of our different events. To make sure we are in the office when you need us, we suggest calling or contacting us to make sure we will be around.

Days we know that we'll both be out of the office are:

April 3: All Day

April 24: All Day

April 25: All Day

April 26: All Day

April 30: All Day

May 31: All Day

Member Information

4-H Online Enrollment and Re-Enrollment

NOTHING'S CHANGED!!! But since it's a new year we need you to re-enroll at There are step by step sheets at For both new families and families that already have profiles. If you already have a profile make sure you DO NOT make a new profile.

If you are a VOLUNTEER for our program we also need to you to re-enroll in our online database. Again step by step information can be found at

If anyone of you has questions please call the office and we'll do our best to work through any issues.

True Leaders in Service

In April, 4‑H’ers across the nation will participate as True Leaders in Service in multiple community service projects, culminating in a National 4‑H Day of Service on Saturday, April 28, 2018. How will your youth become True Leaders in Service? Sign up at

Summer Workshops

Mark your calendars! More information will be coming soon!

Babysitting Clinic - May 23rd

Fashion Fingerprint - May 29th

Wearable Technology - May 30th

Young Entrepreneur Camp - June 4th-7th

Design Decisions Workshop - June 12th

Surprise Workshop - June 14th

Ponca Day Camp Counselor Training - June 18th

Ponca Day Camp - June 19th

Clover Kid Camp - June 21st

Let's Get Cooking #1 - July 2nd

Let's Get Cooking #2 - July 3rd

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All Contest Day! Results

Public Speaking Contest Results:

Clover Kid Division

· Logan Hansen - Participation
· Annika Jensen - Participation
· Payton Hermelbracht – Participation

Junior Division

· Harper Jensen – Blue (Regionals)

· Rylie Hermelbracht – Blue (Regionals)

· Donovan Fogarty – Purple, Junior Reserve Champion (Regionals)

· McKinley Morgan – Purple, Junior Champion (Regionals)

Senior Division

· Nathan Busker – Purple, Senior Reserve Champion (Regionals)

· Alexis Bodlak – Purple, Senior Champion (Regionals)

Music Contest Results:

Instrumental Music

· Annika Jensen (Clover Kid), piano – Participation

· Harper Jensen (Jr), piano – Purple

· Dylan Mahaney (Jr), sax – Purple

· McKinley Morgan (Jr), guitar – Purple

· Alexis Bodlak (Sr), flute – Purple

· Nathan Busker (Sr), sax – Purple, Overall Champion

Vocal Music

· Annika Jensen (Clover Kid) – Participation

· Brylea Mosser (Jr) – Purple

· Harper Jensen (Jr) – Purple


· Shaylee Sanderson & Khloe Swanson (Jr) – Purple

Favorite Food Contest Results:

Clover Kids Division

· Logan Hansen – Participation

· Ryanne Smith-Simonsen – Participation

· Annika Jensen – Participation

Junior Division

· Shaylee Sanderson – Blue

· Khloe Swanson – Blue

· River Soll – Blue

· Kaitlyn Mahaney – Blue

· Dylan Mahaney – Blue

· Harper Jensen – Purple

· Aaliyah Soll – Purple

· Brylea Mosser – Purple, Junior Reserve Champion

· Nate Sanderson – Purple, Junior Champion

Intermediate Division

· Mason Bodlak – Blue

· Logan Mosser – Purple, Intermediate Reserve Champion

· Gracie Slaughter – Purple, Intermediate Champion

Senior Division

· Nick Busker – Blue

· Carley Hofmeister – Blue

· Nathan Busker – Blue, Senior Reserve Champion

Alexis Bodlak – Purple, Senior Champion

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Continuing Education

UNL Animal Science Experience

This is a great opportunity for high school students to come and see what it’s like to be an animal science student for a day on Wednesday, April 18th. They will have the opportunity to sit in on a lecture, do a hands-on lab with a faculty member, eat lunch in the union and tour the facilities. The registration link is here:

Plant Science

Youth Horticulture ID Contest

The Northeast Nebraska Master Gardeners will be hosting a Youth Horticulture ID Contest at their annual Plant Fair & Market. All youth ages 8-18 are encouraged to participate. Participation is free but all participants must preregister by April 20 by contacting the Nebraska Extension office in Madison County 402-370-4040. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each of the age brackets. Contestants will be required to sight ID horticultural plants to the accepted common name. The list of possible plants and study guides are available at

Contest Details

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018

Time: Competition begins 6:15 PM, Awards Presented 7:30 PM

Location: Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex, Northeast Community College, Norfolk


1st Place - $25 cash AND $25 gift certificate for the Master Gardener Plant Booths

2nd Place - $10 cash AND $15 gift certificate for the Master Gardener Plant Booths

3rd Place - $10 gift certificate for the Master Gardener Plant Booths

The ages for brackets are broken down as follows:

Junior – 8-11 years old

Intermediate – 12-14 years old

Senior – 15-18 years old

Youth Volunteer Opportunity

The Northeast Nebraska Master Gardeners could use your help. They hold an annual Plant Fair & Market at the Northeast Community College Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex in Norfolk and need volunteers to help with getting the patron’s items out to their vehicles. Wagons will be available. The plant fair is Friday, April 27, 5:30-9:00 pm and Saturday, April 28, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Call the Nebraska Extension Office in Madison County at 402-370-4040 by April 20 to sign up for a time that would work for you.

Youth Crop Scouting Competition

Nebraska Extension also offers the 5th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth. This contest is at the ARDC near Mead, Nebraska on July 26th, 2018. The event includes indoor and outdoor events. Teams of junior high and high school students (those completing 7-12th grades) are invited to participate.

Clubs or other organizations may enter a team composed of three to five participants. An adult team leader must accompany each team. Team leaders could be FFA advisors, crop consultants, extension staff, coop employees, etc.

Top-scoring teams win prizes: $500 for first, $250 for second, $100 for third place. Top two teams are eligible for regional competition in August at Nebraska.

Teams are expected to know basics of scouting corn and soybean fields. This includes crop staging; looking for patterns of crop injury; disease, insect and weed seedling identification; etc. Other topics may include but are not limited to, pesticide safety, nutrient disorders, and herbicide injury.

More information about the crop scouting competition and instructions on how to register a team are available online at

Teams must be registered by July 16th. This program is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association and Nebraska Extension.

Animal Science

Upcoming Livestock Shows

April 7 - Burt County Beef Preview - Oakland, Ne


Entry Form:

April 21 - Saunders County Beef Progress Show - Wahoo, NE

June 10 - 4-H Horse Show - Wahoo, NE

Rabbit Tattoo Party

We will be holding a rabbit tattoo party on May 14th from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm at the Extension Office. Anyone wishing to have help tattooing their rabbits is asked to make an APPOINTMENT during this time.

Tractor Safety Training 2018

All youth aged 14 and 15 and working on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST be certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course. Successful completion of the course will allow trained youth to operate a tractor over 20 horsepower, or to connect or is connect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor.

Cost for the training is $60.

Closest training is Wayne Fairgrounds, June 19 & 20.

Find it online here.

NEW Quality Assurance = YQCA

YQCA is available as an online program for youth everywhere in the United States. YQCA in-person workshops may be available to youth where state 4-H or FFA offices or state/national livestock organizations have partnered to have qualified trainers offer in-person workshops. This is what Nebraska 4-H/FFA have adopted this year and so we will be using the new system.

Requirements: Online - 3 modules @ $12 total

OR Face-2-Face training @ $3 total Scheduled for June 1st @ 9:30 am, Pender Fire Hall

OR Test Out for Intermediate & Senior @ Free

Thurston County 4-H Council has voted to provide scholarships for these fees after youth fill out a short form. Found here:

Here are some quick Log In Instructions:

1. Go to from your computer browser and select Sign In/Register Tab

2. Sign in and register using the 4-H Online box

3. Select the name of your organization from the pick list Nebraska 4-H Youth Development

4. Use your 4-H Online user name and password to start the process

5. Select the member name taking the course

6. Select the age of the member in the appropriate box

7. When the age is selected the appropriate courses will be selected

8. Select online choice (Instructor led class will be developed by your local instructor)

9. Select payment method credit card or if you have received a coupon code from your Extension Office you will enter it at this time to purchase the courses

10. After completing the three courses be sure to save and print out a completion certificate and take it to your Extension Office

11. For swine exhibitors the number on your completion certificate will be used as the number that will be asked for by swine buyers

12. If you encounter problems you can contact

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Nebraska Youth Pork Conference: "Makin' Bacon...and a WHOLE Lot More!"

High school aged youth who have a pork industry, meats, and/or culinary may have an interest to apply for our 3rd Nebraska Youth Pork Conference, “Makin’ Bacon … and a WHOLE Lot More!” to take place at the University of Nebraska Animal Science Department. The conference will be conducted Wed., May 30 (start ~ 1 pm) through Friday, June 1 (end ~ noon). This program is geared toward high school aged youth, 16 years of age or older. Students who will be graduating in 2018 are welcome and encouraged to join us!

For more information youth may go to where they can read more about the program and to apply online. Online applications (including a reference letter) are due Friday, April 13.

Submitting Animal Information into AKSARBEN Livestock Database

An IMPORTANT CHANGE from past years is that exhibitors will be responsible for submitting their animal information into the AKSARBEN livestock database online themselves prior to the nomination deadline. In the past, families turned in DNA envelopes and breeding nominations cards to the office, staff mailed them to AKSARBEN and the entry process was done manually by staff. This led to mistakes, missing entries, missing payments, etc. The database now has the capacity to accept animal information submitted directly by exhibitors as well as payments for the DNA process. We will provide step by step instructions for doing this once the database is open to accepting entries. We are excited for this process to be in place as it ensures responsibility on exhibitors and families with a number of safeguards in place for you and us to monitor success. Your families will have the ability themselves to edit incorrect information (wrong tag number, wrong birth date, etc.) up to the deadline. The County Extension Office/FFA Advisors will still continue to mail in the DNA collectors to the AKSARBEN office by the respected deadline. You will also have the ability to see what your families have submitted and you will still be validating those nominations throughout the nomination process. Once the information is in the database and has been validated by the County Extension Staff/FFA Advisor, it will then be available for exhibitors to make State Fair entries. Please note, any animal entry not in the database or had not submitted DNA will not be considered nominated and eligible for State Fair.

2018 State Fair & AKSARBEN Livestock Identification Requirements

Family Responsibilities:

1. Exhibitors will be required to enroll in 4-H and the required projects by the county deadline in 4H Online.

2. Exhibitors showing market animals at State Fair or AKSARBEN must have a signed and sealed official DNA collector with hair samples for DNA verification turned into their county office and have completed the online nomination ( along with submitting payment online by the appropriate deadline listed in the table. Any animal carrying an 840 EID tag will require the exhibitor to obtain a Premises ID. Contact the local Extension Office for details. (It is recommended that you make a copy or a photo image of completed envelope you turn into your county.)

3. Exhibitors showing breeding beef, breeding sheep and breeding does at State Fair or AKSARBEN will need to complete an online nomination ( by the June 15 deadline.

4. Exhibitors will be required to complete Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) for the enrolled livestock projects by the county deadline.

5. Exhibitors will notify the County Extension Staff of any retags that may occur up to time of check-in at either the State Fair or AKSARBEN show.

6. Exhibitors will select which animal entries they have chosen to show at State Fair on the State Fair pre-entry website. All nominated and validated animals will be automatically listed as a choice option for pre-entry registration.

7. 4‐H and FFA youth participants will declare which youth organization they will show their animal projects by August 10 in ShoWorks.

a. If an animal is shown in FFA at the State Fair, it is no longer eligible for AKSARBEN. If an animal is entered in FFA, but isn’t exhibited, that animal will still be eligible to be exhibited at AKSARBEN.

8. Exhibitors will be required to bring the breed registration association paperwork to check-in at State Fair for animals wanting to show in a breed class. The exhibitors name should be identified on the registration paper.

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2018 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Shows

All entries due to county office by May 11, 2018. Note: ALL Level testing required for participation in the 2018 District 4-H Horse Shows MUST be completed by May 11, 2018.

Reminder: All Entries for the State Horse Show must be mailed by May 11, 2018.

2018 4-H Horse Show Dates and Sites

  • June 13th - Ord
  • June 14th - York
  • June 20th - Gordon
  • June 21st - Central City
  • June 22nd - Curtis
  • July 15-19 - State Horse Show - Fonner Park, GI

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