Southern Plains 4H Newsletter
Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - January 4, 2021
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4-H ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN
4-H Online home page:
Local YQCA In Person Sessions
Nebraska 4-H requires all youth enrolled in beef, hogs, sheep, goats, rabbits, and poultry to complete YQCA annually. Enroll in 4-H Online and then register for one of these local sessions:
Mon., Jan 25 @ 7:00 p.m. - Nuckolls County Fairgrounds
Mon., Feb. 8 @ 7:00 p.m. - Thayer County Extension Office
**PLEASE NOTE - the locations may change due to local COVID-19 restrictions**
If you have previously tested out of YQCA, this year is the year to re-test. Check out test out option details below.
YQCA Test Out Options
Fed Steer Challenge 2020 Results
Congrats to Thayer County's Lacey Schmidt, who earned first place in the showcase presentation and third place overall. Check out all of the results here.
Cattlemen's Classic Livestock Judging
You can find the flyer here: Youth Classic Judging Contest 2021
The 4-H Photography Showcase is open to all enrolled 4-H members. Visit https://4h.unl.edu/photography-showcase for submission guidelines and the submission link.
DOG/COMPANION ANIMAL OPPORTUNITIES
Horse Webinar Series
4-H Horse Stampede 2021
- Entry forms are due to county offices by March 5, 2021. Counties must have entry forms to Grace Kim in the state office by March 10th.
- Art and Photography Exhibits will also be due to county offices by March 5th and County offices should have Art and Photography exhibits mailed with entry forms that are due to Grace Kim by March 10th
- Entries will be judged and mailed back to their perspective counties with ribbons and plaques by March 30th
- Demonstration, public speaking, and Horse Quiz bowl is planned for in-person (March 27th) unless health restrictions change. These contests may be postponed to a later date or completed virtually.
PLANT SCIENCE AND ENTOMOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES
Special Garden Project 2021
The 2021 Special Garden Project is focused on the tasty Hakurei Turnip. These are not your grandmother's turnip. Hakurei is a white salad turnip that is smooth, round and at its best when harvested under 2". The roots can be eater raw or cooked and the tops can also be cooked. Each enrolled youth will have enough seeds to plant a 6 foot row of turnips.
Pre-Register at the Extension Office by January 14, 2021 to Reserve your seeds! We will need to order the seeds. Start planning your garden today!
STATE 4-H VIRTUAL LEARNING
4-H Winter Fun Pack
Looking for ways to keep the young people in your life engaged this winter? Check out the 4-H Winter Fun Pack - a collection of activities that youth can do on their own at home! Each recorded session of Living Room Learning is led by a Nebraska 4-H Youth Development professional. Getting started is simple: gather supplies, click the recording and let us do the teaching.
The materials required for this resource are all things you can find at home! This resource was created with all areas of 4-H in mind, including: Family Consumer Sciences, Environmental Education and Earth Sciences, Healthy Living, STEM, Communication and Expressive Arts and more!
Access the resources here and let the fun begin: https://4h.unl.edu/winter-fun-pack
COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS
State Achievement Applications Due January 15, 2021
Don't forget! State-level 4-H Achievement Applications are due January 15!
The Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application is a standard application form used for the selection of county and state award winners, including delegates to National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference, as well as Nebraska 4-H Foundation scholarship award recipients. Learn more at https://4h.unl.edu/achievement-application.
UNL Animal Science Scholarship
This is the inaugural year for the Animal Science: Inspiring Your Future Scholarship Contest and UNL will be awarding ten $5000 scholarships. UNL wants students to tell their digital story about an individual or animal who has inspired them to pursue an education and career in animal science. This can be done via video, essay, pictures, a combination of those things, or really any medium that allows them to comfortably express themselves. The website link is below that lists out the contest details and link to apply and submit their digital story. All entries must be submitted by Noon on February 15th!
2021 Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness poster contest
This year, the poster contest is open to all third grade students in Nebraska public and private schools as well as home-schooled third students. Teachers are encouraged to have students participate while teaching them about hazards of severe weather in Nebraska. While not specifically designed to promote tornado awareness, tornadoes are the most common theme chosen for posters. Lightning and flooding, which are also products of severe thunderstorms, are also good topic choices.The first-place winner in the state contest wins a $125 gift card.
CALENDAR AT A GLANCE
Mon. Jan. 4 - Southern Plains Winter Babysitting Clinic @ Nuckolls County Fairgrounds
Sat. Jan. 23 - Beef Weigh In @ Kile Vet Clinic in Superior 9-11am
Mon. Jan. 28 - YQCA In Person Training @ Nelson 7 pm
Sat. Feb. 6 - Beef Weigh In @ Kile Vet Clinic in Superior 9-11am
Mon. Feb. 8 - YQCA In Person Training @ Hebron 7 pm
Sat. Feb. 13 - Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Livestock Judging @ Kearney
Sat. Apr. 10 - State 4-H Indoor Archery Shoot @ Columbus
Mon. Jun. 28 - Wed. Jun. 30 - Premier Animal Science Events @ UNL Animal Science Complex in Lincoln (Meat Judging, Livestock Judging, Quizbowl, etc)
July 10-13 - Nuckolls County Fair 2021
August 12-15 - Thayer County Fair 2021
Tues. Jan. 19 @ 7 pm
No December minutes b/c no December 2020 meeting
Wed. Jan. 13 @ 8:15 pm
No December minutes b/c no December 2020 meeting
Mon. Jan. 4 @ 7 pm
@ Deshler Public Library