Dodge County 4-H Blast

February 12, 2016

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~~Dodge County 4-H News~~

2016 Online Enrollment

The process is the same as last year for members. NEW: 4-H leader enrollment will be completed using the online system. ENROLLMENT DEADLINE. June 15, 2016 We encourage you to enroll by May 1 so not to miss out on important 4-H updates and dates.

Fifth Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

Contact Nathan Mueller by Tuesday March 1, 2016

Entry Form Due: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the fifth Innovative Youth Corn Challenge contest. This contest, open to 4-H members (age 10 & older as of Jan. 1st) or FFA members (in-school members), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.

As a team, youth will be challenged to implement a production practice different than normal to determine if they increased their yield. Economics and sustainability of the practice will also be considered. Yields, cropping history, and production information will be collected in the Corn Yield Challenge management summary.

Cash prizes and plaques will be given to the first, second, and third place teams. First place will receive $1,000, second place will receive $500, and third place will receive $250. Sustainability, crop scouting and “extra mile” awards will also be given, each worth $200.

To participate in 2016, youth must complete and return an entry form by March 15th to the Fillmore County Extension Office in Geneva, NE. Forms can be downloaded at

For more information, contact
Nathan Mueller

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Mark Your Calendars

Dodge County 4-H Program Planning Meeting

Thursday, February 25, 2016
7- 9 pm

Nebraska Extension Office - Dodge County

The purpose of the meeting is for 4-H members, leaders, parents, volunteers, staff and 4-H Council to discuss new ideas and possible changes that will improve upon the current program. This meeting is open to any 4-H member, parent, leader or volunteer who is interested in the Dodge County 4-H Program. The Dodge County 4-H Program Planning Meeting will allow you, as a 4-H Council member, to hear ideas and concerns directly from the Dodge County 4-H member, leaders, parents and volunteers and to make informed, official decisions by voting on necessary items upon discussion.

You too are encouraged to submit agenda items that you believe will provide a positive impact on the Dodge County 4-H Program during 2016. Please only submit agenda items that pertain to the Dodge County 4-H Program. All items submitted will be included on the 2016 Dodge County 4-H Program Planning Meeting agenda. Completed forms are due to the Nebraska Extension – Dodge County Office (OR submit online at the following link: by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016.

Do not forget to also bring your creative ideas!

Proposed Agenda Items Form

2016 Dodge County 4-H Program Planning Meeting Due Friday, February 19, 2016

~~Nebraska 4-H News~~

Nebraska State 4-H Foundation Scholarships

Hey 4-H’ers! Did you know The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides 4-H members the opportunity to apply for scholarships? Don’t miss out! Scholarship Applications are due March 4, 2016. You can find the applications here. GOOD LUCK!

Nebraska State Fair 4-H and FFA Beef Shows to be NO-Fit in 2016

The State Fair 4-H and FFA beef shows will be no-fit in 2016. Both 4-H and FFA certainly respect the talent and passion many have for the fitting process, this decision was made based on feedback from staff and families as well as the success of the blow and go showmanship contest at the 2015 Nebraska State Fair. Families were largely in favor of the change, specifically, they cited: (1) A reduction in the cost of supplies and products; and (2) The need for fewer blocking chutes needed and help expedite the unloading process. This change will be included in this year’s premium list.

4-H Companion Animal Challenge & Horse Stampede

Will be held on Saturday March 12th at the Animal Science Complex.

Entries are due to me by Feb. 19th.

For more information and registration forms click below.

4-H Companion Animal Challenge

Horse Stampede