Saunders County 4-H Smore

December 15 , 2017

In this week's Smore...

  1. SC Extension Office Holiday Hours
  2. Year End Treasury Report
  3. SC Leader Banquet
  4. Saunders County Trap Shooting
  5. SC Beef Weigh Day
  6. SC Livestock Judging
  7. 2018 District Horse Show
  8. Special Garden Project
  9. 2018 Theresa Wilson Photo Theme
  10. 2018 4-H Enrollment Open!
  11. Scholarships
  12. 2018 SCF Superintendents/Leaders needed
  13. Aksarben Scholarship
  14. 7th Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge
  15. Nebraska Women in Ag Conference & Scholarship
  16. Interested in being a 4-H Judge?
  17. Other Opportunities

Office Closed

The ENREC (formerly ARDC) will be shut down from December 25 - January 1, this will include Saunders County Extension Staff. Staff will return to work on January 2, 2018

Club Year End Treasurer's Report

This record on file is required by the IRS for clubs that have an EIN and file under our subordinate list. Clubs/Councils who do not turn in a report will be collected and receive a letter from the State Program Leader who one last chance to adhere to the requirement or their club will have their right to have money in the name of 4-H taken away.

Form can be found here:

Due back to Saunders County Extension Office by January 31, 2018!

Saunders County Leader Banquet & Training

Sunday, Feb. 11th 2018 at 2pm

ARDC, County Road G, Mead, NE, United States

Come join us for some training, some tips, your leader packets and snacks! It'll be similar to usual but with a few new things!

Saunders County Trapshooting

Any youth grades 6-12 that are interested in Trapshooting are welcome contact Ashland 4H Gun Club for details. Season is January - May with competitions March -May. We meet at the Ashland Gun Club 3.5 miles N of Ashland, NE. Season kickoff meeting is 1/13/18.

Please contact us at:

Saunders County Weigh Day

Sunday, March 11th 2018 at 2-4pm

636 East 1st Street

Wahoo, NE

2018 Weigh day for Market Beef animals.

Saunders County Livestock Judging


It's that time of year again to be thinking about practice times for the 2018 Livestock Judging Team. Given the great turn out at the judging contest at last year's fair, we are excited to get started! To try to incorporate everyone's busy schedules the best that we can, I have created a survey that lists potential days of the week and times for practices.


Livestock Judging Team Practice Times for 2018 Survey

Practices will not start until after the holidays and will only be approximately 2 times a month for about 2 hours. This means that there will only be about 8-12 practices total for the season.

If you could please fill out the survey as soon as you can, that would be great. If there is not a date or time that works for you on that list but you are serious about being a member, please email me and we can try to figure something out.

Also, if you know of someone who would like to be a member of the team that is not on this list, feel free to send me their email or forward this message onto them. If you would like to be removed from this list, let me know.

Again, we are excited and looking forward to what this year is going to bring! Livestock judging is a great activity to build and strengthen many life skills and make new friendships with fellow 4-Hers from our county.

Feel free to contact me with any questions!

Caitlin Ohnoutka

Graduate Research Assistant - Ruminant Nutrition

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Animal Science Building C220b


2018 District Horse Show

    • July 15-19, 2018 @ Fonner Park, Grand Island

2018 Special Garden Project

2018 Special Garden Project information now available! More information and sign up instructions are found here:

2018 Thersa Wilson Photo Theme - "Fence Posts"

2018 4-H Enrollment NOW OPEN!!

Deadline for 2018 4-H Enrollment will be June 15. 2018! But the sooner you sign up, the more likely you are to not miss something

Looking for 2018 Saunders County Superintendents/Leaders!

Attention Parents! We are looking for Superintendents/Leaders for the following:



Shooting Sports


If we can't find people willing to serve as leaders or superintendents for these then they could potentially end up not being offered at the fair!

Please contact us if you would be interested in one of those!

Aksarben Scholarship

Can you answer these questions?

  • I am a High School Senior, graduating in the Spring of 2018.
  • I am planning to attend a fully accredited 2 or 4 year college/university in the Fall of 2018.
  • I have participated in the AKSARBEN Stock Show for 3 years or more.
  • I have never participated in the AKSARBEN Buyer's Club Purple Ribbon Auction.
  • I have not received any previous AKSARBEN scholarships.
  • I have never been disqualified for any reason from the AKSARBEN Stock Show.
  • I have an interest in a career in an agriculture related field or professional career in rural communities.
  • I understand I am only eligible for one $2,000 scholarship award.

    Then you need to apply for the AKSARBEN Foundation Scholarship!

    Application Deadline is December 31, 2017. Click here to fill out the application form.…/agleadersscholarship/301

    7th Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

    Do you enjoy being outside? Learning new things about crops? Considering a career involving crops, insects, diseases, soils, water or more? Do you want to help figure out how to feed our world’s growing population in a sustainable way?

    Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the seventh 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 (2 or more participants), 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 are given. First place receives $1,000, second place receives $500, and third place receives $250. Sustainability, crop scouting and “extra mile” awards are also given as cash awards.

    To participate in 2018, youth must complete and return an entry form by March 15th to the Fillmore County Extension Office in Geneva, NE. Forms can be downloaded after January 1st at For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at

    Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference Scholarship Available

    The annual Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference will be held Feb. 22 – 23, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Kearney, Neb.

    The Women in Agriculture Conference is one of the longest-running women’s conferences of its kind in the country. The theme for this year’s conference is, “Growing our future, valuing our traditions.” Over 30 concurrent workshops will be hosted over the two-day event that focus on production risk, market risk, financial risk, human risk and legal risk.

    The conference will feature three keynote speakers. Ruth Hambleton, the founder of Annie’s Project, will speak on empowering and educating women producers. Ann Finkner, Farm Credit Services of America senior vice president chief administrative officer, will share resources to help women recharge while dealing with complexity, stress and multi-tasking in agriculture. Lastly, Leslie McCuiston will share her story of being named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year.

    1. Five $125 scholarships (full registration fee) available to University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) students.
    2. Ten $62.50 scholarships (half registration fee) are available to Nebraska FFA, 4-H or Community College students. Students receiving a ½ scholarship are expected to pay the remainder of the registration cost during the registration period, or find a local sponsor.

    Applicants will need to prepare a 3,000 character essay on "Why do you want to attend the Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference? How will you use the information in your future studies/career?"


    Hotel rooms and additional travel expenses are not covered by these scholarships. The application is now open. Applications must be submitted online by midnight Friday January 19, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than January 26, 2018.

    Do you have an interest in being a 4-H Judge?

    A new program has been added to the Nebraska 4-H website that allows 4-H Volunteers (that's you!) to sign up to be a 4-H Judge across Nebraska! If this sounds like something you'd like to do, click the link below:

    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.