Southern Plains 4H Newsletter

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - October 1, 2020

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Note From Kylie

We've had a busy month filled with school enrichment, contests (including PASE Livestock Judging and our unique Nuckolls-Thayer Range Judging Contest), and Ak-Sar-Ben. Look for your friendly neighborhood extension staff at several Trunk-or-Treats in the area during the month of October, and have a safe and happy harvest season!

Thayer County Record Books Due Today, Oct. 1 by 4 PM

Thayer County Only - Don't forget to turn in your record books in hard copy to the Hebron office by 4 pm on Thurs. Oct. 1!

You can find the fillable templates and the rubrics that will be used to grade the record books here:

Award winners will be announced at our October 18 Achievement Night in Deshler.

NOTE: The Career Portfolio is RETIRED. If you turn it in, it will not be judged.

Nebraska State Fair 2020

Nebraska State Fair 2020 Livestock & Static Special Recognition Results

Nebraska State Fair Item Pick Up

Thayer Families who have State Fair items to pick up:

Remmers, Hudson, Wade Heinrichs, Landon Heinrichs

Thayer Families who have State Fair Ribbons to Pick-Up:

Crockett, Laaker, Tietjen, Lemke-Koch, Jalas

State Level Achievement Applications

4-H members ages 15-18 as of December 31 of the current year are eligible to participate in the state-level Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application. The application is a standard application form used for the selection of state award winners, including Nebraska delegates to National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference, as well as Nebraska 4-H Foundation scholarship award recipients.

Thayer County is using the achievement application for its county-level awards and state-level awards so any senior level achievement applications that receive high ratings will be eligible to submit to state. As a reminder, the county-level achievement application deadline is Oct. 1, 2020.

4-H Council Positions

Thayer County 4-H Council Nominations Still Open

We've had a few people express interest in running for the open spots on the Thayer County 4-H Council, but if you want your name on the ballot, please email by Friday. Oct. 9!

Thayer County Achievement Night

Bring your own chairs and marshmallow roasting sticks.

Wear warm clothes and shoes that will be comfortable for some outside games!

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Congrats to our 2020 PASE Livestock Judgers, l-r: Addy Crockett, Olivia Brueggemann, Lacey Schmidt, Traven Virus, Nathan Elledge (our sole Nuckolls County competitor), and Alanna Fangmeier.

In team scores, Thayer County placed 5th overall, 2nd in Sheep&Goat, 5th in Swine, and 5th in Reasons. For individuals, Lacey Schmidt placed 7th in cattle and 6th in swine.


State 4-H would like to gather thoughts from our 4-H families and county offices involved in the companion animal program and ask for ideas about spring/summer clinics for next year! We would like to know what types of clinics, topics and modes of teaching are preferred as we start planning for activities for 2021. Fill out the survey here:



Living Room Learning offers free and live hands-on virtually guided activities for youth. Each session focuses on a new activity that can be done with materials found at home. Living Room Learning activities are perfect for youth in K-5th grades. Each session is recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate. Click this link to register:

Fall dates and descriptions for Living Room Learning are as follows at 1:00pm MT / 2:00pm:

October 6th: Steak Science

Learn what happens when an environment changes – even if the environment is FOOD! We’ll learn about meat tenderness and how it relates to science by using things you can find in your pantry.

October 20th: Physics of Medieval Tools

This activity uses principles of physics and engineering to build a simple min-trebuchet and a simple catapult for comparison of their mechanics!

November 3rd: Citizenship- Voting!

**More information for this session will be shared in October.

November 17th: Healthy Life, Happy Life

Make snack with us! We’ll talk about the importance of healthy living and what it actually means. Get ready to move – physical activity is also included!


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UNL - 4-H Partnership News





From Oct. 1 to Oct. 18, you can apply to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for free. Nebraska will waive the $45 application fee for all resident first-time freshmen and transfer students who wish to apply for the Fall 2021 term. To apply to Nebraska for free, you should enter NUforNE in the Application Fee Waiver Code field at the end of Nebraska’s application at This year, we know that it may be difficult for you to take the ACT or SAT because of public health concerns. To support students, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is test-optional for both university admission and scholarships.

Don’t wait to move your future forward—take the next step toward creating your future by completing your application at We’re excited to see what you’ll discover, what you’ll create and who you’ll become as a Husker.

4-H Calendar At a Glance


Oct. 1 - Thayer County Record Book Deadline

Oct. 18 - S'mores and Awards Thayer County Achievement Night @ Deshler

Trunk or Treat

Oct. 17 - Davenport Trunk or Treat

Oct. 22 - Superior Pumpkins in the Park

Oct. 25 - Lawrence Trunk or Treat

Oct. 30 - Deshler Trunk or Treat



Sat. Dec. 12 - Beef Weigh In @ Kile Vet Clinic in Superior 9-11am


Sat. Feb. 6 - Beef Weigh In @ Kile Vet Clinic in Superior Times 9-11am

The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.