Jefferson County 4-H

January 2020

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Newsletter Contents

  • 4-H Highlights!
  • Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events
  • Animal Information
  • Special Opportunities
  • Calendar of Events

4-H Highlights!

2020 Jefferson County Fair Dates & Theme!

Finalized fair dates: July 15-19, 2020

Theme: Come See a Good Thing Grow'n

4-H Online Enrollment is Open Now

Enrollment is open for 2019-2020 Jefferson County 4-H. NOTE AGE CHANGE: All 4-H youth (ages 8-18) as of January 1, 2019 are required to enroll online every year. Enrollment deadline is APRIL 1. We encourage all members to enroll using a computer and not your mobile device. Enrollment instructions for new members can be found at the Extension Office or online at Call the office 402-729-3487 with any enrollment questions.

4-H Online Enrollment Link:

New 4-H Member Enrollment Instructions Link:

Re-Enrollment Instructions Link:

Clover Kids Enrollment Online

4-H enrollment is required for Clover Kids (ages 5-7) online at Enrollment deadline is April 1. Youth should select "Clover Kids" as their club and must select at least one Clover Kid project to complete enrollment. Selection of multiple projects online is not required to exhibit multiple projects at the county fair.

Enrollment Link:

4-H Club Year End Treasurers Reports Due!

Organizational leaders and club treasurers, please remember that the 2019 Club Treasurer’s Report is due January 15th. The form is required to be completed even if you have a zero balance all year. If you have any questions please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487.

Happy Rock 4-H Club


Happy Rock 4-H Club is re-organizing for the 2020 year. They are having a meeting on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Lana Likens at 402-587-0432.

Jefferson County Farm Bureau Student Mini Grant!

Once again the Jefferson County Farm Bureau is offering the Student Project Grant program.

The grant is offered to all Jefferson County FFA & 4-H students.

The application can be found on our website at:, the deadline is January 15, 2020 and they will interview each applicant on January 26th. Call the office with any questions!

Diamond Clover Program

The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program encourages 4-H youth to engage in a variety of programs, projects, and activities that will enable youth to acquire skills and abilities that will prepare them for success in the future.

The program consists of six levels that require a young person to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. For each level, the Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H youth choose their goals. The accomplishments increase in quantity and difficulty for each level. At the beginning of the 4-H year, participants plan what to accomplish and at the end of the 4-H year, they report on their completed accomplishments. Successful completion of a level's Plan & Report form results in a 4-H youth earning that level of the Diamond Clover program.

Diamond Clover Forms can be downloaded at Forms are due to the Extension Office April 1, 2020.

4-H Council

We will be electing new members to the 4-H Council and are looking for interested adults and youth. The council is composed of 6 adults and 6 youth members. Adult members serve a 3-year term, while youth members serve a 1-year term and can serve 3 terms. We would like to invite anyone who’s interested in serving on 4-H Council to contact the office. Youth members need to be at least 13 years old by January 1, 2020.

Please contact us by Wednesday, January 15 at 5 pm to be considered.

4-H Discover Washington Trip Interest Form

We are requesting that 4-H families complete this form to serve as a planning tool for the Saline, Gage and Jefferson county 4-H Discover Washington trip. Please specify an approximate date your child(ren) may be interested in attending the 4-H Discover Washington trip. Completing the form and giving us an approximate date does in no way obligate them to attend a trip. We are wanting to use the information in planning future trips.

Please fill out the form here:

2020 Special Garden Project

The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens. This year the Special Garden Project is focused on the unique Classic Magic Bachelor Button. Classic Magic Bachelor Buttons are a unique mix of plum, purple, and bicolor flowers. Not only do the flowers attract beneficial insects, the flowers are edible as well.

Youth should enroll for the Special Garden Project through 4-H Online. Once enrolled through 4-H Online, youth are then to call their local office to let them know they enrolled for the project. By enrolling through 4-H Online, youth will have access to the box folder with the educational materials including the growing newsletter & evaluation.

Call the office by January 28th to order your seeds! NO LATE ORDERS!!!!

2020 Online Horticulture Judging Contest

Do you know what it takes to pick the best fruit and vegetables out at the grocery store? Or do you know what judges are looking for when they judge your plants at the county fair? Have you ever wondered, what plant is that!?! We are excited to offer the opportunity to learn these and other important horticulture skills through the Online Horticulture Contest. The contest will be available June 5-22, 2020 at:

NEW 4-H Photography Showcase!

The 4-H Photography Showcase offers a project exhibition opportunity beyond traditional print media. It is intended to help youth develop professional and technical skills as photographers while fostering creativity and encouraging self-expression. Through this opportunity, youth are encouraged to practice and apply skills learned in their photography projects throughout the year.

How Does It Work?

Each month, a new photo will be selected from the online submissions. Selections will be made based on creativity, timeliness, technical execution, originality, and appropriateness. The selected photo will be showcased across the Nebraska 4-H social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Youth photographers will be credited wherever and whenever their photo is shared or published.

This opportunity is open to all enrolled 4-H members. Photo recommendations, file specifications, rules, and guidelines for participation are available online at

Photography Mounting Workshop

On February 13th we will be holding a photo mounting workshop. This will be led by our photography superintendent Deb Ebke. Deb will explain the proper techniques to mount photos on poster board and how to fill out the data tags. We are finalizing a time for this, but it will be held on February 13. Look for updates for this workshop!

2020 Pick Your Project Available

The Pick Your Project, available at, has been updated for the 2020 program year. Using the searchable, web-based 2020 Pick Your Project, users will be able to search for projects by keywords, curriculum areas, knowledge levels, and geographic levels.

Animal Information

Livestock Quality Assurance Training

There will be a face to face training on Thursday, February 13th in the afternoon at the Tri-County High School ag room for youth ages 8-18 as of that day. Youth 19-21 will have to complete the course online. This training will meet your requirements for the the 2020 fair. We will also be holding another face to face training in Fairbury in May, so if you still need training one will be held then.

Horse Advancement Level Testing

Winter months are a great time to work on Horse Advancement Levels. Information and study materials are found in the Horse Project Member Manual and Advancement Level Manual at the Extension Office. We also have the Nebraska 4-H Horse Show & Judging Guide available.


Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit

NEW this year! Nebraska has started a livestock judging circuit open to current Nebraska 4-H and/or FFA members that are in good standing and age 10-18 as of January 1, 2020. Contestants will be split into two divisions based on 4-H age: Senior (age 14-18) and Junior (age 10-13). This would be a great opportunity to see and evaluate great livestock across the state. There are a total of 17 contests that youth have an opportunity to compete in. The Top 5 individuals from the intermediate and senior divisions will receive awards and be recognized as the All-State Teams during the 4-H grand drive at the 2020 Nebraska State Fair. Each student must compete in at least 2 contests and PASE in order to be eligible to be on the All-State Team in their respective division. The extension office has a list of all the contests as well as contact information. If you'd like to know more, please call the office. We'd be glad to help you!
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4-H Cat Club

A message for all cat interested youth:

Do you like cats? What about learning how to care for or show them? Maybe you have heard about the 4-H Cat Club in the past and wanted to join, but couldn't make the monthly meetings.

Do we have good news for you, or what? We are pleased to introduce this year's self-paced Cat Club! No more being bummed that you missed the hour long meeting every second Thursday. You will now have access to monthly lessons and activities that you can complete on your own time. The first lesson can be found here on September 5th:

If you are interested, please stay tuned and register today!

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Special Opportunties

Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop in Lincoln

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for mid-January in Lincoln. It will be held January 18-19 at the Nebraska Game & Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. The deadline to register for the Lincoln session is January 8th.

Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Four project areas will be offered at the Lincoln Workshop - rifle, pistol, coordinator, and archery. The Coordinator certification being offered in Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports is for individuals who work with certified shooting sports leaders, 4-H club leaders for shooting sports projects, 4-H volunteers managing shooting sports events/competitions.

Coordinators will explore and learn more about the different disciplines in 4-H Shooting Sports, how to support the different types of coaches, structuring a budget, designing a fund-raising plan, building an overall plan focused on Positive Youth Development, practice handling conflict, discover how to manage and recruit volunteers, best practices for managing events and competitions, teaching more than just “shooting” with science and healthy lifestyles, and working within your county’s 4-H structure.

There is a minimum number of participants needed to offer these disciplines at the workshop. Workshop participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State
4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.

The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification and those individuals adding an additional discipline except for Apprentice Instructors. The registration fee for Apprentice Instructors is $90 for this workshop. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. The registration fee after January 8th is $160. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

For more workshop information and registration link, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports web page ( Or contact Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691. Registration is available only online at the link provided in the brochure or they can register directly by clicking

2020 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition

The 2020 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition: Call for Entries is now available at:

Interested students should submit state entries to the UNL Bee Lab ( with the subject header “4H Essay Contest” by March 1, 2020. This year’s topic is a bit challenging, especially if they are new to beekeeping, so if there are students who would like to interview or get in contact with a local beekeeper, they can reach out to the Nebraska Beekeepers Association (

Questions? Contact Judy Wu-Smart, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Entomology at UNL, at or at 402-472-8696.

Workshop Ideas

We are looking for ideas for workshops in and 2020. We would like to hear ideas of what you would be willing to attend. We would also like to hear from you regarding what times would work best for most people, after school, 1⁄2 days when school is out, etc. Please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487 and let us know what YOU are interested in.


Just as a reminder, check out our Facebook page! The page name is "Jefferson County Extension & 4-H Youth Development". Along with our newsletter, we will be using this page to update our members about upcoming events, activities, and deadlines. We also hope to use this page to provide information about community outreach opportunities, scholarships, and research that is important to our followers. The staff will do our best to keep this updated and inform you all of what is going on at the office, Jefferson County, and in Nebraska.

Calendar of Events


15 - Jefferson County Farm Bureau Mini-Grant Due

20 - Extension Office Closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Day


13 - Quality Assurance Training, Tri-County High School

13 - Photography Mounting Workshop


1- 4-H Enrollment Due

1 - Diamond Clover Applications Due

13 - 4-H Public Speaking Contest, Fairbury


15 - 19 - Jefferson County Fair, Fairbury

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