Morrill County 4-H Update
Events & Deadlines
January 2 - Office Closed (New Year's Day)
January 16 - Office Closed (MLK Day)
January 17 - Extension Board Meeting @ 5:00 PM (PREEC)
January 22 - Lambing & Kidding School Registration Deadline
January 28 - First LEGO Competition @ Scottsbluff
January 28 - Lambing & Kidding School @ Gordon
February - National 4-H Month
February 25 - Beef Weigh-In @ 8:00-10:00 AM (Flatwater Vet Clinic)
February 9 - Private Pesticide Applicator Training @ 1:00-4:00 PM (Prairie Winds Community Center)
June 1 - Horse ID Sheets Due
June 15 - 4-H Enrollment Deadline / YQCA Deadline / Animal Affidavit Deadline
It’s time to get enrolled in 4-H for the 2023 4-H year! Nebraska 4-H has transitioned to 4honline 2.0. To enroll, click on the button below.
For returning families, please do not create a new account; rather use your log-in credentials for 4honline used in previous years. Instructions can be found here: https://4h.unl.edu/enroll/returning-member. Enrollment instructions for new families can be found here: https://4h.unl.edu/enroll/new-member. Please note the enrollment fee for Morrill county is $5 per 4-H member/ $0 for Clover Kid member and is paid either online or at our office.
Please contact Katlyn at (308) 262-1022 or email@example.com with any questions.
There are over 200 project areas that youth can enter a project under for the fair. From showing an animal to growing produce in a garden, the opportunities are almost limitless! For more information and some ideas for future projects, click on the button below.
Please contact Katlyn at (308) 262-1022 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We would like to welcome our new 4-H Council members as well as those who are continuing their membership!
Jarvis Memorial Scholarship - March 15
The intent of the scholarship is to assist women who live 3 or more hours drive from Lincoln but wish to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Applicant must reside in Love Memorial Cooperative Residence Hall on East Campus.
If you have questions email Gloria Turnbull at email@example.com.
Application deadline: postmarked or email a PDF file no later than March 15, 2023.
Bruno Ramos Memorial Scholarship - April 7
The Bruno Ramos Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Bruno and the things he loved most. He loved working and agriculture and spent his free time with his animals or dreaming up ways to restore and repair his vehicles. It is our hope to keep Bruno’s memory alive by supporting students as they pursue trades and careers they have a passion for.
Preference will be given to students pursuing a technical trade or a career in agriculture.
You can find the application attached below.
Applications due April 7, 2023.
Nebraska 4-H is now accepting nominations for a new awards program to recognize the outstanding contributions of 4-H volunteers across the state now until March 15, 2023.
The Nebraska 4-H Volunteer Recognition Awards honors adult and youth volunteers, as well as and multi-generational families, who have provided meaningful contributions to Nebraska 4-H. One Outstanding Adult Volunteer Award and One Emerging Adult Volunteer Award winner will be chosen for each of the state’s 11 Nebraska Extension Engagement zones. One statewide winner will be named in the each of the youth volunteer and multi-generational family categories.
“Our 4-H volunteers go above and beyond to serve Nebraska’s youth every year,” said Jill Goedeken, 4-H Youth Development Extension educator. “This volunteer recognition opportunity debuted in 2021 and we were thrilled at the number of outstanding 4-H volunteers nominated statewide. We are looking forward to another opportunity to recognize 4-H volunteers for their contributions to youth in Nebraska.”
The nomination period runs through March 15. Nominations can be submitted by any 4-H member, family, supporter, or Extension staff member. Nominees must fit the award categories and can be a volunteer for any Nebraska 4-H experience. Some examples may include 4-H club leader, project leader, junior leader, county or State Fair volunteer, special interest volunteer, such as robotics or shooting sports, afterschool club volunteer or 4-H camp volunteer. More information, along with the nomination form, is available online at: https://4h.unl.edu/volunteer-recognition.
Winners will be announced virtually on April 21, 2023, in which Nebraska 4-H will be celebrating the Week of the Volunteer. A special awards presentation will take place at the 2023 Nebraska State Fair.
State Fair Update
With each new State Fair season, brings new possibilities and opportunities for 4-H families in Nebraska. The opportunity for 4-H to continue having its own weekend allows more flexibility for new events, entry limits, schedules, and space. We want to continue to take advantage of that!
As part of that process, we continue to explore age eligibility requirements for State Fair participation. After garnering user input, researching data from other events/shows/states, and looking that overall impact on youth development, the decision has been made to change the age of eligibility in 2023 to be 9 years of age before January 1 (of the current year) for all in-person events (livestock, contests, fashion shows).
More information will be forthcoming.
Nebraska 4-H requires all youth ages 8-18 enrolled in livestock projects to complete annual quality assurance certification through Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). YQCA is a national multi-species quality assurance program focused on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development.
YQCA certification is required for all 4-H members enrolled in any of the following projects:
· Beef (bucket calf, feeder calf, breeding beef, market beef)
· Dairy Cattle
· Goat (breeding meat goat, dairy goat, meat goat)
· Sheep (breeding sheep, market sheep)
· Swine (breeding swine, market swine)
YQCA is required annually.
Face-to Face Training In-person YQCA training courses cost $3 per individual regardless of age. Dates to be determined. Be watching your 4-H Newsletter!
Web-based Training at https://yqcaprogram.org. The online YQCA course costs $12 per individual regardless of age.
Test-out options are only available to youth in the first year of Intermediate (age 12) and Senior (age 15) age levels. There is no test-out option for Juniors. Participants will have only one chance to take the test-out option. If youth fail, they will not be provided another opportunity to test out of that age level.
Test-out costs are:
Intermediate: $36 ($12 x 3 years of certification) Senior: $48 ($12 x 4 years of certification).
- 4-H Families will register and pay online
- 4-H’ers use their 4-H Online Account
- Furnas County will offer a in-person training this summer.
Continue to watch the newsletter for upcoming in-person training early 2023
2023 Special Garden Project
Seeds have been ordered and will be available at the office. Contact the office at (308) 262-1022 if planning on entering the Special Garden Project this year! For more information, go to: https://4h.unl.edu/special-garden-project
2023 Special Agronomy Project
The Nebraska Extension Special Agronomy Project gives 4-H members an opportunity to experience a crop that is grown, was grown or has the potential to be grown in Nebraska. The project allows 4-H members interested in agronomy to grow something fun, new, and different.
In its third year of the special agronomy project, youth will explore tepary beans. Tepary beans are a traditional Native American food crop and are a drought-tolerant crop. Tepary Beans are among the most drought-tolerant legume crops in the world, but at one time, they were almost an endangered species in the United States. Tepary beans are an ancient crop native to the northern part of Mexico and the southwestern part of the U.S. Beans can be multiple sizes and colors, like pinto or black beans, but they offer drought tolerance other legumes don’t have. For more information, go to: https://cropwatch.unl.edu/special-agronomy-project.
4-H STEM Challenge
This year’s National 4-H STEM Challenge will take students to be Explorers of the Deep! Explorers of the Deep focuses on the mysteries and adventures of ocean exploration—with robots! Young people learn how to use science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to explore Earth’s Ocean and how it relates to all life on the planet.
The 2022 Challenge helps young people develop observational and critical thinking skills while exploring the interconnected nature between the ocean and humans, regardless of where they live. They will learn about the incredibly complex relationship between Earth’s oceans and the global climate. According to a recent survey, 84% of teens would like to be involved with shaping the future of our environment.
Explorers of the Deep can help empower young people to innovate and take action to drive positive change.
Learn more about this year’s 4-H STEM Challenge and how you and your students can get involved at 4-h.org/parents/4-h-stem-challenge.
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Have you heard of the FarmBits Podcast? The FarmBits Podcast is a product of Nebraska Extension, focusing on digital agriculture.
The realm of digital ag is ever evolving at a pace that can be challenging to keep up with. Our mission is to help navigate these technologies by discussing current and honest information. The FarmBits Podcast will explore topics in digital agriculture in a well-rounded and accessible way, taking the shine off of new technologies through interviews with academic experts, farmers, and industry specialists.
You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, YouTube and iHeart Radio.
Find more information here: https://unlcms.unl.edu/.../exte.../on-farm-research/farmbits
Horse Judging School
The annual Nebraska 4-H Horse Judging School is coming up on Saturday, February 25. All horse show judges, aspiring judges, judging team coaches, and youth are invited to learn about Hunter Under Saddle, Horsemanship, Reining, and 4-H Horse Show Rules and Guidelines. Learn more and register at cvent.me/NX7qrR.
Virtual Companion Animal Challenge
Mark your calendars! The Nebraska 4-H Virtual Companion Animal Challenge entries are due by Saturday, April 1. Essay, art, photography, and demonstration entries must be submitted digitally within the entry form, and the online trivia contest will be open from Monday, April 10, through Sunday, April 16. Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/companion-animal-challenge.
The Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede will be held Saturday, March 25, in Lincoln. This event features a variety of horse contests that do not require live animals, including public speaking, demonstration, quiz bowl, art, and photography. Registration is due by Monday, March 6. Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/horse-stampede.