4-H Friday News Blast!

1.25.19 - Burr!

Deadline Next Thursday 1-31-19

Thursday the 31st is the deadline to order 4-H Special Garden Seeds for 2019. (https://go.unl.edu/hz56) If you are interested in participating in 2019, do two things:

  1. Pre-order the seeds through the Cass County Extension Office by January 31st. (One packet per 4-Her). Email or call the office to let us know. We'll need your name and your club's name.
  2. Enroll in the Special Garden Project (select it from the drop down list of projects in 4HOnline)


Deadline Next Wednesday 1-30-19

Announcement from Tracy .... Native Bee opportunity for 1 to 2 Cass County Teens ... Nebraska 4-H is looking for teens across the state who have an interest in teaching and engaging youth in their counties on the topic of Native Bees. 1-2 teens from Cass County are eligible to participate. Teens will be trained on Saturday, March 23rd in Central City and will be asked to develop a county plan for reaching 45-50 youth with the experience and evaluation. The experience is always a fun, interactive lesson plan to teach. The project period runs March – mid July, and Tracy would be happy to work with teens on this. If you are interested, please email Tracy at tracy.ensor@unl.edu by January 30th.

Mark your Summer Calendar for 4-H Day Camp!

YES! ..... 4-H Day Camp is Back .....

Adventure Day Camp at Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center

When: Saturday June 15, 2019 10AM – 4PM

Cost: $35 per person. 1 adult meal is included per child registration. Adults chaperones are encouraged to attend, but are not required.

Ages: 6-11

Description: This camp lets you indulge in your adventurous side! Wildlife experts join us with a live animal demonstration where we will get up close and personal with some cool wild animals. Then we will head to Schramm Park where you will get a choice between exploring the NEW Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium’s interactive exhibits or try your hand at canoeing and fishing on the ponds.

After a YUMMY Lunch- make sure you pack your swimsuit because in the afternoon you will be making a splash during our water party and taking trips down our GIANT Waterside!

Here is the direct link to register! http://www.ultracamp.com/info/sessiondetail.aspx?idCamp=381&campCode=4hc&idSession=220249.

Tracy Ensor will be helping at this camp and we hope to see you at 4-H Camp this summer!

Happy Camping!

Sean Gundersen, Camp Director, Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center


2019 Cass County Calendar is Published

The 2019 Cass County 4-H Calendar is an important tool in being prepared, meeting deadlines and knowing when events, meetings and activities are happening. Please note the important number 15 this year - MANY of our very important deadlines fall on the 15th of the month.

If you have any questions, please contact the Extension Office at 402-267-2205 or cass-county@unl.edu


Shooting Sports - 4-Hers Interested in Participating in National Championships

Nebraska is seeking eligible youth interested in participating in the 2019 4-H Shootings Sports National Championships in the following discipline areas – smallbore rifle, smallbore pistol, air pistol and muzzleloading. 4-H youth who are interested in participating in one or more of the above discipline areas can find more details and complete the online “4-H Shooting Sports National Championships Interest Form” found at - https://goo.gl/forms/4xBRD8aVlBo0GVcz2. Deadline to complete the online Interest/Intent Form is March 1, 2019.


Two New County Fair Assistant Superintendents

Cass County has an opportunity for you!!!

With a bit of knowledge about sewing, a few hours at fair time, organizational skills, and a passion for helping young 4-Hers in this project area, a new Assistant Sewing Superintendent and a new Assistant Fashion Show Superintendent can join us this year and learn all the ropes under the leadership of our current superintendents!

You don't have to be a 4-H leader. You do have to complete a profile and register in 4HOnline and have a background check. Let us know if this fits your skill set & interest, and can join our team this year! Contact us at the Extension Office.


Scholarship Opportunities for Cass County 4-Hers


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Individuals, Clubs, and Leaders,

Would you be looking for something fun to do with our club members? Would you be interested in an on-going “let’s-get-involved” activity?

Here’s one you might consider:

The University of Nebraska was chartered on February 15, 1869 and charged with its land-grant mission of public education and service to Nebraska. In 2019, we mark the 150-year legacy of improving the quality of life for Nebraska and beyond. Please join us in celebrating the historic past of your University and helping us chart a bold new future:


  • Participate in “Charter Day with N|150 ice cream from the Dairy Story or create N|150 cookies
  • Participate in “Glow Big Red” day
  • Copy, cut out, and make a “Flat Herbie” and snap pictures of him wherever you go
  • Make an N|150 Stepping Stone and enter it at the county fair
  • Use photography to tell the story of how the University has impacted you, your family, or your community? Tell the story through photography. Take your photographs to the fair.
  • Etc.

You can learn about all of these things at: https://4h.unl.edu/n150


NE State Level Opportunity for Volunteers Interested in the 4-H Companion Animal Program:

Are you interested in providing feedback and helping with steering the Nebraska State 4-H Companion Animal Program (dogs, cats, household pets)? Lisa Karr is looking for people willing and interested in serving on the Nebraska 4-H Companion Animal Advisory Committee.

This is a new committee. Lisa would like the membership of the committee to include extension faculty and staff, 4-H members, recent 4-H alumni, and 4-H adult volunteers from across the state. This committee would offer insight, review, and input for the operation and management of the Nebraska 4-H Companion Animal Program. Committee members would be expected to meet face-to-face and/or through scheduled conference calls (Zoom) or utilizing email to conduct committee business.

A regular meeting schedule and the roles of the committee will be set up once the committee is formed.

Those interested are encouraged to fill out the contact information form by the end of January, using this link: https://goo.gl/forms/W30ZpEuBdSOxM8332. Please contact Lisa Karr at 402-472-6458 or at lisa.karr@unl.edu if you have any questions.


Three calendars below ...

Upcoming Countywide 4-H Reminders

2019 Cass County 4-H Calendar

Jan 30 - Deadline for 4-Hers interested in serving on Bee Ag Innovators Experience

Jan 31 - Deadline for ordering seeds for the 2019 Special Garden Project

March 1 - Deadline for Freel/Lepert Family Scholarship

March 1 - Deadline for David Knabe Memorial Scholarship

March 16 - Deadline for NACEB Scholarship
Mar 15 - Deadline to re-enroll for 4-H at https://ne.4HOnline.com, Enrollment Instruction, Pick Your Project

April 1 - Deadline for Weeping Water Whiz Kidz Scholarship


Upcoming Statewide 4-H Events

Now Open - Registrations for Summer 4-H Camp

Jan 26 - FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament

Feb 13 - Open House for Power of Red Day at UNL

Feb 21-22 - Women in Agriculture

Jan 31 - Due date for anyone interested in being on the Nebraska 4-H Companion Animal Advisory committee.

Feb 1 - AKSARBEN Lamb Challenge Applications Due Online

Feb 2 - FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament

Febr 16-24 - Cattlemen's Classic in Kearney, NE

March 1 - Deadline for Beekeeping Essay Competition

Mar 30 - Companion Animal Event at UNL

Mar 30 - Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede

Apr 15 - Early bird registration due date for Summer 4-H Camp

July 8-12 - NAYI

Nebraska 4-H Event Calendar

Statewide Events and Opportunities


Ag Information and Opportunities in and around Cass County ...

  1. Cass/Otoe Cattlemen Affiliate Meeting ... January 31, 2019 at Cass Co Ext Office
  2. Nebraska Game and Parks Help Prepare for State Shoot ... Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 30
  3. Nebraska Pork Industry's Annual Meeting ... Febr 13 in Lincoln
  4. Beef Profit Tips Workshops ... Febr 5 in Ithaca, NE
  5. Successful Farmer Series ... Every Friday from Jan 4 - Feb 8, held at Lancaster County Extension Office
  6. Acreage Life ... January Edition
  7. Ag-Line Newsletter ... January 2019
  8. Instant Pot 101 .. Sarpy County February 26
  9. Nebraska Insight ... Winter Edition
  10. Private Pesticide Applicator's Training ... March 7, 2019, meetings in Weeping Water, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. For more information go to the UNL Pesticide website is: https://pested.unl.edu/
  11. Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Spring Affair ... April 27, Lincoln
  12. Nebraska Extension Publications ... online Library


Nebraska Extension Cass County

Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, Interim Unit Leader, katie.kreuser@unl.edu

Tracy Ensor, Extension Assistant, tracy.ensor@unl.edu

Sondra Buell, Office Manager, sondra.buell@unl.edu

General Mailbox, cass-county@unl.edu