Thurston County 4-H News

March 2018

Upcoming Dates

March 8 - Butter Braid Orders DUE @ Extension Office

March 10 - Horse Stampede @ East Campus

March 19 - Thurston 4-H Council Meeting *Date Change*

March 16 - All Contest Registration Deadline

March 20 - Butter Braid pick up @ Extension Office (5 pm)

March 24 - All Contest Day! @ United Church of Pender (9:30 am)

April 1 - 4-H Council Senior Scholarship DUE

April 6-7 - Siouxland Garden Show @ Sioux City

April 9 - Joint 4-H Council Meeting @ Pender (7 pm)

April 15 - AKSARBEN Market Beef DNA Nominations DUE

April 15 - Nebraska 4-H Camp Early Bird Registration DUE

April 22-28 - National Volunteer Week

April 27 - Office Closed - Arbor Day

Need to Know

Busy Programming - Out of the Office

Seems that we are always busy. Either programming or more programming, so we might see the youth at some of our different events. To make sure we are in the office when you need us, we suggest calling or contacting us to make sure we will be around.

Days we know that we'll both be out of the office are:

March 22: All Day

March 23: All Day

April 3: All Day

April 24: All Day

April 25: All Day

April 26: All Day

Member Information

4-H Online Enrollment and Re-Enrollment

NOTHING'S CHANGED!!! But since it's a new year we need you to re-enroll at There are step by step sheets at For both new families and families that already have profiles. If you already have a profile make sure you DO NOT make a new profile.

If you are a VOLUNTEER for our program we also need to you to re-enroll in our online database. Again step by step information can be found at

If anyone of you has questions please call the office and we'll do our best to work through any issues.

Butter Braid Sales

Thurston County 4-Hers will be taking orders from January 28-March 8, orders will be delivered to the 4-Hers on March 20th at 5 pm at the Thurston County Extension Office.

NEW Contest Format!

There's something new this year for Speech, Music, Favorite Foods, and Presentation Contests. Instead of finding time in your schedule for two contests we're going to get all of them done in one day. On March 24th at the United Church of Pender at 9:30 AM we will be holding all of the contests. So if you would like to participate in Speech, Music, Favorite Foods, or Presentation Contests we'll see you then. Pre-registration is due by March 16th to the Extension Office. More information can be found at:

Ideas for 4-H Workshops

Next summer seems so far away as we're buried under snow, but we're already looking to see how we can help you accomplish the projects that you plan on completing for fair. We are working on organizing our 4-H Workshop opportunities for 2018. Please share your ideas and possible resources with us. If you saw an exhibit at the fair this summer and think this is would be a great workshop topic, we are always open to suggestions!

Club of the Month

Each month a 4-H club is chosen as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month by the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. In order to be chosen, 4-H clubs must nominate themselves by filling out the applications found at The club that is chosen as Club of the Month will be acknowledge for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Good luck!

Continuing Education

Thurston County 4-H Council Senior Scholarship

The Thurston County 4-H Council is now offering a $150 scholarship to applicants that meet the following criteria.

Applicant Criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a current High School Senior.
  2. Applicant must currently be an enrolled member of the Thurston County 4-H Program. And have been enrolled in 4-H for at least the past two years.
  3. Applicant must have completed and turned in their 4-H Career Portfolio for at least the past two years.
  4. Application must be completed and returned to get proper signatures to the Club Leader by April 1st of the current calendar year. Club Leaders will then turn all collected applications to Nebraska Extension in Thurston County. After submission, applications will not be returned.

Scholarship Information:

  1. One $150 will be awarded to all applicants who meet the criteria.
  2. Scholarship will be awarded after receiving written notification of scholarship recipient’s second semester enrollment. For those students enlisting with the military, notification of basic training completion will be the equivalent.
  3. Scholarship monies will be sent directly to the scholarship winner.

This application is due to your 4-H leaders by April 1st. We hope you consider participating. This process and application will be reviewed by the 4-H Council in three years to reaccess needs.

The application can be found here:

Nebraska Associate of County Extension Boards Scholarship (NACEB)


It is expected that each scholarship recipient make at least one presentation to a community, high school, or 4-H group discussing the importance of continuing one’s education at the post-secondary level, the positive experiences and benefits of studying in CASNR/CEHS and encouraging others to study in CASNR/CEHS.

Each recipient of this scholarship will be invited to attend the NACEB Annual Meeting and to speak to the members , briefly outlining her/his academic progress, career plans, and observations of her/his experiences in CASNR/CEHS.

If unable to attend, a written report is an alternative. An effort will be made by NACEB to assist each recipient with travel to the meeting. This support could be in the form of offered transportation with other attendees or reimbursement of mileage at the discretion of NACEB.


The entire application, review, and award process of the NACEB Scholarship Program will be overseen by the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) and the Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Erin Blankenship, Associate Dean

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

PO Box 830702, UNL East Campus

Lincoln, NE 68583-0702

Application materials must be received by March 16, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 402-472-2201.


The Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB) Scholarship Program includes the following:

  • One $1000 scholarship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) or in the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) for an incoming student (freshmen or transfer student).
  • One $1000 scholarship for a current student (sophomore or higher) enrolled in CASNR or CEHS.

Note: NACEB may suspend this scholarship program at any time.

Family & Consumer Sciences

Bake & Take Month

March is Bake & Take month, a time when wheat organizations encourage others to bake a wheat good and share it with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and shut-ins. In honor of the month, the Nebraska Wheat Board (NWB) is again sponsoring recipe cards and stickers for any 4-H groups or other organizations that wish to participate. This year’s recipes mini dessert tacos and crockpot cherry chocolate lava cake. Those interested in participating or who have questions can contact the NWB office at (402) 471-2358 or There is no cost for the supplies, and no limit on the number that can be requested. Those wishing to preview the recipes before requesting materials can find them listed on our website homepage ( starting late next week (March 1).

Plant Science

Youth Crop Scouting Competition

Nebraska Extension also offers the 5th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth. This contest is at the ARDC near Mead, Nebraska on July 26th, 2018. The event includes indoor and outdoor events. Teams of junior high and high school students (those completing 7-12th grades) are invited to participate.

Clubs or other organizations may enter a team composed of three to five participants. An adult team leader must accompany each team. Team leaders could be FFA advisors, crop consultants, extension staff, coop employees, etc.

Top-scoring teams win prizes: $500 for first, $250 for second, $100 for third place. Top two teams are eligible for regional competition in August at Nebraska.

Teams are expected to know basics of scouting corn and soybean fields. This includes crop staging; looking for patterns of crop injury; disease, insect and weed seedling identification; etc. Other topics may include but are not limited to, pesticide safety, nutrient disorders, and herbicide injury.

More information about the crop scouting competition and instructions on how to register a team are available online at

Teams must be registered by July 16th. This program is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association and Nebraska Extension.

Animal Science

NEW Quality Assurance = YQCA

YQCA is available as an online program for youth everywhere in the United States. YQCA in-person workshops may be available to youth where state 4-H or FFA offices or state/national livestock organizations have partnered to have qualified trainers offer in-person workshops. This is what Nebraska 4-H/FFA have adopted this year and so we will be using the new system.

Requirements: Online - 3 modules @ $12 total

OR Face-2-Face training @ $3 total Scheduled for June 1st @ 9:30 am, Pender Fire Hall

OR Test Out for Intermediate & Senior @ Free

Thurston County 4-H Council has voted to provide scholarships for these fees after youth fill out a short form. Found here:

Here are some quick Log In Instructions:

1. Go to from your computer browser and select Sign In/Register Tab

2. Sign in and register using the 4-H Online box

3. Select the name of your organization from the pick list Nebraska 4-H Youth Development

4. Use your 4-H Online user name and password to start the process

5. Select the member name taking the course

6. Select the age of the member in the appropriate box

7. When the age is selected the appropriate courses will be selected

8. Select online choice (Instructor led class will be developed by your local instructor)

9. Select payment method credit card or if you have received a coupon code from your Extension Office you will enter it at this time to purchase the courses

10. After completing the three courses be sure to save and print out a completion certificate and take it to your Extension Office

11. For swine exhibitors the number on your completion certificate will be used as the number that will be asked for by swine buyers

12. If you encounter problems you can contact

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Spring 4-H Rabbit Show

Opportunity to learn and practice your showmanship. Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m. Registration 7:30-8:30 a.m. Lancaster Event Center - Exhibit Hall. Great opportunity for youth to talk to other 4-H'ers about where to purchase a good rabbit for a 4-H project.

Nebraska Youth Pork Conference: "Makin' Bacon...and a WHOLE Lot More!"

High school aged youth who have a pork industry, meats, and/or culinary may have an interest to apply for our 3rd Nebraska Youth Pork Conference, “Makin’ Bacon … and a WHOLE Lot More!” to take place at the University of Nebraska Animal Science Department. The conference will be conducted Wed., May 30 (start ~ 1 pm) through Friday, June 1 (end ~ noon). This program is geared toward high school aged youth, 16 years of age or older. Students who will be graduating in 2018 are welcome and encouraged to join us!

For more information youth may go to where they can read more about the program and to apply online. Online applications (including a reference letter) are due Friday, April 13.

Submitting Animal Information into AKSARBEN Livestock Database

An IMPORTANT CHANGE from past years is that exhibitors will be responsible for submitting their animal information into the AKSARBEN livestock database online themselves prior to the nomination deadline. In the past, families turned in DNA envelopes and breeding nominations cards to the office, staff mailed them to AKSARBEN and the entry process was done manually by staff. This led to mistakes, missing entries, missing payments, etc. The database now has the capacity to accept animal information submitted directly by exhibitors as well as payments for the DNA process. We will provide step by step instructions for doing this once the database is open to accepting entries. We are excited for this process to be in place as it ensures responsibility on exhibitors and families with a number of safeguards in place for you and us to monitor success. Your families will have the ability themselves to edit incorrect information (wrong tag number, wrong birth date, etc.) up to the deadline. The County Extension Office/FFA Advisors will still continue to mail in the DNA collectors to the AKSARBEN office by the respected deadline. You will also have the ability to see what your families have submitted and you will still be validating those nominations throughout the nomination process. Once the information is in the database and has been validated by the County Extension Staff/FFA Advisor, it will then be available for exhibitors to make State Fair entries. Please note, any animal entry not in the database or had not submitted DNA will not be considered nominated and eligible for State Fair.

2018 State Fair & AKSARBEN Livestock Identification Requirements

Family Responsibilities:

1. Exhibitors will be required to enroll in 4-H and the required projects by the county deadline in 4H Online.

2. Exhibitors showing market animals at State Fair or AKSARBEN must have a signed and sealed official DNA collector with hair samples for DNA verification turned into their county office and have completed the online nomination ( along with submitting payment online by the appropriate deadline listed in the table. Any animal carrying an 840 EID tag will require the exhibitor to obtain a Premises ID. Contact the local Extension Office for details. (It is recommended that you make a copy or a photo image of completed envelope you turn into your county.)

3. Exhibitors showing breeding beef, breeding sheep and breeding does at State Fair or AKSARBEN will need to complete an online nomination ( by the June 15 deadline.

4. Exhibitors will be required to complete Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) for the enrolled livestock projects by the county deadline.

5. Exhibitors will notify the County Extension Staff of any retags that may occur up to time of check-in at either the State Fair or AKSARBEN show.

6. Exhibitors will select which animal entries they have chosen to show at State Fair on the State Fair pre-entry website. All nominated and validated animals will be automatically listed as a choice option for pre-entry registration.

7. 4‐H and FFA youth participants will declare which youth organization they will show their animal projects by August 10 in ShoWorks.

a. If an animal is shown in FFA at the State Fair, it is no longer eligible for AKSARBEN. If an animal is entered in FFA, but isn’t exhibited, that animal will still be eligible to be exhibited at AKSARBEN.

8. Exhibitors will be required to bring the breed registration association paperwork to check-in at State Fair for animals wanting to show in a breed class. The exhibitors name should be identified on the registration paper.

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2018 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Shows

All entries due to county office by May 11, 2018. Note: ALL Level testing required for participation in the 2018 District 4-H Horse Shows MUST be completed by May 11, 2018.

Reminder: All Entries for the State Horse Show must be mailed by May 11, 2018.

2018 4-H Horse Show Dates and Sites

  • June 13th - Ord
  • June 14th - York
  • June 20th - Gordon
  • June 21st - Central City
  • June 22nd - Curtis
  • July 15-19 - State Horse Show - Fonner Park, GI

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