Perkins County 4-H Newsletter
- April 11Speech/Music Entries Due 4 PM Extension Office
- April 16 Speech/Music Contest 2 PM TBA
- April 30 Perkins County 4-H Council 6 PM Extension Office
- May 15 Horse ID Due NOON, Extension Office
- June 1 ALL LIVESTOCK IDS DUE NOON, Extension Office
- June 8 YQCA Training (Quality Assurance) 10-Noon, Extension Office
- June 1 State Fair DNA 4 PM, Extension Office
- June 15 4-H Enrollment Deadline, midnight, Online
Local Events and Opportunities
Perkins-Chase Premier Communications Event (SPEECH/MUSIC CONTEST)
Write your speeches or team up for a presentation! The Chase County Premier Communication Event is quickly approaching! The Premier Communication Event features contests in the following areas:
- Public Speaking
- PSA (Public Service Announcement)
- Illustrated Presentation
- Impromptu Speech (New for 2023!)
- Video Communication (New for 2023)
All contests are open to members in all age divisions who are currently enrolled.
Illustrated Presentations, Impromptu Speech, and Video Communication-local contest will follow state rules and guidelines on the Nebraska 4-H Website.
Registrations are due to the local Extension Office on Tuesday, April 11 at 4 PM.
Public Speaking: Submit a speech outline or copy of poem
Music: Submit a copy of music
PSA: Submit PSA outline and the PSA to be judged
Presentation: Call the office to register.
Impromptu Speech: Call the office to register
Video Communication: Call the office to register
County Information and Entry Forms on the County Website:
More information on the Nebraska State 4-H Website: https://4h.unl.edu/premier-communication-event-contests
YQCA-Livestock Quality Assurance
All Livestock Exhibitors planning to show or sell MARKET LIVESTOCK (Market Swine, Market Beef, Market Sheep, Market Goats) at the Perkins County Fair and/or Nebraska State Fair are required to take YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) every year. The YQCA site looks different this year! If you have used the site previously, your account information remains the same. Please note-YQCA is a requirement. There are different options to meet YQCA requirements:
· In-Person Training
o If you are not showing beyond Perkins County, simply call the office to register for one of the training dates-308-352-4340. All In-Person training times 10 AM-Noon.
o If you are showing beyond Perkins County (Nebraska State Fair, Aksarben, Denver Stock Show, Etc.) you will need to register for the training online, complete a pre survey, post survey, print your certificate with your YQCA number on it and bring it to the office. The registration cost is $3.00 to be paid online with a credit card. YQCA (yqcaprogram.org)
· Online Training
o Youth may take the YQCA class online. Go to YQCA (yqcaprogram.org) and log in. Make sure to take the online class that matches the youth’s 4-H age (as of January 1, 2023). When the online class has been passed, print the certificate with the YQCA number and bring it to the office.
· Test Out Option
o Testing out is available online only. If you test out, please bring the certificate to the office.
· Need help with the online site? Help documents are available here: Youth & Parents (yqcaprogram.org)
· For questions or more information, contact Debbie- Debbie.email@example.com or 308-289-5160.
Animal ID Requirements
Market Beef/Hogs are required to have tags. Tags may be picked up from the Extension Office. Breeding Beef-ID Sheet with date of birth required. ID may be a tattoo or herd ID tag.
Breeding Swine-EID tag or Swine Tag. Available at Office.
ALL Sheep/Goats-Scrapies Tags Required. Available at Office. No ID Requirements for Poultry.
Rabbits-ID Sheet. Available at office or online.
Please review the Perkins-Chase County ID Requirements page on our website: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/perkins-chase/4-h-livestock-resources/
Perkins County 4-H Club and Member News
State News and Opportunities
Youth Leadership Conference
High School students (ages 14-18)! We are inviting you to join us for the 4-H Youth Leadership Conference, June 19-21, 2023, at Camp Comeca in Cozad, NE. Learn more and register at 4h.unl.edu/leadership-conference by June 4th to claim your spot in this amazing experience. The cost for YLC will be $250. We’ll be taking advantage of some traditional camp activities while integrating leadership workshops, speakers, and an overall topic of influencing the future through leadership to bring together and develop the leaders of Nebraska 4-H!
Livestock Achievement Program
- The Livestock Achievement Program is an advanced opportunity for youth interested in diving deeper into and expanding upon their current livestock project and establishing themselves as leaders in their project area. The program encourages youth to engage in a variety of activities related to their project and recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas. Applications are now open. https://4h.unl.edu/livestock-achievement
Agronomy Youth Field Day
Annual Agronomy Youth Field Day, June 27, 2023 in Curtis, NE at NCTA campus.
Open statewide to ALL youth ages 9-18 as of 1/1/23. Parents and adults are welcome! FREE event with lunch provided by Ag Valley Coop and water bottles by Farm Credit.
Hands on activities with 2 different age tracts to learn how agriculture is changing with precision technology; benefits of cover crops; how to tell if soil is healthy; explore plant growth by dissecting plants; understand importance of weeds & herbicide application technology; how to scout crops for insects; & fly a miniature drone! Learn from local Nebraska Extension & Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Crop & Water Educators/Researchers, Bayer Crop Scientists & the new Nebraska Extension Digital Ag Educator.
Register online at go.unl.edu/agronomy-youthfield-day by June 20th . Plan a road trip to Curtis and bring a carload of youth with you!
For more information, contact Nebraska Extension-Frontier County at (308)367-4424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Red Summer Camps
4-H Summer Camp!
UNL Extension- Perkins County
Kathy Mailand-Office Manager
Debbie Kuenning-Extension Educator
Location: 76025 Rd 329, Grant, NE 69140
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.