Southern Plains 4H Newsletter

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - November 2, 2020

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Note from Kylie - Enrichment, Election, and Enrollment

We've visited seven classrooms in person or virtually to talk about creativity, e-mail etiquette, welding/service learning, and embroyology this past month. We've also engaged with youth at 1 earth jamboree festival, 1 land judging contest, and 3 area trunk or treats. November's highlights include a barn quilt workshop and our annual 4-H Council election. Enrollment for the 2021 4-H year is now OPEN. Please re-enroll, and encourage friends and family who are interested in 4-H to contact their local extension office for more information.

4H Online Steps for Re-Enrollment for Returning Members

4H Online Steps to Enroll a NEW member in Nebraska 4-H

4-H Council Elections - Vote This Week

THAYER COUNTY - Please follow this link to cast your vote for both adult and youth 4-H council members. You can use this link multiple times, but you MUST type the new voter's name. Duplicate ballots will be discarded. All enrolled 4-H volunteers, 4-H members, and parents/guardians of 4-H members can vote for 4-H Council.

NUCKOLLS COUNTY - Please follow this link to cast your vote for council members. You can use this link multiple times, but you MUST type the new voter's name. Duplicate ballots will be discarded. All enrolled 4-H volunteers, 4-H members, and parents/guardians of 4-H members can vote for 4-H Council.

The deadline to cast your vote is Friday, November 6 at 12 noon.

Thayer County Awards Night

Virtual Format Showcases Winners

Our Thayer County S'mores & Awards night moved to a virtual format due to COVID-19 safety precautions. Check out the awards video with the winners here:

SPCT 2022 Fruit Fundraising

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Brownbag Workshops Coming in November/December - watch your email/Facebook for details!

Brownbag Workshop: Folding Photo Block

Part Rubix cube; part hard copy Instagram! Keep for yourself or build as a gift for Christmas.

Brownbag Workshop: Living Tree Forestry Project

Take care of a baby tree from seed to sapling and learn about soil, water, potting particulars, and more!


NE Fed Steer Challenge 2021

NE Fed Steer Challenge 2021 is now accepting applications! Applications due December 1st and are submitted via Qualtrics. Please find the flyer attached along with a social media graphic to share on your social media channels and in your county newsletters/email blasts. All other information, including the application link, can be found on the website

About the program: The Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge is an opportunity for youth interested in learning more about the cattle industry and is designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders in the Nebraska cattle industry. The goal of the Fed Steer Challenge is to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H beef projects by providing an affordable option that rewards production merit and carcass value of the market animal, along with accurate and complete record-keeping, industry knowledge, and producer engagement by the 4-H member.


2021 Horse Districts Locations and Dates

The 4-H Horse program has finalized 2021 Districts Locations and Dates for you to add to your 2021 calendars!

To the right is the District map.

2021 Districts Dates and Sites:

June 14- Scottsbluff

June 15- Burwell

June 16- Columbus

June 17- Lincoln

June 18- McCook

Districts Webpage-


Living Room Learning offers free and live hands-on virtually guided activities for youth. Each session focuses on a new activity that can be done with materials found at home. Living Room Learning activities are perfect for youth in K-5th grades. Each session is recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate. Click this link to register:

Fall dates and descriptions for Living Room Learning are as follows at 1:00pm MT / 2:00pm:

November 3rd: Citizenship- Voting!

**More information for this session will be shared in October.

November 17th: Healthy Life, Happy Life

Make snack with us! We’ll talk about the importance of healthy living and what it actually means. Get ready to move – physical activity is also included!


Wellness in Tough Times Chat Café

The Wellness in Tough Times Chat Café is happening now through December. Wellness in Tough Times Chat Café is a series of anonymous group phone conversations that offer a safe time to share what’s on your mind and connect with other Nebraskans who are facing similar challenges. Therapists from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies will be on the line to help callers work though issues connected to natural disaster recovery and gain skills to improve lives. You may ask questions or just listen. Everyone is welcome!

Mark your calendars to join the Wellness in Tough Times Chat Café for the following discussion topics. To join, call 346-248-7799. Follow the prompts and enter Meeting ID 979 232 622 59#

Finances: A Balancing Act Nov. 05 | 12 - 1 p.m. CST

Successfully Resolving Conflict Nov. 12 | 12 - 1 p.m. CST

Raising Healthy Children Nov. 19 | 12 - 1 p.m. CST

Strengthening Your Couple Relationship Dec. 03 | 12 - 1 p.m. CST

The Scope of Grandparenting Today Dec. 10 | 12 - 1 p.m. CST


PASE, Life Challenge and State Public Speaking Contest Save the Date

Please mark down in your calendars the 2021 dates for Premier Animal Science Event (PASE), Life Challenge and the State Public Speaking Contest. The event is tentatively scheduled to be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, East Campus in Lincoln.

We cannot predict the status of the pandemic this far in advance or the directives of local health officials and the University guidelines, but we wanted to put a tentative date on your calendar.

PASE and Life Challenge: Monday, June 28 and Tuesday, June 29

State Public Speaking Contest: Wednesday, June 30


Next Chapter at Nebraska is a college and career readiness program designed for high school students. Scholars will engage in events, activities, and curriculum where they will participate in exploring future career possibilities, develop research skills, and experience a variety of learning techniques to help them transition to and succeed in college. Any 8th grade student enrolled in 4-H is automatically pre-admitted to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Students are not required to be enrolled in 4-H to participate in the program. Upon program completion and meeting admissions requirements, program participants can be fully admitted to the University. Fee waivers exist for those planning to pursue a degree at UNL.

This program is provided in a variety of settings by trained Nebraska Extension—4-H Educators across the state including classroom settings, regional retreats, community 4-H clubs, and online.

If you/your child is interested, please sign up through the link and an educator will be in contact with you shortly about potential options in your area.

Don and Martha Romeo Scholarship Info

Applications should be submitted to the Extension office via hard copy by Monday, November 30, 2020.This Scholarship is awarded during the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers Convention Banquet, which will be held in Kearney, Nebraska, on Saturday, January 23, 2021. Winners will be notified by January 4, 2021. You can find the scholarship application under 4-H Resources on the Southern Plains Extension web site.


4-H Calendar At a Glance


November 2-November 6 at 12 noon - Online 4-H Council Elections

Nov. 6 & Nov. 7 - Southern Plains Barn Quilt Workshop @ Nuckolls County Fairgrounds

Monday, November 30 - Don and Martha Romeo Scholarship Deadline


Sat. Dec. 12 - Beef Weigh In @ Kile Vet Clinic in Superior 9-11am


Sat. Feb. 6 - Beef Weigh In @ Kile Vet Clinic in Superior Times 9-11am


Thayer County Fair - August 12, 13 & 14

The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.