Chase County 4-H Newsletter
‘Early Bird’ Enrollment Deadline Ends
March 14 7 PM
Chase County 4-H Council-Extension Office
March 28 4 PM
Speech/Music Entries Due
April 1 7-9 PM
April 3 2 PM
Speech/Music/PSA Contest-Methodist Church
May 1 2 PM
Presentation Contest-Methodist Church
May 5 4 PM
Horse IDs/Level Testing/District State Entries Due
4-H Public Speaking, PSA, Music Contest
There is something for all age groups at the Public Speaking, PSA, Music Contest, and the time to sign up is NOW!! Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
All Speeches and PSA Entries must incorporate 4-H.
· Speeches (and Poetry for Clover Kids/Novice) must include a copy of the speech outline (available online). Poems may submit a photocopy of the poem being recited.
· PSAs (Public Service Announcements) should be 60 seconds long. The 2022 topic is “Opportunity 4 All”. The PSAs must be general enough to use anywhere in Nebraska at any time of year. PSAs will be submitted on CD along with the PSA text and registration form. Please use .wav or .mp3 audio formats when recording your PSA.
¨ Perkins/Chase County Public Speaking , Music and PSA Contest—Sunday, April 3, 2 PM; Methodist Church, Imperial. Speech/ PSA/Music Entries DUE to Extension Office-TUESDAY, March 29; 4 PM! Call 882-4731 to enter.
¨ All 4-H age individuals must provide a copy of their music for the Preforming Arts Contest. This should be to the office by the registration deadline. Clover Kids do not need to provide music.
For more information, contact Debbie: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the websites:
(Please use for all state rules, contest description and resources for writing speeches/PSA)
(County Info, Speech Outline, PSA Outline, Music Contest Entry)
The Chase County 4-H Council is offering $100 scholarships to help defray the costs of 4-H Camps/activities/projects. Youth must have completed an Achievement Application in 2021 and the 2022 Scholarship Application to be eligible for the scholarship. Applications for the Chase County Enrichment Scholarships are due to the office by Monday, May 2. Late entries will not be accepted. Youth will be notified by May 16 if they have received a camp or enrichment scholarship. Please contact the Extension Office for an Entry form.
Contact the Chase County Extension Office for more information.
· Chase County 4-H Council Scholarship (High School Seniors)
The Chase County 4-H Council provides scholarships for High School Seniors who are currently involved in the Chase County 4-H Program. Applications will be mailed to all enrolled High School Seniors. Please contact the Extension Office for more information.
· Wilber Kuenning ‘Bootstrap’ Scholarship (High School Seniors)
The Wilber Kuenning Bootstrap Scholarship of $1000 will be awarded to an individual who is: hardworking, involved in 4-H or FFA activities, and in need of financial support to further their education in trade school, community college or university studies. Preference will be given to individuals displaying good character, work ethic and financial need. Applications will be mailed to all High School Senior currently enrolled in 4-H. Applications are also available at the Extension Office, Chase County Guidance Counselor, and Chase County HS FFA Advisor.
Chase County 4-H Carnival
It’s BACK! Come join us at the Chase County 4-H Carnival
What: Fundraiser for Chase County 4-H Council
Theme: Grow 4-H in Chase County
Date: Friday, April 1
Location: Chase County Fairgrounds
Time: 7-9 PM
The 4-H Carnival is considered a mandatory event in Chase County. Families are expected to donate items to the Country Store, a cake for the Cake Walk, and help at their club or independent member booths. There are fines for failure to help at the carnival. More information on the 4-H Carnival can be found at:
Shooting Sports Program
The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. The 4-H Shooting Sports Program stands out as an example. Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more.
Shooting Sports Leaders Certification
Here it is, a Shooting Sports Leader Certification close to home! All 4-H Shooting Sports disciplines are required to be led by a Nebraska 4-H certified leader. We need leaders/helpers in all disciplines. If you have ever been interested in being a certified leader, this is a great opportunity.
The Chase County 4-H Council will reimburse training expenses after you have volunteered with the program for one year/season! Please visit the Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports website for more information and to register. https://4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports#calendar1
Livestock Judging Team Places 2nd at Nebraska Cattleman's Classic
Congratulations to the Chase County 4-H Livestock Judging Team for placing 2nd at the Nebraska Cattleman’s Classic in Kearney on February 12. Intermediate Team members include Navy Havel, Tessa Smith, Odessa Zadina and Jayme Gittlein. Mandy Sandoval competed as a Senior and received 2nd High Individual in placings. The Livestock Judging team is coached by Regan Gittlein.
Clover Kid Meeting
The first Clover Kids will be covering a variety of topics this year!
Meeting: Tuesday, March 15
Time: 5-6:15 PM
Place: 4-H Building, Fairgrounds
For more information, contact Kayla Sauder,
Nebraska 4-H Information-Follow Perkins County Facebook!
Are you interested in the most up-to-date information about Nebraska 4-H? Follow the Perkins County Facebook Page! The Chase County Facebook page posts occasionally-but the Perkins County page is one of the most active in the state! Check it out!
Special Agronomy Project
Looking for a new project to try out in 2022? The Special Agronomy Project is a new opportunity allowing youth to cultivate a crop that is, was, or has the potential to be grown in Nebraska. This year’s project will focus on the Broomcorn Sorghum. Learn more at https://cropwatch.unl.edu/special-agronomy-project
Call the Extension Office to reserve your Broomcorn Sorghum Seeds!
2022 Special Garden Project-Rubenza Cosmos
The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens. The 2022 Special Garden Project is focused on the Rubenza Cosmos. The flowers of the Rubenza are unique, the petals change color as they age. Pollinators and beneficial insects are attracted to the blooms all summer long. These cosmos make great cut flowers. Be sure to enjoy a bouquet of Rubenza indoors.
Youth should enroll for the Special Garden Project through 4-H Online.
Once youth have enrolled-call the Extension Office to reserve your Rubenza Cosmos Seeds.
County Fair Livestock Nominations (ID Sheets/Photos)
All Livestock ID Sheets for the Chase County Fair are due to the Extension Office by Wednesday, June 1, 2022! ID Sheets (Affidavits) may be picked up from the Extension Office or accessed on our website:
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/2022%20County%20ID%20Requirements.pdf
State Fair Livestock Requirements
Taking livestock projects to State Fair? Plan now! Here is what you need to do:
*Enroll in 4-H
*Exhibitors must be 10 years old 4-H Age (as of Jan. 1) to show livestock at State Fair
*Market Beef/Swine-Tag with EID tags and collect DNA Sample-return to office
*Breeding Beef-Tattoo (make sure it is legible before State Fair, commercial Breeding Beef may use tattoo or EID tag )
*All Sheep/Goats-Scrapies Tags
*Market Sheep/Goats-collect DNA Sample-return to office
*Have a Premisis ID
Nominate ALL Animals by June 15 in Show Stock Manager
The Nebraska 4-H volunteer recognition program is designed to complement the tradition of recognizing outstanding volunteers and provide a standard and consistent approach to volunteer recognition across Nebraska. The purpose is to provide a base for Extension staff to sustain volunteers, build leadership potential, and offer recognition and praise for the great work of volunteers.
4-H Horse Stampede
Superintendent: Kate Pulec Age Divisions Junior: 10-13 years of age as of January 1 of the current year Senior: 14-18 years of age as of January 1 of the current year Contestants & Eligibility This is an individual contest. See the General Contest Rules to determine how many contestants each county or EPU may send to state.
Livestock Achievement Program
o The Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program promotes engagement in all aspects of 4-H livestock projects, as well as related leadership, communication, and service-learning opportunities. The program recognizes Intermediate and Senior Members of Excellence in each livestock project area, including beef, sheep, swine, meat goat, dairy cattle, dairy goat, poultry, and rabbit.
Livestock Achievement Program
The Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program is designed to promote all educational aspects of 4-H livestock projects including selection, production, leadership, and exhibition by recognizing youth striving to improve in their livestock project knowledge and leadership. The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including:
Horsemanship Study Courses
o Preparing for the next Horsemanship Advancement Level? Be sure to check out the Horsemanship Study Courses! The three online, self-paced courses progress from basic horse handling to advanced horsemanship maneuvers.
Horsemanship Study Courses
The Intermediate Horseman study course is intended for youth 8-18 years old with an interest in learning more about horses. The course will prepare them for completing the Nebraska 4-H Advancement Level 2. This level is designed for youth who have little experience around horses.
Governor's Ag Excellence Awards applications are due April 1
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation is accepting applications for 2022 Governor's Agriculture Excellence Awards through April 1. This program recognizes 4-H Clubs with $500 grants. This grant is intended to provide funding for projects that will have a lasting impact on communities.
Youth in Action
4-H Youth In Action Awards
The 4‑H Youth in Action Program recognizes four confident young leaders with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives in our core pillar areas: agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living and STEM. Each year, Pillar Winners will experience an exciting year of telling their 4‑H story and celebrating their leadership.
Companion Animal Program
Companion animals are diverse groups of animals that include dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, companion birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and many more! There are currently more than 1.1 billion companion animals worldwide. In fact, there are more companion animals than people in the United States.