4-H Friday News Blast for 8.30.2019

Office Closed Labor Day

State Fair App

The 2019 Nebraska Extension 4-H at the State Fair App is available for download! Check out the “Go Mobile” section at http://4h.unl.edu/nebraska-state-fair for direct links to the iPad/iPhone and Android apps.

This year’s app contains many helpful features for 4-H families, staff, and the general fair-goer. An interactive schedule, results, map, and social media components continue to help prepare and educate our audiences about Nebraska 4-H at the State Fair.


The Extension Office will be Closed on Labor Day


Thank-you Notes

Write your Thank You notes if you have not done so!

The Friends of 4-H, other donors, and Cake & Livestock Auction buyers generously donated money and the auction buyers took time to come to the sales, so we need to follow-up and send a thank you for their support. Please take a few minutes to do this very important task.

If you have already written your thank you(s) and sent them, THANK YOU! If not, do it today! Thank your donor, tell about your project and what you learned, and be sure to sign your name! Receiving Thank You notes this year may determine if a donor wants to donate next year, plus saying thank you is the right thing to do!

Note to the livestock people ...blank thank you note cards are still coming ... they will in with your check when it arrives in the mail.

If you need some blank thank you note cards, stop by the Extension office. Pick up what you need - they are free!


Pick up State Fair Exhibits

4-Hers who had static exhibits go to the state fair, again we say Congratulations! Tracy is going to Grand Island next Tuesday to pick them up. You can come to the Extension Office as early as next Wednesday, Sept 4th to pick them up and take them home.


"Best of the Rest" Husker Gameday Swine, Sheep and Goat Show

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Equine Webinar Series

The next Equine Webinar Series will be September 9th, through Zoom at 6:00 p.m.

This webinar will be over the Miniature classes offered at the 4-H State Horse Show, what advancement levels it takes to pass in order to attend the horse show, and additional information about Miniature classes on a state level. This will also be a great time for leaders, youth, and families to ask any questions they have about showing Miniatures in 4-H!

Link for people to Register for the Zoom Webinar Series: https://4h.unl.edu/horse/webinar-series


4S Goat Expo Scholarship

The 4S Goat Expo would like to extend their scholarship to young goat producers in the state of Nebraska. This scholarship is open to seniors in high school and freshman in college who have been active in the goat industry and have been active in 4-H or FFA.

Application deadline is September 10. Applications are available in the Extension Office.


4-H Youth in Action

National 4-H Council is looking for 4-H'ers with a great story to tell and a passion for Agriculture, Citizenship, Healthy Living or STEM to tell their stories through the 2019 4-H Youth in Action Awards.

Through these awards, 4 youth will receive a $5,000 scholarship for higher education as well as all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. for the National 4-H Council's Legacy Awards.

The application is open August 1 - October 21. More information is available on the website, www.4-H.org/youthinaction. Click on the "How to Apply" tab to find the application guidelines as well as a link to helpful resources for 4-H educators to use.


State Fair Results


Individual Point Sheets due September 15th

It's time for the year-end counts!

County point sheets are now available for each individual 4-Her! These are in a new format this year – fill out the correct form based on if you exhibited:

  • Only Livestock at the fair,
  • Only Static (non-animal exhibits) at the fair, or
  • A combination of Livestock and Static.

Please apply for the County Awards as well! Located on the back of the point sheets, these awards generally require a short essay telling about your 4-H experience. See the sheet for specific information and requirements on each award.

All sheets and awards are judged out-of-county, and prizes are given to the winners in each category at the annual Achievement party. Please note the new due date is September 15th for all submissions!


Club Point Sheets due September 15th

Each 4-H club can also complete a year-end club point sheet. Please note that the club point sheet has a separate application section that allows for state-level recognition, and overlaps in most areas with our county point sheet! Apply for both awards! Due date is September 15th.


Website page for all Point Sheets

You can read all about the Point Sheets and access all of them on our County Extension Website at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/4-h-resources/#tab3


Diamond Clover Awards due September 15th

Diamond Clover is another way to plan and achieve growth through 4-H. There are 6 levels that 4-Hers can progress through as they accomplish goals throughout the year. See details and find all the forms here: https://4h.unl.edu/diamond-clover.

If you have completed levels in the past, your 4HOnline profile should show which levels have been previously completed (under Participation, then Awards tab). Final reports are due September 15th.


County Fair Items to pick up ...

These 4-Hers have items from the county fair to be picked up at the Extension Office. The office is open 8:00 to 4:30 pm.

Abigail Masonbrink

Abigail Pankonin

Ayzlee Haertel

Bella Peterson

Brady Bornemeier

Brian May

Brooke Goudie

Brooklyn Justus

Brylee Peterson

Charlie Korytowski

Conner Flanagan

Emery Stohlmann

Gabrielle Langley

Haylee Roberts

Hill Brothers

Hudson Reierson

Jakob Hannum II

Joslyn Stamp

Kendall Murdoch

Kinley Dorr

Layton Bornemeier

Lily Berggren

Madison Lambert

Micah Langley

Miciah Price

Nataley Freel

Peyton Lutz

Selea Rikli

Tanner Ahrens

Tatum Backemeyer


Thank you to the Cake Auction Buyers!

Lindsay Backemeyer

Alicia Ahrens

Andy Korytowski

Arc Etc

Bill Fleischman

Blitzen Express

Candi Rathe


Cody Knop/Krystal Knabe

Coleman Lenz

Corey Price

Corngrowers State Bank

Dave Lutz

Deborah Korytowski

Don Ahrens

DP Storage

Drake Farms

Duane Lutz

Erin Beth Designs

Extra Mile Mowing

Green Thumb

Grinder Pump Man

Heidi Warner

Jacie Fleischman

Jenette Freel

Jeni Guzloski

Jeremiah Malchow

John Knabe

Kenny Ahrens

Kenny Lutz

Lauren Stohlmann

Lawrence Vogler

Main Street Jewelers

Malenie Staben

Mark Meyer

Mary Cieslik

Midwest Equip Makers

Neumeister Show Cattle

Oehlerking Farms

Oehlerking Pumpkin Patch


Pinnacle Bank

Pinnacle Bank

Ron & Patricia Baxter

Rosanne Dobesh DeGraff

Scott Lubben

Steve Hauschild

Sweitzer Construction

Tracy Ensor

Trey & Leisha Ahrens

WBA Farms

Checks are in the mail. If you have questions, please contact the office at 402-267-2205 or cass-county@unl.edu


Cass County Volunteer Recognition

We are honored to recognize the valuable 4- H leaders and volunteers we have right here in Cass County! Adult volunteers may be nominated by other adults or youth, and may nominate themselves. Please send, email, or drop off your nomination form(s) at the Extension Office; due date is September 15th.The county level award winners will be selected by our local 4-H Council from the pool of nominations forms we receive, and will be awarded at our annual 4-H Achievement Program.

  • The Olga J. Livers Outstanding 4-H Leader Award
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Tribute of Leader Excellence Award
  • Heart of 4-H Award
  • Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award

You can read about each award at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/volunteer-recognition-nominations/


4-H Cat Club Revamped

Do you like cats? What about learning how to care for or show them? Maybe you have heard about the 4-H Cat Club in the past and wanted to join, but couldn't make the monthly meetings.

Do we have good news for you, or what? We are pleased to introduce this year's self-paced Cat Club! No more being bummed that you missed the hour long meeting every second Thursday. You will now have access to monthly lessons and activities that you can complete on your own time. The first lesson can be found here on September 5th: https://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/cat-club

If you are interested, please stay tuned and register today!

Dr. Lisa Karr

Animal Science Department Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator
Companion Animal Specialist

My office has changed locations:
A214c Animal Science
Lincoln, NE 68583-0908
Phone: 402-472-6458
Fax: 402-472-6362
E-mail: lisa.karr@unl.edu
Website: companionanimal.unl.edu


School Year Camps!

Did you know there are 4-H Camps during the school year? Continue the fun with 4-H with one of these camps!

Fall Resident Camp- September 21-22, 2019

Winter Resident Camp - February 14-16, 2020

Spring Break Day Camp - April 6-10, 2020

For more information click on this link! https://4h.unl.edu/camps-centers/school-year-camps

2019 County Fair Results

FYI - county fair results can be found at the bottom of the fair webpage at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/fairs-and-contests/


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County 4-H Calendar

  1. State Fair - August 23-Sept 2
  2. Pick up State Fair Exhibits at Cass Extension Office - September 4th
  3. AkSarBen pre-entry due - August 31
  4. Volunteer Recognition nominations due - September 15
  5. Point Sheets and Diamond Clover due - September 15
  6. 4-H Council Meeting - September 16
  7. National 4-H Week - October 6-12
  8. AkSarBen Stock Show - Sept 26-29
  9. 4-H Achievement Program - November 3
  10. Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium - Nov. 8-10 in Lincoln
  11. 4-H Council Meeting - November 18


Ag Information & Other Opportunities:

  1. Hort Update ... Update for August 19
  2. Gardening articles by Sarah Browning
  3. Recorded Webinar and info on "Hunting Leases" with vital information for landowners
  4. Nebraska Extension Publications ... online Library
  5. Southeast Nebraska Diversified Ag Tour ... Friday, September 6, 2019 SE Nebraska

  6. Community Food Systems Workshop and Certification ... September 12, 2019, Omaha, NE

  7. Local Food Leader Workshop and Certification ... September 11, 2019, Omaha, NE

  8. Cass County Extension Board Meeting ... October 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm

  9. Become a Master Gardener ... for 2020 program, register by January 17, 2020


4-H Pledge

I pledge my Head to clearer thinking,

My Heart to greater loyalty,

My Hands to larger service, and

My Health to better living,

For my club, my community, my country and my world!

Nebraska Extension Cass County

Lauren Stohlmann, Extension Educator and Unit Leader, lauren.stohlmann@unl.edu

Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, 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