Webster County 4-H Newsletter

February 2021 Edition

Important Dates & Events

Important Dates to Remember:

  • February 15: Webster County Extension Office & Courthouse CLOSED for President's Day
  • February 27: Webster County 4-H Month Celebration & Last Beef Weigh In
  • February 28: Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau Pancake Feed
  • March 9: Youth Council Meeting
  • March 23: Leader/Volunteer Training

Beef Weigh In

Thank you to all who attended our first beef weigh in that was December 20th! Our last beef weigh in is Saturday, February 27th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. It will also be held at the Red Cloud Animal Health clinic.To be eligible for the Rate of Gain contest, you must bring your market animal to your county weigh in.

*For the ones who have weighed in cattle at the first weigh in and have not signed their affidavits and envelopes, please do so ASAP!

Thank you to all who have helped at our first weigh in and Keri for letting us use the clinic!
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Please mark your calendars for a chance to join in with the Adams and Webster County Farm Bureau to help the young people in the 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters in Adams and Webster Counties. Because of the Coronavirus their activities to gather funds to attend conferences, conventions, contests and conduct numerous activities has been hampered or stopped. It is not the fault of these young people and the organizations they belong to. That is why the local Farm Bureau is stepping up, along with area businesses and individuals, to conduct a Pancake Feed in both counties to help these young people with their activities.

The first feed will occur on Sunday, February 21at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Hastings from 5:00-7:00 pm. It is a free will offering and curbside delivery will be available. Pancakes, sausage and drink will be on the menu. This feed will honor the Kenesaw FFA and Adams Central FFA Chapters and the Adams County 4-H youth. Some of the youth will be working alongside the Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau board members to serve the public who are willing to come and support them. All funds will be channeled through the Adams County 4-H Council and each local FFA Chapter. Please note that Covid protection procedures are highly recommended and will be in place.

The second feed will occur on Sunday, February 28 at the Webster County Fairgrounds 4-H and FFA Exhibit Hall in Bladen from 5:00-7:00 pm. It is a free will offering and curbside delivery will be available. Pancakes, sausage and drink will be on the menu. This feed will honor the Red Cloud FFA, Blue Hill FFA and Silver Lake FFA Chapters and the Webster County 4-H youth. Some of the youth will be working alongside the Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau board members to serve the public who are willing to come and support them. All funds will be channeled through the Webster County Youth Foundation. Please note that Covid protection procedures are highly recommended and will be in place.

Please join us at one or both of these events and fill yourself with good food; fill the coffers with funds for these deserving young people who represent our families and counties; and join in fellowship with other individuals and families that provide these young people for our future and the future of agriculture in this area, this state and this Nation. This may be one of the best investments you can make in 2021!

The Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau works every day to make a difference in the lives of our member and all who live and work in Adams and Webster Counties. We serve our communities through volunteering and leadership. We provide meaningful opportunities to learn how food is raised and offer money saving discounts and service for our members. We are pleased to join hands with the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation partners to engage more than 30,000 students with hands-on, interactive agriculture lessons; distribute $70,000 in scholarships to Nebraska students and teachers; and equip nearly 400 volunteers to promote a positive public perception of agriculture. Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom and the NEFB Promotion and Education Committee provides classroom teaching, college workshops, print and online educational resources, the Ag Pen Pall Program, Connecting Chapters with FFA and help with community events and tragedies. You can find more info at www.nefbfoundation.org

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Attention high school seniors: check out the scholarships below. These will also be mailed to surrounding schools. Some of these scholarships listed are recently added, so be sure to check them out!
Lyle Niemeyer Scholarship

Webster County 4-Hers Only.

Webster County Youth Council Scholarship

Webster County 4-Hers Only.

Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau Scholarship

All students are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to those pursuing a career in agriculture or vital to rural areas.

Animal Science: Inspiring Your Future Scholarship

This is a scholarship opportunity for high school seniors and transfer students who are admitted animal science majors looking to enroll in the Fall 2021 semester at UNL. Click the link above for more details.

Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Please ask the office to mail this scholarship to you and for more information.

4-H Calendar

Check out our online 4-H calendar! This is for Webster County 4-H events and other 4-H events across the state of Nebraska! As of now it is only through June. In this calendar, you will be able to click on links to register for an event, and see event details. Check it out below to keep up to date!
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Enroll for 4-H!!!

4-H Now!

4-H Enrollment is now open! Please do these easy steps to get re-enrolled for the 2020-2021 4-H year!

  1. Log-In at 4honline.com or click on the link provided below
  2. Update all contact information that has changed
  3. Select your projects
  4. Verify the number of years that you have been in 4-H- this must be accurate!

Each member, leader, and direct volunteer must re-enroll in 4-H every year. Log in with the email that you created the account with. If you forgot or do not remember your password, please click on " I Forgot My Password" and a temporary password will be sent to your email. If you have further problems, please contact the Extension Office.

4-H Ages (As of January 1st)

CloverKid: 5-7

4-H Age: 8-18

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Webster County 4-H Public Speaking Contest

The Webster County 4-H Public Speaking Contest will be held April 18th at the Webster County Fairgrounds, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Register below by clicking on the link. Registrations are due April 1st.

The 2021 theme for PSA is "Opportunity 4 All"

Register Here!

Register here for the Webster County 4-H Public Speaking Contest.

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馃惔HORSE ENTHUSIASTS! Check out this great opportunity in conjunction with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension!馃惔

Intro. to Horse Management & Horsemanship Clinic

This clinic is open to anyone interested in learning more about horses, working towards their advancement levels, or 4-H leaders, parents, and extension personnel. We will be meeting virtually on Mondays, March 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 6:00pm CT.

Even better, all participants will also receive INTERACTIVE KITS! (Deadline to receive kits by the clinic date is February 12th)



馃憠equine thermometer

馃憠feed samples

馃憠weight tape

馃憠馃憠馃憠馃憠printed materials and MORE! Use the provided QR code and get signed up for only $40! (or use https://forms.gle/qW5R6rUXXXhjmbsr7)

Any questions, please contact Grace Kim at Grace.kim@unl.edu

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Create with Me: To Go! Bird Feeder & Wind Chime

We are excited to present our next Create with Me: To Go! take home kit! This month's kit will be a bird feeder and wind chime that you will be able to create at home! Register your family below for the bird feeder and wind chime take home kit! The kit will include two paint colors, beads, string, eye hooks, and popsicle sticks. You will need to provide glue (preferably hot glue) and a branch. The last day to register is February 19th. This is open to all youth of all ages. Example pictures to come!!
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Nebraska 4-H Month!

Nebraska 4-H Month is just around the corner! Join us in celebrating: 4-H Professionals Appreciation Day on Friday, Feb 5, 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Day on Friday, Feb. 12, 4-H Spirit Day on Friday, Feb. 19, and 4-H Sponsor & Donor Appreciation Day on Friday, Feb. 26.

Virtual Horse Judging Camp 2021

This is an online horse judging camp for anyone thinking about giving horse judging a try! The camp includes at-home assignments, reasons critique, 4 interactive virtual meetings, quizzes, and certificate of completion!

This camp is for anyone who may be thinking about being on or coaching a Horse Judging team.

Each session will have an assignment, live presentations, discussion of the class and class/runs to practice on and critiques. Also, there is an in-depth session on oral reasons presented by the Oklahoma State World Champion Horse Judging team.

Other presenters include:

路 Dr. Steven Cooper (Oklahoma State University Judging team coach, AQHA, VRH judge)

路 Taylor Fabus (Michigan State Horse Judging team coach)

路 Dr. Kathy Anderson (University of Nebraska Judging team coach, AQHA, NSBA, APHA judge)

Assistance from:

路 Dr. Colleen Brady (Purdue University Extension Horse Specialist

Topics/classes covered include:

路 Note-taking and reasons

路 Halter

路 Horsemanship

路 Ranch Riding

路 Oral reasons with feedback!

Dates: February 16, 18, 23 and 25

Time: 6 - 7:30pm Eastern time, 5 - 6:30pm Central time

The fee for this course is $30. To purchase and enroll in this course, go to: https://campus.extension.org/course/search.php?search=horse+judging+camp

Dates and topics:

路 Tuesday February 16 Conformation/halter judging

路 Thursday February 18 Oral reasons

路 Tuesday February 23 Western Horse

路 Thursday February 25 Ranch Riding

This Virtual Horse Judging camp is brought to you by:

路 University of Nebraska (Dr. Kathy Anderson - kanderson1@unl.edu)

路 Purdue University (Dr. Colleen Brady - bradyc@purdue.edu)

路 Oklahoma State University (Dr. Kris Hiney - khiney@okstate.edu)

路 Michigan State University (Taylor Fabus - tenlenta@msu.edu)

Hippology Acadamy

Content includes practice tests, slides, and digital stations in six areas in addition to twice weekly lectures. New lessons will be available starting on Monday for each of the 6 weeks. Once available, all content will be accessible 24/7 for the duration of your subscription! The content will first become live on February 8 and be available for 6 months from that time (August 8) if you are in the Bronze level; and for 9 months from that time (November 8), if you are in the Silver level.

We are starting our Hippology Academy 2021 on February 8!

Topics covered will be:

Equipment and Riding Styles

Stallion Reproductive Anatomy

External Parasites

Pasture Management


Equine Breeds

This course is targeted for older youth and adults.

Subscription levels:

Bronze Level = $50. Access to content until August 8.

Silver Level = $100. Includes 6-week access to instructors to ask questions, and access to content until November 8.

If you are a Silver level subscriber, each week, the Professor of the Week who provided the material will be available to answer questions on their topic. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to 'pick the brains' of these national experts. You can upgrade from Bronze to Silver at any time.

Registration here: https://campus.extension.org/course/search.php?search=hippology

4-H Dog Achievement Program

The program consists of levels that require a young person to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. For each level, the Dog Achievement program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H youth choose their goals. The accomplishments increase in quantity and difficulty for each level. At the beginning of the 4-H year, participants plan what to accomplish and at the end of the 4-H year, they report on their completed accomplishments. Successful completion of a level's Plan & Report form results in a 4-H youth earning that level of the Dog Achievement program.

NE 4-H Companion Animal Webinar Series

Don鈥檛 forget to tune into the Nebraska 4-H Companion Animal Webinar Series hosted on the first Thursday of each month! These webinars are a great opportunity for leaders, parents, and senior aged youth to gain knowledge in various companion animal topic areas. A new subject is covered each session with guest speakers joining to share their expertise. Register in advance at 4h.unl.edu/companion-animal-webinar-series.

Lonestar Classic Meat Judging Contest

AMSA is excited to host the Lonestar Classic Meat Judging Contest for 4H and FFA youth! The contest will be held February 6, 2021 in Ennis, Texas at Columbia Meat Packing. The contest will be held immediately following the intercollegiate contest at 5:00pm central time. Awards will be announced immediately after the contest. All information can be found here: Lonestar Classic Youth Meat Judging Contest (meatscience.org) Contact Rachel Adams (Radams@meatscience.org) with questions.

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This is open to 4-H & FFA members! Be sure to check it out!

Submit your favorite photo for a chance to be showcased! The 4-H Photography Showcase offers members a project exhibition opportunity beyond traditional print media. 4-H鈥檈rs are invited to submit their favorite photos they鈥檝e taken for a chance to have it showcased online for thousands of 4-H fans to admire. Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/photography-showcase.
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Animal Science Open House

Join us for the Animal Science Open House on Thursday, February 25th anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. This open house will take place directly following the CASNR Experience the Power of Red day. Come get a more in depth look at the opportunities available to you as an animal science major. You'll be able to see the different animal handling areas, labs, and classrooms that our students use every day and visit with faculty, staff, and current students about the different areas of animal science. We are planning for an in-person experience following social distancing and University safety guidelines. Please RSVP by Feb. 18th at go.unl.edu/asciopenhouse2021 or scan the QR code to register and contact Alli Raymond with questions at (402) 472.0204 or araymond2@unl.edu.

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Potential Camp Parents and Youth:

Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for the young people in your life? Look no further! Give them the gift of summer camp! We love camp and know that they will too! We are extending our early bird discount until February 16th! Use code: EARLYBIRD21 when registering online at: https://4h.unl.edu/camps-centers/summer-camp/schedule. Charter Bus Transportation option available select weeks from UNL East Campus in Lincoln and Raising Nebraska in Grand Island. Scholarships application: https://4h.unl.edu/camps-centers/summer-camp/scholarship

Spotlight on 4-H

Check out the Spotlight on 4-H newsletter here:


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4-H Horse Stampede & District Horse Shows

    • Entry forms are due to county offices by March 5, 2021.
    • Art and Photography Exhibits will also be due to county offices by March 5th. Exhibits must be labeled with youth's information on the back of the exhibit.
    • Photography exhibits must have proper matting along with their personal data tags attached to the back of the exhibit.
    • Demonstration, public speaking, and Horse Quiz bowl is planned for in-person (March 27th) unless health restrictions change. They may be altered to a virtual option that will be held live over zoom on March 27th.
    • Horse Bowl is currently planned for in person on March 27th, 2021, but may be postponed due to health restrictions and guidelines.
  • Districts and State Horse Entries Due May 7, 2021
    • Horse ID forms are due to the county office by May 7, 2021
    • Horse Advancement Levels must be completed by May 7th to compete at a District and/or State Horse Show
  • Hippology and Horse Judging Entries are due June 15, 2021
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UNL Extension-Webster County Newsletter

The Webster County Extension Office also has a Webster County Extension Newsletter, separate from 4-H. This newsletter includes information and upcoming programs about Learning Child, Horticulture, Crops/Water Systems, Beef Systems, Food/Nutrition, and more! Check it out by clicking on the button below.

Youth in Action

Applications for the 2022 4-H Youth in Action awards are now open! This awards program, coordinated by National 4-H Council, recognizes four outstanding young people ages 15-19 making meaningful impacts in their communities. Winners receive a $5,000 scholarship, an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. for National 4-H Council鈥檚 Legacy Awards, a personal promotional video showcasing their 4-H impact story, and much more! Learn more and apply at go.unl.edu/4hyia.
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Innovative Youth Corn Challenge 2.0: Registration Open

The Nebraska Innovative Youth Corn Challenge is approaching its tenth-year engaging youth in crop science-based education. The Innovative Youth Corn Challenge (IYCC) was created as a partnership between the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Extension. Since the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge program鈥檚 inception in 2012, 74 teams have participated in the program with 37 teams successfully harvesting and analyzing their plot data. A total of 147 youth have participated.

This program continues to evolve and has exciting changes planned for the 2021 growing season with IYCC 2.0. A citizen scientist component will encourage youth to connect with researchers on a real problem facing corn growers and assist in collecting data or designing a tool to solve a real-world problem.

The IYCC 2.0 will also feature an agricultural literacy piece which will help others understand corn production practices and highlight teams鈥 efforts. This will allow youth to promote their own work through creative works such as a video or other multimedia tool. Nebraska Extension will execute this evolving, innovative and in-depth program in 2021, which will be the tenth year creating agricultural, science-informed graduates in the agricultural industry.

Prizes for participation in this project include 1st place - $1,000, 2nd place - $500, 3rd place -$250, 鈥淓xtra Mile鈥 Award $200, CORN Communications Award $200 and $50 for completion of the project. In addition, each team receives a crop scouting kit valued at over $200, plot sign and the opportunity to engage with UNL agronomic professionals through 鈥渁sk an agronomist鈥 sessions.

For more information about this program and to register, go to https://cropwatch.unl.edu/youth/cornchallenge. Registration is due March 15th. Contact Brandy VanDeWalle at brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu or (402) 759-3712 for details about this program.

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The Webster County Extension Office & courthouse will be closed, Monday, February 15th, in observance of President's Day.

Meet our Team!

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