4-H Friday News Blast!

2.8.19 - I Pledge my "Heart" to Greater Loyalty

4-Hers & Volunteers, have you re-enrolled yet? It's time!

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2019 Cass County Calendar is Published

The 2019 Cass County 4-H Calendar is an important tool in being prepared, meeting deadlines and knowing when events, contests, and activities are happening. Please note the important number 15 this year - MANY of our very important deadlines fall on the 15th of the month.

If you have any questions, please contact the Extension Office at 402-267-2205 or cass-county@unl.edu

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DNA envelopes have arrived

Beef Project 4-Hers - DNA envelopes are now available to pick up at the Extension Office.

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Mark your Calendar - Cass County Fair is 7th - 10th, 2019

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YQCA Training Sessions: Face-2- Face Training or On-line Training

4-H members, age 8 and up, who take livestock projects which produce food products (Pigs, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Market Rabbits, and Poultry) need to receive certification in these areas each year. Deadline to complete this certification is June 15th.


Go to www.yqca.org and sign up for a face-to-face training (Brett Kreifels will be teaching again this year) or do the training on-line. Dates are listed on the YQCA link. For the face-to-face training, juniors will begin at 6:00 pm and Intermediates & Seniors will begins at 7:30 pm.

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Horse Judging School 2019

Mark your calendars for this years in person horse judging school for Saturday, March 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you are an aspiring judge, a current judge that needs re-certification, a youth, or judging team coach this is a great opportunity to learn more about judging and gain knowledge about specific classes such as Trail, Reining, and conformation. You can find out more information at: http://animalscience.unl.edu/horse or you can register at: https://go.unl.edu/hyjc

If you have questions please contact Lena Luck at lena.luck@unl.edu

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Experience Agronomy Day

High School students, are you interested in a future career in Agronomy? Make sure to check out this event being held on March 2nd on East Campus! Go to: https://agronomy.unl.edu/experience-agronomy

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Poultry Judging Clinic

4-H Poultry Judging is back! Any 4-H youth ages 10-18 with an interest in poultry and learning how to judge eggs, live laying hens and meat chickens are invited to participate in the 4-H Poultry Judging Clinic on March 16 at UNL's Animal Science Building. Click here for informational flyer and registration form.

This is a great clinic for those 4-H youth interested in competing in the Poultry Judging Contest at the Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) in June.

Please contact Dr. Sheila Purdum 402-472-6451 or Brett Kreifels with any questions. 402-444-7804

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Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), a week-long 4‑H citizenship program for youth ages 14-19, is the preeminent 4‑H citizenship and leadership experience for 4‑H youth!


Cass County learned this week that there are a few openings for 4-Hers who would like to attend CWF. Nebraska 4-Hers are attending in June of 2020. We have 4 from Cass County already signed up. Would you like to join them? Read about it here and let us know if you need more information or already know you would like to attend:


For more than 50 years, thousands of high school youth from all across the country have traveled to Washington, DC each summer to partake in the preeminent 4-H citizenship experience – Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF). CWF is a national program designed for 4-H members and teen leaders ages 14-19. Sessions are offered throughout the weeklong program held throughout June and July each year. CWF provides youth with opportunities to:

  • Explore, develop, and refine the civic engagement skills they need to be outstanding leaders in their community, country, and world.
  • Engage in sightseeing tours throughout Washington, D.C., led by college-aged program assistants.
  • Learn the history of our nation and how leadership and citizenship skills can be applied in local community.

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Northeast Nebraska 4-H Horse Show

Make plans now to attend the Northeast Nebraska 4-H Horse Show on June 5th starting at 4:00 pm. The show will be held at the Ridge Ranch Arena (Ray and Dorla Hermelbracht) near Homer, Nebraska.


This show will feature a clinic like atmosphere with one on one interaction with the judge, and ribbons will be awarded to all riders. Roping and working ranch classes will begin at 4:00 pm with pleasure, horsemanship, reining, pole bending and barrel racing starting at 5:30 pm.


A pre-registration fee of $10 per horse and rider and $5 for the roping and working ranch horse events is due by May 30th. Registrations will be taken the day of the show at $15 per horse and rider and $10 for the roping and working ranch horse events.


For more information click here, or contact the Nebraska Extension in Thurston County at 402-385-6041.

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Check the calendars below ...

Upcoming Countywide 4-H Reminders

2019 Cass County 4-H Calendar


Feb 1 - YQCA website open for livestock certification'

Feb 13, 2019 - On-line Cat Club

March 16 - Youth Poultry Judging Clinic at UNL

Feb 16 - Our LEGO LEAGUE team goes to State at SAC Museum! Good Luck!

March 1 - Deadline for Freel/Lepert Family Scholarship

March 1 - Deadline for David Knabe Memorial Scholarship

March 16 - Deadline for NACEB Scholarship
Mar 15 - Deadline to re-enroll for 4-H at https://ne.4HOnline.com, Enrollment Instruction, Pick Your Project

April 1 - Deadline for Weeping Water Whiz Kidz Scholarship

April 6-7 - Shooting Sports Leader Certification (deadline to register March 27)

April 25 - YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Cass County

May 6 - YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Otoe County

June 3 - YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Cass County

June 6 - YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Otoe County

June 15 - 4-H Day Camp for kids 6-11

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Upcoming Statewide 4-H Events

Now Open - Registrations for Summer 4-H Camp

Feb 13 - Open House for Power of Red Day at UNL

Feb 15 - N|150 day

Feb 21-22 - Women in Agriculture

Feb 16-24 - Cattlemen's Classic in Kearney, NE

March 1 - Deadline for National Shooting Sports Competition

March 1 - Deadline for Beekeeping Essay Competition

Mar 30 - Companion Animal Event at UNL

Mar 30 - Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede

Apr 15 - Early bird registration due date for Summer 4-H Camp

June 5 - Northeast Nebraska Horse Show

July 8-12 - NAYI

June of 2020 - Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington D.C.


Nebraska 4-H Event Calendar

Statewide Events and Opportunities

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Ag Information and Opportunities in and around Cass County ...

  1. Cass County Extension Board Meeting ... February 11, 2019 beginning at 5:30 pm
  2. Midwest Cover Crop Convention .... February 20-21 20190 Springfield, IL Transportation available.
  3. Nebraska Game and Parks Help Prepare for State Shoot ... Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 30
  4. Nebraska Pork Industry's Annual Meeting ... Feb 13 in Lincoln
  5. Beef Feedlot Roundtables ... Feb 12, 13, 14
  6. Successful Farmer Series ... Every Friday from Jan 4 - Feb 8, held at Lancaster County Extension Office
  7. Acreage Life ... January Edition
  8. Ag-Line Newsletter ... January 2019
  9. BeefWatch UNL ... archives
  10. Instant Pot 101 .. Sarpy County February 26
  11. Nebraska Insight ... Winter Edition
  12. Private Pesticide Applicator's Training ... March 7, 2019, meetings in Weeping Water, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. For more information go to the UNL Pesticide website is: https://pested.unl.edu/
  13. Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Spring Affair ... April 27, Lincoln
  14. Nebraska Extension Publications ... online Library

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Have a Happy Valentines Day!

Nebraska Extension Cass County

Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, Interim Unit Leader, 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