Southern Plains 4-H

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - FEBRUARY 2020

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2019-2020 ON-LINE ENROLLMENT, NOW OPEN!

Please go to https://ne.4honline.com to register for the 2019-2020 4-H Year.

We need to get started with ideas for the upcoming year. Members should be enrolled prior to signing up for workshops, participating in shooting sports, or attending 4-H events. Please do not wait until the last minute! (Project changes may be added or deleted until April 1) Many times you must be signed up through 4-H online to register for other events like YQCA.


Signing up now will help us make plans for the upcoming year.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

SPCT Fruit Sales Continue!

DEADLINE FOR RETURN TO OFFICE, March 5, 2020 @ close of day.

The second round of fruit sales is currently going on. Emails went out to participants mid-January. Selling sheets also available at the local offices. Delivery date will be March 18, so plan on making arrangements for pickup. Will pass along detail as they become available.


If you are interested in purchasing, and have not been contacted by a 4-Her, call the offices and we can hook you up.

NUCKOLLS COUNTY 4-H ENROLLMENT KICK OFF

Feel the wind under your virtual rotors and try out the drone simulator, and learn more about Nuckolls County 4-H at the Superior vs L/N basketball game on Fri. Feb. 14. Kylie will be tabling at the event, and she will be glad to help you enroll or talk about all the great positive youth development opportunities in Nuckolls County. Bring a friend to learn more about 4-H!

THAYER COUNTY 4-H ENROLLMENT KICK OFF & OPEN HOUSE

DATE: March 20, 2020

TIME: 4 to 7 pm

PLACE: Thayer County Courthouse Clubroom


Mark your calendars for our 2020 enrollment event that will include drones, animals and a mock ice cream contest! More details to come.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY - Nuckolls County ONLY

Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce AGRI-BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Deadline: March 13th, 2020. The scholarship is in the amount of at least $500 and will be awarded for the 2020-21 school year. Students eligible for this award are: Any high school student in his/her senior year who averages a "C" grade or equivalent and planning a major in any agriculture field (Ag Econ., Animal Science, Ag us., Agron., etc.). The student must attend an accredited 2 or 4-year college approved by the state wherein located. For submission details, please visit the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce website.

SOUTHERN PLAINS EXTENSION IS HIRING

Full job description and how-to-submit instructions for the Nuckolls County 4-H Aide Position can be found at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/southernplains/ or by contacting the Nuckolls County Extension Office (402) 225-2381.

4-Her HIGHLIGHTS!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Kudos go out to Lacey Schmidt for being selected as a winner for the Achievement Application she submitted to the state contest. As a result, Lacey will be part of the Nebraska delegation to the 2020 National 4-H Congress. Congratulations, Lacey!


Tribland Award Winners announced in the January 29, Hastings Tribune were First Runner Up, Lacey Schmidt, winning $100.00 cash award and engraved commemorative plaque. Also, Walker Dick won Honorable Mention. Congratulations to both Lacey and Walker on your great accomplishments.

WORKSHOPS

FIRST AID KIT & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP

DATE: Thurs. March 12, 2020

TIME: 4 to 5:00

PLACE: Nuckolls County Extension Office - Nelson

COST: $15.00

PRE-REGISTER BY: Mon. Mar. 9 by calling the Nuckolls County 402-225-2381. Space is limited to 12 students!


Join Nuckolls County Emergency Manager Nick Elledge and learn how to create a disaster preparedness plan. We'll have all the supplies ready so you can build your own first aid kit.

PUBLIC SPEAKING, PRESENTATIONS, AND PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS WORKSHOPS

Date: March 23, 2020

Time: 5 to 6:30 pm

Place: Thayer County Clubroom

Register by: March 20 by calling Thayer Office at 402-768-7212


Date: April 20, 2020

Time: 4 to 5:30

Place: Nuckolls County Ext Office

Register by: April 17 by calling Nuckolls Office at 402-225-2381


Want to take your public speaking, presentation, and PSA skills up a notch? Come to one workshop or both - they are both FREE!

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PUBLIC SPEAKING, PRESENTATION, AND PSA CONTEST

DATE: April 27, 2020

TIME: 7:00 pm

PLACE: Deshler Fairgrounds, Deshler


Come one, come all! 4-Hers from Nuckolls and Thayer, will be sharing their talents during this contest event.


PSA 60 second Radio Spot


Speech Divisions:

Novice (10 & under) 4-Her has never competed in a speech contest before. May recite a poem, read or tell a story. Under 3 minutes in length. Not eligible for district competition

Junior (8 to 10) Must be an original speech relating to 4-H. Under 3 minutes in length.

Intermediate (11 to 13) Must be original speech relating to 4-H. 3 to 5 minutes in length.

Senior (14 and up) Must be an original speech relating to 4-H. 5 to 8 minutes in length.


Presentations Divisions:

Individual (10 & up) 6 to 8 minutes

Team (two 4-Her's in same division) 8 to 11 minutes


Check the fairbook for more details.

QUILT OF VALOR WORKSHOP

DATE: Mon. April 13, 2020

TIME: 9 to 3

PLACE: Thayer County Clubroom

REGISTER BY: APRIL 3, 2020

COST: Free!


Bring a sack lunch, and come enjoy a day of sewing with the Kaye at the office as we make Quilts of Valor to be donated to the service personnel touched by war. MUST PRE-REGISTER so we have a quilt ready for you to start sewing.

LIVESTOCK

2020 Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit

Local dates are listed below (17 dates in all)


DATES CLOSE TO US: Sat. May 2, Nelson (Southern Plains 4-H is hosting); Thurs. June 4, Bladen; Sat. June 6, Holdredge


Circuit Schedule


Circuit Rules

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LIVESTOCK SHOW OPPORTUNITIES

Click on the Link for more information about these shows:


Equine Foot & Hoof Care Clinic, Lincoln, February 22

Spring Rabbit Show, Lincoln, March 28

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Northern Exposure, Steer & Heifer Show, Belleville, KS, April 4 & 5

Washington County Spring Beef Show, Washington, KS, April 25

Livestock Judging Camp, Lincoln, NE, June 2 and June 3 to 5th Registration Here

CHICK DAYS

DATE: Sat. March 14, 2020

PLACE: UNL- Animal Science Dept, Lincoln

TIME: 8 am to 3 pm


Egg Decorating, Poultry Quiz Bowl, Photography Contest, Omelet Cookery Contest, Speech Contest, and all about Chickens!


Get information on event here

2020 Nebraska District & State Horse Show

DUE: May 8, 2020

ALL Level Testing required for participation MUST be COMPLETED!


DISTRICT DATES & SITES, for 2020

June 15, Scottsbluff

June 16, Burwell

June 17, Columbus

June 18, Lincoln

June 19, McCook


STATE DATE & SITE, for 2020

July 12-16, Fonner Park, Grand Island

Get the Show Schedule Here

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ATTENTION LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS!! WHAT IS THAT? AM I MISSING OUT?

SKILLATHON for Dog and Cat Exhibitors Information Brochure

QUIZ BOWL for Horse Exhibitors Information Brochure

DEMONSTRATION for Companion Animals and Horse Exhibitors Information Brochure

PUBLIC SPEAKING for Horse Exhibitors Information Brouchure

Companion Animal Challenge Contest Mar. 28, 2020

The Companion Animal Challenge is a set of contests for youth interested in companion animals. These contests are animal-less and test youths knowledge about companion animals. New this year to the contest are a Cat Skillathon and an essay contest. 4-H youth ages 10-18 are invited to participate.

  • The 4-H Companion Animal Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Animal Science Complex.
  • Contests include: Demonstration Contest, Dog Skillathon Contest, Cat Skillathon Contest, Essay Contest, Art Contest, and Photography Contest.
  • This event allows youth to apply their companion animal knowledge, but does not require them to have an animal!
  • It will be held the same day as the 4-H Horse Stampede so that youth can compete in both events if they choose. We will ensure there are not schedule conflicts.

Horse Stampede Contest Mar. 28, 2020

The horse stampede is a group of contests for youth interested in horses. These contests do not require youth to have a horse all they need is to have an interest and be willing to learn some information about horses.

  • The 4-H Horse Stampede will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Animal Science Complex. Registration starts at 8:30am.
  • Contests include: Individual Demonstration Contest (can be done in person or through zoom), Team Demonstration (can be done in person or through zoom), Speech (can be done in person or through zoom), Junior or Senior Horse Bowl (team quiz bowl contest), Art Contest (do not need to be present to participate, you can mail in the entries), and Photography Contest (do not need to be present to participate, you can mail in the entries).
  • It will be held the same day as the 4-H Companion Animal Challenge so that youth can compete in both events if they choose. We will ensure there are not schedule conflicts.
  • Entries are due by March 6, 2020.

NCTA LIVESTOCK JUDGING AND ANIMAL SCIENCE DAY

Mark you calendars for May 27, 28 - 2020 for the NCTA Livestock Judging Contest, and Youth Animal Science Day in Curtis.

HORSE PROJECT WORKSHOPS

2020 Horse Judging School - Sat. Mar. 7

This school is for horse show judges, aspiring judges, judging team coaches, and youth! We will have classroom demonstrations as well as live classes to judge.

  • This clinic will be held Saturday March 7th, 2020 at the UNL Animal Science Complex
  • Topics include: Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, and Speed Events
  • Presenters: Dr Kathy Anderson, Dr. Lena Luck, and Brooke Parrish

4-H Youth 3 & 4 Advancement Level Workshop - Sun. Mar. 8

This Advancement Level Workshop is geared towards 4-Hers that have passed their Level 2 and want to move on to levels 3 & 4. During the workshop we will help youth prepare their feed chart, health chart and learn how to work with their horse to prepare for performing advanced maneuvers required to pass their level 3 and/or 4.

4-H Adult/Leader Advancement Level Workshop - Sun. March 8

This Advancement Level Workshop is geared towards helping Adults, Extension personnel, Volunteers, and leaders have a better understanding and knowledge to work with the youth in their area to pass their advancement levels.

INTERESTED in any of these horse workshops? Register at the web site below:

PLANT SCIENCE

9th Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

Do you enjoy being outside? Learning new things about crops? Considering a career involving crops, insects, diseases, soils, water or more? Do you want to help figure out how to feed our world’s growing population in a sustainable way?

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the ninth Innovative Youth Corn Challenge contest. This contest, open to 4-H members (age 10 & older as of Jan. 1st) or FFA members (in-school members), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.

As a team (2 or more participants), youth will be challenged to implement a production practice different than normal to determine if they increased their yield. Economics and sustainability of the practice will also be considered. Yields, cropping history, and production information will be collected in the Corn Yield Challenge management summary.

Cash prizes and plaques are given. First place receives $1,000, second place receives $500, and third place receives $250. Sustainability, crop scouting and “extra mile” awards are also given as cash awards.

To participate in 2020, youth must complete and return an entry form by March 15th to the Fillmore County Extension Office in Geneva, NE. Forms can be downloaded after January 1st at cropwatch.unl.edu/youth/activities. For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu.

AG INNOVATORS EXPERIENCE

We are recruiting teens to help lead the Ag Innovators Experience in our county and across Nebraska this year. This year's topic is "Valuable Water Challenge". This is a unique leadership experience for our youth! Youth attend a one day training, and then come back and present information to 3rd thru 8th graders.


What: Youth Training

When: Saturday, March 21

Where: Columbus

Deadline to Apply: February 14

Apply Here

RANGE JUDGING CONTEST 2020

DATE: September 23, 2020

PLACE: Thayer County


Interested persons should call either the Nuckolls or Thayer Office. We are in the process of forming a team, and will be needing sponsors and volunteer help.

ON LINE HORTICULTURE CONTEST 2020

DATES: June 5 through June 22


The on-line horticulture contest will be here before you know it. To start studying and preparing go to the link below for more information.


Horticulture Contest 2020

SPECIAL GARDEN PROJECT - CLASSIC MAGICAL BACHELOR BUTTONS

This years Special Garden Project will be available soon. 4-Her's can call the office and reserve their special seed packets, NOW! Then go to 4-H online and enroll in the Special Garden Project area. The cost will be approximately 50 cents. This is a fun way to introduce kids to gardening. Call the office in Nuckolls or Thayer to reserve your seeds, today!

TRACTOR SAFETY TRAINING

DATE: June 9-10, 2020

PLACE: Geneva Fairgrounds


Youth aged 14 and 15 and working on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST by certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course. Successful completion of the course will allow trained youth to operate a tractor over 20 horsepower, or to connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor.

Register Here! 2020 Tractor Safety Training Registration

DO YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN BEEKEEPING?

Make plans to attend the UNL beekeeping workshops, to learn more about bees! Bee's are an important part of the pollination process.

More information about Workshops


Registration for Workshop HERE


If you want to get started with bees, here is your chance, to write an essay, and win some cash to get you going! It is open to ANY 4-H member, and all you have to do is write an essay! Prizes are $750, $500. and $250. Essay Deadline is APRIL 1.


Details on Essay Here

CAMPERS NEEDED!!

Summer Programs at Eastern Nebraska 4-H at Gretna, NE

Summer Programs at State 4-H Camp at Halsey, NE

See Full Program Descriptions or Register Online


Also dates to Mark on your Calendar!

Camp Renegade @ Camp Jefferson, in Fairbury will be June 16-17

Camp Venture @ Camp Jefferson, in Fairbury will be June 18-19

Info to follow, as soon as available for these camps.

Big Red Summer Academic Camps, June 7-12

Open to all high school youth, grades 10 through 12.

Learn more here


Camp Scholarship Application , funds available to attend, apply here prior to registration.

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