4-H Friday News Blast!

1.11.19 (A fun date)

New 4-H Members - Which club?

As new members start contacting the Extension Office, we need to know which clubs will be open to new memberships, who to contact, and what your focus project areas are.

If you are a club leader, please send Sondra an email (sondra.buell@unl.edu) and let her know if your club is open to new memberships. We would like to collect this information as soon as possible - thank you for your help.


4-H Dog Club Leader

Cass County is looking for a new Dog Club Leader. Are you interested, or do you know anyone who is interested in leading our Cass County youth who are signing up for the 4-H Dog Project?


As you make your plans for 2019 ...

Cass County 4-Hers and club leaders: As you make your plans for your 2019 4-H year, look first at the Recently Revised Awards and Recognition Opportunities before us! Incorporate some of the things you do in 4-H into the awards program and just see where it will take you!!!

Major revisions were made to the Diamond Clover program. New opportunities include the Nebraska 4-H Gives Back award and Programs of Excellence recognition. Click here and check out these and other statewide 4-H awards and recognition opportunities.


Cooking with Clover Kids

The Ohio State University sent us a great article about making a snack with Clover Kids, including several recipes. Take a look: https://u.osu.edu/cloverbudconnections/2019/01/07/cooking-with-cloverbuds/


Re-enroll and Select your Projects

It's time to re-enroll in 4-H for 2019. Go to: https://ne.4HOnline.com (Enrollment Instruction)

Need assistance in selecting your projects? Go to: Pick Your Project. It's an online project selection guide for finding both county-only and state fair eligible 4-H fair projects and their resources.


4-H Council Meeting Monday, January 21st

New and old council members, be to the Extension Office by 6:45 as you will be served a catered supper from HyVee. You need to RSVP to tracy.ensor@unl.edu so she knows how much food to order ... thank you.

The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.


Special Garden Project - Red Pod Okra called Carmine Splendor - Deadline to order seeds is January 31st

Everything you'll need to know about this Special Garden Project can be found on this website: https://go.unl.edu/hz56

If you are interested in participating in 2019, do two things:

  1. Pre-order the seeds through the Cass County Extension Office by January 31st. (One packet per 4-Her). Email or call the office to let us know. We'll need your name and your club's name.
  2. Enroll in the Special Garden Project (select it from the drop down list of projects in 4HOnline)


Local Scholarship Opportunity for Cass County 4-H High School Seniors ...

This week we received information about the David Knabe Memorial Scholarship. One $300.00 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior with plans to continue their formal education following graduation from high school. Application details can be found on our website at: https://go.unl.edu/i4s5 . Deadline is March 1st.


Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede

The 4-H Horse Stampede is held annually on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. This year's 4-H Horse Stampede will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019. Go to: https://4h.unl.edu/horse/stampede for entry and order forms, contest details, and other information.


Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors

Details about the new discipline updates for 2019 can be found by clicking here: https://go.unl.edu/mktc


Computer Science Summer Workshop for High School Students

The Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is pleased to announce a summer learning opportunity for high school students. Interested participants are able to find details and application materials at http://raikes.unl.edu/summerworkshops. A video found at https://youtu.be/ey6fPUMLlHw gives you a glimpse of what students can expect to experience.


4-Hers who cook ...

Last week in the News Blast we told you about the 4-H Culinary Challenge taking place on Saturday, August 31 during the second weekend of the Nebraska State Fair. It will be held in the Raising Nebraska building. It's a fun opportunity for 4-Hers age 10-18.

If you are looking for everything fun with 4-H food, recipes, food facts, etc .... THIS IS THE WEBSITE FOR YOU ... https://food.unl.edu/food-projects


NAYI - Nebraska Ag Youth Institute - July 8-12, 2019

High school juniors and seniors, it time to think about this for your summer. NAYI is a remarkable summer event if you are interested in agriculture!

The purpose of the Institute is to expose over 200 young adults from across the state of Nebraska to the opportunities available in the agriculture industry and to provide a networking opportunity for students as they reach the end of their high school career. NAYI is a five day program, held July 8-12.

The NAYI website is: http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/nayi/nayi

A brochure is posted on-line at http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/nayi/docs/nayi2019-brochure.pdf

Applications for NAYI are due April 15th.


Women in Agriculture scholarship

The annual Nebraska Women in Agriculture conference will be held Feb. 21 – 22, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney. The Women in Agriculture Conference allows women to build relationships with each other, attend workshops and gain valuable knowledge that will help them support their farms and ranches. The theme for this year’s conference is, “Take Charge of Change.” There are 10 scholarships available for 4-H and FFA students! For more details and to apply, visit https://wia.unl.edu/scholarships


Interested in Beekeeping? Here's a 2019 4-H Essay Competition Opportunity

Sponsored by: Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees

2019 Essay Topic: Honey Varietals, State to State

Each jar of honey reflects an unrepeatable combination of climate, soil, weather and flowers. Each state has unique honey varietals that beekeepers can market to their customers. Please identify one unique varietal to your state and discuss the flower’s uniqueness and how beekeepers can effectively market that varietal.

In your essay, please include a photo of the varietal’s flower, an interview with a local beekeeper who collects this varietal and a recipe that highlights the varietal.

Download the complete call for entries with competition rules and essay requirements.


Big Red Summer Academic Camps

Hey 4-Hers, have you heard about the Big Red Summer Academic Camps? It's time to get them plugged in to your summer calendar ...

Big Red camps are residential, career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They are open to all youth grades 10th - 12th, including recent high school graduates. Focus areas include Weather and Climate Science, Education, Engineering, Filmmaking, Outdoor Nebraska, Unicameral Youth Legislature, Teaching, and Veterinary Science. New this year is one called Discover Animation. Click here for details about each session.

ALL housing and food will be provided for all participants throughout the duration of the camp. Space is limited and camps will fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited scholarships are available to attend all Big Red Summer Academic Camps, significant scholarships may be available for select camps.

Please check http://bigredcamps.unl.edu for more information.




Kudos to the Plattsmouth Diversity 4-H Club for doing a great service project for their community!


KUDOS to Tracy ... Meet your Senators

On January 7th, Tracy Ensor attended the "Meet with your Senators" luncheon at the Otoe County Extension Office. Goal of the day: Sharing impact of Nebraska Extension in the southeast counties with Senator Clements and soon-to-be Senator Slama! Thanks for attending, Tracy!


Three calendars below ...

Upcoming Countywide 4-H Reminders

Jan 21 - 4-H Council Meeting, arrive at 6:45 (supper provided)
Jan 31 - Deadline for ordering seeds for the 2019 Special Garden Project
Mar 15 - Deadline to re-enroll for 4-H at https://ne.4HOnline.com, Enrollment Instruction, Pick Your Project



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

  1. Master Gardener Application Deadline Nears ... by Sarah Browning
  2. Successful Farmer Series ... Every Friday from Jan 4 - Feb 8, held at Lancaster County Extension Office
  3. Farm Beginnings Classes ... Saturdays: January 19 - May 4
  4. Acreage Life ... January Edition
  5. Hort Update ... from Nebraska Extension for December 26, 2018
  6. Ag-Line Newsletter ... January 2019
  7. Nebraska Master Gardener Volunteer ... application due by January 18, 2019
  8. Introductory (Year 1) Beekeeping ... January 19 - Held at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center
  9. Seed Share ... January 26 in Omaha
  10. Nebraska Insight ... Winter Edition
  11. 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/
  12. Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Spring Affair ... April 27, Lincoln
  13. Nebraska Extension Publications ... online Library


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