4-H Friday News Blast!
1.11.19 (A fun date)
New 4-H Members - Which club?
If you are a club leader, please send Sondra an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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
Re-enroll and Select your Projects
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 email@example.com 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:
- 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.
- 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 ...
Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede
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
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.
Big Red Summer Academic Camps
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.
SIGN UP DATES: EARLY BIRD - APRIL 15 | REGULAR - MAY 1 | LATE - AFTER MAY 1
KUDOS to Tracy ... Meet your Senators
Three calendars below ...
Upcoming Statewide 4-H Events
Now Open - Registrations for Summer 4-H Camp
Jan 12 - 4-H Club of the Month applications due
Jan 12-13 - Shooting Sports Leader Certification
Jan 12 - FIRST LEGO League Jr. Showcase
Jan 15 - Application period opens for Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship
Jan 19 - FIRST LEGO League Jr Showcase
Jan 25-26 - State 4-H Indoor Archery Championships
Feb 1 - AKSARBEN Lamb Challenge Applications Due Online
Febr 16-24 - Cattlemen's Classic in Kearney, NE
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
Ag Information and Opportunities in and around Cass County ...
- Master Gardener Application Deadline Nears ... by Sarah Browning
- Successful Farmer Series ... Every Friday from Jan 4 - Feb 8, held at Lancaster County Extension Office
- Farm Beginnings Classes ... Saturdays: January 19 - May 4
- Acreage Life ... January Edition
- Hort Update ... from Nebraska Extension for December 26, 2018
- Ag-Line Newsletter ... January 2019
- Nebraska Master Gardener Volunteer ... application due by January 18, 2019
- Introductory (Year 1) Beekeeping ... January 19 - Held at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center
- Seed Share ... January 26 in Omaha
- Nebraska Insight ... Winter Edition
- 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/
- Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Spring Affair ... April 27, Lincoln
- Nebraska Extension Publications ... online Library
Nebraska Extension Cass County
Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, Interim Unit Leader, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Ensor, Extension Assistant, email@example.com
Sondra Buell, Office Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
General Mailbox, email@example.com