CENTRAL SANDHILLS AREA 4-H NEWS
June 2023 Newsletter
In this edition:
- Summer Workshop Schedule
- Fairbook link
- Important Dates
- Workshop Flyers
- 2023 Horse Rule Book
- 2023 Nebraska State Fair 4-H/FFA Livestock Nominations Are Open
- State and Regional 4-H Events
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Summer Workshop Schedule is here!
4-H ENROLLMENT IS OPEN NOW
The opening date for statewide 4-H enrollment was October 17th. You can click on the link to enroll in the new system https://v2.4honline.com. The enrollment process should be the same as what we did this last year. Enrollment stays open through June 15, and you can add and drop projects during that time. Don't forget that you must pay your $10 enrollment fee for the process to be complete.
All leaders and volunteers also need to be enrolled on 4honline. There is no fee for adults to enroll. VOLUNTEERS - PLEASE NOTE THAT IN 2023, OUR 4 COUNTIES ARE DUE IN THE 5 YEAR ROTATION FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS TO DO A NEW BACKGROUND CHECK THROUGH DHHSS. Call the office if you need more information.
Activity for the Month by Shaniya
Windowsill Greenhouse Garden
Create your own greenhouse garden with our new collection of monthly 4-H activities! Shaniya will post a 4-H at home activity every month.
🚩Important Dates for 2023🚩
Crafts and Co. Sign Workshop Sign Up Instructions
Follow the directions below. You will choose from the Kiddo signs; the workshop is $20. Choose the 4-H Thedford- June 9 Workshop when you sign up. Please do this ASAP so we can get numbers figured out and she can have your sign materials ready.
Let the office know when you get signed up!
REGISTRATION CLOSES MONDAY JUNE 5!
2023 Nebraska State Fair 4-H/FFA Livestock Nominations Are Now Open!
Show Stock Manager is open for 2023!
Show Stock Manager Information (NOW Open for 2022!)
The 2023 Step-by-Step Nomination Instructions can be found on the public page: https://4h.unl.edu/livestock-id.
If you need step by step instructions please contact the office and we can help you out.
*State Fair DNA Nominations*
New for 2023! All livestock in contention to exhibit at the 2023 Nebraska State Fair and/or the Aksarben Stock Show will be required to submit a DNA nomination. All 4-H/FFA BREEDING livestock, market livestock and FEEDER CALVES will now be required to submit a DNA sample/envelope to be eligible to exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair. DNA nominations for the Nebraska State Fair are due to the Extension Office on June 15, 2023 by 4 p.m.
State and Regional 4-H Events
June 1 South Central Judging Contest, Bladen, NE, firstname.lastname@example.org 402-746-3417
June 2 Butler County 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, David City NE, email@example.com or 402-367-7410
June 2 Dawes County Livestock Judging, Chadron, NE, firstname.lastname@example.org, Melissa 402-322-0655
June 2 Come Learn with Carla Clinic, Central City NE, Merrick County Fairgrounds
June 3 Come Learn with Carla Clinic, Lincoln NE, Lancaster Event Center
June 3 4-H Small Animal Progress Show, Holdrege NE, Phelps County Fair Grounds, 308-995-4222
June 4 Come Learn with Carla Clinic, Albion NE, Boone County Fairgrounds
June 8-10 4-H Horse Camp - Crawford, Dawes CO Extension, email@example.com or 308-432-3373
June 9 Wheeler County Livestock Judging, Bartlett NE, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 10 4-H Invitational Horse Show, Kearney NE, Buffalo Co Fairgrounds
June 11- Boots N' Spurs 4-H Open Horse Show, Lexington NE, email@example.com
June 15 Box Butte Western Livestock Challenge, Hemingford, NE, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 16 Nebraska Livestock Judging Classic, Kearney, NE, email@example.com
June 17 Adams County Rabbit and Poultry Progress Show, Hastings NE, Jamee Bockerman 402-984-9891
June 17 Dawes County 4-H Progress Show, Chadron, NE, firstname.lastname@example.org, 308-432-3373
June 17 Keith County Beef Progress Show, Ogallala NE, Keith County Fairgrounds, 308-284-6051
June 17 Perkins County Trail Riders Horse Show, Grant NE, Perkins Co Fairgrounds, Jami Hendricks 785-443-3624
June 18 Red Willow County Progress Show, McCook NE, Chelsey Benes 308-737-7426
June 19-21 State 4-H Youth Leadership Conference
June 21-22 PASE (Premier Animal Science Event), Lincoln NE
June 22 Premier Animal Science Event (PASE), Lincoln, NE, email@example.com
June 23 State Presentation & Speech Contest, Lincoln NE
June 24 Sliver Spurs 4-H Horse Show, Imperial NE, Tracy Heathers 308-883-3925
June 24 Wranglers Open 4-H Horse Show, Columbus NE, Chantel 402-649-9676
June 27 Agronomy Youth Field Day, Curtis NE, Frontier County Extension 308-367-4424
June 29 4-H Plant and Insect ID Contest, Columbus NE, Kelly Feehan 402-563-4901
July 15-19 Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Expo, Grand Island NE
If you have any questions or need more information you can also contact the Central Sandhills Area Extension Office.
2023 Online Horticulture Contest
Do you know what it takes to pick the best fruit and vegetables out at the grocery store? Or do you know what judges are looking for when they judge your plants at the county fair? Have you ever wondered, what plant is that!?! We are excited to offer the opportunity to learn these and other important horticulture skills through the Online Horticulture Contest. The contest will be available June 2-16, 2023 at: https://go.unl.edu/online4hhortcontest
Horticulture judging contest consists of three parts. The first is identification of plant material. Participants identify the plants by common name from a plant list. Specimens may be alive or preserved plant parts like stems, twigs, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots, bulbs, tubers, or plant products.
The second is a knowledge portion, usually in the form of a true/false or multiple choice quiz. Questions will test the contestant's knowledge of cultural practices for horticultural crops, plant science, pesticides, horticultural careers and other topics related to the production, processing and consumption of horticultural crops.
The last portion is judging or placings. This is where four different plants, plates of vegetables, or containers flowers are ranked from best to worst based on a set of criteria. Classes are judged on the basis of condition, quality, uniformity, true-to-type, and size.
More information about the Nebraska State contest along with a list of study materials can be found in the Fair book https://4hfairbook.unl.edu/fairbookview.php/contests/45. Here you can find the written study materials for the knowledge portion, follow links to plant pictures for help with identification, and read how judging of plant material is done.
More details at: https://4h.unl.edu/online-horticulture-judging-contest
Fort Robinson Horse Camp
The 2023 4-H Horse Camp will take place on June 8-10 at Fort Robinson State Park in Crawford, NE. All individuals, ages eight and older, are welcome to attend with activities for junior, intermediate, and senior / adult. The 4-H code of conduct will be in effect, but membership is not mandatory. Registration and Scholarship forms can be found at; https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/fort-robinson-4-h-horse-camp/.
See information below:
4-H Plant and Insect Identification Contests
Identify plant/insect samples for each contest. For horticulture, there is also 2 judging classes (vegetables, fruits, flowers, or nursery stock). Informational materials available at https://4h.unl.edu/fairbook/contests. For questions, contact your local Extension office or Kelly Feehan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-563-4901.