Webster County 4-H Newsletter

February 2022 Edition

Happy February!

2022 is already flying by so fast! Lots of things are happening in 4-H in February - like Nebraska 4-H Month! We would love for you to participate with us on the days listed below. Be sure to check this newsletter often as new things are added weekly. Have a great month of February!

-The Webster County Extension Staff

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4-H Volunteer Awards

Nebraska 4-H is now accepting nominations for state 4-H volunteer awards, including Emerging Adult, Outstanding Adult, Outstanding Youth, and Multi-Generation Family Volunteer Awards! Nominations can be submitted by any 4-H member, family, supporter, or Extension personnel. Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/volunteer-recognition.

Important Dates & Events

  • February 1st: Farrowed & Owned Swine Cohort Application Due
  • February 1st: Start of National 4-H Month
  • February 2nd: 4-H Spirit Day
  • February 5th: State Level Achievement Applications Due
  • February 6th: Jr. Leaders Meeting @ Hearts/Hands for Hunger
  • February 8th: Red Cloud After School
  • February 9th: Volunteer Appreciation Day
  • February 11th: YQCA Training - Blue Hill
  • February 11th: YQCA Training - Red Cloud
  • February 12th: Cattlemen's Classic Livestock Judging
  • February 15th: Red Cloud After School
  • February 15th: Webster County Youth Council 4-H Scholarship Due
  • February 15th: Lyle Niemeyer 4-H Scholarship Due
  • February 16th: Sponsor Appreciation Day
  • February 20th: Adams/Webster Farm Bureau 4-H Pancake Feed - BH Community Center
  • February 21st: Office Closed in Observance of President's Day
  • February 22nd: Red Cloud After School
  • February 23rd: 4-H Professional Appreciation Day
  • February 23rd: Youth Council Meeting at Blue Hill Community Center
  • February 26th: Last 4-H Beef Weigh In - Red Cloud
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Download Join Webster County 4-H Flyer

Have a friend that would be interested in joining 4-H in Webster County? Download the flyer shown above here to print and give to anyone interested in joining 4-H!

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4-H/FFA Pankake Feed

The Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau invites everyone to come support our local 4-H & FFA Chapters this coming Sunday! Hope to see you there! Please sign up to set up and serve at the beginning OR serve at the finish and clean up. Please wear a 4H, FFA, or Farm Bureau shirt. Sign up by clicking on the button below.
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4-H Online 2.0 and Open Enrollment

We are excited to announce the new 4-H Online enrollment system! This new system is much more simple for both you and our office. You will use your same account log in and password from last time. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions. We encourage you to go through the steps of enrollment below as this is totally different than the old system. Parents who are volunteers only will enroll. Do not enroll if you are just a parent that does not volunteer (club leader, superintendent, project leader, etc.)
Steps on How to Enroll on 4-H Online 2.0

Click here to learn how to re enroll as a member, enroll as a new member or family, and a volunteer.

4-H After School Program

We are excited for the 4-H After School Program starting this spring! This program is open to any youth that is in 3rd-6th grade. If you participated previously and want to participate in the spring sessions, you are required to fill this form out for the spring session. Attached is the flyer for the Silver Lake After School Program. . Please register below by February 17th. Register by clicking on the link below. Red Cloud registration has closed.
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Silver Lake 4-H After School

Register here by February 17th

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2022 YQCA In Person Training Dates

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***March 4th YQCA training has been cancelled due to changes in school calendars.

If your 4-H’er is planning on showing livestock (beef, sheep, pig, goat, poultry, and rabbit) this year at county and/or state fair and is 4-H age 8 or older, they need to complete the YQCA Program by June 15th. Registration for YQCA is open. Attached is a list of upcoming in-person trainings. You must register ahead of time for the in-person trainings. If you are doing an in-person training, don’t forget to ask the office for a code! Codes do not apply for online trainings.

Register for YQCA

Register for any of the YQCA Trainings listed above by clicking on this link. Register under the 4-H Online Sign In. Ask the office for a code!!

Livestock Contests and Events

We are excited to get going with Livestock Contests and Events for 2022. To assist in knowing who is interested in the following events – call the office or complete the online form (https://go.unl.edu/22livestock). Practices are starting to come together.

  • Livestock Judging focused on Cattle will be Sunday, January 30th at 1:00 at Mead’s.
  • PASE Organizational Meeting – Sunday, February 20th – Adams County Extension Office at 4:00 pm

Cattlemen’s Classic – Open to youth ages 8 to 18 – Entry Deadline Friday, February 5th

  • Participants will need to cover own cost of $34.00 per individual

South Central Livestock Judging Clinic & Contest – Open to youth ages 8 to 18

  • Save the date of Thursday, June 2, 2022 – More Info to come

Premier Animal Science Events – Open to youth ages 8 to 18

  • Dates are Wednesday, June 22 & Thursday, June 23 on UNL, East Campus
  • Events are Livestock Quiz Bowl, Livestock Skill-a-thon, Poultry Judging, Meats Judging, and Livestock Judging.
Livestock Contests & Events Registration

Register here for Cattlemen s Classic, SC Livestock Judging, and PASE

Livestock Achievement Program

The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including: beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry.

The program consists of two levels that require 4-H members to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate and project-related accomplishments. For each level, the Livestock Achievement Program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H members choose their goals. Each accomplishment is worth a specific number of points. Intermediates, ages 10-13, must complete 100 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Intermediate Member of Excellence. Seniors, ages 14-18, must complete 150 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Senior Member of Excellence. The Plan and Reports, linked on the webpage, show examples of the project related accomplishments they can choose, or they can identify their own with approval of their local educator.

Applications/Sign up are due June 15th through the application form link on the website. Plan and Reports, as well as Project Records will be due August 10 via the completion form on the website. Youth completing the achievement program and receiving member of excellence recognition in the various species will be recognized during the Parade of Champions, 4-H weekend at the Nebraska State Fair.

For more information or to apply, go to: Livestock Achievement Program | Nebraska 4-H (unl.edu)

Ashley Benes ashley.benes@unl.edu

Brett Kreifels brett.kreifels@unl.edu

Cole Meador cmeador2@unl.edu

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4-H Leader/Parent Meeting

Save the date as we would like to invite you to attend the 2022 annual Leader/Parent meeting! This is open to all 4-H leaders, parents, and volunteers. This will be held at the Blue Hill Community Center on March 29th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Please RSVP to the office.

Trap Shooting

All 4-Hers, leaders, and volunteers participating in Trap Shooting must be enrolled in 4-H before their first practice. If any youth are interested in participating in Trap Shooting, please contact the Webster County Extension Office for more information. Youth must be 9 4-H age to participate.


Please check out the scholarships available to Webster County 4-Hers below.

Special Garden Project

The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens. The 2022 Special Garden Project is focused on the Rubenza Cosmos. The flowers of the Rubenza are unique, the petals change color as they age. Pollinators and beneficial insects are attracted to the blooms all summer long. These cosmos make great cut flowers. Be sure to enjoy a bouquet of Rubenza indoors.
You must be enrolled in the Special Garden Project on 4-H Online. Please let the office know if you would like to participate in the Special Garden Project by February 18th.
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2022 District 4-H Horse Shows

We are excited to announce that Webster County is a location for one of the District 4-H Horse Shows for 2022!

2022 Districts Dates and Sites:

June 6- Chadron, NE

June 7- Guide Rock, NE

June 8- Albion, NE

June 9- Raymond, NE

June 10- Kearney, NE

REMINDER of changes!

• New age group/classes

o Elementary Ranch Pleasure (10-11 years old)

Individual work will not be used as a trial basis for the 2022 year (Please see webpage for district procedure details): https://4h.unl.edu/horse/district-shows

We are excited for the 2022 year!

Horse Levels

As of 2020 for Webster County, levels for the county 4-H horse show are recommended, but not mandatory for level 1. If you are participating at districts or state, all other levels must be completed by the time ID sheets are due (May 6th). All other levels and ID sheets for county only may be completed by June 15th.

Online tests are no longer available to 4-Hers. To take a written test, youth must stop in at the Extension Office and take it there. We encourage families to call and let the office know the day and time you would like to take the test.

UNL 4-H Horse Stampede

The Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede offers a variety of 4-H horse contests that do not require live animals, including public speaking, demonstration, quiz bowl, art, and photography contests. Youth have the opportunity to display their equine knowledge through these contests both as an individual and as part of a team. The 4-H Horse Stampede is held annually on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. This year's event will be held Saturday, March 26, 2022. All order forms must be submitted to the Extension Office by March 4th. Check out more information and entry forms here: https://4h.unl.edu/horse-stampede

SOAR Dog Workshop

We are excited to present our SOAR workshop series in conjunction with Platte Valley Kennel Club! Learn from experienced clinicians provided by Platte Valley Kennel Club! This workshop series will have a total of 3 to 4 sessions throughout the spring/ summer months (dates to come). Handlers will gain greater success in participating in each workshop as it provides action steps for youth to move forward and builds upon the skills learned from previous sessions. We do encourage others to join any of our workshops even if you cannot go to all of them.

Along with building skills with your dog(s), youth will also learn more about other events and organizations they can participate in to immerse themselves in dog related activities.

To register: https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5nf7WHgYttOeWoe

Date: February 19th, 2022

Time: 1:00-4:00pm

Address: Companion Dog Club of Omaha and Council Bluffs

10803 N 72nd Street, Omaha NE 68122

Early Registration fee: $15 (per workshop) by February 11th, 2022

Day of Registration fee: $25 ( vaccination forms must be present)

Please make checks payable to: UNL and mailed/postmarked by February 1st. Please include the Participant's name with the payment envelope.
Mail to:
Grace Kim-C204g
PO Box 830
Animal Science-University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68583-0908

Additional information provided in the registration link

For further questions about registration contact Grace Kim at: (402)472-6085 or grace.kim@unl.edu or workshop details, Gisele Olney at gcolney@aol.com

Companion Animal Advisory Commitee

Calling all 4-H parents, leaders, and volunteers interested in the 4-H Companion Animal and Dog Program! We are looking for passionate and involved individuals to join the NEW 4-H Companion Animal Advisory Committee. This group of adult representatives will provide guidance, support, and assistance in carrying out events and opportunities for youth. Applications are due February 15th. Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/companion-animal-advisory-committee.
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2022 Youth Meat Judging

As AMSA explores opportunities to attract, develop, and connect meat science talent AMSA will be hosting a virtual meat judging spring series (4 virtual meat judging contests) targeted to youth (3rd-12th grade, 4-H, FFA students, etc.). Participants will compete in divisions based on their grade: Youth (3rd-7th grade) and Senior Division (8th-12th grade). Divisions will be based on the grade the student is currently completing this academic year. The contest will consist of 6 placing classes, 2 questions classes, quality grading (6) and 40 Retail Identification. Participants will register via the AMSA website.

Contest Dates

March 16-18, 2022

March 30- April 1, 2022

April 13-15, 2022

April 27-29, 2022

Contests will be open for 48 hrs. and the participant must complete the contest and submit the electronic scantron within the contest time allotment. Additional contest guidelines will be posted in the AMSA community platform in which the contests will be facilitated.


Contests will be scored, and results will be posted to judgingcard.com and the AMSA website the Monday following the contest. All results across categories will be posted, but points will be earned on the overall ranking only.

Count top 3 contest rank finishes. Students placing 1 through 20 will receive rank points. For example, 1st place will receive 20 points, 2nd = 19 points, etc. The students will the five highest point totals will be eligible for awards.


Youth Division- Top five students receive awards

1st- $500 scholarship, 2nd- $250, 3rd- $100, 4th- $100, 5th- $50; Top 5 receive a complimentary AMSA Youth Membership

Senior Division- Top five students receive awards

1st- 1,500 scholarship, 2nd- $1,000 scholarship, 3rd- $750 scholarship, 4th- $500 scholarship, 5th- $250 scholarship; Top 5 receive a complimentary AMSA Youth Membership


To register for the contests:

Click here to register!

Registration Fee: $100 per participant

Registration Fee Includes: 4 Contest Registrations and Electronic Scantrons

Contest Eligibility:

Participants should be in 3rd-12th grade.

Participating in any of these contests does not impact eligibility for the in person National 4-H Contest.

Virtual 4H/FFA Meat Judging (meatscience.org)

If you have any additional questions, please email lfrenzel@meatscience.org


Attention High School Juniors & Seniors: If you are interested in learning more about agriculture in Nebraska, careers in agriculture and how to obtain those careers as well as how to be good advocates for the agriculture industry – we encourage you to apply to the 2022 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI). In its 51st year – NAYI is the longest running program of it’s kind in the nation. This year’s NAYI will be held at the University of Nebraska’s East Campus on July 11-15. Check out the press release attached for more information.

State Level Achievement Applications

Need more time to put the finishing touches on those state-level Achievement Applications? Well, we've got good news for you! The deadline has been extended to February 5th!

The Achievement Application is the standard application form used for the selection of county and state award winners, including Nebraska delegates to National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference, as well as Nebraska 4-H Foundation scholarship award recipients. Only Senior Achievement Applications (ages 15-18) are accepted for state-level awards and recognition.

Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/achievement-application.

Summer Camp Registration

Registration is now open for 2022 Nebraska 4-H Summer Camps! See the full schedule of camp sessions and register now at 4h.unl.edu/summer-camp-schedule.

Summer Camp Giveaway

In celebration of #NE4HMonth, Nebraska 4-H Camps is giving away a FREE Summer Camp session plus a welcome package and a $50 transportation or camp store credit! Follow @nebraskastate4hcamps on Instagram for details: instagram.com/nebraskastate4hcamps. And don’t forget, you do not need to be a 4-H member to enter the giveaway or attend 4-H Summer Camp!
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Jr Leaders

The next Webster County Jr Leaders meeting is set for February 6th from 2-4 pm. The Jr Leaders will be volunteering at the Hearts/Hands for Hunger in Hastings. Please contact Carol Kumke for more information.

Warrior 4-Hers sponosors "Santa Present Project" for Fire Ravaged Kansas Area Children and Families

The Warrior 4-H Club gathered up donations to be used to provide Christmas presents for children whose families were affected by the fires mid-December. In one day, the club and community raised more than $3,000 to fund the Santa Present Project. Leftover funds were used to assist livestock raisers and farmers affected by the fire. Children affected by the fires wrote letters to Santa. Parents and leaders of the Warrior 4-H club shopped for items on the lists. The Christmas presents were delinted to Paradise Untied Methodist Church for distribution across the affected area. A great job was done by the Warrior 4-Hers and the surrounding communities.

Story from Superior/Red Cloud newspapers. Pictures from Trisha Rust

UNL Extension in Webster County Newsletter

Check out what is happening in Nebraska Extension in this area and across the state. This is separate from the 4-H Newsletter.
UNL Extension in Webster County Newsletter

Click here to view the February newsletter.

Lindsay Waechter - Mead Joins Webster County Extension

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Welcome, Lindsay!

Nebraska Extension in Webster County is pleased and excited to welcome Lindsay Waechter - Mead as the new Beef Systems Educator for the region. Please see a message below from Lindsay.

Hello! I’m mixed animal veterinarian by trade, but I hold a great deal of pride being a 4th generation Nebraska cattlewoman, raising the 5th generation of my family on the same soil as the first. Growing up in Webster County, my family farm consisted of row crops, commercial cow/calf, farrow to finish hog production and a small commercial sheep flock. Throw in a few dozen laying hens and too many barn cats and we filled the gamut of diversified agriculture. I saw veterinary medicine as my opportunity to raise my family in the place I had always called home.

My undergraduate time was spent in Lincoln at UNL in the veterinary science and animal science program. The most important part of these years was not necessarily in the class work but meeting life-long connections, including my husband, Clay. His love for the beef industry was contagious and would play an integral part in my interest in beef cattle medicine.

Following four years of veterinary school at Kansas State University, we moved back to south central Nebraska where I was blessed to practice medicine for 12 years. An opportunity presented to switch to academia, and I accepted a UNL faculty position at Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center. My duties included teaching production medicine as well as extension responsibilities to Nebraska veterinarians and beef producers.

Life never follows the script we write. After two years at GPVEC, I began to realize my passion for Nebraska animal agriculture and extension could be used to serve south central Nebraska as a Beef Extension Educator. I am excited to bring my interests surrounding cow/calf health and preventative medicine to the Beef Team. My current work involves looking at environmental effects on neonatal calf immunity and colostral transfer. I am also passionate about rural agriculture and what the veterinary profession can do to positively influence rural communities to ensure that generations can continue to enjoy the life that I love.

My family time is centered around our three children: Anna, Harrison and Norah. We spend our days on our farm southwest of Blue Hill, raising Red Angus cattle and following our kids to their many activities. You will usually find us cheering from the sidelines of the field/court and the show ring.

I look forward to meeting new faces and seeing old friends, as well as conversations on ways that I can help each of you be successful. Please reach out by phone, email or stop by the office. I’ll have the coffee ready to go.

Happy Birthday to those Celebrating in February!!

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The Webster County Extension Office & Courthouse will be closed February 21st in observance of President's Day.

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Meet Our Team!

Alexa Pedersen

Office Manager

Alexa Pedersen is the Office Manager for the Webster County Extension Office. Alexa provides help in assisting clientele with questions that can be forwarded to a specific educator. She assists educators in programs that are put on in Webster County, such as pesticide training, and beef programs. She also provides knowledge in the 4-H world by helping families with any 4-H questions that come in. She is skillful in 4-H Online, ShoWorks, and helps prepare for 4-H programming, county fair, and state fair.

Katie Bolte

4-H Programming Assistant

Katie Bolte is the 4-H Programming Assistant for the Webster County Extension Office. Katie is at the extension office on Mondays and Tuesdays. Katie provides programming in school enrichment, after-school programs, and 4-H workshops. She is knowledgeable when answering any 4-H questions that comes in and helps prepare for programs, county fair, and state fair.

Beth Janning

4-H Youth Development Extension Educator in Adams/Webster Counties

Beth Janning is a 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator. She provides programming in school enrichment, after-school, and traditional 4-H Programs. Her topic areas include but not limited to animal science, science, engineering and volunteer development.

Photo and Bio from UNL Extension

Lindsay Waechter - Mead

Beef Systems Educator

Please help us welcome Lindsay Waechter - Mead as our new Beef Systems Educator in Webster County! Lindsay's first day is February 1st. Please direct your beef questions to Lindsay.

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