Otoe County 4-H Wednesday What-Nots

October 27, 2021

Extension Office Closed

The Extension Office will be closed from 11:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday , November 3rd while we are all attending different programing.

The Office will also be closed Thursday, November 11th in observation of Veterans Day.

We will also be closed on Friday, November 12th to attend the Dr. Temple Grandin presentation in Kearney.

Teen Unlock Ag Innovations Challenge

We are pleased to share with you an amazing opportunity to sign-up to take part in the ‘Unlock Ag Innovations Challenge’! The activity focuses on the understanding of how converging innovation in seed genetics, biologics, crop protection, digital tools, precision equipment and agronomic practices is making more systems-based solutions possible for farmers, allowing them to overcome unpredictable challenges to provide for a more resilient global food system.

We are seeking at least 20 teens across the state to become trained in delivering the program to a minimum of 50 youth in their local communities. These youth will expand their leadership skills and enhance their ability to effectively communicate and educate a new audience. If you know of youth who may be interested, please contact the Extension Office by November 1st.

There will be a statewide ‘Unlocking Ag Innovations Challenge’ training held this spring for these youth (that they must attend). By participating in the training, youth will leave with a kit complete with supplies to reach the required 50 youth.

Stay tuned as we hear more information!

2020-2021 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Highlights is now available


We have a hard copy in the office if you are interested, let us know.

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Imagine Science Book Club Opportunity

Douglas-Sarpy 4-H will be offering a book club specifically for 4th-8th grade youth. The book that we will be reading is called "The Case of the COVID Crisis" by Pendred Noyce. It is an adventure novel that leads youth through time travel expeditions to learn about various past pandemics/epidemics, how they were treated, and how it ties to our current experience with COVID-19. Each chapter is linked to a hands-on activity to help youth better grasp concepts covered, and youth will have the opportunity to meet a professional who works in virology or related-field!

Program: Data Detectives Club

Dates: Every Tuesday from November 2nd to January 4th

Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Facilitation Mode: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: Free

Registration Link: https://go.unl.edu/isbookclub

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Mapping Your Success

Virtual Training opportunity for Mapping Your Success, a Nebraska Extension curriculum which focuses on taking the next steps after high school.

This curriculum was designed for juniors and seniors, but some educators are utilizing it prior to this. Please let us know if you have any questions.

November 1st 4:00—6:00 pm Virtual Training Opportunity

Cost to attend is $195. After attending this training, you will gain access to the entire curriculum and be trained on how to implement the curriculum with students locally. Register by October 25th at https://cvent.me/9KzdN4.

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Otoe County 4-H Achievement Night - 5:00 PM, Sunday, November 7th

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Otoe County 4-H Foundation Grants Due November 30th

The Otoe County 4-H Foundation has allocated funding to provide grants to the Otoe County 4-H members and 4-H clubs to strengthen 4-H in Otoe County. The mission of the Otoe County 4-H Foundation is to enhance 4-H programming, secure financial support for local 4-H programs, and to develop area youth for future generations. Successful grants would assist the 4-H Foundation in achieving its mission. Grant requests can be between $50 and $500. Deadlines for submitting grants are November 30th and February 28th each year.

All 4-H Clubs are encouraged to write a grant application, but 4-H Foundation policy is that

4-H clubs are limited to submitting two grants per year. Grant application forms can be found at otoe.unl.edu under the Otoe County 4-H tab and then clicking on Otoe County 4-H Foundation.

Ag Society Annual Meeting

The Otoe County Ag Society (the Fair Board) will hold its Annual Meeting and Board election on Monday, November 1st at the Kimmel Event Center in Syracuse, at 8:00 p.m. Voting will take place for three positions on the Otoe County Agricultural Society Board with each to serve a three-year term. Any registered voter in Otoe County may vote. The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the Otoe County Fair, the Otoe County Ag Society, and hear the election results.
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Join us on a trip to Kearney to see Temple Grandin

We have only a handful of seats left, call the office if you want to be included.
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4honline 2.0 Transition

Nebraska 4-H will be transitioning to 4honline 2.0 during the month of October. Thus, public access will not be available until November 1. Once the transition is complete, we will let everyone know when re-enrollment can begin for 2022!

December In-Person YQCA Trainings

All 4-H members enrolled in beef, dairy goat, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep, and swine projects are required to complete Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training to exhibit their livestock. This training must be completed by June 15.

The first in-person trainings will be Wednesday, December 29 for all ages at:

  • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at Morton James Library, Nebraska City or
  • 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at the Fair Center, Syracuse

Pre-register online at https://yqca.learngrow.io/. The cost is $3.00 to attend an in person training and that fee is collected when you register online. Once training has been completed, youth will be marked as completed, you will receive an email to log back into your account to print of their certificate. Please either download and email this certificate to otoe-county@unl.edu or print a copy and drop it by the Extension Office. We are not able to see the certificate or certification number on our end.

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Interested in YQCA as a Club Lesson?

If your club is interested in have a YQCA as lesson at one of your club meetings, please contact Erin at 402-269-2031 or via email erin.steinhoff@unl.edu. She will be more than happy to come to your meetings to put on a session for your club members!
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4-H Fed Steer Challenge

The University of Nebraska—Extension 4-H Youth Development and Department of Animal Science are accepting applications for the Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge 2022. Applications are due by December 1, 2021.

The Fed Steer Challenge is a contest/educational opportunity for youth with a desire to become the next generation of leaders in the Nebraska Cattle Industry. The goal is to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H Market Beef project by rewarding production merit and carcass value of the market animal, along with accurate and complete record-keeping, industry knowledge, and producer engagement by the 4-H member.

Recognition and awards will be based upon:

  • Carcass Merit and Carcass value
  • Record book
  • Project Presentation
  • Interview with representatives from the cattle industry

For more information go to: https://4h.unl.edu/fed-steer-challenge.


Space Cadet, your mission is launching…Welcome to Galactic Quest, the 2021 4-H STEM Challenge.

The four activities in this kit will take kids on a journey from a first look at the stars to cultivating crops on a far-off planet, all while offering kids fun ways to explore different aspects of STEM career pathways!


Blast off with this year's 4‑H STEM Challenge activity kit, Galactic Quest! Including everything you need to embark on four fun adventures, the kit will challenge kids to assemble, build and decode what it takes to live and work in zero gravity.


Developed by Clemson University, the kit takes kids ages 8-14 on an out-of-this-world adventure where they'll tackle some of the same questions as today’s top aerospace scientists and engineers! Learn more about the four unplugged, hands-on activities included:

1. Astro Adventure: Work as a team to gather the resources you'll need to live and work in space in this fun board game.

2. Stellar Optics: build a telescope to learn about physics and light.

3. Cosmic Claw: engineer a mechanical arm that works to harvest space crops.

4. Cyber Satellite: learn about cyber security and decoding to avoid obstacles in orbit.

For a limited time, get $5 off educator kits and $3 off family kits thanks to our signature partner, The United States Space Force. Shop now at https://shop4-h.org/products/galatic-quest?utm_campaign=STEMChallenge21&utm_source=stemchallengeemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20211013&utm_term=&utm_variation=&_cldee=ZXJpbi5zdGVpbmhvZmY3OUBnbWFpbC5jb20%3d&recipientid=contact-66a017aa08ebe911910a001dd8b71c7f-3aa9ccca6af34a5fa7981c1da2ea2010&esid=6c966156-6928-ec11-910a-00155dcb39a8

Volunteer Road Show

This fall, Nebraska 4-H is hitting the road with an all-new volunteer training opportunity. Join us to discover new opportunities for yourself and your club members, network with other 4-H volunteers in the community, and build your skills as a 4-H volunteer! See the schedule, including dates, locations, and session descriptions, at 4h.unl.edu/volunteer-road-show.
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Otoe County 4-H Calendar

  • November 1st: Otoe County Ag Society Annual Meeting 8:00 p.m. Kimmel Event Center
  • November 3rd: Extension Office closed 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • November 7th: Achievement Celebration 5:00 p.m. Kimmel Event Center
  • November 9th: Otoe County 4-H Council Meeting 7:00 p.m.
  • November 11th: Veteran's Day - Extension Office closed
  • November 12th: Dr. Temple Grandin presentation - Extension Office closed
  • November 15th: Otoe County Ag Society Meeting 7:30 p.m. Kimmel Event Center
  • November 18th: Volunteer Road Show SCC Beatrice
  • November 23rd: Otoe County Extension Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
  • November 25th: Thanksgiving - Extension Office closed
  • November 26th: Extension Office closed
  • November 30th: Otoe County 4-H Foundation Grant Applications Due

Nebraska Extension in Otoe County

Deb Weitzenkamp, Unit Leader, Extension Educator, deb.weitzenkamp@unl.edu

Erin Steinhoff, Extension Assistant, erin.steinhoff@unl.edu

Cheryl Goff, Office Manager, cheryl.goff@unl.edu