Jefferson County 4-H

February 2016

No Market Beef Weigh-In

There will be no market beef weigh-in for 2016, and there will no longer be a rate of gain contest.

Nebraska association of county extension boards scholarship 2016

Make sure to check out the Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB) Scholarship application online at Applications are due March 15, 2016!

Quilt of Valor Workshop

All interested youth can come and help with the Quilt of Valor service project. You must be in 4th grade or higher and have completed Clothing Level 1 to be able to help. Come to the Extension Office on Friday, February 12th from 1:00-4:30 pm.


The following 4-H members received a scholarship from the county fair youth livestock auction scholarship program. These scholarships can be used for 4-H camps, workshops, Washington D.C. 4-H trip or any other approved 4-H activity. Please contact the office with any questions.

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2016 Animal Identification Guidelines

There are new Animal ID guidelines for 2016 and are explained on our website at Animal ID Guidelines. Please look over the information carefully so you know how to ID your animals. If you would like a printed copy of the guidelines please contact the office.

Youth Livestock Quality Assurance Training

4-Her’s can now complete their Livestock Quality Assurance requirement online! All 4-Her’s enrolled in swine, beef, sheep, dairy goat, dairy cattle, meat goat, rabbits or poultry need to complete Livestock Quality Assurance. 4-Her’s completing their quality assurance requirement online must complete three modules and present their three certificates to their local county extension office prior to June 15th. There will be a $5 fee that each participant must pay before they will have access to course.

The course is divided into three levels: Junior (ages 8-10), Intermediate (ages 11-14), Senior (15-18). Each year youth are required to complete three modules within their age level. Each youth needs to have an e-mail address that they can use to log onto the website. Youth may work ahead and complete as many modules as possible in order to maximize the $5 course fee. Intermediate and Senior age youth also have the option to test out of Quality Assurance training at no charge. Contact the office for more information.

For more information about registering and using the online system, go to or for more information.

Babysitting Workshop on March 25th!

We will be holding a babysitting workshop on Friday, March 25th, 2016 so please hold the date on your calendars. More details will be shared in the March newsletter. Please contact the office to get your youth on the list.

4-H Public Speaking Contest

Developing 4-H’ers self-confidence and effective public speaking skills are two goals of the Nebraska 4-H public speaking contest. The local contest date has been set for Monday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. You must pre-register for the contest by Wednesday, March 23 by calling the office or sending an email to Top three winners from each age division (except novice) will be selected to advance to the Regional Speech Contest at UNL East Campus in Lincoln in May. The top seniors in the Regional contests will advance to the State Contest held during the State Fair to compete for a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and a college scholarship. Resources to help you prepare for the Public Speaking Contest available at

We follow the same rules as the regional contest. Ages are as of January 1, 2016.
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2016 Project Resource Central is Available now!

The 2016 Project Resource Central Download is now available at:

Project Resource Central 2016

Curriculum changes to note:

  • New financial literacy curriculum
  • New career development curriculum
  • New landscape design curriculum
  • Revised entomology curriculum
  • Removal of Take Me Riding project in Clover Kid section

As we continue to create more consistency across 4-Honline, the State Fair Book and Project Resource Central the following changes have been implemented.

  • Project level identifier changed to match 4-Honline
  • State Fair contests now listed
  • Additional clover kid projects listed

4-H Enrollment Due April 1st!

Youth who are 8 years of age before January 1, current year and do not exceed the upper age limit of 19 during the current calendar year are eligible to be traditional 4-H members and can participate in all 4-H events. We welcome all youth and encourage you to invite your friends to join 4-H. 4-H Enrollment will be done online this year. We will mail each family a packet of information about how to enroll your youth this year so be looking for that in the next month. Enrollment completion is due April 1st. Please contact the office with any questions!

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Career Portfolios are available to be picked up at the Extension Office at any time.

State Fair Exhibits Left at Office

The following 4-H'ers have state fair exhibits at the office that need to be picked up:
  • Erin Kujath

2016 Jefferson County Fair

July 14-17, 2016

Theme is: "Sow It, Grow It, Show It"

4-H Achievement Program

The 4-H Achievement Program will be held on Sunday, July 17th, 2016 during the Jefferson County Fair. Please contact the office with any questions!

Now Available, STEAM Clothing Maker's Guide

In A Maker’s Guide to Sewing Stuff, youth will use the skills learned in STEAM Clothing 1 & 2 to make stuff! Youth will create items to use and wear while they practice their beginning sewing skills. Activities in this manual are for beginning and intermediate sewers looking to improve their skills before progressing into using patterns to make garments.

Activities in this youth manual include step-by-step instructions to draw patterns, cut fabric, and sew simple items. There are helpful pictures and illustrations for each activity to guide youth as they make stuff. A copy of STEAM Clothing 1 & 2 should be available for youth to reference as they sew the items.

We’re excited for you to continue your sewing journey with STEAM Clothing: A Maker’s Guide to Sewing Stuff! Buy now at or we do have some copies available at the office to purchase.


We are looking for ideas for workshops in 2016. We would like to hear ideas of what you would be willing to attend. We would also like to hear from you regarding what times would work best for most people, after school, 1⁄2 days when school is out, etc. Please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487 and let us know what YOU are interested in.

Calendar of Events


12 - Quilt of Valor Workshop


25 - Babysitting Workshop

28 - Beginning Sewing Workshop

28 - Clothing Level 1 & Up Workshop

28 - Public Speaking Contest


1 - 4-H Enrollment Forms Due

1 - Diamond Clover Applications Due

15 - Market Beef DNA & Identification Due


12 - District & State Horse Show Entries Due


15 - Fair Entries Due

15 - Livestock DNA & Breeding Nomination Cards Due


14 - 17 Jefferson County Fair