Jefferson County 4-H

March 2023

4-H Highlights!

2023 Fair Dates Released

The 2023 Jefferson County Fair Dates are: July 12th-16th, 2023

Theme: “150th Fair of Family, Food and Fun”

Welcome to Krystal Schroeder!

Krystal Schroeder is our new office manager and started on March 6, 2023. We are excited to have Krystal as part of our Extension team in Jefferson County! Her email address is if you want to contact her. Welcome Krystal!

4-H Online Enrollment is Open Now

It’s time to get enrolled in 4-H for the 2023 4-H year! Nebraska 4-H has transitioned to 4honline 2.0. To enroll, visit: For returning families, please do not create a new account; rather use your log-in credentials for 4honline used in previous years. Instructions can be found here: Enrollment instructions for new families can be found here:

Clover Kid Enrollment Information

4-H enrollment is required for Clover Kids (ages 5-7) online at Youth should select at least one Clover Kid project to complete enrollment. Selection of multiple projects online is not required to exhibit multiple projects at the county fair. Check with our local 4-H club leaders for information about what is offered for Clover Kids during their club time.

Diamond Clover Award Forms

The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program encourages 4-H youth to engage in a variety of programs, projects, and activities that will enable youth to acquire skills and abilities that will prepare them for success in the future.

The program consists of six levels that require a young person to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. For each level, the Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H youth choose their goals. The accomplishments increase in quantity and difficulty for each level. At the beginning of the 4-H year, participants plan what to accomplish and at the end of the 4-H year, they report on their completed accomplishments. Successful completion of a level's Plan & Report form results in a 4-H youth earning that level of the Diamond Clover program.

Diamond Clover Forms can be downloaded at Forms are due to the Extension Office April 1, 2023.

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Extension Board Members

We are looking for anyone that would be interested in serving on Extension Board. It is a great way to get more involved with Extension programming and learning more about all the wonderful opportunities Extension has to offer to clientele. Please contact Darci Pesek at to get more information.

Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development YouTube Channel

We have a YouTube channel for all of our Jefferson County 4-H videos from events and projects that you can check out anytime! Our channel is named Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development and can be found at this link: Make sure to check it out and subscribe to our channel!

Looking for fun, hands-on activities suitable for the winter season? Find the perfect activities to spark curiosity for youth all season long at

Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events

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Jefferson County 4-H Communications Event Guidelines & Rules

*New in 2023*

Developing 4-H’ers self-confidence and effective public speaking skills are two goals of the Nebraska 4-H Communications Event. The local contest date has been set for Monday, March 13, 2023 at 7:00 p.m at the Presbyterian Church in Fairbury. You must pre-register for the contest by Wednesday, March 8th by calling the office or sending an email to Resources to help you prepare for the Communications Event are available at

We follow the same rules as the state contest. Ages are as of January 1, 2023. There will not be a separate presentation contest held in July as it has been in previous years.

Age Divisions
Four age divisions are used in the Jefferson County 4-H Communications Event and are based on the 4-H member's age (the age of the youth before January 1 of the current year).

  • Clover Kids: 4-H ages 5 - 7
  • Junior Division: 4-H ages 8 - 9
  • Intermediate Division: 4-H ages 10 - 13
  • Senior Division: 4-H ages 14 - 18

Prepared Speech Category Rules

The Prepared Speech contest provides youth the opportunity to write and prepare a speech on a topic related to their 4-H experience. The judge will view the speech and evaluate based on the subject, organization, and delivery of the speech.

Length of speeches:

  • Clover Kids: May recite a poem, read/tell a story
  • Junior Division: 1 to 3 minutes
  • Intermediate Division: 3 to 5 minutes
  • Senior Division: 5 to 8 minutes

Illustrated Presentation Category Rules

An Illustrated Presentation is a live presentation with a formal talk where youth will use visual aids (such as props, posters, computer-based visuals, handouts, video, etc.) to show and tell others how to do something. The judge views the entire presentation and engages in a question-and-answer session following the presentation.

Length of presentations:

  • Individual (all age divisions): 6-8 minutes
  • Team (all age divisions): 8-10 minutes

Public Service Announcement Rules

The Radio Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest challenges youth to write and record a 60-second promotional audio recording focused on a yearly theme that could be played on the radio to promote the work of Nebraska 4-H. Youth are judged on their overall organization and delivery of the PSA.

Length of PSA’s:

  • 60 seconds
  • Youth will prepare a PSA around the theme: Discover Your Spark in Nebraska 4-H!
  • All 4-H PSA's must include the following tagline within the last 10 seconds of the PSA: "Learn more about the Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at" The tagline is included in the 60-second time limit.

Impromptu Speech Rules

The Impromptu Seech competition gives youth the opportunity to write and present a speech around a 4-H related topic that they select during the competition where they are given 15 minutes to develop and prepare for their presentation. Judges are evaluating the subject, organization, and delivery of the speech.

Length of speeches:

  • Intermediate Division (ages 10-13): 3 minutes
  • Senior Division (ages 14-18): 5 minutes
  • On the day of the contest, participants will have a topic randomly selected for them. Youth will have no more than 15 minutes to develop a speech on the selected topic. Participants will then deliver the speech to judges and audience members.
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To register for the Entomology Display workshop please use the following link:

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Year End Treasurer's Report

Organizational leaders and club treasurers, please remember that the 2022 Club Treasurer’s Report is due January 1st. The form is required to be completed even if you have a zero balance all year. If you have any questions please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487.
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Animal Information

2023 State Fair Livestock Identification

New for 2023!

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 or Aksarben. DNA samples are due on June 15th and nominations must be completed online by June 15th as well. Visit for more information on each species.

Virtual Companion Animal Challenge

The Nebraska 4-H Virtual Companion Animal Challenge entries are due by Saturday, April 1. Essay, art, photography, and demonstration entries must be submitted digitally within the entry form, and the online trivia contest will be open from Monday, April 10, through Sunday, April 16. Learn more at

Horse Stampede

The Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede will be held Saturday, March 25, in Lincoln. This event features a variety of horse contests that do not require live animals, including public speaking, demonstration, quiz bowl, art, and photography. Registration is due by Monday, March 6. Learn more at

Special Opportunties

2023 Jefferson County Fair Parade

In celebration of the 150th Jefferson County Fair, the fairboard is hosting a parade to kick off the fair on Sunday, July 9th at 4 pm. There will be two divisions to enter floats in the parade with one being youth organizations like 4-H clubs & FFA chapters. There are prizes in each division with the winner getting $100 and $50 to second place. The fair theme is "150th Fair of Family, Food and Fun" so get to work now on your ideas for a prize winning entry!

2023 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute

Apply now to attend one of the biggest youth agriculture outreach events in the state—the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI). NAYI brings together high school juniors and seniors to learn more about Nebraska agriculture, network with agriculture leaders and discover the many careers available in agriculture. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) helps sponsor and coordinate NAYI every year.

NAYI will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus July 10–14, 2023. Applications for NAYI are available at and must be submitted online. Current high school juniors and seniors interested in attending have until April 15, 2023, to apply. This year’s theme is “For the Future.”

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Virtual Field Trips

Join Nebraska 4-H as we go on-site to learn more about science, agriculture, technology, and more! Virtual Field Trips offer facility tours, educational experiences, and additional resources for teachers. Virtual Field Trips are perfect for youth in 7th-12th grades. Each session will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate.

There are also numerous field trips that have been archived to view at your convenience. Check them out. See the link below to view of all the tours available.

Workshop Ideas

We are looking for ideas for workshops in 2022 - 2023. 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.


Just as a reminder, check out our Facebook page! The page name is "Jefferson County Extension & 4-H Youth Development". Along with our newsletter, we will be using this page to update our members about upcoming events, activities, and deadlines. We also hope to use this page to provide information about community outreach opportunities, scholarships, and research that is important to our followers. The staff will do our best to keep this updated and inform you all of what is going on at the office, Jefferson County, and in Nebraska.

Calendar of Events


13 - Public Speaking/Presentations Contest


1 - Diamond Clover Applications Due

7 - Babysitting Workshop, Wilber

10 - Entomology Workshop, Fairgrounds


1 - Camp Counselor Applications Due

25 - Camp Counselor Training, 4-H Building, Fairbury


12 & 13 - Camp Renegade, Camp Jefferson

15 & 16 - Camp Venture, Camp Jefferson

15 - Fair Entries Due

15 - State Fair/AKSARBEN DNA & Online nominations due

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