Jefferson County 4-H
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4-H Online Enrollment is Open Now
Clover Kid Enrollment Information
Diamond Clover Award Forms
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 http://4h.unl.edu/diamondclover. Forms are due to the Extension Office April 1, 2023.
Extension Board Members
Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development YouTube Channel
Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events
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 email@example.com. Resources to help you prepare for the Communications Event are available at https://4h.unl.edu/premier-communication-event-contests
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.
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 4h.unl.edu." 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.
Year End Treasurer's Report
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 https://4h.unl.edu/livestock-id for more information on each species.
Virtual Companion Animal Challenge
2023 Jefferson County Fair Parade
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 nda.nebraska.gov/nayi 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.”
Virtual Field Trips
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.
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
Nebraska Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United Sates Department of Agriculture.
Nebraska Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.