Webster County 4-H Newsletter

March 2021 Edition

Important Dates & Events

Important Dates to Remember:

  • March 3: Virtual Field Trip
  • March 5: 4-H Horse Stampede Entry Forms Due
  • March 9: Youth Council Meeting
  • March 15: Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau Scholarship Application Due
  • March 15: Innovative Youth Corn Challenge Contest Deadline
  • March 17: Webster County Extension Board Meeting
  • March 21: Junior Leader Soup Lunch
  • March 23: Leader/Volunteer Training
  • April 1: Lyle Niemeyer Scholarship Application Due
  • April 1: Webster County Youth Council 4-H Scholarship Due
  • April 1: Webster County 4-H Public Speaking Contest Registrations Due
  • April 15: 4-H Online Early Enrollment Deadline
  • April 15: NAYI Enrollment Deadline
  • April 18: Webster County 4-H Public Speaking Contest

Intern Postition Available at the Webster County Extension

The Webster County Extension Office is offering a part-time position for a summer intern from end of May to end of July. The position is typically 30 hours a week with an increase of hours the week of Webster County Fair. Please contact the Webster County Extension Office for an application or for any more questions.

Drop the completed application off at the Webster County Extension Office or send electronically to Beth Janning.

Deadline is Wednesday, April 7, 2021

- Email (elizabeth.janning@unl.edu) by 11:59 pm

- Hand Deliver by 4 pm

4-H Shooting Sports

Attention 4-H Trap Shooters: You MUST enroll in 4-H Online before participating in any competition. All leaders must enroll on 4-H Online as well.

YQCA Training

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, they need to complete the YQCA Program by June 15th. The first YQCA in-person training is April 18th at the Webster County Fairgrounds beginning at 1:00 p.m. There will also be a training April 22nd at the Adams County Extension Office beginning at 4:30 p.m. Youth must pre-register to attend the face-to-face trainings. Coupons are available at the Extension Office for face-to-face trainings ONLY. Call, stop in, or email the office to get your coupon code(s). Youth may also complete YQCA online. Register for the in person training or complete the online training at https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login/.

I BELONG - Nebraska 4-H

All families who are registered in 4-H Online for the 2021 4-H year will receive a "I Belong - Nebraska 4-H" yard sign! If you don't have yours yet, stop by the Webster County Extension Office to pick yours up!


Attention high school seniors: check out the scholarships below. These will also be mailed to surrounding schools. Some of these scholarships listed are recently added, so be sure to check them out! Some of these deadlines are approaching soon!!
Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau Scholarship

All students are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to those pursuing a career in agriculture or vital to rural areas. Due March 15th!!

Webster County Youth Council Scholarship

Webster County 4-Hers only. Due April 1st!!

Lyle Niemeyer Scholarship

Webster County 4-Hers Only. Due April 1st!!

Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Please ask the office to mail this scholarship to you and for more information.
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2021 Webster County Fair Assistant Sign Up

Are you a Webster County 4-Her that is interested in being an assistant for the county fair? We would love for you to sign up! We are asking that you are ages 10 or older to take on this role. This is first come first serve, so sign up as soon as you can! Call or email the office for any questions.
Webster County Fair Assistant Sign Up

Sign up to be an assistant here!

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Enroll for 4-H!!

4-H Now!

4-H Enrollment is now open! Please do these easy steps to get re-enrolled for the 2020-2021 4-H year!

  1. Log-In at 4honline.com or click on the link provided below
  2. Update all contact information that has changed
  3. Select your projects
  4. Verify the number of years that you have been in 4-H- this must be accurate!

Each member, leader, and direct volunteer must re-enroll in 4-H every year. Log in with the email that you created the account with. If you forgot or do not remember your password, please click on " I Forgot My Password" and a temporary password will be sent to your email. If you have further problems, please contact the Extension Office.

4-H Ages (As of January 1st)

CloverKid: 5-7

4-H Age: 8-18

4-H Online

Enroll here!!

Jr. Leaders Soup Lunch

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Next Chapter

Attention all Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors,

You are invited to participate in a retreat style Next Chapter Program on Monday, April 5th in Holdrege, NE. Next Chapter is a college readiness program offered to high school students. Next Chapter scholars will engage in events, activities and curriculum where they will participate in career exploration, develop research skills and experience a variety of learning methods that will help them transition to and succeed in college. Please review the PDF and/or Photo for more details. Please register your attendance by Wednesday, March 31st at: https://forms.gle/Fsr8d9mY4qwSzAbZ9 If you have questions, please reach out to Beth Janning (ejanning2@unl.edu)

Nebraska 4-H Foundation Governor's Excellence Awards

Attention 4-H Clubs: Nebraska 4-H Foundation’s Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Awards sponsored by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) is a prestigious award designed to recognize 4-H clubs for their efforts to serve their communities. This grant is intended to provide funding for 4-H Clubs to complete projects that will have a lasting impact on their communities. Projects should be intentional and impactful, growing club members as leaders and fulfilling a need in their community. We are encouraging Webster County 4-H Clubs to apply for this grant! Applications are due April 1st! Find the application form here: https://www.ne4hfoundation.org/governers-ag-excellence-award/.
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Webster County 4-H Public Speaking Contest

The Webster County 4-H Public Speaking Contest will be held April 18th at the Webster County Fairgrounds, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Register below by clicking on the link. Registrations are due April 1st.

The 2021 theme for PSA is "Opportunity 4 All"
Webster County 4-H Public Speaking Contest Registration

Register here for the Webster County 4-H Public Speaking Contest

Farrowed and Owned Swine Cohort

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Virtual Field Trip

During our next virtual field trip we’ll be exploring a career as a diesel technician. LandMark Implement, Inc. will share what it is like to work in a shop. We’ll learn about the skills every diesel technician needs, and we’ll discover the procedures they must follow each day. Finally, we’ll learn about the degree program offered by LandMark. Join us on March 3rd at 11 am CT to Discover Diesel! Register for free at 4h.unl.edu/virtual-field-trips.
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4-H Horse Stampede & District Horse Shows

    • Entry forms are due to county offices by March 5, 2021.
    • Art and Photography Exhibits will also be due to county offices by March 5th. Exhibits must be labeled with youth's information on the back of the exhibit.
    • Photography exhibits must have proper matting along with their personal data tags attached to the back of the exhibit.
    • Demonstration, public speaking, and Horse Quiz bowl is planned for in-person (March 27th) unless health restrictions change. They may be altered to a virtual option that will be held live over zoom on March 27th.
    • Horse Bowl is currently planned for in person on March 27th, 2021, but may be postponed due to health restrictions and guidelines.
  • Districts and State Horse Entries Due May 7, 2021
    • Horse ID forms are due to the county office by May 7, 2021
    • Horse Advancement Levels must be completed by May 7th to compete at a District and/or State Horse Show
  • Hippology and Horse Judging Entries are due June 15, 2021
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2021 Nebraska State 4-H Horse Show- Important Update

The State 4-H Horse Program would like to notify you to book your hotel reservations soon if you plan to attend/participate at the 2021 Fonner Park 4-H State Horse Expo. This year the Horse Expo (July 10th - 14th) is scheduled on the same dates as the National Jr. Angus Show. Since both events are happening at the same time.

The State 4-H Horse Program has blocked off a limited number of rooms with the Fairfield Inn hotel for 4-H families.

Attached below is the link to make your reservations online. They are also more than welcome to call hotel directly at 308-381-8980.

Book here:

Book your group rate for State 4H Horse Show

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Innovative Youth Corn Challenge 2.0: Registration Open -Due March 15th!!

The Nebraska Innovative Youth Corn Challenge is approaching its tenth-year engaging youth in crop science-based education. The Innovative Youth Corn Challenge (IYCC) was created as a partnership between the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Extension. Since the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge program’s inception in 2012, 74 teams have participated in the program with 37 teams successfully harvesting and analyzing their plot data. A total of 147 youth have participated.

This program continues to evolve and has exciting changes planned for the 2021 growing season with IYCC 2.0. A citizen scientist component will encourage youth to connect with researchers on a real problem facing corn growers and assist in collecting data or designing a tool to solve a real-world problem.

The IYCC 2.0 will also feature an agricultural literacy piece which will help others understand corn production practices and highlight teams’ efforts. This will allow youth to promote their own work through creative works such as a video or other multimedia tool. Nebraska Extension will execute this evolving, innovative and in-depth program in 2021, which will be the tenth year creating agricultural, science-informed graduates in the agricultural industry.

Prizes for participation in this project include 1st place - $1,000, 2nd place - $500, 3rd place -$250, “Extra Mile” Award $200, CORN Communications Award $200 and $50 for completion of the project. In addition, each team receives a crop scouting kit valued at over $200, plot sign and the opportunity to engage with UNL agronomic professionals through “ask an agronomist” sessions.

For more information about this program and to register, go to https://cropwatch.unl.edu/youth/cornchallenge. Registration is due March 15th. Contact Brandy VanDeWalle at brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu or (402) 759-3712 for details about this program.
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Webster County 4-H Leader/Volunteer Training

Please call or email the office if you plan on attending this training. This is open to all Webster County parents, leaders, and volunteers!
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4-H Calendar

Check out our online 4-H calendar! This is for Webster County 4-H events and other 4-H events across the state of Nebraska! As of now it is only through June. In this calendar, you will be able to click on links to register for an event, and see event details. Check it out below to keep up to date!
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4-H Dog Clinic- Nelson, NE

Whether you're a seasoned dog show exhibitor, new to 4-H, or new to the 4-H dog project, this clinic is perfect for you and your dog! Join us at the Nuckolls County Fairgrounds to learn about training your dog for obedience, agility and showmanship.

No dog project experience required; you will leave with a "doggie bag" packed with everything you need to show your dog in 4-H! This will be an indoor/outdoor event, so please dress accordingly.

$25 per 4-Her and their dog or $40 per family;

RSVP to Nuckolls Co. Extension by Apr. 9 at kylie.kinley@unl.edu

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2021 Webster County 4-H Culinary Challenge

This year's challenge ingredient is.... honey!
Please register by June 1st by using the button below.
The 2021 Webster County Culinary Challenge is June 24th, 2021 at the Webster County Fairgrounds beginning at 6:30 p.m.. Please see the Webster County Fair Book for more details.
2021 Webster County 4-H Culinary Challenge

Please click here to register.

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LINCOLN – It’s application time for one of the biggest youth agriculture outreach events in the state—the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI). This year, NAYI is celebrating 50 years of bringing 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 July 12-16, 2021, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus and will follow any COVID-19 recommendations in place at the time. 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, 2021, to apply.

“NAYI is 50 years strong this year and still the longest running agricultural youth program of its kind in the nation,” said NDA Director Steve Wellman. “NAYI offers networking, career development and leadership activities in creative and fun ways to engage high school students interested in the ag industry. Be sure to encourage the high school juniors and seniors you know to apply to NAYI before the April 15th deadline.”

This year’s NAYI 50th anniversary theme is “Timeless Traditions” and will feature motivational speakers, discussions on agricultural issues and career options, a farm management game, awards presentations and creative opportunities to interact with other participants.

NAYI is coordinated by the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council, which is comprised of 21 college-aged students selected by NDA for their passion and interest in the ag industry. The Council’s purpose is to provide young Nebraskans with a better understanding of agriculture, including agricultural opportunities available to today’s youth and career choices for the future.

NDA selects students to attend NAYI based on their leadership skills, interests and involvement in agriculture. Applications are available online at nda.nebraska.gov/nayi and must be submitted by April 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

Save the Date for the Rockin' G's Open Horse Show in Guide Rock!

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UNL Extension - Webster County Newsletter

The Webster County Extension Office also has a Webster County Extension Newsletter, separate from 4-H. This newsletter includes information and upcoming programs about Learning Child, Horticulture, Crops/Water Systems, Beef Systems, Food/Nutrition, and more! Check it out by clicking on the link below.

Meet our Team!

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