4-H Friday News Blast!

February 22 - The Last Friday in February!

4-H Seniors Apply for Freel/Lepert Family Scholarship

Mail, email, or bring in your application to the Extension Office by the March 1st deadline.

4-H Seniors Apply for David Knabe Memorial Scholarship

Mail, email, or bring in your application to the Extension Office by the March 1st deadline.

4-H Re-enrollment ... https://ne.4HOnline.com

4-Hers and Volunteers ... the re-enrollment deadline is March 15th

Cass County 4-H Summer Intership

Send a cover letter and resume to the Cass County Extension Office. The deadline is April 1, 2019. Click here for details about the job.

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Cass County 4-H Summer Camp, Workshop, and Travel Scholarships

Could your family use some help to afford camp, a summer workshop, or transportation to camp at Halsey? Cass County has camp and workshop scholarships that are funded by our 4-H Council, and the deadline to apply is March 15, 2019. Applications can be found by clicking here. To make it easy, this is a fillable form.

You asked, we delivered! There is a NEW, unadvertised Adventure Day Camp experience for youth ages 6-11 at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center on June 15th from 10:00 to 4:00! Cost is $35 per person, and adult chaperones are encouraged (but not required) to attend! See all the details and register at: https://go.unl.edu/if9o. This session is also eligible for our local camp scholarships.


Thirty-one 4-Hers

Thirty-one 4-Hers used their snow day on Wednesday to re-enrollment for 2019 4-H. That was great! Thank you!

The deadline to re-enroll is March 15th. If you haven't re-enrolled yet, please do. Got to https://ne.4HOnline.com Use the same email log-in and password you used last year. If you forgot your password, click the button for "Forgot Password," wait about 10-15 minutes and then use the code they send to you.

You will have up until June 15th to add projects and still exhibit at the 2019 Cass County Fair.


Clover Kid lesson resource:

Introduce your Clover Kids to different cultures by comparing and contrasting clovers from abroad. This activity is part of a new, upcoming project book about 4-H around the world.

Go to http://u.osu.edu/cloverbudconnections/2019/02/18/clovers-from-abroad/ for the lesson.


Cass County Speech Contest Announced

The Cass County Speech Contest will be held Monday, April 15th beginning at 6:30 the evening.

The Speech contest helps youth learn and practice skills that are beneficial for a lifetime in their personal and professional lives. Developing self-confidence and effective public speaking skills are two goals of the Nebraska 4-H public speaking/presentations program.

All details about the Speech Contest can be found on our website at: https://go.unl.edu/2dyd

Start planning today for the fun and successes of tomorrow!


YQCA Training Sessions: Face-2-Face Training or On-line Training

4-H members, age 8 and up, who take livestock projects which produce food products (Pigs, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Market Rabbits, and Poultry) need to receive certification in these areas each year. Deadline to complete this certification is June 15th.

Go to www.yqca.org and sign up for a face-to-face training (Brett Kreifels will be teaching again this year) or do the training on-line. Dates are listed on the YQCA link. For the face-to-face training, juniors will begin at 6:00 pm and Intermediates & Seniors will begins at 7:30 pm.


Celebrating the Historic Past of our University

The University of Nebraska was chartered on February 15, 1869 and charged with its land-grant mission of public education and service to Nebraska. In 2019, we mark a 150-year legacy of improving the quality of life for Nebraska and beyond. Please join Nebraska 4-H in celebrating the historic past of your University and helping us chart a bold new future. https://4h.unl.edu/n150


Experience Agronomy Day

High School students, are you interested in a future career in Agronomy? Make sure to check out this event being held on March 2nd on East Campus! Go to: https://agronomy.unl.edu/experience-agronomy


Poultry Judging Clinic

4-H Poultry Judging is back! Any 4-H youth ages 10-18 with an interest in poultry and learning how to judge eggs, live laying hens and meat chickens are invited to participate in the 4-H Poultry Judging Clinic on March 16 at UNL's Animal Science Building. Click here for informational flyer and registration form.

This is a great clinic for those 4-H youth interested in competing in the Poultry Judging Contest at the Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) in June.

Please contact Dr. Sheila Purdum 402-472-6451 or Brett Kreifels with any questions. 402-444-7804


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  • We've had one person step up to present a dog workshop this summer! Awesome - Thank you!
  • We have a lead on a Shooting Sports volunteer! Awesome - Thank you!
  • It's heart-warming how Cass County adults step up when there is a need for our young people! If you know a volunteer ... pat them on the back and tell them THANKS! If you know someone who can help with the other openings listed above, please have them contact the Extension Office. Thanks!


KUDOS to Katie & Reneé

KUDOS to our interim Unit Leader, Katie Kreuser, and Renee Thakur, Extension Board Member/4-H leader. They attended NACEB (Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards) Legislative Day. They got to share our Extension and 4-H story with Senator Robert Clements. Thanks, ladies!


Check the calendars below ...

Upcoming Countywide 4-H Reminders

2019 Cass County 4-H Calendar

Feb 1 .... YQCA website open for livestock certification

March 1 .... Deadline for Freel/Lepert Family Scholarship

March 1 .... Deadline for David Knabe Memorial Scholarship

Mar 15 .... Deadline to re-enroll for 4-H at https://ne.4HOnline.com, Enrollment Instruction, Pick Your Project

March 15 - Deadline for application for camp/workshop/travel scholarships

March 16 .... Deadline for NACEB Scholarship

April 1 .... Deadline for Summer Intern Applications

April 1 ... Deadline for Weeping Water Whiz Kidz Scholarship

April 6-7 .... Shooting Sports Leader Certification (deadline to register March 27)

April 15 .... Cass County 4-H Speech Contest

April 25 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Cass County

May 6 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Otoe County

June 3 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Cass County

June 6 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Otoe County

June 15 ... 4-H Day Camp for kids 6-11


Upcoming Statewide 4-H Events

Now Open - Registrations for Summer 4-H Camp

March 1 - Deadline for National Shooting Sports Competition

March 1 - Deadline for Beekeeping Essay Competition

March 1 - Horse Stampede Entries Due

March 2 - Horse Judging School

March 2 - Agronomy Day at UNL

March 8 - Companion Animal Challenge Entries due

March 16 - Poultry Judging Clinic - Lincoln

March 24 - 3rd Annual Tack Swap & Fun Run Jackpot in Central City

Mar 30 - Companion Animal Event at UNL

Mar 30 - Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede

Apr 15 - Early bird registration due date for Summer 4-H Camp

June 5 - Northeast Nebraska Horse Show

July 8-12 - NAYI

June of 2020 - Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington D.C.

Nebraska 4-H Event Calendar

Statewide Events and Opportunities


Ag Information and Opportunities in and around Cass County ...

  1. Staying Connected During Tough Times ... Resources for Nebraska Farmers, Ranchers, and their Families
  2. Nebraska Game and Parks Help Prepare for State Shoot ... Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 30
  3. Ag Estate and Succession Planning Workshop ... Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, Lincoln
  4. Landlord-Tenant Farmland Rent Meeting ... Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Lancaster Extension Ed Center, Lincoln
  5. Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference .... March 6, Beatrice, NE
  6. Windbreak Renovation Workshop .... March 8 in Auburn, NE
  7. BeefWatch UNL ... archives
  8. Instant Pot 101 .. Sarpy County February 26
  9. Private Pesticide Applicator's Training ... March 7, 2019, meetings in Weeping Water, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. For more information go to the UNL Pesticide website is: https://pested.unl.edu/
  10. Nebraska Tower on the Plains Rabbit Breeders Association Spring Show ... Lincoln, NE on April 20th.
  11. Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Spring Affair ... April 27, Lincoln
  12. GeoScience Field Trip for Nebraska High School Juniors and Seniors (it's FREE!) ... July 12-22, 2019
  13. Nebraska Extension Publications ... online Library


Nebraska Extension Cass County

Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, Interim Unit Leader, katie.kreuser@unl.edu

Tracy Ensor, Extension Assistant, tracy.ensor@unl.edu

Sondra Buell, Office Manager, sondra.buell@unl.edu

General Mailbox, cass-county@unl.edu