Thurston County 4-H News

April 2016

Upcoming Dates

Apr 10-16 - National Volunteer Week

Apr 11 - Joint 4-H Council Meeting @ Pender (7:00 pm)

Apr 15 - Nebraska 4-H Camp Early Bird Registration DUE

Apr 29 - Office Closed - Arbor Day

May 2 - Drop/Add 4-H Project DUE

May 2 - Favorite Foods & Presentation Contest Registration DUE

May 4 - Favorite Foods & Presentation Contest @ Dakota City (7:00 pm)

May 9 - Thurston County 4-H Council Meeting

May 12 - Northeast Regional 4-H Speech Contest Registration DUE

May 13 - Horse: County ID DUE & District & State Entries DUE

May 26 - Northeast Regional 4-H Speech Contest @ Norfolk (2:00 pm)

May 30 - Office Closed - Memorial Day

June 1 - Dakota-Thurston County Sheep & Goat Weigh-In @ Fairgrounds (6-8pm)

June 13 - Rabbit Tatto Party @ Extension Office (5:15pm by appointment)

June 15 - Quality Assurance Deadline

June 15 - Ak-Sar-Ben DNA DUE

June 15 - All Livestock Affidavits DUE

June 17 - Ponca Day Camp Registration DUE

June 19-21 - PASE/Life Challenge @ UNL

June 27 - Ponca Counselor Training

June 28 - Ponca Day Camp

Need To Know

Out of the Office

Jennifer and Stacey will be out of the office April 22 for meetings. If you need something, leave a message or email, we will be checking periodically.

Butter Braid Incentive Winners

The winners of the random $50 gift card drawing from the Butter Braids sales are Jenni Olson & the Sandersons! Congratulations and thank you everyone who sold. As a group we sold over 725 Butter Braids. Fantastic!

Summer Workshops

We are excited to announce our summer workshops for youth will be coming SOON. We will be holding several sessions every week in June and July. Several of these camps will be open to all ages but others, like the Clover Kid Camp, will be for either older or younger youth. Come join us for an exciting summer of learning. More information will be available mid-April.

Add-Drop Project Deadline

May 2nd is the FINAL DATE to be able to add or drop projects to your 4-H enrollment. Please carefully review what you are enrolled in. If you aren't enrolled in a project area, you cannot bring that project to fair. Go to to see what you are enrolled in or call the office with questions.

Dakota-Thurston County Fair Theme 2016

The Dakota-Thurston County Fair board has shared with us this year's theme. "Sew It, Grow It, Show It." If you have an idea how to incorporate this into your fair experience let your club leaders know!

4-H King & Queen Contest

It's time to be thinking about the 2016 Dakota-Thurston County Fair! If you are between the ages of 14 & 19, you are eligible to compete for the title of 4-H King or Queen. If you are interested, please read through the rules and complete the entry form available online at Applications will be due the end of June. If you have any questions contact Sandy Ahlers at

State Fair Book Updates & Changes

The 2016 4-H State Fair book is available online. The animal exhibits at this link: and the static exhibits at: The Dakota~Thurston County Fair book very closely follows the state fair book so as you begin thinking about your fair exhibits please feel free to check out the State Fair book. The 4-H pages of our county fair book are up online at

Member Information

Favorite Foods Revue Contest

Get your silver shined up, the tablecloth pressed and test your favorite recipe. It’s time to prepare for the Favorite Foods Revue Contest. The contest will be held on May 4th in Dakota City at 7 pm. Please Select and prepare a favorite recipe, plan a menu which includes a favorite food and a theme to go with it. Write the menu and recipe on a 4” x 6” card. Prepare a centerpiece and a place setting for one, on a standard size card table (you must supply your own card table). The favorite food may be displayed as the whole product or as one serving. Tables should be in place 30 minutes prior to judging. This contest is divided into Novice, Junior, Intermediate and Senior divisions. This is subject to change based on the number of youth entering the contest, contest may be divided into Junior and Senior Divisions. Check out the county website for more information:

Please pre-register if you want to participate by calling the office (402-385-6041) or email Stacey ( by May 2nd!

Presentation Contest

The 2016 Presentation Contest will be held in conjunction with the Favorite Foods Revue on Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Dakota City. All 4-H members are encouraged to prepare a presentation this year at the contest. This is an excellent activity to showcase your talents. Check out the county website for more information:

Please pre-register by calling the office (402-385-6041) or email Stacey ( with the following information by May 2nd!

Registration Information:


4-H Age (as of January 1, 2016)

Title of Presentation

Type of presentation: (Poster, power-point, multi-media)

Interview Judging Contest

You are invited to Northeast Nebraska in May for an special area Interview Contest competition. All the same rules and requirements will remain in place.

We will conduct the area Interview Contest at the Norfolk Life Long Learning Center. We will be sending out more information as the event date nears but for now…

  • Reserve the Date: May 26th
  • Interview Contest resumes and Cover letters will be due: May 12 to Mary Jarvi at the Norfolk District office.
  • Ribbons and Trophies will be awarded.
  • Intermediate and Sr. Division eligible.

Please direct your questions to : Kim Bearnes

4-H PASE/Life Challenge Contest

Each summer, over 500 4-H'ers convene at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus to test their skills in animal science and family and consumer sciences during PASE (Premier Animal Science Events) and Life Challenge. Teens compete in a variety of different contests including: livestock, meats and poultry judging, livestock skillathon, livestock quiz bowl, life challenges and clover challenge. While on campus, young people have the opportunity to take part in faculty-led workshops, campus tours, and special sessions by UNL recruiters. This year the contests are June 19-21 at the UNL East Campus. Contact the Extension Office if you would like more information or would like to participate.

2016 4-H Photography Nebraska Exhibit Theme

Nebraska Exhibit Print: Help us celebrate the national “4-H Grows Here” campaign. For both Unit II and Unit III will capture photos of people and places that illustrate 4-H growing and thriving in Nebraska! Your photos should tell a story about how “4-H Grows Here” in your local community. Please print and include the 4-H Grows Here! logo in your photos. The logo can be accessed at

Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month

Each month, a 4-H club will be chosen as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month. In order to be chosen, 4-H clubs must nominate themselves by application the second Friday of the month before. Each club chosen will receive a $50 cash card from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation along with a certificate that the club can display. The Club of the Month’s story will be featured on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation Facebook and Twitter pages, website, and blog. More information can be found at

Family & Consumer Sciences

2016 Nebraska State Fair 4-H Culinary Challenge Contest

The 4-H Culinary Challenge Contest will require youth will to demonstrate healthy decision making through nutrition, food preparation, menu planning, and food safety, utilizing foods and nutrition curriculum. County teams of two 4-H members will have the opportunity to advance to the 4-H Culinary Challenge Contest, which will be held the first weekend of the Nebraska State Fair. A challenge ingredient will be selected each year, highlighting a Nebraska commodity-food product. The 2016 challenge ingredient is SQUASH. For more information contact the Extension Office.


4-H Summer Camps

Attention youth! Are you ready for a fun adventure this summer? Consider joining youth around the state for an awesome adventure. The 4-H camps are open to everyone between the ages of 5-18 (do not have to be a 4-H member). There are over 40 day and night camping programs and trips offered for youth to enjoy at the three locations (Halsey, Gretna, and different destinations). Please contact the extension office for a camp brochure or visit the Nebraska 4-H Youth Development website at Register by April 15 and receive a 10% discount. Come make memories this summer at Nebraska 4-H Camps!!

Camperships Available

As the camping season is right around the corner, we know many of you are receiving requests for assistance to offset camp expenses.

Again this year, with the support of the Nebraska 4-H Foundation, we are able to offer a limited number of $100 camperships to assist families who may not otherwise be able to send their child to camp. You do not have to be enrolled in 4-H to request this support. If you know of somebody who might be interested in requesting a campership please have them contact the Extension Office. We will help them take the right steps and even give them a recommendation.

Big Red Summer Academic Camps

Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential camps: ALL housing and food will be provided for all participants throughout the duration of the camp. Campers will explore careers in computing, culinary arts & food science, engineering, filmmaking, outdoor Nebraska, Unicameral Youth Legislature, veterinary science, and weather & climate science. After spending several fun-filled days explore a specific topic, the families will be invited to join the youth for a special “capstone event” where their work is showcased. For more information please contact the Extension Office or visit Registration - April 15 (Early Bird) or May 1 (Regular).

Save the Date for Ponca Day Camp

Come get a taste of camp in your own backyard at this year’s 4-H Ponca Day Camp. It will be held at Ponca State Park on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. All 4-H members and their friends ages 8-11 in Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Thurston, and Wayne counties are invited to attend this hands-on camp. For complete registration/health statement please contact the UNL Extension Office in Thurston County. Registrations are due by Friday, June 17, 2016. More information will be available in the May newsletter. Come on! Camp can’t get any closer!

Plant Science

Youth Horticulture ID Contest

The Northeast Nebraska Master Gardeners will be hosting a Youth Horticulture ID Contest at their annual Plant Fair & Market. All youth ages 8-18 are encouraged to participate. Participation is free but all participants must preregister by April 22 by contacting the Nebraska Extension office in Madison County 402-370-4040. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each of the age brackets. Contestants will be required to sight ID horticultural plants to the accepted common name. The list of possible plants and study guides are available at

Contest Details

Date: Friday, April 29, 2016

Time: Competition begins 7:00 PM, Awards Presented 8:30 PM

Location: Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex, Northeast Community College, Norfolk


1st Place - $25 cash AND $25 gift certificate for the Master Gardener Plant Booths

2nd Place - $10 cash AND $15 gift certificate for the Master Gardener Plant Booths

3rd Place - $10 gift certificate for the Master Gardener Plant Booths

The ages for brackets are broken down as follows:

Junior – 8-11 years old

Intermediate – 12-14 years old

Senior – 15-18 years old

Youth Volunteer Opportunity

The Northeast Nebraska Master Gardeners could use your help. They hold an annual Plant Fair & Market at the Northeast Community College Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex in Norfolk and need volunteers to help with getting the patron’s items out to their vehicles. Wagons will be available. The plant fair is Friday, April 29, 6:00-8:00 pm and Saturday, April 30, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Call the Nebraska Extension office in Wayne County at 402-375-3310 by April 22 to sign up for a time that would work for you.

Nebraska Youth Range Camp

The 53rd Nebraska Youth Range Camp will be held June 6 – 10, 2016 at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey. Please spread the word and encourage students to get their application in! Eligible students need to be between the ages of 14 – 18. We have an online application available this year and we will also accept applications by mail or email. You can find the forms here:

We will be teaching the new Range Judging rules that will be used this fall; come and learn it first!! The Nebraska Youth Range Camp consists of a four-and-a-half day dynamic curriculum that appeals to students with a wide array of interests including, but not limited to, rangeland management, conservation, ecology, animal science, and wildlife.

The students that attend this camp will be actively involved with field activities, lectures, hand-on experience, and recreational leadership and team-building activities that are all led by up to 20 of Nebraska’s most respected and dedicated leaders, teachers, and professionals from various agencies, colleges, and universities. Each student will be sent home with a binder that is filled with educational materials.

Financial sponsorship is available! The cost of Range Camp is $325 however, every student that attended last year received a substantial level of sponsorship from local Natural Resource Districts or the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and nobody paid more than $100 to attend and some students attended for free!

Please direct questions to Shelly Kelly (Range Camp Co-Director) at or 308-214-0065.

Fifth Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the fifth Innovative Youth Corn Challenge contest. This contest, open to 4-H members (age 10 & older as of Jan. 1st) or FFA members (in-school members), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.

As a team, youth will be challenged to implement a production practice different than normal to determine if they increased their yield. Economics and sustainability of the practice will also be considered. Yields, cropping history, and production information will be collected in the Corn Yield Challenge management summary.

Cash prizes and plaques will be given to the first, second, and third place teams. First place will receive $1,000, second place will receive $500, and third place will receive $250. Sustainability, crop scouting and “extra mile” awards will also be given, each worth $200.

To participate in 2016, youth must complete and return an entry form by March 15th to the Fillmore County Extension Office in Geneva, NE. Forms can be downloaded at For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle, Aaron Nygren at or Amy Timmerman

Animal Science

State Fair Blow and Go Show Announcement

In a joint decision made by State Fair, FFA and 4-H, with regard to fitting of livestock at the fair, 2016 shows will be Blow and Go, which primarily affects the way exhibitors prepare their beef animals.

We certainly understand and respect those folks who are passionate about fitting their animals, the added level of competition it presents and the added level of skill and learning required to fit an animal successfully. But here is some context as to why this decision was made.

As many of you know, the beef barn is always a challenge for space and safety, particularly having enough space for blocking chutes and fitting. We are physically maxed out on space. Ultimately, we came down to two options in terms of how to better manage the available space. We either substantially reduce entry limits and exhibitors' opportunities to participate in the beef show, or we limit the equipment exhibitors bring to the fair. We decided to go with the second option and therefore a no fit show.

As you can imagine, we heard feedback on both sides of the issue as we looked at the options. However, a few other positives that we hope can be gleaned from this change include a reduction in the cost of supplies and products spent on preparing the animals to show. It will also help speed up the loading and unloading process. After discussing with show officials from other state fairs who have gone this way, they believe the quality of the livestock exhibited at their shows has increased because they can no longer fit the flaws out of their animals.

This is not a plan to eliminate blocking chutes for beef altogether. The number of chute tags given out will be more limited than in past years, but the need for the chutes will also be less than in past years. Some families, chapters or counties may choose not bring blocking chutes, but for safety reasons, we do want that tool to be available.

Poultry is BACK!

As of January 1, 2016, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) has officially lifted the ban on poultry shows, fairs and exhibitions that was put in place to prevent the spread of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HP AI) last year.

This is very exciting news for many of you and we will all be happy to see the poultry back in the barns this year. 2015 was also a very good educational tool on learning more about biosecurity measures with poultry and other livestock.

As you are purchasing your birds for 2016 be sure to keep track of where you purchase these birds. This information will be needed at check in time.

Quality Assurance

This year all 4-H and FFA members showing livestock of any variety (except horses) will need to go to the Quality Assurance website to update their certification. There will be NO Quality Assurance trainings in your 4-H clubs this year.

Members showing: beef, sheep, goats, swine, rabbit, or poultry, will need to complete and pass 3 lessons in the appropriate age category. Be sure to complete the 3 lessons before the June 1st deadline so the livestock ID sheets can be forwarded on stating you completed the QA training requirements and are able to show. Nebraska youth can go to the course at If they have not registered for the course before, they can search for Nebraska Livestock Quality Assurance and register using the enrollment key “Nebraska”, however, if they are already registered, the course will appear in their course list. Questions concerning registration can be e-mailed to In order to keep the quality at the highest level and streamline the services offered, a $5 annual fee for all participants is being implemented.

Paws On 4-H Dog Workshop

A one day dog workshop held at the Greater Lincoln Obedience Club in Lincoln, NE on April 2 from 9AM – 3PM. This is a hands on workshop where youth can learn about training their dog and improve their dog knowledge. The flyer/registration form can be found here:

Seward Calf Classic

April 9, 2016, Seward County Fairgrounds,

Check-in - 9:00-9:30 a.m., Show - 11:30 a.m.

Cash pay backs and other awards.

  • Champion & Reserve Champion Market Animal
  • Breed Champions
  • Supreme & Reserve Champion Breeding Heifer
  • Showmanship: Junior-Intermediate-Senior

Pre-entries-$30/head, Show Day-$40/head

For more information contact: Bev Hain @ 402-643-5101 or Shelby Blecha @ 402-641-4889

Pre-Registration is due by April 7.

Animal Science Experience

The Animal Science Experience we’ll be hosting on Monday April 11th. This is a great opportunity for high school students to come and see what it’s like to be an animal science student for a day. They will have the opportunity to sit in on a lecture, do a hands-on lab with a faculty member, eat lunch in the union and tour the facilities. Here is the registration link to get signed up for this amazing event:

NAYI Applications Now Available

The Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI) provides youth with an opportunity to explore the ag industry, discover potential ag-related careers and strengthen their appreciation for agriculture, the state’s leading industry. Applications for the 2016 NAYI are now available from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) website at Students interested in applying have until April 15th to apply. Hard copies of the application as well as posters will be mailed to 4-H Extension Offices and FFA Advisors in the near future.

NAYI, a five-day summer program for current high school juniors and seniors, is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. The Institute will be held July 11-15, 2016, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus, and it features motivational speakers, discussion on agricultural issues and opportunities, a farm management game, a formal banquet and a dance.

NDA selects students to attend the Institute based on their leadership skills, interest and involvement in agriculture. NDA provides the cost of meals, lodging and conference fees for students selected to participate.

Those interested in applying can also get an application by contacting the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 402-471-6859 or by emailing

4-H Poultry & Rabbit Clinic

April 19th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The Feed Shed, 412 West 29th, South Sioux City.

Improve Showmanship, practice skillathon, learn nutrition. Bring your rabit and have it tattoo'd. Pre-registration requested (402) 987-2140. Open to all youth, 4-H membership not required. Sponsored by Nebraska Extension in Dakota County and the Feed Shed.

Canine Companions for Life 4-H Dog Expo

This event will be held at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Hastings, NE on Friday April 22 and Saturday April 23. Friday night includes a quiz bowl and fun activities related to dogs. Saturday youth will practice obedience, showmanship and agility in the show ring and have the opportunity to work with 4-H judges and leaders to improve their training and showing skills with their dog. Additional educational workshops will be offered throughout the day. For more information:

Lucky Lopers 4-H Show and Wranglers Show

The Lucky Lopers 4-H Club is holding a fund-raising show at the Lancaster County Event Center on Saturday, April 30th. The Salt Creek Wranglers are holding an open show also at the Event Center the next day, May 1. (The show site has been moved from the Wranglers Arena to the Event Center)

A great opportunity to be able to show twice and only have to haul once!

Stalls will be available at the Event Center the nights of Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th. Details on stall reservations are still being worked out and will get that info out as soon as I can. Below are the links to both showbills...........

County Liners Open Horse Show

The County Liners Open Horse Show will be held May 1, 2016 at the Antelope County Fairgrounds in Neligh, NE. Starting at 9 a.m. with almost 30 classes, ribbons for placings 1-5 and trophy for Highpoint. For more information check out the county website ( or Facebook: County Liners Open Horse Show.

Spring Fling Dressage Schooling Show

The Lancaster County Horse VIPS are holding a dressage clinic/schooling show on May 7, 2016. Entries are accepted through April 25th. The event will take place at the Lancaster Events Center, Pavilion 3 (84th and Holdrege, Lincoln, NE). The even will be judged by Rebecca O'Bea, "L" graduate with distinction from Leavenworth, KS. For more information go to:

Missouri Valley Horse Judging Contest

Sponsored by the Missouri Valley Morgan Horse Club. It will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9:30 a.m. At the Valley County Fairgrounds (Indoor Arena) in Ord, Nebraska. Pre-Registration required by May 1. Email for Entry Form. The judge will be Erlene Seybold-Smythe. For more information go to

FREE Beef Fitting Clinic

Beef exhibitors will want to circle Monday, May 16, on their calendars for a Kirk Stierwalt Fitting Clinic at the Cuming County Fairgrounds in West Point at the Watson Pavillion. Registration will start at 5:30 p.m. and the clinic at 6:00 p.m. He is nationally known for his clinics and his 2016 calendar shows clinics from Oklahoma to Canada, Pennsylvania to Washington. We are fortunate to have a local clinic available to area 4-H and FFA exhibitors at no charge, thanks to the generous support of our friends at Central Valley Ag and Purina. For more information, please contact Brandi Salestrom at 402.870.1602 or 402.372.5303 or your local Nebraska Extension office.

12th Annual Lively Livestock Jackpot Show

Held at the York County Fair grounds, May 27 & 28th. There will be a sheep & goat jackpot and a swine jackpot. Cash Awards and Great Prizes will be Awarded to all Winners! Questions call/text 402-366-1332.

Sheep & Goat Weigh In

The Sheep & Goat Weigh-In will be held on Wednesday, June 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. at the fairgrounds. If you plan to show market sheep and/or goats, they must be tagged at the weigh-in. Please read over the guidelines below for female sheep and goats.

Scrapie Guidelines for Sheep and Goats - All female sheep and goats exhibited at the fair will need to have the official USDA identification (scrapie tag). This applies both to market and breeding animals, regardless of age. Wethers do not need the USDA identification. The tag must be in place at weigh-in on May 27th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Please visit the following website for more information at

Midwest Livestock Jackpot Shows

The Seward County 4-H Council will be hosting the Midwest Livestock Jackpot Shows on June 3 & 4 in Seward. These shows are open to all 4-H & FFA members. Species include pigs, goats & sheep. For more information go to:

Phelps-Gosper Beef & Sheep 4-H Progress Show

June 4th, 2016, Phelps Co. Fairgrounds, Holdrege, NE.


 Open to all Nebraska 4-H’ers ages 8-18

 Showmanship: Senior 14+; Int. 11-13; Junior 8-10

 4-H Rules Apply

 Animal housing first come, first serve. Bedding provided for beef.

Entry forms and flyers are available at

Phelps County 4-H Small Animal Progress Show

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at the Phelps County Fairgrounds in Holdrege. There will be prizes and raffle for exhibitors. Pre-registration is not required. Companion Animal and Cat Exhibitors are limited to four animal exhibits in the shows. Rabbit and Poultry Exhibitors are limited to ten animal exhibits in the shows.

4-H Goat Hoof Trimming Clinic

There will be a goat hoof trimming clinic June 5, 2:00 p.m. at Julie Addison’s home. Julie is Wayne County’s 4-H Goat Show Superintendent and she has many years of experience with goats. She will conduct the clinic and participants will trim hooves on her goats. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own trimmers if they have them. Contact the Wayne County Extension Office (phone: 402.375.3310 or email: by 5:00 p.m., May 27 to register. There is no charge to attend.

Winners Unlimited Livestock Judging Camps




$250/person (includes meals, lodging, and materials)

Limited to 35 participants per session. First come, first-serve.

This camp is designed for 4-H and FFA members (age 12-18) looking to perfect their livestock evaluation and oral reasons skills. Brad Bennett, as well as 2016 team members will focus on proper evaluation with a special emphasis on reasons format, terminology, and delivery.

For more information, visit:, or contact:

Brad Bennett, Livestock Judging Coach | 402.472.8834 |

Platte Valley Wranglers 4-H Horse Show, Wahoo

The Platte Valley Wranglers 4-H Horse Show will take place Sunday, June 12, 2016, 9 AM at the indoor Arena on the Fair Grounds in Wahoo, NE. It is sponsored by the Platte Valley Wranglers 4-H Club, Ashland, NE.

Fees: $20 all day or $4 per class

Judge: David Birt, York

Awards: 3 Hi-Point Trophies, 3 Reserve Trophies, Ribbons for all

More Information:

Jean Steward (402-944-3483) email: or Gene Hull (402-677-4544)

2016 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Shows

  • June 13 - Kearney
  • June 14 - Chadron
  • June 15 - McCook
  • June 16 - Leigh
  • June 17 - Bloomfield
  • June 21 - Lincoln

All entries are due to the county office by May 13, 2016. All Level testing required for participation in the 2016 District 4-H Horse Show MUST be completed by May 13, 2016.

All entries fro the State Horse Show much be mailed by May 13, 2016. These include Showmanship, Halter, All Cattle Classes, Hunter Hack, Dressage, Advanced Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Pleasure and Horsemanship, Trail, 2 year old and 3 year old Western Pleasure and Working Ranch.

2016 Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Show July 10-14, 2016!

Tractor Safety Courses Planned

The 2016 Tractor Safety Trainings will be held in seven locations across the state during May, June, and July.

Any youth 14 or 15 years of age who works on a farm or ranch other than his/her parents’ is required to be certified through a tractor safety course. Extension Educators and field specialists will teach the 2-day courses.

The training in this area will be June 20-21, 2016 at Wayne County Fair Grounds, Wayne, NE.

Cost for the course is $60, which includes all course materials, lunch both days and breaks. Registration is requested a week prior to class. For details or to register, contact the Nebraska Extension Office in Thurston County at 402-385-6041.

Massey's Show Lamp Camp

There will be a Lamb Camp on June 27-28th at the Wayne County Fair Grounds, Wayne NE starting at 8 am. This camp will cover how to show, feed and prepare lambs for exhibition. Showmanship will also be covered. For more information and registration check out

Matt Niemann, Newcastle NE who is the contact person for this camp.

This camp is not affiliated with Nebraska 4-H and is not required. This is for your information only.

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