Pawnee County 4-H Express

January/February 2018

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Fruit Sales

For all novice and veteran 4-H families our annual fundraiser is almost here! 4-H is free in Pawnee County, help us keep it that way by selling 4-H fruit.

This is just a reminder that ALL 4-H members are expected to sell fruit.
  • Every 4-Her is asked to sell at least 4 boxes
  • Clover Kids are asked to sell at least 2 boxes

The four top sellers will receive a cash prize. All sellers will receive $5 in Bonus Bucks for every $50 you sell. These Bonus Bucks can be spent on any 4-H function including workshops, clinics, state fair fees, and even swag from the 4-H Mall (


  • January 16, Leader & Independent Packet Pickup
  • January 18, Begin Selling Fruit
  • February 5, End Selling Fruit
  • February 6, Turn in Fruit Sale Forms and Checks to Leader
  • February 9, Leaders & Independent Members Turn in Forms and Checks to Office
  • February 24, Fruit Delivery

Fruit will be delivered on February 24 at the Table Rock fire hall. We start at 7:30am and have everyone loaded out typically by 10am. Each family must have someone present to help unload, sort the fruit, and collect your order. The office is NOT responsible for bringing your fruit back to the office. If you can not be there please make arraignments for someone to collect your fruit for you.


Saturday, June 30
  • 8-11am: Fairground Fix It Day & Assist Ag Society Clean Up

Saturday, July 21
  • 8-11am: Fairground Clean Up Day

Monday, July 23
  • 5-7pm: Static Entry

Tuesday, July 24
  • 8am-2 pm: Static Judging

Wednesday, July 25
  • 8am-NOON: Animal Check In; NOTE: There will be specific check in times for large and small animals, time breaks will be identified after June 15.
  • 3-8pm: Horse Show (Showmanship, Halter, Riding)

Thursday, July 26
  • 8-11 am: Swine Show
  • Following Swine: Poultry Show (Starting with Broilers)
  • 5-8pm: Horse Show (Speed & Trail)

Friday, July 27
  • 8am: Beef Show (Starting with Bucket Calf)
  • Following Beef: Goat Show
  • Following Goat: Sheep Show
  • 6-7 pm: Livestock Judging

Saturday, July 28
  • 8am: Rabbit Show
  • 11:30am-1:30pm: 4-H Foundation Sponsored Meal
  • 12:30pm: Clover Kid Show
  • 2pm: Livestock Premium Sale
  • 5-9pm: Animal & Static Exhibits Released; Fairgrounds Clean Up

4-H After School Clubs

An exciting semester of after school clubs will be offered at Pawnee City and Lewiston School for elementary youth. The first clubs start in mid-January.

Please check out upcoming dates and registration forms online at

Livestock & Static Coordinators Meeting

Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 pm in the Commissioners' Room

  • The event is open to all interested in modifying county 4-H policy, adding/dropping classes, or updating the fair book.
  • Some of the topics we might discuss: animal health check requirements, riding the same horse in multiple classes, animal stalling, potential animal clinics, summer project workshops, new family orientation, add a new class in the fair book, etc. If you have an interest any of the above topics or have an additional item you want to discuss mark this date on your calendar!

Temporary Office Hours

Due to Brittany Freeman's upcoming maternity leave, the Office will be adjusting our office hours.

March 12 to May 18
Monday - Friday
8am to 1pm
1 to 4:30pm by appointment only

Re-Enrolling in 4-H

All returning 4-H families will need to re-enroll by April 15. This includes youth and adult volunteers.

For helpful sheets to walk your family through the re-enrollment process please visit our website:
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Marekt Beef Weigh In Date Change

Saturday, February 10 from 8:30-10:30am at Russ Tegtmeier's.

All youth participating in a Market Beef project for next year need to attend this event. Contact the office by the 9th if you plan on attending so we have a head count.

Back up date due to weather will be Saturday, February 17.

All 4-H youth planning on exhibiting a Market Steers and/or Heifers at the Pawnee County Fair, Nebraska State Fair and/or Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Show, MUST weigh-in their animals on this date.

All 4-H market beef projects will be ear-tagged with an official tag and DNA samples will be collected for those being entered in the Nebraska State Fair and/or Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Show.

Livestock Quality Assurance

Youth participating in poultry, beef, dairy cattle, dairy goat, sheep, meat goat, swine, or rabbit are required to complete three quality assurance (QA) modules a year. The new QA curriculum is called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA).
  • QA must be completed by June 15.
  • To access the online YQCA course please visit
  • You will use your FAMILY 4HOnline login and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family. Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course, so make sure to re-enroll your family with 4honline.
  • The Pawnee County 4-H Foundation has offered to sponsor all youth to complete the course. Contact the office before beginning the modules to receive your free access code.
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Shooting Sports Leader Certification

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled in Lincoln in January 20-21 at the Nebraska Game & Parks Outdoor Education Center.

Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Five project areas will be offered at the Lincoln Workshop - rifle, pistol, muzzleloading, archery, and a new discipline, coordinator.

The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification and those individuals adding an additional discipline. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements.

To register please visit the shooting sports website:

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Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

Do you enjoy being outside? Learning new things about crops? Considering a career involving crops, insects, diseases, soils, water or more? Do you want to help figure out how to feed our world’s growing population in a sustainable way?

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the seventh 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 (2 or more participants), 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 are given. First place receives $1,000, second place receives $500, and third place receives $250. Sustainability, crop scouting and “extra mile” awards are also given as cash awards.

To participate in 2018, youth must complete and return an entry form by March 15th to the Fillmore County Extension Office in Geneva, NE. Forms can be downloaded after January 1st at For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at

Upcoming Deadlines & Events

  • January

    3, 4-H Foundation Meeting, Courthouse, 6:30pm

    15, Club Financials Deadline

    15, Club Goals & Program Planning Sheet Deadline

    16, Fruit Sale Leader Packet Pickup

    18, Fruit Sale Begins


    1-28, Nebraska 4-H Month

    5, Fruit Sales End

    6, Turn Fruit Sale forms into your Club Leaders

    9, Club Leaders turn in Fruit Sales Club Summaries

    9, Market Beef Weigh In Sign-Up Deadline

    10, Market Beef Weigh In, 8:30am

    17, Market Beef Weigh In Back-Up Date, 8:30am

  • 24, Fruit Sale Delivery, Table Rock Fire Hall, 7:30am

  • March

    1, Livestock & Static Project Coordinators Meeting
  • 5, 4-H Foundation Meeting, Courthouse, 6:30pm
  • 12, Start of Temporary Office Hours (M-F; 8am-1pm & 1-4:30pm by appointment)
  • Nebraska Extension - Pawnee County

    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 States Department of Agriculture. The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.