Perkins County 4-H Newsletter

March 2023

  • March 18 Beef Weigh In 8-9 AM (MT)Hanson's
  • March 19 4-H Council 6 PM Extension Office
  • March 27 Parent/Member Meeting 6 PM Fairgrounds
  • April 11 Speech/Music/PSA/Presentation Entries Due 4 PM Extension Office
  • April 16 Speech/Music PSA/Presentation Contest 2 PM , IMPERIAL, Location TBA
  • May 15 Horse ID Sheets Due 12 PM Extension Office


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Local Events and Opportunities

Enroll in 4-H TODAY!

Enrollment for the 2023 4-H year is open! We encourage you to enroll early so we can keep you informed!
Members MUST have their enrollments complete by June 15 to exhibit at the county fair.
Shooting sports members MUST be enrolled and consents must be signed before they are allowed to practice or compete.
ALL members are strongly encouraged to enroll before they begin meeting with their clubs.

Enrollment instructions can be found at:
4HOnline enrollment site:
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Parent/Member Meeting

New for 2023, we will be hosting a Parent/Member meeting to kick off the Perkins County 4-H Year. All families currently enrolled in 4-H or interested in learning about 4-H are highly encouraged to attend.

This is an informational meeting about 4-H in Perkins County. We will discuss communication, calendars, policies, dates, and 4-H opportunities.

Date: Monday, March 27

Time: 6-6:30 PM

Location: Perkins County Fairgrounds

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Perkins-Chase Premier Communication Event (PUBLIC SPEAKING and more...)

Write your speeches or team up for a presentation! The Perkins-Chase Premier Communication Event is quickly approaching! The Premier Communication Event features contests in the following areas:

  • Public Speaking
  • Music
  • PSA (Public Service Announcement)
  • Illustrated Presentation
  • Impromptu Speech (New for 2023!)
  • Video Communication (New for 2023)

All contests are open to members in all age divisions who are currently enrolled.

Illustrated Presentations, Impromptu Speech, and Video Communication-local contest will follow state rules and guidelines on the Nebraska 4-H Website.

Registrations are due to the local Extension Office on Tuesday, April 11 at 4 PM.

Public Speaking: Submit a speech outline or copy of poem

Music: Submit a copy of music

PSA: Submit PSA outline and the PSA to be judged

Presentation: Call the office to register.

Impromptu Speech: Call the office to register

Video Communication: Call the office to register

County Information and Entry Forms on the County Website:

More information on the Nebraska State 4-H Website:

4-H Project Spotlight!

Outdoor Adventures!

The Outdoor Adventure Series has been designed for grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 respectively, but may be used by youth in any grade based on their skills, experience, and interest.

· Youth will practice and develop the life skills of relating to others, making decisions, and communicating with others.

· Plan and safely conduct camping, backpacking and wilderness excursions.

· Develop minimum impact skills according to Leave No Trace techniques.

Outdoor 1: Hiking Trails

In this introductory project, members will have the opportunity to get out and explore the natural world around them by going out on a day hike. They will learn to pack a backpack for their hike and learn what to put in their pack for a safe and enjoyable trip. The activities will allow them to experience new things and learn some important information. They will make notes about what they discover and what they have learned.

Outdoor 2: Camping Adventures

Whether you are a serious camper or just getting started, members will enjoy the activities in this project. Members will experience many new things! They will be eating, sleeping, and living in the outdoors on their camping trip. They will need to consider the various types of shelters and tents that can be used for camping, how to pack and plan meals and how to keep their campsite beautiful for future campers. As members complete the activities, they will also be practicing their decision making, problem solving and communication skills.

Outdoor 2: Backpacking Expeditions

Members will build on the hiking and camping skills used in levels 1 & 2. The activities will help them prepare to go on challenging backpacking trips. They will learn how to pack their backpack for a multi-day trip, including with they’ll need for shelter, clothing and cooking. Backpacking is a challenging activity, but one that brings many rewards—a sense of achievement, a beautiful view and new connections with the people in their hiking group. Backpacking will teach them new things about themselves as well as about the natural world. They will be encouraged to apply the skills that were learned through Outdoor Adventures to their daily lives. Many of these skills such as decision-making, problem solving, and communication can be applied to other areas of a member’s life.

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Special Garden Project

Let us know if you plan to participate in this year’s Special Garden Project! Call the office to reserve your seed packet!
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Special Agronomy Project

Let us know as soon as possible if you plan to participate in this year’s Special Agronomy Project! Call the office to reserve your seeds

Livestock Information

Animal ID Requirements/Deadline

All Livestock ID Sheets for the Perkins County Fair are due to the Extension Office by Thursday, June 1, 2023! ID Sheets (Affidavits) may be picked up from the Extension Office or accessed on our website:

Market Beef/Hogs are required to have tags. Tags may be picked up from the Extension Office. Breeding Beef-ID Sheet with date of birth required. ID may be a tattoo or herd ID tag.

Breeding Swine-EID tag or Swine Tag. Available at Office.

ALL Sheep/Goats-Scrapies Tags Required. Available at Office. No ID Requirements for Poultry.

Rabbits-ID Sheet. Available at office or online.

Please review the Perkins-Chase County ID Requirements page on our website:

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State Fair Livestock Requirements

Taking livestock projects to State Fair? Plan now! Here is what you need to do:

*Enroll in 4-H

*Exhibitors must be 9 years old 4-H Age (as of Jan. 1) to show livestock at State Fair

*Market Beef/Swine-Tag with EID tags and collect DNA Sample-return to office

*Breeding Beef-Tattoo, DNA Sample (make sure it is legible before State Fair, commercial Breeding Beef may use tattoo or EID tag )

*All Sheep/Goats-Scrapies Tags, DNA Sample

*Have a Premisis ID

Nominate ALL Animals by June 15 in Show Stock Manager

Nebraska 4-H Opportunities

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Shooting Sports Leader Certification

In order to run a club, county, or multi-county 4-H shootings sports program, leaders and instructors must be certified by Nebraska 4-H. Volunteers must attend a Leader Certification Workshop designed to cover the needed knowledge and guidelines to become a Certified 4-H Shooting Sports Leader/Instructor. Workshops offer the opportunity to:

  • Network with other shooting sports instructors from across Nebraska.
  • Share and learn techniques and knowledge which will develop your ability to effectively lead a local shooting sports program.
  • Learn to use shooting sports to develop youth of strong character who possess effective life skills.
  • Gain certification in one of the following disciplines: shotgun, rifle, muzzleloading, archery, hunting skills, pistol, or program coordination.
  • Learn under expert instruction and learn to develop your skills as an instructor.

Two Leader Certification opportunities are happening this spring:

  • April 1-2, Valley County Fairgrounds, Ord, NE
  • April 22-23, Dawes County Fairgrounds, Chadron NE

Information and online registration for each of these trainings:

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Volunteer Recognition

Please help us make sure our volunteers get the recognition they deserve! Nominate your favorite local 4-H volunteers for a Nebraska 4-H Volunteer Award at Nominations are due March 15.
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Diamond Clover

It’s time to get started on those Diamond Clover plans! This program rewards youth for engaging in a variety of age-appropriate experiences, trying new things, setting goals, and keeping records. Learn more and find annual planning forms at
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Virtual Companion Animal Challenge

Mark your calendars! Virtual Companion Animal Challenge entries, including essays, art, photography, and demonstrations, are due by Saturday, April 1, and the online dog and cat trivia contest will be available from April 10-16. Learn more at


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Nebraska 4-H Summer Camp Registration is OPEN!

4-H Camp is back! Five different camps offered in 5 different locations across the state. Check it out and register today!

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Big Red Summer Camps

Learn about your career interests while staying on campus at UNL! Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. By participating in a camp, youth get the opportunity to explore the Nebraska campus, meet people from across the country, spend time investigating an interest or potential career, and have a lot of fun! Check it out at:

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.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.

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