Saunders County 4-H

January 6, 2017

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Market Beef Weigh Day - Tomorrow!

We will be weighing and tagging 4-H market beef on January 7, 2017. This will be the only weigh date for 2017. To be eligible for the rate of gain contest at the county fair, you do need to weigh your animal that day. Those 4-H’ers who plan to exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben will need to have DNA pulled which is $6 each as well as be tagged with an EID tag (Electronic ID tag).

When: Saturday, January 7, 2017

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Wahoo Sale Barn

Fontanelle Hybrids 2017 Essay Contest - Deadline = January 9th!

Volunteer Re-Screening

As many of you know, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Volunteer application process includes a volunteer screening. All volunteers and staff who work directly with youth are required to complete the Youth Volunteer Protection Screening Form. Be assured the volunteer screening process is confidential.

Volunteer applicants are screened in order to:

  • assure a safe, positive and nurturing environment for all youth involved with the Nebraska 4-H Youth Development program.
  • provide protection for the child, the volunteer, the educator, the 4-H Council, the Extension Board, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Screening Rotation
Initial screening of volunteers and staff will occur when they sign up to volunteer or are employed as an Extension professional. Screening for all volunteers will be done every four years by district, regardless of when the original screening was completed.

Saunders County Volunteers are up for re-screening this year, so every volunteer must fill out the Youth Volunteer Protection Screening Form! This form can be found here:

In order to be approved as a 4-H Volunteer, you must be re-screened!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Volunteer Banquet! - February 1st!

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Volunteers - Please RSVP for the Soup'er Supper Banquet by January 20th!!

4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop - Lincoln

When: January 21 - 22, 2017

Where: Nebraska Game & Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Deadline to Register: January 11, 2017

Registration Fee: $100

It is recommended you retake the class if you were certified prior to 2014 as many changes in curriculum and management have occurred since then.

Four Project Areas will be offered:

  1. Rifle
  2. Pistol
  3. Shotgun
  4. Archery

For more Information

4-H Enrollment

  • 4-H Enrollment for 2017 is open! It can be done via computer at There are information guides for enrolling new members, as well as re-enrolling and can be found on our website:
    • There is a $10 per 4-H member fee for those 8 (prior to January 1) and older. Clover Kids have a $5 enrollment fee (that are 5, 6, 7 prior to January 1). All enrollment fees will need to be paid online in the 4-H Online system.
    • However, since the program cannot specify different enrollment fees for different aged youth, you will be charged $10 regardless of age. If your Clover Kid attends one of the Clover Crew sessions or the Clover Kid Day Camp, we will adjust the payment. For example, you would not have to pay for one of the Clover Kid sessions or the Day Camp would be $5 cheaper.
    • If we do not receive your forms and fees, you will not be enrolled in 4-H for 2017 and will not be able to participate in the Saunders County Fair.
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Clover Crew 2017

  • WHEN: Third Thursday's
    WHERE: Wahoo Library
    TIME: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
    WHO: Youth ages 5 - 7
  • WHAT: Hands-on activities, crafts, and snacks will be provided!
    FEE: $5/youth/day
    • January 19: Snow
    • February 16: Teeth
    • March 16: Rain
    • April 20: Recycling
    • May 18: Gardening
    • June 15: Heart
    • August 17: Dairy
    • September 21: Corn
    • October 19: Spiders
    • November 16: Birds
    • December 21: Polar Bears

    RSVP's Required for each date - limited to 20 youth/session. Call the office - 402-624-8030 or

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    Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College

    The annual Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College “Partners in Progress – Beef Seminar” will be held at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and Great Plains Veterinary Education Center near Clay Center on January 31, 2017 with registration, coffee and donuts starting at 9:00 a.m. The program will run from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This program is sponsored by Nebraska Extension’s Farmers and Ranchers College and will feature several outstanding speakers discussing issues and management strategies that can affect the profitability of all beef producers. There is no cost for the event and the public is invited. It does include a noon meal, which means that early registration is necessary to reserve materials and a meal. Pre-registration is highly encouraged to make things go much smoother:

    The agenda

    Youth Livestock Projects and VFD

    Please take a look at the Veterinary Feed Directive for the newest information!

    2017 Special Garden Project

    The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens. Last year over 2600 packets of zinnia seeds were distributed across the state. 4-H members told us what they wanted to grow and this year the Special Garden Project is focused on the tasty, Sunburst Summer Squash. Sunburst squash has yellow, scalloped shaped fruits with bright-green blossom ends. The plants are very productive and are an All-America Selection winner for its early fruit production and for producing a large number of fruits per plant. On average it will take about 52 days from seeding date until the squash is ready to harvest.

    4-H Members enrolled in the Special Garden Project will:

    • Receive seeds of Sunburst Summer Squash
    • Receive a newsletter and evaluation about:
    • Planting & growing squash
    • Squash problems & insects
    • Harvesting & using squash
    • How to exhibit squash
    • Be able to enter this unique vegetable at County and State Fair


    Youth should enroll for the Special Garden Project through 4-H Online. Once enrolled in 4-H Online, youth are then to call the office by February 1st to reserve your seed packets. By enrolling through 4-H Online, youth will have access to the box folder with the educational materials including the growing newsletter & evaluation.

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    2017 Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees 4-H Essay Contest

    Sponsored by: The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.

    2017 Essay Topic: “How can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) more effectively protect honey bees from pesticide exposure?”

    Beekeeping has had is five minutes of fame for the past seven years. Now more than ever, the general public along with beekeepers are asking “What will happen if the bees are gone?” With the continued threat of pesticides, this is a very real question. Your paper should research and help answer this question.

    Survey your community to see what is being done. Include your state in your survey to see if there are any programs they are using for pollination or any other program that could aid the honey bee.

    The scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated.

    Personal interviews with beekeepers and others familiar with the subject are valued sources of information and should be documented. Sources, which are not cited in the endnotes, should be listed in a “Resources” or “Bibliography” list.

    Submission Deadline: February 24, 2017

    Rules Overview

    2017 District and State Horse Shows


    2017 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Shows will take place on the following days/locations:

    • June 12 – Lexington
    • June 13 – Taylor
    • June 14 – Wayne
    • June 19 – Hemingford
    • June 20 – Lincoln

    ALL entries are due to the county office on May 12, 2017. Note: ALL level testing required for participation in the 2016 4-H Horse Shows MUST be completed by May 12, 2017.

    Reminder: all entries for the State 4-H Horse Show must be mailed by May 12, 2017. 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.

    2017 Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Show will be held July 16-20, 2017.

    4-H Spring Rabbit Show

    The Lancaster County 4-H Rabbit VIPS are hosting their annual 4-H Spring Rabbit Show on Saturday - March 25, 2017.

    Nebraska State Fair 4-H Culinary Challenge Contest

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    The contest this year is focusing on dried beans, peas and legumes. In 2015, Nebraska was rated #1 in the nation in Great Northern bean production, 2nd for pinto bean production and 4th for all dry edible bean production. Nebraska produces equal approximately 1 billion servings of dry beans a year. 2016 was the “Year of the Pulse” (dried beans and peas) and we are happy to be able to continue the focus on dried beans, peas and legumes for the 2017 Culinary Challenge. Look for more info from the Culinary Challenge and the Nebraska Dried Bean Commission for menu, food prep, and recipe ideas in the future!

    Saunders County Fair Dates

    July 23-30, 2017

    July 22-29. 2018

    Saunders County Extension

    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.