Jefferson County 4-H

April 2019

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Newsletter Contents

  • 4-H Highlights!
  • Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events
  • Animal Information
  • Special Opportunities
  • Calendar of Events

4-H Highlights!

2019 Jefferson County Fair

Mark your calendars for July 10-14, 2019 for the Jefferson County Fair. The theme for this year's fair is - "Celebrating the Bounty of Our County"!!!!!!

4-H Enrollment Now Open

Youth who are 8 years of age before January 1, current year and do not exceed the upper age limit of 19 during the current calendar year are eligible to be traditional 4-H members and can participate in all 4-H events. We welcome all youth and encourage you to invite your friends to join 4-H. 4-H Enrollment will be done online again this year. Please contact the office if you need the information about how to enroll your youth this year. Enrollment completion is due April 1st. Please contact the office with any questions!

Leaders & Volunteers required to enroll online

All Jefferson County 4-H leaders & volunteers are required to enroll online every year. Enrollment deadline is April 1. This is a very important piece to how we communicate with our leaders, clubs & volunteers. We appreciate your full participation and encourage leaders & volunteers to update their information regularly so we can send you important 4-H updates and information.

Diamond Clover Award Applications Due April 1st!

The program is designed to encourage 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring and contributing citizens. The goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience. The program includes six levels and is designed for participants to progress at one level a year. Each level includes a set of goals that must be achieved before the 4-H’er can move on. Guidelines & forms: Forms are due in the office on April 1st and then will be returned to the 4-H member to fill out during the 4-H year.

Top Dog

The Top Dog 4-H Club is looking for new members who would be interested in training and showing their dogs. The dog club will have practice at the Fairgrounds on April 16th at 7:00 P.M. in the south room of the 4-H building. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Janet Winter at 402-729-2204.

Upcoming Workshops, Contests and Events

2019 4-H Public Speaking Contest

Developing 4-H’ers self-confidence and effective public speaking skills are two goals of the Nebraska 4-H public speaking contest. The local contest date has been set for Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. You must pre-register for the contest by Wednesday, April 3rd by calling the office or sending an email to Top three winners from each age division (except novice) will be selected to advance to the Regional Speech Contest at UNL East Campus in Lincoln in May. The top seniors in the Regional contests will advance to the State Contest held during the State Fair to compete for a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and a college scholarship. Resources to help you prepare for the Public Speaking Contest available at

We follow the same rules as the regional contest. Ages are as of January 1, 2019.

Age Divisions
Four age divisions are used in the 4-H Public Speaking Contest and are based on the

4-H member's age (the age of the youth before January 1 of the current year).

  • Novice Division: 4-H ages eight (8) and (9)
  • Junior Division: 4-H ages eight (8) to ten (10)
  • Intermediate Division: 4-H ages eleven (11) to thirteen (13)
  • Senior Division: 4-H ages fourteen (14) to eighteen (18)

    Speech Category Rules

    • Length of Speeches:
      • Novice Division: May recite a poem, read/tell a story
      • Junior Division: 1 to 3 minutes.
      • Intermediate Division: 3 to 5 minutes.
      • Senior Division: 5 to 8 minutes.

    2019 PSA Theme - "Inspire Kids to Do"

    • All PSA's are 60 seconds in length and must use the required theme.
    • All 4-H PSA's must include the following tagline within the last 10 seconds of the PSA: "Learn more about the Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at" The tagline is included in the 60 second time limit.
    • Sound effects and public domain music may be used. Copyrighted material may not be used.
    • All PSA's must be the original work of the presenter. Contestants may not use PSA's written and provided by the state or national staff.

    • No team PSA's are allowed.

    Fair Entries Due June 15th

    Pre-fair entries for foods, clothing, fashion show and livestock are due on Monday, June 17th. We want to try to make less trips to the office for all of you so we are trying something new this year, pre-fair entries will be done on-line this year except for ANIMALS. All animal forms will be paper forms. If you need help or don't have a computer with internet, call the office and make arrangements to come in and use a computer or get help!

    4-H Camp Renegade Counselor Applications Due May 1st!!!

    Wanted: Camp Counselors, age 14-18, for Camp Renegade to assist with recreation, workshops, nature, etc. Camp counselor training with supper is Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 pm, 4-H Building, Jefferson County fairgrounds. This training is a requirement for counselors. Applications at our office or due May 1.
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    Animal Information

    2019 Animal Identification Guidelines

    There are new Animal ID guidelines for 2019 and are explained on our website at Animal ID Guidelines. Please look over the information carefully so you know how to ID your animals. If you would like a printed copy of the guidelines please contact the office.

    District & State Horse Show Information

    Information and registrations for the District and State 4-H Horse show is available at the office or on line at Registrations are due May 10.
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    Horse Levels Testing

    All exhibitors (including those who may only do halter classes) must pass 4-H Advancement Level 1 to be eligible to exhibit at the county fair horse show. The exam must be completed by June 17th of the current year. (Different deadline dates apply for district and state competition.) All participants who have not passed the 4-H Advancements Level 1 are not eligible to exhibit in the fair. State 4-H horse rules will be followed (refer to manual 373, 4-H Horse Show and Judging Guide).

    Youth Quality Assurance Training

    Jefferson County will be holding our last face to face session on Wednesday, May 22nd at 2 pm at the Extension Office. If you can't make it to that training, 4-Her’s can complete their Livestock Quality Assurance requirement online! All 4-Her’s enrolled in swine, beef, sheep, dairy goat, dairy cattle, meat goat, rabbits or poultry need to complete Livestock Quality Assurance. 4-Her’s need to complete their quality assurance requirement by June 15th.

    Other in-person training opportunities:

    • Saturday, April 6, 2:30 pm, Beatrice
    • Saturday, June 1, 9:00 am, Beatrice
    • Thursday, May 30, 2:30 pm, Wilber

    For more information about registering and using the online system, go to for more information.

    4-H Cat Club

    Cat Club is a monthly webinar series offering educational information about caring for your cat and showing your cat in 4-H. Youth do not need to be enrolled in 4-H or in the 4-H cat project to participate. Cat Club is a great resource for anyone interested in showing cats in 4-H whether you have one now or not! Youth of all ages are welcome to join. Webinar topics change each month and cover topics such as vaccination, diseases, grooming, diet, reproduction, breeds, genetics, selecting a cat, at home cat setup, and showmanship.

    The Cat Club series is held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm CT. The Cat Club will convene on the following dates:

    • April 11, 2019 @ 6:00 PM CT
    • May 9, 2019 @ 6:00 PM CT
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    Special Opportunties

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    State 4-H Camp

    Summer 2019 is approaching fast! No summer is complete without a Nebraska 4-H Camp experience. Summer camps are open to everyone between the ages of 6 and 18. The full color brochure is now on our 4-H page at: or you can pick one up at our office.

    Nebraska State 4-H camps offer camps at these locations: Halsey and Gretna with more than 40 day and overnight camping programs and trips. Whether your child’s interest is in animals, robotics, nature and outdoor skills, tubing and kayaking, or just plain adventure, Nebraska 4-H camps provide the opportunities for all youth and all interests.

    The 2019 National 4-H Raise Your Hand campaign kicks off April 1st!

    The Raise Your Hand campaign, held from April 1 through May 15, is a nationwide call-to-action for 4-H alumni, supporters, and friends to vote for their state to win funding and help more kids in their community benefit from 4-H experiences. The three states with the most hands raised will receive $20K, $10K, and $5K. Last year, Nebraska 4-H, with over 14,000 hands raised, received second place. This year, you can help us reach #1! Raise Your Hand and vote for Nebraska 4-H. Voting is easy, and even if you have raised your hand in the past, your vote will still be counted this year! Raise Your Hand now at

    Nebraska 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week

    To honor our hardworking Nebraska youth in agriculture, the Midwest Messenger is featuring a new 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week spotlight. Each week, a new club or chapter is highlighted on a sponsored full page display in the paper, featuring a photograph of current members and a brief biography of the club/chapter’s history and accomplishments. Finally, to boost their organization’s endeavors, the Midwest Messenger is giving each featured group a $50 gift card.

    The nomination form can be found on our website at

    The 4-H Club/FFA Chapter spotlight will appear each week in the print edition of the Messenger, as well as online at and our Facebook page,

    For any questions about this program or submitting a nomination, please contact Katy Moore at (402) 374-2225 ext. 122,

    Thank you for helping us celebrate the accomplishments of Nebraska’s ag youth — the next generation of America’s proud farmers, ranchers, and ag advocates.

    Senior Spotlight

    The Extension Office is requesting that all 2019 seniors turn in a senior picture and a small paragraph describing some of your accomplishments in 4-H. We are also requesting that you include your future plans after high school. The pictures and descriptions will be posted on our Facebook page during the weekly "Senior Spotlight" and will be displayed at the fair. You can bring the pictures to the Extension Office to be scanned or you can email and attach them as a .jpg file to . You may also email your descriptive paragraph. Your pictures and written description paragraph are due in the office by May 1, 2019.

    Workshop Ideas

    We are looking for ideas for workshops in 2019. We would like to hear ideas of what you would be willing to attend. We would also like to hear from you regarding what times would work best for most people, after school, 1⁄2 days when school is out, etc. Please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487 and let us know what YOU are interested in.

    April is National Volunteer Month

    Volunteerism is a great way to serve your community and make an impact on those around you. We know this time of year can be busy, but we encourage everyone to take charge and be the change. As members and clubs look for opportunities to do volunteer work, just remember that those activities can be included in your 4-H record books as well your Diamond Clover Awards. These community service projects also look great on scholarship and grant applications!


    Just as a reminder, check out our Facebook page! The page name is "Jefferson County Extension & 4-H Youth Development". Along with our newsletter, we will be using this page to update our members about upcoming events, activities, and deadlines. We also hope to use this page to provide information about community outreach opportunities, scholarships, and research that is important to our followers. The staff will do our best to keep this updated and inform you all of what is going on at the office, Jefferson County, and in Nebraska.

    Calendar of Events


    1 - 4-H Enrollment Due

    1 - Diamond Clover Award Applications Due

    22 - Public Speaking Contest, First Baptist Church


    1 - 4-H Camp Renegade & Venture Counselor Application Due

    1 - "Senior Spotlight" Picture and Description Due


    7 - Camp Renegade & Camp Venture Applications Due

    17 - Fair Entries Due

    18 - 19 - Camp Renegade, Camp Jefferson

    20 - 21 - Camp Venture, Camp Jefferson

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