Jefferson County 4-H

September 2020

4-H Highlights!


Congratulations to all of our exhibitors at the Nebraska State Fair! Jefferson County was well represented and we are proud of all of your accomplishments this year!

Results can be found at:

Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development YouTube Channel

We have a YouTube channel for all of our Jefferson County 4-H videos from events and projects that you can check out anytime! Our channel is named Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development and can be found at this link: Make sure to check it out and subscribe to our channel!

State Fair Exhibit Pick-Up

Thursday, September 10th. We are not responsible for damages to items left in the office after September 18th at 5 pm, so please try to pick them up in a timely manner. Thanks!

Extension Office is Open

Our office is open to the public! We still ask you to practice social distancing, by staying behind the counter and mask are encouraged, but not mandatory. If you need help with state fair entries or have thank you notes to turn in, please stop by.

Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events

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Honeybees are truly amazing insects. Join us on Tuesday, September 8th at 2:00 PM CT to explore what makes these insects so fascinating! 🐝 Sign up at

We'll learn about the complex set of bee roles and how honeybees work together within the beehive. Inside a hive, there is one queen bee, a couple of hundred drones (male bees), and tens of thousands of worker bees (female bees). We'll also learn why honeybees use hexagons instead of triangles, squares, pentagons, or octagons to build their hive.

Achievement Application & Career Portfolios Due October 1!!!

It's time again to submit your 4-H Achievement Applications and Career Portfolios as the 4-H year nears completion. Last year was the first opportunity to use the Achievement Award Application, and was met with some hesitation from our 4-H families, so at the county level for selection of county awards only, 4-H members can choose to submit a Career Portfolio or the Achievement Application.

The Achievement Application will be used at the state level to selection winners for 4-H Congress, Conference, scholarships, and other leadership opportunities that arise statewide. By having one single form that more closely resembles the kinds of questions being asked on college applications and in resumes, 4-H’ers will be better prepared to be college and job ready while keeping a record of the achievements. This form was piloted last year and will be used as an alternative to the Career Portfolio. This form is much shorter and easier to use than the Career Portfolio.

The Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application can be found at:

The Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio form can be found at:

All Achievement Applications and Career Portfolios are due in the office by Thursday, October 1st! Let us know as you have questions.

4-H Council Senior Scholarships & Diamond Clover Forms Due Oct 1!

Don’t forget that 4-H Council Senior Scholarships and Diamond Clover forms are all due in the office by Thursday, October 1st. You must turn in an award application/career portfolio to be eligible for the livestock auction scholarship and county awards. More information is available online at There is a letter with the application forms as well with instructions on how to fill out the forms for certain awards. If you need a copy of your Diamond Clover form that was submitted in April, please call the office and we can send it to you. Also, if you would like to have a copy of the application forms mailed to you please contact the office.

Achievement Award Applications/Career Portfolio Judges

Volunteers will be needed to read a neighboring county’s books sometime in October. If you are interested in helping, please call the Extension Office and offer your services. Benefits include: learning how other 4-H’ers fill-out their books, finding new ideas for projects and visiting with other 4-H volunteers about the recording process.

2020 Jefferson County Fair Event Videos

Check out our Youtube videos on our channel showcasing the events of the Jefferson County Fair! Playlists include all the videos for a particular show or event. Check out the videos from the fair!

CWF Meeting Information

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 and how long it will be a significant health threat, our Washington D.C. group of Gage, Jefferson and Saline counties has decided to postpone a trip until 2022. We just don’t want the youth to spend that kind of money and not be guaranteed even if we are able to go that we would get to see and do all the things we would like to do and have done in the past.

With that being said, this gives youth more time to fund-raise for the trip. If you have ideas or suggestions of new fundraising, please contact the office!

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the new changes to the CWF trip program requirements, the payment plan, or fundraising opportunities. As always, we are open to suggestions, especially regarding fundraising!

Red Wheel Fundraising!

It's never to early to start fundraising for the Washington D.C. Trip!

We will begin selling Red Wheel the first week of October as a fund raiser for those 4-H’ers that are interested in going on the Washington D.C. 4-H trip. Order forms will be mailed out the first of the week, and selling for the entire month. Please contact the office if your child is interested in selling Red Wheel so we can mail you out a packet of information.

Orders are due in the office Friday, November 6th.

Delivery will be Saturday, November 28, (presorted) in Wilber at 8 a.m.

**If a county sells 250 items they will earn delivery to their office.

4-H’ers earn 40% of their proceeds which is then applied to their WDC trip costs.

Volunteers, We Need You!

For 2021, all volunteers need to go through a screening to assist with 4-H related activities (including 4-H County Fair activities). There are two different types of volunteers, and screenings that go with these volunteers. You must fill out the form prior to volunteering.

  • Direct Volunteers – All 4-H Volunteers who work directly with youth (examples include: ring personnel at livestock shows, room monitors for contests, etc)– must complete the Direct Volunteer Form (Printable or Electronic or through 4HOnline – still open for volunteer enrollment) & DHHS Background Check ($5 fee). Must be approved prior to completing the volunteer activity. If you have enrolled as a volunteer on 4HOnline, then you have already done this!
  • Indirect Volunteers – Any person who provides support services for Youth Activities (examples include: opening gates, announcers, superintendents, 4-H Building host, weigh-in, etc.)– must complete the Indirect Volunteer Application (Printable or Electronic) and must be approved prior to completing the volunteer activity. If your volunteer has enrolled as a volunteer on 4HOnline or filled out the Direct Volunteer form, they do not need to fill out the Indirect Volunteer Application.

If you have a question regarding which of these volunteer roles you will be fulfilling, please contact the Extension Office (402) 729-3487.

Animal Information

Online Livestock Judging Video Series

This new video series will provide students the chance to evaluate the class, listen to a critique of the class, and hopefully gain some knowledge regarding terminology for their reasons moving forward.

Each week we will add 1 to 3 classes to the series that way students will enjoy plenty of content. Youth can access these videos at or Once you get to the website, simply scroll down and you should see the link for the online video series which is located on YouTube.

For more information, or contact Blaine French, Livestock Judging Coach, at 402-472-8834 or

4-H Cat Club

A message for all cat interested youth:

Do you like cats? What about learning how to care for or show them? Maybe you have heard about the 4-H Cat Club in the past and wanted to join, but couldn't make the monthly meetings.

Do we have good news for you, or what? We are pleased to introduce this year's self-paced Cat Club! No more being bummed that you missed the hour long meeting every second Thursday. You will now have access to monthly lessons and activities that you can complete on your own time. The first lesson can be found here on September 5th:

If you are interested, please stay tuned and register today!

Special Opportunties

NEW 4-H Photography Showcase!

The 4-H Photography Showcase offers a project exhibition opportunity beyond traditional print media. It is intended to help youth develop professional and technical skills as photographers while fostering creativity and encouraging self-expression. Through this opportunity, youth are encouraged to practice and apply skills learned in their photography projects throughout the year.

How Does It Work?

Each month, a new photo will be selected from the online submissions. Selections will be made based on creativity, timeliness, technical execution, originality, and appropriateness. The selected photo will be showcased across the Nebraska 4-H social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Youth photographers will be credited wherever and whenever their photo is shared or published.

This opportunity is open to all enrolled 4-H members. Photo recommendations, file specifications, rules, and guidelines for participation are available online at

Workshop Ideas

We are looking for ideas for workshops in and 2020. 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.


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


4 - 6 - Nebraska State Fair, FFA Events & Livestock Show

10 - State Fair static exhibits available to pick up at Extension Office


1 - Achievement Award Applications Due

1 - Diamond Clover Applications Due

1 - 4-H Senior Scholarship Applications Due

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