Seward County 4-H Newsletter

March 2023

Enroll Today!

Visit to enroll in 4-H today and be entered in our raffle to win a goodie basket perfect for a movie night in or a visit to the Rivoli Theater complete with a gift card and popcorn bucket! Call the Extension Office at (402) 643-2981 with any questions on how to join 4-H!
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4-H Family Handbooks are available at the Extension Office. Please make sure you have one for your family. Information on deadlines and procedures are included!

Diamond Clover Awards Program

All 4-H’ers are invited to fill out an application for the Diamond Clover Awards program. It truly is an achievable goal-setting and application process.

There are six levels. Youth can start at the beginning or at the age level associated with the award. For each level, there is a list of possible accomplishments from which 4-H youth choose their goals. The accomplishments increase in quantity and difficulty for each level. At the beginning of the 4-H year, participants plan what to accomplish and at the end of the 4-H year, they report on their completed accomplishments. In Seward County, goal sheets are due April 1 and reports are due October 1. Successful completion of a level's Plan & Report form results in a 4-H youth earning that level of the Diamond Clover program. In Seward County youth receive a pin, a certificate, and a prize. These are awarded at the annual 4-H Achievement Party. More information on the Diamond Clover Program is at:

2023 Communication Event

Check out the link at the bottom of the newsletter for information on our 2023 Communication Event. This event will be when we host our Speech, PSA, Presentation and Video Communication Contests! This event will be held May 9th at 5:00.

Pick Your Project

Not sure what projects to enroll in for County Fair? Pick Your Project is an online database and selection guide for finding 4-H projects and their resources. Users can search for projects by keywords or browse by curriculum area, knowledge level, and geographic level. Check it out!

Great Job Junior Leaders!

In February, the Junior Leaders planned and held their first 4-H Carnival in honor of 4-H Month. They did an awesome job promoting 4-H and recruiting new members!

NAYI Applications are Out Now!

Looking for something awesome to do this summer? Look no more! NAYI is a five-day FREE conference that allows you to learn about career opportunities within agriculture. Mark your calendars for July 10-14th to spend time on University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus. This year’s NAYI 52nd anniversary theme is “For the Future” and will feature motivational speakers, discussions on agricultural issues and career options, a farm management game, awards presentations, and creative opportunities to interact with other participants. To learn more and to apply, check out Apply by April 15th!

Statewide Volunteer Award Nominations Happening NOW!

Nebraska 4-H is now accepting nominations for a new awards program to recognize the outstanding contributions of 4-H volunteers across the state.

The Nebraska 4-H Volunteer Recognition Awards honors adult and youth volunteers, as well as and multi-generational families, who have provided meaningful contributions to Nebraska 4-H. One Outstanding Adult Volunteer Award and One Emerging Adult Volunteer Award winner will be chosen for each of the state’s 11 Nebraska Extension Engagement zones. One statewide winner will be named in the each of the youth volunteer and multi-generational family categories.

The nomination period runs through March 15. Nominations can be submitted by any 4-H member, family, supporter, or Extension staff member. Nominees must fit the award categories and can be a volunteer for any Nebraska 4-H experience. Some examples may include 4-H club leader, project leader, junior leader, county or State Fair volunteer, special interest volunteer, such as robotics or shooting sports, afterschool club volunteer or 4-H camp volunteer. More information, along with the nomination form, is available online at:

Winners will be announced virtually the week of April 18, in which Nebraska 4-H will be celebrating the Week of the Volunteer. A special awards presentation will take place at the 2022 Nebraska State Fair.

4-H Camp Scholarships

Thinking about spending time at 4-H or Big Red camps this summer? Let us help you pay for it! Scholarship applications are available on our website or at and must be submitted by March 15th.
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Livestock CLOVER KIDS Information

Please review the rules concerning the Clover Kids Livestock showmanship class. Nothing is new, however, rules will be enforced for the 2023 Seward County Fair.

  • Clover Kid Showmanship Class Pre-fair entry is required.
  • Clover Kid must ID animal with own Animal ID sheet or include their name on the ID sheet of the animal owned by another 4-H/FFA exhibitor.
  • Each member may bring one animal (or use another 4-H/FFA member's animal) in this division to the county fair.
  • The animal may be stalled during the fair or be brought the day of the show.
  • If exhibiting their own animal, a stall will be needed and must be indicated on 4-Her's entry form.
  • The animal needs to be an animal the youth has cared for.
  • An adult is required to be with the Clover Kid when working with or showing their animal.
  • The Clover Kid will lead the animal in the show ring or be placed in a holding pen (according to the superintendent's discretion).
  • The youth will discuss their knowledge of care and raising of the animal with the official.
  • Age, size and temperament of the animal project must be appropriate for the exhibitor's age and size.

Rules that must be followed include:

  • The show will be non-competitive.
  • There will be one adult/teen volunteer per Clover Kid assisting when the animal is being handled.
  • The animal must be 6 months of age or younger the day of show.
  • The animal must be less than 350 pounds the day of the show.
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YQCA Information

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Livestock Identification Guidelines

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Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede

The Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede will be held Saturday, March 25, in Lincoln. This event features a variety of horse contests that do not require live animals, including public speaking, demonstration, quiz bowl, art, and photography. Registration is due by Monday, March 6. Learn more at

SOAR Workshop Series

The SOAR Workshop Series provides youth and their canine companion with an opportunity to develop and practice Showmanship, Obedience, Agility, and Rally skills under the guidance of experienced clinicians. While youth will benefit from participating in each workshop in the series, it is also not required. We encourage youth to join any of the workshops even if they cannot attend them all. More information and upcoming workshop details are available at

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