Southern Plains 4H Newsletter

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - May 3, 2021

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Note From Kylie

PASE & Life Challenge Recruitment

If I had to choose my favorite 4-H memories, my experiences at PASE would be in the top 5.

Premier Animal Science Events (PASE) and Life Challenge Contests are a GO this summer in Lincoln. If your 4-Her is interested in any kind of animal science or food/nutrition/health, these contests are an excellent opportunity for our Nuckolls-Thayer 4-Hers.

Registration closes on Mon. June 14, but please let your local extension office know interest ASAP so we can arrange car pools, housing, and (hopefully) coaching/practice opportunities.

-Practice important life skills related to animal science and home environment

-Connect with 4-Hers from across the State of Nebraska

-Stay in Massengale Hall, one of UNL's newest residence halls

Mon. Jun 28

Meats Judging

Poultry Judging

Livestock Skillathon

Livestock Quizbowl

Life Challenge - Foods and Nutrition / Design

Tues. Jun 29

Livestock Judging

Life Challenge - Resource Management

Enroll in Nebraska 4-H TODAY

Make sure you enroll for the 2021 4-H year ASAP so you don't miss out on our events, contests and opportunities to make the best better in Nuckolls and Thayer Counties.

June 15 is the 2021 Nebraska 4-H enrollment deadline. This is the first year Nebraska 4-H has had a statewide enrollment deadline. If you wait until this deadline, you will miss out on many of our local events.

Enroll in all projects areas that you could possibly want to exhibit at fair. If you have any issues with 4-H Online, please email or call your local extension office. We do not want tech frustrations to make this difficult.

4-H Online home page:

We're excited for our spring 2021 plans for workshops, clinics, and judging contests. Keep reading for details!


The Southern Plains (Nuckolls-Thayer) Livestock Judging Contest on May 15, 2021 at the Nuckolls County Fairgrounds in Nelson at 8:30am. This contest is part of the Great Plains Livestock Judging circuit. Cost is $5 per individual, and individuals may enter via this registration link:

Please pay at the event. Cost is $5/individual. Cash or Checks made to the University of Nebraska are acceptable.

Check in is at 8am and the contest starts at 8:30am. All 4-H and FFA members are eligible for the contest.

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The 2021 Clover Kid Camp is on Wednesday, June 2! This year's theme is Wilderness Explorer and kids will be making crafts, eating snacks and playing games. Cost is $15 per child and registration is due by May 26 at 2pm by contacting your local extension office.

You can pay at the event and checks should be made out to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. If you have any questions please contact Kylie Kinley at or Haley Sutterby at

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The first 2021 summer workshop in Thayer County will be on June 8 at 1pm! Lucky Stradely will be coming in to help the kids make their very own pottery project for the fair. It costs $20 a child and will be at the Thayer County Extension Office! The registration cut-off is June 1st and to sign-up, email Haley Sutterby at

You can pay at the event can make checks out to Lucky Stradley. We can't wait to see you there!

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Register by Friday, May 28 for our 2021 summer project bonanza day in Nelson. Space is limited to 15 students from Nuckolls County and 15 students from Thayer County, so please call your local extension office ASAP to register. Students will enjoy a full day of creating 4-5 projects for fair, socializing with their peers, and learning by doing. Cost is $45 per youth. Checks can be made out to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Thayer Co. Archery is Recruiting Members for 2021

If you're interested in learning to shoot a bow and learn archery in Thayer County, text 4-H certified archery instructor Brian Lukert at 402-768-1790. The group usually practices on Sunday evenings at the archery range in Hebron. Bows and arrows can be provided.
  • Must be at least 8 yrs old 4-H age.
  • Must be actively enrolled in 4-H.
  • Must attend at least 6 practices to shoot at 4-H shoot July 5, 2021.
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Nuckolls-Thayer Dual Shooting Sports Contest

In order to offer the best facilities and most positive youth development experiences possible, Nuckolls-Thayer will be hosting a dual shooting sports contest in 2021. Archery competitors will shoot at the brand-new archery range in Hebron on Mon. July 5 at 6 pm, and trap shooting contestants will shoot at the trap house in Nelson on Sun. July 11 at 3 pm.

Archery Age Divisions:

Junior 8-11

Intermediate 12-14

Senior 15-18

Shotgun Age Divisions:

Junior – 10-13 years

Senior – 14-18 years

Each 4-H member must attend a required six practices in each discipline with a Nebraska 4-H certified instructor to compete in that discipline at the county shoots. Contact your local extension office for more information.

Local Certified 4-H Shotgun Instructors (Updated as of 5/2/21):

Pete Kiefer (Nuckolls County)

Travis Pofahl (Nuckolls County)

Jason Funk (Nuckolls County)

Kylie Kinley (Nuckolls/Thayer County)

Mike Holes (Jefferson County / Fairbury Trap Team)

Local Certified 4-H Archery Instructors:

Jeanie Kiefer (Nuckolls County)

Brian Lukert (Thayer County)

Nik Statz (Nuckolls County)

Alycia Watts (Nuckolls County)

Students interested in practicing shotgun shooting will need to practice with Republican Valley Trap Club in Webster County or Fairbury Jr./Sr. High Trap in Jefferson County because they have the facilities, certified instructors, and a regular practice schedule.


Horse Judging May 26 - SIGN UP BEFORE MAY 14

Email Kylie ( and let her know if you are interested in this horse judging contest at the Pitzer Ranch. We have 6 students who want to go, and we need to figure out final carpool arrangements.
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Register at for your last chance for 2021 county in-person YQCA training. Attend one of these 2 trainings or you will have to do the training online for 2021.
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YQCA Certificate instructions

Have you attended a YQCA training? Awesome! You have completed 1 of 2 steps. The 2nd step is to submit your certificate number to the extension office. We cannot look this up for you. You MUST log in to your YQCA account and email us the certificate or the certificate number.
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Market Lamb/Goat Sign Up Genius - May 18 5-7 p.m. at Deshler

Market Lamb/Goat Sign Up Genius - May 19 5-7 p.m. at Nelson


Check out this link to see a collection of the flyers advertising progress shows and clinics across Nebraska

Courtesy of Alexa Pederson, Webster County Extension Office manager

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2021 Tractor Safety Training

All youth aged 14 and 15 who work on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST be certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course to obtain a Farm Husbandry Permit or “farm permit” without further testing.

Successful completion of this training in Nebraska will allow youth to operate a tractor over 20 horsepower, and connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor. Students of any age over 13 may complete the driving course in any of the locations on this flyer after successful online class completion:

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Online 4-H Horticulture Contest June 4-21

Do you know what it takes to pick the best fruit and vegetables out at the grocery store? Or do you know what judges are looking for when they judge your plants at the county fair? Have you ever wondered, what plant is that!?! We are excited to offer the opportunity to learn these and other important horticulture skills through the Online Horticulture Contest. The contest will be available June 4-21, 2021 at:

Horticulture judging contest consists of three parts. The first is identification of plant material. Participants identify the plants by common name from a plant list. Specimens may be alive or preserved plant parts like stems, twigs, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots, bulbs, tubers, or plant products.

The second is a knowledge portion, usually in the form of a true/false or multiple choice quiz. Questions will test the contestant's knowledge of cultural practices for horticultural crops, plant science, pesticides, horticultural careers and other topics related to the production, processing and consumption of horticultural crops.

The last portion is judging or placings. This is where four different plants, plates of vegetables, or containers flowers are ranked from best to worst based on a set of criteria. Classes are judged on the basis of condition, quality, uniformity, true-to-type, and size.

More details at:


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Registered your youth for the 2021 UNL Livestock Judging Camp set for June 9th-11th. This will be a great 3-day overview of all the livestock species including a heavy emphasis on oral reasons.

If you have questions please feel free to email UNL Livestock Judging Coach Blaine French ( Use the link to find the registration info for camp. Registration is due by May 21st so don't miss out!

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Camp Venture and Camp Renegade Registration Forms

Camp Counselor Application Form Link

Camp Renegade Registration Form Link

Camp Venture Registration Form Link

All money is to be sent to Jefferson County. Checks are payable to: Jefferson County 4-H Council.



Fri. May 7 - District & State Horse show entries due online & horse ID forms for district and state horse show due to your county extension office

Tues. May 11 - YQCA 7-8 pm @ Deshler

Mon. May 17 - YQCA 7-8 pm @ Nelson

Sat. May 15 - Nuckolls-Thayer Livestock Judging Contest @ Nelson

Tues. May 18 - TC Market Lamb/Goat Weigh In 5-7 pm @ Deshler

Wed. May 19 - NC Market Lamb/Goat Weigh In 5-7 pm @ Nelson


Wed. June 2 - Cloverkid Camp @ Hebron

Wed. June 9 - Bonanza Day @ Nelson

Tues. June 15 - Nuckolls County Fair entries due on the "green sheets."

Tues. June 15 - County Fair Animal IDs due. Nebraska State Fair nominations and animal IDS due. More information here.

Mon. Jun. 28 - Wed. Jun. 30 - State Speech/PSA Contest, Life Challenge Contest, Premier Animal Science Events @ UNL Animal Science Complex in Lincoln (Meat Judging, Livestock Judging, Quizbowl, etc)


July 10-13 - Nuckolls County Fair 2021


August 11-15 - Thayer County Fair 2021

The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.