Calendar of Events

Nov 1: Shooting Sports Practice

Nov 10: Livestock Committee Meeting - Extension Office - 6:30 pm

Nov 11: Veteran's Day - Office Closed

Nov 15: Sew Fun - Extension Office - 1:00-4:00 pm

Nov 15: Shooting Sports Practice

Nov 16: Clover Buds - Rushville Elementary - 3:30-5:30 pm

Nov 17: Clover Buds - Gordon Elementary - 3:30-5:30 pm

Nov 18: Adult Sew Fun Clinic - Extension Office - 6:30-8:00 pm

Nov 19: Sew Fun - Extension Office - 1:00-4:00 pm

Nov 25-26: Thanksgiving - Office Closed


- Premium money and prizes are available to be picked up at the extension office.

- 2022 Fair dates are July 24 - 30

4-H Enrollment

4-H enrollment for the 2021-2022 4-H year will be available November 10. Youth can enroll by visiting Members need to enroll to participate in Shooting Sports practices. There is a $5 membership fee that can be paid online or at the Extension Office. If you will not be in Rushville, feel free to mail the payment to the 4-H Council at PO Box 23 Rushville, NE 69360.

Clover Buds

The Rushville Clover Bud workshop will be on November 16th at the Rushville Elementary starting at 3:30 pm. The Gordon Clover Bud meeting will be held on November 17th at the Gordon Elementary at 4 pm. Clover Bud members are youth between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1st, 2022. Upon participating in these workshops, youth will have Clover Bud projects to display at the 2022 Sheridan County Fair. To register your child for these FREE events please contact the Nebraska Extension Sheridan County office at (308) 327-2312.

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achievement banquet

The Achievement Banquet was held on Sunday, October 24th at the Extension Office in Rushville. 4-H youth members were awarded their fair premium money and 4-H year pin. Members were able to tour the new facilities and enjoy the banquet and supper in the conference room.

The 4-H Alumni award was presented to Louisa Krebs. Louisa has spent multiple hours over the past several years donating time to the 4-H program. Besides serving as Fair Superintendent, and 4-H Council Member. They also donate to the 4-H program.

The Business Friend of 4-H was awarded to Krebs Ranch. They continue to be a significant volunteer to the Sheridan County 4-H program. And they have consistently assisted us with providing their services to the 4-H sale.

The Jane Beguin Friend of 4-H Award was presented to the Sheridan County Ag Society. This group of volunteers applied for a Eukina grant and was able to update the fairgrounds by putting up a new fence, and a new building over the scale house for our 4-H program.

The following youth were awarded:

Caleb Heck: Senior Beef & Swine award - $50

Abigail Russell: Senior Leadership & Horse award - $50

Regan Anderson: Senior Shooting Sports & Horse award - $50

Julia Russell: Intermediate Leadership award - $25

Kirsten Heck: Intermediate Poultry & Home Environment award - $50

Kayli Rose: Intermediate Rabbit award - $25

Anna Anderson: Junior Horse award - $25

Gibbsen Nielsen: Junior Beef award - $25

Payton Scott: Junior Photography & Beef award - $50

Caleb Heck: Senior Outstanding Career Portfolio - $25

Julia Russell: Intermediate Outstanding Career Portfolio - $25

Payton Scott: Junior Outstanding Career Portfolio - $25

Abigail Russell: Senior Outstanding 4-H Member - $25

Kirsten Heck: Intermediate Outstanding 4-H Member - $25

Payton Scott: Junior Outstanding 4-H Member - $25

Abigail Russell: Senior Project Record - $100

Julia Russell: Intermediate Project Record - $100

Payton Scott: Junior Project Record - $100


1st year: Aislyn Ruether, Ila Nielsen, Tristan Mansor, Wyley Mansor, Jailyn Jancik, Loy Nelson, August Reimann, Kora Nielsen, Tenley Ostrander, Richard Anderson, MacKatie Anderson, Gage Bidroski, George Bidroski, Ben Hugen, Sophia Wyatt, Ria Wyatt, Cedar Frink, Ethan Thompson, Maverick Bourne, Stylle Retzlaff, William Anderson-Beguin, Maddox Kearns, Kaisyn Hooper, Madison Laws, Keeley Tausan, Natalia Dolezal

2nd year: Jayna Cuny, Jake Roffers, Clare Swanson, Brenna Diers, Aliyah Bear

3rd year: Jane Gaswick, Turner Anderson, Elizabeth Thompson, Harper Scott, John Dieriex, Hattie Williamson, Shyann Bostock, Braylee Campbell

At the end of the banquet we retired Ryan Paul, Nancy Anderson, Nicole Marcy, and Megan Reimann from their position as a 4-H Council member. Our retired youth members were Caleb Heck, Crimsun Hotz, and Abigail Russell.

The new 4-H Council members are Candace Nelson, and EJ Frink; second term, Ryan Paul. The new Youth 4-H Council members are Sevanna Berndt and Regan Anderson; second term, Caleb Heck and Abigail Russell.

Sheridan County 4-H Ultimate Teen

This award is given to a Junior Leader or Youth 4-H Council member who shows roles and responsibilities within 4-H leadership positions and non 4-H leadership positions along with community service activities. Colton Archibald was our Ultimate Teen that will be receiving a $50 scholarship from the Rushville Legion, and a $500 scholarship from the 4-H Council.

Quilts of Valor Presentation

Kashlyn & Kynsleigh Krebs helped with presenting 4-H quilts that we made and given to Gordon Veterans.

volunteer road show

This fall, Nebraska 4-H is hitting the road with an all-new volunteer training opportunity. Join us to discover new opportunities for yourself and your club members, network with other 4-H volunteers in the community, and build your skills as a 4-H volunteer! See the schedule, including dates, locations, and session descriptions, at

Midwest Dairy Seeks Applicants for Enhanced Nebraska Ambassador Program

The Dairy Ambassador Programs are educational and leadership opportunities for those who are passionate about dairy. Dairy Ambassadors will have the opportunity to connect with consumers and share dairy’s story while networking with their peers and industry professionals. The Dairy Ambassador Program for college students (enrolled full-time in a Nebraska post-secondary school) remains a strong part of the program. Additionally, Nebraska is excited to announce the addition of the Junior Dairy Ambassadors as a new opportunity for high school junior (11th grade) and senior (12th grade) students.

Dairy Ambassadors will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including interacting with consumers at regional events, state fair, youth educational presentations and attend dairy industry meetings. Junior Dairy Ambassadors will also connect with consumers and peers to share dairy's story with their focus will be more on their local communities. The program is designed to shape future dairy champions who will promote the dairy community and support Midwest Dairy’s mission to give consumers an excellent dairy experience.

To be considered for the Dairy Ambassador Program, applicants must be enrolled in a Nebraska post-secondary school yet do not have to be majoring in agriculture or raised on a dairy farm. Applicants for the Junior Ambassador Program must be enrolled in a Nebraska High School as a Junior (11th grade) or Senior (12th grade). All applicants must be able to communicate effectively through writing and speaking and possess a passion for dairy. Ambassadors of both programs are expected to serve an 11-month term, starting January 10, 2022 and ending November 30, 2022. During their service, ambassadors will receive per diems and have approved expenses covered upon participation. After successful completion of the one-year program, Dairy Ambassadors are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship while the Junior Dairy Ambassadors are eligible to apply for a $500 scholarship.

Students can apply at, in the For Young Dairy Leaders tab/section, under Ambassador Programs then select Nebraska. More details can be found on the webpage plus the online application will be at the bottom of each program page. Be sure to select state as Nebraska for the Dairy Ambassadors and Nebraska-JUNIOR for the Junior Dairy Ambassador applications. Online applications are due DECEMBER 1, 2021. Selected ambassadors will be notified by JANUARY 10, 2022.

If you have questions, please contact Tracy J. Behnken at or 531-207-4291.

Nebraska State 4-H Rodeo Results

This year in conjunction with the UNL Rodeo team, we were able to put on a 4-H State Rodeo. This year we had approximately 32 exhibitors compete in classes such as break-a-way roping, goat tying, barrel racing and much more! 😊

Not only did exhibitors receive payback money, ribbons, and plaques, senior champions were also provided with $500 scholarships from the UNL Rodeo team! ❤

Thank you to all that helped volunteer at this show, feel free to share this with your 4-H families to look forward to next year.

To see results from the show go to:

Fed Steer Challenge

The Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge is designed to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H market beef project. The contest rewards production merit and carcass value of the market animal, along with accurate record keeping, industry knowledge, and producer engagement by the 4-H member.


- Select and raise a commercial steer to a finished market weight

- Utilize management and nutritional protocols similar to a commercial feedlot

- Maintain detailed records related to management and feeding

- Participate in monthly educational opportunities with animal science faculty, industry leaders, and Extension educators

- Exhibit steer in the 4-H Fed Steer Challenge class at the Nebraska State Fair

- Sell cattle on a Quality and Yield Based Carcass Grid

- Following the live exhibition, steers will be transported to a commercial packer, harvested and evaluated.

- Develop and present a Project Showcase highlighting their project and knowledge gained to industry representatives

- Learn from and engage in interviews with representatives from the cattle industry.

Participant applications for the 2022 Fed Steer Challenge are due December 1, 2021.


Participants come from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming to compete in the National Western Stock Show’s longest-running program of practical beef cattle management. In just over 80 years the Catch-A-Calf Contest has awarded nearly 3,000 steers to 4-H members hailing from the western United States.

The program began in 1935 when 10 boys caught 10 sponsored calves. The contest quickly caught on, and the program grew to include 52 calves by 1942. Soon after World War II, the program settled at 40 calves per year, which is where the number continues to stand today.

The program is designed so successful participants catch a calf, feed it, and return with the animal one year later as a market-ready steer at the National Western Stock Show. The steers are judged on production and carcass quality, while the participants are judged on showmanship, record books, and a personal interview. The Grand and Reserve Grand Champion participants sell their steers at the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions held on the final Friday of the Stock Show.

Applications for 2022-2023 are NOW OPEN and are due December 15, 2021. Catch-A-Calf Program | National Western Stock Show
Please note, this program is only open to active 2021 4-H members ages 14-18 (who must be residents) in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska & Wyoming. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations for further information.

Livestock Achievement Program

Excited to announce the second year of the Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program. This additional opportunity for enrolled livestock project youth, is designed to promote all educational aspects of 4-H livestock projects including selection, production, leadership, and exhibition by recognizing youth striving to improve in their livestock project knowledge and leadership.

The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including: beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry.

The program consists of two levels that require 4-H members to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate and project-related accomplishments. For each level, the Livestock Achievement Program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H members choose their goals. Each accomplishment is worth a specific number of points. Intermediates, ages 10-13, must complete 100 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Intermediate Member of Excellence. Seniors, ages 14-18, must complete 150 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Senior Member of Excellence. The Plan and Reports, linked on the webpage, show examples of the project related accomplishments they can choose, or they can identify their own with approval of their local educator.

Applications/Sign up are due June 15th through the application form link on the website. Plan and Reports, as well as Project Records will be due August 10 via the completion form on the website. Youth completing the achievement program and receiving member of excellence recognition in the various species will be recognized during the Parade of Champions, 4-H weekend at the Nebraska State Fair.

For more information or to apply, go to: Livestock Achievement Program | Nebraska 4-H (

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

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