4-H Friday News Blast!

March 1, 2019

Scholarships from our 4-H Council for Cass County Summer Workshops, 4-H Summer Camp, and Travel Scholarships

Could your family use some help to afford camp, a summer workshop, or transportation to camp at Halsey? Cass County has camp, workshop, and travel scholarships that are funded by our 4-H Council, and the deadline to apply is March 15, 2019. Applications can be found by clicking here. To make it easy, this is a fillable form.

You asked, we delivered! There is a NEW, unadvertised Adventure Day Camp experience for youth ages 6-11 at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center on June 15th from 10:00 to 4:00! Cost is $35 per person, and adult chaperones are encouraged (but not required) to attend! See all the details and register at: https://go.unl.edu/if9o. This session is also eligible for our local camp scholarships.


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KUDOS to five students from the Hamma Lamma Slammers 4-H Club who gave a 4-H presentation at their local elementary school during 4-H month. Good job! We are proud of you!

Thank you to the Hamma Lamma Slammers 4-H Club for sponsoring this event!


4-H Re-enrollment ... https://ne.4HOnline.com

4-Hers and Volunteers ... the re-enrollment deadline is March 15th

4-H’ers & Volunteers:

If you have not already done so, please re-enroll for the 2019 4-H year! Go to: https://ne.4HOnline.com to enroll or re-enroll. You must use Google Chrome or Firefox as your browser. Be sure to enroll in every project you plan to take. NOTE: This year, 4HOnline does NOT carry projects over from one year to the next. Be sure to add any project in which you want to participate. You must be enrolled by March 15th. Questions? Call the Extension Office 402-267-2205.

VOLUNTEERS: When enrolling or re-enrolling in 4-H, please be sure to choose a Volunteer Project at the very bottom of the drop down list. It should say “Volunteer” in front of it.

Enrollment Options:

Families/Youth have the option to enroll in 4-H in more than one county. Families do not need to enroll in 4-H in the county in which they reside only in the county/counties they plan to participate in. Youth CANNOT enroll in the same project in two different counties. (EX: A family could take the Archery project in one county and Market Beef project in another county. A family cannot take the Market Beef project in both counties.)

Families/Youth also have the option to enroll in more than one 4-H club. Enrollment in a club indicates your desire to participate in the club. The Online Software and the Office require you to choose a Primary Club. Each year you will need to delete clubs you no longer want to be a part of.

Brand New 4-Hers:

Brand new 1st year kids can enroll in 4-H anytime, but have to be enrolled by June 15th to exhibit at the County Fair.

Add/Drop Projects:

4-Hers have up until June 15th to add or drop projects for 2019. After June 15th, they will not be able to enter exhibits into the county fair.


Cass County 4-H Summer Intership

Send a cover letter and resume to the Cass County Extension Office. The deadline is April 1, 2019. Click here for details about the job.

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Cass County 4-Hers are invited to the Storm Chasers Baseball Game ...

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YQCA Training Sessions: Face-2-Face Training or On-line Training

For YQCA information, visit our website at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/yqca-youth-for-the-quality-care-of-animals/

4-H members, age 8 and up, who take livestock projects which produce food products (Pigs, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Market Rabbits, and Poultry) need to receive certification in these areas each year. Deadline to complete this certification is June 15th.

Go to www.yqca.org and sign up for a face-to-face training (Brett Kreifels will be teaching again this year) or do the training on-line. Dates are listed on the YQCA link. For the face-to-face training, juniors will begin at 6:00 pm and Intermediates & Seniors will begins at 7:30 pm.


Ag Agronomy Day at UNL

Interested in Agronomy? Experience Agronomy Day at UNL on Saturday, March 2, 2019

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

199 Plants Sciences Hall

UNL East Campus


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4-H Companion Animal Challenge - Entries due today, March 8th

The Companion Animal Challenge is a set of contests for youth interested in companion animals. These contests are animal-less and test youths knowledge about companion animals. New this year to the contest are a Cat Skillathon and an essay contest. 4-H youth ages 10-18 are invited to participate.

 The 4-H Companion Animal Challenge will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Animal Science Complex in Lincoln.

 Contests include: Demonstration Contest, Dog Skillathon Contest, Cat Skillathon Contest, Essay Contest, Art Contest, and Photography Contest.

 This event allows youth to apply their companion animal knowledge, but does not require them to have an animal.

 Entries are due by March 8, 2019.

 For more information and registration forms: https://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/challenge


Spring Rabbit Show

Each year Lancaster County 4-H hosts a Spring Rabbit Show. This year it will be Saturday, April 27th beginning at 9:00 am. Check out the details by clicking here.


21st Annual Seward Calf Classic

The 21st Annual Seward Calf Classic will be held April 13th, 2019 at the Seward County Fairgrounds. For complete show details click here. This show is sanctioned by the Junior Nebraska Cattlemen and Staplehurst Livestock 4-H Club.

The ShowDown in Grant 2019

"The ShowDown in Grant," a prospect show for Breeding Heifers, Market Heifers, and Market Sheets, will be held April 13th at the Perkins Count Fairgrounds. For all the details, click here.

Check the calendars below ...

Cass County Calendar 4-H Reminders:

2019 Cass County 4-H Calendar

Livestock DNA envelopes - now available a the Extension Office

YQCA website open for livestock certification

March 1 .... Deadline for Freel/Lepert Family Scholarship

March 1 .... Deadline for David Knabe Memorial Scholarship

Mar 15 .... Deadline to re-enroll for 4-H at https://ne.4HOnline.com, Enrollment Instruction, Pick Your Project

March 15 - Deadline for application for camp/workshop/travel scholarships

March 16 .... Deadline to purchase tickets to the Storm Chasers Baseball Game

March 16 .... Deadline for NACEB Scholarship

April 1 .... Deadline for Summer Intern Applications

April 1 ... Deadline for Weeping Water Whiz Kidz Scholarship

April 6-7 .... Shooting Sports Leader Certification (deadline to register March 27)

April 15 .... Cass County 4-H Speech Contest

April 25 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Cass County

May 6 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Otoe County

June 3 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Cass County

June 6 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Otoe County

June 15 ... 4-H Day Camp for kids 6-11

July 1-2 ... Tractor Safety Training at Cass County Extension Office

Aug 7-10 .... Cass County Fair 2019


Nebraska Statewide 4-H Calendar:

Registrations for Summer 4-H Camp - website now open, earlybird deadline April 15th

CWF 2020 ( Citizen's Washington Focus) - applications still be taken

March 1 - Deadline for National Shooting Sports Competition

March 1 - Deadline for Beekeeping Essay Competition

March 1 - Horse Stampede Entries Due

March 2 - Horse Judging School

March 2 - Agronomy Day at UNL

March 8 - Companion Animal Challenge Entries due

March 16 - Poultry Judging Clinic - Lincoln

March 24 - 3rd Annual Tack Swap & Fun Run Jackpot in Central City

Mar 30 - Companion Animal Event at UNL

Mar 30 - Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede

April 6 - 4-H Dog Clinic called "Kids K9 Clinic" in Lincoln

April 13 - Beef Progress Show in Grant

April 13 - Calf Classic in Seward

Apr 15 - Early bird registration due date for Summer 4-H Camp

Apr 27 - Spring Rabbit Show in Lincoln

Apr 29 - Next Chapter Statewide Celebration (corrected date from UNL)

June 5 - Northeast Nebraska Horse Show

July 8-12 - NAYI

June of 2020 - Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington D.C.

Nebraska 4-H Event Calendar

Statewide Events and Opportunities


Ag Information and Other Opportunities outside of 4-H:

  1. Staying Connected During Tough Times ... Resources for Nebraska Farmers, Ranchers, and their Families
  2. Recorded session from first Land Management Quarterly (from Feb 18th)
  3. Nebraska Game and Parks Help Prepare for State Shoot ... Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 30
  4. Ag Estate and Succession Planning Workshop ... Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, Lincoln
  5. Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference .... March 6, Beatrice, NE
  6. Private Pesticide Applicator's Training ... March 7, 2019, meetings in Weeping Water, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. For more information go to the UNL Pesticide website is: https://pested.unl.edu/
  7. Windbreak Renovation Workshop .... March 8 in Auburn, NE
  8. Diversification & the Future of Farming: A Panel Discussion ... April 9 at UNL East Campus
  9. Landlord-Tenant Farmland Rent Meeting ... Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Lancaster Extension Ed Center, Lincoln
  10. BeefWatch UNL ... archives
  11. Nebraska Tower on the Plains Rabbit Breeders Association Spring Show ... Lincoln, NE on April 20th.
  12. Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Spring Affair ... April 27, Lincoln
  13. GeoScience Field Trip for Nebraska High School Juniors and Seniors (it's FREE!) ... July 12-22, 2019
  14. Nebraska Extension Publications ... online Library


Nebraska Extension Cass County

Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, Interim Unit Leader, katie.kreuser@unl.edu

Tracy Ensor, Extension Assistant, tracy.ensor@unl.edu

Sondra Buell, Office Manager, sondra.buell@unl.edu

General Mailbox, cass-county@unl.edu