Saunders County 4-H

April 7, 2017

In this week's Smore...

  1. Market Beef- DEADLINE APRIL 5
  2. Saunders County 4-H Internship Available
  3. Livestock Judging
  4. Meet the new 4-H Assistant
  5. Shooting Sports Practice
  6. State Fair Entry Fees- NEW
  7. New YQCA (Quality Assurance)
  8. Nebraska 4-H/FFA License Plates
  9. Wahoo Horse Show
  10. Saunders County Beef Progress Show
  11. Babysitting Basics Clinic
  12. Special Garden Project Seeds In!
  13. Statewide 4-H Opportunities
  14. Rain Barrel Silent Auction Fundraiser
  15. Ag Science Expo
  16. Public Speaking Opportunity
  17. Other Livestock Opportunities

Market Beef- DEADLINE APRIL 15!

All Market Beef animals wishing to be exhibited at the Saunders County Fair, Fremont 4-H Expo, Nebraska State Fair, or Aksarben must have completed:

  • County ONLY Tag or Official EID 4-H/FFA Ear Tag
  • Market Beef ID Affidavit
  • DNA Envelope completed if competing at Nebraska State Fair or Aksarben
Heifers ID'ed as market may exhibit as Breeding IF they are also ID'ed as Breeding. Once they are


Saunders County Livestock Judging

Practice tomorrow, April 8, at the UNL Animla Science Complex on East Campus from 3:30 Pm - 5:00 Pm.

Contact Dan Wolfe if you're interested in judging, 308-440-9797;

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New 4-H Assistant! Melisa Konecky

Please help us welcome our new 4-H Saunders County Assistant, Melisa Konecky!

Melisa is a lifetime Saunders County Resident having been born and raised on her families dairy farm west of Wahoo. Her family is also a longtime Saunders County 4-H family having had many family members involved with 4-H including her dad, Tom. Melisa was a 4-H member for 10+ years competing in multiple areas on a local, state and national level. She graduated from Wahoo Bishop Neumann and decided to pursue a degree in Agriculture. Having attended college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she graduated in 2014 with bachelor degrees in Animal Science and Agriculture Leadership. While in college she became involved with multiple agriculture groups including: Nebraska Pork Producers, Midwest Dairy, Husker Food Connection , and Nebraska Agriculture Youth Council among others. After graduation she took a job with Nebraska Extension working as a 4-H Assistant in Washington County. In her free time you will find her at home working on the farm, being with friends and family or reading!

Shooting Sports Practice!

Shooting Sports practice will continue on Monday evenings at 6:00 through April!

State Fair Entry Fees- NEW

2017 State Fair Livestock Fees

On December 9, the Nebraska State Fairboard voted to add a bedding fee onto the entry fee for all livestock exhibitors; the fee will be $15 for beef and dairy and $5 for sheep, goats, and swine. The Fairboard also voted to add a $3 per head fee for 4-H & FFA market animals to help defray the costs of drug testing. These costs are in addition to the existing entry fees that will stay the same for 2017.

The Nebraska State Fair continues to be supportive of FFA and 4-H and values all that youth and families bring the Fair; however, escalating costs for bedding, bedding removal, etc. have forced them to reassess their fees. They are also aware that there are other costs for families including DNA sampling and EID tags. While this does add a financial burden; hopefully, by knowing early, families can make appropriate decisions about nominating animals and their plans for exhibiting.

Based on 2016, the 2017 entry fees will be:

  • Market Beef - $18 now $36
  • Breeding Beef - $18 now $33
  • Dairy Cattle - $10 now $25
  • Market Meat Goat - $5 now $13
  • Breeding Meat Goat - $5 now $10
  • Market Sheep - $5 now $13
  • Breeding Sheep - $5 now $10
  • Market Swine - $5 now $13

The new YQCA is here!!

We are excited to announce that the new QA Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is now active. Anyone who has not registered for the LQA online course for 2017 should now navigate to the NEW online YQCA course at You will use your FAMILY 4HOnline login and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family. Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course. All registration questions with YQCA should be directed to There will not be local support for the YQCA program. All 4-Hers need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations. There is a button for families that have forgotten their password. 4-Hers that have started their QA training in the LQA site will be able to complete their modules and print off their certificate of completion and take it to their Extension Office.

Nebraska 4-H/FFA License Plate

Source: Stuart Shepherd

Take your support of “Making the Best Better” and “Learning to Do” wherever you go with the new license plates showcasing Nebraska 4-H and Nebraska FFA! The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska FFA Association in cooperation with the Nebraska FFA Alumni, have teamed up to create the first ever license plate supporting the two largest youth organizations in Nebraska. Similar to other organizational specialty license plates, there must be 250 applications received before the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing this organizational plate. Order yours today by filling out the application form at and mailing it along with the $70 fee to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Be one of the first 4-H and FFA license plate owners and show the world you are an advocate of these outstanding youth organizations. Show your support of using your “Head, Heart, Hands and Health” to promote “Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success.”

Special Garden Project

SEEDS ARE IN! If you ordered seeds for the 2017 Special Garden Project please come pick them up at the ARDC here in Ithaca!

Volunteer Re-Screening

Saunders County Volunteers are up for re-screening this year, so every volunteer must fill out the Youth Volunteer Protection Screening Form! This form can be found here:

Friends of Saunders County 4-H and Extension Foundation Silent Auction Fundraiser

  • Rain Barrel Silent Auction Fundraiser
  • Each Club can make one to donate to the Silent Auction at the Fair!
  • Rain barrel is any above ground container modified to receive, store, and distribute rooftop runoff for non-drinking uses
  • Clubs can construct (or purchase premade barrels) to prime and paint them as well

Ag Science Expo

Spend the afternoon on Saturday, April 29th from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm engaging and interacting with science!

  1. 3-D Sand: Understand topography maps by playing in the sand.
  2. Nutrients for Soil: Discover the nutrients that let plants grow.
  3. Electric Flower: Build a circuit to make your flower glow.
  4. Print your Fix: Design and print your solution to a problem.
  5. Laparoscopic Surgery: Complete the challenge by designing a tool and conducting surgery.
  6. Code your Name: Use binary code to make a name bracelet.

For more information, please see:

Public Speaking Opportunity

Optimist Club Speech Contest held at Wahoo Senior Center Sunday, April 7, 2017 at 5:00PM. For more information or questions please visit:

Other Opportunities





Saunders County Extension

Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.