Jefferson County 4-H

March 2020

Newsletter Contents

4-H Highlights!
  • Jefferson County Fair Dates
  • 4-H Enrollment
  • Clover Kids Enrollment
  • Diamond Clover Program
  • Pick Your Project
  • Wooden Benches Available for Fairgrounds

Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events

  • Native Grass Arrangement Workshop
  • Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Trip Fundraising Opportunity
  • Screenprinting Workshop
  • 2020 Public Speaking Contest
  • 2021 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Trip Meeting

  • Camp Counselors Needed!!!
  • Camp Renegade
  • Camp Venture

Animal Information

  • Livestock Quality Assurance Training
  • Horse Advancement Level Testing
  • Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit
  • Winners Unlimited: Livestock Judging Camp
  • 4-H District Horse Shows
  • 4-H Cat Club

Special Opportunities

  • Multi-Cooker Workshop
  • Superintendents Needed
  • Online Horticulture Judging Contest
  • 4-H Photography Showcase

Calendar of Events

4-H Highlights!

2020 Jefferson County Fair Dates & Theme!

Finalized fair dates: July 15-19, 2020

Theme: Come See a Good Thing Grow'n

4-H Online Enrollment is Open Now

Enrollment is open for 2019-2020 Jefferson County 4-H. NOTE AGE CHANGE: All 4-H youth (ages 8-18) as of January 1, 2019 are required to enroll online every year. Enrollment deadline is APRIL 1. We encourage all members to enroll using a computer and not your mobile device. Enrollment instructions for new members can be found at the Extension Office or online at Call the office 402-729-3487 with any enrollment questions.

4-H Online Enrollment Link:

New 4-H Member Enrollment Instructions Link:

Re-Enrollment Instructions Link:

Clover Kids Enrollment Online

4-H enrollment is required for Clover Kids (ages 5-7) online at Enrollment deadline is April 1. Youth should select "Clover Kids" as their club and must select at least one Clover Kid project to complete enrollment. Selection of multiple projects online is not required to exhibit multiple projects at the county fair.

Enrollment Link:

Diamond Clover Program

The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program encourages 4-H youth to engage in a variety of programs, projects, and activities that will enable youth to acquire skills and abilities that will prepare them for success in the future.

The program consists of six levels that require a young person to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. For each level, the Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program provides a list of 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. Successful completion of a level's Plan & Report form results in a 4-H youth earning that level of the Diamond Clover program.

Diamond Clover Forms can be downloaded at Forms are due to the Extension Office April 1, 2020.

2020 Pick Your Project Available

The Pick Your Project, available at, has been updated for the 2020 program year. Using the searchable, web-based 2020 Pick Your Project, users will be able to search for projects by keywords, curriculum areas, knowledge levels, and geographic levels.

Wooden Benches Available for Fairgrounds

Jordan & Kason Hauschel are building wooden benches to provide additional seating for people at the Jefferson County Fair. The benches will be $85 each and can be purchased from them. If a club or family would like to purchase one they can also get an engraved plate to put on them as well. Please contact the Extension Office if you are interested in purchasing a bench.

Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events

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Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Trip Fundraising Opportunity

Youth interested in going on the Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Trip in 2021 or following years are invited to sell Eileen's Cookie Dough during the month of March to help raise funds for the upcoming trip. Sales are due in the office March 24th. Delivery will be on Monday, April 13th. Youth will make 40% of their sales for their trip accounts.

Screenprinting Workshop - April 10th

There will be a screenprinting workshop held on Friday, April 10 from 9:30 am - Noon at the 4-H building at the fairgrounds taught by Jacie Milius. Registration fee will be $15 and will include all supplies. The workshop is limited to 12 participants and reservations are due April 1st so the supplies can be ordered! Youth will learn the basics of screenprinting and make a t-shirt with their own design during the workshop. Space is limited to contact the Extension Office to sign up soon!

2020 Public Speaking Contest

Developing 4-H’ers self-confidence and effective public speaking skills are two goals of the Nebraska 4-H public speaking contest. The local contest date has been set for Monday, April 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at the Fairbury Baptist Church. You must pre-register for the contest by Friday, April 3rd by calling the office or sending an email to

Resources to help you prepare for the Public Speaking Contest available at

We follow the same rules as the regional contest. Ages are as of January 1, 2020.

Age Divisions
Four age divisions are used in the 4-H Public Speaking Contest and are based on the

4-H member's age (the age of the youth before January 1 of the current year).

  • Novice Division: 4-H ages eight (8) and (9)
  • Junior Division: 4-H ages eight (8) to ten (10)
  • Intermediate Division: 4-H ages eleven (11) to thirteen (13)
  • Senior Division: 4-H ages fourteen (14) to eighteen (18)

    Speech Category Rules

    • Length of Speeches:
      • Novice Division: May recite a poem, read/tell a story
      • Junior Division: 1 to 3 minutes.
      • Intermediate Division: 3 to 5 minutes.
      • Senior Division: 5 to 8 minutes.

    2020 PSA Theme - "Inspire Kids to Do"

    • All PSA's are 60 seconds in length and must use the required theme.
    • All 4-H PSA's must include the following tagline within the last 10 seconds of the PSA: "Learn more about the Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at" The tagline is included in the 60 second time limit.
    • Sound effects and public domain music may be used. Copyrighted material may not be used.
    • All PSA's must be the original work of the presenter. Contestants may not use PSA's written and provided by the state or national staff.

    • No team PSA's are allowed.

    2021 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Trip Meeting

    Thank you for your interest in the Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) trip offered through Gage, Jefferson, and Saline County 4-H programs. We are excited to announce the upcoming trip in 2021, and would like to kick-off our program with a meeting on Sunday, April 26th, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the DeWitt Community Center. During this meeting, we will give an overview of changes that have occurred on a state-level affecting the CWF trip, discuss estimated cost and fundraising opportunities for each county, and outline expectations for 4-H’er participation prior-to and during the trip. We hope you make this meeting a priority as the information discussed will impact the trip itinerary for upcoming trips.

    Camp Counselors Needed!!!

    We are looking for teens who would like to become camp counselors for Camp Renegade and Camp Venture. We are always looking for responsible and energetic teens. Must be 14-18 years old. Here is the camp counselor application form: There will be a mandatory Camp Counselor Training held on Thursday, may 28th at 6 pm in Fairbury at the 4-H Building. Applications are due May 1st!!!
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    Animal Information

    Livestock Quality Assurance Training

    There will be a face to face training on Thursday, June 4th at 10:30 am at the Extension Office in Fairbury for youth ages 8-18 as of that day. Youth 19-21 will have to complete the course online. This training will meet your requirements for the the 2020 fair.

    Horse Advancement Level Testing

    Winter months are a great time to work on Horse Advancement Levels. Information and study materials are found in the Horse Project Member Manual and Advancement Level Manual at the Extension Office. We also have the Nebraska 4-H Horse Show & Judging Guide available.


    Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit

    NEW this year! Nebraska has started a livestock judging circuit open to current Nebraska 4-H and/or FFA members that are in good standing and age 10-18 as of January 1, 2020. Contestants will be split into two divisions based on 4-H age: Senior (age 14-18) and Junior (age 10-13). This would be a great opportunity to see and evaluate great livestock across the state. There are a total of 17 contests that youth have an opportunity to compete in. The Top 5 individuals from the intermediate and senior divisions will receive awards and be recognized as the All-State Teams during the 4-H grand drive at the 2020 Nebraska State Fair. Each student must compete in at least 2 contests and PASE in order to be eligible to be on the All-State Team in their respective division. The extension office has a list of all the contests as well as contact information. If you'd like to know more, please call the office. We have a list of all the judging competitions or check out our Facebook page for the flyer with the posted dates and locations. We'd be glad to help you!

    Winners Unlimited: Livestock Judging Camp

    The University of Nebraska Lincoln is offering a one day OR two day overnight livestock judging camp. Dates are June 2nd or June 3-5th. The overnight camp is designated for 4-H and FFA members (age 12-18) looking to improve their livestock judging evaluation and oral reasons skills. Blaine French, as well as current and past team members, will focus on proper evaluation with special emphasis on reasons format, terminology, and delivery. Camp cost is $250 per person and includes all meals, lodging, and materials.

    For more information, or contact Blaine French, Livestock Judging Coach, at 402-472-8834 or

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    4-H Cat Club

    A message for all cat interested youth:

    Do you like cats? What about learning how to care for or show them? Maybe you have heard about the 4-H Cat Club in the past and wanted to join, but couldn't make the monthly meetings.

    Do we have good news for you, or what? We are pleased to introduce this year's self-paced Cat Club! No more being bummed that you missed the hour long meeting every second Thursday. You will now have access to monthly lessons and activities that you can complete on your own time. The first lesson can be found here on September 5th:

    If you are interested, please stay tuned and register today!

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    Special Opportunties

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    Superintendents Needed!!!

    The county fair is in need of a few superintendents for the 2020 fair. We are looking for individuals that can help us in both Open Class and our Junior Fair. In Open Class we need superintendents for: Farm and Garden Products, Needle Arts, and Baked Goods. For the 4-H/FFA part of the fair we are in need of: Ag Engineering. If you would be willing to assist in any of these areas, we would greatly appreciate your help! Please contact the Extension office 402-729-3487 or a fairboard member for further deals.

    2020 Online Horticulture Judging Contest

    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 5-22, 2020 at:

    NEW 4-H Photography Showcase!

    The 4-H Photography Showcase offers a project exhibition opportunity beyond traditional print media. It is intended to help youth develop professional and technical skills as photographers while fostering creativity and encouraging self-expression. Through this opportunity, youth are encouraged to practice and apply skills learned in their photography projects throughout the year.

    How Does It Work?

    Each month, a new photo will be selected from the online submissions. Selections will be made based on creativity, timeliness, technical execution, originality, and appropriateness. The selected photo will be showcased across the Nebraska 4-H social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Youth photographers will be credited wherever and whenever their photo is shared or published.

    This opportunity is open to all enrolled 4-H members. Photo recommendations, file specifications, rules, and guidelines for participation are available online at

    Workshop Ideas

    We are looking for ideas for workshops in and 2020. We would like to hear ideas of what you would be willing to attend. We would also like to hear from you regarding what times would work best for most people, after school, 1⁄2 days when school is out, etc. Please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487 and let us know what YOU are interested in.


    Just as a reminder, check out our Facebook page! The page name is "Jefferson County Extension & 4-H Youth Development". Along with our newsletter, we will be using this page to update our members about upcoming events, activities, and deadlines. We also hope to use this page to provide information about community outreach opportunities, scholarships, and research that is important to our followers. The staff will do our best to keep this updated and inform you all of what is going on at the office, Jefferson County, and in Nebraska.

    Calendar of Events


    20 - Native Grass Arrangement Workshop @ Fairgrounds

    24 - Multi-Cooker Workshop, JCH&L, Fairbury

    24 - Eileen's Cookie Dough orders due @ Extension Office


    1- 4-H Enrollment Due

    1 - Diamond Clover Applications Due

    10 - Screenprinting Workshop @ Fairgrounds

    13 - 4-H Public Speaking Contest, First Baptist Church, Fairbury


    1 - Camp Counselor Applications Due

    25 - Extension Office Closed, Memorial Day

    26 - Quality Assurance Training, Wilber

    27 - Quality Assurance Training, Fairbury Extension Office


    16/17- Camp Renegade @ Camp Jefferson

    18/19- Camp Venture @ Camp Jefferson


    15 - 19 - Jefferson County Fair, Fairbury

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