Gage 4-H News

June 2023


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Congrats to Reagan Pfeifer for winning her division of Egg Art at the UNL Chick Days!

Congrats to the Blue River Club youth that attended UNL Chick Days and the Quizbowl team consisting of Edynne Chace, Norah Ahlschwede, and Reagan Pfeiffer.

Welcome Interns!

Let's extend a big WELCOME to our summer interns Alexi Henery, Tatum Schroeder, and Payton Smidt!

2023 Fairbook Available

The 2023 Gage County 4-H/FFA Fairbook is available on our website and to pick-up at the Extension Office during business hours!

A digital version can be viewed here:


Camper Sign up

Camper sign up is scheduled for Thursday, June 1st during office hours (9:00 am - 4:00 pm). Prices are the same as last year. You must be currently enrolled in 4-H or an FFA member to be eligible for camping.

Camp Renegade & Camp Venture - DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Summer camps are a great way for youth to create friendships, experience independence, and learn new ideas or skills. Nebraska Extension in Gage, Saline, Jefferson, Thayer counties teamed-up to offer fun camp experiences for 8-18 year olds.

Camp Renegade (ages 8-10) and Camp Venture (ages 10-12) are overnight camps hosted at Camp Jefferson, 2.5 miles south of Fairbury. To attend, register by Monday, May 29 by 11:59 p.m. All registrations must be done online. Links for registration are linked below. Youth do not have to be a 4-H member to attend Camp Renegade or Venture.

4-H Anytime Learning Workshops Coming Up!

There's still time to sign-up for Anytime Learning Workshops! Enroll on 4HOnline and click on the "Events" tab. Register by June 1st, unless otherwise marked.

Livestock Judging Clinic - June 15, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Ages 8-18) Extension Office

STEAM It UP! - June 20, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Ages 8-18), Extension Office

Soft Pretzel Workshop - June 22, 9:00 a.m. - noon (Ages 8-18), Extension Office

Poultry Clinic - June 26, 10:00 a.m. (Ages 8-18), Poultry/Rabbit Barn

micro:bit Workshop - June 28, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Ages 8-18), Extension Office

Home DIY Day - June 29, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Ages 8-18), Extension Office

Clover Kids Day Camp - July 10, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Ages 5-7), Extension Office (Register by June 26th)

Quilt Stitches Kids Summer Classes

Quilt Stitches offers sewing classes during the summer at their shop located in Beatrice. They have several great options that fit into the STEAM Clothing and Home Environment Projects. Class list can be accessed here:

All Together Now!

Join us for our 2023 STEM Summer Reading Connections in partnership with local libraries.

Wymore Public Library, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.:

  • June 9 - Heading Into This Together
  • June 23 - I am Enough
  • June 30 - Gumball Machine
  • July 7 - An Apple A Day

Beatrice Public Library, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.:

  • June 13 - I am Enough
  • June 20 - An Apple A Day
  • June 27 - Heading Into This Together
  • July 11 - Gumball Machine


Gage County 4-H & FFA Show Shirt

We are very excited to announce that Gage County Farm Bureau will be sponsoring a free show shirt to each 4-H & FFA livestock exhibitor again this year! Ordering for the free shirt will be done online through Dawgs Hut at Orders due: June 15th

One t-shirt per youth will be free, sponsored by Gage County Farm Bureau. There is also the option to purchase additional shirts online for $12. These are the shirts that you will wear on livestock show days July 27- July 31 (excludes horse show unless otherwise permitted). Any of these shirts are permitted to be shown in. Shirts from previous years will still be allowed. Free t-shirt must be selected with size using promo code: 4HROCKS. If you have multiple exhibitors, you must place an individual order for each 4-Her.

Pickup at the Extension Office starting July 17

*There will be a very limited amount of shirts available for purchase after this deadline.

4-H Enrollment Due June 15th

Enrollment is open for the 2023-2024 Gage County 4-H year. The enrollment website is All 4-H youth (ages 8-18), Clover Kids (ages 5-7), and leaders/volunteers are required to enroll online every year. Enrollment deadline is June 15. We encourage all members to enroll using a computer and not your mobile device. Call or email Jacie at 402-223-1384 or text 402-433-0561 with any enrollment questions.

Please make sure to include or update your child's t-shirt size! This is the sizing guide we use to order the Exmark t-shirts for county fair! It is not a required field so can often be missed.

Updated help guides can be found on our website.

Enrollment fee is $12 for each 4-H youth to be paid online or in the office. There is no fee for Clover Kids or adults. We will not be accepting enrollments until we have received payment.

Gage County 4-H Clover Kids

Clover Kids is a special program for youth ages 5-7 who want to participate in 4-H. The program offers a variety of educational and recreational experiences in non-competitive environments. These opportunities are ideal for developing confidence, creativity, and competence during this stage of youth development.

Clover Kids have special opportunities to participate during the Gage County Fair by exhibiting Clover Kids static exhibits. To be eligible to participate, Clover Kids need to enroll through our 4HOnline system at

Gage County Fair Pre-Entry - Opens June 15

All 4-H & FFA Static Exhibits, and 4-H/FFA Livestock Entries for the Gage County Fair & Expo must be entered online at Online entry deadline opens June 15 and closes at July 15, 5pm. No late entries will be accepted. This is not the same as 4-H Enrollment that was due June 15 and is required for county fair participation.

Exhibitors will create a new account every year, do not try to use login information from previous years.

Gage County Fair Volunteers Needed!

We are excited about the 2023 Gage County Fair, but we need your help to make it a success! If you would like to help with 4-H events at the fair, please see sign up links below.

If you have something specific that you would like to help with, but prefer not to use the Sign-ups, please call the office to make arrangements.

4-H Building Sign-up:

Fashion Show, Table Setting & Performing Arts:

Large Animals:

Small Animlas:

Questions? Contact the Extension Office (402-223-1384). Thank you in advance!

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 2-16. More information at

Online Insect Identification Contest

The Nebraska 4-H Online Insect Identification Contest provides an opportunity for participants to put their entomological knowledge to the test. The contest consists of insect identification and multiple-choice questions. Participants will gain knowledge about insects and entomology through this competition. The contest is open to all youth, as well as adults. Youth do not need to be enrolled 4-H members to participate. Contest available June 24-July 11. More information at

Youth Crop Scouting Competition

Youth Crop Scouting Competition - Connecting Youth with Crops

Looking for a fun club project? Want to unite your club members? Running out of ideas for club meetings? If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, help is on the way! Nebraska Extension is pleased to present the 10th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth. Youth interested in crops can learn about crop growth & development and basic crop scouting principles.

Don’t know a lot about crops? Ask a local agronomist to assist by providing a short lesson on crop production. You can have the agronomist meet with youth a little during each meeting or outside of the meeting. This is one way to engage those youth interested in crops.

This contest will be held at the Eastern Nebraska Research & Extension Center near Mead, Nebraska on August 2, 2023. The event will include both indoor and outdoor events. Teams of junior high and high school students (those completing 5-12th grades) from across Nebraska are invited to participate. This event is limited to the first ten teams who sign-up!

Clubs or other organizations may enter a team composed of three to five participants. An adult team leader must accompany each team of students. Team leaders could be FFA advisors, crop consultants, extension staff, coop employees, etc.

Top-scoring teams win prizes: $500 for first, $250 for second, $100 for third place. Top two teams will be eligible for regional competition held in Nebraska this year on September 18, 2023.

Teams will be expected to know the basics of scouting corn and soybean fields. This includes crop staging; looking for patterns of crop injury; disease, insect and weed seedling identification; etc. Other topics many include but are not limited to, pesticide safety, nutrient disorders, and herbicide injury.

More information about the crop scouting competition and instructions on how to register a team are available online at Register at:

Teams must be registered by July 15. This program is sponsored by Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association, Ward Laboratories, the Nebraska Soybean Board and Nebraska Extension.

Notes to Livestock & Horse Members

Livestock ID - Due June 15

It's getting to be that time of year again when we start thinking about identifying your livestock to show at the Gage County Fair and the Nebraska State Fair. For information about what type of identification your animal needs, visit: come into the Extension Office to pick-up tags and ID sheets (these can also be printed online using the link).

YQCA Certification - Due June 15

4-H (ages 8-18) and FFA (under age 19) exhibitors as of Jan. 1st of the current year who exhibit beef, goat, sheep, swine, rabbit & poultry are REQUIRED to complete YQCA training by June 15, to be eligible to participate at the Gage County Fair and Nebraska State Fair. (Clover Kids are not required to complete YQCA training).

Online YQCA training is available for $12.00 per youth. Please make a special note to your 4-H age (as of Jan. 1) when selecting a course to complete.

*If you have any problems with the online website (logging in, online testing, etc.), you have to contact the help desk on the website. We have no admin capabilities to help if you have issues.

**Make sure you complete both the pre and post-survey before YQCA will let you print off your YQCA certificate.

Submit your YQCA certificate to the Gage County Extension Office or email it to We are keeping a listing of all YQCA received current in our office. If you think you have submitted your YQCA certificate, please check the listing to confirm that we have it on file. The listing can be accessed at:

Horse Show & Judging Guide - Available for Pick-up

The 2023 Nebraska 4-H Horse Show & Judging Guide is available for pick-up at the Gage County Extension Office. Each horse family receives one copy for free. Additional copies can be purchased for $3.50 each (plus sales tax).

Horse Advancement Levels Testing

Need to take the test to complete a Horse Advancement Level this summer? Advancement Levels must be completed by July 15 for the current 4-H year.

Schedule a time to take your test at the Extension Office by visiting:

Invitational Dairy Show

The Invitational Dairy Show is set to take place on July 8, 2023 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Gage County Fairgrounds, main livestock arena. Pre-entry will open June 15th and is due via ShoWorks on July 1, 2023 at midnight. Please note that this is the same entry site for the Gage County Fair and Fair entry will occur simultaneously. Be sure to look for the "Invitational Dairy Show" Division under the "Dairy" Department.

For more information and show rules visit

State Fair Livestock Update

All 4-H/FFA BREEDING livestock, market livestock and FEEDER CALVES will now be required to submit a DNA sample/envelope to be eligible to exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair. DNA envelopes for the Nebraska State Fair are due on June 15 to the Extension Office.

DNA nominations will all be $7.00 per animal. With this update, animals will automatically be eligible for both breeding and market. Any DNA nomination submitted through Show Stock Manager will also be eligible for exhibition at the Aksarben Stock Show.

Breeding livestock (new): Registration papers must now show the exhibitor’s name or a co-owner who is an immediate member of the exhibitor’s family and is listed with the online nomination in show stock manager

Livestock Achievement Program

Livestock Achievement Program is an 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. Participants should work on their yearly plan and set their goals at the beginning of starting the program. Plan and Reports, as well as Project Records are due August 1st and sent to *note this is a change in process from previous years. 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, including program instructions and additional resources, or to apply, go to: Livestock Achievement Program | Nebraska 4-H (

Ashley Benes

Brett Kreifels

Cole Meador


4-H Council Meeting

The next 4-H Council Meeting will be June (date to be determined) at 6:30 pm at the Gage County Extension Office.


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